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Community

Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk April 16

SOLON– The Third Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 16, in Solon, starting and finishing at the Solon American Legion ball diamond pavilion.
The son of Jeff and Carmen Smith, Brett Smith was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia in January of his senior year at Solon High School. He was treated at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics but was later sent to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and passed away there on April 16, 2012.

Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper April 1

SHUEYVILLE– Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper will be held Friday, April 1, from 5-7 p.m. at the church. The pubic is invited to attend and enjoy good food and fellowship with friends. The all-you-can eat supper includes pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns and beverage. This supper is used to support mission activities both at home and around the world. The church is located at 1195 Steeple Ln. NE in Shueyville. The cost for the supper is adults $6, ages 3-12 $3, and those under 3 are free.

April activities for Old Gold Diner

• A hearty thank you is extended to Jason Zeman for providing the March Sponsored Meal in memory of his grandparents, Bob and Marjorie Zeman. The Old Gold Diner was also pleased to have the superintendent of Solon Community School District Davis Eidahl, accompanied by Mike Kasparek, update the diners on the progress of the building as well as other information about the school district. Also, in attendance was Congressman Dave Loebsack, who visited with diners.

Chad Elliott and Claudia Nygaard perform at Lilfest Spring Series April 2

MOUNT VERNON– A California native living in Nashville, Ten., Claudia Nygaard is the owner of a gorgeous, powerful voice and performs with a sweet mixture of engaging candidness and unparalleled musicianship.
Nygaard will stop in Mount Vernon on Saturday, April 2, at 8 p.m. to do a show for the LilFest Series at the Uptown Theatre in the First Street Cultural Center.
Nygaard has performed at over 150 fairs and festivals in 47 states and across Europe, and was chosen as one of the Emerging Artists at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in New York. 

“Just do nothing”

Area residents speak up for Johnson County min. wage increase

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s not often a group of activists implores its government to just sit back and relax but a handful of people asked the North Liberty City Council to do just that last week.
About 40 individuals, in support of the Johnson County minimum wage increase, participated in a public “speak out” outside of North Liberty City Hall on Tuesday, March 22, before a regularly scheduled city council meeting.

Learning after dark

Penn Science Night generates third year of excitement

NORTH LIBERTY– Generating electricity, building skyscrapers and simulating laparoscopic surgery: today’s elementary students are exploring science in surprising new ways.
That is the purpose of Penn Elementary School’s Science Night. Held Feb. 26 in North Liberty, this was the third annual event geared toward encouraging students to learn how fun science and experimentation can be.

North Liberty road closure, lane reduction to begin April 4

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather permitting, beginning Monday, April 4, North Liberty Road south of Dubuque Street will be closed so crews can begin work on intersection improvements. East and westbound lanes of traffic will be maintained on Dubuque Street, but traffic for southbound North Liberty Road will be detoured to Rustic Ridge Road.

Clipper Band to host Drive 4Ur School April 9

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper Band will partner with Carter Ford in Oxford for a Drive 4Ur School fundraiser April 9 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the CCA High School parking lot in Tiffin.
Come test drive a new Ford, fill out a form and Ford will pay $20 per form (one per household, must be 18 years of age) up to 300 forms or $6,000. The money raised will go toward the CCA High School Band as it prepares to go to Washington, D.C., to march in the National Memorial Day Parade.  

Volunteers needed: Muddy Creek Cleanup April 9

NORTH LIBERTY– In observance of Keep America Beautiful Day, Boy Scout Troop 216 and Cub Scout Packs 216 and 275, the North Liberty Tree and Storm Water Advisory Board and the North Liberty Parks Department will lead the annual clean-up day to remove debris along Muddy Creek and the North Liberty Recreation trail April 9.
Public involvement, participation and education of storm water pollution prevention and management is the goal of this event.

“Make a Difference Day” at NL churches April 9

NORTH LIBERTY– Several North Liberty churches will host “Make A Difference Day,” a service project, on Saturday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to noon. Work teams from several local churches will be fan out over North Liberty performing community service. Service projects include yard work, small construction jobs, window washing, painting and many other projects at little or no cost, to improve the lives of the North Liberty community.
“Great group. They came in and discussed my needs and went to work,” commented one person.
“My team was the greatest,” was another comment.

Coralville Lake Friends Group organizational meeting April 7

IOWA CITY– Is Coralville Lake your outdoor playground? Are you someone who enjoys biking, boating, fishing, hiking, bird watching, picnicking, disc golfing, swimming or other recreational activities at Coralville Lake? If so, we want you to have a voice and become part of a “Friends Group.”
A “Friends Group” engages the public in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ mission with protecting and enhancing the natural resources while expanding the ways in which they can be enjoyed.

Solon exchange students find a home away from home

SOLON– Iowa is a long way from the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.
But for Aizhamal Nazhimidinoval and Ernis Sultanov, Solon has come to feel a lot like home; at least for now.
The two foreign exchange students are juniors at Solon High School (SHS) this year, as part of the World Link organization and its international FLEX program. Aizhamal is living with the Paula and Jeff Sears family, and Ernis with the Kris and Jerry McAtee family.