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Community

Community Corn Roast at Iowa Grown Market Sunday, Aug. 13

SOLON– Mark your calendar to join Iowa Grown Market for its second annual Community Corn Roast Sunday, Aug. 13, from 3-6 p.m. The gathering will feature live music, fresh-roasted corn and fun for the whole family. Bring a blanket or chair and your favorite beverage. Local band Notes from the Underground will perform and cover classics.
New this year is an open house of The Magic Barn. Here’s your opportunity to check out this one-of-a-kind recording studio and music space that houses equipment used by the big names and local legends.

Roundabout detour

Construction of 382/Ely Road intersection to begin Aug. 7

SOLON– Construction is set to begin on a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 382 and Ely Road, west of Solon.
According to Assistant Johnson County Engineer Ed Bartels, Peterson Contractors Inc. (PCI) will begin work on the project Monday, Aug. 7, with completion in mid-November. PCI’s winning bid of $982,202.55 was approved by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors at a July 13 meeting.
Regular users of Highway 382 can expect several months of construction traffic and a detour of Ely Road.

Dan and Debbie’s Creamery celebrates one-year anniversary

ELY– Dan and Debbie’s Creamery, a small locally owned and operated farm-to-table dairy production facility and creamery store, celebrate their one-year anniversary this month. It’s been a year of firsts for the entire Takes family, of rural Ely, Iowa after taking a leap of faith one-year ago by expanding their 20-year old dairy operation to offer a complete line of farm-to-table dairy products.

Antique presenters return Aug. 23 for Senior Conversations roadshow

SOLON– The Solon Public Library is hosting the first Antique Roadshowing Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. until noon for the August Senior Conversations. Dick Taber and Michelle Juehring, expert antique presenters who spoke at the June conversations’ event on various ways to pass on family valuables, will return to perform appraisals for a modest charge.
So much interest in the June event prompted this exciting follow-up. Fifteen-to 20-minute appointments may be made for either antique items or jewelry pieces by calling 624-2710.

Old Gold Menu

Thursday, Aug. 3: Glazed brown sugar meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, citrus asparagus, seasonal fresh fruit. Bingo A.M. and P.M.
Friday, Aug. 4: Battered rock fish, mac and cheese, Normandy vegetables, strawberry cake. Cards A.M. and P.M.
Monday, Aug. 7: Country fried steak, mashed potatoes, parmesan roasted broccoli, cherry Sunday.
Tuesday, Aug. 8: Paprika pork chop, mini baked potatoes, parslied cauliflower, German chocolate cake. OGD Site Council at 1:30 p.m. City representatives. Bingo A.M. only.

Makayla Lindemann crowned Queen at Johnson County Fair

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Fair Board announced Makayla Lindemann, of Solon, was crowned Johnson County Fair Queen 2017 on Monday, July 24, during the final round of the queen pageant. Lindemann is the daughter of David and Brenda Lindemann, a member of the McBride’s Pride 4-H club, and recently graduated from Solon High School. Lindemann will participate in the Iowa State Fair Queen Pageant in August. Creigh Rourke, of Iowa City, daughter of Rich and Mandy Rourke, was crowned Fair Princess.

Site plan approved for new GEICO building in North Liberty

Council members disagree on parking lot

NORTH LIBERTY– Mayor Terry Donahue said he was amazed at the number of parking spaces included in the GEICO site plan, approved at a North Liberty City Council meeting July 11.
The building, to be located east of Interstate 380 off Landon Road, has a parking requirement of 252 spaces, but the developer included 466 to accommodate expected shift work.
“They (GEICO) have a lot of employees,” explained Ben Mitchell of MMS Consultants. “They would take more if they could get it.”

Family Day at the Iowa Raptor Project Saturday, Aug. 5

SOLON– Join the Iowa Raptor Project for its monthly Family Day on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August’s featured raptor is the Harris’s hawk. Learn about the bird and enjoy some arts and crafts and snacks. This event is free and open to the public.
The Iowa Raptor Project is located within the Macbride Nature Recreation Area at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon 52333.

Garden Grow & Pub Club at the NLCP Thursday, Aug. 10

NORTH LIBERTY– Want to help your community and have fun in the sun? Join the Empowered Professionals of the Iowa City area (EPIC) and others for the first Garden Grow & Pub Club on Thursday, Aug. 10, from 4:30-7 p.m.
First, help care for the North Liberty Community Pantry’s Growing Together Garden– an outdoor learning space designed to teach basic gardening skills and encourage healthy eating. All gardening tools are provided, and no experience is necessary. Learning while you work is part of the goal. All volunteers can take home and enjoy a share of that day’s harvest.

Liberty High ribbon cutting celebration Saturday, Aug. 12

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa City Community School district invites the public to Liberty High School’s official ribbon cutting celebration Saturday, Aug. 12, at Liberty High School (1400 S. Dubuque St.) from 2-4 p.m.
The Liberty High Parent-Student Teacher Organization held a planning meeting regarding the celebration Tuesday, July 11, at North Central Junior High. More information will be shared as it comes available.

North Liberty Night at the Cedar Rapids Kernels game Aug. 18

CEDAR RAPIDS– Everyone likes a trip to the ballpark for sights, sounds, food and fun, so join us for a night with the Kernels, family, friends and neighbors on Friday, Aug. 18, at 6:35 p.m. Ticket prices are about $7, with kids 3 years and under free. Tickets may be free if enough sponsors support this event. Individuals must provide own transportation to Cedar Rapids.

Finalists selected for NLFD chief

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has selected five finalists for its newly-created fire chief position.
“We were very pleased with the deep pool of qualified candidates we had to choose from,” said Ryan Heiar, North Liberty City Administrator. “Getting the public’s input will be vital to the final decision on a role that is incredibly important to our community.”