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Community

North Liberty’s annual Fun Run/Walk to be held Sept. 21

IOWA CITY– The North Liberty Steering Committee of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce announces the annual North Liberty Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning at North Bend Elementary. Sponsored by MidWestOne Bank, the event features a 5K route and free kids’ race for children ages 12 and under.

Free lunch program seeks volunteers for Aug. 15 event

NORTH LIBERTY– The Summer Lunch and Fun program invites the public to a party for sponsors, volunteers, program guests and others beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug 15, at the North Liberty Community Center, 502 W. Cherry St.
“We want to honor and thank the many sponsors and volunteers who have provided gifts of cash, time, food, or supplies to bring this new program to life,” Program Coordinator Tracey Mulcahey said.

If you want to ride the technology wave at CCA, you have to follow the rules

Parents must sign policies and procedures agreement for students’ 1:1 Chromebook computers

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– Students at the Clear Creek Amana middle school in Tiffin will be offered the use of a Chromebook computer starting with the new school year. However, there will be a number of policies and procedures in place for the students to accompany the new devices.

NL reschedules rained-out fireworks for Sept. 12

NORTH LIBERTY– The Eastern Iowa Airport Up-in-the-Sky Fireworks, originally scheduled for July 12 during Blues & BBQ, will be launched Friday, Sept. 12, in Penn Meadows Park.
The North Liberty Community Library will celebrate the first anniversary of its grand reopening with the fireworks display at about 9:30 p.m. It will follow the library’s free Redbox-presented outdoor showing of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” on a 16-foot screen. Both are free.
The evening’s events will take place in Penn Meadows Park, with a rain date for the film and fireworks the following day, Saturday, Sept. 13.

Tiny bubbles

Ben Jimenez of Ben’s Bubble Show blows bubbles inside of a bubble during his presentation at the Solon Public Library June 24. Ben’s Bubble Show was one of the Family Night programs offered over the summer at the library. Using his hands and some simple tools, Jimenez created a myriad of bubble formations to the delight of children in the audience. (photo by Doug Lindner)

School to host hearing on building proposals Aug. 25

SOLON– The Solon Community School District Board of Directors will be hosting a public hearing on the proposed new middle school and performing arts center Monday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center.
The two construction projects would be funded with a $25.5 million bond issue being placed before district voters in a Tuesday, Sept. 9, special election.
Architects for the project will provide a presentation on the project during the public hearing.
Members of the public will be given the opportunity to ask questions and express their views orally and in writing.

St. John Lutheran Church Polka Festival Aug. 17

ELY– The St. John Lutheran Annual Community Polka Festival will be held Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Ely American Legion Hall, 1545 Main St., Ely.

Decades birthday party to raise funds for non-profits

SOLON– Solon resident Pat (Blum) Ikan and her family celebrates birthdays in a big way. This year, the public is invited to the group’s Family Decades Party Saturday, Aug. 9, from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m. at the Solon American Legion, 222 E. Main St. The event is also a fundraiser for three of Ikan’s favorite local nonprofit organizations: Solon Old Gold Diner, Solon Community Food Pantry and Solon Senior Advocates.

School administration looking to scale back

Open enrollment door may be closing slightly

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The Solon Community School District (SCSD) is considering a slightly more restrictive open enrollment policy.
At a July 14 meeting, Superintendent Sam Miller provided the SCSD Board of Directors with a proposal to revise the caps currently in place for inbound open enrollment at Lakeview Elementary.
Back in April 2013, the school board approved a policy for kindergarten through fourth grades at Lakeview that cut off open enrollment when the number of students in each grade reached a level five seats below capacity.

LOST in the shuffle

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

JOHNSON COUNTY– The City of Iowa City has set in motion the chance for Johnson County and its municipalities to open a new revenue stream.
Iowa City’s council has proposed a one-cent Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) referendum be placed countywide on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Movie in the Park offered Aug. 15

SOLON– The Solon Parks and Recreation Department invites everyone to the movies.
The first-ever Movie in the Park Night will be held Friday, Aug. 15, beginning at 8:30 p.m. near the Timber D.O.M.E. Lodge at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
The event is free, but popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase at the D.O.M.E. starting at 8:15 p.m.
Parents and children are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. The Aug. 15 movie will be “Despicable Me 2.”

Solon Public Library

New nonfiction books

“The Sport Gene” by David Epstein. The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training? In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success and the so-called 10,000-hour rule, David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving it.