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Community

Lawns sought for voluntary soil restoration demonstration

Sign up for project by March 23

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty, in partnership with the Johnson County Soil & Water Conservation District (JCSWCD), is seeking a North Liberty resident to volunteer his or her yard for a soil quality restoration demonstration project.

Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase March 9

SOLON– Mark your calendars for Monday, March 9, for the annual Solon Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase. The dinner will be held in the Solon High School commons. The menu includes: spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under and student performers. Serving times are from 4:45 until 7 p.m. Diners will enjoy performances by the middle school and high school jazz bands and the high school jazz choirs.

Solon Survivor Extreme 5K warrior race Saturday, March 7

SOLON– The Solon Survivor Extreme 5K will take place on Saturday, March 7, at 9 a.m. at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. The Survivor Extreme 5K is a warrior dash-style race that is almost completely off-road and raises funds for the Solon Krush Youth Sports 8U baseball team with a portion of the proceeds donated to the local food pantry.

Solon Advocates mini-bus trip to Sycamore Mall theater March 10

SOLON– On Tuesday, March 10, the Solon Senior Advocates are planning a mini-bus trip to the Sycamore Mall Marcus Theaters for $5/free popcorn day. Many theater options are available at the Sycamore Mall theater, with “McFarland USA” show times starting at 12:55 p.m.
The bus leaves from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 11 a.m. Please call 624-2710 for reservations.

Spartan Youth Football registration Tuesday, March 10, at SMS

SOLON– Registration for fall tackle football in the Spartan Youth Football program will be held Tuesday, March 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Solon Middle School cafeteria. Players will be weighed and fitted for equipment. A parent or guardian must be present during registration. For questions contact coordinators Brad Gunnells at 319-624-3542 or Brett Arduser at 319-624-5215, or visit www.spartanyouthfootball.org.

Jazz at the Commons on March 28

SOLON– Everyone is welcome to come enjoy Jazz at the Commons presented by Solon High School at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, in the Solon High School commons. Enjoy performances by Solon High School jazz bands and Choirs. All proceeds from food and other donations will support the Solon High School jazz program.

District hopes combining projects will provide cost savings

Better together?

By Jen Moore
Solon Economist
SOLON– Construction projects for Solon’s new middle school and fine arts addition will be presented as packages for potential subcontractors.
This means that the middle school and high school projects will be done at the same time and, ideally, by the same group of subcontractors.
Project Manager Mike Espeset of Story Construction, hopes that by doing it this way there will be more cohesion between the two projects.
“If we have one team, then we have one set of movement,” Espeset said. “If we have a set of common players then we have one agenda.”

North Liberty Fire Department responds to mobile home fire

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) was dispatched to 115 Holiday Lodge Rd. in North Liberty on Monday March 2, at 1:45 p.m. to respond to a report of a mobile home on fire. First-arriving units found heavy fire and smoke coming from the front of the home. The occupant of the home, 70-year-old Fred Steven, was able to exit the structure. It is unknown if smoke detectors were functioning at the time. Fire crews had the fire under control in 20 minutes while clean-up continued for a couple of hours.

Shocking concerns from ACLU

Organization offers report of law enforcement’s use of Tasers

JOHNSON COUNTY– In the wake of the national spotlight on law enforcement officers and their use of force, recent report by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Iowa (ACLU-Iowa) on the use of Tasers has provided the public with documented information on policies and practices.

CCA approves calendar while lawmakers continue debate

School start date set in stone...for now

TIFFIN— A year ago the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board thought the district’s two-year calendar was approved. Then Governor Terry Branstad and State Director of Education Brad Buck moved to enforce a state law that has been on the books since 1983, mandating schools not start before Sept. 1.

Optimist Club of North Liberty to host pancake breakfast for public March 7

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Optimists will host their 42nd annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 7, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., North Liberty.
Tickets can be purchased at Chiropractic TLC at 1295 Jordan St., the North Liberty Community Library at 520 W. Cherry St., North Liberty City Hall at 3 Quail Creek Cr., or any of the banks in town. Tickets prices: adults $6, children ages 3-10 years $2, and age 2 and under are free. All proceeds will benefit the youth of North Liberty.

Still time to register for We Run’s annual “Lucky Run” to be held March 21

NORTH LIBERTY– We Run in North Liberty is organizing its annual “Lucky Run” for March 21, beginning at 9 a.m. at the University of Iowa Community Credit Union on Landon Road in North Liberty. The race includes chip-timed 1K, 5K and 10K. Participants will receive a technical shirt, a finishing medal and a goodie bag. Additional proceeds will be benefit charities Soles4souls and Brian to Boston (Michael Linslow Respite Center). Registration information for the race can be found at www.werunllc.com under the Lucky Run tab.