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Community

Softball can drive Sunday, Nov. 13

SOLON– The Solon softball program will host a can drive Sunday, Nov. 13, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Drop off redeemable cans and bottles at the Solon softball field. Players will also go door to door in neighborhoods. Contact Athena Lance at athena@southslope.net or 319-533-0179 to schedule a pick up.

Solon Middle School’s Annual Veterans Day Program Nov. 11

SOLON– Solon Middle School (SMS) hosts its annual Veterans Day program Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. in the SMS Auditorium. The school is pleased to have Army Ranger Quintin Bigelow, a 2003 Solon High School graduate who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, as the guest speaker. The American Legion will be in attendance and members of the Solon Middle School band will perform. Handmade cards will be made for veterans in attendance by the fifth and sixth grade students. Refreshments will be served following the program, provided by the Solon Middle School PTO.

Women’s Club and library to host Holiday Tree Decorating Contest

SOLON– The GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club and the Solon Public Library are sponsoring the Holiday Tree Decorating Contest to be held at the library. The proceeds from the contest will be donated to the Solon Splash Pad Fund.

St. Bernadette’s Parish Fall Soup Supper and Bake Sale Nov. 13

WEST BRANCH– St. Bernadette’s Parish will host its annual Fall Soup Supper and Bake Sale on Sunday, Nov. 13. Serving will be at the church at 507 Orange Street in West Branch, from 3-7 p.m. Homemade chicken noodle soup and chili are featured, along with pie, cake, ice cream and a beverage. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 3-10. Carry-out is available.

Swisher Auxiliary Annual Turkey Homemade Turkey Dinner Nov. 5

SWISHER– On Saturday, Nov. 5, from 4:30-7:30 p.m., the Swisher Auxiliary hosts its Annual Homemade Turkey Dinner. Adult meals cost $10 and kids meals are $5. The Junior Auxiliary will host Turkey bingo upstairs through dinner. Bingo cost is $1 per game with winners receiving a turkey to take home. Arts and crafts will be offered for children attending the event during bingo.

Ely News

Leo Truhlar of Cedar Rapids and his family gathered on Wednesday, Oct. 12, to celebrate his 90th birthday at Sutliff. Guests were Terry and Tony Truhlar and Tammy, Ethan, Nolan and Dalton McGauthier of Athens, Georgia; Barbara Morse of Livermore, California; Sherry Garnant of Ely; Anna Garnant of Des Moines; Maureen Smith of Clinton; and Maurice and Rachel Garnant.

Library hosts autism-friendly browsing hour

North Liberty Community Library partners with Iowa City group to develop program

NORTH LIBERTY– Over 40 people attended the North Liberty Community Library’s first autism-accessible browsing hour Friday, Oct. 14. The library partnered with the Iowa City Autism Community (ICAC) to plan the event as an opportunity for autistic individuals and others with sensory processing disorders to interact with therapy animals and explore sensory stations and games.

Holiday events publicized in Nov. 17 edition

NORTH LIBERTY– Advertise your holiday happenings.
The Solon Economist and North Liberty Leader, in cooperation with the other newspapers in the West Branch Communication chain, will publish a regional list of holiday events in the Nov. 17 edition.

Swisher fall block party Nov. 5

SWISHER– Join downtown Swisher businesses for several grand openings and a fall block party Saturday, Nov. 5, starting at 8 a.m.
The Black Squirrel Tap and Beer Garden will open at 8 a.m. with mimosas, bloody marys and the their secret house recipe, “McNutty Mary”– named after former Hawkeye football player Marvin McNutt. Black Squirrel will also feature tastings from Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery, Lion Bridge Brewing Company and Iowa City Brewlab, as well as live music by Kevin “B. F.” Burt.

CCA Supper for “Old Folks” Nov. 5

TIFFIN– On Saturday, Nov. 5, the CCA Student Assistance Team and Interact Club hosts its annual Supper for “Older Folks.” In other words, those aged 55 or older are invited to supper. Supper for “Old Folks” will serve turkey, ham mashed potatoes and a potluck of dishes the 30 or so kids bring to share. Serving will start at 6 p.m. at the CCA High School in Tiffin. Call Mark Hovey, Advisor CCA High School SAT/Interact, at 319-545-5623 for reservations.

Family Day at Iowa Raptor Project Saturday, Nov. 5

SOLON– The Iowa Raptor Project invites the public to the November Family Day featuring the Peregrine Falcon, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Visitors will learn about the history of falconry and hunting with the Peregrine Falcon. The Raptor’s Nest will be open with arts and crafts and activities for kids. There will be staff and volunteers available to answer any questions.
The Raptor Center currently displays over 20 unreleasable birds of prey historically found in Iowa and is located within the Macbride Nature Recreation Area, 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon.

Swisher Auxiliary Annual Turkey Homemade Turkey Dinner Saturday, Nov. 5

SWISHER– On Saturday, Nov. 5, from 4:30-7:30 p.m., the Swisher Auxiliary hosts its Annual Homemade Turkey Dinner. Adult meals cost $10 and kids meals are $5. The Junior Auxiliary will host Turkey bingo upstairs through dinner. Bingo cost is $1 per game with winners receiving a turkey to take home. Arts and crafts will be offered for children attending the event during bingo.