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From the publisher:
A NEW LOOK AND FEEL!

Posted 6/3/21
    Several weeks ago, I mentioned that you could expect to find some changes soon to your Living Weekly publication. Well, as you hopefully have noticed, that time is now.
You may recall that we changed the name from the Adel Adviser to the Adel Living Weekly in an effort to co-brand the publication with our monthly Adel Living magazine. This allows us to publish news and advertising more frequently and in an even more timely manner.
Starting with this issue, we switched to a folded format in the print edition, allowing us to add more pages as needed. This also provides a more mobile-friendly layout for those of you who subscribe to the email edition and view on your phones and computers.
You will also notice that we have added photos to the layout rather than the text-only versions we have done in the past. And, of course, we are printing it all in full color.
If you run a business and would like to have free copies of the Adel Living Weekly available in your operation, contact Patrick Clemmons at 515-953-4822, ext. 304 or patrick@dmcityview.com, and we will add you to our list.
If you have news items or photos to submit, contact Tammy Pearson at 515-953-4822, ext. 302 or tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com.
If you would like to place a free classified ad (up to 50 words), send to Beckham Miller at beckham@dmcityview.com.
If you would like information on display advertising, contact Dan Juffer at 515-371-2290 or dan.juffer@dmcityview.com.
And if you have any other thoughts, ideas or suggestions, please contact me from the information below.
We appreciate the opportunity to serve you, and, as always, I thank you for reading. 

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Truly the BEST!

Posted 2/5/21
    As a reader of this newsletter, you likely know that we also publish the Living magazine in your community. But what you may not know is that we publish CITYVIEW magazine and administer the Best of Des Moines readers’ poll, too. You see the BEST OF DES MOINES certificates proudly displayed in businesses across central Iowa, and rightfully so. This year, we had approximately 14,000 votes in the poll — a new record. The full results will be published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and at www.dmcityview.com, but you can also check out any of the short videos that announce the winners in each of the six segments at www.dmcityview.com/best-of:
    • Eats segment
    • Best of the Rest segment
    • Shopping segment
    • Nightlife segment
    • Culture & Recreation segment
    • Health & Beauty segment
    Please join me in congratulating all of the people, places and events that were voted by CITYVIEW readers. And, as always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com

THE WORLD MAY NEVER KNOW

Posted 7/15/21
It may feel like 1985 again, but it’s not. The Coca-Cola company is changing its formula for Coke Zero, and this feels all too reminiscent of the New Coke debacle in 1985 when a new flavor of Coke was introduced to the masses.
Some called that recipe change incredible. Others called it incredibly stupid. But through it all, brand loyalty was redefined in a way few could have imagined. Was it all part of Coca-Cola’s master plan, or was it just dumb luck? The Coca-Cola team was silent. The best answer may come from the owl in the Tootsie Roll commercials: “The world may never know.”
I may have been one of the few who actually liked the New Coke flavor, at least from what I remember. It lasted until 1992 when it was renamed to Coke II and then met its ultimate demise in 2002.
Coca-Cola launched Coke Zero in 2005 and left it mostly unchanged until 2017 when it tweaked the recipe and rebranded it as “Coca-Cola Zero Sugar.” The new version, complete with a new packaging design in red instead of black, will be rolled out in the United States this month.
The company says the new product will taste even more like the iconic Coca-Cola. But I don’t want Coke Zero to taste more like Coke. I want it to taste like Coke Zero. I enjoy a can of Coke Zero on ice in the afternoons. It is my soda of choice. Will I adjust to the new flavor? Will others? Or will this be another lesson in brand loyalty?
Change is difficult, especially as we grow older. I embraced New Coke in 1985, but I was only 17 years old and drank very little soda at the time. I have been drinking Coke Zero for 16 years. That puts some perspective into all this. As typical, new products are not geared to those of us who are 50 and older. The youngsters are the target market. We will be dead soon, especially those of us who have been drinking diet colas for decades.
Hmmm.
Have a great week, and thanks for reading.
 
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Undershirts, underwear or socks

Posted 7/22/21
The Adel Partners Chamber is planning for the Sweet Corn Festival Aug. 14.
A Street Party will be held 6 p.m. to midnight with The Sons of Gladys Kravits in concert 7:30-11:30 p.m.
The festival will have many of the traditional events with some new and exciting programs. A scavenger hunt is being planned. Vendors will be in attendance with a new and different look. For a vendor packet, which includes a vendor application go to https://chambermaster.blob.core.windows.net/userfiles/. Watch for the Adel Living magazine in mailboxes in early August for a schedule of events and feature story about the celebration. n

Undershirts, underwear or socks

Posted 7/15/21
“What do you want for your birthday, Dad?”
That’s a question I receive from my kids this time of year. And, each year, I give them the same answer: “How about undershirts, underwear or socks?”
“That’s really boring,” they reply in unison. To which I say, “But that’s what I want.”
Then they buy me something more fun — like a remote-controlled toy truck — and I go out shopping for undershirts, underwear and socks.
I used to buy my dad undershirts, underwear and socks. Well, actually my mom bought them for me to give to him. Regardless, he seemed to appreciate them, and I am starting to understand why. The older I get, the less I like to shop… for anything. But there are some things a guy just has to have. Like undershirts, underwear and socks.
Men used to receive neckties for their birthdays and Father’s Day, but who wears neckties today? If you do, let me know. I have dozens of them that you can have. Or maybe we can work out a trade — for undershirts, underwear or socks. Not used ones, of course. I am thrifty, but not that thrifty.
Maybe if I did wear neckties, you wouldn’t be able to see my dingy undershirts. And then I wouldn’t have to buy undershirts, underwear or socks so often. Or maybe I will just get what I really want for my birthday this year, which is, of course, another remote-controlled toy truck.
See you out shopping — for undershirts, underwear and socks.
Thanks for reading. 
 
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Scouts assist with Recycling Stickers Project

Posted 7/15/21
Residents are advised that recycling bins are being filled with non-recyclables. Ankeny Sanitation is unable to take it to a recycling center, and it goes to a landfill.
In order to prevent this from happening, Ankeny Sanitation and the South Dallas County Landfill are teaming up with the Adel Scouts to apply stickers on the yellow lids of bins to show what does and does not go into them.
The Scouts began this project on June 10. Residents are asked to leave recycling bins out front an extra day so that the sticker can be affixed to the yellow lid and to clean off the lid so the sticker will adhere properly.
This project will take many weeks to complete, as there are more than 2,000 stickers that will need to be applied.
Bins must be out front because the Scouts can only affix a sticker to a bin located there. This is a fundraiser for them, so the more they affix, the more they earn for Scout activities.
Ankeny Sanitation and the South Dallas County Landfill  remind residents that recycling is good for the environment. The stickers will be an in-front-of-you reminder of what to put in the yellow bins — and what not to place in them.

Sweet Corn Festival parade lengthened

Posted 7/15/21
The Adel Chamber of Commerce Sweet Corn Festival Committee, in conjunction with the Adel Kiwanis Club, has decided to expand the official festival parade route this year. The expansion will allow for spectators to more comfortably view the parade. It is hoped that the change will reduce congestion on Main Street while allowing people to view the parade on Prairie Street. The new route will also allow for an easier transition onto Highway 6 at the 14th Street intersection. The starting point of the parade on Brickyard Road will not change. No preregistration is required. Parade line-up will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Brickyard Road and the parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Questions can be directed to Scott Gavin with the Adel Kiwanis Club, 515-745-7107.

Backyard safety tips

Posted 7/15/21
A new study finds parents are underestimating the dangers lurking for children in their own backyards this summer, and the five most dangerous activities include trampolines, monkey bars, open balconies, slides and swing sets.
Independence Day marked a strong return for backyard parties, but only 19% of parents surveyed expressed backyard safety concerns. Yet the government reported a steady rise in fatal child drownings, and 63% of summer-related-injuries impact children ages 2-11.
SafeHome.org released a study called the 2021 Summer Home Safety Report using the most recent data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and a survey of more than 450 parents.
Here are the five most dangerous activities and tips for parents to prevent injury:
1. Trampolines: No. 1 most emergency room visits per year with 3,193. To avoid injury, check that bolts are tight, install a safety net enclosure, put padding over the frame and springs, and set jumping rules with adult supervision.
2. Monkey bars: No. 2 most emergency room visits per year with 2,804. To avoid injury, make sure the child has enough upper body strength to swing, place padding underneath to soften any falls, check for loose bolts and wood splinters.
3. Open porches and balconies: No. 3 most emergency room visits per year with 2,793. To avoid injury, install safety netting or plastic guards to cover spaces between rails. Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
4. Slides: No. 4 most emergency room visits per year with 1,618. To avoid injury, do not go down the slide with your child in your lap, teach your child to go down feet first and remove any dangerous debris from the landing spot.
5. Swing sets: No. 5 most emergency room visits with 1,469. To avoid injury, tighten equipment before use, ignore pleas from your child to push them too high.
As for pools, drowning is the No. 1 cause of death for kids 1-4 outside of birth defects, and built-in pools result in 382 emergency room visits per year. To avoid injury, develop house rules, have an adult chaperone, and install fencing to avoid young children falling into the pool by accident.

Things to do

Posted 7/15/21
• Tuesdays through September, 5-7 p.m., Fresh Finds Farmers Market, Harmony Hall on Riverside, 1015 Riverside Drive. Featuring products from growers, farmers and artisans from the heart of Iowa.
• Monday, July 19: Third Monday Bingo: Bingo will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 411 S. 12th St., Adel. Seventeen games ($0.25/card) plus an 18th Progressive Blackout ($1/card) will be held. Packaged snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will be available. Social distancing and masks are recommended. Bring a dauber if you have one. They will also be for sale. 

Events at Adel Public Library

Posted 7/15/21
 • Library Olympics: Obstacle course fun, a scavenger hunt, and a craft make the Library Olympics sensational. Kids, test your world-class Olympic abilities Thursday, July 22, 10 a.m. to noon.
• Camping with Paula: Special guest Miss Paula will be doing a “Camping with Paula” story time at the library on Thursday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m. Get ready for some outdoor fun.
• Harry Potter Birthday Party: Join the library staff Friday, July 30, at 11 a.m. for a magical celebration that will include trivia and prizes. Space is limited and sign up is required for this event.
• Story times continue on Tuesdays at the library. Wednesday story times will alternate between Evans and Kinnick-Feller Park. All story times start at 10:30 a.m. Messy Monday Crafts are new each Monday and available for pick up.

Visit www.adel.lib.ia.us for more information or to register for events.
Enjoy some fresh air and a view while reading, working or just hanging out on the library’s new Book Balcony. Stop in and ask a librarian about using this new space.  

IT COMES DOWN TO TRUST

Posted 7/8/21
Are you a trusting person? Or do expect the worst from everyone? Your answer is most likely related to the last time you were hustled, who you were hustled by, and for how much.
My father owned a small business. I asked him if he ever got stiffed by a customer, and if so, what he did about it. His answer was simple: “Hustle me once, shame on you. Hustle me twice, shame on me.” His choice of words were a bit different, but you get the idea.
I live by those words, and I try not to make the same mistakes with the same people more than once. If I do, I have nobody to blame but myself.
The unfortunate truth is that there are a lot of hustlers out there, and we most all can become easy prey in certain situations. When we do, we become less trusting of others. That’s a learned response, much like the reason we don’t put our hands on hot coals a second time.
This might explain why the older that people are, the more cynical they seem to become. Maybe they have been burned more. Hustled more. Cheated more. Chalk it up to experience.
But doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance? Maybe. That’s a roll of the dice and depends on how much of a gambler you are.
Meanwhile, the world might be a better place if we could all be a bit more trusting — at least the first time.
Thanks for reading.
 
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Wellness workshop offered

Posted 7/8/21
Struggling with sleep? Stressed? Looking for solutions to daily life issues? You are invited to a wellness workshop to learn ways to take care of you and your family naturally. Bring a friend, and you both get a free gift. The event is Wednesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Specialized Health Chiropractic, 707 Main St., Adel. RSVP to 641-218-0178 to be entered to win a prize. Must be present to win. If you are unable to attend, call for an alternate time. Call Jeci Wityk at 641-218-0178 or Amber Montieth at 515-554-6859 for information.

Sweet Corn Festival upcoming

Posted 7/8/21
The Adel Partners Chamber is planning for the Sweet Corn Festival Aug. 14. The festival will have many of the traditional events with some new and exciting programs.  A scavenger hunt is being planned. Vendors will be in attendance with a new and different look. For a vendor packet, which includes a vendor application go to https://chambermaster.blob.core.windows.net/userfiles/

Lane and shoulder closures at the I-80/U.S. 169 interchange near De Soto begin

Posted 7/8/21
An interchange project intended to improve traffic flow during peak hours at the Interstate 80/U.S. 169 interchange (exit 110) will require lane and shoulders closures and an eastbound off ramp and westbound on ramp detour beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Creston construction office.
Work on this project includes pavement widening to add turn lanes on U.S. 169 and the on and off ramps at the I-80/U.S. 169 interchange, pavement resurfacing, and adding traffic signals at the interchange. Ramps on the west side of the interchange may be closed for a short period of time. During these closures, marked detour routes will be in place.
The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.
The latest traveler information is available anytime through the 511 system. Visit 511ia.org; call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide); stay connected with 511 on Facebook or Twitter (find links at https://iowadot.gov/511/511-social-media-sites); or download the free app to your mobile device.
It’s easy to subscribe to Your 511 and sign up to receive the email/text alerts. Visit https://new.511ia.org/#login to sign up. For instructions and help for this feature, visit https://www.511ia.org/help/section/how-to-create-and-manage-a-511-account.html.

Education grief group to meet

Posted 7/8/21
Journey Through Grief, a six-session educational grief group, will meet the third Thursday of the month July through December, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Adel Public Library, 303 S. 10th St., Adel. Participants will learn about grief, discover tools for dealing with loss and develop a new support network. The group is sponsored by UnityPoint Hospice. For registration and information, contact Anne Alesch, bereavement counselor, anne.alesch@unitypoint.org or 515-782-6149.

Things to do

Posted 7/8/21
• Tuesdays through September, 5-7 p.m., Fresh Finds Farmers Market, Harmony Hall on Riverside, 1015 Riverside Drive. Featuring products from growers, farmers and artisans from the heart of Iowa.
• Monday, July 19: Third Monday Bingo: Bingo will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 411 S. 12th St., Adel. Seventeen games ($0.25/card) plus an 18th Progressive Blackout ($1/card) will be held. Packaged snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will be available. Social distancing and masks are recommended. Bring a dauber if you have one. They will also be for sale. 

Events at Adel Public Library

Posted 7/8/21
• Insect Zoo by ISU: Check out the insects brought by ISU. On Monday, July 12 you can see them at the library community room 10:30-11:30 a.m.
• Stories at the Pool: Meet us Thursday, July 15 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Adel Family Aquatic Center for free story time, music, take home craft and swim time. Siblings are welcome, too. In the case of inclement weather, this program will be Friday, July 16 (same location and time).
 • Library Olympics: Obstacle course fun, a scavenger hunt, and a craft make the Library Olympics sensational. Kids, test your world-class Olympic abilities Thursday, July 22, 10 a.m. to noon.
• Camping with Paula: Special guest Miss Paula will be doing a “Camping with Paula” story time at the library on Thursday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m. Get ready for some outdoor fun.
• Harry Potter Birthday Party: Join the library staff Friday, July 30, at 11 a.m. for a magical celebration that will include trivia and prizes. Space is limited and sign up is required for this event.
• Story times continue on Tuesdays at the library. Wednesday story times will alternate between Evans and Kinnick-Feller Park. All story times start at 10:30 a.m. Messy Monday Crafts are new each Monday and available for pick up.
Visit www.adel.lib.ia.us for more information or to register for events.

Applications due for Library Board posts

Posted 7/8/21
The Library Board currently has two vacancies that need to be filled. The Library Board meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the board room of the Adel Public Library. Agendas for these meetings are posted at the library.
One vacant seat is a rural, non-resident term (i.e., must be an eligible elector for Dallas County elections and a resident of the County who is not a resident of any city) that ends July 1, 2026.
The other is a resident term (i.e., must be an eligible elector and resident of the City of Adel) that ends July 1, 2022.
City officials anticipate appointing applicants to these positions at the July 13 Adel City Council meeting. While applicants’ attendance is not required, they are encouraged to participate in case the Mayor or Council have any additional questions.
Visit the City’s website to complete an application: https://adeliowa.org/permits-and-forms/serve-on-a-city-board-or-commision/ or contact the City Clerk at 515-993-4525 to request a copy of the application.

THE SATISFACTION OF SAVING

Posted 7/1/21
Sixteen dollars. That was the profit I made from selling my toys and games at a garage sale that my mother had when I was 7 years old. That collection of cash and coins was what I carried with me to Home Federal Savings and Loan to open my first savings account in 1975. The bank teller even handed me a folded and stapled passport in a plastic sleeve that had the deposit transaction printed on it. A few years went by before I made any additional deposits from my lawn-mowing money, but it was then when I realized what interest was all about. That $16 I deposited had somehow grown. I didn’t understand how, but I liked it.
I became fascinated with the process of making deposits and growing my savings. As I started walking beans and detasseling corn, the REAL money began to come in. I felt personal victories with each savings milestone— $100, $200, $300 and so on. When I turned 15, I started working at a gas station and received a regular paycheck, but the savings process was still the same. I went to the bank, deposited my check and fixed my eyes on that passport to see how much I earned in interest.
I still deposit into my savings with the passion I had as a kid. Admittedly, with auto-deposits, ATM withdrawals and online banking, I don’t get the exact satisfaction, but that’s OK.
As for that original Home Federal Savings and Loan passport, I still have it stored away in a box in my basement, complete with the now-yellowed plastic sleeve and the memory of my first $16. It seems money is not the only thing I save.
Thanks for reading.
 
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Two openings on Library Board

Posted 7/1/21
The Library Board currently has two vacancies that need to be filled. The Library Board meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the board room of the Adel Public Library. Agendas for these meetings are posted at the library.
One vacant seat is a rural, non-resident term (i.e., must be an eligible elector for Dallas County elections and a resident of the County who is not a resident of any city) that ends July 1, 2026.
The other is a resident term (i.e., must be an eligible elector and resident of the City of Adel) that ends July 1, 2022.
City officials anticipate appointing applicants to these positions at the July 13 Adel City Council meeting. While applicants’ attendance is not required, they are encouraged to participate in case the Mayor or Council have any additional questions.
Visit the City’s website to complete an application: https://adeliowa.org/permits-and-forms/serve-on-a-city-board-or-commision/ or contact the City Clerk at 515-993-4525 to request a copy of the application.

Outdoor Cooking Safety Tips

Posted 7/1/21
May is National Barbecue Month, but a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard, so be safe. Grills can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Whether smoking, braising or grilling outdoors, keep several important outdoor cooking safety tips in mind:
Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill area.
Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
Never leave your grill unattended.
Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
See more tips related to the specific type of grill you have (charcoal vs. propane) at www.nfpa.org.

Thank you

Posted 7/1/21
The Adel Women’s Club would like to thank Country Lane Lodge and Harvey’s Greenhouse for their contributions to our recent salad luncheon. We are so fortunate to have these businesses in our community. They go above expectations to make sure an event goes well. Also, thank you to Aubrey Dunbar for helping put on the final touches as only he can do.

Dallas County Fair is July 7-11

Posted 7/1/21
The Dallas County Fair  is July 7-11 at the Dallas County Fairgrounds, 28057 Fairgrounds Road, Adel. Enjoy free grounds entry, parking and entertainment including: The Ninja Experience, Luau Logan, Brothers Walker, Mobile Glass Studio, Mr. Nick and Critter Corner.
Evening entertainment requiring a ticket are:
July 8: Mutton Busting and Rodeo
July 9: Roots and Boots Tour with special guest Jason Pritchett
July 10: Figure 8 and Circle Track Racing
July 11: Demolition Derby.
For a  full schedule and ticket pricing, visit www.dallascountyfair.com.

James Construction Co. now open in Adel

Posted 7/1/21
Adel resident Todd James has opened his own roofing and exterior siding company in Adel. Todd has 20 years experience in the roofing, construction and insurance claims industries. He has completed thousands of storm-related roof damage inspections as a senior claims adjuster for the largest insurance carrier in the country. As a result, he not only provides the physical work, but can walk customers through the insurance process as well. James construction is licensed and insured. Todd can be reached by calling 515-518-5211.

Tips to staying safe while boating this summer:

Posted 7/1/21
Boat sober. Alcohol and drug use impairs a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.
Wear your life jacket and have the proper number onboard.
Take a boating safety education course.
Know the current boating laws for the State of Iowa.
In Iowa, it is illegal to operate a vessel or vehicle with a BAC level of .08 or higher. If you are found to be impaired and operating a boat or vehicle, you will face the consequences from law enforcement.

INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS IN THE AREA

Posted 7/1/21
Many firework displays are planned for the holiday. Listed are some of them. All times are approximate. Before attending, be sure to check with each event individually to verify details.

Friday, July 2
Des Moines: Rendezvous on Riverview at the new Prairie Meadows Riviera stage at Riverview Island, 710 Corning Ave. Fireworks to follow free live music by Standing Hampton. Starts at 5:30 p.m.; www.riverviewparkdsm.com
Des Moines: Principal Park, fireworks to follow the game, I-Cubs vs. Indianapolis Indians (Pirates), first pitch at 7:08 p.m.; www.iowacubs.com

Saturday, July 3
Altoona: Prairie Meadows, dusk; www.visitaltoona.com/event/2021-fireworks-at-prairie-meadows
Des Moines: Principal Park, fireworks to follow the game, I-Cubs vs. Indianapolis Indians (Pirates), first pitch at 7:08 p.m.; www.iowacubs.com
Waukee: Boomers Fireworks, 33240 Ute Ave., 10 p.m.; www.pyromart.com/boomers
Windsor Heights: Colby Park, dusk; www.windsorheights.org/calendar.aspx
Winterset: Winterset Cidery offers “the largest fireworks display in Madison County,” dusk; www.wintersetcidery.com/events

Sunday, July 4:
Altoona: Adventureland, 9:35 p.m.; www.altoonachamber.org/events/fireworks-at-adventureland-park
Grimes: South Sports Complex at 600 S. James St.,10 p.m.; www.grimesiowa.com
Grinnell: Ahrens Park, approximately 9:45 p.m.; www.grinnelliowa.gov
Norwalk: McAninch Park, 200 Wright Road, dusk; www.norwalkchamber.net/fourth-of-july.html
Urbandale: Walker Johnston Park, 10 p.m.; uniquelyurbandale.com/fourth-of-july
Waukee: Centennial Park, 9:30 p.m.; www.waukee.org/777/Celebration-of-Independence
Waukee: Boomers Fireworks, 33240 Ute Ave., 10 p.m.; www.pyromart.com/boomers
West Des Moines: City/School Campus by City Hall, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway, 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 6:
Des Moines: Principal Park, fireworks to follow the game, I-Cubs vs. St. Paul Saints (Twins), first pitch at 6:38 p.m.; www.iowacubs.com

Fireworks Safety Tips:

Posted 7/1/21
• Fireworks cause almost 19,000 injuries each year. Young people between the ages of 5-19 have a disproportionate number of injuries based on the population. Fireworks should only be used with proper adult supervision.
• Keep a garden hose or fire extinguisher nearby in case of problems.
• Keep a bucket of water in which to place used wire sparklers. Sparklers account for a quarter of all fireworks injury-related trips to emergency rooms. Sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees and can cause third degree burns in a fraction of a second.
• Do not aim bottle rockets, roman candles and other fireworks that leave the ground toward people, buildings or vehicles.
• Report any fires in buildings, vehicles or green spaces by calling 911 immediately.  

Swimming safety tips:

Posted 7/1/21
The public beaches across the state are also expected to be busy this Fourth of July holiday weekend, and the DNR reminds swimmers to follow these safety guidelines:
• Swim in designated areas
• Wear a lifejacket and always swim with a buddy or let someone know where you are at all times.
• Avoid areas with waves or rip currents.

Upcoming special events at Adel Public Library

Posted 7/1/21
Clown Ed by Pink Stew Entertainment will be presented at Adel Public Library. Clowns, laughs, balloons and fun will be at the library with Pink Stew’s Clown Ed program on Thursday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m. Space is limited and sign up is required. Visit www.adel.lib.ia.us for more information or to register.
Insect Zoo by ISU: Check out the insects brought by ISU. On Monday, July 12, you can see them at the library community room 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Stories at the Pool: Meet Thursday, July 15 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Adel Family Aquatic Center for free story time, music, take home craft and swim time. Siblings are welcome, too. In the case of inclement weather, this program will be Friday, July 16 (same location and time).
Library Olympics: Obstacle course fun, a scavenger hunt, and a craft make the Library Olympics sensational. Kids, test your world-class Olympic abilities Thursday, July 22, 10 a.m. to noon.
Camping with Paula: Special guest Miss Paula will be doing a “Camping with Paula” story time at the library on Thursday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m. Get ready for some outdoor fun.
Harry Potter Birthday Party: Join the library staff Friday, July 30, at 11 a.m. for a magical celebration that will include trivia and prizes. Space is limited, and sign up is required for this event.
Story times continue on Tuesdays at the library. Wednesday story times will alternate between Evans and Kinnick-Feller Park. All story times start at 10:30 a.m. Messy Monday Crafts are new each Monday and available for pick up.
Visit www.adel.lib.ia.us for more information or to register for events.
Enjoy some fresh air and a view while reading, working or just hanging out on the library’s new Book Balcony. Stop in and ask a librarian about using this new space.  

Safety a main focus this Fourth of July holiday weekend

Posted 7/1/21
State and local law enforcement agencies will be focusing on safety this Fourth of July holiday weekend as thousands are expected to travel across the state and take advantage of recreational opportunities offered by Iowa’s natural resources.
The Iowa DNR Law Enforcement Bureau will be focusing efforts on the boating-while-intoxicated law as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign to draw public attention to the hazards of boating under the influence.
Iowa DNR Conservation Officers will be heavily patrolling Iowa waterways over the Fourth of July holiday. The DNR will be conducting heightened awareness and enforcement of laws prohibiting boating under the influence in hopes of decreasing the number of crashes causing injuries and deaths and removing any impaired boat operators in order to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for boaters this season.
“Often times, people don’t realize the warm temperatures and sun, along with the wind and waves, can cause the effects of alcohol to be intensified much quicker,” said Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa DNR. “Operators may not think they are over the limit, but their judgment, reaction time, balance and vision show otherwise.”

REMINDER: FIREWORKS BANNED WITHIN ADEL CITY LIMITS

Posted 6/24/21
Adel city ordinances prohibit the use of consumer fireworks and novelties in the city. Regarding the sale of consumer fireworks or novelties, licensed sellers with the State may sell these types of fireworks within Adel’s city limits. If sellers are operating out of anything other than a permanent building, they must obtain a transient merchant permit at Adel City Hall.

Sweet Corn Festival upcoming

Posted 6/24/21
The Adel Partners Chamber is planning for the Sweet Corn Festival Aug. 14. The festival will have many of the traditional events with some new and exciting programs.  A scavenger hunt is being planned. Vendors will be in attendance with a new and different look. For a vendor packet, which includes a vendor application go to https://chambermaster.blob.core.windows.net/userfiles/

MAPPING IT ALL OUT

Posted 6/24/21
When was the last time you unfolded the trusty Rand McNally map and used it to determine how to get from Point A to Point B while in your vehicle? Most of us now rely on the GPS maps installed on our phones or in our vehicles. They are quicker, easier and, best of all, we don’t have to figure out how to fold them back together.
Meanwhile, aside from driving, maps can still be handy. Like when you are at an event or conference and need something that shows everywhere you need to be. Or when you are shopping in an area with multiple locations and want to plan your route. And especially when you are on a ski slope and need to make sure you don’t end up on a black diamond when you were expecting a green.
Not too many years ago, my friend Greg suggested that we print “one of those spiral-bound book of maps.” In the midst of his 7-minute explanation of what it could be, I finally interrupted him and said, “You mean an atlas?” His response was like one of those Gilda Radner “nevermind” looks.
Meanwhile, Steve Peglow, an incredible local artist we work with, found a niche with his unique form of community and development maps. And I learned firsthand how residents at Lake Panorama appreciate their wall maps to get a better grasp of the local geography.
Just a few years ago, we were contacted by a chamber of commerce to create a printed community shopping map. We published it, and within weeks they were all gone. They wanted more — and quickly. This printed map was so popular that we decided to do some in other areas, too.
Maybe my friend Greg was onto something, or maybe he was just on something. Either way, I am going to hang on to the trusty Rand McNally in my glove box — just in case.
Enjoy mapping out your week, and, as always, thanks for reading.    
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Dallas County Fair is July 7-11

Posted 6/24/21
The Dallas County Fair  is July 7-11 at the Dallas County Fairgrounds, 28057 Fairgrounds Road, Adel. Enjoy free grounds entry, parking and entertainment including: The Ninja Experience, Luau Logan, Brothers Walker, Mobile Glass Studio, Mr. Nick and Critter Corner.
Evening entertainment requiring a ticket are:
July 8: Mutton Busting and Rodeo
July 9: Roots and Boots Tour with special guest Jason Pritchett
July 10: Figure 8 and Circle Track Racing
July 11: Demolition Derby.
For a  full schedule and ticket pricing, visit www.dallascountyfair.com.

Home Garden Tour set

Posted 6/24/21
The Adel Partners Chamber invites the public to attend its first Adel Home Garden Tour, organized by the chamber’s This Is Adel committee, taking place on June 27 from 2-4 p.m. The presenting sponsor is Harvey’s Greenhouse.
Gardens featured on the tour include:
• Juffer Garden hosted by Red Fern Landscape Design
• VanHeulekom Garden hosted by Adel Quilting & Dry Goods
• Dymond Garden hosted by Cullen Howe Real Estate Re/Max Precision
• Ferguson Garden hosted by Heartland Handcrafted
• Country Lane Lodge hosted by Helps Homestead
Tickets are $10. Those who purchase the VIP package for an additional $10 (price increases to $15 June 20) will end their tour at Penoach Winery to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine and participate in a garden-themed make-and-take class.
Start off the tour with the Adel Women’s Club salad luncheon at Country Lane Lodge from noon to 1:30 p.m. for $10.

Salad luncheon planned

Posted 6/24/21
The Adel Women’s Club is joining with Adel Partners to make June 27 a special day. The club is offering a salad luncheon to be served before the Adel Home Garden Tour that starts at 2 p.m. The luncheon will be held at Country Lane Lodge from 12-1:30 p.m. Tickets, $10 each, must be purchased by June 23. They are available at Adel HealthMart and Adel Quilting or online through Adel Partners. Proceeds go to community projects.

Two openings on Library Board

Posted 6/24/21
The Library Board currently has two vacancies that need to be filled. The Library Board meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the board room of the Adel Public Library. Agendas for these meetings are posted at the library.
One vacant seat is a rural, non-resident term (i.e., must be an eligible elector for Dallas County elections and a resident of the County who is not a resident of any city) that ends July 1, 2026.
The other is a resident term (i.e., must be an eligible elector and resident of the City of Adel) that ends July 1, 2022.
City officials anticipate appointing applicants to these positions at the July 13 Adel City Council meeting. While applicants’ attendance is not required, they are encouraged to participate in case the Mayor or Council have any additional questions.
Visit the City’s website to complete an application: https://adeliowa.org/permits-and-forms/serve-on-a-city-board-or-commision/ or contact the City Clerk at 515-993-4525 to request a copy of the application.

Things to do

Posted 6/24/21
• Tuesdays through September, 5-7 p.m., Fresh Finds Farmers Market, Harmony Hall on Riverside, 1015 Riverside Drive. Featuring products from growers, farmers and artisans from the heart of Iowa.
Monday, July 19: Third Monday Bingo: Bingo will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 411 S. 12th St., Adel. Seventeen games ($0.25/card) plus an 18th Progressive Blackout ($1/card) will be held. Packaged snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will be available. Social distancing and masks are recommended. Bring a dauber if you have one. They will also be for sale.  

Aquatic Center open

Posted 6/24/21
The Adel Family Aquatic Center is open. Hours are as follows: Morning Lap Swim, 6:30-8 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only; Open Swim, 12:30-5 p.m.; Family Swim 5-6 p.m.; Open Swim, 6-8 p.m. See adeliowa.org/park/aquatic-center/ for information on pricing and programs.

Education grief group to meet

Posted 6/24/21
Journey Through Grief, a six-session educational grief group, will meet the third Thursday of the month July through December, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Adel Public Library, 303 S. 10th St., Adel. Participants will learn about grief, discover tools for dealing with loss and develop a new support network. The group is sponsored by UnityPoint Hospice. For registration and information, contact Anne Alesch, bereavement counselor, anne.alesch@unitypoint.org or 515-782-6149.

Upcoming special events at Adel Public Library

Posted 6/24/21
Clown Ed by Pink Stew Entertainment will be presented at Adel Public Library. Clowns, laughs, balloons and fun will be at the library with Pink Stew’s Clown Ed program on Thursday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m. Space is limited and sign up is required. Visit www.adel.lib.ia.us for more information or to register.
• Insect Zoo by ISU: Check out the insects brought by ISU. On Monday, July 12 you can see them at the library community room 10:30-11:30 a.m.
• Stories at the Pool: Meet us Thursday, July 15 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Adel Family Aquatic Center for free story time, music, take home craft and swim time. Siblings are welcome, too. In the case of inclement weather, this program will be Friday, July 16 (same location and time).
 • Library Olympics: Obstacle course fun, a scavenger hunt, and a craft make the Library Olympics sensational. Kids, test your world-class Olympic abilities Thursday, July 22, 10 a.m. to noon.
• Camping with Paula: Special guest Miss Paula will be doing a “Camping with Paula” story time at the library on Thursday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m. Get ready for some outdoor fun.
• Harry Potter Birthday Party: Join us Friday, July 30, at 11 a.m. for a magical celebration that will include trivia and prizes. Space is limited and sign up is required for this event.
Visit us online at www.adel.lib.ia.us for more information or to register for events.
Enjoy some fresh air and a view while reading, working or just hanging out on our new Book Balcony. Stop in and ask a librarian about using this wonderful new space.

Iowa Central releases honors lists

Posted 6/24/21
Iowa Central Community College named Sage Walter of Adel to the Spring 2021 semester President’s List.

Vacation Bible School donates to Kiwanis program

Posted 6/17/21
The Faith Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School presented a $920 check to Courtney Goodrich, president of the Adel Kiwanis Club, on June 15. The money is for the Adel Kiwanis Every Kid Plays program. 

Fireworks within Adel city limits

Posted 6/17/21
In 2017, the Code of Iowa was amended to allow for the sale and use of consumer fireworks and novelties. However, cities may ban the use of these types of fireworks within city limits by city code. Adel is one of the communities with city ordinances that prohibit the use of consumer fireworks and novelties.
In certain cases, the Adel City Council may grant a permit for the use or explosion of display fireworks. Display fireworks are differentiated from consumer fireworks and novelties under Iowa law.
An organization interested in a display permit must provide evidence that the display fireworks will be handled by a competent operator and obtain insurance as required by the City Code.
Regarding the sale of consumer fireworks or novelties, licensed sellers with the State may sell these types of fireworks within Adel’s city limits. If sellers are operating out of anything other than a permanent building, they must obtain a transient merchant permit at Adel City Hall.

Flying the stars and stripes

Posted 6/17/21
When I was an elementary school child, Sister Joy taught our music class to sing many patriotic songs. “America The Beautiful.” “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” “The Star Spangled Banner.” The list goes on. We not only learned the words, but we were taught the meanings. Most importantly, we were taught to respect those meanings, those words and the American flag.
Admittedly, that was a different time. It was 1976, and most every American was celebrating our country’s bi-centennial by paying tribute to the historical events that led up to the creation of the United States of America. Even so, what we learned about our nation — and the need to respect it — stuck with me.
I get goosebumps each time I hear the words “our flag was still there” in our national anthem. I don’t know why. I just do.
Our country is not perfect. Our ancestors made mistakes. We will, too. But there is nowhere else I would rather live.
I fly the American flag in front of my home. Not because I belong to a certain political party (I don’t) or served in the military (I didn’t) or want to push a personal agenda (I won’t). It is because I am thankful for my rights.
I appreciate that I have freedom of speech, and freedom of the press, and the right to peaceably assemble, and to be able to petition our government. I cherish that I can openly practice my religion, and that others can, too. I value that I have the right to keep and bear arms, even though I choose not to. I revere the right to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures.
I hope that I don’t ever have to justify these rights or the many others I am afforded as a United States citizen, but I rest peacefully knowing that I can.
As a continual reminder of these rights, and many others, I will continue to fly the stars and stripes, and I look forward to my next round of goosebumps.   

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Education grief group to meet

Posted 6/17/21
Journey Through Grief, a six-session educational grief group, will meet the third Thursday of the month July through December, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Adel Public Library, 303 S. 10th St., Adel. Participants will learn about grief, discover tools for dealing with loss and develop a new support network. The group is sponsored by UnityPoint Hospice. For registration and information, contact Anne Alesch, bereavement counselor, anne.alesch@unitypoint.org or 515-782-6149.

Dallas County Fair is July 7-11

Posted 6/17/21
The Dallas County Fair  is July 7-11 at the Dallas County Fairgrounds, 28057 Fairgrounds Road, Adel. Enjoy free grounds entry, parking and entertainment including: The Ninja Experience, Luau Logan, Brothers Walker, Mobile Glass Studio, Mr. Nick and Critter Corner.
Evening entertainment requiring a ticket are:
July 8: Mutton Busting and Rodeo
July 9: Roots and Boots Tour with special guest Jason Pritchett
July 10: Figure 8 and Circle Track Racing
July 11: Demolition Derby.
For a  full schedule and ticket pricing, visit www.dallascountyfair.com.