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North Liberty Leader

North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball Fall Ball registration open

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) will partner with Diamond Dreams Baseball and Softball Sports Academy of Coralville during the sixth season of Fall Fun Ball. Diamond Dream trainers will work with boys and girls in first through eighth grades during the 2016-2017 school year. The season will consist of five sessions on Monday nights, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or until dark, beginning Aug. 29 and skipping Sept. 5, Labor Day. The season will end on Oct. 3, unless there is a rainout and then the last night will be Oct. 10.

Donor Dash 5K Fun Run and Walk Aug. 20 at North Bend Elementary

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowa Donor Network’s first annual Donor Dash 5K Fun Run and Walk honors those who have given the gift of life, celebrates the lives of organ and tissue recipients and recognizes those who continue to wait for a lifesaving transplant.

North Liberty Recreation Center News

Youth flag football deadline Aug. 14

CORALVILLE– Kids must be signed up for youth flag football by the Aug. 14 registration deadline. Flag football is open to children in grades 1-5 and runs Sept. 11 through Oct. 23. Games are played Sundays between 12-4 p.m. (exact times depend on the teams) at the Youth Sports Park, 2480 Depster Dr. in Coralville.
The fee for residents is $40 and $50 for non-residents. There is a late fee of $5 after Aug. 14. A mandatory coaches meeting will take place Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. at the North Liberty Recreation Center

Stop and sell the flowers

Five Petal Farm in year one of backyard floral operation

NORTH LIBERTY– A quiet, floral oasis lies undiscovered in the heart of North Liberty but flower enthusiast Jennifer Hobbs hopes to change that.
Disturbed only by the occasional hum of a lawnmower or barking dog, Five Petal Farm is in its first official year selling fresh cut flowers, dried bouquets and more– all grown on less than an acre of urban dirt.
“There’s so much you can do with your yard instead of going out and mowing grass,” said Hobbs, who has very little lawn of her own to cut.

Iowa Raptor Project Family Day Aug. 6

MACBRIDE– The Iowa Raptor Project (IRP) invites community members to enjoy the next Family Day and featured raptor– the Harris’s Hawk– Saturday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area.
Families can visit Saguaro, the IRP’s Harris’s Hawk, and discover how the raptor species cooperatively attends nests and hunts as a team, making it the most social North American raptor. There will be teambuilding and hunting games, as well as arts and crafts in the Raptor’s Next.

Highway 965 staying alive

NORTH LIBERTY– Highway 965 isn’t going anywhere, at least not for now.
Four ideas for the highway’s renaming set forth by a city council decision in April are in the running, but city officials are having a hard time deciding what’s right for North Liberty.
“I went into this (thinking) there’s gonna be a check box and we’ll all agree, but it was tough,” said council member Jim Sayre at the July 12 council meeting.

Roesler wins Iowa City school board special election

North Liberty majority votes Claussen

IOWA CITY– Paul Roesler went from a faithful attendee to a member of the Iowa City school board last week. Voters elected him to fill a seat left vacant by former board member Tom Yates, who resigned in May.
In the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Board of Education special election July 19, Roesler emerged victorious with 2,938 votes (51 percent) over opponents J.P. Claussen and Janice Weiner. While Roesler won virtually all Iowa City precincts, Claussen took North Liberty (62 percent), Coralville (73 percent) and Hills (84 percent).

North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball Fall Ball registration open

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) will partner with Diamond Dreams Baseball and Softball Sports Academy of Coralville during the sixth season of Fall Fun Ball. Diamond Dream trainers will work with boys and girls in first through eighth grades during the 2016-2017 school year. The season will consist of five sessions on Monday nights, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or until dark, beginning Aug. 29 and skipping Sept. 5, Labor Day. The season will end on Oct. 3, unless there is a rainout and then the last night will be Oct. 10.

Back-to-school event Servolution Aug. 19 at Penn Meadows

NORTH LIBERTY– The annual Servolution back-to-school event for families is back again for its fifth year. LIFEchurch of Coralville, along with dozens of other agencies, churches, and schools, will serve families in North Liberty and Coralville as they transition back to school. Servolution is held at Kirkwood Elementary in Coralville on Aug. 22 from 2-5 p.m. and at Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty on Aug. 19 from 3–6 p.m. Families are given shoes, haircuts, groceries, school supplies and much more. Organizers are still looking for volunteers, shoes and other donations if you want to help!

VIP parking for 2016 CCA football season available for $50

TIFFIN– Reserved parking spots are available for the five Clear Creek Amana home varsity football games of the 2016 season. A $50 payment will guarantee a reserved spot in the front row of the parking lot (closest to the field). Arrive any time before the game without worrying about parking. Spots will be opened to general parking after the varsity kickoff of each game.
Home football dates are Sept. 2, Sept. 9, Sept. 23, Sept. 30 and Oct. 21.

Donor Dash 5K Fun Run and Walk Aug. 20 at North Bend Elementary

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowa Donor Network’s first annual Donor Dash 5K Fun Run and Walk honors those who have given the gift of life, celebrates the lives of organ and tissue recipients and recognizes those who continue to wait for a lifesaving transplant.

Building unity in the community

Life Pointe’s CommUNITY Day endures the heat in Tiffin

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Excessive heat alerts and storms brewing to the north and west didn’t put a damper on things as the Life Pointe Christian Faith Center hosted it’s fourth annual CommUNITY Day event Saturday, July 23, at the Tiffin soccer fields.
“This is the event we put on each year to give back to the community,” Caleb Thomas, the community coordinator for Life Pointe said.
“We’re very blessed to be having people coming out,” he added.