Iowa City Update: Small Business Saturday

Skip Black Friday for a more local option
on Saturday. Plus, holiday fun is just around the corner. And finally, some park hours will temporarily change as the City implements its deer management program. We have these stories and more coming right
up on Iowa City Update. It’s Thanksgiving week, and that means the
holidays are officially in full swing. To celebrate, we’ve got an episode packed
with fun events and important info. For those ready to get into the holiday shopping
spirit, we want you to remember to think local. Small Business Saturday falls on November
30th. By supporting locally owned businesses, you
make a big impact on our community. Avoid the lines and crowds at big box stores
and celebrate all the unique local options that Iowa City has to offer! This weekend also marks the kickoff a month long celebration filled with winter holiday activities. Santa Claus is coming downtown four times
this holiday season. Families can get free photos with ol’ saint
nick at FilmScene at the Chauncey building from 11:30 to 2:30 on Santa Saturdays. Following the same schedule are the popular
horse drawn carriage rides. These whimsical rides around Downtown are
also on Saturdays between 11: 30 and 2:30. The free tickets are handed out a Hills Bank
and Trust in Downtown beginning at 11 a.m. Come plenty early to reserve your spot. And while you’re out shopping, take part
in the Downtown Hunt for the Elves. You can pick up a stamp card at any participating
businesses, and find at least 10 of the fifty plus hidden elves to win prizes. Take your stamped card and turn it in to Iowa Book, the Iowa City Public Library, or the Englert Theatre. For details on these and other holiday events,
head to Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, City Hall
administrative offices will be closed this Thursday and Friday. There will also be no Transit service on Thanksgiving
Day. Friday and Saturday will follow the Saturday
schedule, and all rides will be free. Curbside Collection will not take place on
Thursday but will instead be moved to Friday. Both routes will be collected that day, so
have your carts out by 7 a.m. For a full list of Thanksgiving day closures
visit The City is moving forward with its deer population
management program, and this will impact some park hours for a few weeks. As part of the approved plan, the City has
contracted a company to sharpshoot over the winter. Starting this Sunday and running through December 22nd, these parks will be closed daily from 3 p.m. to dawn. This inconvenience is necessary to safely
carry out this portion of the deer management plan. You may also have noticed some new deer crossing signs popping up around town. With increased activity expected in the coming
weeks, additional signs have been placed along Scott Boulevard and First Avenue. Drivers should use caution when driving in posted locations. To learn more about Iowa City’s Deer Population
Management Program, visit Have a great week, everybody! We’ll see you next time on Iowa City Update.

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