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North Liberty Leader

Collaboration underway for Tiffin parks updates

Public works, STEM group team up for tennis, trails

TIFFIN– The people of Tiffin could be playing tennis, biking an eco-friendly limestone trail and walking their K-9 companions in a new city dog park by early fall if park updates stay on schedule.

NL community center afternoon closure April 29

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, April 29, from 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m., the North Liberty Community Center, including the North Liberty Community Library, Recreation Center and Aquatics Center, will be closed for employee Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate, or ALICE, training.

June 9-12 declared NL city-wide garage sale weekend

NORTH LIBERTY– Local organizers have selected the weekend of June 10 for city-wide garage sales in North Liberty and have set up a website with information for sellers and buyers: northlibertygaragesales.com.
In addition to the website, garage-sale-goers will be able to pull up a mobile-friendly Google Map and find nearby sales by item categories.
“I always thought it was one of those things dying for an upgrade,” said organizer Lydia Fine. “I just wanted to make it easier for people to find what they need.”

Macbride Raptor Project Family Day May 7

SOLON– Macbride Raptor Project (MRP) monthly Family Day will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Day is free and open to the public. The Raptor’s Nest (MRP educational center) will be open with staff and volunteers available to answer questions about the project and the raptors. Snacks and crafts will also be provided for guests.

NL Food Pantry volunteer spotlight

Paul has volunteered with the panty for a couple of years. He belongs to the North Liberty Methodist Church where helped with numerous activities.
Paul enjoys volunteering at the pantry because it gives him something to do and he enjoys all the people. Paul puts in a lot of hours at the pantry, working on a shift when the pantry is open to the public to helping with the large food pick-ups, food processing shifts, and helping the inventory manager unload all the items in the warehouse.
Paul wants the community to know the pantry is open for everyone and it is here to help everybody.

Mother nature delivers

Area group holds Kites for Kids, the second child abuse prevention event in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– When was the last time you flew a kite?
Hundreds of parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts took a leap down memory lane last Saturday, April 16, at the annual Kites for Kids event, teaching their little ones a popular pastime on the North Central Junior High football field in North Liberty.
The event, sponsored by Johnson County Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC), recognized April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and urged parents to take an afternoon to intentionally spend time with their children.

NL Library, Pantry to partner on new seed bank

NORTH LIBERTY – The North Liberty Community Library and North Liberty Community Pantry are partnering to launch a community-wide seed library which will provide seeds, resources and educational opportunities needed to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers at home.
“Community partnerships are the foundation of a thriving community,” explained Elaine Hayes, Adult Services Librarian at the North Liberty Community Library. “The library has talked about having a seed library for some time and having the chance to partner with the pantry on the initiative is perfect,” said Hayes.

One week left to apply to sell food at NL Blues & BBQ June 9

NORTH LIBERTY– Grill maestros and other food vendors have just one week left to apply to be part of Adam Schechinger State Farm Food Vendor Alley at the 10th annual North Liberty Blues & BBQ presented by South Slope Cooperative Communications, scheduled for Saturday, July 9, 2016, in North Liberty’s Centennial Park.

A different approach for law enforcement

Crisis Intervention Training comes to Johnson County

IOWA CITY– Law enforcement agencies in Johnson County are embracing the concept of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), an educational program for law enforcement officers which expands their ability to deal safely and effectively with people experiencing a mental health crisis.

The end of an era

‘Good ol’ boy’ Rick Dvorak retires as Johnson County Planning Director

IOWA CITY– If you want to get in touch with Rick Dvorak come May, you’ll need to hit the campgrounds, shooting range or golf course– a few of the places he feels most at home, aside from his office at the Johnson County Department of Planning, Development and Sustainability.
“I’m going to miss working but I got to go,” said Dvorak. “I better get out and enjoy life a little bit.”
Dvorak, who will turn 67 in June, is retiring as planning director at the end of the month. The decision is a result of some health issues he experienced last year.

Local Harvest CSA Hello Spring! Potluck April 30

You’re invited to Sundog Farm and Local Harvest CSA’s Hello Spring Potluck on Saturday, April 30, 5:30 p.m. at the Palmer House Stable, 200 East Main St., Solon. Bring a dish to share and your own table service and drinks. Come learn about a local community supported agriculture (CSA) provider and connect with other farmers, gardeners and food enthusiasts! Contact Carmen Black at localharvestcsa@southslope.net or 319-331-3957 for more information.

Shueyville to host community blood drive Tuesday, May 3

SWISHER– Shueyville will host a community blood drive from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Shueyville Community Center, inside the gym.
To donate, please contact the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 1778 to locate the drive.