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Community

Free night hike on Halloween at F.W. Kent Park

OXFORD– Escape the ghouls and goblins running around town and head out to Kent Park for a peaceful night hike on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The hike includes interesting information about nocturnal animal adaptations and ends with warm apple cider and Halloween treats.
The program is geared towards adults, but all ages are welcome. Participants should meet at the Youth Group Camp lodge (on the east side of the park) and hike from there. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring head lamps or flashlights covered with red tissue paper or cellophane.

CCA Supper for “Old Folks” Nov. 5

TIFFIN– On Saturday, Nov. 5, the CCA Student Assistance Team and Interact Club hosts its annual Supper for “Older Folks.” In other words, those aged 55 or older are invited to supper. Supper for “Old Folks” will serve turkey, ham mashed potatoes and a potluck of dishes the 30 or so kids bring to share. Serving will start at 6 p.m. at the CCA High School in Tiffin. Call Mark Hovey, Advisor CCA High School SAT/Interact, at 319-545-5623 for reservations.

Family Day at Iowa Raptor Project Nov. 5

SOLON– The Iowa Raptor Project invites the public to the November Family Day featuring the Peregrine Falcon, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Visitors will learn about the history of falconry and hunting with the Peregrine Falcon. The Raptor’s Nest will be open with arts and crafts and activities for kids. There will be staff and volunteers available to answer any questions.
The Raptor Center currently displays over 20 unreleasable birds of prey historically found in Iowa and is located within the Macbride Nature Recreation Area, 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon.

Free annual Thanksgiving dinner at South Slope

NORTH LIBERTY– For the fifth year in a row, a free Thanksgiving dinner will be available to residents of North Liberty, thanks to local community members and several businesses.
On Thanksgiving Day, from noon until 4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will be available for residents of North Liberty at the South Slope Community Center in North Liberty.
“We continue to get such positive feedback from the community about this Thanksgiving meal,” said Amanda Engstrom, Chair of the Thanksgiving Dinner Committee.

K-9 campaign

“We are launching our K-9 campaign and people have been willing to donate to that cause and help support NLPD to raise the funds for the vehicle, canine and the training needed,” Chief Venenga said. “A big ‘thank you’ is to the Colony Pumpkin Patch (Katie and Dean Colony) for wanting to show their public support and allowing law enforcement to be the design inspiration for this year’s corn maze. It is the shape of a police officer, K-9 and a badge.”

Open house for city water system improvements Wednesday, Nov. 2

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is currently upgrading its water supply and treatment facilities to provide improved water quality and reliable service as the community continues to grow, including a new treatment plant at the city’s public works campus on Front Street, depicted above.

Swisher Junior Auxiliary Halloween fair Oct. 30

SWISHER– The Swisher Junior Auxiliary invites everyone to attend the Halloween fair Sunday, Oct. 30, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Swisher American Legion. Each year the event seeks to bring the community together. Attendees can enjoy a hay rack ride through Swisher and s’mores and hot chocolate in the pavilion. Dress to impress the judges; the Costume Contest winners and prizes will be announced at 5:45 p.m.

Swisher Auxiliary Annual Turkey Homemade Turkey Dinner Nov. 5

SWISHER– On Saturday, Nov. 5, from 4:30-7:30 p.m., the Swisher Auxiliary hosts its Annual Homemade Turkey Dinner. Adult meals cost $10 and kids meals are $5. The Junior Auxiliary will host Turkey bingo upstairs through dinner. Bingo cost is $1 per game with winners receiving a turkey to take home. Arts and crafts will be offered for children attending the event during bingo.

Solon Wrestling Club starts Nov. 1

Signup at ‘Meet the Coaches Night’ Tuesday, Nov. 1

SOLON– The Solon Wrestling Club announced the beginning of the upcoming youth season for students in kindergarten through eighth grades. The emphasis of the club is learning the fundamentals of wrestling and having fun. The Solon Wrestling Club has brought back youth head coach and college All-American Dale Handley for a third season.

Haunted Trail Hike at Coralville lake Oct. 28-29

CORALVILLE–The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the Friends of Coralville Lake, are hosting a Haunted Trail to be held at Coralville Lake on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, from 7-9 p.m. each night. The event is free and open to the public. It will take place on the Woodpecker Nature Trail, which starts near the Linder Point Campground. This will be the first time a haunted trail has been held at Coralville Lake and it is sure to be a scary, but fun-filled event.

Solon fire department continues decades-old tradition of education

Lakeview students still learning the basics of fire safety

SOLON– One by one, kindergarten students at Lakeview Elementary got up on their hands and knees and crawled out of the small gymnasium to the lobby where a fire engine was waiting outside.
It’s the same thing they should be doing if there’s smoke in their home– it’s a lesson taught every year by members of the Solon Tri-Township Fire Department.
Stay low and go.
“We try to touch on some key points every time,” explained Capt. Tim Bell.

Solon Legion hosting silent auction for disabled veterans Oct. 21

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will host a silent auction Friday, Oct. 21, beginning at 6 p.m. in support of the disabled veterans who will be deer hunting locally through a joint program between the Legion, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and English Outfitters.
The Legion invites residents of the community to bid on items at the silent auction. The proceeds will be used to support the disabled veterans hunting program.