Upcoming Events


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. Online renewal is available here.

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.

Coffee with a Cop - Friday, April 7
Join us for Coffee with a Cop on Friday, April 7 from 7:30 to 9 am at Johnston Public Library, located at 6373 Merle Hay Road. 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 April at the Public Library!


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

$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 are Ginko, Hackberry, Bald Cypress “Shawnee Brave,” Flowering Crabapple “Sugar Tyme” and Amur Makia.  Click here to learn more about, and view pictures of, each tree.

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.

City-Wide Spring Cleanup Event - April 17 + 18


The City of Johnston has a variety of events planned throughout April to help you dust off winter while   improving your home, neighborhood and community.  Think of all the things you would like to get rid of during an intense spring cleaning: mattresses, couches, tables, chairs, windows, doors, books, old dishes or box springs.  The city-wide Spring Cleanup Event allows residents to dispose of large household items on their regular trash collection day at no additional charge.  All smaller items must be placed in bags or boxes. 

Please place your items on the curb by 6 am on April 17 or 18, depending upon which date is your designated trash collection day. Collection may last through April 19 due to the volume of the collection. 

If you live in an apartment, condo or townhome with private trash collection, you may not be a part of the Spring Cleanup Event.  Please contact your association or management to find out.

The total amount of debris on your curb must fit into the size of a flatbed truck, roughly 8 ft x 5.5 ft x 3 ft. Extra debris will not be collected.

Items not accepted in the collection include: appliances, yard waste, tires, electronic waste, hazardous waste, drywall, broken glass and concrete. Items from small home improvement projects, like a few doors or windows, will be allowed. Items from large construction projects will not be picked up.

Weight rule:  If two people can reasonably lift an accepted item, then it will be collected.  Heavier items will not be collected. The average Johnston household pays around $6 per year (included in your monthly utility bill) for this Spring Cleanup Event --- so take advantage of it!

Free Tree Branch & Tire Disposal  - April 20 through 22


Johnston residents can drop off branches, limbs and passenger vehicle tires at the Public Works Facility, located at 6400 NW Beaver Drive, at no cost.  Please bring your ID for proof of residency.

Branches cannot be larger than 18 inches in diameter.  Tree debris will be turned into mulch.

Tires must be off the rim; limit 4 tires per household.

Tires from businesses are not accepted.

Drop-off Hours:
Thursday - 8 am until 8 pm
Friday - 8 am to 3:30 pm
Saturday - 8 am to noon

Earth Day Trash Bash - Friday, April 21

Mark your calendars for Friday, April 21 from 1 to 4 pm for the Earth Day Trash Bash!  This event is part of a large effort covering 50 project locations throughout Greater Des Moines. Sign up to volunteer to help clean up your community by visiting cityofjohnston.com/spring.

We will pick up trash in places like Lew Clarkson Park, Beaver Creek and Johnston Drive. Join us on April 21! 

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

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, located at 6700 Merle Hay Road on Saturday, April 29 from 9 am to noon for on-site document destruction.

Please limit material to be shredded to 3 boxes or containers per household that need not be returned. No registration is necessary. This event is sponsored by AARP in conjunction with Money Smart Week.
    
It’s a great way to recycle and prevent identity theft!

Drug Take-Back Event - Saturday, April 29


The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating our residents about the potential for abuse. We invite you to stop by the Johnston Police Department, located at 6373 Merle Hay Road, on Saturday, April 29 from 10 am to 2 pm to drop off your old or unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back event addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

Excluded items that will NOT be accepted at this event:

  • Syringes or injectable needles
  • Illegal controlled substances
  • Inhalers or other compressed air cylinders

Coffee with a Cop - Friday, May 5


Join us for Coffee with a Cop on Friday, May 5 from 7:30 to 9 am at Cornerstone Commons, located at 6365 Merle Hay Road. 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 May at Cornerstone Commons!

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!

Mayor's Bike Ride - Friday, May 12


Join Mayor Paula Dierenfeld for the Mayor's Bike Ride, a fun ride on Johnston’s trails, beginning Friday, May 12 at 11:30 am. The three-mile loop begins at the Johnston Hy-Vee, located at 5750 Merle Hay Road.  The free ride ends with a delicious lunch provided by Hy-Vee.  We'd love to see you there!

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!

Coffee with a Cop - Friday, June 2


Join us for Coffee with a Cop on Friday, June 2 from 8:30 to 10 am at AHEPA, located at 6190 NW 59th 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 June at AHEPA!

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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