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Community

Helping Heroes Memorial Day golf tourney

NORTH LIBERTY– Join Helping Heroes for its first annual Memorial Day golf tournament Monday, May 29, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Quail Creek Golf Course, 700 Club House Rd., in North Liberty.
Registration for the four-man, best-shot tournament includes 18 holes, a golf cart and a meal after the round. Prizes, raffles and a silent auction will also take place at the club house. All proceeds will directly benefit local veterans in need. Cost is $200 per team.

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North Bend Active Minds camp June, July

NORTH LIBERTY– North Bend Elementary physical education teacher Jared Carder announced the return of the Active Minds summer camp this week. There will be two sessions, in June and July, and younger students will be accepted.

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Fourth year of Summer Lunch & Fun Program needs your help

NORTH LIBERTY– Summer is an exciting time for kids: time to play with friends, go to camp, vacation with family, play in pool or at parks. But for children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger. To help bridge that gap, the North Liberty Summer Lunch & Fun Program has operated since 2014 and needs your help this summer.
In 2014, the program served more than 2,500 free meals to youth. In 2015, with food donated by dozens of businesses, individual donors and volunteers, the program served more than 3,900 meals.

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NL filmmaker’s “Sarah Reckmeyer: A Life in Music” to screen at IIFF, May 20-21

AURORA, Ill.– “Sarah Reckmeyer: A Life in Music” was selected to screen at the 2017 Illinois International Film Festival. The festival will take place on May 20-21 at the Prisco Center in Aurora, Ill. The film, directed and produced by Rich Redfern of North Liberty, first aired in August of 2016.

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Catch "Another Episode" May 18 in North Liberty

Outdoor binge-watching event to feature jumbotron

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Everyone’s doing it: binge watching.
And this summer, the City of North Liberty invites area residents to watch their favorite TV shows together– outdoors– in front of a giant screen.
“It’s about taking people away from their couches and bringing the community together for an otherwise isolating activity,” said Jillian Miller, the city’s community engagement coordinator.

Public invited to observe bird banding at F.W. Kent Park Saturday, May 13

OXFORD– For the past three years, Johnson County Conservation (JCC) collaborated with federally licensed bird banders to survey bird populations at F.W. Kent Park. The public is invited to observe the banding process on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will take place at the bird blind near the Conservation Education Center.

Lions roar at Centennial club’s charter party

New Solon service group ready to find local projects

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– It’s official.
Members of the Solon Centennial Lions Club signed their organizational charter individually at a commemorative party April 29 at the Lake MacBride Golf Course.
Close to 100 people, including visiting Lions from clubs as far away as Des Moines and Illinois, attended the festivities which included the presentation of the club’s banner, the swearing in of charter members and remarks by Past International Director and Ely native Ron Duffe.

Fiala and Erhart Seniors of the Year

The Solon Senior Advocates have named Phyllis Fiala (left) and Jeanne Erhart (right) as the recipients of the 2017 Senior of the Year award. A presentation was made to the co-winners at the May 3 Solon City Council meeting by Sandy Hanson (center). A reception in honor of Fiala and Erhart will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Timber DOME Lodge Friday, June 9. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Old Gold Diner to welcome fourth graders from Lakeview May 17

SOLON– Old Gold Dining is hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, May 17.
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 $3.75 (same as seniors) for the meal. Please try to attend this fun occasion and visit with these young Solon school students. Call 624-2251 before noon the day before to make your 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 section 4D (Bogard).

Two candidates for special city council election May 30

SOLON– Dale Snipes and Lauren Whitehead will be the two candidates seeking to fill the unexpired city council term of Mark Krall.
According to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, Snipes and Whitehead are the only two residents to file the necessary paperwork to appear on the ballot for the Tuesday, May 30, special election.
The filing deadline for candidates was Friday, May 5.
Snipes was appointed to fill the council term, which expires Dec. 31, but a petition requesting a special election was subsequently filed with the city.

Be A Hunger Hero for Mary’s Meals Saturday, May 13, at SRNA

SOLON– On Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, Be A Hunger Hero at Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
This event is for the entire family to enjoy a morning full of hero themed activities. A super-hero training course provided and ran by Iowa Gym-Nest, cape decorating, Solon firefighters, bounce houses, and face painting are all provided for participating children.
One mile and 5K fun runs will start at 9:30 a.m. The runs take place on the paved trail around the recreation and nature area and partially on the graveled Lake MacBride Nature Trail.

Solon 22-year-old killed in Sutliff Road accident

SOLON– A 22-year-old Solon resident was killed in a two-vehicle accident just north of Solon on Sutliff Road on May 2.
According to a report by the Iowa State Patrol, Quinn Houlahan, 22, was driving a 2009 Suzuki motorcycle westbound on Sutliff Road at approximately 6:22 p.m. when an eastbound 1997 Ford F150 driven by Glen Erenberger, 54, of Solon, attempted a left turn, resulting in a collision.
Houlahan was a 2013 graduate of Solon High School, and was currently enrolled in the HVAC program at Kirkwood Community College, anticipating graduation in May (see obituary, page A4).