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SHS Art Club’s Empty Bowls Luncheon to End Hunger April 9

SOLON– On Saturday, April 9, the Solon High School Art Club will host the Seventh Annual “Empty Bowls Luncheon to End Hunger” in the Solon High School Commons from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Guests will be served a modest lunch of soup and bread in a ceramic bowl handmade by a local student, educator or community member for a suggested minimum donation of $10. Guests are encouraged to keep the bowl with the club’s compliments and gratitude.

Lakeview PTO hosts 5th Annual Spartan Dash Saturday, April 23

SOLON– The Lakeview Elementary PTO will host its Fifth Annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 23, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event serving as the Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year. Interested individuals should sign up to participate in the event with a “family team.”

City-wide garage sales

Save the date, city-wide garage sales will be Friday, June 3, and Saturday June 4. Look for registration forms beginning in mid-April. For those who do not have enough items for a sale of their own, think about donating items to the library for its fundraising sale. The library cannot accept clothing, encyclopedias, LPs, cassette tapes, VHS tapes, old VCRS, old TV sets, or old computers. Please appropriately recycle those items. The library will accept items for the garage sale anytime– no need to wait.

Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk April 16

SOLON– The Third Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 16, in Solon, starting and finishing at the Solon American Legion ball diamond pavilion.
The son of Jeff and Carmen Smith, Brett Smith was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia in January of his senior year at Solon High School. He was treated at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics but was later sent to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and passed away there on April 16, 2012.

Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper April 1

SHUEYVILLE– Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper will be held Friday, April 1, from 5-7 p.m. at the church. The pubic is invited to attend and enjoy good food and fellowship with friends. The all-you-can eat supper includes pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns and beverage. This supper is used to support mission activities both at home and around the world. The church is located at 1195 Steeple Ln. NE in Shueyville. The cost for the supper is adults $6, ages 3-12 $3, and those under 3 are free.

April activities for Old Gold Diner

• A hearty thank you is extended to Jason Zeman for providing the March Sponsored Meal in memory of his grandparents, Bob and Marjorie Zeman. The Old Gold Diner was also pleased to have the superintendent of Solon Community School District Davis Eidahl, accompanied by Mike Kasparek, update the diners on the progress of the building as well as other information about the school district. Also, in attendance was Congressman Dave Loebsack, who visited with diners.

Track season hits the great outdoors

Girls finish fourth at the Mount Vernon Relays

MOUNT VERNON– The move outdoors brings a new look to the 2016 track season. Solon’s girls could see how they do on the full-size 400 meter track, while adding events like the shuttle hurdle relay, discus… even the 3,000, which are difficult– or impossible­– to accommodate in early season indoor meets.

Boys third at Mt. Vernon Relays

Balanced team shows promise as the track season starts

MOUNT VERNON– The Solon Boys started the outdoor season by taking third at the Mount Vernon Relays with 103 points, trailing Lisbon (111) in second, and event host Mount Vernon (129) in first. The weather was overcast on Saturday, March 26; the temperatures reached the 50s and the wind was relatively calm from the south-southeast at about 10-20 miles per hour. As the competitors filed into the track, the public address system came to life, blaring Huey Lewis and the News’ “Jacob’s Ladder.”

Solon exchange students find a home away from home

SOLON– Iowa is a long way from the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.
But for Aizhamal Nazhimidinoval and Ernis Sultanov, Solon has come to feel a lot like home; at least for now.
The two foreign exchange students are juniors at Solon High School (SHS) this year, as part of the World Link organization and its international FLEX program. Aizhamal is living with the Paula and Jeff Sears family, and Ernis with the Kris and Jerry McAtee family.

Solon Athletic Spring Sport Kick-Off March 24 at Spartan Stadium

SOLON– Solon Athletic Spring Sport Kick-Off, sponsored by the Solon Athletic Booster Club, will be held Thursday, March 24, at Spartan Stadium. All are welcome to Team Meals; a hamburger, pork burger or hot dog with chips and drink for $4. Serving will start at 4 p.m. Introduction of all spring sport athletes for high school boys’ and girls’ soccer, track and field, golf and junior high track and field, will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the boys’ soccer scrimmage at 6 p.m.

Solon Night at the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Friday, March 25

SOLON– The public is invited to the City of Solon Night at the RoughRiders. City of Solon and area residents can save $4 per ticket for the Friday, March 25, game at 7 p.m. against Team USA. Tickets can be purchased by calling 319-261-4625 and mention “Solon” to receive instant savings. To purchase tickets online go to ridertownusa.com, select seats for the March 25 game, and use promo code Solon2016 to receive the discount. Tickets must be purchased by 9 p.m. Thursday, March 24, to receive a discount.

Senior Advocates add March 31 trip to Paramount Theatre

SOLON– Solon Senior Advocates is offering an additional trip for the month of March. On Thursday, March 31, the Advocates will sponsor a trip to Cedar Rapids to dine at New Bo Ale House and tour the Paramount Theatre. The trip will leave from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 10 a.m. Participants will stop at the Cedar Rapids Library at 11 a.m., with a tour of the Paramount at 2 p.m. Call 624-2710 or 319-430-8655 for information and reservations.