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Community

Swisher American Legion Lenten suppers begin March 3

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will serve Lenten suppers from 5-8 p.m. on Fridays from March 3 through April 7.
The Legion will be serving all-you-can-eat fish ($11), shrimp ($14) and chicken strips ($7). Add-on shrimp for $6, meals for children 6-12 years of age are $5, and kids 5 and under are free. Meals are served with one trip through salad bar. Carry-out is also available. The public is welcome.

Hope Evangelical offering parking for Fire and Ice Family Friday

NORTH LIBERTY– Need to park and warm up before taking the family to Fire and Ice Family Friday, Feb. 3?
Hope Evangelical Church, 420 N. Front St., offers any space available in its lot for the convenience of those making their way to nearby Penn Meadows Park for the scheduled events there. Enjoy free hot cider and cookies on the way to and from the park from 4-6 p.m.

Clear Creek Amana High School accepting open enrollment

North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– Students from outside the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district will again be able to open enroll into the district and attend the high school in Tiffin.
The district’s school board of directors approved the “Insufficient Space” policy for the 2017-2018 school year at their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Clear Creek Elementary (CCE) in Oxford.

Free tax preparation assistance available

IOWA CITY– Tax time just got a little less stressful. Thanks to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, qualifying low- to moderate-income workers in Johnson County can receive free tax preparation assistance from trained volunteers. VITA 2017 services began Wednesday, Jan. 25, and clinics will be available at several locations, days and times in Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty through Wednesday, April 12.

Neighbors air Main Street parking concerns

Council passes first reading to rezone mayor’s house

SOLON– The rezoning of 131 W. Main St. was the agenda item.
But the discussion was about downtown parking.
Solon’s city council approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the zoning of Mayor Steve Stange’s residence from residential to commercial at a meeting Jan. 18.
During a public hearing on the request, neighbors took the opportunity to vent their feelings regarding parking on their end of Main Street.
“Big Grove takes over this whole area on the weekend, absolutely, without a doubt,” said D.R. Miller of 131 W. Main St.

Meal and a Movie Jan. 27

SOLON– The Meal and Movie Friday, Jan. 27, at the library will feature a much-acclaimed true story film depicting the heroic measures of a pilot, played by Tom Hanks, who managed the crash of an airliner into the East River, saving the lives of all those aboard. Meal at 11 a.m., movie to follow. Call 624-2710 for reservations by Thursday, Jan. 26.

Solon Dance Team Spectacular 2017 Saturday, Jan. 28

SOLON– Solon Dance Team presents Spectacular 2017, an evening highlighting Solon’s dance teams, local studios and other high school teams on Saturday, Jan. 28. Attend the show, beginning at 6 p.m., in the Solon High School gymnasium. Admission is $5 or use an activity pass. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Solon Food Pantry and receive a glow stick.

Solon Optimist Club basketball contests at middle school Jan. 29

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Solon Middle School gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 through 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and to overall boys’ and girls’ champion. Contestants will need to bring their own basketball.

Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw Contest Jan. 29

SOLON– The Knights of Columbus Council #12129, in Solon, will hold a basketball free throw contest for competitors ages 8 to 14 on Sunday, Jan. 29. The competition will be held at the Solon Middle School in conjunction with the Solon Optimist Club. Signup and warm ups start at 12:30 p.m. with competition from 1-2 p.m. Winners at each age level may earn the opportunity to compete in district, state and international levels.

Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 annual soup supper Saturday, Jan. 28

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 28, at St. Mary Catholic Church from 5-7 p.m. The soup supper features soups of all varieties. Previous years’ soups have included traditional soups such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional such as Demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder.

Shueyville, Swisher making safety a priority

Towns working to codify underground water storage for fire department

SHUEYVILLE– A unique attempt to bolster fire protection through underground water tanks in this northwest Johnson County community came a step closer to being codified in city ordinance Monday, Jan. 9.
The Shueyville Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) took up the matter during its regular monthly meeting, however lacking a specific proposal, tabled the matter until the next meeting on Monday, Feb. 13.

Dudes dance, too!

Dance Spectacular 2017 features award-winning coed and all-male teams

SOLON– “Just don’t let me be the only dude out there,” said Logan Yakish when he finally agreed to join Solon’s co-ed dance team last year.
“It’s gucci!” his friends reassured him. (For the uninitiated, “gucci” is high school-ese for “cool.”)