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April 5th

Taste of Iowa April 8 at Dan & Debbie’s Creamery in Ely

ELY– Come taste the delicious flavors and products that are made locally right in the wonderful state of Iowa on Saturday, April 8, from 1-4 p.m. at Dan & Debbie’s Creamery (1600 Main St.).

Al Dayhoff book signing April 6

NORTH LIBERTY– Al Dayhoff, author of two books, “God and Tattoos” and “Church in a Blues Bar,” will be featured at a book signing event at Café Muse in North Liberty. The event is Thursday, April 6, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with a presentation of his research into tattoos from 7-7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to meet the author and hear about his findings on why folks are adorning their bodies with art and other messages.

Kites for Kids Saturday, April 8

NORTH LIBERTY– April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Please join others in the community for a fun and free kite festival on North Central Junior High School’s football field and at Tiffin City Park on Saturday, April 8, from 12-2 p.m. Kites will be flown in honor of all the children in Johnson County who have been impacted by child abuse.
Every year, 1,500 children in the United States are lost due to the effects of child abuse. In Iowa, 8,298 children were abused in 2015. There were 120 reports of child abuse in Johnson County alone.

DiVentures brings it all to scuba enthusiasts

Training, tech and travel

NORTH LIBERTY– Admittedly, residents of North Johnson County are rather spoiled when it comes to enjoying the area’s lakes and open waterways. Coralville Lake, the Iowa River and Lake Macbride provide easy access to freshwater fishing, boating and swimming.
But scuba diving? Here in Iowa?
Yes, it’s a thing. And, a new business in North Liberty offers all of the gear, training and travel options you need to channel your inner Jacques Cousteau.

Four straight for boys soccer

SOLON– It was a clean sweep for the boys’ varsity soccer squad.
The Spartans opened the 2017 season with a 3-0 win at Iowa Mennonite in Kalona Thursday, March 30, then ran the tables at the Spartan Classic invitational held Saturday, April 1, at the Solon Outdoor Events Center.
Solon chalked up three wins at the home tourney, including a 5-0 victory over Bellevue Marquette Catholic in the championship match

Girls open soccer season with 11-1 win

SOLON– “We are set up this year to do amazing things,” Solon head coach John Tucker said of this year’s Lady Spartan varsity soccer team. “We have high goals and expectations, knowing that we are returning a very good team, with another year of experience under their belts.”
The Solon girls opened the 2017 season with an 11-1 road drubbing of West Liberty Monday, April 3.
Tucker has spent the last 13 years coaching and amassed a career record of 151-65. This year, his assistant is Andrea Keegen. Last year’s record for the Lady Spartans was 11-9 and they went 4-3 in conference play.

Tipton produces rays of hope for Spartans

Slim preseason for Spartan track and field

TIPTON– The sun shrugged off the clouds briefly on Tuesday, March 28, much as the athletes did with their sweats taking to the track and field, at the opening of the boys’ outdoor season in Tipton.
The drive out to the meet saw windshields peppered with specks of moisture as the thermometer read 52 degrees, threatening a cloudy, damp and cold start to the season, but that all changed.

Testing the field

Girls 6th at Kingston: Kerkhoff wins 400, shuttle hurdle first against big schools

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
CEDAR RAPIDS– You get better by running against the best. With that in mind, Solon posted a sixth-place finish in the J-Hawk Relays Saturday, April 1, at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids.
“We see the cream of the crop from Eastern Iowa here each year,” observed Solon girls track coach Brent Sands, referring to the depth of the 14 teams, a combination of 4A and 3A schools. “It gives us a chance to face good competition– and let that help us through the year; to show we can compete.”

Solon High School Community Service Day Monday, April 24

SOLON– Students at Solon High School will be doing community service projects throughout the community Monday, April 24, from 12-3 p.m.
Students are looking forward to giving back to the community that has given so much to our schools. This year, the high school would like to extend an invitation to elderly residents in the community. If you have an outdoor project, we would like to help. Also, if you are a business in Solon and need a few hands, we can do that too! Students will spend the afternoon throughout the city helping businesses and residents in need.

4th Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, April 22

SOLON– The Fourth Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 22, in Solon.
Register at www.brettrunsolon.org. The Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will feature both a 1-mile fun run, and a timed 5K race. Both will start and finish at Randall Park.
The cost for the 1-mile is $15; the cost for the 5K is $20; children 12 and under are $10. All proceeds from the race will be donated to to Chandler Johnson, a 14-year-old Solon student diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor Feb. 23. Offer support on Facebook by searching “Cheering for Chandler # maximum effort.”