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Community

No bus, no problem

City officials, principals collaborate on crosswalk safety

NORTH LIBERTY– For the more than 450 North Liberty elementary students without busing this school year, a special committee has a plan.
After months of meeting with principals, police officers and organizations like Safe Routes to School, the North Liberty Traffic-Safety Task Force has compiled recommendations for safer walking routes and crosswalks.

Free tickets for NL Night with the Kernels

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, Aug. 19, the Cedar Rapids Kernels, a Minnesota Twins minor league affiliate, will host North Liberty Night with the Kernels, and the city has some free tickets to give away.
Starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 15, adults can get up to four tickets at the North Liberty Community Center front desk. There are a limited number of free tickets, and they will be distributed in person on a first-come, first-served basis only. Those picking up must show proof of residency– ID or current utility bill indicating a “52317” zip code.

CCA facilities planning committee spends summer gathering facts

Decision time nears

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN— If current projections for future growth are correct, and current trends of enrollment growth continue, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will need more schools. Superintendent Tim Kuehl said as many as three more elementary schools may well be needed within the next ten-to-twelve years. However, there are no plans dictating where or when these or any other school buildings will be built or expanded.

NL Pantry holding free canning class Aug. 18

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry is hosting a free canning class Thursday, Aug. 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the South Slope Community Center, 980 N. Front St.
Registration is required and class size is limited. Register by calling 319-626-2711 or stopping by the pantry.

Servolution Aug. 19 at Penn Meadows

NORTH LIBERTY– The annual Servolution back-to-school event for families is back again for its fifth year. LIFEchurch of Coralville, along with dozens of other agencies, churches, and schools, will serve families in North Liberty and Coralville as they transition back to school. Servolution is held at Kirkwood Elementary in Coralville on Aug. 22 from 2-5 p.m. and at Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty on Aug. 19 from 3–6 p.m. Families are given shoes, haircuts, groceries, school supplies and much more. Organizers are still looking for volunteers, shoes and other donations if you want to help!

NLFD Salute to Summer Aug. 20 at Bobber’s

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department’s annual Salute to Summer returns Saturday, Aug. 20, at Bobber’s Grill, located at 1850 Scales Bend Rd. NE, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Join community members for food, kids activities, a vacation raffle, poker run, silent auction and more. Music by Two Buck Chuck begins at 7 p.m.
Salute to Summer is a fundraiser held by the North Liberty Firefighter Foundation annually. Funds raised are directed to the North Liberty Fire Department for firefighter and EMT training, as well as community support efforts and fire equipment expenses.

NL Porchfest Aug. 20 in Arlington Ridge neighborhood

NORTH LIBERTY– What if there was an afternoon when porches became stages and everyone just walked around listening to musicians, hung out on lawns and sidewalks and connected with their neighbors?
Porchfest is “community in the key of summer.”

Ely Fall Fest and Classic Car Show Sept. 16-18

ELY– The ninth annual Ely Fall Fest returns Sept. 16-18. The weekend festival begins Friday night with a Moonlight 5k and 1 mile run at 7:45 pm, followed with a community celebration. Saturday is an all-day festival featuring over 20 activities and events, including kids’ inflatables and games, an adult co-ed softball tournament, a cornhole tournament, pet parade, youth punt/pass/kick competition, magic show, wiener dog race, and live music throughout the day. The day is capped off with a fireworks display at dusk. Sunday is fully devoted to the Classic Car Show, 8 a.m. to 3:30 pm.

Local youths collect money for food pantry with spray paint picures

NORTH LIBERTY– Kayla Lockwood and Kennedy Conner came up with an idea to raise money or food for the local food pantry. They spent part of a day spray painting pictures and took them around to homes requesting food or monetary donations for the local food pantry. In the matter of just a few hours, they collected $6 and over 50 items of food. When dropping off the donations, a recipient of the food pantry thanked them for their kindness and generosity and explained why she needed to use the services of the food pantry.

Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing Saturday, Aug. 20

OLON– The annual Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Lake MacBride Golf Course. The event will be a 4-person best shot contest. The entry fee is $50 per golfer which includes greens fee, lunch and a drink ticket. There will be two sessions, one at 7:30 a.m. and the other at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served between the two groups starting at noon. Those interested in participating need to call the Lake MacBride golf course at 319-624-2500 or Adam Stahle at 319-270-7463 to sign up.

The Great Race

Rural Shueyville man completes cross country road rally

SHUEYVILLE– For Shueyville’s John Williams, the third time was not only the charm, but also charmed.
Williams, a retired teacher from the College Community School District’s Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, participated in the 2016 Great Race cross-country road rally and made it all the way from near the California coast to Moline, Ill.
This was Williams’ third attempt at the event, held annually since the early 1980s, and the first time he made it from starting line to finish line.

Movie Under the Stars Thursday, Aug. 11

SOLON– As daylight fades, the movie rolls Thursday, Aug. 11, at Randall Park in Solon. Join neighbors and friends for Family Movie Night when the 2009 film ‘Up’ is featured.