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Community

No barriers to fun

CCA’s North Bend Elementary to build area’s first inclusive playground

NORTH LIBERTY– Imagine, if you will, being a child confined to a wheelchair. It’s a warm, sunny day and you’re outside at recess with your classmates. While they’re scampering about on swings, monkey bars and other standard playground apparatus, there you sit, unless a kind classmate pushes you around the grounds for something for you to do.

Garner Elementary Spaghetti Dinner and Auction

NORTH LIBERTY– Garner Elementary will host a Spaghetti Dinner with Class Basket Auction and Raffles on Friday, March 2, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the school.
Zio Johno’s will serve spaghetti, bread and salad. After eating, take a look at the class baskets with varying themes including Slime Kit, Nerf, Game Night and Hawkeyes. Bid on baskets for a chance to win. Enter the raffle drawing for a chance at winning prizes, including hotel night stays, restaurant gift certificates, and birthday party packages. Proceeds from the event will support PTO-sponsored field trips and assemblies.

“Be Our Guest” Pancake Breakfast

“Beauty and the Beast” Pancake Breakfast March 3

“Beauty and the Beast”
Pancake Breakfast March 3

Johnson County workplace safety No. 1 in state

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County was recently named No. 1 in the state for workplace safety by the Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association (IMWCA).

Grace to Guatemala

Grace Comm. Church to help those in need

NORTH LIBERTY– Grace Community Church is heading south. Starting at the end of June, a small team is being sent from the North Liberty based church to Guatemala with Mission: Mobility. The annual trip, which started in the summer of 2016, was certainly not the first for Rick and Annette Fulton, the minds behind Mission: Mobility.

Winter Games

NORTH LIBERTY– On Saturday, Feb. 3, locals gathered at Penn Meadows Park to compete in Winter Games as part of Beat the Bitter’s week of festivities. That morning, about 180 runners, an increase from last year’s 150, participated in the 5K-ish Obstacle Run. Carly McCabe flipped tires, scaled walls and pulled weighted sleds to take women’s first place, while Craig Thompson took first place in men’s.
The third annual KICK Winter in the Snow BALL tournament was won by a brand new team of young men going by the moniker Team Fire Up!

Lake Macbride Fat Tire Classic

SOLON– The 22-mile Lake Macbride Fat Tire Classic will be held Saturday, March 3, as a fundraiser for the Solon Centennial Lions Club.
Presented by Sugar Bottom Bikes and The Solon Centennial Lions Club, the race takes participants around scenic Lake Macbride on twisty pea gravel, flowing single track, scenic beaches, blazing fast double track, hilly and steep snowmobile and hiking trails, before finishing off with some of the best gravel around. All proceeds from the race go to the Lions Club.

Lions Club Soup Luncheon

SOLON– Come and enjoy soup, snacks and drinks with the Solon Centennial Lions Club on Saturday, March 3, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Lions’ Clubhouse, 301 S. Iowa St. Watch and cheer on the Fat Tire bicyclists as they race around Lake Macbride. The cost is $5 per plate with proceeds benefiting the Lions Club Community Betterment Fund.

SHS presents “Little Women”

Professor Bhaer (Noah Bishop), Mrs. Kirk (Megan Tucker) and Jo (Faye Duster) in a scene from the upcoming stage production of “Little Women,” based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, by the Solon High School Drama Department. Performances are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 2, 3 and 4. Tickets are on sale online through MidwestTix. Visit MidwestTix at https://midwestix.securemytix.com/events/26063. In-person ticket sales began on Feb. 17 in the high school auditorium lobby from 10-11:30 a.m.

Council approves townhomes

HPR unveils 2nd downtown development

SOLON– Another new building is going up on Main Street.
At a Feb. 7 meeting, members of the Solon City Council approved a site plan for four townhouses to occupy the former Brosh Chapel parking lot.
The proposal was put forward by HPR Investments, the same group completing construction of a mixed-use, two-story structure west of Big Grove Brewery, known as 121 on Main.
Mark Pattison, representing HPR Investments, told council members the 1,500-square-foot units would feature slab patios in front and two-car garages in back list priced between $275,000 and $290,000.

Facelift on North Iowa Street

Council considers concept for remodel across from City Hall

SOLON– “There’s a lot going on on Main Street right now,” City Administrator Cami Rasmussen said, introducing a concept plan to remodel 112 N. Iowa St., the third different downtown development on the agenda for city council members at a Feb. 7 meeting.
Al Wells, representing UpTown Main, LLC, proposed rehabilitating the building, a two-story structure directly east of City Hall, and reopening a ground level commercial space.

Shueyville United Methodist 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.