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Community

Sign up to get on the City-wide Garage Sales map

Solon’s City-wide Garage Sales will be Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3. Those holding their own sale seeking to get on the City-wide Garage Sale Map can obtain a registration form available inside the library or on the library’s website, www.solon.lib.ia.us.
For those who do not have enough items for their own sale, the Friends of the Solon Public Library gladly accept donations for the benefit of the library. Items may be dropped off any time. (The Friends cannot accept donations of bedding and clothing.)

Solon Education Foundation popup fundraiser for reading materials

www.solonedfound.org/

SOLON– The Solon Education Foundation is running its first ever “popup” fundraiser using its online donation feature at www.solonedfound.org/.

Lexie Cass selected as National American Miss Teen Iowa state finalist

SOLON— Lexie Cass, the 17-year-old daughter of Marvin and Rhonda Cass of Solon, was chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Teen Iowa Pageant to be held July 8-9, at the Ramada Inn Convention Center in Waterloo. The pageant is held for girls ages 16-18.

Ready to get to work

Donahue remains mayor, Madsen fills empty council seat

NORTH LIBERTY– After a close race, the North Liberty City Council will welcome back Terry Donahue as mayor and greet newcomer Sarah Madsen to the bench.
“We’re all anxious to get underway and get working now with a fully-staffed council and elected mayor,” said Madsen in an interview following her victory in the April 25 special election.

Tiffin citywide yard sale May 5-7

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin’s citywide yard sale will be held Friday, May 5, through Sunday, May 7. Maps of yard sale locations are available at City Hall, Casey’s and The Depot.

North Liberty Farmers Market returns

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Farmers Market will kick off the 2017 season Sunday, May 7, at Pacha Parkway.
In its third full year after a 2014 pilot market, the North Liberty Farmers Market at Penn Landing offers fresh produce, hot food, live music and hand-crafted artisan goods from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday, May through October.
More information and vendor applications are available at pennlandingmarket.org.

2017 Iowa City Muscle Walk May 6 at UICCU

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Iowa and its families, sponsors, and community members for a day to celebrate the progress the organization has made, and to fundraise for the breakthroughs it continues to strive for.
The 2017 Iowa City Muscle Walk will be held Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the University of Iowa Credit Union, 2355 Landon Rd. in North Liberty.
Register at www.musclewalkmda.org/iowacity.

Free comic book day at Geek City May 6

NORTH LIBERTY– Stop by Geek City Games and Comics’ new location, 365 Beaver Kreek Ctr., in North Liberty, on Saturday, May 6, to get a free comic book. Stores house are 12-9 p.m.
In celebration of Free Comic Book Day– the first Saturday of May– around the world, Geek City is hosting its own event to promote reading. There will be around 20 titles to choose from. Eric Gapster, a local comic book artist, will be signing books and doing sketches as well.
“We love it when kids come in and get excited about reading,” said Geek City owner Jason Clark.

North Liberty man fondled multiple young boys, police say

North Liberty man fondled multiple young boys, police say
NORTH LIBERTY– A North Liberty man who worked as a youth leader at a local church has been accused of sexually abusing four different children over several years.
According to criminal complaints, Benjamin C. Tweedt, 32, of Rachael Street in North Liberty, was arrested Wednesday, April 26, for sexual contact with four boys between 2006 and 2013. The victims were ages 11-13 at the time.

Keeping step with tradition

Champagne Academy of Irish Dance opens in NL

By Janet Nolte
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– A desire to study the past brought her to Iowa, but the need to celebrate and preserve her Irish heritage through traditional dance and music kept her here.
Prior to coming to Iowa City for graduate school in 2007, Trea Champagne taught math and science in the Twin Cities for about a decade. She’d already earned a masters degree in science education and then decided to pursue a doctorate in paleontology, “the biology of things that are dead and in rock,” in her words.

TIFFUN Creek Fest unveils new website

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The countdown begins to Tiffin’s new and improved festival, TIFFUN Creek Fest, coming to town Friday, July 28.
For organizer Melissa Fontanini, the 80-some days until the event couldn’t go by more quickly. And the city, which held its last TiffinFest in 2014, is holding its breath.
“It seems like every month we’re just getting closer, getting things more solidified,” she said.

Apply to serve on a City of North Liberty board or commission by Friday, May 19, at City Hall

NORTH LIBERTY– If you’re looking to get involved in your city, serving on a volunteer board or commission is a great way to do it. Boards members and commissioners work with staff, provide recommendations to council and can make a difference in many aspects of community development.