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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 Polk City Adviser to the Polk City Living Weekly in an effort to co-brand the publication with our monthly Polk City 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 Polk City 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

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

Enjoy a weekend of fun!

Posted 7/15/21
The Tournament Club of Iowa golf course is joining in on the Four Seasons festivities by offering a golf tournament and concert the evening before the Mini Fest. The Polk City Classic golf tournament is going on Friday. Players had to register in advance.
TTCI is sponsoring its second Concert on the Course. At 6 p.m. on Friday, Sister Sara performs a free concert for all ages. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. Food and drinks from the clubhouse will be available for purchase.
The Polk City Library is also offering a kids craft tent at TCI. Kids will be able to create a sand art craft and learn more about the library offerings.
This year’s Four Seasons celebration on July 17 is dubbed a “Mini Fest.” No parade or race will be held, but many fun activities return. Enjoy an afternoon of family fun on the Square, starting at 2 p.m. Free activities for kids include face painting, a petting zoo, ring toss, inflatables and other games. A Selfie with the Stars gives kids a chance to get their picture taken with a superhero or princess. The Polk City Women’s Group is hosting the event at the Realty One Group Impact with co-host Susie Sheldahl. A Bill Riley Talent Show returns this year, with music, dance and other acts by local children and young adults. Kids Create will offer a free kids activity at 119 Second St.
A variety of food, along with a beer garden and non-alcoholic drinks, opens at 2 p.m. Events and food will be available both outside under a tent or inside the Legion Hall. In case of rain, all events move inside.
American Legion Post 232 bingo starts at 3 p.m. The Legion’s horseshoe and corn hole tournament starts at 4 p.m. Register from 3-3:30 p.m. to participate and pay a $5 player entrant fee.
All ages are invited to the activities until 9 p.m., when the event becomes adult only.
Gut Feeling will entertain with a mix of rock and roll, dance tunes and more. There’s limited seating, and patrons can bring chairs for outdoor seating.
For complete information about the Four Seasons Mini Fest, visit https://www.gopolkcity.com/four-seasons-minifest.

Kiwanis Food Stand

Posted 7/15/21
Kiwanis Club will have a food stand Saturday, July 17, 2-6 p.m. for the Polk City Mini-Fest at the Polk City Square. Pulled pork sandwiches, hotdogs, chips, beverages and freezer pops will be available.

Parks and Recreation Department updates presented for June 2021

Posted 7/15/21
The Parks and Recreation Department reported the following notes for the month of June:
1. Finished planting two Snowdrift Crabapple trees in the northwest corner of the square.
2. Staff continues working with Go Polk City on offering a fall special event on Saturday, Oct. 2. This family friendly event will coincide with “Fenders Fest” hosted by Fenders Brewing.
3. Staff continues working with Public Works on creating more efficient drainage near the southwest corner of the pond at Twelve Oaks Park.
4. June programming included Summer Fun Camp (four), Tennis Lessons (two), Adult Bags League and Hedgehog Art Class.
5. June 25 Movie in the Park was postponed until July 2 due to inclement weather.
6. June 26 Yoga in the Park was postponed until July 3 due to inclement weather.
7. The Sports Complex baseball/softball fields had 46 reservations in May, for a total of 79 field reservations in 2021.
8. The Community Center had four private rentals in June, seven total rentals in 2021.
9. Miller Park Shelter House had four private rentals in June, nine total rentals in 2021. 

Polk City Democrats meet

Posted 7/15/21
The next meeting of Polk City Democrats will be Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in person and over Zoom. Send an email to polkcitydemocrats@gmail.com to get the location and to get the Zoom link. The guest speaker will be Gail Ramberg of Postcards to Iowa Voters. 

Things to do

Posted 7/15/21
• Thursdays through July 29 — Farmers Market: The Polk City Farmers Market runs from 4-7 p.m. For more information, visit www.gopolkcity.com/farmer-s-market.
• Friday, July 30 — Live Music - Lew & Brad Band: Starting at 6 p.m. at Tournament Club of Iowa. Sponsored by Cullen & Associates Inc. Insurance Services.
• Sunday, Aug. 29  — Ice Cream Smorgasbord and Auction: Starting at 5 p.m. at Sheldahl United Methodist Church, 6th and Hubbell in Sheldahl. Cost is $7 for adults. Bring your lawn chairs.

Fire Department monthly report for May

Posted 7/15/21
Polk City Fire Chief Mitchell presented the Fire Department’s monthly report for May at the June 28 City Council Meeting.
This May was slower than last year’s, he said. The Department was conducting a Firefighter I certification class for new members and people from seven other fire departments. The Department’s Officer Corp was also reviewing several policies and procedures. Most of the Department’s policies and procedures have not been updated since 2005.
All training sessions were conducted in person for the month. The topics included Heavy Vehicle Stabilization, Forcible Entry, Scene Size-up and Seat Assignments and Search and Rescue skills in the trailer provided by the Fire Service Training Bureau. Chief Mitchell reported 98 hours fire training and 32 hours EMS training were completed.
The busiest call volume days in May were Saturday and Sunday with 15 average calls per day and Thursday had the least at three. Most calls continue to be during the day shift, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. with 70% of calls coming in during that time.
The “Incident Type” of calls was predominately EMS related with a total of 61 calls for service for May: false alarms 6, good intent calls 16, service calls 8, EMS 29 and fire 2.
“This year has proven to be busier than last year-to-date,” reported Mitchell. “We experienced a drop in calls for service in May 2021. We responded to fewer calls in May 2021 than May 2020. Year-to-date we are six calls more than last year. We continue to recruit candidates for paid-on-call, part-time and full-time positions.”

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

Four Seasons Mini Fest fun July 17

Posted 7/8/21
This year’s Four Seasons celebration on July 17 is dubbed a “Mini Fest.” Organizers decided early this year on a scaled-back event, as they were unsure of the pandemic. What makes it a “mini fest”? The biggest change is there’s no parade or race. But there’s still lots to offer, thanks to help from several organizations.
One of the biggest supporters of the celebration is the American Legion Post 232. Randy Murphy, veteran and member of the Post, is helping with the event. Their first activity, starting at 3 p.m., is bingo at 50 cents a game, along with prizes for the winners.
The Legion is also hosting a horseshoe and corn hole tournament staring at 4 p.m. Just be sure to register in advance from 3-3:30 p.m. to participate and pay a $5 player entrant fee.
A variety of food, along with a beer garden and non-alcoholic drinks, opens at 2 p.m. Events and food will be available both outside under a tent or inside the Legion Hall. In case of rain, all events move inside. Try your luck at a 50/50 raffle throughout the day.
All ages are invited to the activities until 9 p.m., when the event becomes adult only.
To end the evening, enjoy free live music on the outdoor stage. The cover and party band, Gut Feeling, entertains with a mix of rock and roll, dance tunes and more. There’s limited seating, and patrons can bring chairs for outdoor seating.
A portion of the money raised benefits local veterans, military members and their families. The Legion also supports the North Polk Schools and people and businesses of the Polk City community.
Enjoy the afternoon offerings for family fun on the Square, starting at 2 p.m. One local establishment, Kids Create, is getting in on the festivities. Owner Elizabeth Lyons is excited to offer a free kids activity in her studio at 119 Second Street.
At her art studio and classroom, she’ll have chicks and ducks, either recently born or hatching. Kids have the option to hold and handle the baby animals. Other creative activities will be available around the hatching theme.
Other activities to be held on the Square include free kids activities such as face painting, a petting zoo, ring toss, inflatables and other games.
A Selfie with the Stars gives kids a chance to get their picture taken with a superhero or princess. The Polk City Women’s Group is hosting the event at the Realty One Group Impact with co-host Susie Sheldahl. Susie is offering her office as an indoor location for the stars.
A Bill Riley Talent Show returns this year, with music, dance and other acts by local children and young adults.
For complete information about the Four Seasons Mini Fest, visit https://www.gopolkcity.com/four-seasons-minifest.

Golf, concert Friday, July 16

Posted 7/8/21
The Tournament Club of Iowa golf course is joining in on the Four Seasons festivities by offering a golf tournament and concert the evening before the Mini Fest. The Polk City Classic golf tournament is held on Friday, July 16; players must register in advance.
Even if you’re not golfing, folks are invited to a free live concert Friday evening. TCI is sponsoring its second Concert on the Course, a Friday night concert series open to the public. At 6 p.m., music by Sister Sara caps off the day with the free concert for all ages. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. Food and drinks from the clubhouse will be available for purchase.
The Polk City Library is also offering a kids craft tent at TCI. Kids will be able to create a sand art craft and learn more about the library offerings.
The library recently purchased a tent for such events, which are part of the Polk City Community Library’s outreach program.

Polk City Community Library News

Posted 7/8/21
• Summer Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Coffee Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon
• Sit N Stitch, Thursdays , 6-7 p.m.
• Men’s Friday Coffee , 10 a.m. to noon
• Cribbage - all levels welcome, Thursday, Aug. 5, 1 p.m.
• Book Club, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 4 p.m. Book to be determined.
• Adult Coloring - Country Fair, Tuesday, Aug.17, 5-7 p.m
• Book Club (3rd - 5th grade), Tuesday, Aug. 24, 4 p.m. Book to be determined
• FREE Wi-Fi at the library!
• Download an audio or e-book at bridges.lib.overdrive.com
• Visit Us on Facebook

Things to do

Posted 7/8/21
• Thursdays through July 29 — Farmers Market: The Polk City Farmers Market runs from 4-7 p.m. For more information, visit www.gopolkcity.com/farmer-s-market.
• Friday, July 16 — The Polk City Classic: Registration at 10 a.m. and tee times starting at 11 a.m. at The Tournament Club of Iowa, Polk City. Contact Go Polk City Chamber and Economic Development about sponsorships and registration.
• Friday, July 16 — Live Music - Sister Sara: Starting at 6 p.m. at Tournament Club of Iowa. Sponsored by Cullen & Associates Inc. Insurance Services.
• Saturday, July 17 — Polk City MiniFest: The kid-friendly activities will be on the Town Square, 2-6 p.m. The live music will be from 8-11 p.m. at the American Legion (outdoors on a stage). For updates, check https://www.gopolkcity.com/four-seasons-minifest.
• Friday, July 30 — Live Music - Lew & Brad Band: Starting at 6 p.m. at Tournament Club of Iowa. Sponsored by Cullen & Associates Inc. Insurance Services.
• Sunday, Aug. 29  — Ice Cream Smorgasbord and Auction: Starting at 5 p.m. at Sheldahl United Methodist Church, 6th and Hubbell in Sheldahl. Cost is $7 for adults. Bring your lawn chairs.

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

Polk City Citizens Academy is Coming

Posted 7/1/21
The Citizens Academy is a program that allows a group of residents to learn more about Polk City local government. The focus is to maximize the learning component within a small focus group of local residents. Join the Citizen Academy this fall for a four-part series to learn and become more engaged. Find more information at https://www.polkcityia.gov/home/news/polk-city-citizens-academy-coming-fall-2021.

Free clinic and food pantry team up for open hours

Posted 7/1/21
St. Luke’s Free Clinic and NP Comet Cupboard Food Pantry are teaming up for walk-in hours at Polk City United Methodist Church. Visit on the first and third Wednesdays of the month; the food pantry will be open from 5-6:30 p.m. Clinic hours are 6-8 p.m. For more clinic information, call 515-238-6425; for more food pantry information, email dbequeai967@msn.com.

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.

Things to do

Posted 7/1/21
• Thursdays through July 29 — Farmers Market: The Polk City Farmers Market runs from 4-7 p.m. For more information, visit www.gopolkcity.com/farmer-s-market.
• Tuesdays in July — Adult Yoga: Monthly sessions of Adult Yoga are taking place at the Community Center in Polk City.  Each session consists of four Tuesday evening (7-8 p.m.) classes for $60. Online registration can be completed at www.polkcityia.gov/parks-and-recreation/pages/online-registration.
• Friday, July 16 — The Polk City Classic: Registration at 10 a.m. and tee times starting at 11 a.m. at The Tournament Club of Iowa, Polk City. Contact Go Polk City Chamber and Economic Development about sponsorships and registration.
• Friday, July 16 — Live Music - Sister Sara: Starting at 6 p.m. at Tournament Club of Iowa. Sponsored by Cullen & Associates Inc. Insurance Services.
• Saturday, July 17 — Polk City MiniFest: The kid-friendly activities will be on the Town Square, 2-6 p.m. The live music will be from 8-11 p.m. at the American Legion (outdoors on a stage). For updates, check https://www.gopolkcity.com/four-seasons-minifest.
• Friday, July 30 — Live Music - Lew & Brad Band: Starting at 6 p.m. at Tournament Club of Iowa. Sponsored by Cullen & Associates Inc. Insurance Services.

Polk City Community Library News

Posted 7/1/21
1500 W. Broadway, 984-6119, polkcitylibrary.org
• Summer Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Coffee Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon
• Sit N Stitch, Thursdays , 6-7 p.m.
• Men’s Friday Coffee , 10 a.m. to noon
• Wednesday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m., “The Children’s Blizzard” by Melanie Benjamin. The 1888 monstrous blizzard that caught settlers of the Great Plains utterly by surprise.
• Cribbage - all levels welcome, Thursday, Aug. 5, 1 p.m.
• Book Club, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 4 p.m. Book to be determined.
• Adult Coloring - Country Fair, Tuesday, Aug.17, 5-7 p.m
• Book Club (3rd - 5th grade), Tuesday, Aug. 24, 4 p.m. Book to be determined
• FREE Wi-Fi at the library!
• Download an audio or e-book at bridges.lib.overdrive.com
• Visit Us on Facebook

Free clinic and food pantry team up

Posted 6/24/21
St. Luke’s Free Clinic and NP Comet Cupboard Food Pantry are teaming up for walk-in hours at Polk City United Methodist Church. Visit on the first and third Wednesdays of the month; the food pantry will be open from 5-6:30 p.m. Clinic hours are 6-8 p.m. For more clinic information, call 515-238-6425; for more food pantry information, email dbequeai967@msn.com.

Polk City Women host fundraiser

Posted 6/24/21
The Polk City Women will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, June 26, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Polk City Nutrition.

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

Outdoor Cooking Safety Tips

Posted 6/24/21
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, the Waukee Fire Department wants you to 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 three 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

CITY REPORTS: Library director

Posted 6/24/21
The Library Director’s Report for May was recently presented to the City Council.
Statistics
• April 2021 circulation increased by 130 checkouts compared to March 2021 and by 512 compared to April 2020.
• Library Patrons saved $31,664 in April by borrowing materials from the library versus purchasing them (does not include digital ebook/audiobook downloads or hotspot loans).
• 1,005 individuals visited the library in April.
• 12 puzzles were borrowed from the puzzle exchange.
• 20 passport applications were processed.
• 0 Notary appointments.
• 6 Adventure Passes were used, saving patrons $254.
What’s New
• The library opened to the public without appointments on April 5.
• The library raised $930 on National Library Giving Day. $1,130 was pledged; $930 collected.
• A joint fundraising letter for the library and parks and recreation department was mailed to local businesses last month. To date, the library has received $1,900 in donations. Sponsors will receive a window clings for their business indicating their support of the library.
• The City received CARES money as part of pandemic relief. The money was distributed to the city departments in the amount of $23,500, which must be spent by the end of the fiscal year. The library is looking at storage options, staff desks, new staff computers, Ancestry.com, etc.
• The library will be sponsoring a Kids’ Craft Table at the Concerts on the Course this summer. Polk City Women are going to help staff the tables.
• The Friends of the Library planned several events this summer, including a round-up fundraiser at Fareway May 24-29, free activity at the Police Night Out event on June 25, Papa’s Pizzeria/Fender’s Fundraiser on July 10, and a Pop Toss Fundraiser at the Four Seasons Mini-Fest on July 17.
• Rich Taylor is stepping down from doing library IT support effective July 1. He will be available for consultation and to help with some things, but will not be doing routine maintenance.
• The new VOIP phone system will be installed sometime in July which will result in all of the city departments being on the same system.

CITY REPORTS: Police

Posted 6/24/21
The following police department report was presented to the Polk City City Council at a recent meeting.
• Calls for Service: The total number of calls for service for the month of May was 368. This includes responses to citizen complaints/reports, assists, self- initiated activities such as traffic stops, building checks, suspicious persons, and case follow up. Among these calls for service, Polk City Officers conducted 72 traffic stops.
• Cases Made: The Police Department had 27 total cases during the month of May. Twenty-one of the cases were investigative incident reports and six were traffic collisions. There are three active investigations from this month. There was a 48% rate of cases cleared by arrest for investigative cases in May.
• Arrests Made: The Police Department made 17 arrests and issued 30 citations and 105 warnings. The arrests consisted of seven driving offenses (including three impaired driving arrests and four arrests for driving with a suspended, revoked, or barred license), seven drug offenses, one arrest for violation of a no-contact order, one for public intoxication and one for illegal dumping.
• Canine Program: Officer Aicher and Eudoris were deployed three times in May. All deployments were for narcotics detection.

Iowa Central releases honors lists

Posted 6/24/21
Iowa Central Community College named Elicia Watson of Polk City to the Spring 2021 semester President’s List and Jeffery Lamp and Colin Swygman of Polk City to the Dean’s List.

Things to do

Posted 6/24/21
• Thursdays through July 29 — Farmers Market: The Polk City Farmers Market runs from 4-7 p.m. For more information, visit www.gopolkcity.com/farmer-s-market.
• Tuesdays in July — Adult Yoga: Monthly sessions of Adult Yoga are taking place at the Community Center in Polk City.  Each session consists of four Tuesday evening (7-8 p.m.) classes for $60. Online registration can be completed at www.polkcityia.gov/parks-and-recreation/pages/online-registration.
• Friday, July 16 — The Polk City Classic: Registration at 10 a.m. and tee times starting at 11 a.m. at The Tournament Club of Iowa, Polk City. Contact Go Polk City Chamber and Economic Development about sponsorships and registration.
• Friday, July 16 — Live Music - Sister Sara: Starting at 6 p.m. at Tournament Club of Iowa. Sponsored by Cullen & Associates Inc. Insurance Services.
• Saturday, July 17 — Polk City MiniFest: The kid-friendly activities will be on the Town Square, 2-6 p.m. The live music will be from 8-11 p.m. at the American Legion (outdoors on a stage). For updates, check https://www.gopolkcity.com/four-seasons-minifest.
• Friday, July 30 — Live Music - Lew & Brad Band: Starting at 6 p.m. at Tournament Club of Iowa. Sponsored by Cullen & Associates Inc. Insurance Services.

Sponsors needed for Polk City MiniFest

Posted 6/24/21
Four Seasons MiniFest 2021 is a go Saturday, July 17. The kid-friendly activities will be on the Town Square, 2-6 p.m. The live music will be from 8-11 p.m. at the American Legion (outdoors on a stage). For updates, check https://www.gopolkcity.com/four-seasons-minifest.
Sponsors are needed. The following levels are available:
• PLATINUM $1,000 - $1,999: Company Listed on Website, Company Logo on Banner, Company Name on Event Shirt, four MiniFest shirts.
• GOLD $750 - $999: Company Listed on Website, Company Logo on Banner, Company Name on Event Shirt, three MiniFest shirts.
• SILVER $500 - $749: Company Listed on Website, Company Logo on Banner, Company Name on Event Shirt, two MiniFest shirts.
• BRONZE $250 - $499: Company Listed on Website, Company Logo on Banner, Company Name on Event Shirt, one MiniFest shirt.

The Social Dilemma: Community Discussion

Posted 6/24/21
The public is invited to the Polk City Community Center either Sunday, July 25, 2-4 p.m. or Wednesday, July 28, 6:30-8 p.m. for a community discussion centered around the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma.” Sunday’s discussion will include two panelists. Dr. Michael Bugeja is a journalism professor at Iowa State University and author of “Media Ethics: Across Platforms” and “Interpersonal Divide in the Age of the Machine.” Adriane Tiedens is a licensed mental health counselor and local resident. Attendees are encouraged to view “The Social Dilemma” before attending the program. For those who are interested in the program, but do not have access to Netflix, a limited number of Netflix gift cards will be available from the Polk City Community Library beginning July 1. Attendees will also have the option of continuing the conversation this fall with a book discussion on “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy.” Complimentary copies of the book will be available at both sessions. This program is funded through the Libraries Transform Communities grant from the American Library Association and the Association of Rural and Small Libraries.

Polk City police officer delivers baby girl

Posted 6/17/21
On June 2, Officer Matt Aicher and Officer Alex Delaney were called to assist the Polk City Fire Department for a medical call at the Sandpiper Apartments for a woman experiencing pregnancy issues. Officer Matt Aicher arrived just a few minutes after the call was dispatched and discovered that the delivery of the baby was imminent.
Officer Aicher then assisted the mother with delivery of a healthy baby girl inside the apartment. The Polk City Fire Department arrived soon after to provide care and transportation to the hospital for mom and baby Everlee. Recently, Officers Aicher and Delaney were invited back to the apartment to visit baby Everlee.

Bristle is certified as EMT

Posted 6/17/21
Chrissy Bristle, firefighter and now Emergency Medical Technician, passed the National Registry EMT certification exam.

Summer Kickoff Party

Posted 6/17/21
The Polk City Police Department and Polk City Police Officers Association host this evening of fun June 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Polk City Town Square. The event features interactive activities for kids, raffles, emergency vehicle displays, an opportunity to meet Polk City police officers, food and more. Appearances will be made by Iowa League of Heroes, DNR Water Patrol, DNR, Iowa Storm Chasers Network, Korriban Squad-Star Wars and the Iowa Barnstormers Storm Chasers.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Posted 6/17/21
Lakeside’s VBS “Concrete and Cranes: Building on the Love of Jesus” is Sunday, June 27 through Thursday, July 1, 6-8:30 p.m. Bible stories, crafts, games, snacks and much more are planned. Online registration is open. All kids who are entering kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall are invited to attend. Register at lakesidefellowship.com.

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

PUBLIC INVITED TO COMMUNITY DISCUSSION

Posted 6/17/21
The public is invited to the Polk City Community Center either Sunday, July 25, 2-4 p.m. or Wednesday, July 28, 6:30-8 p.m. for a community discussion centered around the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma.” Sunday’s discussion will include two panelists. Dr. Michael Bugeja is a journalism professor at Iowa State University and author of “Media Ethics: Across Platforms.” 

Polk City Citizens Academy Coming Fall 2021

Posted 6/17/21
The Citizens Academy is a program that allows a group of residents to learn more about Polk City local government. The focus is to maximize the learning component within a small focus group of local residents. Join the Citizen Academy this fall for a four-part series to learn and become more engaged. Find more information at https://www.polkcityia.gov/home/news/polk-city-citizens-academy-coming-fall-2021.

Police cards: Collect all eight

Posted 6/17/21
Joe and Regena Butler sponsored the Polk City Police Department Cops Cards. Officers will carry them, and the public is encouraged to try to collect all eight this summer. 

Sponsors needed for Polk City MiniFest

Posted 6/17/21
Four Seasons MiniFest 2021 is a go Saturday, July 17. The kid-friendly activities will be on the Town Square, 2-6 p.m. The live music will be from 8-11 p.m. at the American Legion (outdoors on a stage). For updates, check https://www.gopolkcity.com/four-seasons-minifest.
Sponsors are needed. The following levels are available:
• PLATINUM $1,000 - $1,999: Company Listed on Website, Company Logo on Banner, Company Name on Event Shirt, four MiniFest shirts.
• GOLD $750 - $999: Company Listed on Website, Company Logo on Banner, Company Name on Event Shirt, three MiniFest shirts.
• SILVER $500 - $749: Company Listed on Website, Company Logo on Banner, Company Name on Event Shirt, two MiniFest shirts.
• BRONZE $250 - $499: Company Listed on Website, Company Logo on Banner, Company Name on Event Shirt, one MiniFest shirt.

THINGS TO DO

Posted 6/17/21
• Thursdays through July 29 — Farmers Market: The Polk City Farmers Market runs from 4-7 p.m. For more information, visit www.gopolkcity.com/farmer-s-market.
• Tuesdays in July — Adult Yoga: Monthly sessions of Adult Yoga are taking place at the Community Center in Polk City.  Each session consists of four Tuesday evening (7-8 p.m.) classes for $60. Online registration can be completed at www.polkcityia.gov/parks-and-recreation/pages/online-registration.
• Friday, June 18 — Live Music - BitterSweet: Starting at 6 p.m. at Tournament Club of Iowa. Sponsored by Cullen & Associates Inc. Insurance Services.
• Friday, July 16 — The Polk City Classic: Registration at 10 a.m. and tee times starting at 11 a.m. at The Tournament Club of Iowa, Polk City. Contact Go Polk City Chamber and Economic Development about sponsorships and registration.
• Friday, July 16 — Live Music - Sister Sara: Starting at 6 p.m. at Tournament Club of Iowa. Sponsored by Cullen & Associates Inc. Insurance Services.
• Saturday, July 17 — Polk City MiniFest: The kid-friendly activities will be on the Town Square, 2-6 p.m. The live music will be from 8-11 p.m. at the American Legion (outdoors on a stage). For updates, check https://www.gopolkcity.com/four-seasons-minifest.

Celebration T-shirts to be sold

Posted 6/10/21
“Living my Fest Life” Four Seasons Mini Fest T-shirts are available and can be ordered at https://www.gopolkcity.com/four-seasons-minifest.

Polk City Police to host summer kickoff party

Posted 6/10/21
The Polk City Police Department and Polk City Police Officers Association hosts this evening of fun June 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Polk City Town Square. The event features interactive activities for kids, raffles, emergency vehicle displays, an opportunity to meet Polk City police officers, food and more. Appearances will be made by Iowa League of Heroes, DNR Water Patrol, DNR, Iowa Storm Chasers Network, Korriban Squad-Star Wars and the Iowa Barnstormers Storm Chasers.

Vacation Bible Schools

Posted 6/10/21
• Lakeside’s VBS “Concrete and Cranes: Building on the Love of Jesus” is Sunday, June 27 through Thursday, July 1, 6-8:30 p.m. Bible stories, crafts, games, snacks and much more are planned. Online registration is open. All kids who are entering kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall are invited to attend. Register at https://lakesidefellowship.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/786553.
• Polk City United Methodist Church will hold an outdoor vacation Bible school for kids currently in preschool through fifth grade from 6-8 p.m. June 13-17. Climb aboard the Rocky Railway for five days of nature, crafts, service and fun. Registration required: www.polkcityumc.org/children.

The Social Dilemma: Community Discussion

Posted 6/10/21
The public is invited to the Polk City Community Center either Sunday, July 25, 2-4 p.m. or Wednesday, July 28, 6:30-8 p.m. for a community discussion centered around the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma.” Sunday’s discussion will include two panelists. Dr. Michael Bugeja is a journalism professor at Iowa State University and author of “Media Ethics: Across Platforms” and “Interpersonal Divide in the Age of the Machine.” Adriane Tiedens is a licensed mental health counselor and local resident. Attendees are encouraged to view “The Social Dilemma” before attending the program. For those who are interested in the program, but do not have access to Netflix, a limited number of Netflix gift cards will be available from the Polk City Community Library beginning July 1. Attendees will also have the option of continuing the conversation this fall with a book discussion on “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy.” Complimentary copies of the book will be available at both sessions. This program is funded through the Libraries Transform Communities grant from the American Library Association and the Association of Rural and Small Libraries.

Things to do

Posted 6/10/21
• Thursdays through July 29 — Farmers Market: The Polk City Farmers Market runs from 4-7 p.m. For more information, visit www.gopolkcity.com/farmer-s-market.
• Tuesday in June — Adult Yoga: Monthly sessions of Adult Yoga are taking place at the Community Center in Polk City.  Each session consists of four Tuesday evening (7-8 p.m.) classes for $60. Online registration can be completed at www.polkcityia.gov/parks-and-recreation/pages/online-registration.
• Saturday, June 12 — City-wide Garage Sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Friday, June 18 — Live Music - BitterSweet: Starting at 6 p.m. at Tournament Club of Iowa. Sponsored by Cullen & Associates Inc. Insurance Services.

Polk City Citizens Academy Coming Fall 2021

Posted 6/10/21
The Citizens Academy is a program that allows a group of residents to learn more about Polk City local government. The focus is to maximize the learning component within a small focus group of local residents. Join the Citizen Academy this fall for a four-part series to learn and become more engaged. Find more information at https://www.polkcityia.gov/home/news/polk-city-citizens-academy-coming-fall-2021.