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Community

Family Movie Night Under the Stars Thursday, Aug. 11

SOLON– As daylight fades, the movie rolls Thursday, Aug. 11, at Randall Park in Solon. Join neighbors and friends for Family Movie Night when the 2009 film ‘Up’ is featured.

Bluebird house building Aug. 9 at Lake Macbride Main Lodge

SOLON– The public is invited to join Lake Macbride seasonal staff in building bluebird houses. The event on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Lake Macbride Park’s Main Lodge, is open to people of all ages.

Solon High School Dance Team can drive Friday, Aug. 5

SOLON– The Solon High School Varsity Dance Team will have its annual can drive on Friday, Aug. 5, in the Solon High School parking lot, from 4-7 p.m. Donations of empty cans, bottles and plastics will be accepted. The team will return them to the Can Shed as a fundraiser for competition fees. Pop tabs will be removed and donated to the Ronald McDonald House. For those unable to drop off your cans, contact Marjorie Lane at 319-624-3401 ext. 1116 or mlane@solon.k12.ia.us to arrange a pick up.

Parish wrestles with decision

Fate of former St. Mary church building hangs in the balance

SOLON– Although it’s been rarely used in the last 20 years, there are still a lot of memories for Solon residents in the former St. Mary Catholic Church.
But the need for cemetery space and concerns about the continuing dilapidation of the building have prompted a church committee to recommend its demolition, which led to an informational meeting held July 26 in the church’s parish hall.
Close to 100 people attended the meeting to listen to Father Tim Sheedy and architectural consultant Alan Wieskamp describe the condition of the church building and discuss potential next steps.

Swisher American Legion Auxiliary Juniors start school supply drive

SWISHER– Swisher American Legion Auxiliary Juniors will start a back to school supply drive for veterans’ families with a parade in the Swisher Fun Days parade.
The float in the Swisher Fun Days parade will kick off a school supply drive. Donations of any and all school supplies, including monetary donations, may be dropped off at the following Swisher businesses: Kava House, Shooters, Shelton’s Grocery, Swisher Trust and Savings Bank and Carrie’s Creations. Donations will be collected Aug. 8-13.
All donations will provide for veterans’ families in need.

Iowa Grown Market corn roast Aug. 13

NEWPORT– It’s time for the Iowa Grown Market’s first annual Community Corn Roast. Join the free family fun as the market, located just off Highway 1 at 2613 Newport Rd. NE, serves up fresh roasted sweet corn to the righteous tunes of local band Notes from the Underground Saturday, Aug. 13. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and cooler of your favorite beverages, the market will provide the rest. Live music is presented from 3-5 p.m. The event will be rescheduled in the case of rain.

Input taken on beach alcohol ban

Light attendance at public session on DNR proposal

MT. VERNON– The people have spoken.
Or at least a couple of them have.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has closed its public comment period on a proposed ban of alcohol at the Lake Macbride and Pleasant Creek beaches.
Most people chose to participate electronically, with only a handful attending a public hearing July 26 at the Palisades-Kepler State Park west of Mount Vernon.
Lake Macbride-area resident Dave Hogendorn spoke at the hearing in support of the ban.

Handcrafted ice cream coming in August to Dan and Debbie’s Creamery

ELY– Dan and Debbie’s Creamery is open to the public offering fresh-from-the-farm cheese curds and other locally-made Iowa goods, including maple syrup, jam, pork and elk. The soft launch is in preparation for the release of Dan and Debbie’s premium handcrafted ice cream line later in August. Current hours of operation are sporadic during the product development phase.

School board approves $1.4 million property acquisition

New elementary school on the horizon

NORTH LIBERTY– Land on the outskirts of North Liberty could be home to a new elementary as early as the 2019-2020 school year, according to Iowa City Community School District officials.
However, the construction would likely push back development at another proposed elementary location.
At its July 26 meeting, the Iowa City School Board unanimously approved the $1,403,350 purchase of 21.59 acres on the northeast side of North Liberty near South Slope Cooperative Communications and just south of the Cedar Springs subdivision. Board member Lori Roetlin was absent from the meeting.

Iowa Raptor Project Family Day Aug. 6 at Macbride Nature Rec Area

MACBRIDE– The Iowa Raptor Project (IRP) invites community members to enjoy the next Family Day and featured raptor– the Harris’s Hawk– Saturday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area.
Families can visit Saguaro, the IRP’s Harris’s Hawk, and discover how the raptor species cooperatively attends nests and hunts as a team, making it the most social North American raptor. There will be teambuilding and hunting games, as well as arts and crafts in the Raptor’s Next.

Learn about blooming prairie plants at Kent Park Aug. 10

OXFORD– Enjoy a beautiful summer evening by heading outdoors in search of blooming prairie plants at the Knight Prairie Pavilion in Kent Park. The prairie walk will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m. Johnson County Conservation (JCC) staff will lead a leisurely hike and provide interesting information and identification tips for prairie plants.

Ely Fall Fest and Classic Car Show Sept. 16-18

6-18. The weekend festival begins Friday night with a Moonlight 5k and 1 mile run at 7:45 pm, followed with a community celebration. Saturday is an all-day festival featuring over 20 activities and events, including kids’ inflatables and games, an adult co-ed softball tournament, a cornhole tournament, pet parade, youth punt/pass/kick competition, magic show, wiener dog race, and live music throughout the day. The day is capped off with a fireworks display at dusk. Sunday is fully devoted to the Classic Car Show, 8 a.m. to 3:30 pm.