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Community

Liberty Lightning Bolt Run Nov. 20 at North Central

NORTH LIBERTY– Sign up for the first annual Lightning Bolt 5K Run/Walk and Little Bolt 1-mile Run, held on Sunday, Nov. 20, starting at North Central Junior High, 180 E. Forevergreen Rd., in North Liberty.
Early registration is $20 for the 5K run/walk, $10 for the 1-mile run, and $25 for a joint one adult and one child registration, with an addition $5 per child. Late registration begins after Nov. 12.
Proceeds benefit the Family Resource Centers at Penn, Garner and Van Allen elementary schools, as well as North Central Junior High.

Corridor Arts and Crafts at Bella Sala in Tiffin Sunday, Nov. 20

TIFFIN– Corridor Arts and Crafts at Bella Sala is happening Sunday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 205 S. Park Rd. in Tiffin.
Start holiday shopping while browsing through the booth spaces of more than 60 local businesses selling all handmade and hand crafted items. Enjoying live music from Zachary Freedom while sampling craft beer and locally made wine and eating some amazing grub from two food trucks, Stonewall Brick Oven Pizza and Local Burrito. Both will offer breakfast and lunch options.
Little ones will have a blast at Bella Sala with face painting, kids craft bags and more.

DeGowin blood drive Nov. 21

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., is hosting a blood drive by the University of Iowa (UI) DeGowin Blood Center on Monday, Nov. 21, from 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Blood donations will take about 45 minutes and successful donors receive a thank you gift.
The DeGowin Blood Center is a hospital-based blood center collecting blood for UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children’s Hospital patients.

Sidewalk closures on Front and Zeller streets commence

NORTH LIBERTY– As of Nov. 1, the northern sidewalk on Zeller Street, in front of Quail Ridge Park, is closed as work starts on water system improvements. The work in Quail Ridge Park includes adding two wells and a control building.
Additionally, beginning Nov. 7, the western sidewalk on Front Street in front of Roseberry Stop, north of Windsor Road and south of the Colony Pumpkin Patch, is closed. Pedestrians can cross to the east side at Tartan Drive or Windsor Road. The sidewalk closure is expected through Nov. 28.

$300,000 committed in soil quality restoration

NORTH LIBERTY– In May, the City of North Liberty launched the largest soil quality restoration (SQR) grant program in the state, with grants up to $1,500 available to North Liberty households to pay for 100 percent of an SQR project.
These projects will not only improve residential soil quality and produce greener, lusher lawns, but improve local water quality by slowing stormwater’s path to our streams, rivers and lakes, keeping pollutants out.
On Nov. 4, the city announced all $300,000 has been committed.

City offices closed Nov. 24-25 for Thanksgiving holiday

NORTH LIBERTY– City offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Pool deck resurfacing, closure Nov. 28 to Dec. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Resurfacing of the indoor pool deck at the North Liberty Recreation Center is anticipated to take place Nov. 28 to Dec. 28. The indoor pool will be closed and all lessons, classes, memberships affected will be refunded to participants for specific time for such work to be completed (at this time is a month’s range). Length of time with exact details will be provided by contractors awarded the project soon.

Tiffin Fire Association needs more EMTs

An opportunity to serve

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Night and day; rain, shine or snow; weekdays and weekends; a group of trained, experienced and highly motivated volunteers stands ready to respond to emergencies in Tiffin and the surrounding area.
And, with more and more calls every year, they could use some additional help.

City rearranges parking in busy Fox Ridge neighborhood

New stop signs coming to Windflower Lane

SOLON– Growth means more people and more people means more vehicles.
And in the Fox Ridge subdivision on the city’s south side, vehicle parking has become an issue.
Council member Steve Duncan, a resident of the subdivision, has consistently expressed concern about the parking habits of contractors and of some businesses in the neighborhood.
At an Oct. 19 council meeting, small changes in the subdivision’s street layout were approved in hopes of providing a solution.

Playoff tickets on sale Friday

SOLON– The Solon Community School District will be pre-selling playoff football tickets in the high school office starting Friday morning Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Anyone is welcome to come and buy a $6 ticket. The school will only be accepting cash payments.

Solon Firefighters Dance Saturday, Nov. 5 at American Legion

SOLON– The Solon firefighters will host their 24th annual Firefighters Dance on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Solon American Legion.
This year’s featured band is “Keela and the Boys” and raffle prizes will be given away throughout the night. The grand prize is an overnight stay at Riverside Hotel and Casino. All proceeds from this year’s dance will go to the Solon Firefighters Association. The association funds allow the department to purchase items that are not budgeted through taxation, and to supplement projects such as the department’s training facility.

Knights of Columbus spaghetti dinner Saturday, Nov. 5

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus will host a spaghetti dinner Saturday, Nov. 5, at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The cost is a free will donation.