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Community

Annual fall festival Oct. 8 at Colony Pumpkin Patch

NORTH LIBERTY– The Colony Pumpkin Patch kicks off the fall season Saturday, Oct. 8, with food, fun, games, demonstrations and more.
Activities, including the 5-acre corn maze and pick-your-own pumpkins, take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Weekend admission is $8 per person.
This year’s corn maze at highlights the North Liberty Police Department’s campaign to bring a K-9 officer and dog to the force. A portion of all the season’s sales support the initiative.
The Colony Pumpkin Patch is located at 2780 Front St. NE. Pets are welcome at the farm but must remain leashed and be picked up after.

Free fall leaf pick-up to begin Monday, Oct. 3, at 7

NORTH LIBERTY– Open burning of leaves and yard waste is not permitted in North Liberty. The city will pick up leaves that property owners have raked to the curb Monday through Friday from Oct. 3 to Nov. 21.
Leaves should be piled within two feet of the curb or edge of road. No sticks, branches or any other yard waste should be mixed with the leaves. Brush or garden waste may be bundled for pickup on your regular trash day.

North Liberty lends a helping hand

NORTH LIBERTY– Although unaffected by the late September flooding much of Eastern Iowa experienced, the City of North Liberty was able to assist those areas in need.
At the request of Dave Wilson, Director of Johnson County Emergency Management Agency, the North Liberty Streets Department delivered materials to assist with flood mitigation and recovery Thursday, Sept. 22, as the Cedar River prepared to crest at near-record levels.

Solon High School Homecoming royalty

It’s Homecoming for the Solon Community School District. Members of the Homecoming Court gathered outside the high school for a photo Friday, Sept. 16. The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced this week as part of the Homecoming Parade Wednesday and the varsity football game against Oskaloosa Friday. Front: McKenna Miller, Kylie Holubar, Ali Diersen, Elizabeth Hand, Alexis Sands, MaKayla Lindemann. Back: Liam Bell, Graeson Dall, Bo Black, Justin Gibbs, Trevor Nelson, Ben Carr. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Macbride alcohol ban takes legislative twist

Administrative rules committee sends amendment to legislature

DES MOINES– It’s up to the Iowa Legislature now.
The implementation of an alcohol ban at Lake Macbride State Park’s beach was delayed by a legislative review committee, and the Iowa House and Senate will have their chance to fix the problem.
A ban on “alcoholic liquor, beer, and wine” from beaches at Lake Macbride State Park and Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area in Linn County was approved by the Iowa Natural Resources Commission at an Aug. 11 meeting and the amended rule was to go into effect Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Solon All-Alumni Basketball Tournament Saturday, Oct. 8

SOLON– Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Jason Pershing announced an All-Alumni Basketball Tournament for former Solon athletes on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Solon High School gymnasium.
Teams or individuals may register for the double-elimination tournament at a cost of $10 per participant. Bring a reversible jersey or a dark and white shirt. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Contact coach Pershing at jpershing31@gmail.com with any questions.

Solon Dollars for Scholars 2016 Gala Saturday, Oct. 15

SOLON– They’re providing hope for every student
An exciting evening of great food and lively bidding is planned for Saturday, Oct. 15, as Solon Dollars for Scholars hosts the 2016 Gala at the Celebration Barn, located at 4045 245th St. in Solon. The doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Registration is required for the event. For online registration, go to solon.dollarsforscholars.org or register by mail with a donation of $45 per guest to: Solon Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 551, Solon, 52333.

Methodist church hosts Community Cookout Sept. 28 in Solon

SOLON– Come for the cookout. Stay for the Fun. Music, games, getting together with old friends, and making new ones are all on the agenda Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 5:30-7 p.m. That’s when Solon United Methodist Church will sponsor a free Community Cookout in the parking lots between the church and Solon City Hall, northeast of the intersection of Main and Iowa streets.

2015-16 Solon High School Yearbooks available for pickup

SOLON– Parents of 2016 graduates who ordered yearbooks, the yearbooks are available for pick up in the high school office during business hours. This pertains to graduates who do not have siblings attending the high school. Siblings of 2016 graduates have been contacted and yearbooks were distributed to them. Parents are asked to make every effort to pick up yearbooks as soon as possible. The high school has extras available for those unable to order one last year. The yearbooks are $50 and checks can be made payable to Solon Community Schools.

Center for the Arts Open House set for Jan. 15

SOLON– To celebrate the opening of the new Solon Center for the Arts, an open house is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 15, from 2-4 p.m. There will be guided- and self-guided tours through the facility with music provided by talented students playing the brand new Steinway grand piano.

Last call! Vintage cheer and dance uniform sale during Homecoming

SOLON– The Solon Cheer and Dance Teams are cleaning out their closets and selling gently used uniforms and props. Great items for Homecoming spirit week, themed student sections and Halloween. Lots of colors and sizes! Very reasonably priced! Stop by Mrs. Lane’s room before school, during seminar or after school this week or stop by the table at the Sept. 23 Homecoming game. If you have questions, contact Mrs. Lane, mlane@solon.k12.ia.us.

Flu vaccination clinics at Solon Schools Oct. 11, 18 and 25

SOLON– The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) visits Lakeview Elementary Tuesday, Oct. 11; Solon Middle School Tuesday, Oct. 18; and Solon High School Tuesday, Oct. 25, all from 3:30-6 p.m., to administer flu vaccinations to the public.
The clinics offer flu shots QIV, High Dose Flu (for ages 65 years and older) and pneumonia vaccine (available upon prior request).