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Community

Spring Cleanup Day April 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Spring Cleanup Day, for disposal of large items, brush, tires, batteries and other waste, is scheduled for April 28 from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Public Works Facility, 620 Calvin St.
The cost for this service is included in monthly city utility bills and is for residents of North Liberty only (please be prepared with a water bill stub or driver’s license). Assistance will be provided to the elderly or handicapped; please call City Hall (626-5700) to make arrangements. You can read more about what will and won’t be accepted at northlibertyiowa.org.

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Solarize Johnson county

Solar panel installation incentive comes to six cities

North Liberty Leader
JOHNSON COUNTY– Residents of Johnson County have an opportunity to learn more about solar energy and invest in affordable solar through the new Solarize Johnson County program.
The initiative builds on the success of Solarize Cedar Rapids and Linn County, where more than 500 individuals attended free solar education sessions and nearly 100 property owners added solar to their properties in 2017.

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Next step for Solon community center

Council approves lease for former middle school

SOLON– For $1 a year and the cost of staffing and utilities, the City of Solon now has a community center.
At a special Wednesday, March 28, meeting, members of the Solon City Council approved a lease with the Solon Community School District for the use of the former middle school building.
But there are still a lot of details to work out.
Representatives of the city and school district have been meeting since fall to discuss the possibility, and the lease was on the agenda for the council’s March 21 meeting.

Ninth Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon April 7

SOLON– On Saturday, April 7, the Solon High School Art Club will host the Ninth Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon to End Hunger from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Solon High School commons. Guests will be served a modest meal of homemade soup and bread in a ceramic bowl handmade by a local student, educator or community member for a suggested donation of $10. Guests are encouraged to keep the bowl at the end of the meal with compliments and sincere gratitude. All money raised is donated to the Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank and the Solon Food Pantry.

Prescribed burn planned for Solon Prairie

SOLON– The Johnson County Conservation (JCC) Department will conduct a prescribed burn at the Solon Prairie, at some point, between March and April, weather conditions permitting.

Shueyville Methodist Pancake Supper

SHUEYVILLE– The annual Shueyville UMC Men’s Pancake Supper will be Friday, April 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The church is located in Shueyville but the address is 1195 Steeple Lane NE in Swisher. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage links and ham will be provided as part of the all you can eat buffet. The money raised from the event will support local and international missions of the church. The cost of the meal is a free will offering to support mission. Enjoy the food and fellowship at the Shueyville United Methodist Church.

CIT continues to grow in Johnson County

Fourth class graduates in March, Johnson County commits funds for access center

IOWA CITY– The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) initiative in Johnson County has not only gained traction, it’s chugging along at full throttle.

SHS Coffee Shoppe Jazz

SOLON– The Solon High School Jazz Bands welcome you to Coffee Shoppe Jazz on Thursday, April 5 e Solon High School Jazz Bands welcome you to Coffee Shoppe Jazz on Thursday, April 5, in the high school commons at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy the high school jazz band concert while tasting treats. The band will be selling Dan and Debbie’s ice-cream, chocolate milk, cookies and coffee.

SMS named model school

Herdliska outlines program at school board meeting

SOLON– Solon’s middle school is creating better readers.
The middle school was recently honored by Solution Tree as a 2017 Professional Learning Community (PLC) Model School, joining the ranks of Lakeview Elementary and Solon High School, past recipients.
The honor came following a concentrated effort to improve the school and make the curriculum more personalized.
Solon Middle School Preported on the effortsduring a Monday, March 19, meeting of the Solon Community School District Board of Education in the media center of the new middle school building

Bundled up for egg hunting

It was mostly sunny, but cold and windy as the Optimist Club of Solon held its annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 31, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Over 100 area kids ran into the stiff breeze to take advantage of the hunt, as well as complimentary bubbles and kites.

Winter Drumline performing at Percussion Festival, April 7

MARION– The Solon High School Winter Drumline will be performing at the Marion Percussion Festival, hosted by Marion High School Music Department in conjunction with the Iowa Music & Arts Association Saturday, April 7, at Marion High School.
The festival doors open at 1:30 p.m. It begins with several hands-on clinics presented by experts in the areas of marching and concert percussion including Eric Thompson, Tym Healey, Dave Leatherman, and Joe Perea. In addition, area schools have the opportunity to receive a clinic for their drumline or percussion section.

Emanuel Ax with Orchestra Iowa at Solon Center of the Arts April 15

SOLON– Sunday, April 15 will be an evening you don’t want to miss. At 7:30 p.m., multi Grammy winning pianist, Emanuel Ax will be performing works from Brahms with Orchestra Iowa at Solon Center of the Arts. Mr. Ax has performed all around the U.S., Europe and even Carnegie Hall. He’s received Grammy awards for his personal work and with Yo-Yo Ma, a world renowned cellist. Tickets for this event can be purchased through Orchestra Iowa. This is sure to be a wonderful night filled with beautiful music.