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Community

Eastern Iowa orchid show Oct. 18 and 19 at Noelridge Park in CR

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Eastern Iowa Orchid Society, in cooperation with the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, is pleased to announce The Third Annual Eastern Iowa Orchid Show and Sale on Oct. 18 and 19, at the Noelridge Park Greenhouse, 4900 Council St. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402.
The show is free and open to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

St. Mary Catholic Church to host Solon blood drive Oct. 27

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, at 1749 Racine Ave. NE, inside the St. Mary Catholic Church Fellowship Hall.
To donate, please contact Kevin Hayes at 319-430-0670 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 682 to locate the drive.

Solon council candidate Duncan appears at Oct. 8 forum

Steve Duncan and Kevin Samek seeking seat on Solon council Nov. 4

NORTH LIBERTY– The candidates for North Liberty mayor and one of Solon’s City Council candidates answered questions before an audience of about 30 people in an Oct. 8 forum held in the North Liberty City Council chambers. The candidates will square off in the municipal elections to be held Nov. 4.

Solon Public Library

Unattended children policy

(except for early-out Thursdays)
The Solon Public Library welcomes the use of its services and facilities by children, but cannot assume the responsibility for children left unattended on the library premises. That responsibility must be assumed by the parent or caregiver.
Children under the age of 10 may not be left unattended at any time. Another child acting as babysitter must be at least 11 years old.
A parent or caregiver attending a function in a meeting room may not leave a child unattended in the play area.

Solon brothers return to play in Gabe’s Iowa City Oct. 18

IOWA CITY– Joe and Jake Anderson will be returning to Gabe’s nightclub in Iowa City for a second time. The two brothers, originally from Solon, and now centered in St. Paul, Minnesota have formed the heavy-metal band Cantharone. Cantharone will be playing at Gabe’s Iowa City on Saturday, Oct. 18. The band will be playing songs from their second EP, scheduled to be released Oct. 31. Cantharone will be playing with The Savage Hacks, ASEETHE and Jucifer. The doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Must be 19 years old to attend and there is a $10 admission charge for this show.

Solon’s Sam Miller is finalist for Superintendent of the Year

CLIVE– Sam Miller, superintendent of the Solon Community School District, was a finalist for the 2014-15 Iowa Superintendent of the Year award sponsored by the School Administrators of Iowa.
“SAI is pleased to recognize leaders who are dedicated to advancing student achievement by providing students a quality education,” said Dan Smith, the association’s executive director.

Battery Up Oct. 18

Solon firefighters will help you change your smoke alarm batteries

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department is urging families in Solon to install and maintain working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives every day across the country.
And the department members are ready to help.
From 9 until 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, the Solon Fire Department will conduct a free “Battery Up” campaign offering in-home fire prevention to residents in need of assistance.

Tried and true, or fresh and new?

NL voters will be asked to choose Nov. 4

NORTH LIBERTY– The candidates for North Liberty mayor set the dichotomy between themselves early in an Oct. 8 forum held in the North Liberty City Council chambers.
Incumbent North Liberty Mayor Gerry Kuhl will face resident Amy Nielsen in the Nov. 4 election.
In his opening statement, Kuhl said that while he brings years of background in city government to the chair, his opponent has never served on a city board or commission.

Room with a view

NL engineer, inventor creates must-have baby safety product

NORTH LIBERTY– Gerald Beranek of North Liberty has always had a knack for solving everyday problems, consistently putting to use his background and education in mechanical engineering.
It was an everyday problem that led him to design and create his new product that is suddenly booming in the baby world; the Vusee monitor shelf.
As expectant parents, Beranek and his wife were setting up the baby’s nursery about eight months ago.
“When my wife asked me to put up the baby monitor, I wasn’t sure where it should go,” said Beranek. “Basically, there was no good place for it.”

Friends of the library host 10th annual waffle breakfast

NORTH LIBERTY– Support the Friends of the North Liberty Community Library while enjoying delicious waffles from Dad’s Belgian Waffles of Algona on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8 until 11 a.m.
The cost is $8 per person. Kids 5 years and under are free. The breakfast includes all you can eat waffles, sausage and beverages. Tickets are available in the library or at the door the day of the breakfast. Enter a 50/50 raffle for a cash prize at the breakfast.

City of North Liberty to host community Halloween events

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty trick-or-treat night will be on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. Remember to take an adult, only knock on doors at houses that have their outdoor lights on and be safe.
Other Halloween events:

Tiffin Trick-or-Treat Friday, Oct. 31.

TIFFIN– Trick-or-Treat night in Tiffin will be held Friday, Oct. 31, from 5 until 8 p.m. Please be cautious of little ghosts and goblins as you drive through town.