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Community

NL pantry 4th Annual Turkey Trot July 9

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will hold the Fourth Annual Thanksgiving in July Turkey Trot 10k/5k Races and Family 1 Mile Event on Saturday, July 9, at 8 a.m. All proceeds will go to the pantry as part of the community-wide Thanksgiving in July (TGIJ) efforts.

Hiking, yoga at Kent Park July 9

OXFORD– Join Serenity Yoga and Pilates Studio and Johnson County Conservation (JCC) for a hike followed by yoga on Saturday, July 9, starting at 9 a.m. at the Conservation Education Center in F.W. Kent Park.

Splash pad construction to begin July 5

NORTH LIBERTY– Construction of the long-awaited splash pad at Penn Meadows Park is scheduled to start on Tuesday, July 5, with final completion of the project scheduled for Aug. 12.
Included in plans for the splash pad are a baseball-themed water-spray feature and flush-mounted water jets in the ground. The splash pad will offer seating around the outside for caregivers.

Getting a good brain workout

North Bend teacher promotes active bodies and minds over summer break

NORTH LIBERTY– Although he’s a physical education teacher, Jared Carder doesn’t believe his students should forego mental exercise for physical exercise during the summer months. That’s why he’s devised a solution to promote active minds and bodies during the three-month hiatus from the classroom.

Night prairie walk at Williams Prairie July 6

OXFORD– Johnson County Conservation (JCC) invites the community to enjoy a beautiful summer evening by heading outdoors in search of blooming prairie plants at Williams Prairie, one of the most diverse prairies in Johnson County. The prairie walk will take place on Wednesday, July 6, at 6 p.m. Williams Prairie is located at 2298 Black Hawk Ave. NW in Oxford.

Creek Girls swamp the Wiliamsburg Raiders in doubleheader sweep

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OXFORD– The Creek Girls, from Clear Creek Amana (CCA), knocked off the Williamsburg Raiders in a WaMaC conference doubleheader sweep on Tuesday, June 21, on the diamond in Oxford. CCA took the opener, 2-1, and won the nightcap, 9-1.
Claire Navara hit a sacrifice fly to score Courtney James for the first run in the bottom of the fifth inning of game one. Karsyn Stratton scored on an error shortly after.
The Raiders’ run came in the top of the third.

Accidental farmers

Eat-local enthusiasts in third year of produce business

NEWPORT– It’s not your average farmers market, but it’s not your average farm, either.
The Iowa Grown Market, located off Newport Road, south of Solon, is in its third year selling organically-grown produce from a family farm near West Branch– in addition to products from a host of other farms, backyards and kitchens within a 20-mile radius through consignment.

Mary’s Meals supporters host Solon 5K Saturday, June 25

SOLON– Local supporters of Mary’s Meals will be hosting a Be a Hunger Hero! 5K/1-mile run/walk Saturday, June 25, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Timber DOME Lodge at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
Participants are encouraged to dress as super heroes for extra fun. The event is family friendly, with strollers and dogs welcome.
Register online at www.getmeregistered.com/BeAHungerHero or contact Theresa Bonnema at 319-499-8930 for a paper registration form. Registrations will also be accepted the morning of the run beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Old Gold Diner presents A Red, White and Blue Celebration July 1

SOLON– On Friday, July 1, Old Gold Diner will be having a special meal and entertainment to honor the birth of our nation. Mark your calendars to come enjoy an All-American lunch and great entertainment by Larry Fountain of West Branch. Come celebrate with your friends and neighbors.
Call 319-624-2251 for reservations by 1 p.m. June 30.

Operation Dry Water starts June 24

DES MOINES– A group of state, federal and local law enforcement agencies will partner to focus enforcement of Iowa’s boating while intoxicated law as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign to draw public attention to the hazards of boating under the influence.

Council kicks in $500 for splash pad promotion

Fundraising committee to recruit help at June 29 Music on Main

SOLON– City council members agreed to prime the pump.
A splash pad committee is seeking to raise over a half-million dollars for a municipal water playground at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area, and the city has agreed to contribute $500 to help boost upcoming fundraising efforts.
The decision was made at the city council’s June 15 meeting.
The volunteer effort dates back to a 2012 survey of residents conducted by the Solon Parks and Recreation Commission seeking guidance for possible capital park improvements.

Solon water and sewer rates to increase effective July 1

SOLON– Solon’s water and sewer rates are set for their annual increase.
The third and final reading of two ordinances establishing new rates for water and sewer services passed unanimously at a Solon City Council meeting June 1.
The city has undertaken a policy of adjusting the rates annually. With the adoption of the two ordinances, municipal utility rates will increase by two percent effective July 1.
For water service, the base charge will jump to $11.42 for the first 1,500 gallons and $5.42 for each additional 1,000 gallons used in a month.