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Community

Cedar Rapids Hockey Association open house Aug. 15

CEDAR RAPIDS– On Thursday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m., the Cedar Rapids Hockey Association (CRHA) will host an open house at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, located at 1100 Rockford Rd. SW in Cedar Rapids.

Second annual Eastern Iowa Orchid Show and Sale Oct. 19 and 20

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Eastern Iowa Orchid Society will hold an orchid show and sale at the Noelridge Park Greenhouse, 4900 Council St. NE, Cedar Rapids on Oct. 19 and 20. The show is free and open to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10a.m. until 4 p.m.

Solon School News

First day of school

The first full day of school for first through fourth grades is Tuesday, Aug. 20. The first day of school for Kindergarten students is Wednesday, Aug. 21. Kindergarten students will come for an individual assessment on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Kindergarten families should schedule an appointment for the assessment for their child. The first day of school for preschool is Thursday, Aug. 22. Individual home visits will take place with Preschool families Aug. 19 through 21.

Lakeview PTO

Seventh and eighth grade football equipment handouts Aug. 15, 19

SOLON– Students interested in playing seventh and eighth grade football will have equipment handouts on the following dates and times:
Eighth grade, Thursday, Aug. 15, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.
Seventh grade, Monday, Aug. 19, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.

Solon Public Library

Babygarten starts new session Friday, Sept. 6

Babygarten will be starting up again on Friday, Sept. 6, and meet for six weeks through Friday, Oct. 11. The program will be from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. on Fridays and is designed for children ages newborn through 24 months and their caregivers. Each week there will be rhymes, songs, and time for free play. Registration is required, and is limited to 15. Call the library to register soon.

Summer Reading Program ends; prize winners listed

Solon Booster bash golf outing on Saturday, Aug. 17

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring the 13th annual Booster Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Lake Macbride Golf Course. This year’s fundraising proceeds will be used to purchase a new set of weight racks for the weight room.
The tournament will be a four-person scramble (best shot) with two sessions– 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.. The cost is $50 per person. Anyone interested in registering individually or a group should call Lake Macbride Golf Course at 319-624-2500.

Solon Cub Scout open house Thursday, Aug. 15

SOLON– The Solon Cub Scouts will be holding an open house at Lakeview Elementary during “Unpack Your Backpack” night on Thursday, Aug. 15. First through fourth graders are all welcome to join. Through the Cub Scout program parents and scouts will have fun and challenging experiences in a wide range of activities. Look for the signs at Lakeview and come talk about what the Cub Scouts have to offer.

St. John Lutheran Church Annual Community Polka Festival Aug. 18

ELY– The Annual Community Polka Festival will be held Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Ely American Legion Hall, 1545 Main St., Ely. This is a fundraiser for St. Luke’s Child Protection Center.
The event will begin with a Polka Service of worship at 10:30 a.m. at the legion hall led by Pastor Erika Uthe of the sponsoring church, St. John Lutheran, ELCA of Ely. It will be followed by a meal from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. Activities and a dance will follow until 3 p.m.

Libraries refocus as technology changes how people read

North Liberty library seen as a leader in advancements

By Libby Collins
IowaWatch.org
NORTH LIBERTY– No longer limited to ink and paper, Iowa’s public libraries are spending increasing amounts of money on new technologies, such as eBooks and iPads. The number of computers in these libraries increased 76 percent from 2003 and 2012.
But it has come at a cost.

Johnson County to offer “Food Preservation 101” workshop Aug. 16

IOWA CITY– A free talk on the basics of safe canning, freezing and dehydrating of fruits, herbs and vegetables will be offered Friday, Aug. 16, from 12:10-12:55 p.m. “Extending Your Garden Harvest: Food Preservation 101” will be held in rooms 203B-C of the Johnson County Health and Human Services (HHS) Building, located at 855 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City.

Community center gyms to be closed Aug. 19 through Aug. 22

NORTH LIBERTY– The gyms at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., will be closed Monday, Aug. 19, though Aug. 22 so the floors can be reconditioned. The gyms will reopen on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Seventh and eighth grade football equipment handouts Aug. 15, 19

SOLON– Students interested in playing seventh and eighth grade football will have equipment handouts on the following dates and times:
Eighth grade, Thursday, Aug. 15, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.
Seventh grade, Monday, Aug. 19, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.