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Community

Winter 2017 activity guide now available for download

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s redesigned winter activity guide, covering programs from January through April 2017, is available for download on the city’s website.
Highlights for winter include a spring Shed and Scavenger Hunt with Take a Kid Outdoors on March 25, a kayaking trip from Palisades-Kepler State Park to Sutliff Bridge down the Cedar River on April 22, another season of the community gardening at the Meade Barn, a youth soccer program, Eric Litwig and Pete the Cat at the North Liberty Community Library on April 5, and the second year of Beat the Bitter on Feb. 3 and 4.

Update to pool deck resurfacing closure to begin this month

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning Monday, Nov. 28, the North Liberty Aquatic Center will close to allow the indoor pool deck to be resurfaced. While the pool was originally estimated to close until Dec. 28, North Liberty Recreation Center staff expect the work to be completed in time for the pool to reopen on Monday, Dec. 19.
Memberships will be extended to cover the time of the closure. Swimming lessons will be rescheduled; if you have not been contacted by the center to make arrangements, call the front desk at 319-626-5716.

Help for those struggling during the holidays Nov. 30

NORTH LIBERTY– Struggling with the Holidays? Have you had a loss in your life, either a death of a loved one or a relationship? Would you like to talk to others also struggling with the holidays? If so, please come to the First United Methodist Church in North Liberty, 85 N. Jones Blvd., on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., in the library, to meet with others who are struggling.

Apply to the 20th year of the Citizen’s Police Academy beginning Jan. 30

IOWA CITY– Applications to attend the 20th-annual Citizen’s Police Academy will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Class size is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Application forms are available at the Iowa City Police Department, Coralville Police Department, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, North Liberty Police Department and the University of Iowa Police Department, during normal business hours or via download from the City of North Liberty’s website.

CCA Weight room and wrestling room completions top construction project update

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD— Two key parts of the expansion of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School in Tiffin are now considered substantially complete. The district’s board of directors accepted substantial completion of the weight and conditioning room, and the wrestling room at their Monday, Nov. 14, regular meeting at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford. Both rooms are currently in use, although there is still work going on around them, as contractors continue to make progress on a new auxiliary gym on the south side of the school which opened in 2009.

CCA’s middle school almost finished

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– It’s almost finished. After over two years of work, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School, in Tiffin, is about complete and ship-shape from stem to stern.
Crews are in the process of finishing a $3,053,100 remodeling project updating the east end of the building, which dates back to the 1960s, said district construction manager Ray Willoughby in a report to the district’s school board Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford. Willoughby said a mid-November move-in was highly likely.

Tiffin Holiday Craft Fair Dec. 4 at Clear Creek Amana High School

TIFFIN– The Holiday Craft Fair will be Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School.
Patrons of the fair can shop local crafters, handmade artists and vendors; get pictures taken with Santa; pick up holiday treats at the cookie walk and enjoy refreshments while completing holiday shopping.
Admission is a free will donation to benefit the CCA Marching Band and Color Guard. Visit the facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/1140782962673283/ for a complete list of vendors.

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.

School age PROGRAMS (K-6th grade)
Graphic Novel & Comic Club (3rd-6th grade) – Wednesday, Nov. 30, 4 p.m.
Love to read comics? Join us for this new book club devoted to comics and graphic novels. Snacks and activities included.

Adult PROGRAMS
Sociable Seniors (coffee and social hour)– Mondays, 10 a.m.
Stitching Around (needle crafting) – Tuesdays, 7 p.m.

Book Clubs

CCA Boys Basketball Annual Spaghetti Dinner Dec. 3 at the high school

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys basketball team will host its Annual Spaghetti Dinner Saturday, Dec. 3, from noon until 7 p.m., at CCA High School, when the CCA boys and girls basketball Clippers battle the Regina Regals.
The freshman boys game will be played at noon, junior varsity (JV) boys play at 3 p.m. and the varsity boys take the court at 6 p.m.
The girls’ games will be held at 1:30 p.m. for JV and the varsity takes the court at 4:30 p.m.
The cost is $ 7 for adults and $ 5 for seniors and those 12 and under.

Sponsor a family with CCA’s annual holiday baskets

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Student Council is once again holding its annual Sponsor a Family Holiday Baskets. Each year the student council takes in donations such as money, winter clothing and canned food items from individuals, families and businesses. The school district uses those donations to provide for families in need in the district. Each year the goal has been to raise $3,000 or more to provide for 25-plus families. As the giving season creeps in, the student council is looking to raise over $4,000 this year and provide for 30 or more families.

Cedar Ridge growing again

Winery and distillery continues to expand in many ways

SWISHER– The doors to Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery opened to the public on Black Friday in 2010, and owner Jeff Quint said, “We’ve been busy ever since.”
What started out as a small winery has grown to include the state’s oldest distillery and the first to make bourbon in Iowa since the days of Prohibition, an events center and separate production facility, and– soon– a private room for small gatherings and a storage and distribution warehouse.

Mercer, Morris elected

Solon narrowly leans to Clinton in presidential race

SOLON– Lynn Morris will fill out the remaining year of her appointed term as a member of the Solon City Council, and Shawn Mercer will be a newcomer.
Morris and Mercer received 896 and 802 votes respectively in the Nov. 8 general election, according to results posted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.
Mercer, while alone on the ballot for a three-year term, was opposed with a write-in campaign conducted by former council member Dale Snipes. It was actually Snipes’ term on the ballot, Snipes resigned from the council in July and had been replaced on an interim basis by Ron Herdliska.