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April 27th

Spring cleaning and the city-wide garage sale

Get ready for city-wide garage sales, to be held June 3 and 4. Registration forms are now available on our website and in the library. Register online and pay your registration fee ($10 for in-town sales and $5 for out-of-town sales) at the library. Registration deadline is 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 31. The Friends of the Library organize this event, offering advertising and garage sale signs for up to 80 listings, which will be placed on a map made available to the public. The Friends also hold a sale with proceeds benefitting the library. We gratefully accept donations for that annual fundraiser.

Shueyville to host community blood drive Tuesday, May 3

SWISHER– Shueyville will host a community blood drive from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Shueyville Community Center, inside the gym.
To donate, please contact the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 1778 to locate the drive.

May activities for Old Gold Diner

Thank you to an anonymous friend for providing the April sponsored meal. Thanks to Jeanne Erhart for providing an overview of what happens at the Old Gold Diner. And also thank you to Scott Keele Kober for giving an overview of the Solon United Methodist Church. The church has been the home of the Old Gold Diner since the very beginning of the program.
• Bingo is held every Tuesday and Thursday, with penny bingo at 11 a.m. and, following lunch, play is for prizes with a black-out scoring a free Old Gold Diner meal ticket as the prize.

Saving more of the grove

Bur Oak Land Trust launches capital campaign to purchase more Big Grove timber

SOLON– Imagine you’re in the heart of Iowa City on a busy day– cars, people and concrete.
Now think about being 7 miles away, standing in the middle of the Bur Oak Land Trust’s Big Grove Preserve, a centuries-old forest populated with tall hardwoods– calm and quiet, broken only by the occasional songbird.

Music on Main Street concert series begins Wednesday, June 1

SOLON– Solon’s Music on Main Street Concert Series will kick off the 2016 schedule Wednesday, June 1, at the downtown bandstand featuring “Keelah and the Boys.”
Concerts begin at 7 p.m. each Wednesday evening. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic basket and enjoy some wonderful music. In case of rain, concerts will be moved to St. Mary Catholic Church. If you would like to financially contribute to Music on Main Street or provide sponsorship or concessions on a concert evening, please contact Nancy Upmeyer at 331 1553 or nancyupmeyer@hotmail.com.
2016 Music on Main Street

Sundog Farm and Local Harvest Hello Spring! Potluck April 30

SOLON– The public is invited to Sundog Farm and Local Harvest Community Supported Agriculture’s (CSA) Hello Spring Potluck on Saturday, April 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Palmer House Stable, 200 E. Main St., Solon. Bring a dish to share and your own table service and drinks. Come learn about a local community supported agriculture provider and connect with other farmers, gardeners and food enthusiasts! Contact Carmen Black at localharvestcsa@southslope.net or 319-331-3957 for more information.

Density rising: More units, more cars, more complaints

Developer agrees to more parking stalls, but site plan still tabled

SOLON– The site plan submitted by Mike Bails and Jeff Mekota for two eight-plexes in the Fox Ridge subdivision met all of Solon’s requirements and was recommended for approval by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
The Spartan Structures developers had already scaled back from 24 to 16 residential units based on city input and the site plan was on the agenda for council consideration at an April 20 meeting.

Happy birthday, Tanner

Brad Wymer prepares to release a Chinese lantern in memory of his son, Tanner, during a special ceremony held during the Denny Gruber Coed Relays April 19 at the Solon Outdoor Events Center. Tanner, a Solon senior, was killed in a boating accident in January and would have turned 18 on April 19. A memorial bench has been installed near the thrower’s area at the track, and during a break in the meet, a moment of silence was held, those in attendance sang Happy Birthday, and family members, students and community members released a series of Chinese lanterns into the sky.

Macbride Raptor Project Family Day May 7

SOLON– Macbride Raptor Project (MRP) monthly Family Day will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Day is free and open to the public. The Raptor’s Nest (MRP educational center) will be open with staff and volunteers available to answer questions about the project and the raptors. Snacks and crafts will also be provided for guests.

June 9-12 declared NL city-wide garage sale weekend

NORTH LIBERTY– Local organizers have selected the weekend of June 10 for city-wide garage sales in North Liberty and have set up a website with information for sellers and buyers: northlibertygaragesales.com.
In addition to the website, garage-sale-goers will be able to pull up a mobile-friendly Google Map and find nearby sales by item categories.
“I always thought it was one of those things dying for an upgrade,” said organizer Lydia Fine. “I just wanted to make it easier for people to find what they need.”