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Cale Stelken

Juggling knives and high-fives

Award-winning circus performer entertains families at North Liberty library

NORTH LIBERTY– Kids of North Liberty can now include knife juggling and a human hamster ball among the performance arts they’ve witnessed at their community library.
On the evening of Thursday, June 14, award-winning juggler and acrobat Laura Ernst entertained an audience of 212 people as part of the North Liberty Community Library’s Summer Reading program. The event took place at the Jones Gym in the North Liberty Community Center.

Grant Elementary School breaks ground

School honors athletics pioneer Dr. Christine Grant of U of I

NORTH LIBERTY– A local and national legacy was further solidified on Tuesday, May 22, at a groundbreaking ceremony held on the future site of Grant Elementary, in North Liberty. The school was named in honor of Dr. Christine Grant, who not only was in attendance but also participated in the groundbreaking itself.

A season in limbo

Penn Landing Market’s future in question

NORTH LIBERTY– Summer break is in full force in North Liberty. The rec center pool is open for business, and cyclists are eagerly strapping on their helmets for a weekend ride. But the absence of a certain community fixture may leave some locals scratching their heads.

TAKO offers an anglers' feast

Hosts free day of fishing at Liberty Centre Pond

NORTH LIBERTY– When a free fishing event is announced in North Liberty, families are quick to take the bait.
On Saturday, June 2, an estimated 300 people from around the Corridor lined Liberty Centre Pond. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., families cast their lines into the scenic waters as part of the Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) free fishing event.

Encouraging kids to "stay creative"

Children’s picture book author Alastair Heim visits North Liberty Community Library

NORTH LIBERTY– Alastair Heim had words of encouragement for the kids of North Liberty.
On the morning of Saturday, May 26, families kicked off their weekend with a visit from the internationally published children’s picture book author. Heim took the occasion to read his books to the young locals, share some wisdom and sign copies of his work, with Prairie Lights Books providing books for sale. The event, which began at 11 a.m., was hosted by the library in partnership with the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, free to the community.

For the G.O.O.D. of the community

Heritage Christian School’s annual serve-a-thon

NORTH LIBERTY– Third-graders squealed with excitement as they navigated the thick brush and rolling hills of Squire Point, evading thorn bushes and using downed trees as balancing beams. It was a cool, cloudy morning on Friday, May 11, as the students of Heritage Christian School took part in Operation G.O.O.D. (Giving Of Ourselves Day).

Playtime in North Liberty

Innovative playground coming to Centennial Park

NORTH LIBERTY– This summer, kids will be making slide runs and scaling rope rungs to a backdrop of blues music. Come July, Centennial Park will finally have its own playground– two, in fact.

Conventional playground

Growing a love of learning

Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center offers kids an alternative

NORTH LIBERTY– On the morning of Wednesday, April 25, five students huddled around a table, immersed in a science experiment. In the theme of invention, learning specialist Elizabeth Drewelow led the group as they pierced lemons with pennies and nails in attempt to conduct electricity. But this was not your everyday science class.
Located on Jordon Street in North Liberty, Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center, P.C. offers an alternative path to learning for students struggling with academic and communication skill development.

CRANDIC on the run

Inaugural marathon supports Corridor school districts

NORTH LIBERTY– In the calm morning hours of Sunday, April 29, a sea of over 1,200 people gathered on Landon Road in North Liberty, tightening their shoelaces and warming up in preparation for the journey ahead. The city served as host not only to residents of the Corridor area but also to people from across the U.S. as the RUN CRANDIC half marathon began.

Dance for a Difference fundraiser scores big

NORTH LIBERTY– It was a vivacious scene in Liberty High School’s auxiliary gym on the afternoon of Sunday, April 22.
About 100 dancers signed up for Dance for a Difference, which ran from noon to 4 p.m. The event featured a DJ, face painting, food, a costume dance raffle, a silent auction and a teacher dance at 3 p.m.
“Dance for a Difference was amazing. Everyone was dancing, singing and just sharing their love with one another,” remarked Liberty High senior and Difference Maker Madi Barta, following the event.

Interlinked

North Liberty’s trail network extensions

NORTH LIBERTY– Cyclers, joggers and dog owners of North Liberty rejoice.
In the name of improving pedestrian accessibility, the city is currently in the process of adding three 8-foot-wide segments to its pedestrian trail network, with many more approved for development in the coming years.

West Penn Street

Perhaps the most critical addition currently underway, this trail will span from Kansas Avenue, link to the Penn Street pond trail and finally meet with the North Ridge Trail just east of Alexander Way. Completion is anticipated in early to mid-June.

Junge Ford readies for grand opening

Carries on legacy of Oxford’s Carter Ford

NORTH LIBERTY– A local service center and dealership has recently extended its radius as the Junge Auto Group makes a new home in North Liberty. The new location opened in March with plans for a grand opening celebration starting Friday, May 18.

Spiritual successor

Junge Ford North Liberty carries on the legacy of a longtime Oxford business, Carter Ford. Junge Auto Group purchased the reputable dealership from Mary Ann Carter and Carole Hebl, the widow and daughter of former owner Ted Carter.