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Community

“Jazz in the Commons” on Saturday, April 2, at SHS

SOLON– The Solon High School jazz programs will be presenting “Jazz in the Commons” on Saturday, April 2, from 5-7 p.m. The jazz bands and jazz choirs will each perform sets from their 2015 competition season. Parents will also be serving a picnic dinner for purchase during the event. Food items will include chicken sandwiches, pork burgers, hotdogs, chips, various salads, desserts and a drink. All proceeds from the event go to support the Solon High School jazz programs.

NL Council to rename 965

NORTH LIBERTY– What’s in a name?
The North Liberty City Council believes renaming Highway 965 through North Liberty will create more convenience, a greater sense of community for residents and wider recognition for people passing through.
Therefore, the council unanimously approved the process by which officials will re-name the town’s main north-south thoroughfare.
In the last year or two, members of the council have occasionally expressed a desire to call the road something other than Highway 965.

Eagle eyes

Another successful Bald Eagle Watch & Expo

NORTH LIBERTY– They came to learn about the birds and the bees– as well as the spiders, snakes and other Iowa wildlife, at the fourth annual Bald Eagle Watch & Expo, held Feb. 6, in North Liberty and along the Coralville Reservoir.
The free annual event, co-hosted by the Iowa City Bird Club, Iowa Audubon Society, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Diversity Program and the Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District, provides kids’ activities, guest lecturers and an opportunity to join others in sneaking peeks at the bald eagles roosting and flying near the Coralville Dam.

No vaping allowed

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council took the first step in banning electronic cigarettes in the community’s public spaces.
At its March 8 meeting, the five-member council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance amendment to ban vapor products, commonly referred to as e-cigarettes, in the city’s designated smoke-free places.
“It was one of the shortest ordinance I’ve ever drafted,” City Attorney Scott Peterson told the council.

Everyone’s an inventor

STEAM Room Fab Lab offers possibility to create anything

IOWA CITY– If you could make anything, what would you choose? A bicycle? A new chandelier? A life-saving medical device? What would you do if there were no limits?
Kirk Cheyney invites you to find out. Cheyney is the founder of the STEAM Room Fab Lab, a digital fabrication laboratory full of machines, equipment, and possibilities.

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.

Color Fun Run to benefit CCA student programming opportunities

TIFFIN– A district-wide Color Fun Run benefitting the Parent Teacher Groups at all four elementary schools in the Clear Creek Amana School District will be Saturday, April 9, with a 5K race beginning at 9 a.m. and the 1 mile commencing at 10 a.m. This will be a fun, family-friendly event complete with color stations.
Both routes begin at Clear Creek Amana High School located in Tiffin and will pass by multiple color stations. Runners should be prepared for some colorful fun.

Solon committee pitches $550,000 project to council

One percent-ish raised, 99 percent to go

SOLON– What at first was a trickle is now a babbling brook.
Armed with concept images, firmer cost estimates and plans for fundraising, members of a splash pad committee pitched all three to the Solon City Council at a March 2 meeting.
The group is looking to build momentum and compound the $5,000 already raised for the $550,000 potential project.

Prescribed burn planned for Solon Prairie in March or April

SOLON– The Johnson County Conservation Board (JCCB) is planning to conduct a prescribed burn at the Solon Prairie at some point between March and April, weather conditions permitting.

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.

Few changes for school calendar

District’s calendar committee aimed for consistency in 2016-17 and 2017-18, approved by the board last month

What happened
The Solon Community School District Board of Education approved the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school calendars at its Feb. 8 meeting. Calendar committee representative Brandi Radcliffe presented the committee’s recommendations to the board in January, and the decision was made in February to approve the calendar as requested by the committee.

Horaks honored for land donation March 24

DES MOINES– More than 4,500 acres of Iowa land in 15 counties was permanently protected through many donations for conservation. The landowners, families and organizations associated with the 23 donations of land or land value will be recognized during a ceremony at the State Capitol.
Richard and Janice Horak, of Swisher, purchased their 80-acre slice of heaven outside of Shueyville in 1971, on Janice’s birthday, where they planted a tree nursery and raised their two sons. Only one subdivision bordered the acreage in 1971, today it is surrounded by a growing number of housing developments.