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Community

St. Mary Cookie Walk Sunday, Dec. 4

SOLON– St. Mary Helping Hands will host its annual Cookie Walk Sunday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Hall.

Our Lord’s Church annual Candy Sale Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its annual Candy Sale Friday, Dec. 2, from 3-7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured will be homemade candy as well as crafts, decorations and other gift items. The sale will be held at the church, located at 131 N. Market St.

Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club Christmas soup supper Dec. 3

WESTERN– The Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club hosts its annuals awards banquet and Christmas soup supper on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the club house, 11808 Club Rd., in Western. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., a meal is served at 6 p.m. and after the meal, Santa Claus will arrive at 7 p.m. Awards will be presented following Santa’s visit. Bring a soup or dessert to share, and a wrapped gift for your child. Santa will distribute these when he comes after dinner. High Point and year-end awards will be presented and announced. Contact Toby at 319-270-4235 for more information regarding the soup supper.

Old Gold Diner Christmas Tree Walk at SUMC Saturday, Dec. 3

SOLON– Solon’s Old Gold Diner will be hosting its second annual Christmas Tree Walk at the Solon United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (change of venue) Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Solon News

Lenna See

Michael Broghammer, along with 29 other young men and women, was confirmed on Sunday, Oct. 23, at St. Mary Catholic Church, in Solon, by Bishop Martin Amos. After the ceremony, a reception was held at the church. Family and friends joined Michael to continue the celebration, in the afternoon, at the home of his parents, Tim and Laurie Broghammer.

Ely News

Lenna See

Robert and Marcella Barta, of rural Cedar Rapids, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with an open house Sunday afternoon, Oct. 30, at the Ely Community Center. The event was hosted by their children: Shirlee Barta-Nelson, of East Moline, Illinois; Katherine and Wil Carew, of Fairfax; and Bob and Kathy Barta, of Cedar Rapids. They have seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren with another on the way. Mr. Barta and the former Marcella Svoboda were married on Nov. 21, 1946, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, in Cedar Rapids.

Lead2Feed

SHS business students use problem solving

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry recently received an exceptionally large, 1,425-pound food donation from a very unique project. Four students in Jodi Leimkuehler’s Business Management class at Solon High School did not just talk about management, they actually became managers. Cael Starr, Clay Gerdin, Colton Spellman and Lucas Walker helped organize a competitive food drive between classes at Lakeview Elementary as part of Jodi’s Lead2Feed Service Leadership program.

Winter 2017 activity guide now available for download

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s redesigned winter activity guide, covering programs from January through April 2017, is available for download on the city’s website.
Highlights for winter include a spring Shed and Scavenger Hunt with Take a Kid Outdoors on March 25, a kayaking trip from Palisades-Kepler State Park to Sutliff Bridge down the Cedar River on April 22, another season of the community gardening at the Meade Barn, a youth soccer program, Eric Litwig and Pete the Cat at the North Liberty Community Library on April 5, and the second year of Beat the Bitter on Feb. 3 and 4.

Update to pool deck resurfacing closure to begin this month

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning Monday, Nov. 28, the North Liberty Aquatic Center will close to allow the indoor pool deck to be resurfaced. While the pool was originally estimated to close until Dec. 28, North Liberty Recreation Center staff expect the work to be completed in time for the pool to reopen on Monday, Dec. 19.
Memberships will be extended to cover the time of the closure. Swimming lessons will be rescheduled; if you have not been contacted by the center to make arrangements, call the front desk at 319-626-5716.

Help for those struggling during the holidays Nov. 30

NORTH LIBERTY– Struggling with the Holidays? Have you had a loss in your life, either a death of a loved one or a relationship? Would you like to talk to others also struggling with the holidays? If so, please come to the First United Methodist Church in North Liberty, 85 N. Jones Blvd., on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., in the library, to meet with others who are struggling.

Apply to the 20th year of the Citizen’s Police Academy beginning Jan. 30

IOWA CITY– Applications to attend the 20th-annual Citizen’s Police Academy will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Class size is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Application forms are available at the Iowa City Police Department, Coralville Police Department, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, North Liberty Police Department and the University of Iowa Police Department, during normal business hours or via download from the City of North Liberty’s website.

CCA Weight room and wrestling room completions top construction project update

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD— Two key parts of the expansion of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School in Tiffin are now considered substantially complete. The district’s board of directors accepted substantial completion of the weight and conditioning room, and the wrestling room at their Monday, Nov. 14, regular meeting at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford. Both rooms are currently in use, although there is still work going on around them, as contractors continue to make progress on a new auxiliary gym on the south side of the school which opened in 2009.