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Award-winning writer to leave mark on libraries in NL, Coralville

NORTH LIBERTY– Next month, Kevin Haworth, author of the Samuel Goldberg Foundation Prize-winning novel “The Discontinuity of Small Things,” will transform glass into literary art that connects two libraries in Johnson County.
Haworth, a Grin City Collective writer-in-residence from Athens, Ohio, will install an excerpt from his forthcoming essay, “Vivaldi,” in the widows of the North Liberty and Coralville libraries.

Local vet to present information about declawing

IOWA CITY– Veterinarian and animal shelter director Jennifer Doll, DVM, of Witty Kitties, Inc., near Solon, will present “The Paw Project” at the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room B on Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m.
“The Paw Project” is a documentary film that chronicles the efforts of a veterinarian and the grassroots movement she founded to protect cats against declawing. A discussion will follow the presentation. Find more on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PawProject, or email Doll at jkdoll@gmail.com.

Soil restoration demonstration to take place in North Liberty May 3

JOHNSON COUNTY– The city of North Liberty is joining with the Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District (JCSWCD) to organize a soil quality restoration (SQR) demonstration this weekend.
The SQR demonstration in North Liberty will be from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, and will be held at Mike and Kelly Joseph’s property at 1485 Red Oak Dr.in North Liberty.

NLFD to host annual Bob Parker Blood Drive on Monday, May 4

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department would like to invite the public to participate in the Annual Bob Parker Blood Drive on Monday May 4, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the North Liberty Fire Station, located at 25 W. Cherry St. in North Liberty. Bob has been a member of the North Liberty Fire Department since 1971, but his ability to respond to calls and assist his community was reduced on March 7, 2012, when he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. The blood drive, named in his honor, was first offered in 2013 to replenish the 60 units of blood Bob used during his recovery.

Sign up now for Optimists’ Avenue of the Flags 2015

NORTH LIBERTY– Since 2011, the Optimist Club of North Liberty has been helping North Liberty residents display their patriotism.
The organization’s Avenue of Flags program is now in its fifth year, and the Optimists encourage everyone to sign up to celebrate their American spirit.

Blues and BBQ now seeking volunteers

NORTH LIBERTY– In preparation for the ninth annual festival, North Liberty Blues and BBQ, presented by South Slope Cooperative Communications, will launch a volunteer signup on May 1 at northlibertyblues.org/volunteer. The festival requires 200 community volunteers each year, doing jobs as diverse as setting up and tearing down equipment, assisting kids into inflatable rides, serving craft beer, directing cars to parking and much more.

SHARE IOWA food program combines giving and receiving; sign up now

NORTH LIBERTY– The SHARE IOWA program offers quality packages of fresh meat, fresh fruits, vegetables and other staples at a discounted price to anyone interested in exchange for two hours of volunteer service in their community.

Fifth Annual Golf Outing, presented by Scheels, to benefit North Liberty Pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host its Fifth Annual 4-Person Best-Shot Golf Outing, presented by Scheels, on Friday, May 15, at Brown Deer Golf Club, 1900 Country Club Dr. in Coralville. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with final check-in by 8:30 a.m. and the Shotgun Start will begin at 9 a.m.

Citywide garage sales to be held June 13

NORTH LIBERTY– Despite the end of North Liberty Fun Days, a group of residents is organizing a master list of citywide garage sales to be held Saturday, June 13.
A master list of sales will be distributed on June 11 via the City of North Liberty’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/NorthLiberty, and at http://bit.ly/NL-Garage-Sale-List-2015.
Those interested in adding a garage sale to the list should visit http://bit.ly/NL-add-a-garage-sale and fill out the online form or email lydiafine3@gmail.com with any further questions.

Hawks deliver West’s first loss on Barker Field

Trojans fall 2-0 to Cedar Rapids Prairie

IOWA CITY– History was made Tuesday, April 21, at West High’s Ed Barker Soccer Complex, but it wasn’t the kind of historic moment the Trojans wanted. The Hawks of Cedar Rapids Prairie handed the Trojans their first home loss since 2011– the first loss on Barker Field– taking a 2-0 decision from West.
Prairie scored with 4:08 left in the first half as the ball bounced past West’s keeper and put in the second goal three minutes later with a shot into the corner of the net.
The Trojans had some looks at the Prairie goal, but they were unable to hit pay dirt, dropping to 3-4 on the season.

Clipper boys sixth at Solon 's Gruber Relays

4x800 relay teams second, Bandy and Wagner take third

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SOLON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) boys track and field team placed sixth in team points at the Denny Gruber Co-Ed Relays in Solon on Tuesday, April 21. The Spartans won their meet with 134 points followed by Vinton-Shellsburg, Mount Vernon, North Cedar, Iowa City Regina and the Clippers (65 points). Dyersville Beckman and Davenport Assumption rounded out the field of contenders.
Tanner Bandy and Drew Wagner were the highest-finishing individuals for the Clippers with Bandy’s third-place showing in the 400-meter dash and Wagner’s third-place finish in the shot put.

West High undefeated, not yet perfect

Women of Troy top J-Hawks

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy had little trouble with the visiting J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson on Thursday, April 23, beating the Hawks 4-0. The victory improved West’s record to 6-0 as the team moved to No. 1 in Class 3A according to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union in its weekly rankings issued Friday, April 24. West took over the top spot after Linn-Mar dropped from No. 1 to No. 7 in the wake of a 2-1 upset loss to the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars.