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Community

Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club to mark 70 years Oct. 12

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club invites the public to join them for a 70 years of memories Sunday Night Supper (Frank Zaspal, chef) on Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. at their club on, 11818 Club Road. There will be a Social Hour at 5 p.m., with a short program following supper.
Supper reservations needed by Oct. 1. Call Marilyn at 319-396-9366. Complimentary supper. Please bring your memories or pictures to share.

St. Mary selling raffle tickets for UI/Northwestern football suite

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church of Solon will be selling raffle tickets in advance of the Harvest Festival on Sept. 28.
The grand prize is a Kinnick Stadium suite for the Iowa-Northwestern football game on Nov. 1. The package includes 18 tickets, three parking passes, food and drink. Second prize will be $500 cash and third prize will be $250 cash. Drawing for the prizes will be held during St. Mary’s annual Harvest Festival on Sept. 28. Tickets will be sold for $5 per ticket or five for $20. Winners do not need to be present to win.

Archery Club open house Sept. 22

SOLON– The Solon Archery Club would like to invite the public to an open house to be held Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center, located at 133 N. West St. in Solon. Information packets will be handed out at that time. Club members and coaches will offer demonstrations and address any questions from interested parties. For further information, contact Gary Mechtensimer at 319-624-5027.

Lake Macbride park harvest and replanting meeting set for Sept. 29

SOLON– Interested neighbors and park users of Lake Macbride State Park have the opportunity to comment on the proposed tree harvest and replanting project scheduled for 2015. A public meeting will be Monday, Sept. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Solon Public Library.
In the winter of 2013, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) foresters walked 933 acres of forest cover in Lake Macbride State Park, recording data to help classify and describe the woodlands which they then used to develop a Forest Stewardship Plan for the park.

Flying Colors

OXFORD– It’s a colorful way to make some green.
Clear Creek Elementary (CCE) will host the second annual CCE Color Fun Run/Walk 5K Saturday, Sept. 27, at 9 a.m., and the public is invited.
The race/walk is open to anyone who wants to have fun and is up for helping a good cause.
CCE’s Parent Teacher Group (PTG) was searching for a way to involve more families in its annual school-wide fundraisers. PTG members often heard similar comments from parents when it came time for kids to sell wrapping paper, magazines, chocolate or other traditional fundraising products door-to-door.

Diversity dream meets attendance area reality

ICCSD board sends controversial policy back to committee

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) paused at its Sept. 9 school board meeting, as it prepared to implement the district’s diversity policy approved in 2013.
During a lengthy discussion of the policy and related attendance zone changes for the 2015-2016 school year, the board responded to Superintendent Steve Murley’s request for relief from diversity policy mandates. The board sent the diversity policy back to the policy and engagement committee for revision on a 6-1 vote, with Director Orville Townsend Sr. dissenting.

CCA board set to receive boundary recommendation

TIFFIN– Their work is done, a recommendation has been formed.

NL council questioned about city’s sign regulations

NORTH LIBERTY– “You may have noticed North Liberty is tough on signs.”
North Liberty City Planner Dean Wheatley offers this initial statement in a website tutorial on the improper display of signs around town.
People have noticed, in fact, and some think the city is even a bit extreme.
Rob Hajek, owner of North Liberty remodeling business Home Repair Team and HRT Building, came before the council last Tuesday to ask if the city would consider changes to its sign ordinance to accommodate businesses like his that use yard signs as a promotional tool.

Free child health and safety fair to be held Sept. 20

NORTH LIBERTY– The public is invited to First United Methodist Church of North Liberty to enjoy the annual free child health and safety fair Saturday, Sept. 20. First United Methodist Church is located at 85 N. Jones Blvd., about a block south of the corner of Penn Street and North Jones Boulevard.

Colony Pumpkin Patch holds festival, fundraiser Oct. 4

NORTH LIBERTY– The Colony Pumpkin Patch will host its Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the Colony Farm, 2780 Front St. NE, North Liberty. The Fall Festival means fun activities to give people a place to reconnect with the rich farmland Iowa provides. Entertainment includes an amazing 5-acre corn maze, hayrack rides, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, games, bounce house, barrel train, giveaways and the new Li’l Pumpkins Playground with fun things for kids to do. Food will be available from The Box Lunch and Bluebird Cafe.

Pantry to show documentary ‘Paycheck to Paycheck’ Sept. 30

NORTH LIBERTY– The community is invited to a free screening of the documentary “Paycheck to Paycheck” on Tuesday, Sept. 30, beginning at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church hosted by the North Liberty Community Pantry. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion including local families living pay check to pay check. Light refreshments will be provided. Childcare is available.

Let victory ring

CCA denies Washington 20-17

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) coach Matt Hughes summed up his team’s 20-17 win over the Washington Demons in one word. “Unbelievable!”
“I’m so proud of these kids,” Hughes said. “I’ve never seen a group of kids that took what we did in the off-season, and the hard work that they put in, and applied it to the football field for four quarters. They had a lot of things that went against them tonight, had some adversity, but they came up and they never quit. They kept their heads up and they had confidence they could do it.”