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Community

Solon senior advocates • July newsletter

Important notice regarding Senior Advocate trips

6th Annual Red, White and Bluegrass Festival July 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Located right here in the corridor, the Red, White and Bluegrass Festival has been bringing you Bluegrass for six great years now. The festival hosts great local and Midwest bluegrass and jam grass bands.
The Festival is run by the American Legion Post 1976, and is staffed by veterans and friends of veterans volunteers. This is only one of two fundraisers your local veterans do each year. Thanks for your support in the past and future; it means a ton to the North Liberty American Legion, its veterans and the charities it supports.

Bricks available for new NLYBS pavilion

NORTH LIBERTY– The Penn Meadows Park Pavilion and Commemorative Baseball Diamond are mostly complete, but the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) organization is still seeking donations to help fund the project.
Of its $250,000 goal, to be contributed over five years, NLYBS has raised $117,000 through donations from individuals and sponsors, as well as funds raised through concession stand and brick sales.

Balancing the library books

Council approves transfer of $11k to new library endowment fund

NORTH LIBERTY– Staff and volunteers at the North Liberty Community Library know all too well money doesn’t grow on trees, which is why they’ve opened an endowment fund to invest library donations more wisely.
The North Liberty City Council unanimously authorized the transfer of $11,000 from library funds, held in a city savings account, to the endowment at its June 14 meeting. The Friends of the Library will oversee the fund, to be administered through the Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC).

NL pantry 4th Annual Turkey Trot July 9

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will hold the Fourth Annual Thanksgiving in July Turkey Trot 10k/5k Races and Family 1 Mile Event on Saturday, July 9, at 8 a.m. All proceeds will go to the pantry as part of the community-wide Thanksgiving in July (TGIJ) efforts.

Hiking, yoga at Kent Park July 9

OXFORD– Join Serenity Yoga and Pilates Studio and Johnson County Conservation (JCC) for a hike followed by yoga on Saturday, July 9, starting at 9 a.m. at the Conservation Education Center in F.W. Kent Park.

Splash pad construction to begin July 5

NORTH LIBERTY– Construction of the long-awaited splash pad at Penn Meadows Park is scheduled to start on Tuesday, July 5, with final completion of the project scheduled for Aug. 12.
Included in plans for the splash pad are a baseball-themed water-spray feature and flush-mounted water jets in the ground. The splash pad will offer seating around the outside for caregivers.

Getting a good brain workout

North Bend teacher promotes active bodies and minds over summer break

NORTH LIBERTY– Although he’s a physical education teacher, Jared Carder doesn’t believe his students should forego mental exercise for physical exercise during the summer months. That’s why he’s devised a solution to promote active minds and bodies during the three-month hiatus from the classroom.

Night prairie walk at Williams Prairie July 6

OXFORD– Johnson County Conservation (JCC) invites the community to enjoy a beautiful summer evening by heading outdoors in search of blooming prairie plants at Williams Prairie, one of the most diverse prairies in Johnson County. The prairie walk will take place on Wednesday, July 6, at 6 p.m. Williams Prairie is located at 2298 Black Hawk Ave. NW in Oxford.

Creek Girls swamp the Wiliamsburg Raiders in doubleheader sweep

North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– The Creek Girls, from Clear Creek Amana (CCA), knocked off the Williamsburg Raiders in a WaMaC conference doubleheader sweep on Tuesday, June 21, on the diamond in Oxford. CCA took the opener, 2-1, and won the nightcap, 9-1.
Claire Navara hit a sacrifice fly to score Courtney James for the first run in the bottom of the fifth inning of game one. Karsyn Stratton scored on an error shortly after.
The Raiders’ run came in the top of the third.

Accidental farmers

Eat-local enthusiasts in third year of produce business

NEWPORT– It’s not your average farmers market, but it’s not your average farm, either.
The Iowa Grown Market, located off Newport Road, south of Solon, is in its third year selling organically-grown produce from a family farm near West Branch– in addition to products from a host of other farms, backyards and kitchens within a 20-mile radius through consignment.

Mary’s Meals supporters host Solon 5K Saturday, June 25

SOLON– Local supporters of Mary’s Meals will be hosting a Be a Hunger Hero! 5K/1-mile run/walk Saturday, June 25, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Timber DOME Lodge at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
Participants are encouraged to dress as super heroes for extra fun. The event is family friendly, with strollers and dogs welcome.
Register online at www.getmeregistered.com/BeAHungerHero or contact Theresa Bonnema at 319-499-8930 for a paper registration form. Registrations will also be accepted the morning of the run beginning at 8:30 a.m.