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Community

The cost of a blue bin

City council approves 60-cent increase to utility bill recycling fee

NORTH LIBERTY– Residents of North Liberty may not feel the effects of a 60-cent increase on their utility bills next month, but the city’s recycling provider sure will.
At a meeting Oct. 11, members of the North Liberty City Council approved a slight increase to single-stream recycling rates in response to a request from Steve Smith of Johnson County Refuse.
It’s the third time since 2000, when North Liberty signed a recycling contract with Johnson County Refuse, Smith has asked for an increase in the fee residents pay. The last contract approval in 2014 raised it to $4.55.

Iowa DOT open house to discuss West Forevergreen Road improvements Nov. 1 at North Libety Community Center

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Department of Transportation invites the public to attend an information meeting on Nov. 1 between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry Street, to discuss the West Forevergreen Road proposed improvements and right-of-way needs from east of Kansas Avenue to Covered Bridge Boulevard in North Liberty.

Swisher Junior Auxiliary Halloween Fair Oct. 30

SWISHER– The Swisher Junior Auxiliary invites everyone to attend the Halloween fair Sunday, Oct. 30, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Swisher American Legion. Each year the event seeks to bring the community together. Attendees can enjoy a hay rack ride through Swisher and s’mores and hot chocolate in the pavilion. Dress to impress the judges; the Costume Contest winners and prizes will be announced at 5:45 p.m.

Free night hike on Halloween at F.W. Kent Park

OXFORD– Escape the ghouls and goblins running around town and head out to Kent Park for a peaceful night hike on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The hike includes interesting information about nocturnal animal adaptations and ends with warm apple cider and Halloween treats.
The program is geared towards adults, but all ages are welcome. Participants should meet at the Youth Group Camp lodge (on the east side of the park) and hike from there. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring head lamps or flashlights covered with red tissue paper or cellophane.

Food Truck Rumble Oct. 30 at Colony Pumpkin Patch

NORTH LIBERTY– Join Yelp and Colony Pumpkin Patch at the Yelp Iowa City Food Truck Rumble 2016 on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Local food trucks give your taste buds a one-two punch while jousting for the Best in Iowa City title and the Rumble Grub Trophy. The best part? Stuff your face and weigh in on the winner.

Final North Liberty farmers market Oct. 23 at Penn Landing

NORTH LIBERTY– The Penn Landing Market holds its final market at Pacha Parkway Sunday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join others for creepy music, bewitched food, devilish shopping and more Halloween fun at the final market of the season.
For more information visit pennlandingmarket.org.

Family Day at Iowa Raptor Project Nov. 5

SOLON– The Iowa Raptor Project invites the public to the November Family Day featuring the Peregrine Falcon, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Visitors will learn about the history of falconry and hunting with the Peregrine Falcon. The Raptor’s Nest will be open with arts and crafts and activities for kids. There will be staff and volunteers available to answer any questions.
The Raptor Center currently displays over 20 unreleasable birds of prey historically found in Iowa and is located within the Macbride Nature Recreation Area, 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon.

CCA Supper for “Old Folks” Nov. 5

TIFFIN– On Saturday, Nov. 5, the CCA Student Assistance Team and Interact Club hosts its annual Supper for “Older Folks.” In other words, those aged 55 or older are invited to supper. Supper for “Old Folks” will serve turkey, ham mashed potatoes and a potluck of dishes the 30 or so kids bring to share. Serving will start at 6 p.m. at the CCA High School in Tiffin. Call Mark Hovey, Advisor CCA High School SAT/Interact, at 319-545-5623 for reservations.

Early voting at library Saturday, Oct. 29

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty residents and all other eligible voters can vote early in the 2016 Presidential Election Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Liberty Community Library.
Those not registered can also register at the library, although an ID and proof of residency are necessary due to a requirement concerning registration 10 days prior to the election.

Scouting for Food Oct. 15

SOLON– Scouting For Food will take place in Solon on Oct. 15. 
Scouts will distribute donation bags Oct. 7-10 and collect filled bags on Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations collected in Solon will be delivered directly to the Solon Food Pantry.
A donation drop box will also be placed at Solon City Hall from Oct. 3-14 for anyone not receiving a bag or living in city limits.

Solon Dollars for Scholars 2016 Gala Saturday, Oct. 15

SOLON– They’re providing hope for every student
An exciting evening of great food and lively bidding is planned for Saturday, Oct. 15, as Solon Dollars for Scholars hosts the 2016 Gala at the Celebration Barn, located at 4045 245th St. in Solon. The doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Registration is required for the event. For online registration, go to solon.dollarsforscholars.org or register by mail with a donation of $45 per guest to: Solon Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 551, Solon, 52333.

Solon Archery Team to host open house Monday, Oct. 17

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team is hosting an open house on Monday, Oct. 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gym. All current team members, parents and anyone in fifth-12th grades that would like to join the team are encouraged to attend. The archery team will offer forms needed to be filled out by the parents, shirts to be tried on for correct size information and will collect dues during the open house. All information concerning the archery program will be discussed. Any questions will be answered.