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Community

Blues & BBQ volunteer sign-up is on

NORTH LIBERTY– Sign up is now open for volunteers at the July 12 North Liberty Blues & BBQ presented by South Slope Cooperative Communications. It takes a volunteer force of about 200 people to put on this all-ages, family-friendly event. Roles include selling drink tickets or serving in the beverage garden, helping kids at the inflatables, distributing water to volunteers, set up and tear down, and many others. Volunteers can visit northlibertyblues.org/volunteer to sign up.

Parents still don’t understand SBG

Report shows interpreting grades on PowerSchool continues to stymie

SOLON– Parents just don’t understand.
A year didn’t do a lot to improve the comprehension of standards-based grading (SBG) for parents in the Solon Community School District (SCSD).
An SBG report presented at the April 14 meeting of the Solon school board showed that parents participating in a spring survey have not significantly improved their understanding of what their student is learning.
“We definitely need to do a better job helping them understand PowerSchool,” Director of Instruction and Technology Matt Townsley told board members. “That continues to be a concern.”

Randall Park reopens, council considers Windmill Estate sewer

Spring is welcomed by City

SOLON– Spring arrived late, Randall Park reopened, and the council prepared to spend more money to support growth at an April 17 city council meeting.
Council members also approved a seasonal, part-time landscaping position for the city as they moved through a packed agenda.
“Randall Park is open and getting used,” said Scott Kleppe, director of public works. “Last Friday there were probably 15 parents and kids down there as we were seeding.”

Solon Women’s Club to host May Day breakfast Saturday, May 3

SOLON– Highlight May 3 on your calendar to remind you to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 until 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children (ages 5 through 12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 3. Bring your family and friends and receive a special deal: five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

Methodists host Imagine No Malaria Pancake Supper April 27

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Church will be hosting an Imagine No Malaria Pancake Supper on Sunday, April 27, from 5 until 7 p.m. in the Family Life Center across from the church.
The evening will feature live entertainment. The menu includes pancakes with a variety of toppings, sausage patties, scrambled eggs, fruit, juice, milk and coffee. A free will offering will be taken with all proceeds going to Imagine No Malaria, a charity whose goal is to end death and suffering from malaria by providing insecticide-treated bed nets to the people of Africa.

Solon Public Library

Library book sale cancelled

Due to scheduling issues, the Friends of the Solon Library will not be having a used book sale on Saturday, Aug 2, as previously announced.
A new date has not yet been selected. Donations are down, so organizers may not have enough material for a sale until Spring 2015.
Announcement of the new sale dates will be on the library’s website (www.solon.lib.ia.us) and on Facebook.

New fiction arrivals:

“Destroyer Angel” by Nevada Barr.
“Warriors” by Ted Bell.
“I’ve Got You Under My Skin” by Mary Higgins Clark.