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Community

NLPD and Colony Pumpkin Patch partner for a future furry officer

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty loves its dogs and the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) is no different.
The department believes a future canine unit would be a big asset to the community by helping human officers with searches, apprehension and tracking. But, starting a K-9 program isn’t cheap– initial costs run $75,000 or more.
That’s where Dean and Katie Colony and their pumpkin patch come in.

Rev. Katie Lowe Lancaster installed as Pastor of Discipleship Ministries at Holy Trinity

NORTH LIBERTY– The congregation of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in North Liberty has announced the addition of Pastor Katie Lowe Lancaster to the staff. Pastor Lowe Lancaster will serve as Pastor of Discipleship Ministries, including Small Group Ministries support, Christian Education and Servant ministries within and beyond the community. She was formally installed to the new post on Sunday, Sept. 18.

North Liberty Community library

BABIES & TOTS ProgramS
My Baby Storytime – Tuesdays, 10 a.m.
Storytime – Wednesdays, 10 a.m.
PJ Storytime – Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Tot Time – Fridays, 10 a.m.
Family Storytime – Saturdays, 10 a.m.
Leaves Craft – Friday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.

School age PROGRAMS (K-6)
*NEW* Super Tuesdays – Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Come and go activities. No registration required.
Crafternoons (Sept. 27) – Leaf suncatchers, build your own witch face, finger paint corn-on-the-cob, and snowflakes with coffee filters.
Graphic Novel & Comic Club (3rd-6th grade) – Wednesday, Sept. 28, 4 p.m.

“Restore It and They Will Come: The Althea R. Sherman Chimney Swifts’ Tower” Sept. 18

CORALVILLE– Acclaimed nature photographers Robert and Linda Scarth will present their program on three years of covering nesting Chimney Swifts in the restored Althea R. Sherman Chimney Swifts’ Tower.
The presentation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Coralville Public Library, in the downstairs E. Jean Schwab Auditorium, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Old Gold Diner to lock up the femme fatales

Annual fundraiser culminates with lock-in Sept. 28

SOLON– It’s time for the community to join together in a jailbreak.
Solon’s Old Gold Diner will conclude a month of fundraising activities Wednesday, Sept. 28, with a special meal, entertainment and a lock-in of female jailbirds who will have to raise bail money for the program before their release.
Last year’s Old Gold fundraiser featured the incarceration of five men who were willing to become “jailbirds” for a short amount of time, raising bail for their release by asking friends, family and program-supporters to make cash donations to the cause.
This year, it’s the women’s turn.

He’s passionate about beer

Bill Heinrich rides the craft beer wave

SOLON– Beer is an amber alcoholic beverage brewed by the fermentation of cereals, usually malted barley, and flavored with hops. Beer has been around since at least the fifth millennium B.C. in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.
In 2012, according to The Beer Institute, Americans consumed 6.3 billion gallons of beer in the previous year with an individual average of 28.3 gallons.
Whatever the 2016 consumption statistics are, Brian Heinrich can rest assured his Kickshaw Barrel Works ORB, a small-batch craft beer, will have contributed to them.

Troop 120 can drive Sept. 17

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 will be holding a can drive Saturday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. until noon. Bring redeemable cans or bottles to the south end of the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot. Scouts will also be canvassing neighborhoods to make collections. Contact Tim Broghammer at 319-389-7297 for more information or to schedule a pick up.

Solon All-Alumni Basketball Tournament Saturday, Oct. 8

SOLON– Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Jason Pershing announced an All-Alumni Basketball Tournament for former Solon athletes on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Solon High School gymnasium.
Teams or individuals may register for the double-elimination tournament at a cost of $10 per participant. Bring a reversible jersey or a dark and white shirt. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Contact coach Pershing at jpershing31@gmail.com with any questions.

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.

Solon Dance Team collecting coupons for troops

SOLON– The Solon Varsity Dance Team is collecting manufacturer’s coupons for troops overseas. In the past eight years with the community’s help, the team has sent more than $38,000 in manufacturer’s coupons. The first packet went to a naval base in Japan with almost $1,450 value in coupons to be used at the base’s commissary/grocery store. For those wishing to donate, coupons may be dropped off to Marjorie Lane at the high school, or call 319-624-3401, ext. 1116, or email mlane@solon.k12.ia.us to schedule a pick up.

Solon Dance Team to sell gently used uniforms this month

SOLON– The Solon Dance Team is cleaning its closet and is selling gently used uniforms and props. Items would be great for Homecoming Spirit Week, Halloween or even for a kid’s pretend/dress up closet. Lots of colors and sizes are available, reasonably priced. Stop by the table at the Sept. 9 football game or after school Sept. 12-16, from 3:15-4 p.m., in the high school commons. If you have questions regarding the sale, contact Marjorie Lane at 319-624-3401, ext. 1116 or by email at mlane@solon.k12.ia.us.

Fourth graders to visit Solon Old Gold Diner Wednesday, Sept. 21

SOLON– Old Gold Dining is hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
There are usually 22 students that come, and organizers would like to have at least one senior citizen for each student. Non-seniors are also welcome with a reservation and a payment of $3.75 (same as seniors) for the meal. Please try to attend this fun occasion and visit with these young Solon school students. Call 624-2251 before noon the day before to make your reservations. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., so plan to arrive by 11:15 a.m. The class that is scheduled to come this month is section 4A (Mai).