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Community

Room to “grow something”

Lowe’s donates $2,800 to renovate Penn student gardens

NORTH LIBERTY– Penn Elementary students will notice a little something different about their Grow Something garden when they return to school this month.
With help from the Lowe’s Heroes project, parent volunteers and even current Penn Panthers, the greenhouse area was transformed into a garden patio last week, complete with raised beds, new planters and two arbor entrances.

Penn Meadows splash pad open until Labor Day

NORTH LIBERTY– Just in time for the dog days of summer, North Liberty’s first splash pad opened Thursday, Aug. 4.
Located on the north side of Penn Meadows Park, 170 N. Dubuque St., the splash pad offers a baseball-themed spray feature as well as in-ground jets, a durable, grippy surface and limestone seating at the perimeter. The splash pad will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during the season. Seasonally, the splash pad will operate starting each Memorial Day weekend and operate through Labor Day weekend.

NL Community Pantry free salsa making class Aug. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– Learn how to make salsa with the North Liberty Community Pantry.
Community members are invited to this free event Thursday, Aug. 11, from 6-8 p.m. at the Growing Together Garden, 89 N. Jones Blvd., adjacent to the pantry.
Registration is required and class size is limited. Register by calling 319-626-2711 or stop by the pantry.

NL Porchfest Aug. 20 in Arlington Ridge neighborhood

NORTH LIBERTY– What if there was an afternoon when porches became stages and everyone just walked around listening to musicians, hung out on lawns and sidewalks and connected with their neighbors?
Porchfest is “community in the key of summer.”

Penn Meadows Servolution Aug. 19

NORTH LIBERTY– The annual Servolution back-to-school event for families is back again for its fifth year. LIFEchurch of Coralville, along with dozens of other agencies, churches, and schools, will serve families in North Liberty and Coralville as they transition back to school. Servolution is held at Kirkwood Elementary in Coralville on Aug. 22 from 2-5 p.m. and at Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty on Aug. 19 from 3–6 p.m. Families are given shoes, haircuts, groceries, school supplies and much more. Organizers are still looking for volunteers, shoes and other donations if you want to help!

Kernels North Liberty Night Aug. 19

CEDAR RAPIDS– It’s a night to spend with neighbors, Mr. Shucks and the Kernels, an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The game takes place Friday, Aug. 19, at 6:35 p.m. and is open to all ages. The cost is $6 per person for bleacher seating and $8 per person for club seating. Kids 3 and under get in free.
Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to the Cedar Rapids Kernels field, located at 950 Rockford Rd. SW.

Rhino fun

NLFD gears up for 2016 Salute to Summer

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s not uncommon for a volunteer fire department to host a fundraising event, or two, each year. Pancake breakfasts, soup suppers and dances are the typical fare. The volunteer professionals of the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) held a Fireman’s Dance as an annual fundraiser for many years, but they knew they could do something bigger and better.
“While it was successful, the members of the department decided they wanted to create a more family-oriented event,” said Firefighter-Emergency Medical Technician Mike Johnston.

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.

Family Movie Night Under the Stars Thursday, Aug. 11

SOLON– As daylight fades, the movie rolls Thursday, Aug. 11, at Randall Park in Solon. Join neighbors and friends for Family Movie Night when the 2009 film ‘Up’ is featured.

Bluebird house building Aug. 9 at Lake Macbride Main Lodge

SOLON– The public is invited to join Lake Macbride seasonal staff in building bluebird houses. The event on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Lake Macbride Park’s Main Lodge, is open to people of all ages.

Solon High School Dance Team can drive Friday, Aug. 5

SOLON– The Solon High School Varsity Dance Team will have its annual can drive on Friday, Aug. 5, in the Solon High School parking lot, from 4-7 p.m. Donations of empty cans, bottles and plastics will be accepted. The team will return them to the Can Shed as a fundraiser for competition fees. Pop tabs will be removed and donated to the Ronald McDonald House. For those unable to drop off your cans, contact Marjorie Lane at 319-624-3401 ext. 1116 or mlane@solon.k12.ia.us to arrange a pick up.

Parish wrestles with decision

Fate of former St. Mary church building hangs in the balance

SOLON– Although it’s been rarely used in the last 20 years, there are still a lot of memories for Solon residents in the former St. Mary Catholic Church.
But the need for cemetery space and concerns about the continuing dilapidation of the building have prompted a church committee to recommend its demolition, which led to an informational meeting held July 26 in the church’s parish hall.
Close to 100 people attended the meeting to listen to Father Tim Sheedy and architectural consultant Alan Wieskamp describe the condition of the church building and discuss potential next steps.