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June 22nd

Family Day at the Iowa Raptor Project July 1

SOLON– Visit the Iowa Raptor Project on Saturday, July 1, for its monthly Family Day. Staff will be featuring the Eastern Screech-Owl, and there will be crafts about habitats, some tasty snacks and more.
Family Day is always free and open to the public. Stop by any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Iowa Raptor Project is located at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon.

UI Mobile Museum at NL Summer Lunch & Fun

NORTH LIBERTY– Visit the University of Iowa Mobile Museum and its brand-new 2017 exhibits at North Liberty Summer Lunch & Fun on Tuesday, June 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

More food, earlier start for Blues & BBQ

Volunteers needed for annual festival July 8 at Centennial Park

NORTH LIBERTY– Things may look and feel a little different this year at North Liberty’s annual blues fest.
It all starts with the event’s new logo, a bright yellow and blue guitar, and a greater emphasis on its mascot, Otis the Pig. There’s also the Pig & Pint Prelude dinner, parking and shuttle services, and earlier start times for food and kids’ activities.
“We’re excited for our new logo to last the next several years,” said Jillian Miller, community engagement coordinator for the City of North Liberty. She also praised the event’s new presenting sponsor, Veridian Credit Union.

Lady Spartans split with Anamosa at Ft. Dodge tourney

ANAMOSA– Solon’s varsity softball team moved to 19-8 on the season June 19 with a doubleheader split at Anamosa.
The Lady Spartans lost 7-6 and won 11-4.
No statistics were available at press time.
Solon had picked up a pair of losses over the weekend while participating in a Fort Dodge tournament June 16-17, going 2-2 overall. The Lady Spartans downed Clear Creek Amana (CCA), 8-3, and shut out Harlan, 8-0. The losses came against No. 5 Class 4A Bishop Heelan, 5-3, and to Jesup, 8-7.

Spartans sweep Anamosa, drop close game to IC West

ANAMOSA– The Spartans racked up 32 runs and a doubleheader road sweep against winless Anamosa June 19.
Solon had 17 hits in a 21-9 win, and another healthy 11 hits in an 11-0 five-inning shutout.
The twin WaMaC East Division wins moved the Spartan baseball team to 15-8 on the season.
Solon had suffered a 19-0 lopsided loss, its third in a row, against Davenport Assumption June 14, before breaking the streak with a 2-1 win against Clear Creek Amana June 15.
The Spartans dropped a close 4-3 game with Iowa City West (in Iowa City) over the weekend before erupting offensively at Anamosa.

Solon Archery qualifies for World Tournament

By Gary Mechtensimer,
Solon Archery Team head coach
Special to the Economist

Once again, I am so blessed and fortunate to be on a remarkable journey with the Solon Archery Team.

Spartans win CCA pitching duel; 2-1

Walk-off single puts Solon ahead of CCA; second game postponed to July 10

SOLON– It was a pitchers’ duel June 15 as Solon hosted Clear Creek Amana (CCA) in a varsity baseball doubleheader.
But neither of the sterling performances was awarded with a win.
Spartan freshman Cam Miller struck out six and walked two, scattering four hits and allowing a single unearned run in Solon’s 2-1 eight-inning win.
Senior Kobey Schlotman fanned nine batters while walking three, and spent almost all eight innings on the mound for the Clippers. Junior Cody Ogden suffered the loss, giving up the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth.

Lady Spartans take two from Clippers

Solon wins 8-4 and 8-5

OXFORD– They welcomed an old friend back in Oxford.
Jim White and his Solon Lady Spartans traveled to McAreavy Field in Oxford Wednesday, June 14, for a varsity doubleheader with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers.

Raptor Center Family Day, July 1

SOLON– Visit the Iowa Raptor Project on Saturday, July 1, for its monthly Family Day. Staff will be featuring the Eastern Screech-Owl, and there will be crafts about habitats, some tasty snacks and more.
Family Day is always free and open to the public. Stop by any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Iowa Raptor Project is located at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon.

7th Annual Red, White & Bluegrass Fest July 3 at NL Legion’s Club 76

NORTH LIBERTY– Located right here in the Corridor, the Red, White and Bluegrass Festival has been bringing you bluegrass for seven years now. Join others Monday, July 3, starting at 4 p.m. for great local and Midwest bluegrass and jam grass bands at Club 76 (The Lodge), 2349 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE. The festival is run by the American Legion Post 1976 and staffed by veterans and friends of veterans volunteers.