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Community

Golden Eagle featured at the Iowa Raptor Project Family Day Saturday, Dec. 3

SOLON– Join the Iowa Raptor Project for Family Day on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Macbride Recreation and Nature Area, 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE.
December’s Family Day will feature the Iowa Raptor Project’s Golden Eagle named Aquila. Golden Eagles are the largest, fastest, and nimblest raptor in North America, so kids will have the chance to make wings and race them to find the hidden rabbit. There will also be a fire going and hot chocolate available to help keep the spectators warm.

Cider house showcase

New Rapid Creek Cidery to showcase craft brews at Wilson’s Orchard

IOWA CITY– You might call him the Johnny Appleseed of Johnson County. Spend a little time talking apples with Paul Rasch and you easily imagine him sitting down with that iconic apple evangelist of the 19th century, quaffing hard cider and striking up a spirited conversation on the relative merits of heritage fruit trees and the ripening schedules of various cultivars.

City council to make decision on mayoral vacancy

Members must appoint or hold special election

NORTH LIBERTY– Members of the North Liberty City Council have an important decision to make this month, but it seems as though that decision has already been made for them.
“I do know there is at least one person that is actively collecting signatures to force a special election,” Mayor Amy Nielsen told council members at a Nov. 22 meeting. “You might as well call for it.”

TiffinFest to be revamped July 2017

Council transfers funds to new group,

TIFFIN– After a two-year hiatus, TiffinFest is making a comeback, although the beloved town festival may look a little different.
At its Nov. 1 meeting, the Tiffin City Council approved the transfer of roughly $14,000 in previous festival funds to a new committee determined to reintegrate the weekend event back into the community.
“We just decided that it needed to be an all new event,” said organizer Melissa Fontanini, owner of Bella Sala in Tiffin. “New name, new logo, fresh faces running it, new activities. It really is going to be an amazing, fun, family-friendly event.”

Gingerbread house contest Dec. 1-19 at the library

NORTH LIBERTY– Gingerbread, frosting, licorice and red hots, oh my! Create a gingerbread house for the North Liberty Community Library’s annual Gingerbread House Contest, submissions will be accepted Dec. 1-19.
The only rule for the contest is to have fun. Give your house a fun or festive name and bring it to display at the library by Dec. 19. You can also email a photo of your house to mharrison@northlibertyiowa.org. Images must be clear and close up.

Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Santa will be waiting for kids to enjoy a hot meal, provided by the North Liberty Lions Club, on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the North Liberty Recreation Center from 8-11 a.m.
The event includes live music, crafts, special holiday movies on the big screen and a model Christmas train for everyone to enjoy. Don’t forget to visit with Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas. Don’t worry about a camera, photos will be taken free of charge by Sandi Spurrell Photography and posted to her website days later.

BINGO night at the NLRC Dec. 9

NORTH LIBERTY– B-I-N-G-O! Test your luck in the North Liberty Recreation Center’s free annual bingo night Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.
Eight games of standard bingo, five four-corner and three blackout games will be played. Prizes include memberships and gift certificates. Adults ages 21 and up can register by Dec. 2.

CCA Boys Basketball Annual Spaghetti Dinner Dec. 3

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys basketball team will host its Annual Spaghetti Dinner Saturday, Dec. 3, from noon until 7 p.m., at CCA High School, when the CCA boys and girls basketball Clippers battle the Regina Regals.
The freshman boys game will be played at noon, junior varsity (JV) boys play at 3 p.m. and the varsity boys take the court at 6 p.m.
The girls’ games will be held at 1:30 p.m. for JV and the varsity takes the court at 4:30 p.m.
The cost is $ 7 for adults and $ 5 for seniors and those 12 and under.

Tiffin Holiday Craft Fair Sunday, Dec. 4, at Clear Creek Amana High School

TIFFIN– The Holiday Craft Fair will be Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School.
Patrons of the fair can shop local crafters, handmade artists and vendors; get pictures taken with Santa; pick up holiday treats at the cookie walk and enjoy refreshments while completing holiday shopping.
Admission is a free will donation to benefit the CCA Marching Band and Color Guard. Visit the facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/1140782962673283/ for a complete list of vendors

North Liberty’s 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.

West High bowlers split with Dubuque Senior

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s bowlers opened the 2016-17 season on Tuesday, Nov. 22, by hosting Dubuque Senior at Colonial Lanes. West split with the Rams as the varsity and junior varsity (JV) girls won 2,245 to 2,241 and 1,902 to 1,861, respectively, and the varsity and JV boys lost 2,739 to 2,919 and 1,925 to 2,116.

Cedar Ridge wins Single Malt Gold

Unique crafting nets multiple wins for Swisher distillery

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
SWISHER– About a year ago, Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery started entering their more-aged products into prestigious contests in order to build credibility with the brand.
“We came into 2016 hoping to get four gold medals in international competitions,” Cedar Ridge owner Jeff Quint said. “As of last week (week of Oct. 3) we had earned 11, and we still have one competition left. The results this year have been very solid, very overwhelming for us.”