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Farmers' Market - Tuesday, October 4

This Tuesday will be the last Johnston Farmers’ Market of the season. Our Farmers' Market is held from 3:30 to 6:30 pm in the City Hall parking lot.  Come check out our incredible 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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Healthiest State Initiative 1K Walk - Wednesday, October 5

Join the City of Johnston over the lunch hour to show your support for the Healthiest State Initiative. Head out for a 1K walk either outside your business, school or home!  Post a "Healthy Selfie" using the hashtag #JohnstonIsHealthy on Facebook or Twitter and you will be entered into a raffle to win a healthy goodie basket from Johnston Hy-Vee!

Want to walk with more people? The City will be hosting a community walk at Terra Park at 11 am. Come join us for a 1K walk in our community's largest park, located at 6300 Pioneer Parkway.


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Coffee with a Cop - Friday, October 7

Join us for the first ever Coffee with a Cop on Friday, October 7 from 8 to 10 am at Rich's Brew in Johnston. The goal of Coffee with a Cop is for police officers to get to know you, and for you to get to know our police officers. On the first Friday of every month, members of the Johnston Police Department will set aside time to meet in a neutral location 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. Rich's Brew is located at 5800 Merle Hay Road in Johnston, behind Wells Fargo.  We hope to see you there on Friday, October 7!


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City Week - October 10 through 14

How many lanes of traffic do crews plow on snowy days?  What’s it like beneath our city?  What are the top priorities for elected officials in 2016?  These are some of the many questions we will be answering the week of October 10 through 14 during our second annual City Week.  Every day this week head to the City of Johnston Facebook page, Twitter feed and city website to go behind the scenes in each city department and learn more about the important work that takes place to keep our city running.

Show us that you’re following by using the hashtag #thriveeveryday.


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Johnston Fire Department Open House - Saturday, October 15

Help the Johnston Fire Department raise awareness October 9-15 as we mark Fire Prevention Week!  The Johnston Fire Department will be hosting all kinds of activities throughout this important week, including school tours and useful fire prevention tips online. 

Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 pm and 7 am, when most people are asleep? Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a fire in half!  Hear the beep where you sleep and install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.

Please join the JFD on Saturday, October 15 from 10 am to 1 pm for an Open House at the Public Safety Building, located at 6373 Merle Hay Road.  The interactive open house will feature demonstrations, fire prevention tips, tours and plenty of time for interaction with our firefighters.  We would love to see you there!


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Fall Foliage Bus Trip - Wednesday, October 19

Journey to historic Greene County with the Johnston Senior Advisory Board as they sponsor a fall foliage bus trip! The 50+ group will travel to Jefferson on Wednesday, October 19. They depart from Crown Point Community Center, 6300 Pioneer Parkway, at 8:30 am and will return between 4 and 5 pm. The group will step back in time at the RVB-1875 Historic Furniture Shop and Museum to learn the art of custom furniture.  Then they will ride the elevator to the top of the 168 foot Carillon Bell Tower and take in Iowa’s rural landscape with a “bird’s eye” view. A lunch destination is yet to be determined.  The group will make a final stop at Deal’s Orchard for a hayride and dessert.  The cost per person is $25, which includes motor coach transportation, lunch and all tour fees. Please note that sign up is on Friday, October 7 from 1 to 3 pm, and Monday, October 10 from 10 to 11:30 am at Crown Point.  Each person may only sign up themselves and one guest.  Come join the Johnston Senior Advisory Board for a wonderful scenic fall color tour!


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Mayor's Run & Walk for the Trails - Saturday, October 22

Join Johnston Mayor Paula Dierenfeld at 8 am for a 5K walk or run! The family-friendly event will begin and end at Crown Point Community Center, located at 6300 Pioneer Parkway. We have some of the best raffle prizes out there and an awesome shirt is included in the $30 registration fee (to the first 100 participants). All proceeds benefit Johnston’s recreational trails.


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Beggars' Night - Sunday, October 30

This year, Beggars' Night falls on Sunday, October 30.  Be safe and have fun as you trick-or-treat through Johnston's neighborhoods from 6-8 pm!  Also be sure to post your best photos on the City of Johnston Facebook page and Twitter feed!  The Johnston Police Department offers these trick-or-treat safety tips:  Be sure older children take friends and younger children are accompanied by a trusted adult.  Teach children to never enter a home without prior permission from their parents.  Teach children to never approach a vehicle, occupied or not, unless they are with a parent or guardian.  Make sure your child wears reflective clothing.  Teach children to never approach a home that is not lit well both inside and out.


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Fall Cleanup - November 3 through 5

Johnston’s fall clean up of branches and twigs will take place November 3 through 5. The hours to drop off (at no cost) will be 7 am until 3:30 pm on November 3 and 4, and 7 am until noon on November 5. Branches and twigs, no larger than 16 inches in diameter, may be dropped off at our Public Works facility, located at 6400 NW Beaver Drive. Leaves and grass clippings will not be accepted.

Meantime, Compost It! curbside pickup does allow leaves, grass, brush, flowers, vegetables and pumpkins and continues through November 29. To ensure collection, make sure you have plenty of Compost It! bags, or store brand bags and Compost It! stickers on hand to use. It’s the Compost It! name on the bag or sticker that covers the cost of collection.


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