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Solon Economist

Battling the budget crunch

Senior Advocates seek city funding for Old Gold Diner site manager

SOLON– Without senior dining, there’s no way to reach older residents of the community with needed programs.
The Old Gold Diner is the hub of the senior community.
When budget cuts forced the elimination of the site manager position and the introduction of packaged plastic meals, local supporters began rallying the troops.
As a result, representatives of Solon Senior Advocates met with Solon City Council members last week, seeking city funds to match county money for the site manager position.

Brushing up at Solon’s Corridor Arts

SOLON– Corridor Arts opened a Main Street studio in mid-October last year, and interest in art classes and painting lessons is growing.
Offering watercolor, acrylic and drawing lessons for children and adults, the studio is run by Susan Kennicott and Lianne Westcot as a space to practice art. Their lessons and classes are a great way for artists at all levels to set aside time and create with color, line, shape and the other components of two-dimensional aesthetics.

Solon KCs to host winter card party Jan. 19

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus will hold its first annual community winter card party Saturday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. (after 5 p.m. Mass) at St. Mary Catholic Church hall. Euchre will be played and there will also be card games for the children. Please bring a dish or dessert. Juice for the kids will be provided. You may bring your own adult beverage. The public is welcome.

Legion hosts fundraiser breakfast Jan. 20

SOLON– A Veteran’s Memorial Breakfast will be held Sunday, Jan. 20, from 7 until 11 a.m. at the Solon American Legion. They will be serving pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, juice, coffee and milk for $7 adults and $4 children (6-12); children 5 and under eat free. All proceeds go to the Solon Veteran’s Memorial fund for maintenance purposes.

‘Generation Change’ is coming to Solon UMC

SOLON– Dave Ramsey’s new program for high school students and young adults is designed to lead teens to a better understanding of God, themselves and their money– and how it all works together. The program highlights themes of what scripture says about finances, creating a budget, and being debt-free. Classes will be held at Solon United Methodist Church on Saturday Feb. 2, 9, and 16, from 1 until 4 p.m. The cost is $26 and includes a workbook for each lesson. Please contact Renee Masters at 319-624-2288 with any questions. The deadline for registration is Jan. 18.

Food Pantry wish list

SOLON– This week, the Solon Food Pantry is seeking donations of canned tuna or chicken, juice, pancake mix, toilet paper and cereal. Any donations would be appreciated.

Dollars for Scholars seeking stuffed animals for spring carnival

SOLON– Please donate any stuffed animals you no longer want to Solon Dollars for Scholars for the spring carnival. They can be dropped off at the Solon Public Library before Feb. 20.

Solon Optimist Club to hold basketball contests Sunday, Jan. 27

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will hold basketball contests, including dribbling, passing and shooting, on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 12:30 p.m., at the Solon Middle School gym.
The categories are ages eight through 13, boys and girls divisions. First, second and third place awards are presented to each age group, along with boys and girls champion awards.
A registration form can be downloaded at solonoptimist.org.

Knights of Columbus free-throw championship on Jan. 27

SOLON– All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2013 Knights of Columbus (KC) Free Throw Championship. The local KC Council #12129 competition will be held on Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. at the Solon High School.

Old Gold Diner to host Solon fourth graders Jan. 23

SOLON– Old Gold Dining will be hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
There are usually 22 students that come, and organizers would like to have at least one senior citizen for each student. Non-seniors are also welcome with a reservation and a payment of $5 for the meal. Please try to join this fun occasion and visit with these young Solon school students. Call 624-2251 before noon the day before to make reservations. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., so plan to arrive by 11:15 a.m. The class that is scheduled to come this month is 4E.

Living Healthy Iowa challenge begins Jan. 28

SOLON– The Live Healthy Iowa 10-Week Challenge begins Jan. 28. Invite family members, friends, neighbors or co-workers, and start a team. Teams are made of two to 10 people, including the team leader and can be registered to record activity minutes, weight loss or both. Enter under the Solon Group ID: LHISOLON. To get started, go to www.livehealthyiowa.org and click “Join Today.” There is plenty of information at the site, or visit Solon Community Fitness Club blog: www.solonfitness.wordpress.com.

Solon Public Library

Third annual Oscar contest
The Friends of the Solon Library group is once again sponsoring a “Predict the Oscars” contest. The winner receives a prize package worth over $50 plus “first check-out” privileges for all Best Picture nominees that the library receives after the awards. Details and entry forms are available at the circulation desk, and entries are due on Feb. 23.

Book Notes
(featured new titles)
• “The Debt-Free Spending Plan: An Amazingly Simple Way to Take Control of your Finances Once and For All” by JoAnneh Nagler (2013).