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Community

Giant balloon games at NLRC Sept. 16-17

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Recreation Center will join forces with Chad Johnson of ICBalloons to create the world’s first interactive giant balloon games event Sept. 16 from 3-7:30 p.m. and Sept. 17 from 2-7 pm.

NLCP Taste & Tour Sept. 8 at Growing Together Garden

NORTH LIBERTY– Join The Growing Together Garden, North Liberty Community Pantry's 9,600-square-foot garden, for its second annual Taste & Tour Thursday, Sept. 8, from 6-8 p.m. The garden is located on the west side of the pantry (89 N. Jones Blvd.).
The evening will include garden to table samples, kid activities, as well as pantry and garden tours.
For more information or with questions mail garden@northlibertycommunitypantry.org or call 319-626-2711.

Star Party Sept. 23 at Penn Meadows

NORTH LIBERTY– The night time is the right time! Join Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) and the City of North Liberty this fall to learn about the night sky Friday, Sept. 23, from 7-9 p.m. Contact Judy for more information or to register at judy@earthviewenvironmental.com. This is a family event, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sidewalk cafes can serve May to November

City lowers fees for outdoor eateries

SOLON– The Solon City Council significantly reduced the price of hosting outdoor service for Main Street restaurants.
In response to feedback from two downtown eateries, council members voted, at an Aug. 17 meeting, to slash the cost of renting public sidewalk and street space and eliminated a per-day fee. The city also extended the outdoor service season from May 1 to Nov. 1.
The ordinance and its accompanying policy have been in place since June, but none of the qualifying Main Street establishments have taken advantage.

A family affair at the Johnson County Fair

Solon's five Düsters participate in Johnson County Fair

SOLON– Seven ribbons and five days later, the Düster family came to the conclusion of yet another Johnson County Fair.
It’s a busy week for many families in the county. But the Düsters are unique in that they have five children in 4-H– at the same time.
All five kids started 4-H in fifth grade and are still going strong– although the oldest, who just graduated from Solon High School, participated in his last fair this year.

Marching band can drive, Sept. 3

SOLON– The Solon Marching Spartans will be holding a can drive (can and bottle recycling) on Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Solon High School band room. Please save your cans and drop them off on Saturday. The Marching Spartans will also have trucks driving through neighborhoods to collect. Thank you for your support.

St. Mary's hosts Harvest Fest. Sept. 11

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church, in Solon, will host its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy a chicken dinner, children and family activities, silent auction and more. This year, the top prize of the Harvest Festival Raffle will be season tickets for two to Hawkeye men’s basketball games. Tickets for the raffle are for sale at the church.

Solon Senior Advocates’ trip to Circa 21 rescheduled for Oct. 5

SOLON– Notice! The Senior Advocates planned a trip to Circa 21 to catch the “Million Dollar Quartet” Wednesday, Sept. 21, but unfortunately that matinee sold out before participants could be registered. The only date available is Wednesday, Oct. 5, so if you are interested in this musical we encourage you to call and register as soon as possible so we don’t lose this date. This is a very popular show and seats are going fast. Cost to be determined by the number of registrations.

Ely Fall Fest Sept. 16-18

ELY– The ninth annual Ely Fall Fest returns Sept. 16-18. The weekend festival begins Friday night with a Moonlight 5K and 1-mile run at 7:45 p.m., followed with a community celebration. Saturday is an all-day festival featuring over 20 activities and events, including kids’ inflatables and games, an adult co-ed softball tournament, a cornhole tournament, pet parade, youth punt/pass/kick competition, magic show, wiener dog race and live music throughout the day. The day is capped with a fireworks display at dusk. Sunday is devoted to the Classic Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Robotics Club open house Sept. 3

SOLON– The Solon Robotics Club will be hosting an open house meeting for middle and high school students Saturday, Sept 3, from 8:30-11 a.m. at the robotics room behind the middle school auditorium. Contact coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail for more information.

Facilities Usage Meeting, Sept. 7, at SMS

SOLON– The Facilities Usage Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in room 403 at the middle school to discuss upcoming facilities needs through December. Please make sure your team or group has a representative present and bring your schedule. You may call Jody McSweeney with any questions at 319-624-3401, ext. 1300.

Solon public library Fall hours

Fall library hours have resumed:
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: noon to 8 p.m.
Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays:10 a.m. to 5 p.m.