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Garden Grow & Pub Club at the NLCP Thursday, Aug. 10

NORTH LIBERTY– Want to help your community and have fun in the sun? Join the Empowered Professionals of the Iowa City area (EPIC) and others for the first Garden Grow & Pub Club on Thursday, Aug. 10, from 4:30-7 p.m.
First, help care for the North Liberty Community Pantry’s Growing Together Garden– an outdoor learning space designed to teach basic gardening skills and encourage healthy eating. All gardening tools are provided, and no experience is necessary. Learning while you work is part of the goal. All volunteers can take home and enjoy a share of that day’s harvest.

Liberty High ribbon cutting celebration Saturday, Aug. 12

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa City Community School district invites the public to Liberty High School’s official ribbon cutting celebration Saturday, Aug. 12, at Liberty High School (1400 S. Dubuque St.) from 2-4 p.m.
The Liberty High Parent-Student Teacher Organization held a planning meeting regarding the celebration Tuesday, July 11, at North Central Junior High. More information will be shared as it comes available.

North Liberty Night at the Cedar Rapids Kernels game Aug. 18

CEDAR RAPIDS– Everyone likes a trip to the ballpark for sights, sounds, food and fun, so join us for a night with the Kernels, family, friends and neighbors on Friday, Aug. 18, at 6:35 p.m. Ticket prices are about $7, with kids 3 years and under free. Tickets may be free if enough sponsors support this event. Individuals must provide own transportation to Cedar Rapids.

For the birds

Area naturalists band together for feathered fun

OXFORD– Bird nerds– they’re everywhere.
According to a 2011 survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, over 46 million Americans enjoy bird watching. Twenty-two percent of Iowans over the age of 16 are birders. And Johnson County is host to a thriving intergenerational and growing birding community.
Sophia Davis, who recently finished eighth grade at Northwest Junior High, was a member of the Iowa City Bird Club for four years.

Maroons deny IC West

Still looking for a championship

DES MOINES– Iowa City West High’s varsity baseball team has gone to the state baseball tournament four years in a row, and for the fourth time has returned home without a Class 4A state championship trophy.
The West High Trojans fell, 8-3, Friday, July 28, to the Maroons of West Des Moines Dowling Catholic in a semifinal round game at Principal Park in Des Moines.

Finalists selected for NLFD chief

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has selected five finalists for its newly-created fire chief position.
“We were very pleased with the deep pool of qualified candidates we had to choose from,” said Ryan Heiar, North Liberty City Administrator. “Getting the public’s input will be vital to the final decision on a role that is incredibly important to our community.”

A new type of neighborhood watch

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department is building a neighborhood watch for the 21st Century and is asking for community help. The program is built on voluntary inclusion of a list of residents with exterior security cameras that can record video.
Participation is strictly voluntary and would only be used for crime prevention. Residents who would like to participate can complete a short form and send it to the NLPD’s records division at records@northlibertyiowa.org.

We Run Spike Night Tuesday, Aug. 8

NORTH LIBERTY– We Run and Saucony will be hosting We Run Spike night Tuesday, Aug. 8, 4-7 p.m. at We Run (555 Highway 965 S., Unit B) in North Liberty.
Get correctly sized and try on several different cross-country spikes. Enjoy some great discounts and gifts with purchases. Please email contactus@werunllc.com with any questions.

Trojans and Stumpff top MVC Mississippi Division

11 West High players named to All-Division baseball teams

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IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s Trojan varsity baseball team returned to Des Moines and the state tournament this week for the fourth consecutive year, and the eighth trip in nine years. The crew, coached by Charlie Stumpff, also topped the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Mississippi Division in All-Division Baseball selections released Friday, July 21.

Community Day at the farmers market Sunday, July 30

NORTH LIBERTY– Locals are bringing the businesses of Penn Landing together to celebrate summer Sunday, July 30, at the North Liberty Farmers Market, starting at 10 a.m.
There will be bounce houses, open houses for the Penn Landing businesses, fun activities for the whole family and fresh produce and treats right from the market. There will also be live music by Vandello, face painting, and a cornhole tournament. The first 20 teams to sign up are guaranteed a spot, with prizes going to the top two teams.

Family Day at the Iowa Raptor Project Saturday, Aug. 5

SOLON– Join the Iowa Raptor Project for its monthly Family Day on Saturday, Aug. 5, form 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August’s featured raptor is the Harris’s hawk. Learn about the bird and enjoy some arts and crafts and snacks. This event is free and open to the public.
The Iowa Raptor Project is located within the Macbride Nature Recreation Area at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon 52333.

National Night Out in North Liberty on Tuesday, Aug. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– On Aug. 1, North Liberty and cities across the country will celebrate National Night Out. Residents are encourages to go outside, lock their doors and meet with their neighbors and North Liberty’s police officers to talk about happenings in their neighborhood and crime prevention strategies. North Liberty officers will be traveling through neighborhoods on foot and bikes between 4 and 8 p.m., making contact with community members.