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Community

Washing the Blues away

NL blues festival abbreviated by rain

NORTH LIBERTY– Steady rains, high winds and intermittent thunderstorms postponed the North Liberty’s blues festival from its original Saturday date.
And even though Mother Nature still wasn’t smiling the next morning, plenty of people put on sunny dispositions and came out for the abbreviated event anyway.

Turkey Vulture festival June 22

CORALVILLE– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Iowa City Bird Club will hold the Third Annual Turkey Vulture festival on Saturday, June 22, from 8 a.m. until noon at the East Overlook Picnic Area, East end of the dam at Coralville Lake.
Exhibitors will include Iowa City Bird Club, Iowa Ornithologist’s Union, Iowa Young Birders, Iowa Audubon, Johnson County Conservation, Macbride Raptor Project, Songbird Project, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Solon Public Library

Summer Reading Program

Every Tuesday during Summer Reading Program there is a Free Family Night event. On Tuesday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m., they will have musician Dino O’Dell.
Storytime
Storytime is held every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for children ages two through five. It is a program of stories, songs, and rhymes followed by a craft. Younger siblings are also welcome to attend. Themes for the month are related to the Summer Reading Program theme, and June 25 will be “Animals That Burrow.”
Afternoon Adventures

NLFD responds to small fire at Red’s Alehouse

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, June 14, at 7:34 p.m., the North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to 405 N. Dubuque St.– Red’s Alehouse– for a small fire. The first arriving unit reported smoke coming from a wall within the structure. All patrons and staff were evacuated safely.
North Liberty fire units were able to quickly extinguish the fire within 12 minutes after arrival. The fire was contained to a wall between the restroom and the kitchen. There was minimal smoke and water damage to the wall.

Tiffin sets sights on hunting within city limits

Council will likely take third and final vote June 26

TIFFIN– Local hunters may soon be able to expand their territories into Tiffin city limits, if the council’s reading of an ordinance amendment passes one more time.
The Tiffin City Council has passed two readings of an amendment that will allow hunting on private property inside city limits, with distance restrictions that reflect Iowa’s current law.

Coffee with a Cop to be June 10

NORTH LIBERTY– Coffee with a Cop is an opportunity for the public to meet with officers in a comfortable environment and talk about any subject — from crime trends to neighborhood nuisance issues, public safety management and how to join the team. You bring the questions and talk with a North Liberty Police officer...because there’s nothing a good cup of coffee can’t solve.

Music on Main Street 2013

All concerts begin at 7 p.m. on the Main Street Bandstand in Mushroom Park.
June 5: Muddy Rutts (Blue Grass).
June 12: Iowa City Community Band.
June 19: Leo Shima and his Polka Band.
Please call Sue Samek 319-624-2806 or Nancy Upmeyer 319-624-2944 if you would like to perform.

Solon Public Library

Solon Area-Wide Garage Sale Days May 31-June 1

Get ready to shop ‘til you drop! The 22nd annual Solon Area Garage Sale is this coming weekend! Plan your shopping with a detailed listing, available on the library’s website (www.solon.lib.ia.us) at noon on Thursday, May 30, or stop in to pick up the listing and map Thursday from noon-8 p.m. or Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Many sales will be open on Friday, May 31, so you can spread the shopping out over two days. Based on past year’s registrations, we estimate that there will be at least 60 registered sales in and around town.

Benefit to assist Hilmer family May 31

NORTH LIBERTY– The First United Methodist Church and friends of the Todd and Lori Hilmer family will host a cancer benefit on Friday, May 31, from 5:30 until 8 p.m. Tickets for the spaghetti supper are $10 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased ahead of time at the Methodist Church or at the door. A silent auction will also be held that evening. Dine-in and to-go options are available.

Ridgewood Cemetery– a flowering peony showcase and more

NORTH LIBERTY– Johnson County provides one of those lesser-known but most wonderful places to visit– the North Liberty Ridgewood Cemetery. While many go there often to set on the old hillside benches and remember family and friends, many go there to experience one of the most extensive plantings of peonies you will ever see. It’s especially meaningful in May when that peony display is at its finest. They are absolutely beautiful with their many varieties of old pioneer multi-colored flowers– and oh my, that distinct and wonderful smell.

Connecting people to purpose

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

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Old Gold Dining to move May 6 through May 10

SOLON– Old Gold Senior Dining will be served at the Family Life Center, Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10 while the floor in the fellowship hall is being replaced. The sponsored meal scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, will be rescheduled to Wednesday, May 15. Call 319-624-2251 for information and reservations.