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Coffee with a Cop - Friday, March 3

Join us for Coffee with a Cop on Friday, March 3 from 7:30 to 9 am at Cozy Cafe, located at 8385 Birchwood Court. The goal of Coffee with a Cop is for Johnston police officers to get to know you, and for you to get to know our police officers. Every month, members of the Johnston Police Department are setting aside time to meet to have a real conversation about issues that matter. Come with specific questions for our officers or just ready to share what's on your mind. In a short time, we hope to get to know you and discover mutual goals that will continue to grow and improve our community. We hope to see you in March at Cozy Cafe!


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Guns 'N Hoses - Sunday, March 26

Guns ‘N Hoses began in 2006 with metro police officers and firefighters battling it out on the ice for hockey game bragging rights.  Since that time, Guns ‘N Hoses has become so much more, and is now a recognized non-profit organization with a mission to raise money for local charities that support children with life-threatening or life-changing medical conditions.  The mission of the organization stems from a firsthand experience for Johnston Police Detective Travis Hamilton whose son Trae was born with a rare kidney disorder, which required both of his kidneys to be removed back in 2009. Detective Hamilton successfully  donated a kidney to his son.  Since that time, Hamilton has made it his mission to pay it forward, which he has done through Guns ‘N Hoses. 

With the tragic loss of five area police officers in 2016, the Guns ‘N Hoses organization has selected the Iowa C.O.P.S (Concerns of Police Survivors) group to benefit from the 12th Annual Guns ‘N Hoses game. The event will take place on Sunday, March 26 at 1 pm at Buccaneer Arena.  The police vs. fire charity game will be followed by the Des Moines Buccaneers taking on the Waterloo Blackhawks at 5:05 pm.  A single ticket is good for admission to both games and can be purchased at the Des Moines Buccaneers box office or online at www.bucshockey.com. Buccaneer Arena is located at 7201 Hickman Road in Urbandale.


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Compost It! Season Begins - Monday, April 3

The 2017 Metro Waste Authority Compost It! season begins Monday, April 3. Compost It! season is your opportunity to get rid of yard and garden waste properly and in an environmentally-friendly way. Collection occurs on your normal trash collection day.

Compost It! stickers cost $1.25 per sticker (stickers are used on brush bundles or with store-brand yard waste bags) and Compost It! bags cost $8 per bundle ($1.60 per bag). The Compost It! cart subscription price is $105/year.

Compost It! bags and stickers may be purchased at Johnston City Hall and grocery store locations throughout the metro.  If you would like to inquire about purchasing a Compost It! cart, please call the City of Johnston Utility Department at 515-727-7772.


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Kite-Making Workshop - Saturday, April 8

Get ready for the 4th Annual Kites on the Green Festival on Saturday, May 6 by attending a free Kite Making Workshop on Saturday April 8th at Johnston Public Library from 2 pm to 4 pm. Attendees will receive a free kite-making kit, personal instruction and a chance to test out their new kite.

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Event Time: 2 pm - 4 pm
Location: East / West Meeting Rooms of Johnston Public Library


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$30 Tree Sale - Tuesday, April 11

The City of Johnston is once again selling trees to residents at a reduced price!  A pre-sale of $30 trees begins on Tuesday, April 11 at 8 am, and can be purchased at Johnston City Hall, located at 6221 Merle Hay Road. The five trees chosen for this year’s sale have not yet been determined. Trees will be available for pickup at the Johnston Public Works Department on Saturday, May 6 from 9 to 11 am.

Property owners are allowed to purchase one tree and are encouraged to purchase their tree during the pre-sale event, as the supply is limited. Residents who have pre-ordered a tree will be required to show their receipt as proof of payment. Any trees not picked up during the allotted time will be considered a donation to the city’s tree planting program.


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Kite-Making Workshop - Saturday, April 22

Get ready for the 4th Annual Kites on the Green Festival on Saturday, May 6 by attending a free Kite Making Workshop on Saturday April 22nd at Johnston Public Library from 2 pm to 4 pm. Attendees will receive a free kite-making kit, personal instruction and a chance to test out their new kite.

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Event Time: 2 pm - 4 pm
Location: East / West Meeting Rooms of Johnston Public Library


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Free Shred Event - Saturday, April 29

Get rid of your old confidential documents in a safe and secure way at Johnston Public Library's free Shred Day. THE SHREDDER company will be in the Johnston Public Library parking lot from 12 pm to 3 pm for on-site document destruction with three of their mobile document-shredding vehicles. THE SHREDDER is AAA certified by the National Association for Information Destruction.

Please limit material to be shredded to 2 boxes or containers that need not be returned per household. No registration is necessary. This event is sponsored by AARP in conjunction with Money Smart Week. The Johnston Public Library is located at 6700 Merle Hay Road.


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Kites on the Green - Saturday, May 6

Join us for the Fourth Annual Kites on the Green!  The family-friendly festival will feature giant show kite displays, celebrity bol races, free kite building, live music and delicious food.

10 am to 6 pm
Johnston Commons
6700 Merle Hay Road

Click here to learn more about Kites on the Green!

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Johnston Farmers' Market Opens - Tuesday, May 16

The Johnston Farmers’ Market is almost here!  The first market of 2017 will happen on Tuesday, May 16 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.  The Farmers’ Market will be held every Tuesday afternoon in the City Hall parking lot through early October.  Come check out our brand new vendors and a wide selection of locally-grown produce, beautiful art, household items, garden accessories and delicious baked goods! Johnston City Hall is located at 6221 Merle Hay Road. See you there!



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Green Days - June 15 through 18

The Johnston Green Days festival is a weekend full of activities and has been a big attraction in our community for more than two decades. Highlights include a carnival, parade, live bands, car show, rib night, beer garden, bags tournament, free family movie, free balloon artist, crafts for kids, Bill Riley Talent Search and much more. Green Days is held every year in Johnston Commons --- the grassy area located near the Johnston Public Library.


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