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Community

NLPD to host town hall meeting Aug. 21

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department will host a town hall meeting, moderated by Sabrena Shields, a student and family advocate at North Central Junior High School, to discuss the department, community policing, citizen’s rights and successful interactions. The meeting will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21, in meeting room C at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Dinner and childcare will be provided at the meeting. Raffle drawings for school supplies and other prizes will also be held.

Corn roast, live music at Iowa Grown Market Aug. 13

NEWPORT– It’s time for the Iowa Grown Market’s first annual Community Corn Roast. The entire community is invited to the event Saturday, Aug. 13, at 2613 Newport Rd. NE, in Solon. Join the free family fun as the market serves up fresh roasted sweet corn to the righteous tunes of local band Notes from the Underground. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and cooler of your favorite beverages, the market will provide the rest. Live music is presented from 3-5 p.m. The event will be rescheduled in the case of rain.

NLFD Salute to Summer Aug. 20

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department’s annual Salute to Summer returns Saturday, Aug. 20, at Bobber’s Grill, located at 1850 Scales Bend Rd. NE, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Join community members for food, kids activities, a vacation raffle, poker run, silent auction and more. Music by Two Buck Chuck begins at 7 p.m.
Salute to Summer is a fundraiser held by the North Liberty Firefighter Foundation annually. Funds raised are directed to the North Liberty Fire Department for firefighter and EMT training, as well as community support efforts and fire equipment expenses.

Room to “grow something”

Lowe’s donates $2,800 to renovate Penn student gardens

NORTH LIBERTY– Penn Elementary students will notice a little something different about their Grow Something garden when they return to school this month.
With help from the Lowe’s Heroes project, parent volunteers and even current Penn Panthers, the greenhouse area was transformed into a garden patio last week, complete with raised beds, new planters and two arbor entrances.

Penn Meadows splash pad open until Labor Day

NORTH LIBERTY– Just in time for the dog days of summer, North Liberty’s first splash pad opened Thursday, Aug. 4.
Located on the north side of Penn Meadows Park, 170 N. Dubuque St., the splash pad offers a baseball-themed spray feature as well as in-ground jets, a durable, grippy surface and limestone seating at the perimeter. The splash pad will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during the season. Seasonally, the splash pad will operate starting each Memorial Day weekend and operate through Labor Day weekend.

NL Community Pantry free salsa making class Aug. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– Learn how to make salsa with the North Liberty Community Pantry.
Community members are invited to this free event Thursday, Aug. 11, from 6-8 p.m. at the Growing Together Garden, 89 N. Jones Blvd., adjacent to the pantry.
Registration is required and class size is limited. Register by calling 319-626-2711 or stop by the pantry.

NL Porchfest Aug. 20 in Arlington Ridge neighborhood

NORTH LIBERTY– What if there was an afternoon when porches became stages and everyone just walked around listening to musicians, hung out on lawns and sidewalks and connected with their neighbors?
Porchfest is “community in the key of summer.”

Penn Meadows Servolution Aug. 19

NORTH LIBERTY– The annual Servolution back-to-school event for families is back again for its fifth year. LIFEchurch of Coralville, along with dozens of other agencies, churches, and schools, will serve families in North Liberty and Coralville as they transition back to school. Servolution is held at Kirkwood Elementary in Coralville on Aug. 22 from 2-5 p.m. and at Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty on Aug. 19 from 3–6 p.m. Families are given shoes, haircuts, groceries, school supplies and much more. Organizers are still looking for volunteers, shoes and other donations if you want to help!

Kernels North Liberty Night Aug. 19

CEDAR RAPIDS– It’s a night to spend with neighbors, Mr. Shucks and the Kernels, an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The game takes place Friday, Aug. 19, at 6:35 p.m. and is open to all ages. The cost is $6 per person for bleacher seating and $8 per person for club seating. Kids 3 and under get in free.
Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to the Cedar Rapids Kernels field, located at 950 Rockford Rd. SW.

Rhino fun

NLFD gears up for 2016 Salute to Summer

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s not uncommon for a volunteer fire department to host a fundraising event, or two, each year. Pancake breakfasts, soup suppers and dances are the typical fare. The volunteer professionals of the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) held a Fireman’s Dance as an annual fundraiser for many years, but they knew they could do something bigger and better.
“While it was successful, the members of the department decided they wanted to create a more family-oriented event,” said Firefighter-Emergency Medical Technician Mike Johnston.

Ely Fall Fest Sept. 16-18

ELY– The ninth annual Ely Fall Fest returns Sept. 16-18. The weekend festival begins Friday night with a Moonlight 5K and 1-mile run at 7:45 p.m., followed with a community celebration. Saturday is an all-day festival featuring over 20 activities and events, including kids’ inflatables and games, an adult co-ed softball tournament, a cornhole tournament, pet parade, youth punt/pass/kick competition, magic show, wiener dog race and live music throughout the day. The day is capped with a fireworks display at dusk. Sunday is devoted to the Classic Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Family Movie Night Under the Stars Thursday, Aug. 11

SOLON– As daylight fades, the movie rolls Thursday, Aug. 11, at Randall Park in Solon. Join neighbors and friends for Family Movie Night when the 2009 film ‘Up’ is featured.