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Community

Cuties in costume

NORTH LIBERTY– Children from Montessori Children’s Garden in North Liberty were invited to an exclusive Trick-or-Treat parade on Halloween morning, Oct. 31. Businesses in the Stonebridge Promenade complex, located at the corner of Highway 965 and Cherry Street, all opened their doors to the passing procession, handing out candy and non-sweet specialties. This year marks the third annual parade organized by Kim Williams of Blink Vision, the anchoring business of the Stonebridge complex. (Photo by Lori Lindner)

Free Thanksgiving dinner at South Slope

NORTH LIBERTY– For the second year in a row, a free Thanksgiving dinner will be available to those in need, thanks to a local community member and several businesses.
On Thanksgiving Day from noon until 4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will be available for those in need at the South Slope Community Center in North Liberty.

Friends of NL library announces Nov. 16 waffle breakfast

NORTH LIBERTY– Visit the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., for the Friends of the North Liberty Community Library’s annual Belgian Waffle Breakfast fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. until noon in the recreation center gym. It is an all-you-can-eat breakfast featuring Belgian waffles and sausages.
Kids 5 and under eat free, everyone else eats for just $7 each. Tickets are for sale at the library or at the door the day of the breakfast. The Friends will also have their new cookbook for sale. All proceeds will benefit the library.

City of Tiffin accepts right-of-way deal with Grace United Methodist Church

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– Barring an act of God, a deal will be struck, and Ireland Avenue will move forward.
In a special meeting Oct. 30, the Tiffin City Council took two swift actions that resulted in accepting a counteroffer for property owned by Grace United Methodist Church in Tiffin.

Volunteers invited to assist in prairie seed harvest in Johnson County

OXFORD, IA – The Johnson County Conservation Board (JCCB) is in the midst of a fall harvest and they need your help. The JCCB has a wealth of prairie plant seeds to bring in from the prairies this fall, but they lack the time and extra hands to do it alone. They are requesting your assistance at the following seed collection event on November 3rd beginning at 9 a.m. at F.W. Kent Park Knight Prairie Pavilion Parking Lot.

Solon Legion to host turkey dinner Nov. 3

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will have a turkey dinner on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The menu includes turkey and dressing, real mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, rye bread, homemade dessert, coffee and milk. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 through 12, and children 5 and under free.

Veterans Day program Nov. 11

SOLON– Solon Middle School’s annual Veteran’s Day program will be held at the middle school auditorium on Monday, Nov. 11, starting at 1 p.m. All veterans, families and friends, and community members are invited. We are honored to have the presence of guest speaker Sergeant Leland Chandler, a World War II veteran and a former prisoner of war, at this event. The American legion will be in attendance and the eighth grade band will perform. Refreshments will be served following the event, provided by the Solon Middle School PTO.

Solon Public Library

Early out movie, Thursday, Nov. 1

The next early out program will be on Thursday, Nov. 7, with the showing of the movie, “The Croods” (PG). Movie time will be from 1 until 3 p.m.

LEGO® Club

Just Lego®– and let your imagination run wild

Solon Library’s Lego® club yields fanciful stories

By Eric Hawkinson
Solon Economist
SOLON– There are few toys on the market that better help a child’s creativity than Legos®. It allows students to build something entirely of their own, with or without instructions– Legos® inspire creativity, art, critical thinking, and of course, storytelling.
At the Solon library Lego® club meeting last Monday, Oct. 7, imagination was rampant.

Held up on the jail

Supes still wrestling with justice center options

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– It could be back to the drawing table, literally, for some area architects. While the Johnson County Board of Supervisors continues to grapple with how to move forward in addressing courthouse and jail space needs, the possibility of dividing the proposed justice center into two separate projects appears more likely.

Ben Newell Memorial 5K race to be held at Sugar Bottom Nov. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the community for the Ben Newell Memorial 5K race Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Sugar Bottom Recreation Area, North Liberty. Check-in is at 7 a.m. Race begins at 8 a.m.
Mason City native Ben Newell enjoyed many passions in his life; his dog Jethro, attending country music concerts, Hawkeye football games, volunteering, fishing, boating, and working in the insurance industry. By far, Ben enjoyed playing sports and being active; he was training for his first mini-triathlon last fall.