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April 10th

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Van Allen celebrates diversity at 2nd International Night

NORTH LIBERTY– The flags of many nations waved at James Van Allen Elementary March 28.
Twenty-two countries were represented at Van Allen’s second annual International Night, which brought between 500-800 people to the North Liberty school, according to Mandy Bezoni-Puaina, one of the founders of the event and an English Language Learner instructor.
The evening provided a showcase of national heritage, allowing the young student population to demonstrate its diversity and fellow students to familiarize themselves with cultures other than their own.

Join Solon team at NAMI Annual Walk Saturday, April 27

IOWA CITY– The four churches of Solon collaborating on mental health programming have established a community walking team to join the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Annual Walk Saturday, April 27, at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area in Iowa City.

Old Gold Diner hosts fourth graders April 17

SOLON– The Old Gold Diner hosts a fourth grade class on Wednesday, April 17.
There are usually 23 students who visit. The Old Gold Diner would like to have at least one senior citizen for each student. Non-seniors are also welcome with a reservation and a payment of $4, same as seniors, for the meal. Try to join this fun occasion and visit with the young Solon School students. Call 319-624-2251, by noon the day before, to make reservations. Lunch is served promptly at 11:30 a.m., so arrive by 11:15 a.m. The class scheduled to visit this month is section 4D, teacher Mr. Bogard’s class.

Solon Methodist sponsoring Lake Macbride Earth Day cleanup April 14

SOLON- Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) is looking for some help to clean up Lake Macbride State Park and Highway 1.
The church is hosting a Lake Macbride Community Earth Day Event Sunday, April 14, from 1-3 p.m. (rain date April 28).
Participants can meet at the playground just past the modern campground inside Lake Macbride State Park or at the SUMC Family Life Center parking lot (for Highway 1 chores).
The event is for all ages.

Kites for Kids seeks volunteers

NORTH LIBERTY– The 2019 Kites for Kids Festival will be held Saturday, April 13, from noon to 2 p.m. at Liberty High School. A partnership between Community Partnerships for Protecting Children, Johnson County and the City of North Liberty, the event supports Child Abuse Prevention Awareness with free kites, face painting, treats and beverages. Look for updates and announcements on the event’s Facebook page. Those with questions or interest in volunteering can contact North Liberty Special Projects Coordinator Angela McConville at amcconville@northlibertyiowa.org.

City holiday hours announced for Easter weekend

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, April 19, the city’s administrative offices, including City Hall at 3 Quail Creek Cr., will be closed for Good Friday. Other services will be closed or have adjusted hours through Sunday, April 21, as follows:
Library
The North Liberty Community Library will be closed and regularly scheduled programs will not take place on Friday, April 19, or Sunday, April 21.
Police
Administrative offices will be closed, but patrol will operate as normal.
Fire
Administrative offices will be closed, but responses will operate as normal.
Recreation and Aquatics

CCA to host school wellness policy meeting April 17

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana Community School District invites parents to a meeting about the school wellness policy on Wednesday, April 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Clear Creek Elementary. Having healthy choices at school helps keep children healthy and ready to learn. The school wellness policy helps the school create an action plan for nutrition and physical activity at school. Parents can share their opinions and help make sure the policy is meeting the needs of their students. The current wellness policy can be found at www.ccaschools.org/domain/1039.

March 15th

CCA’s latest enrollment projections show more students, and more buildings

OXFORD– Rob Schwarz, CEO of RSP, an educational planning firm under contract to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District, got right to the point.
“Surprise, surprise, you’re enrollment is going to continue to increase, and it’s going to continue to increase at a rate greater than what we saw last year,” he said.

Nearly double

Liberty High’s second Dance for a Difference raises $43k for the sickest kids

NORTH LIBERTY– Nearly double last year’s total.
Liberty High’s second annual Dance for a Difference managed to accomplish it in just a few hours Sunday, March 3.
The school’s “Difference Makers,” a student-run organization, started the Liberty High tradition last year in an effort to raise money to help the sickest kids: those battling cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.

Senior to senior

Solon Senior Support looks to bridge gap between generations

SOLON– They want to make sure senior citizens have the help they need.
A group of Solon High School (SHS) students and a local pharmacist have joined forces for an ambitious project– the establishment of a non-profit to assist seniors with a variety of tasks from a simple visit to tackling technology issues.
The organization they’re forming, Solon Senior Support, will attempt to match Solon senior citizens with volunteers from the community and the high school.