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Community

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.

Solon Public Library

Best books of 2014

Every Year the editors of the School Library Journal pick their top children’s and teen fiction books of that year. Following is a list of some of titles, for 2014, that are available at the Solon Public Library.
“Rain Reign” by Ann M. Martin. Struggling with Asperger’s, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog. When the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet.

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.

Library and Senior Advocates seek to create Single Seniors Info Group

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.

Ely Gateway Rotary soup supper fundraiser Feb. 7

ELY– Gateway Rotary is hosting a soup supper fundraiser Saturday, Feb.7, at the Ely American Legion Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy chili and chicken noodle soup, a bake sale and music by Shima Country Sounds, a Cedar Rapids-area favorite.
The public is invited to an evening of food, fellowship, music and family fun for a great cause. For more information, visit www.gatewayrotary.org.

NL City tax rate will likely stay the same for fifth year running

Council to approve final budget in late February

NORTH LIBERTY– Once again, in the face of major street and infrastructure projects, the City of North Liberty is expecting to keep the city’s overall tax rate the same.
If the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) budget is approved, property owners living in North Liberty will continue to see a rate of $11.03 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for the fifth year running. The same rate has been levied since Fiscal Year 2012, when it dropped from $11.20.

“Fitness On Demand”

Your kind of workout, right at your fingertips

NORTH LIBERTY– Imagine customizing your workouts at the gym: choosing your favorite instructor, requesting your own intensity level, setting a time limit on your workout and even picking your own workout partners (and coincidentally, leaving your least favorite out).
Would it motivate you to exercise more?
The staff at the North Liberty Recreation Center hope so.
It’s called Fitness On Demand, and it is now available at everyone’s fingertips.
For the next month, it’s absolutely free.

CCA reworks calendar, plans Sept. 1 start

Waving goodbye to waivers

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD — Last year, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Board of Education developed an academic calendar they felt would be good for school years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.
Although in arrears with a state law requiring schools to start no earlier than the week of Sept. 1, CCA received a waiver issued by the Department of Education allowing a start date in August. The board had planned to approve this calendar at its regular meeting in January.

Tiffin councilor resigns

Petersen bows out after nine years of service

TIFFIN– Tiffin City Council has a new vacancy.
Council member Mark Petersen tendered a letter of resignation to Mayor Steve Berner on Thursday, Jan. 22, citing personal reasons in an email dated Jan. 26.
“Over the past years I have been dedicated to the city of Tiffin and have reached a point that I need to turn the page and move on, as I pursue other adventures,” Petersen wrote. His resignation took effect immediately.

Bald Eagle Watch & Expo - Feb. 7

NORTH LIBERTY– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake will be co-hosting a Bald Eagle Watch and Expo on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Central Junior High, 180 E. Forevergreen Road, North Liberty. The other co-hosts are the Iowa City Bird Club and the Iowa Wildlife Federation. This event is free to the public and will be held at two different locations simultaneously.
The speakers, exhibitors, and vendor will be located at the indoor venue which is North Central Junior High in North Liberty.
Guest speakers include:

Blood drive at Swisher Legion to be Feb. 3

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion is sponsoring a blood drive on Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Legion Hall from 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment to donate blood at this blood drive, call Heather Roman at 319-356-8327 or contact her via email at heather-roman@uiowa.edu.
Sign up may also be completed online at www.uihealthcare.org/bloodcenter. Under “Online Sign Up Headquarters,” click on “University of Iowa Blood Drives.”
To be eligible to donate blood a person must:

NL Optimist Club releases February calendar

NORTH LIBERTY– The Optimist Club of North Liberty announces the following upcoming dates:
Feb. 9: Board meeting at Darlene Smiths’s home, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 12: Valentine Party at the Brown Bottle, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 26: Regular Thursday dinner meeting at the Pizza Ranch with Maxine Webb as the guest speaker from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa, 6:30 p.m., Pizza Ranch.