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Community

Solon All-Alumni Basketball Tournament Saturday, Oct. 8

SOLON– Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Jason Pershing announced an All-Alumni Basketball Tournament for former Solon athletes on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Solon High School gymnasium.
Teams or individuals may register for the double-elimination tournament at a cost of $10 per participant. Bring a reversible jersey or a dark and white shirt. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Contact coach Pershing at jpershing31@gmail.com with any questions.

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.

Solon Dance Team collecting coupons for troops

SOLON– The Solon Varsity Dance Team is collecting manufacturer’s coupons for troops overseas. In the past eight years with the community’s help, the team has sent more than $38,000 in manufacturer’s coupons. The first packet went to a naval base in Japan with almost $1,450 value in coupons to be used at the base’s commissary/grocery store. For those wishing to donate, coupons may be dropped off to Marjorie Lane at the high school, or call 319-624-3401, ext. 1116, or email mlane@solon.k12.ia.us to schedule a pick up.

Solon Dance Team to sell gently used uniforms this month

SOLON– The Solon Dance Team is cleaning its closet and is selling gently used uniforms and props. Items would be great for Homecoming Spirit Week, Halloween or even for a kid’s pretend/dress up closet. Lots of colors and sizes are available, reasonably priced. Stop by the table at the Sept. 9 football game or after school Sept. 12-16, from 3:15-4 p.m., in the high school commons. If you have questions regarding the sale, contact Marjorie Lane at 319-624-3401, ext. 1116 or by email at mlane@solon.k12.ia.us.

Fourth graders to visit Solon Old Gold Diner Wednesday, Sept. 21

SOLON– Old Gold Dining is hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
There are usually 22 students that come, and organizers would like to have at least one senior citizen for each student. Non-seniors are also welcome with a reservation and a payment of $3.75 (same as seniors) for the meal. Please try to attend this fun occasion and visit with these young Solon school students. Call 624-2251 before noon the day before to make your reservations. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., so plan to arrive by 11:15 a.m. The class that is scheduled to come this month is section 4A (Mai).

Maybe next year: City declines parade move

Football parents ask for return downtown

SOLON– The City of Solon reluctantly rained on hopes to relocate the Solon High School Homecoming Parade back downtown later this month.
The request, presented at a Sept. 7 city council meeting by members of the Solon Football Club, came too late to deal with the logistics of closing Main Street, Mayor Steve Stange said.
The parade, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, was before the council as a consent agenda item, but football parents were seeking to modify the event application and revert the route to its previous path.

Street line painting to be completed on Penn Street

NORTH LIBERTY– Crews are expected to finish painting lines for Penn Street’s additional lanes this week, representatives for the project’s general contractor, Metro Pavers, said Tuesday. The contractor is expected to have turn lanes open during peak traffic times, with occasional closures to complete the work.

Refueling Meals on Wheels

IOWA CITY– Managed Medicaid is forcing local Meals on Wheels programs to live hand-to-mouth.
Elder Services, Inc., which operates Meals on Wheels in Johnson, Washington, Iowa and Cedar counties, began its ‘Refueling Meals on Wheels Campaign’ Sept. 7.
This campaign is focused on ensuring the viability of the Meals on Wheels program with a goal of raising $250,000.

The public has its say on CCA’s facilities planning process

Questions without easy answers

TIFFIN– The question itself is relatively simple on its face, imploring Clear Creek Amana (CCA) district officials to consider how best to accommodate expected continued enrollment and likely overcrowding with $25 million available in 2018.
The solution, or solutions, are not quite as simple, attendees at a Sept. 8 public forum at the high school in Tiffin discovered.

Library closed Sept. 16 for staff in-service training

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Library will be closed Friday, Sept. 16, for its annual staff in-service training.
During that day, all of the library’s upholstery will also be cleaned, and Iowa Prison Industries will move and reconfigure shelving in the kids’ area. This is one of the library’s first steps in redesigning the kids’ area to include activity stations.

Star Party Sept. 23 at Penn Meadows

NORTH LIBERTY– The night time is the right time! Join Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) and the City of North Liberty this fall to learn about the night sky Friday, Sept. 23, from 7-9 p.m. Contact Judy for more information or to register at judy@earthviewenvironmental.com. This is a family event, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Giant balloon games at NLRC Sept. 16-17

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Recreation Center will join forces with Chad Johnson of ICBalloons to create the world’s first interactive giant balloon games event Sept. 16 from 3-7:30 p.m. and Sept. 17 from 2-7 pm.