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Community

A big community meal for everyone to share

Annual Stone Soup Supper benefits NL Pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– At some point it is likely you’ve heard or read the folk tale “Stone Soup.” While the characters change from sneaky charlatans to Jesuits to soldiers, the end result is the same: strangers coming together for a common meal forged through generosity.

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The start of a new tradition in North Liberty

Jack-O-Lanterns put the Ranshaw House in a Halloween spotlight

NORTH LIBERTY– Inspiration can come in many forms. For Jillian Miller, the community engagement coordinator for the City of North Liberty, a photo on a website inspired her to spearhead a new community activity. The result was a display of pumpkins carved by residents, on display outside the historic Ranshaw House.

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Nefarious schemes and romantic dreams

“Dirty Work at the Crossroads” takes the stage at CCA High School this weekend

TIFFIN– Murder, mayhem and other nefarious events will take center stage at Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Performing Arts Center in Tiffin this weekend as the High School’s drama department presents Dirty Work at the Crossroads, or Tempted, Tried and True, a Gay Nineties melodrama in three acts written by Bill Johnson.

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Making Halloween a fun time for all kids

Miracles in Motion hosts a Halloween event focused on those with special needs

SWISHER– A Knight in shining armor, skeletons in a stable, kids in costumes and friendly horses were all in the spotlight Saturday, Oct. 26, as Miracles in Motion hosted its third “Boo at the Barn” Halloween event at its facility near Swisher.

Diventures celebrates Grand Opening of New North Liberty location Nov. 2

Complimentary swim and scuba lessons, seminars, special offers, raffle prizes, live music, food and more during a daylong grand opening event

NORTH LIBERTY– The new Diventures location in North Liberty is officially open for business. The state-of-the-art facility brings a new swim program and expanded scuba and travel offerings to the growing area.

Spooky shenanigans

Haunted Happenings fill NL’s Rec Center with Halloween family fun

NORTH LIBERTY– For two evenings, part of the North Liberty Recreation Center was turned into a hall of Halloween havoc as the City of North Liberty and the North Liberty Optimist Club sponsored their annual Haunted Happenings. Families took part in a variety of Halloween-themed games and activities on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 24 and 25.
Set up for the event started on Monday, Oct. 21, and wrapped up at 5 p.m. on Thursday, an hour-and-a-half before the doors opened. Between 300-500 kids and their parents/grandparents/guardians were expected each night.

Courage Ride raises $100,000 for Sarcoma Cancer Research at the University of Iowa

IOWA CITY– Courage Ride, a bicycle ride raising funds for Sarcoma Cancer research, presented a check for $100,000 to the University of Iowa’s Sarcoma Research Program during an Oct. 23 ceremony at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Ben Millr and Dr. Munir Tanas accepted the check on behalf of the center’s Sarcoma Cancer Research Program.
Over the past 15 years, Courage Ride has raised over $610,000 for Sarcoma Cancer research– having a major impact on cancer patients and families who benefit from the research.

Six candidates for two school board seats

Haluska, O'Neil, Ortega, Stahle, Wear and Wolf on Nov. 5 ballot

SOLON– There will be at least one new face on the Solon school board in 2020.
There are six candidates for two open four-year terms on the Solon Community School District Board of Education and current Board Member Jim Hauer is not in the race.
Incumbent Adam Haluska is joined on the ballot Lauren O'Neil, Carlos Ortega, Jennifer Stahle, Seth Wear and Jami Wolf for the Tuesday, Nov. 5, general election, the first to combine city and school contests since a change adopted by the Iowa Legislature in 2017. City and school elections will now be combined in November of odd-numbered years.

Five candidates running for Tiffin City Council

Introducing Lexi Rector, Melissa Arey, Christine Olney

TIFFIN– Five candidates are on the Tuesday, Nov. 5, ballot for Tiffin City Council as incumbent Peggy Upton, Melissa Arey, Christine Olney, Lexi Rector and Rodney Walls will battle for two, four-year terms.
Tiffin residents will also see a library levy on the ballot. If passed (50 percent required), the Tiffin Public Library Support Levy would increase from .10 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation to .27 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, “for the purpose of offsetting general fund expenses for the City of Tiffin’s annual operating budget.” Collection would begin on July 1, 2020.

Your guide to Trick-or-Treat Hours across the North Liberty Leader area

NORTH LIBERTY– Halloween, or “All Hallows Eve,” or “Hallowe’en,” if you prefer a truly vintage variation, is of course Thursday, Oct. 31. Municipalities set their own official hours for trick-or-treating, generally from near sunset to mid-evening. Below are the times as compiled from across the Leader’s coverage area.
North Liberty — Thursday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Four running for three council seats in Oxford

Introducing Patricia “Pat” Lewis

OXFORD– Four candidates are on the ballot for three city council seats in Oxford.
Incumbent Lorena Weppler is joined by challengers David Cook, Bryan Cooling and Patricia Lewis for three seats on the council, with a four-year term.

Wizards work their hoops magic in the Creek

CCA foundation brings Harlem Wizards back for fundraiser

TIFFIN– Choreographed chaos reigned on the hardwood of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Monday, Oct. 7, as the Harlem Wizards professional basketball team played a benefit game against CCA teachers in support of the CCA Foundation.