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Community

Solon public library

Top children’s picture books

In November the editors of School Library Journal picked their top children’s picture books of 2013. Below is the list of titles, for 2013, that we have available at the Solon Public Library.
• “Steam Train, Dream Train” by Sherri Duskey Rinker. In this book with rhyming text, the dream train pulls into the station and all the different cars are loaded by the animal workers, each with the appropriate cargo.

Inquiring minds want to know

Students participate in Solon High School fall science fair

SOLON– Students in Solon High School’s Biology and Scientific Inquiry course put theory into practice at this fall’s high school science fair.
A mandatory requirement for the students, 97 freshmen and sophomores launched experiments of a scientific nature in order to participate in the event. The goals include choosing and conducting an experiment independently, communicating and defending the results in a public forum to adults in the scientific community, and manage a long-term project.

She’s a Very poplar girl

McKenna Cole tracks trees as they filter Solon wastewater

SOLON– You wouldn’t expect most high school seniors to spend much time at Solon’s waste water treatment plant behind Randall Park. But on a blustery Saturday morning, McKenna Cole and her father were ducking around two planter boxes attached to a vat of wastewater, making quick adjustments to her experimental filtration system.

Christmas tree pickup Jan. 10

SOLON– The City of Solon Christmas tree pick up will be Friday, Jan. 10. Please have trees placed at the curb by 7 a.m.

Boy Scout Troop 120 soup supper Saturday, Jan. 11

SOLON–Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5 until 7 p.m. The soup supper features homemade soups of all varieties. Previous year’s soups have included traditional choices such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional selections such as demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. This all-you-can-eat meal also includes fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts.

Veterans Memorial breakfast Jan. 19

SOLON– The Veterans Memorial Committee will be hosting a special breakfast Sunday, Jan. 19, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at the Solon American Legion. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, juice, coffee and milk. The cost for adults is $7, and $4 for children ages 6-12. Children age 5 and under eat free. All proceeds go to the Veterans Memorial Fund for maintenance purposes.

Brannaman named Women’s Club Jennie Award winner

Charter member of Solon Women’s Club honored

SOLON– Rita Brannaman of the Solon Women’s Club was chosen as winner of the 2012-2014 GFWC/Iowa Federation of Women’s Clubs’ (GFWC) “Jennie Award.” The General Federation of Women’s Clubs awards one woman from each state this honor during each two-year administration for lifetime personal excellence. The GFWC Jennie Award is named in honor of GFWC’s founder, Jane Cunningham Croly, who wrote for national newspapers under the pseudonym, Jennie June.

Little Tykes basketball program offered for first/second graders

First and Second grade boys and girls are invited to learn the basic fundamentals of basketball, proper sportsmanship, teamwork and most importantly, have FUN! The Saturday morning program will be held at the Lakeview Elementary gym beginning Feb. 22. Online registration is available at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com/.

Yoga class to start Jan. 7

A new six-week yoga class will be offered beginning Tuesday, Jan. 7. Yoga will be offered on Tuesday evenings from 5:45-6:45 p.m. at the lower level of Brosh Chapel Community Center. For more information or to register for the class, visit www.solon-iowa.com and click on the parks and recreation tab. Registration forms can also be found at the Solon City Office.

Ice skating at recreation and nature area open

The ice skating rink at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area is ready for use. Ice skating is free and open to the public during daylight hours.

Junior Optimists sponsoring mini dance marathon Jan. 10

SOLON– The Junior Optimist members will be sponsoring a mini dance marathon for students and staff members in the middle school on Jan. 10. The ‘mini’ will take place during the school day. All proceeds will be donated to the University of Iowa Dance Marathon. This will be the 20th year that the U of I hosts a Dance Marathon. The Dance Marathon provides emotional and financial support for pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant patients and their families treated at the U of I Children’s Hospital.

Hills Bank donates more than $1,700 to Solon School District

SOLON– The Classroom Cash program from Hills Bank recently donated $1,712.92 to the Solon Community School District. These funds will be used to support programs and services which enhance student educational experiences.