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Community

North Liberty to celebrate library expansion with ribbon cutting, open house Sept. 8

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Library, 520 W Cherry St., will celebrate its recent $3.4 million expansion– which nearly tripled the library’s size– with a grand opening on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m.
The free public event will offer refreshments, tours of the new space, local celebrity readers, face painting, a scavenger hunt and giveaways.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. The expansion adds a teen lounge, a dedicated children’s story time space, meeting rooms, more technology, and comfortable seating throughout the facility.

Enjoy North Liberty parks, win $100

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning Labor Day weekend and running throughout September, recreationalists are invited to enjoy North Liberty’s parks– and keep an eye out for words tucked away in a dozen of them.

Pelican Festival to be held Sept. 8

SWISHER– The county’s annual Pelican Festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area near Swisher.

Public invited to Macbride forest plan meeting Sept. 16

IOWA CITY– A public meeting is set for Sept. 16 to hear comments on a forest stewardship plan for Lake Macbride State Park, west of Solon. “The plan is to help guide management activities which will improve the long term health and resiliency of woodlands there,” explained DNR district forester Mark Vitosh. “It assesses the current conditions, threats and concerns for the woodland health.”

Order SHARE baking/pantry package by Sept. 13

NORTH LIBERTY– Save precious time by purchasing SHARE IOWA’S baking/pantry package. Not just for baking, stock your pantry with items for breakfast, snacks, lunch and everyday cooking. Package includes: granulated sugar, flour, baking soda, Crisco, vanilla chips, chocolate chips, brown sugar, walnuts, spray oil, oatmeal, peanut butter, baking mix, powdered sugar, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla, and mini marshmallows; all for $30 plus two hours volunteer service to your community. Orders must be placed by Sept. 13 for a pick-up date of Sept. 28 at the North Liberty Community Center.

Shueyville UMC Boy Scout Troop to co-host Scout Challenge

SHUEYVILLE– Boy Scout Troop 37, of Shueyille United Methodist Church, will be hosting a Scout Challenge along with four other Hawkeye Area Boy Scout troops. The event will be held at Morgan Creek Park (7515 Worcester Rd.,
Palo) on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 1 until 5 p.m. Activities include BB gun shooting, orienteering, Geo-caching, rope bridges, knot tying and other outdoor activities.

NL family wins home improvement contest

Aim is to foster pride in homeownership, bring awareness of benefits

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Association of Realtors, Iowa Home Ownership Education Project and the Iowa Mortgage Association partnered to spur awareness and foster pride in owning a home through an innovative statewide competition this summer.

Blood drive at Swisher legion to be Sept. 17

SWISHER– The University of Iowa DeGowin Blood Center will hold a blood drive at the Swisher American Legion Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 3:30 until 7:30 p.m.
To sign up contact Tammy at 319-857-4741 or sign up online at: www.uihealthcare.org/bloodcenter.

For kids who climb on rocks

North Liberty council approves new indoor playground area

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Where else but North Liberty– a community voted one of the country’s most playful by the national nonprofit KaBOOM!– could you find a kids’ canoe, a rock climbing pile, frogs and turtles right beside the city’s library, swimming pool and public gymnasiums?

Registration open for Chamber’s NL Fun Run

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Steering Committee of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting its annual morning of fun and fitness event– the North Liberty Fun Run/Walk. The event is being held on Sunday, Sept. 15, at North Bend Elementary and is sponsored by MidWestOne Bank.
It will feature a 5K race in addition to a free race for children 12 and under. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m., with the children’s race beginning at 8 a.m. followed by the 5K at 8:20 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest male and female runners as well as all participants in costume.

Solon Public Library

Fall hours, holiday closing

The library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day. Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 3, regular library hours resume which means the library will open at noon on Monday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday hours remain 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Library policy on unattended children

JCHT to host Family Day at Belgum Grove Sept. 15

JOHNSON COUNTY– It’s the perfect time to get outside, smell the wildflowers, soak up the sun, explore the creek, fish in the pond and reconnect with the best that nature has to offer.
Join Johnson County Heritage Trust members for the organization’s fourth annual Family Day at Belgum Grove, Sunday, Sept. 15, from 1 until 3 p.m.