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Community

“Just do nothing”

Area residents speak up for Johnson County min. wage increase

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s not often a group of activists implores its government to just sit back and relax but a handful of people asked the North Liberty City Council to do just that last week.
About 40 individuals, in support of the Johnson County minimum wage increase, participated in a public “speak out” outside of North Liberty City Hall on Tuesday, March 22, before a regularly scheduled city council meeting.

Learning after dark

Penn Science Night generates third year of excitement

NORTH LIBERTY– Generating electricity, building skyscrapers and simulating laparoscopic surgery: today’s elementary students are exploring science in surprising new ways.
That is the purpose of Penn Elementary School’s Science Night. Held Feb. 26 in North Liberty, this was the third annual event geared toward encouraging students to learn how fun science and experimentation can be.

North Liberty road closure, lane reduction to begin April 4

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather permitting, beginning Monday, April 4, North Liberty Road south of Dubuque Street will be closed so crews can begin work on intersection improvements. East and westbound lanes of traffic will be maintained on Dubuque Street, but traffic for southbound North Liberty Road will be detoured to Rustic Ridge Road.

Clipper Band to host Drive 4Ur School April 9

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper Band will partner with Carter Ford in Oxford for a Drive 4Ur School fundraiser April 9 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the CCA High School parking lot in Tiffin.
Come test drive a new Ford, fill out a form and Ford will pay $20 per form (one per household, must be 18 years of age) up to 300 forms or $6,000. The money raised will go toward the CCA High School Band as it prepares to go to Washington, D.C., to march in the National Memorial Day Parade.  

Volunteers needed: Muddy Creek Cleanup April 9

NORTH LIBERTY– In observance of Keep America Beautiful Day, Boy Scout Troop 216 and Cub Scout Packs 216 and 275, the North Liberty Tree and Storm Water Advisory Board and the North Liberty Parks Department will lead the annual clean-up day to remove debris along Muddy Creek and the North Liberty Recreation trail April 9.
Public involvement, participation and education of storm water pollution prevention and management is the goal of this event.

“Make a Difference Day” at NL churches April 9

NORTH LIBERTY– Several North Liberty churches will host “Make A Difference Day,” a service project, on Saturday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to noon. Work teams from several local churches will be fan out over North Liberty performing community service. Service projects include yard work, small construction jobs, window washing, painting and many other projects at little or no cost, to improve the lives of the North Liberty community.
“Great group. They came in and discussed my needs and went to work,” commented one person.
“My team was the greatest,” was another comment.

Coralville Lake Friends Group organizational meeting April 7

IOWA CITY– Is Coralville Lake your outdoor playground? Are you someone who enjoys biking, boating, fishing, hiking, bird watching, picnicking, disc golfing, swimming or other recreational activities at Coralville Lake? If so, we want you to have a voice and become part of a “Friends Group.”
A “Friends Group” engages the public in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ mission with protecting and enhancing the natural resources while expanding the ways in which they can be enjoyed.

Solon exchange students find a home away from home

SOLON– Iowa is a long way from the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.
But for Aizhamal Nazhimidinoval and Ernis Sultanov, Solon has come to feel a lot like home; at least for now.
The two foreign exchange students are juniors at Solon High School (SHS) this year, as part of the World Link organization and its international FLEX program. Aizhamal is living with the Paula and Jeff Sears family, and Ernis with the Kris and Jerry McAtee family.

Solon Athletic Spring Sport Kick-Off March 24 at Spartan Stadium

SOLON– Solon Athletic Spring Sport Kick-Off, sponsored by the Solon Athletic Booster Club, will be held Thursday, March 24, at Spartan Stadium. All are welcome to Team Meals; a hamburger, pork burger or hot dog with chips and drink for $4. Serving will start at 4 p.m. Introduction of all spring sport athletes for high school boys’ and girls’ soccer, track and field, golf and junior high track and field, will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the boys’ soccer scrimmage at 6 p.m.

Solon Night at the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Friday, March 25

SOLON– The public is invited to the City of Solon Night at the RoughRiders. City of Solon and area residents can save $4 per ticket for the Friday, March 25, game at 7 p.m. against Team USA. Tickets can be purchased by calling 319-261-4625 and mention “Solon” to receive instant savings. To purchase tickets online go to ridertownusa.com, select seats for the March 25 game, and use promo code Solon2016 to receive the discount. Tickets must be purchased by 9 p.m. Thursday, March 24, to receive a discount.

Senior Advocates add March 31 trip to Paramount Theatre

SOLON– Solon Senior Advocates is offering an additional trip for the month of March. On Thursday, March 31, the Advocates will sponsor a trip to Cedar Rapids to dine at New Bo Ale House and tour the Paramount Theatre. The trip will leave from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 10 a.m. Participants will stop at the Cedar Rapids Library at 11 a.m., with a tour of the Paramount at 2 p.m. Call 624-2710 or 319-430-8655 for information and reservations.

“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.