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April 20th

Ely News by Lenna See

Gail Nederhiser, McKenzie and Amelia Hartl, Bonnie Fencl and Connie Brown spent a week vacationing at Ocean Beach, Alabama, on the Gulf of Mexico. They stayed at the Blue Waters Condo. They enjoyed sightseeing and the beach.

City Wide Garage sale registration

Solon’s City-wide Garage Sale is set for the first weekend in June: Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2. If you don’t have enough for your own sale, you can always donate items to the library. The Friends of the Solon Public Library hold their own sale, with proceeds benefiting the library. (The Friends discourage donations of bedding and clothing as those items do not sell well.) The Friends will also hold a plant sale on June 2, so please think of the library when you’re dividing your perennials.

Matt Fradd to lecture at St. Mary Church in Solon April 25

SOLON– Matt Fradd will be at St. Mary Church in Solon on Wednesday, April 25, for two talks. Fradd speaks with great energy and passion to over 50,000 youth and adults each year. He is the author of best-selling book “The Porn Myth: Exposing the Reality Behind the Fantasy of Pornography.” His podcast, Love People Use Things is listened to by thousands each month. He works for Covenant Eyes and is the founder of theporneffect.com.

Get your green thumb on April 30

SOLON– “Get your green thumb on” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 30, at the Library for Art Tellin’s talk on all things “Green.” Tellin will discuss what to grow and where, seed-starting, cold frames, raised beds, containers, soil mixes and fertilizers and much, much more. This conversation will be a great way to plan for spring plantings. Mark your calendar.

City to tackle Kingston and Short

Council dips into road use reserves for three projects

SOLON– The big bump is going bye-bye.
A section of Short Street between West Street and Iowa Street will be reconstructed this year to add parking and address a hump in the road where an alley intersects.
The project, along with two others, was approved by Solon City Council members at an April 4 meeting as part of the city’s proposed 2018 street improvements.
Also included for this season will be an asphalt overlay for a part of Kingston Drive, and another section of Short Street between Iowa and Dubuque streets.

May Day Breakfast, May 5

SOLON– Highlight Saturday, May 5, on the calendar and remember to attend the Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the GFWC/Iowa Solon Methodist Church from 7-11 a.m. At the breakfast, the following items will be served: Egg and meat casseroles, homemade rolls and kolaches, fruit, orange juice, milk and coffee.
The cost is $6 per adult and $3 for children (ages 5-12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women Club members or at the door on May 5.
The profit made from the breakfast will be split between the Solon Public Library and the Solon Community School District libraries.

7th Annual Spartan Dash, April 28

SOLON– The Lakeview Elementary PTO will be hosting its seventh annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 28, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event that will serve as the Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year. Interested individuals should signs up to participate in the event with a “family team.” Family teams will walk, skip or run through obstacles set up along the 1-mile trail in the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA). Obstacles will be suitable for both children and adults and are guaranteed to have you laughing.

SHS Clean-up Day, April 30

SOLON– Solon High School Community Clean-up Day will be on Monday, April 30, in the afternoon. Businesses or individuals wanting specific help with spring cleaning projects should contact the high school office at 319-624-2381 to be added to the list.

Solon jazz takes two top spots

SOLON– Last year, the Solon High School Vocal Jazz department made history having three of its groups selected for the state championships.
The program topped that accomplishment this year, making history all over again.
In the March 27 state jazz championship at Valley High School in West Des Moines, the top two places went to Solon High School. It was the first accomplishment of its kind for the competition in the state of Iowa.

Official farmers market in the works

Council, parks and rec discuss public, private locations

SOLON– A new city-sponsored farmers market is in the works.
Details surrounding the program were discussed during a joint session of the Solon City Council and the Solon Parks and Recreation Commission April 4, although a location for the market is still up in the air.
The city previously allowed private vendors to set up in a portion of Mushroom Park seasonally, but has not provided direct supervision.