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Community

Hickory Heights patriotic parade on July 3

SHUEYVILLE– The Hickory Heights development, located south of Shueyville on Lake Manor Road, will hold a family-friendly patriotic celebration Wednesday, July 3. Come and be in the parade or bring a lawn chair and watch the excitement. All are welcome. Staging begins at 5:30 p.m. and the parade starts at 6 p.m. Stay afterward to enjoy food vendors such as Wild Hogs BBQ and Peppy’s Ice Cream. There will be awards, music and other surprises. Organizers will pass a boot to collect donations for the Swisher Volunteer Fire Department and to show our support for local veterans.

Eighth graders manning Music on Main

SOLON– Eighth grade students planning to go on the educational trip to Washington D.C. in April 2014, are selling concessions at the weekly Music on Main Street events in Solon. Drinks, popcorn and other summertime treats will be available during each week’s performance. All profits and donations will help to defray the cost of the Washington D.C. trip for students.

Martin program June 27 at Solon Old Gold Diner

SOLON– Curious about Martin colonies? Larry Olson will present a program about Martins, their houses, lifestyles and migration on Thursday, June 27, at the Old Gold Senior Dining luncheon in the Solon United Methodist Church. Reserve your meal at 319-624-2251 and join the group for lunch at 11:30 a.m. to enjoy Larry’s talk about Martins.

Solon Public Library

Summer Reading takes a break

During the week of July 1, there will be no Tuesday Family Night, Teens on Tuesdays, or Wednesday Afternoon Adventures. Storytime will also not be meeting on July 2. All programs will resume the week of July 9. The library will be closed on July 4.

Summer Reading Program

Work on Hwy. 965 will reduce traffic to single lane

NORTH LIBERTY– Two-way traffic on Highway 965 in North Liberty will be reduced to a single lane with flaggers on Wednesday, June 26, for concrete saw cutting. The lane reduction, a necessary part of the project extending at Pheasant Lane to Highway 965 north of Scales Bend Road, is expected to last from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Additional lane reductions will be necessary in early and mid-July. These and other project-related notices will be available on the City of North Liberty’s website site at northlibertyiowa.org/projects.

July 21 Turkey Trot event to benefit NL pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Librty Community Pantry will host its first annual Thanksgiving in July Turkey Trot 5k Race and Family 1 Mile Event on Sunday, July 21, at 8 a.m., in conjunction with the community-wide food drive that provides food assistance to the hungry. This chip-timed race will begin and end at the pantry, 89 N. Jones Blvd., in North Liberty. Advance registration, due by Monday, July 8, is $25, Late registration July 9 through 21 is $35 and a T-shirt is not guaranteed.

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.