This spring, some 5,300 University of Iowa undergraduate, graduate and professional students received their degrees under extraordinary circumstances. With the Coronavirus Pandemic continuing to upend traditional educational practices across campus and the country, the 2020-21 academic year …

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SOLON– For Angie Grecian-Bransky being the musical director for Solon United Methodist Church is about the love of music and a passion for teaching it. She was able to bring a new musical perspective to the church by blending contemporary Christian music with traditional songs and hymns.

SOLON– The American Legion Hawkeye Boys State will be held at Camp Dodge, in Johnston, on June 13-18. Representing the Solon American Legion Post No. 460 is Alex Kingery, son of Dennis Kingery and Melissa Wagner, both from Ely. Alex attends Prairie High School and is involved in the National…

SOLON– Hills Bank, as part of its Classroom Cash program, donated $1,237.43 to the Solon Community School District. The funds support programs and services enhancing student educational experiences.

IOWA CITY– The 54th annual Iowa City Area HBA Parade of Homes, presented by Hills Bank and Urban Acres Real Estate and put on by The Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association (HBA), is June 12-20 at scattered sites in four different cities and virtually. The event, spotlighting 21 hom…

CEDAR RAPIDS– With the return to in-person events comes the return of the Freedom Festival’s signature event, Balloon Glow on Tuesday, June 22. This year at a new location, Hawkeye Downs Speedway. A historic, 10 hot air balloons will be on site around the track along with the addition of Gre…

SOLON– Johnson County Refuse will have several garbage trucks at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) from 7 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 12. This is an opportunity for residents within the Solon city limits (meaning you pay city garbage/recycle rates) to throw away some of those hard …

SOLON– After a year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Solon’s Music on Main Street concert series kicks off its 2021 schedule Wednesday, June 9, at the downtown bandstand featuring “Hart and Barker.”

Solon American Legion member Brad Storck stands at attention after laying a wreath on the Prisoners Of War/Missing In Action marker during a Memorial Day service Monday, May 31, at the Solon Veterans Memorial.

SWISHER– Miracles in Motion, an equestrian therapy center in Swisher, is seeking volunteers wanting to be part of its Adaptive Riding program. Volunteers are vital to the organization, providing time and energy doing chores, leading horses in class, walking along side students during class a…

Board members of the Solon Area Community Foundation (SACF) presented two donations at the conclusion of a Wednesday, May 12, meeting. The SACF presented the Solon Firefighter’s Association with the final $10,000 of a $30,000 commitment to the construction of the new Solon firehouse. Picture…

Brad Wymer walks through the serving line at the Solon Fire Station Sunday, May 30, as the Solon Firefighters Association hosted the return of its annual pancake breakfast. All the pancakes were served to-go, with picnic tables and outdoor eating areas available nearby.

CORALVILLE– The organizers of FRYfest formally announced, after a COVID hiatus in 2020, FRYfest will take place this year. The 12th annual Celebration of All That is Hawkeye takes place on FRYday, Sept. 3, the day before the Iowa Hawkeyes open the season versus the Indiana Hoosiers.

AMANA– The Amana Colonies announced Rhubarbfest for Saturday, June 5. Foods and drinks in the Colonies features rhubarb all day long with unique recipes and delicious favorites. Some features are in limited supply, don't miss out.

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SOLON– It was a major thrill to see the credits roll on the big screen.

SOLON– The General Federation of Women’s Clubs/Iowa (GFWC/Iowa) Solon Women’s Club announced the following Solon students received scholarships through the GFWC/Iowa Scholarship Program.

SOLON– Memorial Day Mass is offered by Father Dennis Martin at St Bridget’s Cemetery, in Nolan Settlement, at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 31. Bring lawn chairs. The church and cemetery are located at 2136 St. Bridget’s Rd., Solon.

SOLON– The Solon Community Pantry’s Emergency Assistance Fund continues to receive requests for financial support for various utilities, rent and house payments. The Emergency Fund was initiated because of financial issues resulting from the pandemic that impacted many family’s lives. The Em…

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SOLON– Kris Brown is going to take being Senior of the Year as a challenge.

SOLON– People cruising Main Street on Saturday, May 8, witnessed a menagerie of motorcycles and vehicles lining the street as a bright orange restored 1976 Pontiac Firebird sat, with the Pontiac logo on the grill replaced by No. 78, with the hood up in front of the Solon American Legion Stin…

IOWA CITY– Johnson County Master Gardeners (JCMG) wrap up their virtual continuing education programs Sunday, May 23, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. with Steve Hendrix presenting “When Wild Bees Come to Town: Why We Need Them and What to Do to Help.”

DES MOINES– The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is offering a third and final targeted food storage capacity grant opportunity to help address food waste, an issue negatively impacting environmental, economic and social sustainability in Iowa and across the country.

IOWA CITY– Courage Ride, an annual charity bike ride benefiting the University of Iowa’s sarcoma cancer research program, announced it will resume as both an in-person and virtual event. It also added a second start/finish location at the Washington County Fairgrounds taking riders along the…