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Community

Blood drive, bingo at North Bend Feb. 17

NORTH LIBERTY– North Bend Elementary (NBE) in North Liberty will host a special night of activities Friday, Feb. 17.
A blood drive with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will be held from 2:30-6:30 p.m. in the teacher workroom with walk-ins welcome. There will also be a fun Rock and Roll Bingo night which will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria, so plan to stop in and donate the gift of life and stay to play some rockin’ bingo afterwards.

Mercy Iowa City donates locally grown lactation room in North Liberty library

NORTH LIBERTY– Mercy Iowa City and the North Liberty Community Library are proud to announce a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 14, for the Locally Grown Lactation Room in the North Liberty library. The ribbon cutting is at 10 a.m. at the North Liberty Community Library. Community members and staff are welcome to attend.

Johnson County “EMS Saturday” event Feb. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The Johnson County EMS Association’s (JCEMSA) EMS Saturday is an outstanding single-day event held in North Liberty, at the South Slope Community Center, 980 North Front St.
Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 11. Registration is free for JCEMSA members and $60 for non-members, and includes lunch, continuing education registration, parking and conference materials.

Cost of recycling to increase for Solon residents

Johnson County Refuse asks for help with transportation costs

SOLON– Council members are in it for the longer haul.
The members of the Solon City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance increasing the monthly recycling fee from $5.50 to $6.35 at a special meeting Jan. 25.
Sixty cents of the jump in price is due to the trucking of recyclables from Johnson County to Scott County, according to Johnson County Refuse owner Steve Smith.
Smith told council members at a Jan. 11 special meeting his local market for recyclables had changed dramatically in the last 18 months.

Solon Knights of Columbus all-you-can-eat Breakfast Sunday, Feb. 5

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Feb. 5, from 8 a.m. until noon at St. Mary Catholic Church parish hall. The cost is $6 for ages 12 and older, $3 for ages 6-11, and free for ages five and younger.
The KCs will serve scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage, pancakes and omelets on request.

Iowa Raptor Family Day Feb. 4

SOLON– The Iowa Raptor Project invites the public to another Family Day on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. February’s event features the Great Horned Owl, many of which are already nesting in the area.
Make your own owl baby out of cotton balls, pinecones, edible play dough and birdseed. Because they are edible for wildlife, kids can then put them out in the woods for the birds to munch on.
This free event takes place at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, in Solon. The Iowa Raptor Project will have a fire going to help keep visitors warm.

Old Gold Diner hosts Solon school superintendent Feb. 15

SOLON– On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Old Gold Diner will host Solon Community School District Superintendent Davis Eidahl at the February Sponsored Meal. Eidahl and Mike Kasparek will update the attendees of changes and future plans in the Solon Community School District. Be sure to mark your calendar to attend this meal.

Running stop signs? Look for increased enforcement

SOLON– It’s going to take a little enforcement.
The city has received complaints about the number of people running stop signs around town.
At the conclusion of the Jan. 18 Solon City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Stange said, “quite a few complaints about vehicle traffic, mainly stop signs.”
Stange said he shared the information with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and they’ve been responsive to requests for enforcement.

Another high-speed chase ends in Solon

SOLON– For the second time in just over two months, a high-speed chase beginning on Interstate 80 found its way to Solon.
The pursuit began on Interstate 80 near the Wilton exit on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at approximately 2:30 p.m., according to Capt. Randy Jones, area commander for the Iowa State Patrol district office in Cedar Rapids.

First Presbyterian near Ely to host Red Cedar concert Feb. 24

ELY– Czech heritage runs deep at First Presbyterian Church near Ely and the church is excited to host a Czech-inspired free concert by Red Chamber Music held on Friday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. as part of the group’s Rural Outreach Concert series. The church is located west of Ely at 11100 Spanish Rd.

Swisher American Legion Super Bowl Sunday Chili Cook Off Feb. 5

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will be hosting its Super Bowl Sunday Chili Cook Off Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at the Legion. Entries must be to the Legion by 2 p.m. to be considered for first, second and third place prizes. One entry per person. The entry fee is $5.
After judging is complete, the public is welcome to an all-you-can-eat chili supper for $5.

Solon senior advocates February newsletter

2017 proposed Advocate trips

All trips originate at Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
• Thursday, March 16: West Branch Hoover Museum, Route 66 Tour. $10.
• Wednesday, April 19: Rock Island, Circa 21; “Music Man.” TBA. Sign up now – reservations are needed soon.
• Thursday, May 18: Kalona; Salina Bontrager, bakery, Stringtown, Country Store, Perry Bender greenhouse. $50.
• Thursday, June 22: Prairie City, Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge. $20.
• Thursday, July 20: Waterloo, John Deere Museum. $25.