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Community

Pancakes and Pajamas at South Slope Dec. 10

NORTH LIBERTY– Organizers behind the Iowa City Moms Blog invite area kids and parents to a morning of holiday fun in their pajamas at the South Slope Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9-11 a.m.
Pancakes and other breakfast items will be served, and sponsors will be on hand with lots of holiday-themed games, activities and crafts. There will also be a fun holiday backdrop for photos.

Gingerbread house contest Dec. 1-19 at the library

NORTH LIBERTY– Gingerbread, frosting, licorice and red hots, oh my! Create a gingerbread house for the North Liberty Community Library’s annual Gingerbread House Contest, submissions will be accepted Dec. 1-19.
The only rule for the contest is to have fun. Give your house a fun or festive name and bring it to display at the library by Dec. 19. You can also email a photo of your house to mharrison@northlibertyiowa.org. Images must be clear and close up.

Blue Hearts Breakfast with Santa Dec. 10

NORTH LIBERTY– Blue Hearts of Johnson County will host a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Hills Bank and Trust’s Forevergreen Road location, in North Liberty, from 9-11 a.m.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit police officers in need. Have your child’s photo taken with Santa or have them meet McGruff the Crime Dog. Balloon animals, arts and crafts and K9 Barry of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office will also be part of the fundraiser, as will an appearance by University of Iowa mascot Herky.

Our Lord’s Church annual Candy Sale Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its annual Candy Sale Friday, Dec. 2, from 3-7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured will be homemade candy as well as crafts, decorations and other gift items. The sale will be held at the church, located at 131 N. Market St.

Old Gold Diner Christmas Tree Walk at SUMC Saturday, Dec. 3

SOLON– Solon’s Old Gold Diner will be hosting its second annual Christmas Tree Walk at the Solon United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (change of venue) Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Solon KC Breakfast with Santa Sunday, Dec. 4, at St. Mary

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat Breakfast with Santa Sunday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. until noon at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall. Gifts bags and crafts will be available for children who visit Santa.
The KCs will be serving eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage and pancakes.

High speed chase ends east of Solon

Juvenile girl critically injured in crash

SOLON– A high-speed chase between troopers and a Des Moines man listed on the state’s sex offender registry ended east of Solon Nov. 22.
Jeffery D. Rangel, 20, of Des Moines, was charged by an Iowa State Patrol trooper with eluding resulting in injury, a Class D felony, after a chase began on Interstate 80 and reached speeds of 116 mph on Highway 1 between Iowa City and Solon.

Cost of sheriff’s contract to increase

Pulkrabek makes annual visit to city council

SOLON– The cost of the city’s contract with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is going up by about $3,500.
The sheriff’s office currently provides 34 hours of weekly law enforcement to the City of Solon at a cost of $41 per hour. That hourly cost will increase $2 an hour, to $43, beginning in July 2017.
It was not unexpected news.
The sheriff’s office instituted a policy of increasing its hourly rates every other year and, with that understanding, the city upped the number of contract hours from 32 to 34 last year.

St. Mary Cookie Walk Sunday, Dec. 4

SOLON– St. Mary Helping Hands will host its annual Cookie Walk Sunday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Hall.

Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club Christmas soup supper Saturday, Dec. 3

WESTERN– The Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club hosts its annuals awards banquet and Christmas soup supper on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the club house, 11808 Club Rd., in Western. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., a meal is served at 6 p.m. and after the meal, Santa Claus will arrive at 7 p.m. Awards will be presented following Santa’s visit. Bring a soup or dessert to share, and a wrapped gift for your child. Santa will distribute these when he comes after dinner. High Point and year-end awards will be presented and announced. Contact Toby at 319-270-4235 for more information regarding the soup supper.

Dine out at Solon restaurants to support Post Prom this month

SOLON– Solon Post Prom provides an alcohol-free, safe and supervised celebration following prom for Solon students and their guests. The event is jointly supported through our schools, families, and community businesses.
The following restaurants graciously agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds, on the indicated evenings, to Solon Post Prom. Please visit and dine on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Red Vespa; on Wednesday Dec. 14, at Big Grove Brewery; and Thursday, Dec. 22, at Eastwood’s to enjoy great food and support Solon students.
Many thanks to the businesses for their support.

Christmas Tree Walk Dec. 3

A Christmas Tree Walk hosted by Old Gold Senior Dining will be held at the Solon United Methodist Church Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring trees from organizations, businesses and individuals. Entertainment throughout the day and the Solon United Methodist Men’s soup, sandwich and pie lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.