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Community

NL council approves arts funding for kids

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s new budget strategy to fund mid-year requests from nonprofit organizations has already benefitted local seniors.
Now it is helping area youth as well.
The North Liberty City Council in October approved two social service funding applications from Elder Services, in the amount of $1,120, and North Liberty Senior Dining program, for $1,500. A third application from Any Given Child of Iowa City, in the amount of $2,000 each year for three years, was considered at the council’s Oct. 27 meeting.

Local author releases new crime novel

Reading at Prairie Lights Nov. 19

IOWA CITY– Acclaimed and long time Iowa City author Patrick Irelan will read at Prairie Lights Bookstore Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.
Irelan’s new crime fiction novel, “The Big Drugstore,” is set in the Quad Cities alongside the Mississippi River. The novel introduces smart-talking, big-hearted, quick-witted and down-on-his-luck Private Detective Mike Scofield.
The book gets five stars from Foreword Reviews.

Haunted happenings

NORTH LIBERTY– With a turnout of more than 720 kids, North Liberty’s Haunted Happenings event is easily one of the most popular Halloween activities in the Corridor.
This year’s Haunted Happenings took place Thursday, Oct. 29, and Friday, Oct. 30, at the North Liberty Community Center.

Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 14

WESTERN– The Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club will hold its Thanksgiving turkey dinner and auction Saturday, Nov. 14, at the clubhouse at 11808 Club Rd., in Western, with a 5 p.m. social hour and a 6 p.m. meal. A fundraising auction will be held at 7 p.m.

22nd Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show Nov. 7-8

CORALVILLE– Make plans now to attend the 22nd Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8, at the Marriott Conference Center.
This is the area’s largest show, with over 150 talented exhibitors presenting and selling the Midwest’s finest handcrafts.
The show is a production of Callahan Promotions, Inc. and offers patrons the opportunity to enjoy original affordable arts and crafts.

Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2015 fall farminar series starts Nov. 10

AMES– It’s that time of the year again: cooler nights, shorter days, harvest wrapping up – the perfect time to reflect on the growing season and consider improvements to better achieve farm goals next year. Practical Farmers of Iowa is set to kick off its fall farminar series in November to offer practical knowledge for row crop, livestock or fruit and vegetable farmers looking to improve their operations. The webinar series, called “farminars,” is free for anyone with an internet connection to tune in and participate.

Spooky Spartan Trail

The Solon Middle School PTO hosted the Spooky Spartan Trail Friday, Oct. 30, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The fundraiser featured semi-frightening scenes along the cross coutry course adjacent to the Timber DOME Lodge. At left, Carter and Quint Chickering pick out some treats from a volunteer before moving on down the trail. (photos by Doug Lindner)

City creates new janitor position

Part-time job will serve city buildings

SOLON– Good help can be hard to find.
Sometimes you just have to do it yourself.
After over a year of trying to find a suitable contractor, the City of Solon is creating a new part-time janitorial position to provide services for the city hall, library and fire station.
“This has been a long process,” City Administrator Cami Rasmussen told city council members at a regular meeting Oct. 21.

Solon American Legion to host full breakfast Sunday, Nov. 8

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will host a full breakfast fundraiser for the Legion Color Guard Sunday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Legion.
Legion members will serve eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, hash browns, coffee and juice.

SMS Veterans Day Program auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 11

SOLON– Solon Middle School’s (SMS) annual Veterans Day Program will be held at the SMS auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. All veterans and community members are invited. The guest speaker will be Sgt. Alfred John Carr, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Solon American Legion will be in attendance and members of the Solon Middle School band will perform. Handmade cards will be made by fifth and sixth grade students for veterans in attendance. Refreshments will be served following the program, provided by the Solon Middle School PTO.

Free Thanksgiving meal at Our Lord’s Church Nov. 26

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 26. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market Street. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or reservations.

Hydrant flushing began Nov. 2

SOLON– Beginning Monday, Nov. 2, the Solon Public Works Department started flushing fire hydrants. It is anticipated this will last two weeks. This work is necessary to ensure the proper operation of the hydrants and to draw water through the water mains at a faster than normal rate to remove any iron sediment in the pipes. During the flushing operations, you may experience fluctuations in pressure and/or discolored water. This condition is temporary and does not pose a health risk. Run your cold-water tap until it clears.