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Community

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.

NL farmers’ market vendor applications are now available

NORTH LIBERTY– Penn Landing Market is now accepting applications for the 2015 season. The market will be expanded and held every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting in May. The market will run through October.
Seasonal passes are just $230, with single-day passes available for $12 space permitting. For questions or more information contact Lesley Triplett or Veronica Tessler at 847-707-9999 or through e-mail at pennlandingmarket@gmail.com. Applications are available by calling 847-707-9999, online at pennlandingmarket.org/sell, or via email at pennlandingmarket@gmail.com.

Register now for annual “Lucky Run” by We Run, to be March 21

NORTH LIBERTY– We Run in North Liberty is organizing its annual “Lucky Run” for March 21, beginning at 9 a.m. at the University of Iowa Community Credit Union on Landon Road in North Liberty. The race includes chip-timed 1K, 5K and 10K. Participants will receive a technical shirt, a finishing medal and a goodie bag. Additional proceeds will be benefit charities Soles4souls and Brian to Boston (Michael Linslow Respite Center). Registration information for the race can be found at www.werunllc.com under the Lucky Run tab. Early registration ends Feb. 15.

NLYBS now accepting registrations

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration for the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) 2015 season is now open. Sign up at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS by March 1. Leagues are available for boys and girls ages 4 to 13. Call the NLYBS hotline at 319-248-1283 with questions, or check the FAQ page on the NLYBS website. 

Garner Elementary waffle breakfast to be Feb.14

NORTH LIBERTY– Garner Elementary will host a Waffle Breakfast with Class Basket Auction and Raffle on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 7-11 a.m. at the school.

Fire department asks residents to clear fire hydrants of snow

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department is asking local residents to clear all snow away from fire hydrants located in residential areas. This will allow easier access to water resources in case of a fire. If you are unable to dig your fire hydrant out, please contact the fire department at 624-2386 and someone will help clear away the snow for you. 

SAL Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner Saturday, Feb. 7

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion is hosting its annual “Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Solon American Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and soft drinks. Serving is from 5 until 7:30 p.m. with take-out available. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds will benefit the community and Solon school projects.

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.

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 native volunteers in Mozambique with Peace Corps

SOLON – The road to Estaquinha, Mozambique, is a bumpy one.
And a crowded one.
Solon Native Ryan Krafka recently returned from the African country and a stint as a Peace Corps volunteer. Krafka gave a presentation about his experience at the Solon Public Library Jan. 26.
Mozambique is served by a single main highway that travels from north to south. With only one lane going each direction and more potholes than pavement at times, traveling to the small village of Estaquinha was an adventure every time Krafka hit the road.

Construction costs still edging past bond limit

No reason to panic, says project manager

SOLON– Projected costs for a new middle school and performing arts center currently exceed the $25.5 million target set forth in a September bond issue.
But Solon Community School District (SCSD) board members were reluctant to make amenities like a $417,000 orchestra pit an alternate to the project, and representatives of the district’s construction management firm indicated it’s not yet time to hit the panic button.
Board members met with staff from Struxture Architects and Story Construction Jan. 26 during a special session for a progress update on the two major building projects.