National Chinese Orchestra to Perform in Muscatine on Feb. 24

Check out tonight’s concert at 7PM! What a great opportunity for Muscatine!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

7:00 p.m.

Central Middle School Auditorium

901 Cedar Street

Muscatine, IA 52761

Muscatine has an exciting opportunity to welcome the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra (CBCO) to our city to perform a FREE concert!  CBCO is a world-renowned performing arts troupe that has performed in more than 70 countries and regions to promote Chinese culture and art. This is a very special opportunity we have as a community! Be sure to take advantage of this high-level free performance.

More information about CBCO will be gradually dispersed on our social media outlets, so be sure to follow the City of Muscatine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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It’s Budget Season for Fiscal Year 2016-2017

The City will hold the public hearing on the budget on March 3rd at 7pm!

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Budget season for the City of Muscatine is now among us!

Last night, the City Council met for the General Fund Overview as Saturday begins a series of budget presentations for this budget season.

The City of Muscatine must adopt an annual budget by March 15 of each year. The process began back in November, when departments received budget materials and instructions on the process. Now that each department’s budget proposals have been compiled, it is time for the City Council to hear the presentations before making their decisions on how to most effectively spend revenues.

Creating a budget for a full service city that meets our community’s needs but is responsible at the same time is no small feat. There are issues and challenges that come along with the budget process.

The City wants to make sure you have all of the information available to participate and stay engaged in…

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Stay Connected with the City of Muscatine!

A great new way to stay connected with the City of Muscatine!

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NewsletterThe City of Muscatine wants to make it even easier for you to find information about what is happening within the departments of the City! We hope that by providing you with information in a variety of different ways, you will be able to stay informed. We highly value your input and participation as we work together for the betterment of our community!

One of our newest communications features is a monthly newsletter! The newsletter is an electronic publication that is delivered to your email inbox. We feature news and highlights so you can stay up-to-date on what is happening in city government. Click here to subscribe!

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Our website has a great feature called Notify Me that allows you to receive text or email notifications about areas that interest you. Take a look at Notify Me and sign up for notifications. You can get notifications about anything from City Council Agendas to…

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Fire Department Celebrated 100 Years as a Paid Department

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On Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, the Muscatine Fire Department celebrated 100 years as a paid department. An open house was held to commemorate this crucial piece of their history. The open house included tours with Freddie the Fire Truck and a reception with food and drinks.

Retired Captain Mike Van Wey gave a history presentation that was both entertaining and educational. It was a wonderful opportunity for those in attendance to hear stories about the department throughout the years.

Here’s a little bit of information about the Fire Department when it became a paid department: 

Prior to 1916, volunteer fire companies fought fires in Muscatine. By January 3, 1916, the new Muscatine Fire Department consisted of 13 eager men.

The following were the original 13 firefighters:

J.J. Brown, Chief
Fred Bilkey, Assistant Chief
J.P. Maurath, Mechanic
Louis Faulhaber
James Wise
John Leysen
Harry Freeman
Lee Schenkel
Charles Vetter
Herman Raethz
Ed…

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What’s Happening at the Muscatine Art Center?

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If you have never set foot in the wonderful Muscatine Art Center, then you are in for a treat! Whether you grew up in Muscatine or are new to the area, you have probably driven past the Art Center, which is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue, many times.

We would encourage you to step back in history and explore the Musser Museum part of the Art Center, which was once home to Laura Musser. Following Laura’s 1964 death, in 1965, the home was gifted to the City of Muscatine by her heirs. It was to be used as a memorial art gallery and museum.  More information about Laura Musser and the Art Center’s history can be found on the Muscatine Art Center’s website.

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Today, the mansion’s 11 rooms host important collections of paintings, sculpture, Oriental carpets, and decorative arts. The adjoining Stanley Gallery hosts national, traveling art exhibitions.

Exhibits:

This year, the Muscatine Art…

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