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Community

Volunteers needed: Muddy Creek Cleanup April 9

NORTH LIBERTY– In observance of Keep America Beautiful Day, Boy Scout Troop 216 and Cub Scout Packs 216 and 275, the North Liberty Tree and Storm Water Advisory Board and the North Liberty Parks Department will lead the annual clean-up day to remove debris along Muddy Creek and the North Liberty Recreation trail April 9.
Public involvement, participation and education of storm water pollution prevention and management is the goal of this event.

“Make a Difference Day” at NL churches April 9

NORTH LIBERTY– Several North Liberty churches will host “Make A Difference Day,” a service project, on Saturday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to noon. Work teams from several local churches will be fan out over North Liberty performing community service. Service projects include yard work, small construction jobs, window washing, painting and many other projects at little or no cost, to improve the lives of the North Liberty community.
“Great group. They came in and discussed my needs and went to work,” commented one person.
“My team was the greatest,” was another comment.

Coralville Lake Friends Group organizational meeting April 7

IOWA CITY– Is Coralville Lake your outdoor playground? Are you someone who enjoys biking, boating, fishing, hiking, bird watching, picnicking, disc golfing, swimming or other recreational activities at Coralville Lake? If so, we want you to have a voice and become part of a “Friends Group.”
A “Friends Group” engages the public in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ mission with protecting and enhancing the natural resources while expanding the ways in which they can be enjoyed.

Solon exchange students find a home away from home

SOLON– Iowa is a long way from the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.
But for Aizhamal Nazhimidinoval and Ernis Sultanov, Solon has come to feel a lot like home; at least for now.
The two foreign exchange students are juniors at Solon High School (SHS) this year, as part of the World Link organization and its international FLEX program. Aizhamal is living with the Paula and Jeff Sears family, and Ernis with the Kris and Jerry McAtee family.

Solon Athletic Spring Sport Kick-Off March 24 at Spartan Stadium

SOLON– Solon Athletic Spring Sport Kick-Off, sponsored by the Solon Athletic Booster Club, will be held Thursday, March 24, at Spartan Stadium. All are welcome to Team Meals; a hamburger, pork burger or hot dog with chips and drink for $4. Serving will start at 4 p.m. Introduction of all spring sport athletes for high school boys’ and girls’ soccer, track and field, golf and junior high track and field, will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the boys’ soccer scrimmage at 6 p.m.

Solon Night at the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Friday, March 25

SOLON– The public is invited to the City of Solon Night at the RoughRiders. City of Solon and area residents can save $4 per ticket for the Friday, March 25, game at 7 p.m. against Team USA. Tickets can be purchased by calling 319-261-4625 and mention “Solon” to receive instant savings. To purchase tickets online go to ridertownusa.com, select seats for the March 25 game, and use promo code Solon2016 to receive the discount. Tickets must be purchased by 9 p.m. Thursday, March 24, to receive a discount.

Senior Advocates add March 31 trip to Paramount Theatre

SOLON– Solon Senior Advocates is offering an additional trip for the month of March. On Thursday, March 31, the Advocates will sponsor a trip to Cedar Rapids to dine at New Bo Ale House and tour the Paramount Theatre. The trip will leave from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 10 a.m. Participants will stop at the Cedar Rapids Library at 11 a.m., with a tour of the Paramount at 2 p.m. Call 624-2710 or 319-430-8655 for information and reservations.

“Jazz in the Commons” on Saturday, April 2, at SHS

SOLON– The Solon High School jazz programs will be presenting “Jazz in the Commons” on Saturday, April 2, from 5-7 p.m. The jazz bands and jazz choirs will each perform sets from their 2015 competition season. Parents will also be serving a picnic dinner for purchase during the event. Food items will include chicken sandwiches, pork burgers, hotdogs, chips, various salads, desserts and a drink. All proceeds from the event go to support the Solon High School jazz programs.

NL Council to rename 965

NORTH LIBERTY– What’s in a name?
The North Liberty City Council believes renaming Highway 965 through North Liberty will create more convenience, a greater sense of community for residents and wider recognition for people passing through.
Therefore, the council unanimously approved the process by which officials will re-name the town’s main north-south thoroughfare.
In the last year or two, members of the council have occasionally expressed a desire to call the road something other than Highway 965.

Eagle eyes

Another successful Bald Eagle Watch & Expo

NORTH LIBERTY– They came to learn about the birds and the bees– as well as the spiders, snakes and other Iowa wildlife, at the fourth annual Bald Eagle Watch & Expo, held Feb. 6, in North Liberty and along the Coralville Reservoir.
The free annual event, co-hosted by the Iowa City Bird Club, Iowa Audubon Society, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Diversity Program and the Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District, provides kids’ activities, guest lecturers and an opportunity to join others in sneaking peeks at the bald eagles roosting and flying near the Coralville Dam.

No vaping allowed

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council took the first step in banning electronic cigarettes in the community’s public spaces.
At its March 8 meeting, the five-member council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance amendment to ban vapor products, commonly referred to as e-cigarettes, in the city’s designated smoke-free places.
“It was one of the shortest ordinance I’ve ever drafted,” City Attorney Scott Peterson told the council.

Everyone’s an inventor

STEAM Room Fab Lab offers possibility to create anything

IOWA CITY– If you could make anything, what would you choose? A bicycle? A new chandelier? A life-saving medical device? What would you do if there were no limits?
Kirk Cheyney invites you to find out. Cheyney is the founder of the STEAM Room Fab Lab, a digital fabrication laboratory full of machines, equipment, and possibilities.