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Community

IC school board hears from magnet school committee

Board considers new draw for ICCSD families

IOWA CITY– A magnet school could be on the horizon for the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD).
A committee tasked with researching magnet schools presented its findings to the school board during its meeting on Feb. 10.
Though they are still run under the public school system, magnet schools differ from traditional schools in that they have specific themes integrated in the curriculum across all grade levels and enrollment is based on student choice, not just location.

A Hairy situation

Christian outreach duo John and Diane Windle perform at Grace Community Church

NORTH LIBERTY– What do two singing camp counselors, 400 children and Grace Community Church members have in common?
They all love Hairy.
And who wouldn’t? Hairy is a kooky, comedic puppet with more fuzz than finesse, and enough energy and enthusiasm to fill an auditorium. That’s what he did on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Grace Community Church in North Liberty.

RIP for R1(B)?

City council declines to act on proposed zoning ordinance

SOLON– A proposed zoning ordinance to allow for narrower lot widths and smaller setbacks for single family residences is going nowhere anytime soon.
During their meeting on Feb. 4, Solon City Council members declined to take action on a draft ordinance which would create an R1(B) zoning district.
“I rather feel rushed in making a decision right now,” council member Mark Krall said. “I’m not ready to change things, I guess.”

HS band can drive Feb. 14

SOLON– The Solon High School band will be conducting a can drive at the high school on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 8 a.m. until noon. For more information or to arrange for pick up, call 319-310-7031.

Solon Dynamite presents Dance Spectacular Friday, Feb. 13

SOLON– Solon Dynamite, the varsity dance team, presents its annual Spectacular 2015 performance Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Solon High School gymnasium. It will be a night to celebrate dance and the team’s successful season. Admission is $5. Solon activity passes will be accepted. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Solon Food Panty and receive a free glow stick. Show shirts, concessions, jewelry and merchandise from E’s Florals will be offered for sale.

Single Seniors Info Group to meet for the first time Feb. 18 at library

SOLON– The Solon Public Library and the Solon Senior Advocates are joining together to create a Single Seniors Info Group. The aim of the group will be to share information about a variety of subjects that are particular to seniors living alone.
Personal finances, household issues, socialization, nutrition, mobility, relocating and downsizing are a few topics that may be discussed. Seniors with suggestions to help others who are experiencing particular issues are encouraged to participate.

Solon United Methodist Men hosting soup supper Feb. 13

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Men will be hosting their annual soup supper Friday, Feb. 13, from 5-7 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $4 for kids under the age of 12, and includes oyster, chili, and chicken noodle soup, hot dogs and dessert.

Solon American Legion all-you-can-eat breakfast Feb. 15.

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will be serving an all-you-can-eat breakfast, including pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, juice, coffee and milk from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. Costs are adults $8, children ages 6-12 $4 and children 5 and under are free. All proceeds go toward paying for expenses at the Veteran’s Memorial at the Legion ball park. For more information, call Cliff Bohling or Jamie Hromi at the Solon Legion, 319-624-2277, after 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Booster Club’s 2nd annual celebration of athletics Feb. 27

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will host its Second Annual Celebration of Solon Athletics on Friday, Feb. 27, at the AvaCentre in Solon with entertainment starting at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.
Everyone is welcome for dinner and a night of entertainment with proceeds benefitting Solon High School and Middle School athletics. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with pre-dinner music, the coaches presenting the state of each program and a keynote address by Marshall Koehn, University of Iowa football player and 2011 Solon graduate.

Lobbying group grounded

Washington appeal held via conference call

NORTH LIBERTY– In an ironic twist, local officials were unable to catch a plane to Washington, D.C., to talk with elected officials about transportation problems in the Corridor.

Public invited to attend Feb. 17 community diversity forum

Want a more inclusive North Liberty?

NORTH LIBERTY– First United Methodist Church is inviting the public to participate in an important forum that will explore how North Liberty can be inclusive of people of all racial and cultural backgrounds. The event will be Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the church, 85 Jones Blvd., North Liberty.
Recent tragic events in the news dealing with racial matters have impacted our society and shocked many. The forum’s goal is to seek solutions to issues that impact the racially and culturally diverse people in North Liberty, one of Iowa’s fastest-growing cities.