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Community

City council seeks applicants for mayoral appointment

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council is seeking applicants to fill the city’s mayoral seat vacancy. An application is available to download off the city’s website, or at City Hall, 3 Quail Creek Cir. Applications are due to the city clerk by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in person at City Hall or electronically to tmulcahey@northlibertyiowa.org.
The city council plans to consider candidates for appointment at its regular meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the city council chambers, 1 Quail Creek Cir. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

Hope Evangelical offers parking for Beat the Bitter on Friday, Feb. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Need to park and warm up before taking the family to Fire and Ice Family Friday, Feb.3?
Hope Evangelical Church, 420 N. Front St., offers any space available in its lot for the convenience of those making their way to nearby Penn Meadows Park for the scheduled events there. Enjoy free hot cider and cookies on the way to and from the park from 4-6 p.m

Family Day at Iowa Raptor Project 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.

Troop 216 to host chili supper Feb. 4

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 37th annual Chili Supper from 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat meat or vegetarian chili, bread, drinks and a variety of homemade desserts, including traditional Scout cobbler.
The dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event. Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s 30 Scouts.

Free babywearing meeting Feb. 4 at the library

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the Iowa City Babywearers for its monthly meeting on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10-11 a.m. at the North Liberty Community Library, 520 W. Cherry St., in meeting rooms C & D.
Those interested are invited to bring their own baby carriers or try some out at the meeting. There will be a large selection of carriers available to try. The meetings are casual and attendees may arrive and leave at their convenience. If you are curious about babywearing but don’t have specific questions you are welcome to just hang out.

Johnson County “EMS Saturday” event Feb. 11 at South Slope

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.

Garner Elementary Waffle Breakfast Saturday, Feb. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– Garner Elementary will host a Waffle Breakfast with Class Basket Auction and Raffle on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the school.

Swisher American Legion Lenten suppers begin March 3

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will serve Lenten suppers from 5-8 p.m. on Fridays from March 3 through April 7.
The Legion will be serving all-you-can-eat fish ($11), shrimp ($14) and chicken strips ($7). Add-on shrimp for $6, meals for children 6-12 years of age are $5, and kids 5 and under are free. Meals are served with one trip through salad bar. Carry-out is also available. The public is welcome.

Hope Evangelical offering parking for Fire and Ice Family Friday

NORTH LIBERTY– Need to park and warm up before taking the family to Fire and Ice Family Friday, Feb. 3?
Hope Evangelical Church, 420 N. Front St., offers any space available in its lot for the convenience of those making their way to nearby Penn Meadows Park for the scheduled events there. Enjoy free hot cider and cookies on the way to and from the park from 4-6 p.m.

Clear Creek Amana High School accepting open enrollment

North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– Students from outside the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district will again be able to open enroll into the district and attend the high school in Tiffin.
The district’s school board of directors approved the “Insufficient Space” policy for the 2017-2018 school year at their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Clear Creek Elementary (CCE) in Oxford.

Free tax preparation assistance available

IOWA CITY– Tax time just got a little less stressful. Thanks to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, qualifying low- to moderate-income workers in Johnson County can receive free tax preparation assistance from trained volunteers. VITA 2017 services began Wednesday, Jan. 25, and clinics will be available at several locations, days and times in Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty through Wednesday, April 12.

Neighbors air Main Street parking concerns

Council passes first reading to rezone mayor’s house

SOLON– The rezoning of 131 W. Main St. was the agenda item.
But the discussion was about downtown parking.
Solon’s city council approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the zoning of Mayor Steve Stange’s residence from residential to commercial at a meeting Jan. 18.
During a public hearing on the request, neighbors took the opportunity to vent their feelings regarding parking on their end of Main Street.
“Big Grove takes over this whole area on the weekend, absolutely, without a doubt,” said D.R. Miller of 131 W. Main St.