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Community

Nominate Solon Senior of the Year

SOLON– May is national Older American’s Month and the Senior Advocates are seeking nominations for the 2018 Solon Senior of the Year.

Be a Hunger Hero, May 12

SOLON– The 4th Annual Be a Hunger Hero Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The 5K run will start at 8 a.m. and the 1 mile run/walk will start at 9 a.m. Registration can be done online at GetMeRegistered.com, or onsite starting at 7:15 a.m. Strollers and dogs are welcome.
Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite heroes.

CCA Community Clean-up Day

Friday, April 27

TIFFIN– The annual Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Community Clean-up Day will be held on Friday, April 27. CCA High School students from the Student Assistance Team/Interact along with National Honor Society will volunteer their day to help our older community members with yard work, windows, small household chores and general spring cleaning.

Spring Cleanup Day April 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Spring Cleanup Day, for disposal of large items, brush, tires, batteries and other waste, is scheduled for April 28 from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Public Works Facility, 620 Calvin St.
The cost for this service is included in monthly city utility bills and is for residents of North Liberty only (please be prepared with a water bill stub or driver’s license). Assistance will be provided to the elderly or handicapped; please call City Hall (626-5700) to make arrangements. You can read more about what will and won’t be accepted at northlibertyiowa.org.

NLCP Planting Party season kickoff April 26

NORTH LIBERTY– Growing Together Garden, North Liberty Community Pantry’s 9,600-square-foot educational garden, invites the community to the annual Planting Party on Thursday, April 26, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Individuals and families are welcome to stop by Growing Together Garden, 89 N Jones Blvd in North Liberty, anytime during the event to learn basic planting skills, put seeds in the ground, or simply tour the garden space. Snacks and gardening equipment will be provided. All ages welcome and no gardening experience required, in fact, beginning gardeners are encouraged to attend.

Community Clean-up Day April 30

SOLON– Solon High School Community Clean-up Day will be on Monday, April 30, in the afternoon. Businesses or individuals wanting specific help with spring cleaning projects should contact the high school office at 319-624-2381 to be added to the list.

Official farmers market in the works

Council, parks and rec discuss public, private locations

SOLON– A new city-sponsored farmers market is in the works.
Details surrounding the program were discussed during a joint session of the Solon City Council and the Solon Parks and Recreation Commission April 4, although a location for the market is still up in the air.
The city previously allowed private vendors to set up in a portion of Mushroom Park seasonally, but has not provided direct supervision.

Solon jazz takes two top spots

SOLON– Last year, the Solon High School Vocal Jazz department made history having three of its groups selected for the state championships.
The program topped that accomplishment this year, making history all over again.
In the March 27 state jazz championship at Valley High School in West Des Moines, the top two places went to Solon High School. It was the first accomplishment of its kind for the competition in the state of Iowa.

SHS Clean-up Day, April 30

SOLON– Solon High School Community Clean-up Day will be on Monday, April 30, in the afternoon. Businesses or individuals wanting specific help with spring cleaning projects should contact the high school office at 319-624-2381 to be added to the list.

May Day Breakfast, May 5

SOLON– Highlight Saturday, May 5, on the calendar and remember to attend the Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the GFWC/Iowa Solon Methodist Church from 7-11 a.m. At the breakfast, the following items will be served: Egg and meat casseroles, homemade rolls and kolaches, fruit, orange juice, milk and coffee.
The cost is $6 per adult and $3 for children (ages 5-12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women Club members or at the door on May 5.
The profit made from the breakfast will be split between the Solon Public Library and the Solon Community School District libraries.

City to tackle Kingston and Short

Council dips into road use reserves for three projects

SOLON– The big bump is going bye-bye.
A section of Short Street between West Street and Iowa Street will be reconstructed this year to add parking and address a hump in the road where an alley intersects.
The project, along with two others, was approved by Solon City Council members at an April 4 meeting as part of the city’s proposed 2018 street improvements.
Also included for this season will be an asphalt overlay for a part of Kingston Drive, and another section of Short Street between Iowa and Dubuque streets.

Get your green thumb on April 30

SOLON– “Get your green thumb on” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 30, at the Library for Art Tellin’s talk on all things “Green.” Tellin will discuss what to grow and where, seed-starting, cold frames, raised beds, containers, soil mixes and fertilizers and much, much more. This conversation will be a great way to plan for spring plantings. Mark your calendar.