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Community

Optimists host pancake breakfast March 3

7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the North Liberty Community Center

NORTH LIBERTY– The Optimist Club of North Liberty hosts its 45th annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St.
Proceeds benefit more than a dozen North Liberty youth programs, as all Optimist clubs have a mission to be “friends of youth.”
The breakfast– featuring pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee– is the North Liberty club’s largest annual fundraiser. Tickets are $6 for adults and $2 for kids ages 3-10. Admission is free for children age two and under.

Archie’s Brake and Quick Lube

now open in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty joins the ranks of Coralville and Iowa City by now having a quick lube shop. North Liberty is populated by young professionals and families on the go, and now they can enjoy the convenience of quality auto service without having to make an appointment. Archie’s Brake and Quick Lube opened, in North Liberty, on Feb. 5, with some cost-cutting deals on oil changes and brake jobs.

Shueyville United Methodist Church Men’s Pancake Supper April 6

SHUEYVILLE– The annual Shueyville UMC Men’s Pancake Supper will be Friday, April 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The church is located in Shueyville but the address is 1195 Steeple Lane NE in Swisher. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage links and ham will be provided as part of the all you can eat buffet. The money raised from the event will support local and international missions of the church. The cost of the meal is a free will offering to support mission. Enjoy the food and fellowship at the Shueyville United Methodist Church.

Macbride Fat Tire Classic, Mar. 3

Solon Centennial Lions Club to host soup luncheon

SOLON– Sugar Bottom Bikes, of North Liberty, has partnered with the Solon Centennial Lions Club to present a unique experience to area riders with the Lake Macbride Fat Tire Classic on Saturday, Mar. 3.

Solon Survivor Extreme, March 3

SOLON– The Solon Survivor Extreme 5K will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the St. Mary Catholic Church, in Solon. This is a warrior dash-style race almost completely off-road, and serves as a fundraiser for the Solon Krush Youth Sports 10U baseball team, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the local food pantry.
This is an “off-the-grid race” full of hills, creeks and many man-made and natural obstacles. It will be hard, participants may get wet, they will get dirty and absolutely have lots of fun.

Begindergarten/Kindergarten Roundup Thursday, March 22

SOLON– Kindergarten Roundup will be held Thursday, March 22. There will be two sessions to choose from. The first session will be 2-3:25 p.m. and the second will be 4-5:25 p.m. Sign up for Kindergarten Roundup may be completed online beginning Thursday, March 1, through March 21.
Children must turn 5 by Sept. 15 to be eligible to enroll in Begindergarten or Kindergarten and a copy of the original child’s birth certificate must be brought to the Kindergarten Roundup.

$48k TIF funds for Monk’s

Lukewarm response to leased public parking proposal

SOLON– Tax incentive, yes. Parking lot?
Maybe.
Solon City Council members approved close to $50,000 in tax breaks for the redevelopment of an existing Main Street building, but were cautious regarding a proposal by the developer to lease an adjacent property for public parking.
At a Feb. 22 meeting, council members considered a request from Ryan Wade seeking $147,000 in Tax Increment Finance (TIF) funding from the city to help offset $719,550 spent remodeling the former Solon Station into a new restaurant.

SHS's “Little Women” March 2-4

Solon High School Drama Department’s production of “Little Women,” based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, focuses on the lives of the March Family: Marmee (Ellen Cross), Meg (Emma Bluder), Jo (Faye Düster), Beth (Sayler McIlravy), Amy (Kiersten Conway and Ellie Hawkins). Performances are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 2, 3 and 4, in the Solon Center for the Arts. (photo by Kim Hawkins)

Troop 120 can drive, March 17

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 will collect cans and bottles on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scouts and parents will collect throughout the community. Can donations can be dropped off at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area parking lot. Donations will be used to provide camping opportunities and other Scouting activities.

Chains Interrupted

co-founder Raeside at St. Mary March 8

SOLON– Chains Interrupted co-founder Lenchen Raeside will present a program on Human Trafficking at St Mary Catholic Church on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. The community is invited to attend.
Plan to join students, parents and everyone to listen to Lenchen detail her 10 year experience assisting survivors of human trafficking and educating communities on the heinous crime. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Lenchen has worked tirelessly assisting survivors but 98-99 percent of victims are not rescued, and she believes prevention is the key.

Seeking Beef Days T-shirt designs

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2018 Solon Beef Days celebration to be held on July 20-21.

Ely News by Lenna See

Louise Florence, 69, of Clinton, mother of Tricia Nederhiser of rural Ely, passed away on Monday, Feb. 12, following a car accident. Among those attending the visitation, on Friday evening, and the funeral services, on Saturday at the Pape Funeral Home in Clinton, were Tricia and Paul Nederhiser and their two children, Natalie and Nathan; Gail Nederhiser; Bruce, Donna, Logan, and Macy Griebel; and Dennis and Jill Hartl.

Robert and Carol Andrle spent a week recently vacationing in Costa Rica. They enjoyed looking through the shops and sightseeing.