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Community

JCI Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt April 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Join JCI Johnson County for its community Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt in Penn Meadows Park on Saturday, April 1, from 6-8 p.m.
The Easter Bunny will be in the park for pictures starting at 6 p.m. and the Easter egg hunt will start at 7 p.m. The eggs will be filled with non-food prizes making this event safe for kids with food allergies.

Family Day at Iowa Raptor Project April 1

SOLON– The Iowa Raptor Project (IRP) is hosting its monthly Family Day Saturday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The featured bird will be the broad-winged hawk.
The theme will be exploring air currents and how birds migrate. Stop by for arts and crafts, snacks, and to visit the IRP’s 17 unreleaseable bird of prey on display. The IRP does not have a broad-winged hawk but that doesn’t mean visitors can’t learn about them!
As always, Family Day is free and open to the public and is a come-and-go event.

North Liberty man accused of assaulting woman, stealing phone

NORTH LIBERTY– A violent robbery in the heart of North Liberty on Sunday ended with one suspect in custody.
According to a complaint, North Liberty policed responded to a call around 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, near the intersection of Sugar Creek Lane and Prairie Ridge Road. They spoke with a female victim who claimed she had her phone stolen by a black male wearing a black jacket and two different colored shoes. She also complained of blurred vision, a headache and had a large contusion near her eye, the report stated.

Beer Burger has cracked the state’s top-10 Burgers

Top 10 Best Burgers in Iowa Announced

AMES– North Liberty’s Beer Burger has cracked the state’s top-10 burger list in its first year of operation.
Iowans submitted more than 9,200 nominations for best burger between Feb. 13 and March 13 and the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association counted the nominations that were received via the website, texting and paper ballots.
The number of votes each restaurant received determined the 2017 Top Ten restaurants and their burgers. Those restaurants making the Top Ten list (in alphabetical order) include:
- Ankeny Diner, Ankeny
- Elm’s Club, Creston

Sign up for Avenue of the Flags 2017

Deadline May 15 to fly colors during five national holidays

NORTH LIBERTY– Since 2011, the Optimist Club of North Liberty has been helping North Liberty residents display their patriotism.
The organization’s Avenue of Flags program is now in its seventh year, and the Optimists encourage everyone to sign up to celebrate their American spirit.

First United Methodist Church of North Liberty groundbreaking ceremony April 9

NORTH LIBERTY– The First United Methodist Church of North Liberty will host groundbreaking activities on Palm Sunday, April 9. The activities will begin with the 9:45 a.m. worship celebration followed at 11 a.m. by the outside groundbreaking ceremony. Members of the community are welcome to join the festivities.

Muddy Creek clean-up Saturday, April 8

NORTH LIBERTY– In observance of Keep America Beautiful Day, Boy Scout Troop 216 and Cub Scout Packs 216 and 275, the North Liberty Tree & Storm Water Advisory Board and the North Liberty Parks Department will lead a cleanup day Saturday, April 8, to remove debris along Big Muddy Creek and the North Liberty Recreation Trail.

Easter Egg Hunt April 8 at NLRC

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Optimist Club and the North Liberty Recreation Center (NLRC) co-sponsor the annual Easter Egg Hunt, which will take place this year Saturda, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. sharp at the NLRC. Candy is spread on the ground. If inclement weather, the event is moved inside. Don’t be late, the candy vanishes in minutes! This free event is for ages 10 and under.

CCA Community Clean-up Day to be held Friday, April 28

TIFFIN– The annual Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community Clean-up Day will be held on Friday, April 28. Clear Creek Amana High School students from the Student Assistance Team/Interact Club and National Honor Society will volunteer their day to help older community members with yard work, windows, small household chores and general spring cleaning.

“Storage Wars”

Wears to auction off storage contents on nine episodes

Solon’s Emily Wears to appear on “Storage Wars”

SOLON– Local viewers of A&E’s “Storage Wars” will see a familiar face next month as Solon’s own Emily Wears guest stars. “Storage Wars” follows a group of treasure- and wealth-seeking buyers who bid on the contents of abandoned storage units. Wears appears in nine episodes, starting Wednesday, April 12, conducting the auctions.

Mark Krall steps down effective March 8

Council to appoint replacement

SOLON– Veteran city council member Mark Krall has called it quits nine months shy of completing his term.
The vacancy created by Krall’s resignation will be filled by appointment, and at least one member of the public is interested.
Lauren Whitehead, a resident of 4th Street, volunteered for the position during the March 15 council meeting where Krall’s successor was discussed.

Solon Spotlight can drive March 25

SOLON– Solon Spotlight will collect cans and bottles on Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to noon. Solon students and parents will collect throughout the community. Can donations can be also dropped off at the Solon High School band room that same morning. Donations will be used to support arts, drama, music and speech programs at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.