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Community

Boy Scout Troop 216 to host chili supper Feb. 7

NORTH LIBERTY – North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 35th annual Chili Supper from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the North Liberty Community Center.
This dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event.  Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s approximately 30 scouts.

Garner Elementary waffle breakfast to be Feb.14

NORTH LIBERTY– Garner Elementary will host a Waffle Breakfast with Class Basket Auction and Raffle on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 7-11 a.m. at the school.

Public is invited to Bald Eagle Watch & Expo Feb. 7

NORTH LIBERTY– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake will be co-hosting a Bald Eagle Watch and Expo on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Central Junior High, 180 E. Forevergreen Road, North Liberty. The other co-hosts are the Iowa City Bird Club and the Iowa Wildlife Federation. This event is free to the public and will be held at two different locations simultaneously.
The speakers, exhibitors, and vendor will be located at the indoor venue which is North Central Junior High in North Liberty.
Guest speakers include:

Historic Facelift

Solon grant helps restore historic downtown storefront

SOLON– Solon business leaders support a good facelift.
In an effort to improve the appearance of the downtown area, the Solon Economic Development Group (SEDG) and the City of Solon developed and administered a grant program for property owners to repair and renovate the exteriors of commercial structures.
One proprietor who took advantage of the program was Bill Leefers, owner of the two-story brick structure at the corner of East Main Street and Highway 1, currently home to El Sol Mexican Cuisine.

Council mulls new residential zoning

Old Mill Creek expansion seeking smaller lot sizes

SOLON– The Solon City Council wasn’t quite sure about adding a new type of residential zoning to its code of ordinances.
Council members tabled the first consideration of an ordinance which would create an R1(B) zoning district to provide for smaller lot sizes in residential developments.
The draft ordinance, presented at the Jan. 21 meeting, came as a result of a joint meeting Nov. 25 between the council, the city’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission and developers of Old Mill Creek Part 3 on the very west edge of town.

SAL Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner Saturday, Feb. 7

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion is hosting its annual “Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Solon American Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and soft drinks. Serving is from 5 until 7:30 p.m. with take-out available. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds will benefit the community and Solon school projects.

Solon Public Library

Best books of 2014

Every Year the editors of the School Library Journal pick their top children’s and teen fiction books of that year. Following is a list of some of titles, for 2014, that are available at the Solon Public Library.
“Rain Reign” by Ann M. Martin. Struggling with Asperger’s, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog. When the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet.

Solon Dynamite presents Dance Spectacular Friday, Feb. 13

SOLON– Solon Dynamite, the varsity dance team, presents its annual Spectacular 2015 performance Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Solon High School gymnasium. It will be a night to celebrate dance and the team’s successful season. Admission is $5. Solon activity passes will be accepted. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Solon Food Panty and receive a free glow stick. Show shirts, concessions, jewelry and merchandise from E’s Florals will be offered for sale.

Library and Senior Advocates seek to create Single Seniors Info Group

SOLON– The Solon Public Library and the Solon Senior Advocates are joining together to create a Single Seniors Info Group. The aim of the group will be to share information about a variety of subjects that are particular to seniors living alone.
Personal finances, household issues, socialization, nutrition, mobility, relocating and downsizing are a few topics that may be discussed. Seniors with suggestions to help others who are experiencing particular issues are encouraged to participate.

Ely Gateway Rotary soup supper fundraiser Feb. 7

ELY– Gateway Rotary is hosting a soup supper fundraiser Saturday, Feb.7, at the Ely American Legion Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy chili and chicken noodle soup, a bake sale and music by Shima Country Sounds, a Cedar Rapids-area favorite.
The public is invited to an evening of food, fellowship, music and family fun for a great cause. For more information, visit www.gatewayrotary.org.

NL City tax rate will likely stay the same for fifth year running

Council to approve final budget in late February

NORTH LIBERTY– Once again, in the face of major street and infrastructure projects, the City of North Liberty is expecting to keep the city’s overall tax rate the same.
If the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) budget is approved, property owners living in North Liberty will continue to see a rate of $11.03 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for the fifth year running. The same rate has been levied since Fiscal Year 2012, when it dropped from $11.20.

“Fitness On Demand”

Your kind of workout, right at your fingertips

NORTH LIBERTY– Imagine customizing your workouts at the gym: choosing your favorite instructor, requesting your own intensity level, setting a time limit on your workout and even picking your own workout partners (and coincidentally, leaving your least favorite out).
Would it motivate you to exercise more?
The staff at the North Liberty Recreation Center hope so.
It’s called Fitness On Demand, and it is now available at everyone’s fingertips.
For the next month, it’s absolutely free.