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Community

May activities for Old Gold Diner

Thank you to an anonymous friend for providing the April sponsored meal. Thanks to Jeanne Erhart for providing an overview of what happens at the Old Gold Diner. And also thank you to Scott Keele Kober for giving an overview of the Solon United Methodist Church. The church has been the home of the Old Gold Diner since the very beginning of the program.
• Bingo is held every Tuesday and Thursday, with penny bingo at 11 a.m. and, following lunch, play is for prizes with a black-out scoring a free Old Gold Diner meal ticket as the prize.

Shueyville to host community blood drive Tuesday, May 3

SWISHER– Shueyville will host a community blood drive from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Shueyville Community Center, inside the gym.
To donate, please contact the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 1778 to locate the drive.

Spring cleaning and the city-wide garage sale

Get ready for city-wide garage sales, to be held June 3 and 4. Registration forms are now available on our website and in the library. Register online and pay your registration fee ($10 for in-town sales and $5 for out-of-town sales) at the library. Registration deadline is 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 31. The Friends of the Library organize this event, offering advertising and garage sale signs for up to 80 listings, which will be placed on a map made available to the public. The Friends also hold a sale with proceeds benefitting the library. We gratefully accept donations for that annual fundraiser.

McSweeney declines

SCSD changes activities director from half- to full-time

SOLON– The Solon Community School District has decided to expand its half-time Activities Director position into a full-time role. The change will take effect at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

Macbride Raptor Project free Family Day Saturday, May 7

SOLON– Macbride Raptor Project (MRP) monthly Family Day will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Day is free and open to the public. The Raptor’s Nest (MRP educational center) will be open with staff and volunteers available to answer questions about the project and the raptors. Snacks and crafts will also be provided for guests.

Spartan upgrade for water tower?

Harrington seeks to raise $10K to add school emblem

SOLON– It’s all about that Spartan pride.
It would cost just shy of $10,000 to add a Spartan logo and a black stripe to the Solon water tower.
And, that’s what rural Solon resident Alan Harrington has proposed to the Solon City Council.
Their response?
Sounds great if you have the cash.
“Do they have the money to pay for it up front?” asked council member Mark Krall.
Back in March, council members approved spending an extra $9,800 to enhance the lettering on the city’s water tower when it’s painted later this year.

A different approach for law enforcement

Crisis Intervention Training comes to Johnson County

By Chris Umscheid
IOWA CITY– Law enforcement agencies in Johnson County are embracing the concept of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), an educational program for law enforcement officers which expands their ability to deal safely and effectively with people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Red Cedar Chamber Music brings “Music and Magic Lanterns” to CSPS in Cedar Rapids and Sts. Peter & Paul

CEDAR RAPIDS– Red Cedar Chamber Music brings its 20th season to a close with its MainStage performance of “Music and Magic Lanterns” at CSPS Hall, 1103 3rd St. SE, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.
An outreach performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at Sts. Peter and Paul Community Center, 1165 Taft Ave. NE, Solon.

NL Food Pantry volunteer spotlight

Paul has volunteered with the panty for a couple of years. He belongs to the North Liberty Methodist Church where helped with numerous activities.
Paul enjoys volunteering at the pantry because it gives him something to do and he enjoys all the people. Paul puts in a lot of hours at the pantry, working on a shift when the pantry is open to the public to helping with the large food pick-ups, food processing shifts, and helping the inventory manager unload all the items in the warehouse.
Paul wants the community to know the pantry is open for everyone and it is here to help everybody.

Mother nature delivers

Area group holds Kites for Kids, the second child abuse prevention event in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– When was the last time you flew a kite?
Hundreds of parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts took a leap down memory lane last Saturday, April 16, at the annual Kites for Kids event, teaching their little ones a popular pastime on the North Central Junior High football field in North Liberty.
The event, sponsored by Johnson County Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC), recognized April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and urged parents to take an afternoon to intentionally spend time with their children.

NL Library, Pantry to partner on new seed bank

NORTH LIBERTY – The North Liberty Community Library and North Liberty Community Pantry are partnering to launch a community-wide seed library which will provide seeds, resources and educational opportunities needed to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers at home.
“Community partnerships are the foundation of a thriving community,” explained Elaine Hayes, Adult Services Librarian at the North Liberty Community Library. “The library has talked about having a seed library for some time and having the chance to partner with the pantry on the initiative is perfect,” said Hayes.