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Archive

April 2nd, 2012

Solon is latest to drop industrial arts

By B. Adam Burke
Solon Economist
SOLON– Industrial arts classes are being dropped by local school districts for budgetary reasons and for some, shop classes and other career-focused courses will eventually be replaced by an educational tech center called the Kirkwood Johnson County Regional Center (KJCRC).
KJCRC will be a centralized career academy run by Kirkwood Community College (KCC) at the University of Iowa’s Oakdale campus in Coralville. The new school will be completed in 2014 and is modeled on KCC’s Jones County Regional Education Center, which opened in 2008.

Library proposal causes city to reconsider sign laws

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– A proposed electronic message board for the Solon Public Library has been put on hold while the city reconsiders its municipal sign ordinance.
Representatives of the library’s board of trustees presented a plan for an outdoor sign with a scrolling LED message board to the members of the Solon City Council during a March 21 meeting, but the sign would not comply with current city regulations and would require a variance.
That prompted city council member Steve Stange to suggest the law needed to be revisited.

Solon youth baseball camp registration April 6

SOLON– The Solon High School baseball program is conducting the annual Solon Youth Baseball Camp. Camp dates are as follows: kindergarten and first grade, April 16 and 18; second and third graders, April 24 and 26; fourth and fifth graders, April 23 and 25; and sixth and seventh graders, April 20 and 27. The cost of the camp is $40 and registration is due by April 6. Please contact Solon High School baseball head coach, Keith McSweeney for more information at kmcsweeney@solon.k12.ia.us.

Adult co-ed sand volleyball

SOLON– Registration is now open for the adult co-ed sand volleyball league this summer. Games will be held on Thursday evenings from the middle of May through the end of July. There will be two divisions, competitive and recreational. The number of teams is limited, so sign-up today to secure your team a spot. Registration forms can be found online at www.solon-iowa.com.

Sign-up for summer recreational baseball/softball/t-ball

SOLON– Registration is now open for summer baseball, softball and T-ball.
Registration forms for the programs can be found online at www.solon-iowa.com or at the city office. The deadline to sign-up is Tuesday, April 17. For further information, contact Travis Young at travis.young@solon-iowa.com.

Time to turn in your Habitat carton houses

SOLON– As this is our first Habitat for Humanity House going up in Solon we greatly appreciate all the help we have received so far. As a reminder, the carton houses can be returned St. Mary Church, Our Lord’s Church, Solon United Methodist Church, Lakeview Elementary School, Solon State Bank and Bridge Bank by the first week of April. We are very excited to share this experience with everyone in the community. Every little effort helps. Thank you for your support.

Storytime themes

Storytime theme for Tuesday, April 10, will be “Rain.”
On Tuesday, April 17, our monthly Storytime guest will be Dana Robinson from Sweet Feet Yoga in Coralville. Instead of reading stories, she will be teaching some yoga poses. Storytime is for ages two through five but siblings are always welcome. It meets at 10:30 a.m. and lasts about 45 minutes, ending with a craft.

Early out movie tomorrow

The early out program for Thursday, April 5, will be a movie, “Puss in Boots,” (Rated PG) showing in the meeting room. Movie time will be from 1 until 3 p.m. Fun and free early-out activities are for all Solon students. There is no registration. Children under the age of 10 attending the movie need to be picked up by parents or caregivers at 3 p.m.

Easter animals for sale

As you stop in the lobby to check out the items on the used book cart, notice a large assortment of Easter stuffed animals for sale. They will be there through April 7 for your purchase.

Solon area book club

Solon book club will meet April 17 to discuss “Abide with Me” by Elizabeth Strout. All interested adult readers are welcome to attend. For questions about the book club, please contact Joyce at jebarta@southslope.net. To borrow a copy of a selected book, please contact the library circulation desk by calling 319-624-2678 or email Jacque at jdeaton@solon.lib.ia.us.