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Community

Upcoming IC school district enrollment lower than predicted

IOWA CITY- Iowa City school board members were slightly underwhelmed by the distric’ts enrollment numbers presented at the board’s Tuesday, Nov. 9 meeting
Student enrollment for the 2014-15 school year increased by 156 students in K-12, bringing official certified enrollment to 13,050. However, this increase was not as high as originally projected.

CCA declares insufficient space in four schools

No open enrollment at North Bend Elementary

OXFORD– It’s official. These four schools are out of room.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board approved the district’s insufficient space policy for the 2015-2016 school year in October.

Choose to shop local and help feed families

Area businesses work to make a difference in their communities

NORTH LIBERTY– At a time of year when we think about those who are struggling, a group of more than 30 local businesses have joined together to make a difference in their communities. It started when Lucy Hershberger, an owner at Forever Green Garden Center, was looking for a way to raise money and increase awareness about the work the North Liberty Community Pantry does in the area.

Clippers to host steak sandwich dinner Dec. 6

TIFFIN– Come support the CCA Clippers as they take on the Regina Regals. The CCA Clipper boys’ basketball team is holding its annual fundraiser Steak Sandwich Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 2 until 7 p.m. in the CCA High School commons in Tiffin. Cost is $8 for a meal that includes steak sandwich, party potatoes, vegetable, salad and dessert. Games times:  Freshmen boys, 1:30 p.m., junior varsity boys 3 p.m., varsity girls 4:30 p.m., and varsity boys at 6 p.m.

Shop Dec. 6 vendor fair for holiday gifts

NORTH LIBERTY– The public is invited to the annual Holiday Vendor Fair to be held Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 until 11 a.m. at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St. in North Liberty.
Local vendors, crafters, and sellers will display their wares for purchase. Get holiday shopping done early this year in a warm, festive setting at the Holiday Vendor Fair.

Bump in bond rating saves district interest

SOLON– When you’re borrowing millions of dollars, a single tenth of a percentage point on interest rates can make a big difference.
A bump in bond rating and a favorable market helped the Solon Community School District sell close to $10 million in general obligations bonds at an attractive 2.8412 percent interest rate to Raymond James & Associates Inc. at a Nov. 10 school board meeting.
The sale was authorized by district voters when they approved a $25.5 million school bond issue to build a new middle school and performing arts center in the Tuesday, Sept. 9, school election.

Our Lord’s Church annual candy and gift sale Fri. and Sat. Dec. 5-6

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be holding its 10th annual candy sale Friday, Dec. 5, from 3 until 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Featured are a large variety of homemade candies as well as gifts and homemade items. Enjoy a cup of coffee and work your way around the room and select your items.

Annual St. Mary Catholic Church Cookie Walk, Sunday, Dec. 7

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon will host its Annual Cookie Walk, Sunday, Dec. 7, from 8 a.m. until noon. Cookies and candies are available for purchase at $5 per pound. A variety of pies will also be available for purchase. 

Interested in improving water quality in the Macbride Watershed?

SOLON– The Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District is actively seeking landowners in the Macbride watershed who would like to implement water quality improvement practices such as terraces, water and sediment control basins, or grassed waterways. Please call the USDA Service Center at 319-337-2322 ext. 3 or stop into the office at 51 Escort Ln. in Iowa City for more information about this exciting opportunity. The application deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 23.

Solon Boosters’ annual Holiday Sale Wednesday, Dec. 3

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Boosters will be holding its annual Holiday Sale at Spartan Stadium on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 3:30-8:30 p.m. Come see the new T-shirts, and sweatshirts, basketball hoops, coffee mugs, tumblers, and stocking stuffers. New this year are Spartan socks, neon sweatshirts and digital camo baseball caps (in both traditional and flat bill styles). The Spartan Store will have items sure to be a hit for everyone on your holiday shopping list. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Hawkins at 331-0758.

CR Horsemen’s Club awards and Christmas party Dec. 13

WESTERN– The Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club will host its annual awards banquet and Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the club house at 11808 Club Rd., in Western. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. a meal will be served at 6 p.m. and after the meal, Santa Claus will arrive at 7 p.m. Awards will be presented following Santa’s visit.

70 years of memories

CR Horsemen’s Club celebrates the past

WESTERN– “It’s been a fun ride and we’ve really enjoyed it.”
An appropriate sentiment from equestrian Marilyn Butler, member of the board of directors for the Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club, and the driving force behind the club’s recent anniversary celebration. The club celebrated its founding in 1944, and the years since with “70 Years of Memories” at a Sunday Night Supper Oct. 12 at the club house on Club Road in Western.