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Community

Early voting at library Oct. 9

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty residents and all other eligible voters can vote early in the 2016 Presidential Election Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Liberty Community Library.
Those not registered can also register at the library, although an ID and proof of residency are necessary due to a requirement concerning registration 10 days prior to the election.

Backing the Blue

North Liberty artist honors law enforcement with “Thin Blue Line” paintings

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– It’s not an easy time to be in law enforcement.
Some feel there’s a “war on cops,” with assaults and outright ambushes seemingly on the rise. Ninety-nine officers have died in the line of duty as of Monday, Oct. 10, and there will undoubtedly be more as well over 100 officers are killed on average every year.
Supporters of law enforcement officers (LEOs) have taken to displaying a thin blue line: a simple blue line symbolizing cops standing between the civil society and chaos; law and order vs. lawlessness; prey and predator.

Iowa DOT open house to discuss West Forevergreen Road improvements Nov. 1 at North Libety Community Center

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Department of Transportation invites the public to attend an information meeting on Nov. 1 between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry Street, to discuss the West Forevergreen Road proposed improvements and right-of-way needs from east of Kansas Avenue to Covered Bridge Boulevard in North Liberty.

Food Truck Rumble Oct. 30 at Colony Pumpkin Patch

NORTH LIBERTY– Join Yelp and Colony Pumpkin Patch at the Yelp Iowa City Food Truck Rumble 2016 on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Local food trucks give your taste buds a one-two punch while jousting for the Best in Iowa City title and the Rumble Grub Trophy. The best part? Stuff your face and weigh in on the winner.

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.