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Community

Curbside Christmas tree pick-up Jan. 4 and 11

NORTH LIBERTY– Christmas trees will be picked up curbside on Wednesday, Jan. 4 and 11. Trees must be bare of all decorations or flocking. Do not place trees in plastic bags. Please have trees at the curb by 7 a.m.

2017 pet tags now available

NORTH LIBERTY– It is now time to purchase your pet tags for 2017. Cats and dogs are required to wear tags that may be purchased at city hall for $2. Owners must provide verification of their pet being spayed/neutered to receive this rate. A nonspayed/nonneutered pet requires a fee of $25.
A tag provides identification in the event a pet is lost. The registration of an animal helps the city to ensure that all animals in the city are up to date with vaccines.
Dogs and cats must be kept on their owners’ property or on a leash at all times. Pets found “at large” will be impounded.

Hockey night with the Rough Riders Jan. 20 in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS– It’s a night to spend in Cedar Rapids cheering on the Rough Riders hockey team in a face-off with the Youngstown Phantoms.
Discounted tickets for Friday, Jan. 20, at 7:05 p.m. will be offered to all interested. Individuals must provide their own transportation.
Order tickets at 319-261-GOAL and mention “North Liberty” for the discount. Tickets are $10.75–$16.75, based on zone.

Citywide snowman contest Dec. 1 through Feb. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Build a snowman in any city park or your yard between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28, take a photo and submit it to Jason Egly at jegly@northlibertyiowa.org along with your name, contact information and where the snowman was built. Entries will be displayed at the North Liberty Community Center and online to be judged by recreation staff.The winning family receives prize!

Iowa City man accused of sexually abusing young girl

NORTH LIBERTY– According to a complaint filed by North Liberty police, an Iowa City man is accused of sexually abusing a young girl.
Trystian James Escher, 20, was allegedly babysitting at a residence in North Liberty in mid-December when the incident took place. The report identifies the victim as a female under the age of 12.

Solon Robotics can drive Jan. 7

SOLON– Solon Robotics is collecting cans and bottles on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. Please drop off donations behind the middle school, where the buses park, between 9 a.m. and noon. Students on the teams will be going around town collecting cans and bottles that have 5-cent deposits.
If you need your donation picked up before Jan. 7, please contact coach Bill Mattaliano at 319-541-6855 or email Bill.mattaliano@gmail.com.

Free Christmas day meal at Our Lord’s Church

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Sunday, Dec. 25. Everyone is welcome to attend. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or for reservations.

Concept plan for former auditorium approved

Developers reduce number of apartments, add office space

SOLON– A plan to renovate the former St. Mary Catholic Church auditorium into a mix of commercial and residential uses has been approved by the Solon City Council.
Council members voted 4-0 in favor of a revised concept plan for Solon Lofts and Commons at a special meeting Dec. 14, but included a requirement that developers work with the city’s engineer and building inspector to follow the appropriate building codes for varied commercial uses.

Optimist Club of Solon sponsors essay contest for students

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2017.
The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays based on this year’s theme and determine winners who will receive a medallion and a $300 college scholarship. The winning essays will be sent to the district level where college scholarships are available for top winners.

Lighting up the holidays

North Liberty couple creates annual “Gingerbread House”

NORTH LIBERTY– You may as well call them Mr. and Mrs. Kris Kringle.
The Crandalls– with a name uncannily close to the Christmas gift bearer– have delivered seasonal joy year after year with their holiday light display on Troon Court in North Liberty.
“Pretty much everybody expects it,” said Lorrie Crandall. “We’ll just be sitting out in the summertime and people will drive by and say, ‘We love your Christmas house!’ It really started because we enjoyed taking our kids around to see the lights when they were little. We ended up being one of those houses people go see.”

Pop-up makerspace Dec. 27 at NLRC

NORTH LIBERTY– Active Learners Pop-up Makerspace is a welcoming environment where kids can play, make and create. The North Liberty Recreation Center will host a Makerspace Tuesday, Dec. 27, from 12-2 p.m.
The two-hour, fun, student-led workshop consists of five to six maker stations. Each maker station has a theme, such as engineering, circuitry, LEGO, or arts and crafts, where kids are encouraged to integrate design and creativity.
There will also be active movement games on the big screen via an Xbox system.
Sign up is required and can be done at the North Liberty Recreation Center.

Holiday hours announced for city offices

NORTH LIBERTY– Hours for city offices and services will adjusted in the coming weeks. Regular hours will be held except for the following:
On Friday, Dec. 23, the recreation center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The library and city offices will be closed.
On Saturday, Dec. 24, and Sunday, Dec. 25, the library, recreation center and all city offices will be closed.
On Monday, Dec. 26, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the recreation center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.