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Community

Marching band can drive, Sept. 3

SOLON– The Solon Marching Spartans will be holding a can drive (can and bottle recycling) on Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Solon High School band room. Please save your cans and drop them off on Saturday. The Marching Spartans will also have trucks driving through neighborhoods to collect. Thank you for your support.

St. Mary's hosts Harvest Fest. Sept. 11

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church, in Solon, will host its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy a chicken dinner, children and family activities, silent auction and more. This year, the top prize of the Harvest Festival Raffle will be season tickets for two to Hawkeye men’s basketball games. Tickets for the raffle are for sale at the church.

Solon Senior Advocates’ trip to Circa 21 rescheduled for Oct. 5

SOLON– Notice! The Senior Advocates planned a trip to Circa 21 to catch the “Million Dollar Quartet” Wednesday, Sept. 21, but unfortunately that matinee sold out before participants could be registered. The only date available is Wednesday, Oct. 5, so if you are interested in this musical we encourage you to call and register as soon as possible so we don’t lose this date. This is a very popular show and seats are going fast. Cost to be determined by the number of registrations.

Ely Fall Fest Sept. 16-18

ELY– The ninth annual Ely Fall Fest returns Sept. 16-18. The weekend festival begins Friday night with a Moonlight 5K and 1-mile run at 7:45 p.m., followed with a community celebration. Saturday is an all-day festival featuring over 20 activities and events, including kids’ inflatables and games, an adult co-ed softball tournament, a cornhole tournament, pet parade, youth punt/pass/kick competition, magic show, wiener dog race and live music throughout the day. The day is capped with a fireworks display at dusk. Sunday is devoted to the Classic Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Robotics Club open house Sept. 3

SOLON– The Solon Robotics Club will be hosting an open house meeting for middle and high school students Saturday, Sept 3, from 8:30-11 a.m. at the robotics room behind the middle school auditorium. Contact coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail for more information.

Facilities Usage Meeting, Sept. 7, at SMS

SOLON– The Facilities Usage Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in room 403 at the middle school to discuss upcoming facilities needs through December. Please make sure your team or group has a representative present and bring your schedule. You may call Jody McSweeney with any questions at 319-624-3401, ext. 1300.

Solon public library Fall hours

Fall library hours have resumed:
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: noon to 8 p.m.
Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays:10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

September activities for the Old Gold Diner

Old Gold Diner wishes to extend a thank you to Sam’s Main Street Market for sponsoring the Aug. 10 meal. Patrons should drop in and be sure to thank Sam and company for their support of the Old Gold Diner.
• Bingo is held Tuesdays and Thursdays. Penny bingo starts at 11 a.m. and following lunch, play is for prizes with a black-out winning a free Old Gold Dinner meal ticket as the grand prize.

Pumpkins and paintball

Zombies to infest Colony farm this fall

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s about to get creepy at the Colony Pumpkin Patch.
Well, creepy-ish.
In addition to pick-your-own pumpkins, the beloved corn maze and other kid-friendly activities, visitors to North Liberty’s local haunt will have the opportunity this Halloween season to “kill” zombies that have overrun the family farm.
“A couple years ago, friends of ours brought zombie paintball to our attention,” said Dean Colony, co-owner of the Colony Pumpkin Patch along with his wife, Katie. “We kept looking into it and finally we thought, as big as the zombie craze is, let’s do this thing.”

Your input is wanted

CCA seeks public opinion on future facilities needs

TIFFIN– Residents of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District have the opportunity to help shape the future of the district by voicing their opinions at a Facilities Planning Committee public input meeting on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the high school.

Meet Eric Ewald

New Van Allen principal already at “home” in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY – Eric Ewald is two months into his new job as principal of Van Allen Elementary, and he’s feeling right at home.
That’s partly because he is home. Ewald, his wife and their two kids live and spend their days in North Liberty already. For Ewald, living and working in the same community is a major plus. Moreover, Van Allen is a great fit, he said.
Ewald will bring to Van Allen an emphasis on what he considers his two biggest strengths as a principal: relationships and communication.
Relationships start with kids, he said.

North Liberty PD seeks public input

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department has opened a survey to gather thoughts and opinions on the department .
The anonymous, confidential survey asks respondents about the courteousness of any contacts with the department, concerns within the community and other customer-service questions.
The short, 14-question survey is available online at eSurv.org?u=North_Liberty_PD_Short_Survey.