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DISCOVERY GUIDE 2012
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SOLON
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A L I T T L E W E E K LY M I R A C L E
ECONOMIST
102 N. MARKET ST. • P.O. BOX 249 • SOLON, IA 52333 • 624-2233 • WWW.SOLONECONOMIST.COM
Extraordinary care in your neighborhood.
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Affiliated with Iowa City Family Practice Clinic and West Branch Family Practice Clinic
SOLON FAMILY PRACTICE CLINIC
OUR PHYSICIANS ARE BOARD CERTIFIED
Office Hours Monday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Services for All Ages Prenatal care • Well-baby exams Physicals • Immunizations Geriatric/nursing home care Diagnostic Services EKG • Lab • X-ray Treatment Services Cryotherapy • Fracture care Laceration repair Minor burn care • Minor surgery
New Patients Welcome! Call 319-624-2991
Solon Family Practice Clinic 510 W. Main Street #A Solon, IA 52333 319-624-2991
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Index to Advertisers
A-1 Siding Windows & More ................................... page 20 Alicia’s Sirius Styling ................................................ page 6 Animal Kingdom Veterinary Care Center .............. page 10 Auto Medic ............................................................ page 39 Baxa’s Sutliff Store & Tavern ................................. page 15 Bridge Community Bank ........................................ page 23 Brosh Chapel & Community Center ...................... page 10 Clearly Clean Window Washing & More ................. page 31 Crystal Clear ............................................................ page 8 D&D Pizza ............................................................. page 24 Dairy Queen ............................................................ page 7 Davis Veterinary Clinic .......................................... page 16 E & J Electric Inc. .................................................. page 16 E’s Florals .............................................................. page 21 Ellison Insurance Agency ...................................... page 25 Fareway Stores Inc. .............................................. page 28 Farm Bureau Financial Services ........................... page 33 Fitzpatrick Family Chiropractic .............................. page 14 Hairstyling Chalet .................................................... page 6 Handley’s Holiday Hillside ..................................... page 22 Healthy Habit Fitness ............................................ page 24 Ken’s Auto Clinic .................................................... page 29 Lake Macbride Boat Rentals ................................. page 35 Lee’s Ag Clinic ....................................................... page 22 Legacy Builders ..................................................... page 18 LeGrove Boutique ................................................. page 23 Linn County REC ....................................................page 11 Mark’s Auto Body ..................................................... page 4 Medin Dental ......................................................... page 26 MercyCare Community Physicians ....................... page 15 Mottinger Real Estate Group ................................. page 25 Naughton Insurance Agency ................................. page 26 Pet Memories ........................................................ page 34 Play and Learn Preschool & Day Care .................. page 22 Prairie Wood Craft ................................................. page 37 Jay Proffitt Construction ........................................ page 12 Prybil Masonry ....................................................... page 24 RJ’Z Express ......................................................... page 13 Loyd Roling Construction ...................................... page 26 Ruzicka’s Meat & Catering .................................... page 25 Sam’s Main Street Market ..................................... page 17 Scott Kleppe Custom Rods ...................................... page 8 Sedlacek Upholstery ............................................. page 29 Shuey’s Restaurant ............................................... page 28 Solon Barber Shop ................................................ page 18 Solon Dental Center .............................................. page 13 Solon Family Practice Clinic .................................... page 2 Solon Feed Mill ...................................................... page 25 Solon Heating & Air Conditioning .......................... page 34 Solon Retirement Village ......................................... page 4 Solon State Bank ................................................... page 12 Solon Truck and Tractor ........................................ page 17 Solon Trustworthy Hardware ................................. page 37 Solon United Methodist Church ............................. page 32 Solon Veterinary Clinic ............................................ page 7 South Slope Cooperative Communications Co. ...... page 9 SparkleWash ......................................................... page 37 University of Iowa Credit Union ............................. page 40 Wears Auctioneering ............................................. page 37
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Contents
Solon City Council.............................................................page 5 Solon City Staff ...................................................................page 6 Solon City Government ...................................................page 7 Solon Boards and Commissions .................................. page 10 Solon Public Library ....................................................... page 12 Solon Parks and Recreation.......................................... page 13 Solon Recreation and Nature Area ............................. page 14 Solon Fire Department .................................................. page 15 Solon Post Office ............................................................ page 15 Solon Churches ......................................................... page 16-18 Solon American Legion .................................................. page 19 Solon Beef Days............................................................... page 21 Lake Macbride / Coralville Lake............................. page 22-24 Solon City Map .........................................................pages 26-27 Solon Community Schools...................................... page 28-30 Solon Clubs & Organizations ................................. page 32-39
Solon Discovery Guide 2012 is a special supplement produced by the
Solon Economist
102 N. Market St. • PO Box 249 • Solon, IA 52333 624-2233 • 624-1356 (fax) • hybrid@southslope.net www.soloneconomist.com
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A brief history of Solon
Solon has remained a farming community ever since H.H. Kerr and P.B. Anders platted it out in 1850. Solon was on the direct route from Iowa City to Dubuque, the trail between the two cities marked by a furrow made with a breaking plow and oxen driven by Lyman Dillon and known as ‘Dillon’s Furrow.’ Many parts of this furrow, also known as ‘Old Dubuque Road’ became Highway 1. Early settlers set up mills, blacksmith shops, livery stables and sold general merchandise, drugs and all items necessary to support a rural community. By 1860, the Palmer House was a stagecoach stop between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids and mail was dropped off at the first post office at H.H. Kerr’s residence. Many of the early inhabitants were of German, Irish, French and Bohemian extraction and, together with the many who immigrated here from the east, established schools and churches. A Solon pictorial history book, Solon Snapshots, was published in 2010 depicting the years 1850-1950 and capturing much of the early history of the area. Lake Macbride State Park, which lies just west of Solon, was commissioned in 1857. In 1958, the Corps of Engi-
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neers developed the Coralville Reservoir which greatly enhanced the boating, fishing and camping opportunities, adding a wealth of recreational activities. Today Solon’s demographics are a rich tapestry made up of local people who were born and raised here, many of whom are descendants of those early settlers. In recent years many new families have located here within easy access of nearby employment, retirees that dwell in the many senior residential units and those who have chosen the ‘lake’ purview. Solon enjoys a strong community spirit, a fundament passed on through the many generations of settlers together with others who have joined the community. The schools are rich in academics, strong in sports, music and other activities that engage the entire area. Solon’s religious community provides a cohesive based outreach to all that live within the area. Solon continues to retain its friendly, small town atmosphere while being situated within a few miles of a diverse palette of opportunities.
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SOLON CITY COUNCIL
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Mayor
Council Member
Council Member
Cami Rasmussen
Jessie Ehlinger
Ron Herdliska
Council Member
Mark Krall
Council Member
Council Member
Brad Kunkel
Council Meetings:
Steve Stange
First and third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Solon Public Library. The City of Solon is a Mayor-Council form of government. The residents of Solon elect the Mayor and City Council in staggered four-year terms. The City Council may, except as expressly limited by the State of Iowa, exercise any power and perform any function it deems appropriate to protect and preserve the rights, privileges and property of the city and of its residents, and preserve and improve the peace, safety, health, welfare, comfort and convenience of its residents. The City Administrator is the head of all staff. The administrator is directly in charge of the employees and operations of the administration and public works (streets, water, and sewer) department employees. Administrative staff consists of the City Administrator, City Clerk/Treasurer, and any occasional secretarial staff. The public works department consists of the Public Works Director, Public Works Utilities Specialist, Activities Coordinator, and Public Works Laborer.
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City office hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday : 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-5 p.m.
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City Administrator
City Treasurer/Clerk
Public Works Director
Cassandra Lippincott
Susie Siddell
Scott Kleppe
Public Works Staff
Interim City Attorney
Mark Pisarik and Greg Nigg
Jim Martinek
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401 W. Main St. • Solon
624-2341
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City office hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-5 p.m.
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Solon City Services
With an annual operating budget of about $2,147,830, the city is responsible for the following services: Water and sewer A flat rate of $10.61 for water and $12.48 for sewer is charged for the first 1,500 gallons of water used. For each 1,000 gallons used after the base, $5.03 is charged for water and $7.11 for sewer. In addition, there is a $5.00 Sewer Debt Fee that assists in retiring current debt for the sewer system. Bills are sent out on the end of every month and customers have until the 15th of the next month to pay. Garbage/Recycling collection The city contracts for garbage and recycling removal for once a week pick up. Pick up is on Friday mornings. Residents are charged $5.50 a month for the recycling service. The amount is included with the water/sewer bills. Garbage stickers are $1.25 and may be purchased at Sam’s Main Street Market, Casey’s, RJ’Z Express and the Solon City Office. Required stickers weekly are one sticker for 20 gallon container or less, two stickers for containers over 20 gallons. Yard waste stickers are $1.25. Annual garbage stickers are available at Solon City Hall. Brush pick -up service The City of Solon offers a brush collection service. Brush is collected the FIRST MONDAY of each month, April through December. Neatly place brush parallel to the curb by 7:30 a.m. No brush shall be larger than 8 inches in diameter and no longer than 15 feet in length. Brush pickup shall consist of twigs and branches ONLY. The City will not collect grass clippings, stumps, garden waste, rocks, sod, leaves, bushes and dimensional lumber. Leaves are collected October through December. Johnson County Refuse will pick up all types of yard waste provided they have a YARD WASTE sticker on the bag. Items include leaves, sod, grass clippings, rocks, bushes
223 S. Iowa St. • 624-3755
and garden waste. Stickers can be purchased at the Solon City Office, 223 S. Iowa St.. Each sticker is good for one (1) bag up to a 39-gallon capacity with a 40 pound weight limit. They will be picked up with garbage on Fridays. Please contact the Public Works Department at 624-3622 or the Solon City Office at 624-3755 with any questions. Police protection The city contracts with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department for police protection. Fire protection Fire protection is provided by a volunteer fire department which covers Solon as well as nearby areas. The department has a mutual aid agreement with other nearby fire departments. The operation and upkeep of three city parks Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) on the west edge of town, Mushroom Park in the heart of downtown Solon and Randall Park on the west edge of Solon: $20 daily user fee to reserve Randall Park Shelter. Now taking reservations for the new Timber DOME Lodge located at the SRNA. Call City Office for reservations of both shelters: 624-3755.
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Hot Eats. Cool Treats.
We treat all Small Animals
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SOLON VETERINARY CLINIC
127 S. Dubuque St. • Solon • 624-3735
Monday-Friday 8-5 • Saturday 8-12
Open 11am-9pm 7 days a week!
Drive-thru open till 10pm during the Summer
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Maintaining a public library The hours are: Monday-Thursday 12-8 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sundays. Telephone: 624-2678 (see separate listing for summer hours). Snow removal and road upkeep City Wide Cleanup Day Held the second Saturday in June each year. Farmers’ Market In Mushroom Park held Wednesdays and Fridays in season. Summer Recreation Program For children in grades K-6 for six weeks in summer. Swimming Lessons For two weeks in summer at Mt. Vernon’s swimming pool.
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Weed Control: Residents must mow grass and weeds to a height of less than 9 inches. Sidewalk maintenance In spring of 2008, the Solon City Council adopted a rotating, five-year sidewalk maintenance program to address safety concerns with damaged walkways in the community. Property owners will be notified of areas in need of repair, and will be given at least a year to make improvements. Snow removal: Residents are required to shovel snow from sidewalks on their property within 48 hours of a snowfall. There are also streets designated as snow removal routes and parking is prohibited in these areas for 24 hours after a snowfall. If a snow emergency is declared, there will be no parking allowed on city streets during the time of the declaration. Firearms: The discharge of firearms within city limits is prohibited. More information about the city can be obtained by calling the city clerk at 624-3755.
Solon City Ordinances
Being a small city, there are relatively few ordinances affecting the daily lives of citizens. Ordinances persons should be aware of include: Pets: Pets six months old or older must have a license from the city. Animals at large are prohibited. No owner of any animal shall permit such animal to run at large, whether the animal is licensed or unlicensed. Cost: $2.00 if spayed/neutered; otherwise $5. Snowmobiles: The operating of snowmobiles within city limits is forbidden from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 12 a.m.-6 a.m. Friday and Saturday unless the operator is heading for a specific destination. Upkeep of private property: The city does have an ordinance setting minimum standards for the upkeep of private property. For the most part the ordinance deals with keeping inoperable vehicles on lawns for extended periods of time, and inordinate amounts of refuse, junk, or discarded items.
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Public Meeting Dates
Council Meetings: First and third Wednesday of month at 5:30 p.m. at the Solon Public Library. Board of Adjustment: On Request. Planning and Zoning: Last Tuesday of each month at the Solon Public Library unless no business is scheduled. Library Board: Fourth Monday of the month at the Solon Public Library. Parks and Recreation: Second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Solon Public Library. Fire Department: First Monday of the month. If a holiday, on Tuesday.
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CITY COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS AND M AYO R A L A P P O I N T M E N T S
Parks and Recreation Commission:
(meets second Wednesday of each month—meeting time 6:30 p.m. at Solon Library —3 year terms) Jennifer Fischer ......................................................... 12/31/2013 Lindsey Carey............................................................ 12/31/2014 Vacant ......................................................................... 12/31/2013 Jim Heick .................................................................... 12/31/2012 Jennifer Allen ............................................................. 12/31/2014 Shannon Smith .......................................................... 12/31/2012 Charlie Whetstine—Chairman ............................. 12/31/2011 Rod Radenbaugh ...................................................... 12/31/2011 Vacant ......................................................................... 12/31/2013
Board of Adjustment:
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Solon History Preservation Commission:
Sandy Hanson ........................................................... 12/31/2014 Bev Noska.................................................................. 12/31/2014 Vacant ......................................................................... 12/31/2012
(meets upon request—5 year terms) Tim Broghammer ..................................................... 12/31/2016 Tim Fischer ................................................................ 12/31/2012 Dennis Hansen—Chairman ................................... 12/31/2013 Dale Fordice .............................................................. 12/31/2014 Vacant ......................................................................... 12/31/2015
Library Board of Trustees:
Planning and Zoning Commission:
(meets last Tuesday of each month—meeting time 6:00 p.m. at Solon Public Library—3 year terms) Brian Heinsius ........................................................... 12/31/2012 Glen Winekauf .......................................................... 12/31/2013 David Ranard ............................................................. 12/31/2012 Don Evans .................................................................. 12/31/2013
(4 year terms) Jackie Nemecek ........................................................ 12/31/2014 Deanna Kleinsmith ................................................... 12/31/2015 Kari Pyle ..................................................................... 12/31/2015 T.L. Green................................................................... 12/31/2012 Jeff Schadler ............................................................... 12/31/2012 Paula Sears ................................................................. 12/31/2013 Jeff Kreinbring ........................................................... 12/31/2013
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Veterinary Care Center
“Caring for pets, enriching lives”
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Mon/Thurs/Fri 8:00-5:30 Tues 8:00-7:00 Wed • 8:00-8:00 Sat • 8:00-Noon
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626-2999
Owner and Funeral Director Funeral Director
Matt Linn
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City Appointments
trolling per week at $35 per hour. No expiration date. Johnson County Refuse Garbage and Recycling pickup Recycling is $5.50 monthly per home/use stickers for garbage 28E Agreement for Joint & Mutual Fire Protection (Tri-Townships) Current agreement is for $65,000 per year Two-year contract with annual review of dollar amount based on increase property valuation Veenstra & Kimm-Engineering Services Engineering services South Slope Communications Tower Agreement effective July 1, 1999 Water tower lease for antenna 20-year total lease (renews every 5 years) $3,194 annual lease fee Utility Franchises Mediacom: Expires 10/31/2016 GTE/Iowa Telecom: Expires 2/4/2009 Alliant Energy: 2/2/2014 MidAmerican Energy: 3/19/2017 Mayor Pro-Tem ....................................................... Steve Stange City Administrator ................................. Cassandra Lippincott City Clerk/Treasurer ..............................................Susie Siddell Public Works Director ......................................... Scott Kleppe Librarian ..................................................................... Kris Brown Fire Chief .....................................................................Dan Smith City Attorney ........................................ Jim Martinek (Interim) Joint E-911 Service Board ........................................Dan Smith Rural Policy Board ......................................... Cami Rasmussen J.C. Solid Waste Management Planning .............. Steve Stange City/School 28E Committee.................................Brad Kunkel Economic Development ....................... Cassandra Lippincott Civil Defense Coordinator .................................. Greg Morris
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City Council Committees
Streets/Alleys/Sidewalks/Street Lighting ........ Stange & Krall Utilities ........................................................... Kunkel & Ehlinger Sanitation ..............................................................Entire Council Finance ..........................................................Herdliska & Kunkel Personnel .........................................................Herdliska & Krall Building Maintenance .................................... Stange & Ehlinger
City of Solon Contracts
Johnson County Sheriff A new contract takes effect July 1, 2012, for 32 hours of pa-
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www.solon.lib.ia.us
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Check it out@ the Solon Public Library
Browse through the card catalog, renew your books, place reserves, explore databases and many other links using our library website at http:// www.solon.lib.ia.us New book and audio titles are added each month. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the library. A copy machine is available for black and white and color reproduction. Additional basic services include: • Public computers with Internet access; • A collection of DVD titles; • Fax machine and public phone; • A periodical area that includes 70 magazines and three newspapers; • Library meeting room; • Two study rooms; • Regular Story Time held on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. • Babygarten is a program for children from newborn through 23 months. This program, which features many movements and songs designed to encourage parent-child interaction and an early interest in reading, will be offered four times throughout the year. • With the help of many local sponsors, the Solon Library also offers a summer reading program. Each summer the theme is new and we offer new materials plus guests who provide family entertainment. Children of all ages are invited to read for prizes, earn special T-shirts and participate in Story Time or Family Night activities. The library’s operating budget is provided by Johnson County and the City of Solon. The library is expanding programming with after-school activities for teens, special art programs scheduled for early-out days, a pajama story time one week night a week during the school year and new programs for seniors.
Solon Public Library • 320 W. Main St. • 624-2678
The Solon Public Library is located at 320 W. Main St. and is open Monday through Thursday from 12-8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m.5 p.m. The library has summer hours from June through August, open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Contact the Solon Library at 624-2678 if you have questions.
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S O L O N PA R K S & R E C R E AT I O N
The mission of the Solon Parks and Recreation Department is to provide recreational activities for all people in the community of Solon. Furthermore, the Solon Parks and Recreation Department plans, develops, and maintains quality parks along with meeting the needs for community leisure and recreational opportunities. Fees for all activities for Solon residents are $35 per person, $40 for non-residents. Swim fees are $53. (Grade levels pertain to the children’s current grade or, for summer activities, grade just completed). For more information, contact the Solon City Office at 624-3755 or Parks and Recreation Director Travis Young at travis. young@solon-iowa.com
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Youth Programs
Spring Soccer Games played Tuesday/Thursday evenings in March-April. Little Tykes: Pre-Kindergarten Rookie: Kindergarten/1st grade Junior: 2nd/3rd grade Senior: 4th/5th/6th grade T-Ball Registration: Early April For kids in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten (must be at least 4-years old by Jan. 1) Baseball / Softball Registration: Early April Games played Mon. thru Thurs., May-July 3. Rookie (Coach Pitch): 1st/2nd grade
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Solon Dental Center
Complete Dental Care for your entire family!
PREVENTIVE • Cleanings • Gum Disease • Sealants • Sports Mouthguards • Grinding/bruxism splints RESTORATIVE • Root Canals • Extractions • Gold and Porcelain Crowns • Bridges • Dentures • Partial Dentures • Implants • Full Mouth Rehabilitation • Nitrous Oxide Available • Intra-Oral Cameras • Digital TV Glasses COSMETIC • Porcelain Veneers • Composite Bonding • Whitening/Bleaching • Cosmetic Contouring Natural, tooth colored fillings • Zoom® Whitening
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The City of Solon, in cooperation with the Solon Community School District, has developed a 57-acre Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) on the west side of town, adjacent to Saint Mary Catholic Church and Lakeview Elementary School. The park complex features a concession stand/restroom building to serve athletic events that take place on the high-quality, high school regulation baseball field, the site of multiple high school playoff games and tournaments. Other features include recreational baseball fields, a youth football field, youth soccer fields, tennis courts, ice skating rink, a paved 1-mile walking/biking trail that meanders along a wetland, interpretive trails through the woods, and a restored pond. In 2012, an outdoor basketball court will be installed next to the tennis courts. The pond and wetlands area is home to
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Junior: 3rd/4th grade Senior: 5th/6th grade Swim Lessons Registration: Early May Ages K thru 6th grade. Dates: June 11-22, 2012 Summer Fun at Randall Park July 9 – July 26, 2012 Mon. – Thur. Field trip every Thurs. Kindergarten-6th grade Program time is 9-11 a.m. Fall Soccer Games played on Tuesday and Thursdays (SeptemberOctober) Little Tykes: Pre-Kindergarten Rookie: Kindergarten/1st grade Junior: 2nd/3rd grade Senior: 4th/5th/6th grade Flag Football Registration: Mid August Games played Monday evenings (Sept.-Oct.) Divisions Beginners: Kindergarten (Must be at least 5 years old by Jan. 1st) Rookie: 1st/2nd grade Junior: 3rd/4th Senior: 5th/6th
Basketball League Games played Saturday mornings Dec. through March. Played at each individual grade level, 3rd through 6th grades. Adult Programs Co-Ed Sand Volleyball Yoga Zumba Pilates Tai Chi
families of Canadian Geese, nesting Purple Martins, native wildflowers and indigenous prairie vegetation. The trail that surrounds the park is connected to Lake Macbride State Park via a rock trail already in existence, which provides users with access to even more recreational opportunities. One of the most distinguishing features of the park is the Timber D.O.M.E. Lodge, a round barn-style shelter available for rent to the public. The D.O.M.E., an acronym for “donation of materials and effort,” was designed and constructed in 2009-10 through the generosity of rural Solon resident
Dick Schwab, a host of volunteers who logged over 3,000 work hours during construction, and the donations of skills, material and services from dozens of local businesses and individuals. The D.O.M.E. is 54 ft. in diameter, finished in Stone City stone and features a 37 ft. high cupola, an outdoor patio and a kitchenette. Those interested in renting the D.O.M.E. should call 624-3755. The Solon Recreation and Nature Area and all its outstanding amenities are the result of generous contributions and collective community effort.
Why we love Solon
The people of Solon are SO active, whether it’s physically, with the kids, at work, or in the community. We have noticed we often make bigger demands on ourselves than our bodies can handle.
Dr. Brian Fitzpatrick
Chiropractic care helps close that gap so you can do more with less aches and pains. If you find that that simple backache is cramping your “to do list” then give us a call. We may be able to get you back on track!
Call or stop in to schedule your appointment today!
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101 Windflower Lane • Suite 800 • Solon
624-5145
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SOLON POST OFFICE
Barb Shelton, Postmaster
1100 S. Market St. Phone: 624-2542
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The 30-member Solon Volunteer Fire Department responded to 350 calls in Big Grove, Newport, Cedar and Graham Townships, as well as the City of Solon (among other mutual aid responses) in 2011. The Fire Department hosts an annual pancake breakfast at the end of May which has become a local tradition, and also sponsors a firefighter’s dance as its two major fundraising activities. The Department is also involved with fire safety and prevention education in a variety of functions. Department members annually teach students how to safely exit their homes in case of a fire during Fire Prevention Week. Equipment is demonstrated and displayed for students and many groups receive station tours and fire safety talks annually. The members are also required to attend training on a monthly basis to keep their skills and knowledge base at an acceptable level.
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Saint Mary Catholic Church
1749 Racine Avenue • 624-2228 email: solonstmary@diodav.org website: www.southslope.net/~stmarys
Saint Mary Catholic parish of Solon, founded over 150 years ago, is a young, growing parish of over 600 families. In 1998, a new church was built in the west part of town. In 2006, a large parish hall/education center was added. In 2011 the lower level was remodeled into a retreat center and additional classroom space. The pastor of the parish is Rev. James Vrba. There is an active parish Pastoral Council with five commissions: Worship & Spirituality, Social Justice, Church Life, Family Life, and Faith Formation. The Worship & Spirituality Commission works on enhancing the celebration of the Mass throughout the various liturgical seasons and provides various spiritual and devotional opportunities to help people grow in faith. Opportunities to contribute to the worship and spiritual life of Saint Mary are available by being a greeter, usher, cantor, choir member, musician, lector, rosary leader, Eucharistic minister or altar server. Mitch Holte is the head of this commission. The purpose of the Social Justice Commission, led by Sandy Willey, is to inform the parish of social justice issues in our community and beyond, and to strive to eliminate the causes of injustice. It also connects with local food pantries and provides health-related opportunities such as blood drives. Members of the Church Life Commission reach out to parishioners and non-practicing Catholics to develop stronger bonds within the parish. This commission, led by DeWayne Klouda, sponsors parish get-togethers and other social activities. A newsletter is compiled quarterly to inform parishioners of parish activities. The Family Life Commission, headed by Patti Benzing, provides programs and resources for families needs, such as baptism classes, marriage preparation program, and meals for families with newborns. Members of the Faith Formation Commission strive to provide a team of teachers for all age level programs, provide educational opportunities for catechists,
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provide retreats for children and adults, and, in general, provide guidance in a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith, sacraments, traditions and spiritual growth. Patti Erusha heads the commission. Julie Agne is the Religious Education director. Sean Lokmer ministers to the youth and young adults of the parish. Saint Mary has an extensive religious education program, from Kindergarten through young adults to adult education. In addition to the Pastoral Council the parish also has a Finance Council to ensure that the parish remains financially sound and that the facilities of the parish are well maintained and updated. David Krob is the chair. A very active Knights of Columbus with around 90 members serves as the parish’s men’s group. It not only helps the parish through work projects, but also serves the wider community through acts of charity. They are firmly committed to the protection of human life, from conception to natural death, and the preservation and defense of the family. The Helping Hands (Altar & Rosary Society) is the main women’s group. It works with the Church Life Commission on parish activities and provides receptions and funeral dinners for the parish. Chair of Helping Hands is Marianne Harney. Saint Mary has a library, which contains a variety of books, tapes and videos of religious and related topics for adults, young adults and children. It is open after Mass and during regular office hours.
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Our Lord’s Church
Our Lord’s Church is a non-denominational Christian worship community built on faith, love and trust in God. Our goals are for the Lord to guide us in ways to reach out to serve others, to strengthen faith journeys, and equip an inviting ministry for all who will. We were founded in July of 2004 to complement the existing faith community in Solon. We began holding services at the Solon Public Library, moving to our current home on Christmas Eve of 2006. We are continuing to work to make Our Lord’s Church an inviting place for everyone who walks in to worship and grow in Christ’s love. A traditional worship service, which includes communion and a time for children, begins at 9 a.m. each Sunday morning followed by fellowship. A Sunday school program begins at 10:30 a.m. Our adult program utilizes various books to guide a lecture/discussion format on Christian values, beliefs, doctrine, current topics, and the Bible. The Saturday Soup Ministry is available to anyone in our community, and provides enough soup for two nourishing meals each weekend. Each of the participating Our Lord’s Church families takes a turn preparing homemade soup from their favorite recipes, and delivers it along with bread and fruit. We provide approximately 60 servings of soup, free of charge, each week to various members of the Solon and Ely communities. The delivery of the soup has grown to be a favorite
Sunday Worship 9 a.m. Sunday school 10:30 a.m.
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part of the ministry as we meet new people and visit with those who become our friends. Our soup ministry has provided more than 12000 meals since it began in September of 2004. Community Thanksgiving and Christmas noon meals are also served each year and are open to anyone. We are exploring Wednesday evening programming at the church which may involve small-group activities such as a quilting club, movies or book studies covering spiritual and biblical topics. Come join us, our doors are open to all. Our Lord’s Church is available for small weddings, receptions, showers and other community functions. The
church will seat up to 65 people and can easily be arranged in the configuration that will suit your needs. Our Lord’s Church continues to look for ways in which we can benefit our community and give back some of the abundance with which God has blessed us. We come together in celebration of our faith, to share with friends and to welcome newcomers into God’s family. Join us at 131 North Market Street any and every Sunday. We’d love to have you join in the wonderful ministries of Our Lord’s Church! For further information, call us at 624-5056. God Bless!
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Solon United Methodist Church
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The church was founded in 1840, which is the same year Solon became a town. Since that time the Solon United Methodist Church has seen itself as a vital part of the community. We seek to be a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can build bridges of friendship and love while pursuing one’s spiritual journey within a supportive church. The Sunday Experience This fellowship provides meaningful worship services in a friendly and open atmosphere. Visitors are welcome and are greeted warmly by members of our Newcomers Committee. Most of the building is accessible. A fully staffed nursery is available for all three services and during the Sunday School hour. We have persons available who are happy to show all newcomers where our various classes and activities take place. Additional classes will be offered as interests expand and the church continues to grow. Music is important to the Solon UMC. The Chancel (vocal) Choir sings every Sunday, alternating between the 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services. The Celebration Hand bells perform twice a month. The praise group sings and plays for the emerging contemporary worship service. Many other talented musicians provide special music in worship. Sunday evenings hold opportunities for discipleship. The fall term of Financial Peace University (www.daveramsey.com) will begin Aug. 29. Other Sunday-evening study and discussion group look at contemporary issues and growing-points for Christians. They both groups meet at 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Confirmation
class (students in 8 & 9th grade) also meets weekly at that time. This is an intensive study of faith and discipleship for students. Class begins in January and students are confirmed into the church in November. The Wednesday Experience: This is an active night at Solon UMC. During the school year there are afterschool ministries. A group for students K-4 (Club Jesus and Me) and a group for 5th and 6th grade students (Club 56) meet from 3:30 – 6:00. F.I.R.E.D. up Youth meets later. There are two age groups meeting: PIER 78 is for youth in 7th and 8th grade, and F.I.R.E.D. Up is for high school disciples. These groups meet as a large group and break into small groups. They Youth are opportunities to grow in faith and to transform the world. Our youth have participated in an annual mission trip, and they actively support local programs and ministries. A Wednesday family meal is served at 6 p.m. While choirs rehearse and youth meet, adults can participate in Talk Time (a discussion of current events for adults), the Social Concerns group, and short-term discipleship classes. Newcomers are welcomed into all of these activities. Community Outreach and Mission: We believe the church should know and serve its community. Therefore we are the site for the Solon Senior Dining program, Scout meetings, various youth athletic clubs, and family services. Currently, the Solon UMC is proud to house the new Solon ComContinued on page 19
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Sunday Worship times: 8, 9:30, 10:45 a.m. (school year) 8 & 10 a.m. (summer), with a coffee/fellowship time following all services. Sunday School for all ages, including four adult classes, 9:15 a.m. during the school year. Web site can be located at: www.soloniaumc.org.
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SOLON AMERICAN LEGION
The Solon American Legion Stinocher Post #460, located on Main Street in Solon, is the focal point of many of the town’s social events. The Solon Legion, with approximately 262 members, sponsors a wide variety of events throughout the year including: Kettle Chicken Dinners; BBQ Chicken Dinners; Halloween Costume Dance; New Year’s Eve Dance; and Friday Night Fish Fries during Lent. Stinocher Post #460 also offers a full breakfast seven days a week from 7-11 a.m. Other service organizations utilize the Legion’s facility for their annual functions such as the annual Solon Fire Department dance and the Sutliff Bridge dance and fundraiser. Besides being a place for people to gather, socialize and celebrate, the American Legion is a non-profit service organization, which benefits the community in many ways, namely: • Sponsors local Boy Scout troop; • Sponsors two boys to Iowa Boys State; • Provides four $200 scholarships to graduating seniors; • Sets up Avenue of Flags in Oakland Cemetery for Memorial Day and places flags on graves of veterans in eight surrounding cemeteries; • Provides a permanent service officer to help veterans receive entitled benefits; • Remembers hospitalized veterans with flowers and cards; • Maintains a 23-25 member Color Guard (one of the largest in area) and provides its services at funerals of local veterans and other veterans in the surrounding area; participates in Memorial Day services at several sites, high school football games and parades in Solon and surrounding communities; • Offers free use of crutches or wheelchairs as needed in the community;
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• Sponsors Operation Santa Claus, where Santa and helpers distribute treats at the Legion, provide treats and carols at the Solon Nursing Care Center, provide treats and a picture with Santa for every resident at Chatham Oaks (County Care Facility), and visit private home (by pre-arrangement only); • Provides year-round storage for city Christmas decorations; • Offers use of facility for Senior Citizen potlucks and card parties; • Sponsors golf tournaments; • Sponsors the Solon Spartans Trap Shooting Team; • Supports Solon Community School District athletic programs and the school transportation department. “Service to Our Country and Service to Our Community.”
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The Legion is available for rental to anyone in the community or area on a first come, first served basis for wedding receptions, parties, funerals, dances, etc. Some groups who have used the Legion for such include: the Solon Nursing Care Center for staff Christmas party; Cub Scouts Blue & Gold Banquet; and Solon Teacher’s Association Christmas party.
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munity Food Pantry. Other short and long term groups and activities (like the community garden) spring up as God leads us forth. The Family Life Center: In 2004, a Family Life Center was built across the street from the main church building. The facility includes a gymnasium, kitchen, and class rooms. Numerous organizations, both inside and outside the church, use the space. The groups include Sunday School, Senior groups, sporting leagues, and Girl Scouts. Please call 624-5191 if you are interested in using this space. An Invitation to you: Please visit during worship hours. Or surf onto the church web site to keep informed of the latest news. Feel free to send an e-mail or to just drop by to make a prayer request, to seek further information or to simply make a genuine Christian connection with people
who care. Current information about programs and ministries can be found at the church web site: www.soloniaumc.org. Lead Pastor: Carol Kress (kressc@soloniaumc.org) Minister of Discipleship: Christine Humrichouse (info@soloniaumc.org) Director of Music: Julia Andrews West (info@soloniaumc.org) High School Youth Leader: Kelly Meyer (meyerk@soloniaumc.org) Director of Business Affairs: Karen Schmitt (schmittk@soloniaumc.org) Custodian: Jon Lorence (info@soloniaumc.org) Family Life Center Scheduling: (coleclan@southslope.net)
Solon Legion Auxiliary
“Service, Not Self.” The American Legion Auxiliary, which has nearly 160 members: • Aids the Legion in any way possible, whether it be preparing a meal, working in a Beef Days food stand, or a monetary contribution; • Sponsors two girls to Iowa Girls State; • Pays 1/3 of cost for Junior members to attend Junior American Legion Auxiliary Camp; • Sponsors local Girl Scout troop; • Assists Legion in Avenue of Flags by replacing worn flags, mending flags, and helping in the set-up and storage of same; • Provides “Sunshine Service” to families of deceased Legionnaires and Auxiliary members;
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• Gives four $250 scholarships from proceeds of a spaghetti supper to local graduating seniors; • Serves the Iowa City V.A. Medical Center by providing bingo, treats, popcorn, a summer picnic, a contribution to the Christmas Gift Shop and phone cards; • Contributes to the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, Toledo Juvenile Home, Chapel of Four Chaplains, Muscular Dystrophy Telethon; Project Prom; Congregate Meals Birthday; Care Center Bingo and Children’s Miracle Network; • Remembers teachers during National Education Week with apples and notes of appreciation; • Distributes poppies made by disabled veterans – donations from this are used for Veterans’ Affairs & Rehabilitation; We of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary invite everyone with eligibility to join our worthwhile organization. Active members are needed to make an organization accomplish its goals. Your paid membership tells Congress that you believe veterans deserve special privileges for their personal sacrifice. For more information about eligibility call 624-2277. “We Serve in Peace as We Served in War.”
ALR are veteran members of the American Legion, Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion. The ARL was formed: • to participate in parades and other ceremonies that are in keeping with the aims and purposes of the American Legion; • to promote motorcycle safety programs and to pro-
vide a social atmosphere for American Legion members who share the same interest; • to use our Association to promote and support programs of the American Legion; The ALR is NOT an M/C and does not practice M/C rules or regulations. The American Legion Riders is
family-oriented, just as its parent organization, the American Legion. The Solon Post 460 Chapter of the ALR was formed in the summer of 2006 by two local post members, and now has a membership of 16. They meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Solon Legion.
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S O L O N B E E F DAYS
Beef Days celebrates 41st Anniversary
The Solon Beef Days event grew out of a 1971 celebration planned and put on by four civic groups in Solon trying to revitalize an “Old Time Celebration.” Back in the 1940s Solon used to have two community celebrations, the June Jubilee Days celebration and Homecoming celebration in October of each year. The four groups that started Beef Days were the Solon Optimist Club, Solon Fire Department, Solon American Legion and the Solon Jaycees. The event’s name came from the presence of the Johnson County Cattlemen’s Association, whose members came in and cooked the steaks served at the event the first few years. When searching for an appropriate name for an annual celebration, beef seemed a good choice and stuck. The organizers of the 1971 celebration enlisted the support of individuals and local non-profit organizations.Working together, they planned a one-time event which had such an enormous impact and received such positive support from the community that they did it again in 1972 and every year since. The Solon Beef Days Celebration incorporated in 1978, acquired non-profit status and created an all-volunteer, hard-working organization that included officers and committee chair’s to head up the event. Each Officer and Committee Chair has specific responsibilities which he or she oversees during the course of the year, as well as during the Beef Days Celebration weekend. Some of them are Entertainment, Parade, Beer Tent, Beef Dinner, Kids Corner, etc. The Board works hard to put on the best, most varied entertainment possible, while keeping a close eye on expenditures. An important aspect of the Solon Beef Days Celebration is its role as a fund-raiser for local non-profit groups. Many service groups depend on Solon Beef Days as their largest fund-raiser of the year. In addition, profits from the celebration are funneled back into the community and surrounding area as donations, large and small, to the school district, civic groups, city and county projects and organizations, senior
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citizens groups, scholarships for college-bound area students, Solon Parks & Recreation Department improvements and other community causes. Since its inception, the Solon Beef Days Committee alone has donated close to $400,000 to a variety of local community projects, causes and scholarships. Perhaps the most unbe- Beef Days 2012 lievable aspect of this enFriday & Saturday, tire weekend is that it is TOTALLY FREE! There is no July 20-21, 2012 admission charge to any of BEEFDAYS.COM the concerts or kids stage shows and events. Over this two day celebration, some 25,000 visitors meander through Main Street enjoying a wide variety of music and entertainment and don’t have to spend a penny. Solon Beef Days has become famous and the Beef Days Committee focuses year round on safeguarding this traditional free weekend celebration. As the Solon Beef Days turns 41 this year, the committee wishes to express its gratitude to the countless individuals and community service groups who give their time and talent to help make the Solon Beef Days Celebration a success each year. With their support and the support of the City of Solon, the Celebration continues to flourish.You are very much appreciated and are the reason for its continued success!
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Lake Macbride State Park’s 2,180 acres offer much to the outdoor enthusiast: fishing, swimming, hiking, camping, boating and lots more.The park is located in two units.The northern unit lies at the end of County Road F16, four miles west of Solon. Here you will find a modern campground, boat ramps, beach and boat rental, picnic areas and the park office. The southern unit is located off County Road F28 (5th Street in Solon), three miles west of Solon. The southern unit offers a non-modern campground, boat ramps, picnic areas, and native prairies.The park, dedicated in 1935, is named for Dr.Thomas Houston Macbride, one of the early Iowa conservationists responsible for the establishment of a state park system.
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Lake Macbride is an angler’s delight! Good catches of walleyes, channel catfish, crappies and bluegill await the angler in the 812-acre artificial lake. Walleyes, channel catfish and muskies are stocked annually in the lake. Lake Macbride may be the only lake in Iowa in which the prized Kentucky spotted bass can be caught. Good lake access is available for both shoreline and boat fishing.
Trails
Multi-use trails wind for miles around the lake. All park trails offer opportunities for the sights and sounds of Iowa at its best. Bird watchers will thrill to the sight of shorebirds, waterfowl and even ospreys, which are frequent visitors. During winter months, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are popular. Lake Macbride offers a five-mile scenic multi-use trail located along the lake from Solon to near the entrance to the park.This trail is very popular with bicyclists.
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Stone Academy is a country school located on Highway 1 just north of Solon. The country school was built in 1842 and served Solon students for 111 years before closing in 1953. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and remains the property of the Solon Community School District. Volunteers have recently made several improvements including fence repair, flower bed repair, new signage, outhouse clean up, and brush/tree clean up. Stone Academy will be open on the following dates and times: Fourth of July from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Beef Days weekend: July 21 from noon until 2 p.m.
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Lake Macbride offers nonsupervised swimming as well as refreshments at the beautiful beach area.The Macbride beach is a great place for young and old to cool off on a hot summer day. Swimming is restricted to the designated beach area only.
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There are six boat ramps on the lake. Boats are available for rent near the beach. A 10 horsepower motor limit is in effect on Lake Macbride from the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day at a 5 mph speed limit. At other times there is an unrestricted horsepower motor limit operated at a 5 mph speed limit. Pontoon docking spaces are available for rental, as are dry-storage spots for boats.
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Lake Macbride State Park has two campgrounds. The modern campground in the northern unit of the park was renovated in 2008, and features 42 electrical sites (including 11 with full hook-ups), a modern shower and restroom building, 50-amp electrical service and more. The southern campground has 57 campsites for primitive camping.
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Coralville Lake was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938 as a means of moderating stream flows on the Iowa River. Construction of the dam began in 1949, was delayed by the Korean Conflict and was completed in 1958. Coralville Dam regulates runoff from 3,084 square miles of land upstream providing flood reduction to 1,703 square miles of Iowa River Valley below the dam. The US Army Corps of Engineers manages Coralville Lake as a multiple use project providing primary benefits in flood reduction and low flow augmentation, and secondary benefits in recreation, fish and wildlife management, forest management and water quality improvement. The summer surface area of the lake is nearly 5,000 acres. Three main Corps of Engineers recreation areas on the lake provide picnicking, 500 campsites, 5 boat ramps, 4 beaches, Frisbee golf and a 10 mile mountain bike trail. Leased areas include 3 marinas, Lakeview ATV Park and the 13,000 acre Hawkeye Wildlife Area. Boat ramps for registered campers are located in West Overlook and Sugar Bottom Campgrounds and Sandy Beach Day Use Areas. Boat ramps for non-campers are located at Mehaffey Bridge, West Overlook Day Use, and Sandy Beach Day Use. The Tailwater East campground has a boat ramp for access to the Iowa River below the dam. Swimming beaches are located on Coralville Lake at the Antoine de Saint-Exupery Sugar Bottom Day Use, Sandy Beach Day Use, and West Overlook Day Use recreation areas. These beaches are all open to the public for swimming. The Devonian Fossil Gorge gives visitors a glimpse into Iowa’s geologic past. The fossils and limestone bedrock date Today’s lifestyle doesn’t allow much room for fitness and back almost 200 million years before dinosaurs appeared that’sEarth. The fossils were first exposed during the Floods on where Healthy Habit Fitness can help you.
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Superintendent
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Lakeview Elementary Principal
Sam Miller
Nathan Wear
Mike Herdliska
Jodi Rickels
The Solon Community School District is a progressive district located between the more urban centers of Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.Within the district are the city of Solon and many housing developments around Lake Macbride and the Coralville Reservoir. The Solon Community School District has a current enrollment of 1,350 students in three attendance centers, one elementary school (PK-4), one middle school (5-8) and one high school (9-12).
Vision Statement
Each Solon Community School District student will be prepared for success in post-secondary education, career and citizenship.
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Each student will be highly engaged in mastering rigorous, relevant and meaningful content experienced through exceptional teaching and collaborative learning experiences.
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School District: students, parents, community, staff, administration and board of education. • Students First • Accountability for Expectations, Support, and Results • Collaborative Culture • Visionary (Future Focus) • Shared Leadership • Stewardship of Public Resources • Success in Life, Not Just in School • Integrity • Excellence in all we do Board President Board Member Board Member
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The mission of the Solon Community School District is to nurture positive, productive and responsible members of society by providing diverse and challenging school experiences that enable students to be lifelong learners.
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Educational Program The Solon Community School District is fully accredited by the Iowa Department of Education. The educational program of the Solon Community School District supports learners and learning across all ages, developmental stages, abilities and disabilities. Additionally, opportunities to enhance learning through a differentiation of the curriculum to serve the academic, social and emotional needs of all students at all levels are provided. Integrated into the curriculums of the educational program are career education, global education, extended learning programContinued on page 30
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ming, at-risk programming, multi-cultural/gender fair education and technology. The pre-school/elementary curriculum establishes an academic, social and emotional foundation for future learning through experiences in basic skills, problem solving, teamwork and citizenship. The middle school curriculum continues to build upon this foundation and fosters exploration. The high school curriculum finalizes preparation for learning beyond school through a comprehensive academic program designed to support attainment of these essential learnings: • Use skills in being a positive and productive member of society • Use written and oral expression to communicate • Show competence in self-direction and self-evaluation • Apply basic democratic attitudes and values • Make personal choices that keep them mentally and physically healthy • Use technology to assist, enhance and enrich learning • Use logic and reasoning in decision making, problem solving and concept attainment • Use mathematical concepts and processes that are necessary to function in a technological society • Listen and observe as a means to learning • Establish personal worth • Read in order to gain knowledge and understanding of the world in the past, present and into the future • Use logic and reasoning in interpreting the written word • Use our cultural heritages as a means to understanding the present and making predictions about the future. For more information regarding the Solon Community School District, please feel free to contact any member of the leadership team.
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4-H clubs
Graham Champions & Macbride’s Pride
Solon has two 4-H clubs for kids in fourth grade through high school. Annual activities include educational presentations, fun social events, local and regional service projects, and, of course, preparing a wide variety of projects for the Johnson County Fair, including livestock showing, and home economics, building and art projects. Graham Champions, a larger club with members from the Solon and West Branch area, meets the first Sunday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Solon Public Library.The group is led by Mary Ellen Wall, who can be reached at 643-5495, or Rhonda Miller at 624-3562. A second, smaller 4-H for Solon area students is Macbride’s Pride 4-H club, which meets the third Sunday of every month at the Solon Public Library at 5 p.m. For more information about Macbride’s Pride, contact Lisa Haugland at 624-8090.
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Friends of the Solon Public Library
Friends of the Solon Public Library is a non-profit organization which raises money to fund various library programs. Our major events are a Holiday Sale in December, Used Book Sales in February and May, and City-Wide Garage Sale in June, plus yearround sales of used books and Grant Wood prints and note cards. Friends sponsor special guests for the summer reading program and fund special purchases and new programs for the library. The Board meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Friends members are welcome, but not required, to attend the monthly meetings. An annual membership meeting is held (deleted material) in October. Current Board members are: Chris Schlotfelt (President), Margo Redlinger (Vice-President), Sue Ballantyne (Secretary/ Treasurer), Lisa Haugland, Liz Cecil , Susan Lee and Paul Saupe. Special Advisors: Kris Brown and Jennifer Leveck. Dues are: Lifetime $100, Senior Citizen $10/yr, Adult $20/yr, Student $10/yr, Family $35/year. For more information, call the Solon Library (624-2678), e-mail
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National Catholic Society of Foresters
The National Catholic Society of Foresters meets the third Monday of each month at 12:30 p.m. at choice of the hostesses. Major activities are raising funds, offering insurance benefits and matching funds. Call Mary Ann Frees at 338-4435 for more information.
Optimist Club of Solon
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The Optimist Club of Solon meets all second and some fourth Mondays of each month at 6 p.m. at the Solon Public Library on Main Street. Main fundraising projects include the Avenue of Flags (a project which gives Solon residents and businesses the opportunity to have flags displayed, with the assistance of Optimist club members and other volunteers, on five national holidays), Bingo Tent at Beef Days, and Seafood Sale. Primary projects include Easter Egg Hunt, TriStar Basketball event, Bicycle Safety Rodeo, Fishing Derby, National Honor Society Induction Ceremony reception, Oratorical Contest, Essay Contest, Achievement-in-Education Award, Youth Appreciation Week, Earth Day cleanup project (joint project between Optimist Club and two club-sponsored Solon youth clubs) and others. Significant financial supporter of Solon Outdoor Event Center, Solon
Nature and Rec Area, Lakeview Win-with-Reading program, and Optimist International Foundation. Financial supporter of Optimist International Childhood Cancer Campaign, Reading With Our Future Fans, Spartan Dash, Spartan Fund Run, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County, ARC of SE Iowa, Solon Post Prom event, Solon Christmas decorations, and others. The club also sponsors the local chapter of the Octagon Club at Solon High School. In 2009, the Optimist Club of Solon also helped charter the Junior Optimist Club at Solon Middle School. Several club-sponsored events encourage participation between the adult volunteers of the Optimist Club and the student members of the two Solon youth clubs. This year, the club’s annual awards banquet is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 24. The club is open to everyone; dues are $78 a year. For more information, call Joe or Terry Krob at 644-2333 at Foundry Equipment Company.
Snowdrifters Inc.
The Snowdrifters Inc snowmobile club meets at 7:30 PM on the second Thursday of each month in rotating locations. The club develops and maintains a large snowmobile trail system in Johnson and surrounding counties of roughly 220 miles with the support of the DNR. The trail system is a mixture of farm fields, forests areas and right of ways. Major
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Summer Worship Hours Fall Sunday Worship Sunday School Wednesday Family Night Wednesday Youth Groups 8:00 and 10:00am 8:00, 9:30 & 10:45am 9:15am (September - May) Meal at 6 pm (October - Mar) 5th & 6th After School 7th - 12th 6:45pm
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activities for the club are: the annual swap meet, club rides, social events, trail development and grooming. The club’s focus is to advocate for responsible snowmobiling and to educate riders on where they can safely ride. For more information go to www.iowa-snowdrifters.org or email iowasnowdrifters@gmail.com is open to hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers. The project took almost five years of work by the Solon Area Community Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, with a significant share of the money for the trail coming from the Foundation. The Trail was completed and dedicated in 1989. A contribution of $25,000 was made to the Solon Public Library in 1998 and a portable defibrillator for the Solon Senior Advocates Van was purchased in 2003. In 2007-08, the Foundation was the leading contributor for a project to construct entry signs for Solon on Highway 1 north and south of town. In 2011, the Foundation committed $25,000 in funding to the Solon Outdoor Athletic Center for a sound system. Individual and corporate donations, as well as contributions from various organizations, provide funds to the Foundation. Estate gifts and individual memorial donations are also a valued source of income. Projects are funded by contributions and interest income generated by investments made by the Foundation. Tax-exempt status has been granted to the Foundation by the Internal Revenue Service, making all contributions tax deductible. To date, contributions and earnings exceed $300,000. The Foundation consists of area residents. Current members of the board of directors are: Larry Meister, Don Ellis, Linda Linderbaum, Jim Martinek, Don Erusha, Shelley Kuennen, Dennis Gruber, Bob Mickelson, Cassandra Lippincott and Doug Lindner. The Foundation is always searching for projects of community interest. Contributions are the mainstay of the organization and are welcomed by the Foundation. You may contact any board member at any time for further information or mail your donation to Solon Area Community Foundation, PO Box 129, Solon, IA 52333. Each gift to the Foundation, regardless of its size, is helpful and important. For more information contact President Larry Meister, 624-2516, or the Solon State Bank, 624-3405.
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Solon Area Book Club
Since March 1995, a group of Solon area residents have gathered once a month to discuss a wide variety of books. The group started with just four members, but now averages nine members per meeting. Book selections range from biographies to literary classics, current fiction best-sellers and everything in between. Members take turns picking the selection for the month and leading the discussions, with the selections listed several months in advance. Discussions are friendly and informal and are kept to one hour or less. The group generally meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Solon Library. For more information, contact the Solon Library at 624-2678.
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Solon Area Community Foundation
The Solon Area Community Foundation was established in 1981. The purpose of the organization is to conceive and develop a wide variety of youth and community projects to benefit the Solon area. The initial project of the Foundation was the Solon municipal sign and flagpole, which is located at the city park on Highway 1 at Main Street. A time capsule was made a part of the municipal sign, and numerous local organizations were encouraged to place memorabilia in the capsule. The sign was constructed in 1984 and dedicated in 1985. The Foundation annually gives two $750 scholarships to Solon High School seniors and recently added a $4,000 Doris Looney Memorial Scholarship. Another project of the Foundation has been the SolonLake Macbride Recreational Trail. The trail is a 5-mile trek from Solon to the entrance of Lake Macbride State Park. It
Solon Athletic Booster Club
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The Solon Athletic Booster Club is a community service club dedicated to stimulating active interest in Solon athletics. The organization provides support through improvement of athletic facilities, securing new equipment, and promoting and sponsoring athletic activities. Membership is open to anyone interested in Solon athletics. Family membership dues are $35 per year or $300 for a lifetime membership. Club meetings are held at 7 p.m. typically on the third Wednesday of the month at to be announced location. Members are encouraged to attend. Officers include: President Scott Shulista, Vice President Anne Smith; Tracy Stotler, Secretary; and Tina Kleppe, Treasurer. Over the last two years, the Boosters have donated over $60,000 to various athletic enhancements for Solon athletes and fans.
Solon Boy Scout Troop 120
Troop 120 of the Boy Scouts of America meets Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Solon Methodist Church. Major
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activities include camping, canoeing, backpacking and other outdoor activities. For more information contact Scoutmaster Mike Paisley at 631-8267 or Committee Chairman Tim Brown at 624-5069. Membership requirements are completion of fifth grade. first through fifth grade.
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Venture Crew 120 is a co-ed organization led by older youth ages 14-20 interested in outdoor high adventure activities. The crew meets the second Sunday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Solon Methodist Church. Contact crew advisor David Wilford at 624-3677 or Committee Chair Lisa Kaefring at 624-3694.
Solon Cub Scout Pack 120
Dens in Pack 120 meet once or twice monthly and the overall Pack 120 meeting is held on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Fellowship Hall. Major activities include Scouting for Food, Roadside Cleanup, Pinewood Derby, Beef Days Parade and Big Wheel Races, Popcorn Sales and Camping. The pack is chartered by the Optimist Club of Solon. For more information call Cub master Hal Kleinsmith at 624-5088. Membership requirements are that the boy be in
Solon Dollars for Scholars offers “Hope for Every Student.” Members meet the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Solon Methodist Church. Purpose is to provide scholarships for post-secondary education for every Solon graduate who applies, as well as providing Continuing Education Scholarships to selected Solon graduates currently enrolled in post-secondary programs to help with ongoing college expenses. To date, the group has awarded over $732,175 in scholarships to Solon students, thanks to generous donations from business and individuals in the community. Major fundraisers include a Gala/Auction in October and Bringing in the Green Carnival in March. Officers are: Linda Lee, President; Dick Schwab, Vice President; Steve Breese, Secretary; Paul Saupe, Treasurer. Other board members are Penny Tompkins, Jessica Kramer, Lori Lindner, Karen Sherman and Linda Slusher. Membership requirement is an interest in supporting higher education of Solon graduates. For information contact Penny Tompkins at 624-3731. Seniors should contact
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Solon Economic Development Group
The Solon Economic Development Group (SEDG) is a volunteer-based organization fostering economic and community development in the greater Solon area. Since reorganizing in 2002, the group has undertaken numerous projects including hosting a downtown assessment by the Iowa Department of Economic Development and working to promote enhancements and beautification for Solon’s Main Street area. The SEDG has helped host downtown clean-ups in conjunction with Earth Day, provided workshops for business owners and has assisted the city of Solon in developing a small loan program to aid in Main Street building façade updates. The group also started an informal social networking program (Business PMs) to provide business owners an opportunity to interact in a casual atmosphere. Businesses and individuals interested in participating may contact Doug Lindner at 624-2233.
Solon Education Foundation
The mission of the Solon Education Foundation (SEF) is to maximize opportunities for students, staff and friends served by the Solon Community School District. The SEF was founded in 2003 by a gift of $125,000 from the Irma
Zeithamel family estate. As a registered 501c3 organization, the SEF strives to advance the potential of individual students and the school district by obtaining private gift support for educational initiatives. We do this through a combination of tax-deductible donor investment, growth of invested capital, and by providing support to other community organizations that share our mission. We also work 1:1 with individuals who would like to consider the Solon Education Foundation for an endowment or other long-range gifting strategy that fits into their future. The SEF directs an annual grant program where educator-initiated projects compete for funding. These grants support classroom technology, tools and special supplies, as well as extra-curricular activities. By Fall 2012, the SEF will have provided nearly $50,000 in support projects that directly benefited our students outside of the regular school district budget. We work with several partner groups helping shepherd their funds. These include the Solon Fund Run, Post Prom Committee, Solon Math & Science Boosters, Solon Spotlight, and the Outdoor Event Center. We meet monthly on the third Tuesday and our volunteer Board of Directors include:Tom Gross President; Kevin Wise Vice President; Denise Bruck Secretary; Mike Turner, Treasurer; Kevin Blind, Jerrett Ferguson, Lois Geist, Mundi
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McCarty, Tawnia Kakacek, Teresa Kulper, and Bob Upmeyer. Meetings are usually 60 to 90 minutes in length and we invite participation on our working committees from the community. Interested in supporting the Solon Community School District? We are always looking for new candidates for our volunteer Board of Directors. Donations can be sent by mail to PO Box 275, Solon, payable to the Solon Education Foundation. Monies are deposited in the SEF general fund, but if you have a designated interest in how the funds should be used let us know, and the SEF board will take that into consideration. Visit our website at www.solonedfound. org for more information or contact tojogro@southslope. net to speak with a board member. The Solon Education Foundation: Funding the present, Investing in the future. lington and Rock Island, IL. Some of these activities include sporting events with the Hawkeyes, workshops at the Science Centers, plays at local theatres and camp-outs at local outdoor parks as well as selling cookies.There are also many summer Day Camps offered both within the Iowa City area and at Camp Conestoga, as well as other Council camps. All the troops meet at different times and places to best accommodate leaders and girls. Girls can join at any time during the year with a special emphasis on fall recruitments. These have been held at Lakeview Elementary during open house. Girl Scout membership is open to all girls who are willing to live by the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law. Financial Assistance is available for the $12 national membership dues, to assist with troop related expenses, uniforms or to cover event fees. For more information on joining a local troop or on becoming an adult volunteer, contact the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois (GSEIWI), in Cedar Rapids at (319) 363-8335 or contact Deanna Kleinsmith in Solon at 624-5088.
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Solon Garden Club
The Solon Garden Club was organized in 1995. We have approximately 25 members and we meet monthly, usually the second Monday of the month at the Solon Library. New members are always welcome.We are not affiliated with any organized club so there are no dues. Our main purpose is to exchange ideas, plants, and personal experiences. We do this by touring gardens, engaging speakers and getting involved in many local planting projects. We have only one fundraiser during the year. This is the plant sale that is held at the Solon Fire Station, in conjunction with the Firemen’s Breakfast, on Memorial Day weekend. With the proceeds from this sale we have supported various projects, which include Dollars for Scholars, the Solon Public Library, Solon Recreation and Nature Center, Solon Living Roadways and the City of Solon. Since 2008, 16 large flowerpots have been planted to add beauty on Main Street. Our club members may be seen around town wearing our classy green shirts adorned with a garden scene created by one of our own high school students, Madison Tompkins. If you would like further information you may contact current president Penny Tompkins at 624-3731 or Mardi Rasmussen at 624-2090.
Solon Knights of Columbus
The Solon Knights of Columbus Council No. 12129 is a fraternal religious organization, chartered in the spring of 1998 with 100 members. The organization is dedicated to the principals of charity, unity and fraternity. Its mission is to develop and execute programs and activities to meet the needs of the church, community, council, family and youth. Membership is open to Catholic men. Contact the St. Mary’s Catholic Church office at 319624-2228 for meeting dates and times. For more information about the Knights of Columbus, contact Mark Roskopf, Grand Knight, at 319-848-4949.
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Solon Girl Scouts
Come join the Girl Scout troops of the Solon area. Girl Scouts are for girls in Kindergarten (5-years old) -12th grade. The goals of the program are to help girls develop values, relate to others and learn about themselves, support their community and develop their self-potential. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place! Area troops participate in community service projects. Some projects include volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, picking up litter in Solon, visiting the Solon Nursing Care Center, going Christmas caroling, planting trees, cleaning up Lake Macbride and our annual Sweetheart Dance. Troops choose fun and educational activities, field trips and events to take part in throughout the year. Some of these activities are sponsored through our Council, which has offices in Dubuque, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, West Bur-
The purpose of the Solon PTO is to develop a united effort among teachers and parents for the betterment of education. The Solon Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meetings will be held in the Lakeview Media Center beginning at 7 p.m. and childcare will be provided. Meetings are generally held on the first Thursday of every other month during the school year beginning in September. Major activities at Lakeview include: fall and spring book sales, fall fund-raiser, Spartan Dash spring fundraiser, Box Tops for Education, pop tab collection for Ronald McDonald House, Lakeview yearbook, Win With Reading, Science Fair, supporting visiting authors, and many other activities. Middle School PTO holds meetings bi-monthly during the school year in the Middle School Media Center. This PTO holds fundraising book fairs, hosts a concession stand and sells t-shirts for Track & Field Day, provides five Teacher Appreciation meals, provides a concession stand and chaperones for dances and lock-ins, supports field trips such as School of the Wild and STEM research, provides for teacher’s classroom and recess needs, and much more. Middle School PTO activities include Teacher AppreContinued on page 38
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ciation meals, chaperoning dances and lock-ins, supporting School of the Wild and holding annual fundraising book fairs. High School PTO activities include hosting Teacher Appreciation meals, Meet the Candidates night, participating in the Lindale School Cents program and supporting other teacher projects with funds and volunteer time. The Solon High School PTO does not hold regular meetings, but communicate through e-mail and various announcements. Membership dues are $10 to join PTO annually and includes a student directory. Interested parents need only pay once a year for membership participation in any or all PTO levels for that school year. For more information, contact each attendance site to inquire about this year’s PTO officers by calling 624-3401. at 1:30 p.m. at the Our Lord’s Church. Anyone in the community who has an interest in helping research, plan and organize services and activities of interest to the seniors of Solon and surrounding area are encouraged to attend any of the board meetings. The Advocates rely on donations and grants to fund their activities and maintain the Advocate’s 10-passenger van. To become involved with Solon Senior Advocates, to make a donation, to be a sponsor of the Sponsored Meal Program, or to get more information on programs and activities, call any of the board members or President Sandy Hanson at 624-2710, or mail to PO Box 206, Solon, IA 52333.
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Solon Public Library Foundation
The Solon Public Library Foundation, a non-profit organization, was established in 2004 to provide support for library programs and long-range building plans. The future of library service for our community will be assured with Foundation support. The Solon Library Foundation is organized to solicit donations, accept gifts, and manage these funds carefully to support long-term growth in library service. For a donation form, please refer to “Support our library” on the library web site at www.solon.lib.ia.us. For questions or additional information, contact the library at 624-2678.
Solon Senior Advocates
Solon Senior Advocates Inc., formed in 2000, consists of a five-person board and members-at-large. The group’s charter is to provide services, programs, activities, entertainment and van or bus trips for seniors. Board members currently include Sandy Hanson, President/Secretary and Outreach Chairperson, Larry Meister and Jeanne Erhart, Activities/ Education Chairpersons, and Art Tellin, Treasurer. Together, they plan the group’s direction in the areas of education and activities, fundraising, outreach and trip responsibilities. Members-at-large are asked to help with particular projects as they are able. Each month, on the second Wednesday, the Solon Senior Advocates provide a sponsored meal through a local sponsoring group. A representative of the group speaks to the gathering about their service and involvement with the community. The Advocates also organize volunteers to deliver Old Gold Senior Dining meals to outreach seniors providing a donation to the volunteer for each delivery out-side city limits. The Solon Senior Advocates organize monthly van or bus trips to visit museums, theaters and other places of interest, dining at excellent restaurants at the various locations. Many times they have lunch at Old Gold Senior Dining at the Solon United Methodist Church prior to a shorter excursion. On the last Friday of each month, the Advocates present a Meal and a Movie at the Solon Public Library, the meal catered by Savvy Coffee & Wine Bar. Board meetings occur the second Tuesday of each month
The Performing Arts Program in the Solon Community School District is an important part of our children’s education. Solon Spotlight is instrumental in providing manpower and securing funds for performance support items as well as providing suggestions and input for the program direction. The performing arts are also an important part of our community. Solon Spotlight strives to provide opportunities for performing arts experiences in the community. Solon Spotlight Membership All parents and guardians with students involved in the Solon Community School’s Performing Arts Programs are members of Solon Spotlight. This includes vocal and instrumental music for all grades in school as well as speech and drama. All members are encouraged to support Solon Spotlight. As well as financial support for the Performing Arts Programs at Solon Schools, Spotlight provides many volunteer opportunities for parents to be involved in as their students participate in their own performing arts programs. Keep current with our website Point your web browser over and get connected at: http:// groups.yahoo.com/group/SolonSpotlight/ Scheduled meetings Meetings are usually the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm in the HS Life Science room. No meetings are conducted in the summer. Special Note: The first meeting for 2012-13 will be Thursday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Check the school calendar on the school website in case of any change. Please contact Eliot Jones at 319-848-8464, June Maiers at 319-325-6532, or Rick Jedlicka at 319-624-2811 for more information
Solon United Methodist Men
The Solon United Methodist Men meet the first Saturday of the month at 6:45 a.m. for breakfast at Fellowship Hall. We encourage small group discussion and have formed smaller study groups for additional spiritual development and support. We try to have a speaker or topic of discussion at each meeting and schedule group activities throughout the year, which include a spring and fall retreat, soup supper and golf outing. Everyone is welcome to join us. Our president is Mike Turner. Please contact the Solon United Methodist Church office at 319-624-2288 for more information.
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Solon United Methodist Women
The Solon United Methodist Women group invites all women to become a part of their gathering. Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month Feb.-May at 1:45 p.m. and Sept-Nov. 1:45 p.m. Our June meeting is a road trip, August a brunch, and our December meeting is a guest potluck at 1 p.m. We support National Missions of the United Methodist Women, Iowa Missions in Sioux City, Dubuque, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Des Moines with special emphasis given to projects assisting women and children. Most of the local mission projects are with the Solon Care Center. Please contact Solon United Methodist Church at 624-2288 for more information. arships. The local club awards both a Senior Scholarship and a Character Award. We also support the Johnson County Domestic Violence Shelter and many Solon Community activities and improvement projects. There are two fundraisers during the meeting year; the annual Beef Days event with a bratwurst booth, which is the main source of the club’s income, and the May Day Breakfast with proceeds going directly to books for the Solon Public Library and the Solon School Libraries. We extend a welcome to all women of the community to attend any of our meetings. Program topics include health issues, gardening, personal enrichment, cultural events, crafts, books, family outings and an annual Christmas Party with a gift exchange or a donation to a charitable cause. Officers are Sandy Phillips, President; Eileen Hageman, Vice President; Pat Zimmerman, Secretary; and Terri Jedlicka, Treasurer. The club meets September through May at the Solon Public Library or other designated location. The meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Currently there are approximately 35 members. Guests are welcome at all meetings and are encouraged to become members at any time of the year. Anyone interested in joining may contact Sandy Phillips at eaglemere50@gmail.com or 319-363-2210.
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Solon Women’s Club
The Solon Women’s Club is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), a worldwide network of women working to better their communities and together with “a voice” working to better the world as a whole. GFWC is responsible for the establishment of 75% of America’s public libraries. The Solon Women’s Club supports the Solon Public Library, as a sponsor of the Summer Reading Program and through the purchase of new books. We support Senior Scholarships through Dollars for Scholars and GFWC/Iowa. GFWC/Iowa provides Music Campships and Senior Schol-
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