• The Solon Public Library is jumping into the fun of DIY projects with a monthly series of Pinterest Parties. The first session will focus on eco-friendly cleaning solutions and is set for 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 21. Registration is required to ensure enough materials for everyone. Food will be provided, feel free to bring food to share or enjoy what others have brought. — Solon Economist


• Developers of Squaw Creek Crossing, Marion’s large-scale mixed-use development, announces plans for a Country Inn & Suites to be built at 5993 Carlson Way, Marion, with construction to begin this spring. The new 100-room, three-story hotel will anchor the 20-acre development that will serve as a gateway to Marion for visitors from the north, south and east. — Marion Times


• Pouncing, nibbling and rolling around with his sisters in a glass enclosure, lion club Jabari has been serving up the perfect amount of cuteness to Blank Park Zoo visitors since they were born Nov. 14. Probably unaware to the big city lion, Jabari has some deep ties to small-town Jasper County thanks to a Colfax couple. When the zoo announced they would hold a fundraiser to name the three cubs, Ellen and Charlie O’Donnell knew they had to participate as the cubs were born on their anniversary. Ellen chose the name Jabari after she heard the story of the cub and his struggle for life as he was the runt of the three survivors. — Jasper County Tribune

Des Moines

• This spring, construction begins on the Gregory and Suzie Glazer Burt Club, an expanded location for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa in Des Moines on Drake’s Campus. Located across from the Shivers Basketball Practice Facility, the club will provide resources and activities for local youth K-12. The club will serve Drake’s neighborhood as part of the school’s mission and Drake student’s will be able to volunteer, study from and collaborate with the Boys and Girls Clubs. — The Times-Delphic