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Community

Free container gardening class at pantry Thursday, May 21

NORTH LIBERTY– How do you turn a 5-gallon bucket into a food-making machine using a drill, some soil, and seeds?  Find out at a free container gardening class on Thursday, May 21, at the Growing Together Garden at the North Liberty Community Pantry, 89 N. Jones Blvd.
Container gardening is a great alternative to in-ground gardening for those who do not have the time or land space. Why not have your houseplants grow healthy food for yourself and your family?

May 15 event to promote 1105, services in Johnson County

IOWA CITY– The public is invited to attend a program promoting social services in Johnson County and raise money for the 1105 Project on May 15 from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. at the 1105 Project Building, 1105 Gilbert Ct. in Iowa City. Suggested donation is $10 with proceeds to benefit the 1105 Project. West Bank will provide coffee, rolls, and juice; parking is available at the site or on the street.

Reduce waste, get convenience with curbside composting program

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s curbside composting program can take almost anything you throw at it. Fruit? Easy. Meat? No problem. Greasy pizza boxes? You bet. Reduce the amount of trash sent to the landfill each week; it’s good for the pocketbook and the environment.
Participants need to provide a compost bin lined with a yard waste bag, available for $1.65 at a variety of stores in North Liberty. Bins may be placed curbside on collection day for pick up.

Signals at Penn Street/Highway 965 will be offline Friday, May 15

NORTH LIBERTY — Weather permitting, on Friday, May 15, traffic signals at the intersection of Highway 965 and Penn Street will be offline starting at 9 a.m. so crews can upgrade the signal heads and replace the cabinet that controls the intersection’s signals. The work is expected to be completed by midday. While the signals are down, the intersection will be controlled by a flagger.

North Liberty citywide garage sales to be held June 13

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty citywide garage sales will be held Saturday, June 13. A master list of sales will be distributed on June 11 via the City of North Liberty’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/NorthLiberty, and at http://bit.ly/NL-Garage-Sale-List-2015. Those interested in adding a garage sale to the list should visit http://bit.ly/NL-add-a-garage-sale and fill out the online form or email lydiafine3@gmail.com with any further questions.

Top Shelf Volunteers

The Kinzie/Pugh family first heard about the North Liberty Community Pantry when they visited the North Liberty First United Methodist Church. They had recently relocated to Iowa and were looking for ways to get involved in their community and meet people. It seemed like a good opportunity for Dnae and her children.

NL pantry garden project gets off the ground with ribbon cutting

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry is ready to cultivate a new generation of gardeners.
Community members officially celebrated the pantry’s new project, the Growing Together Garden, with a ribbon cutting, poetry reading and tree planting on Saturday, April 25. Funded by a $38,850 grant from the Wellmark Foundation and matching dollars raised throughout the community, as well as in-kind donations of time, materials and labor, the garden is an extension of the pantry’s services to provide food to those in need.

How to save a life

Two Solon seniors reach blood donation goal

SOLON– Could a teenager dare someone to help save a life?
It could, in the case of Ty Appleget and Preston Miller, two Solon High School seniors who challenged each other to become Gallon Grads.

Poppy Days in Solon May 16-25

SOLON– Every year near Memorial Day, members of the American Legion Auxiliary go door-to-door in neighborhoods to distribute poppies in remembrance of all our service men and women who died in defense of our freedom. The poppies are made by disabled and hospitalized veterans and all contributions are used in programs to aid vets and their families. Various businesses in Solon will have donation containers and poppies through Memorial Day. Contributions are greatly appreciated.

Mary’s Meals founder MacFarlane-Barrow to speak in Solon May 29

SOLON– Meet Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow as he talks about his new book “The Shed That Fed A Million Children: The Extraordinary Story of Mary’s Meals”, on Friday, May 29, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon.
A non-competitive 5K run or 1 mile run/walk will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a talk with Magnus MacFarlane at 7:30 p.m., conversation with Kevin Miller, question-and-answer session and book signing.
Kids and adults are encouraged to dress as a superheroes.

Community input meeting for Comprehensive Plan May 11

SOLON– The public input session for the update of Solon’s Comprehensive Plan will be Monday, May 11.
The consulting firm MSA Professional Services Inc. has been hired by the City of Solon to complete all aspects of a comprehensive plan update. MSA will be facilitating the first of two public meetings at Solon City Hall May 11 at 6 p.m.
Give your input and insight regarding the issues and opportunities that you see in the City of Solon today and in the future.

Teaching leaders, Leading teachers

Solon schools utilizing state leadership funds

By Lori Lindner
and Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
JOHNSON COUNTY– Three area school districts have received state funding geared toward improving delivery of education in the upcoming school year.
The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD), Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Solon Community School District (SCSD) were approved to participate in the Teacher Leadership and Compensation System (TLS), beginning last fall.
It’s an initiative, long in the planning, and one that educators hope will have longevity and a significant impact on Iowa’s public education system.