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Community

Muddy Creek clean-up April 8

NORTH LIBERTY– In observance of Keep America Beautiful Day, Boy Scout Troop 216 and Cub Scout Packs 216 and 275, the North Liberty Tree & Storm Water Advisory Board and the North Liberty Parks Department will lead a cleanup day Saturday, April 8, to remove debris along Big Muddy Creek and the North Liberty Recreation Trail.
Public involvement, participation and education of storm water pollution prevention and management is the goal of this event.

TAKO Spring Shed and Scavenger Hunt rescheduled for April 8

NORTH LIBERTY– Hunt for that big rack you’ve been dreaming about on Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) at Creekside Commons Park in North Liberty. Lunch will be served at 11: 30 a.m., and participants are required to bring their own cutlery.
Be prepared to go on a short hike and possibly walk on some muddy trails to see spring birds, bugs and flowers. Advance registration for this free event is requested, but not required for groups of fewer than six.

Ducks Unlimited Banquet at South Slope April 7

NORTH LIBERTY– Greencastle Gunners invites the public to its Ducks Unlimited (DU) Banquet Friday, April 7, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the South Slope Community Center.
Tickets are available at http://www.ducks.org/iowa/events/44801/greencastle-gunners-du-dinner for $40 (single), $55 (couple), $25 (greenwing) $260 (sponsor), $275 (sponsor couple) and $320 (table captain). The table captain purchases a table of eight and is entered into a special drawing for an over/under shotgun.

Solon Center for the Arts to host three performances

SOLON– Ariel (Ellen Cross) wants to be part of your world as the Solon High School production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” debuts Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Solon Center for the Arts.
Additional performances will be Saturday, April 1, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 2, at 2 p.m.
Pre-sales are over, but what tickets remain will be on sale an hour before each performance.

Ely American Legion Annual Pancake Breakfast Sunday, April 2

ELY– The first Sunday in April is almost here and that means it is time for the Ely American Legion Annual Pancake breakfast. Make plans for American Legion Post 555 (1545 Main St.) to serve you breakfast Sunday, April 2, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tickets are available at the door or from any Ely Legion member and cost $8 for adults and $4 for children. Kids 5 and under eat free. As always, the traditional menu will be served: eggs, pancakes, potatoes, sausage, ham, coffee, juice and milk.

SHS Art Club hosts 8th Empty Bowls Luncheon Saturday, April 8

SOLON– On Saturday, April 8, the Solon High School Art Club hosts the Eighth Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon to End Hunger in the Solon High School commons.

Comfort crafted with love

Solon WWII veteran presented with Valor Quilt by auxiliary

SOLON– Dean Moel, a veteran of World War II, was the recipient of a Valor Quilt Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Solon American Legion Stinocher Post. Valor Quilts are patriotic-themed quilts presented to selected veterans in honor of their service and sacrifice.
Solon Legion Auxiliary member Jean Stinocher, who assembled the blocks comprising the quilt before sending it out for final assembly, said, “He was very happy and proud to receive it.” And added, “We were happy to give it to him.”

Council votes down Lofts plan

Lack of parking, terse words derail site plan

SOLON– That ended badly.
The site plan for a proposal to rehabilitate the former St. Mary Catholic Church auditorium went down in flames when discussions over parking requirements devolved at a Solon City Council meeting Jan. 11.
For nearly 45 minutes, city officials and Bill Wittig, representing Prairie Equity Group, LLC, went back and forth on the need for off-street parking to accommodate potential first- and second-floor commercial tenants of the building.

City approves $150k for 121 on Main

Questions on site plan go unanswered

SOLON– A one-time, $150,000 investment into 121 on Main will be made by the city.
At a March 15 meeting, city council members voted 4-0 in support of a lump sum payment to HPR Investments LLC for a Main Street commercial/residential development planned west of Big Grove Brewery.
The city expects to use an internal loan to cover the initial expense, to be paid back through Tax Increment Finance (TIF) revenues.
One member of the public, however, said the city had not gone far enough in requiring off-street parking for the project.

Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper March 31

SHUEYVILLE– The Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper is Friday, March 31, from 5-7 p.m.
Come enjoy good food and fellowship with friends.
The pancake supper is an all-you-can eat supper which includes pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns and beverage. The supper is used to support mission activities, both at home and around the world.
The church mailing address is 1195 Steeple Ln. NE, in Swisher, but is located in Shueyville, just 3/4 mile east of Interstate 380 on Exit 10.
Cost for adults is $6, ages 3-12 is $3, and those under 3 are free.

Ducks Unlimited Banquet at South Slope Community Center April 7

NORTH LIBERTY– Greencastle Gunners invites the public to its Ducks Unlimited (DU) Banquet Friday, April 7, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the South Slope Community Center.
Tickets are available at http://www.ducks.org/iowa/events/44801/greencastle-gunners-du-dinner for $40 (single), $55 (couple), $25 (greenwing) $260 (sponsor), $275 (sponsor couple) and $320 (table captain). The table captain purchases a table of eight and is entered into a special drawing for an over/under shotgun.

Dan & Debbie’s Creamery to host Taste of Iowa April 8 in Ely

ELY– Come taste the delicious flavors and products that are made locally right in the wonderful state of Iowa on Saturday, April 8, from 1-4 p.m. at Dan & Debbie’s Creamery (1600 Main St.).