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Community

St. Mary Men’s AM Conference

SOLON– On Saturday, Feb. 10, from 7 a.m. to noon, it will be a morning for men to pause and reset, with speakers Capt. Guy Gruters and Fr. Shenan Boquet. Gruters spent five years in Vietnam POW camps– where God became his hope and guide in an extremely hopeless and humiliating existence. Fr. Shenan traveled to over 70 countries as president of human life international; he encourages and challenges men to embrace the plan God has for their lives. Register for the St. Mary Men’s AM Conference at www.solonstmary.org.

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State Park informational meeting Feb. 28

SOLON– Iowa State Parks have begun a new tradition of hosting annual informational meetings to update the public on park activities. Lake Macbride State Park will be hosting its annual meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Solon Public Library meeting room. Topics will include visitation, trends in Iowa State Parks, recent projects and volunteer efforts/coordination.

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Eatery embraces history

City council approves site plan, alley lease for revived Monk’s Place

SOLON– “Monk” Meyers is returning to downtown Solon.
The previous owner of a bar at 122 E. Main St., the former Solon Station, will be invoked in the moniker for a new Prohibition-inspired eatery planned for the building.
Details surrounding the new venture were unveiled Wednesday, Feb. 7, as the members of the Solon City Council considered a site plan for the building submitted by John Burchert of MAiNGREDIENT.

Lions Club Soup Luncheon March 3

SOLON– Come and enjoy soup, snacks and drinks with the Solon Centennial Lions Club on Saturday, March 3, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Lions’ Clubhouse, 301 S. Iowa St. Watch and cheer on the Fat Tire bicyclists as they race around Lake Macbride. The cost is $5 per plate with proceeds benefiting the Lions Club Community Betterment Fund.

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Rep. Kaufmann hosts Solon Town Hall

Feb. 17

SOLON– Iowa House Representative Bobby Kaufmann will host a town hall meeting Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Palmer House Stable (200 E. Main St.) to give a 2018 legislative update as well as take questions. The event will last from 1-3 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Center for the Arts hosts Sara Gazarek Feb. 16

Critically acclaimed jazz singer to perform Friday night; tickets $10

SOLON– Popular jazz singer Sara Gazarek will perform at the Solon Center For the Arts on Friday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.
The performance will cap a two-day Solon Vocal Jazz Festival, an annual event for the high school, overseen by vocal music instructor Joel Foreman. 
“Every year, we bring in a visiting artist to work with our groups in what is basically a Jazz Master Class setting,” said Foreman. “This year we brought in Katie Thiroux in the fall. There was a concert for her at the Center for the Arts, as well.”

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Making wishes come true

Trying bout with cancer inspires Family & Sport Chiropractic to raise money for Make-A-Wish

NORTH LIBERTY– Standing at over 6 feet tall and weighing 250 pounds, 13-year-old Chandler Johnson, of North Liberty, stood out among his peers.
Johnson, who wears a size 17 shoe, had a history of peculiar motor skills dating back to the age of 3, noted by his various athletics coaches over the years. But it was never diagnosed as anything of serious concern.
“We never missed a doctor’s appointment, never missed a sports physical and nobody suspected there was anything wrong,” said Johnson’s mother Angela Bell. “They just said he was clumsy because he’s at that age and he’s large.”

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Solon public library

Dates to remember:

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.: Preschool Storytime. Join us each week as we sing songs, read books, play games and make crafts, for children ages 2-5 years and their caregivers. Held weekly. During the month of February the theme is friendship.
Tuesdays from 3:30-5 p.m.: Your Space (fifth-12th grade). Snacks and space for board games, Wii, and hanging out. Held on school days only.

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Old Gold Menu

Thursday, Feb. 15: Cheeseburger, baked beans, potato salad, ice cream.

Friday, Feb. 16: Lemon pepper tilapia. Baked potato, fried cabbage, chef’s choice dessert. Cards AM and PM.

Monday, Feb. 19: Closed for Presidents’ Day. To reserve for Tues. Feb 20, you must do so by 1pm Fri., Feb 16.

Tuesday, Feb. 20: Pork loin baked sweet potatoes, country trio vegetables, raspberry sherbet. Bingo AM and PM.

Wednesday, Feb. 21: Swiss steak with tomato, garlic Parmesan, potatoes, peas, orange mist cake and ice cream. Fourth Graders 4A Ms. Dobney. Cards AM and PM.

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North Liberty commissions seat

applications due Feb. 16

NORTH LIBERTY– Three of the City of North Liberty’s appointed boards have openings, and volunteers are needed to help lead and advise on those commissions. Applications are due Feb. 16, 2018.
Applications are available online at northlibertyiowa.org or at City Hall, 3 Quail Creek Circle. Completed applications can be mailed to City Hall; c/o City Clerk; P.O. Box 77; North Liberty, IA 52317; in person at City Hall or by email at tmulcahey@northlibertyiowa.org. Applicants must be 18 years old and a legal resident of North Liberty.

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Optimists host pancake breakfast March 3

NORTH LIBERTY– The Optimist Club of North Liberty hosts its 45th annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St.
Proceeds benefit more than a dozen North Liberty youth programs, as all Optimist clubs have a mission to be “friends of youth.”
The breakfast is the North Liberty club’s largest annual fundraiser. Tickets are $6 for adults and $2 for kids ages 3-10. Admission is free for children age two and under.

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Open house to highlight infrastructure

NORTH LIBERTY– This year, North Liberty will make major improvements to key infrastructure, including Ranshaw Way (Highway 965). Once completed, these infrastructure upgrades will increase transportation capacity, add pedestrian connectivity, provide recreational amenities and replace aging infrastructure in our growing community.

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