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Community

Elementaries dive into robotics

$15K PLTW grant funds supplies, teacher training at Garner, Penn, Van Allen

North Liberty Leader

Solon American Legion Memorial Day services announced

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Family will hold a Memorial Day service at the Legion Park at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29. Transportation will be available from the Legion to the Veterans Memorial. Attendees should plan to be at the Solon American Legion by 7:30 a.m. for a ride to memorial. Refreshments will follow at the Legion.
In addition to the traditional service, there will be a dedication at the Johnson County Freedom Rock.

Poppy Days in Solon, May 20-29

SOLON– The annual distribution of poppies in the Solon area will be held on Saturday, May 20, through Memorial Day. Cans will be available in various businesses where you can make a donation and receive a poppy. On Saturday, May 20, several Solon American Legion Auxiliary members will go door to door in some neighborhoods distributing poppies.

Solon future business leaders can drive Wednesday, May 31

SOLON– Solon High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) organization will be conducting a can drive on Wednesday, May 31, to raise funds to send four students to the National Leadership Conference in which they qualified to compete at in a business-oriented event. Each student going placed in the top four at the State Leadership Conference. Cans/bottles can be dropped off in front of the high school from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or from 3-8 p.m. Students will also be going around town to collect cans/bottles.

Solon FC summer camp July 17-21

SOLON– Solon FC is offering an experience like no other in the area, announcing the return of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire summer soccer camp from July 17-21. Hosted in Solon, campers ages 6-16 can choose to participate in a half-day camp, either 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m., or a full-day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. camp. Camp fees include five days of camp, as well as a shirt, ball and ticket to a Chicago Fire game in Bridgeview, Ill.
Cost for the half-day camp is $135 or save money by enrolling in the full-day camp for $225.

Solon Old Gold Diner site manager receives funding

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates and the Old Gold Diner Site Council joined together to request funds to support a salary for a new site council manager and were rewarded Tuesday, May 9. The Beef Days Committee and the Solon Area Community Foundation each provided a check for $3,000, providing one half a year’s site manager salary. The City of Solon meets the other half of the yearly salary, plus provides reimbursement for the in-home meal delivery program. The Site Council is searching for a new site manager as Duane McAtee has announced his retirement.

We’ll drink to that

Cedar Ridge celebrates long-awaited legislation and its most prestigious award

SWISHER– So far 2017 has been a very good year for Jeff Quint and his Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery located near Swisher.
On March 28 a key piece of legislation, long fought for by Iowa’s distilleries, cleared the Iowa House of Representatives, 93-1. House File 607 allows Iowa distilleries to sell their products by the glass, and as cocktails, in their tasting rooms. It also increases a daily sales limit from two bottles per person to a full 12-bottle case and raises a state-imposed cap on the annual production of distilled spirits.

Education Foundation popup fundraiser for reading

SOLON– The Solon Education Foundation is running its first ever “popup” fundraiser using its online donation feature at www.solonedfound.org/.

Bur Oak Land Trust Family Day Sunday, May 21, at Turkey Creek

SOLON– Family Day with Bur Oak Land Trust will be hosted on Sunday, May 21, at the Turkey Creek Preserve. Admission is free and refreshments will be offered. There will also be seining in the creek and scavenger hunt with prizes.
Bur Oak Land Trust presents Family Day at Turkey Creek Preserve from 1-3 p.m. at 2545 Sugar Bottom Rd. NE in Solon.
Turkey Creek Preserve is 107.24 acres of woods and former pasture land, including five acres of reconstructed prairie which also has geocache locations.

Bike to the farmers market Sunday, May 21

NORTH LIBERTY– In celebration of Bike Month 2017 in Johnson County, organizers of the North Liberty Farmers Market invite you to bike to the market on Sunday, May 21. Those who do will receive a $2 voucher to spend at any one of the vendors. Limited vouchers will be available, so show up early.
The market runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pacha Parkway, near Penn Street and Highway 965. For more information, visit pennlandingmarket.org.

Container gardening class at NLCP May 25

NORTH LIBERTY– Growing food doesn’t have to take a lot of time or even space. Container gardening is an easy way to grow food without land. On Thursday, May 25, the community is invited to Growing Together Garden for a free, hands-on Container Gardening Class.
“Container gardening allows anybody to grow food even if they don’t have access to land or are unsure about starting an in-ground garden,” explained Ilsa DeWald, Garden Coordinator at the North Liberty Community Pantry. “This class provides an easy way to practice gardening skills with potentially delicious rewards.”

Helping Heroes Memorial Day golf tourney

NORTH LIBERTY– Join Helping Heroes for its first annual Memorial Day golf tournament Monday, May 29, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Quail Creek Golf Course, 700 Club House Rd., in North Liberty.
Registration for the four-man, best-shot tournament includes 18 holes, a golf cart and a meal after the round. Prizes, raffles and a silent auction will also take place at the club house. All proceeds will directly benefit local veterans in need. Cost is $200 per team.