Hiawatha Offers a Summer of Fun

Can you believe it’s already halfway through summer? The time is flying by,  but Hiawatha still has so many fun activities planned!

Hiawatha Library

There are activities for every age group at the Hiawatha Library, 150 W. Willman St! Here are a few highlights:

The Hiawatha Library invites all students going into 6th all the way to 12th grade to read, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” and then come see the movie with us July 19 beginning at 1 pm. Snacks will be provided. There will be a discussion on the differences between the book and the movie afterwards.

Calling all Middle Schoolers! Those going into the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, can attend the Middle School Makers at Hiawatha Library July 12 from 12-1:30 pm. We’ll have fun making crafts and eating pizza!

All ages are welcome to meet Fire Chief Mike and his friends on Thursday, July 14, at 12 pm. They will share stories and fire safety tips. Families are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and a blanket to sit on. And of course, don’t forget your camera for firetruck photo opportunities.

Magician Rick Eugene returns to the Hiawatha Public Library Monday, July 25, at 1 pm. Be prepared to be dazzled with his amazing tricks! Space is limited.

Come by the Hiawatha Public Library for our big end of the year celebration Saturday, July 30 at 11:30 am-2 pm! There will be games for kids such as t-ball, football, and tennis on the lawn. There will of course delicious food, and Darrin Crow will mesmerize us with various stories called, “Races into Summer Reading.”

All of these activities and others are free of charge! Visit the Hiawatha website for more information 

Hiawatha Parks & Recreation

Hiawatha Farmers Markets: Hiawatha now has two farmers markets that provide a variety of fresh produce, bakery, and other items.

The weekly farmers market is held every Sunday in the 10th Avenue parking lot in Guthridge Park from 11 am to 2 pm.

The weekday market is held the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 4-6 pm in the city hall parking lot, 101 Emmons Street.

Movie Under the Moon: Hiawatha Parks and Recreation along with the Friends of Hiawatha Parks and Recreation Foundation are featuring 2 outdoor movies located in Guthridge Park, July 15 and Aug. 26, in Brown Pavilion.

Relax and enjoy a night with family and friends. The movies begin at dusk (around 8:30 pm) and free popcorn will be available, courtesy of the Hiawatha Friends Foundation. Bring your blankets, chairs and coolers and enjoy a movie under the moon!



Summer Concert Series: Beginning Aug. 5 at 6 pm, and every  Friday night in August, enjoy the beautiful sounds of a variety of local bands! Hi-Crew Kiwanis will be on hand for those who would like to purchase snacks. Blankets, chairs, and coolers are welcome! 

The concerts are sponsored by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union. 

Due to the Iowa Smoke Free Air Act, smoking is prohibited during Concerts in the Park.

Touch a Truck: Come to Guthridge Park before the concert Aug. 5 (4-6 pm) and have fun with trucks!

This community event provides families with the opportunity to learn about and explore trucks, construction vehicles, and public safety equipment that they know and love! Kids of all ages will climb, run around, sit in and even honk horns of many types of trucks and vehicles!

Bring a non perishable food donation to help support HACAP.

HIBRAI: Mark your Calendar for HIBRAI, Hiawatha’s Bike Ride Across Iowa, Aug. 13-14!

Join other bicycle enthusiasts on a bike ride to Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, where you will enjoy a fun and relaxing evening, before riding back to Hiawatha the next day. The price of registration is $79.95, plus a $45 registration fee ($60 after August 5).

Register at Eventbrite.com or mail in payment to: Friends of Hiawatha, 101 Emmons Street, Hiawatha, Iowa 52233.

4th Annual Hiawatha Police K9 Unit Golf Outing: Have fun and help out a great cause while you’re at it! The Hiawatha Police Department is holding their 4th Annual Golf Tournament  Aug. 14 at 1 pm, at Hunters Ridge Golf Course in Marion.

The registration fee of $85 for a 4-person team includes entrance fee, dinner, and a demonstration of the department’s K9 Unit.

Hiawatha FunFest: Hiawatha’s answer to F-U-N! This new annual festival will begin Aug. 26 with a concert at 6 pm in Guthridge Park, followed by a Movie under the Moon at Brown Pavilion. The fun continues the next morning with a 5K run/walk, followed by a parade, and activities for all ages, including inflatable’s, food, live music, and fireworks. It will be a weekend filled with fun activities!

For more information visit Hiawatha’s website at hiawatha-iowa.com.












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