Free clinic and food pantry team up for open hours

Posted 6/3/21
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 Citizens Academy Coming Fall 2021

Posted 6/3/21
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.

Adult Reading Programs at the Library

Posted 6/3/21
Register for these programs at https://polkcitylibrary.beanstack.org/
June 10 - How to Live Your Healthiest Life
June 14 - Adult DIY Stained Glass Stepping Stones
June 15 - Adult Coloring
June 17 - How to Create Awesome Animal (and Bird) Photos
June 21 - Adult DIY Card Crafting
June 24 - Exploring Acrylic Painting on Canvas
June 28 - Beginning Genealogy
June 28 - Adult DIY Patriotic Mason Jar Luminary
July 8 - Calling All Air Fryer Lovers
July 12 - Adult DIY Glass Etching Wine Bottles
July 15 - Exploring Acrylic Painting on Canvas
July 19 - Adult DIY Folded Book Art “Scottie Dog”
July 20 - Adult Coloring

‘Brick by Brick’ Fundraiser

Posted 6/3/21
There are still bricks available for the North Polk School Foundation “Brick by Brick” fundraiser. The North Polk School Foundation invites you to purchase a personalized engraved brick to commemorate your Comet Pride. Bricks will be on display on a wall at the new Elementary School in Polk City or the new High School addition. Your contribution will be used to help fund the new Elementary School library, as well as support all North Polk Schools.
Two different sized bricks are available: 8” x 8” for $500 or 4” x 8” for $250. A limited number of bricks will be available at each location. To purchase a brick or to claim a brick that you have already purchased go to https://www.northpolkfoundation.org/store.html

At the Polk City Community Library

Posted 6/3/21
Bubble Fest: Thursday, June 10, 10 a.m. Summer Bubble Fun galore for all ages. They will have bubble activities and art projects to enjoy outside the library.
How to Live Your Healthiest Life: Thursday, June 10, 7 p.m. Everyone wants to be healthy, but it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Join Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach Mindy Duff as she walks us through her favorite tips and tricks on how to make living healthy fit into our lifestyles. She’ll share tried-and-true strategies, as well as information on which areas of health are the most important to focus on without becoming overwhelmed. Register online at polkcitylibrary.org.
Outdoor Movie: June 11 at 8:45 p.m. Join in the library parking lot for a family movie night. Check the website for title and movie details. The movie license limits the number of people in attendance, so reserve your spot on the website beginning June 4. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Popcorn will be provided. Park at the school or church. 

Sponsors needed for Polk City MiniFest

Posted 6/3/21
Four Seasons MiniFest 2021 is a go Friday, 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.

Flag traditions for Memorial Day

Posted 5/27/21
On Memorial Day, in traditional observance, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff at sunrise and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

“The Social Dilemma”: Community Discussions

Posted 5/27/21
The library is hosting community discussions centered on the Netflix documentary, “The Social Dilemma,” on Sunday, July 25, from 2-4 p.m. and Wednesday, July 28, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Polk City Community Center. The events 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.

“Round up” for pop-up library

Posted 5/27/21
Remember to “round up” when making purchases at Fareway until May 29. Money goes toward a pop up library at city events.

Vaccine Clinic

Posted 5/27/21
Free Clinics of Iowa and St. Luke’s Clinic will host a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, June 2 from 6-8 p.m. HyVee Pharmacy will staff this Pop Up Clinic at Polk City United Methodist Church and will offer free vaccinations to all. No appointments necessary, just walk in. Bring your insurance card and ID. For more information, call 515-238-6425.

Vacation Bible School

Posted 5/27/21
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.

Free clinic and food pantry team up for open hours

Posted 5/27/21
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.

Things to do

Posted 5/27/21
• Thursdays — Farmers Market: The Polk City Farmers Market runs through July 29 from 4-7 p.m. For more information, visit www.gopolkcity.com/farmer-s-market.

• Tuesday evenings 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. Class size is limited to 12 at this time in response to COVID-19. Online registration can be completed at www.polkcityia.gov/parks-and-recreation/pages/online-registration.

• June 5 — North Polk 2021 Gala: “The Sky’s the Limit” starting at 6 p.m. at the DMACC FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. The main event includes a social hour, dinner buffet, silent auction and live auction. Following the auction is the Stay and Play After Party with drinks, games and band. The event is presented by North Polk Athletic Boosters, North Polk Fine Arts and North Polk Foundation. For information and registration, visit https://www.celebratenorthpolk.org/.
• Monday, June 7 — Polk City Democrats meeting at 6:30 p.m. Email polkcitydemocrats@gmail.com for the location of the meeting and for more information. 

Polk City Community survey

Posted 5/20/21
The results of the Polk City Community Survey for 2021 have been released and are on the City’s website, https://www.polkcityia.gov/home/news/results-2021- city-survey. Results will be shared here in installments. Responses are rounded to nearest percent.
Do you prioritize shopping local and supporting local businesses in Polk City?
886 responses
• Yes - 87%
• No - 13%
Do you participate in any of the following activities?
438 responses
• Reviewing City Council agendas - 57%
• Reviewing City Council meeting minutes - 76%
• Attending City Council meetings in person or virtually - 14%
• Televising City Council meetings - 7%
• Reviewing other City Boards/Commission agendas - 26%
• Reviewing other City Boards/Commission meeting minutes - 33%
• Attending other City Boards/Commission meetings in person or virtually - 8%
• Televising other City Boards/Commission meetings - 5%
What is your preferred method of communication from the City of Polk City?
880 responses
• City Website - 19%
• Social Media - 29%
• Text/email notifications - 50%
• Other (please specify) - 3%
Do you participate in the city-wide clean up days?
890 responses
• Yes - 85%
• No - 15%

Proclamations

Posted 5/20/21
Mayor Morse proclaimed May 16-22, 2021, as National Public Works Week and Emergency Medical Services Week in Polk City.

Polk City Democrats meeting

Posted 5/20/21
The next meeting of Polk City Democrats will be Monday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. Email polkcitydemocrats@gmail.com for the location of the meeting and for more information. 

Vaccine Clinic

Posted 5/20/21
Free Clinics of Iowa and St. Luke’s Clinic will host a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, June 2 from 6-8 p.m. HyVee Pharmacy will staff this Pop Up Clinic at Polk City United Methodist Church and will offer free vaccinations to all. No appointments necessary, just walk in. Bring your insurance card and ID. Details to follow as they become available.  For more information, call 515-238-6425.

Concert at TCI

Posted 5/20/21
Tournament Club of Iowa presents Nice Bangs performing for Live Music on the Patio at the Copper Oak Restaurant from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 22. The rock/pop cover band plays hits from many generations.

Outdoor Worship

Posted 5/20/21
Bring your own chair to outdoor worship at Polk City United Methodist Church, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. (masks optional). Children’s Chapel is offered indoors for children ages 3 and older during the sermon (masks encouraged for children’s chapel). Visit www.polkcityumc.org.

Vacation Bible School

Posted 5/20/21
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.

Free clinic and food pantry team up for open hours

Posted 5/20/21
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 us 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.

Summer Reading Program starts

Posted 5/20/21
This year’s theme is “Get Wild About Reading.” The library will have programs for kids, teens and adults. Register at polkcitylibrary.beanstack.org and start logging your reading and activities beginning June 1. Paper logs are available upon request.

Sign up now for City-Wide Garage sales

Posted 5/20/21
Sign up by May 31 to be included in the Polk City City-Wide garage sales that will be held Saturday, June 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $10. Registration forms are available at the Library and City Hall or visit https://www.polkcityia.gov/parks-and-recreation/special-events/events/6476 or www.facebook.com/PolkCityKiwanisClub. The $10 fee can be mailed to Kiwanis Club of Polk City, 532 West Trace Drive, Polk City/

Citizens Academy Coming Fall 2021

Posted 5/20/21
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.

Damaged tree removed

Posted 5/13/21
The City closed off the southern half of the Square, including the playground, this week to remove a damaged tree and large branches in the area to ensure the future safety of park patrons. A new replacement tree will be spade in sometime this fall.

Mayor proclaims May 9-15 National Police Week

Posted 5/13/21
Mayor Jason Morse proclaims the week of May 9-15, 2021, as National Police Week in Polk City and publicly salutes the service of law enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the nation. Mayor Morse urges all citizens to recognize these officers’ faithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities. 

Soil Quality Restoration Program

Posted 5/13/21
In an effort to promote quality stormwater programs, the City is offering a program and allocating funds for materials and labor associated with Soil Quality Restoration (SQR). The City will secure a qualified contractor to conduct SQR on 40-50 residential homes. The City will fund 50% of projected costs toward the project, up to a maximum of $1,000. The homeowner will be responsible for payment of the other 50% of project costs. Funding is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Projected timeline
• City Council awards contract to qualified contractor: June 14, 2021.
• Applications are available on a first come, first served basis: June 15, 2021.
• Applications are due: July 27, 2021.
• Payments for the homeowner’s contribution are due: Aug. 31, 2021.
• Projects begin for those homeowners that filed an application and made full payment: Sept. 1, 2021, or after.

What is Soil Quality Restoration?
The key to a healthy lawn is healthy soil. To achieve healthy soil on established lawns, soil quality restoration uses deep aeration (core aeration) and topdressing with compost (1/2-inch to 3/4-inch thick layer). For new lawns or new construction, there is another method that involves tilling in topsoil before seeding or laying sod. The process of soil quality restoration reduces compaction, increases pore space in the soil, and improves organic matter content. This improves the health and functionality of soils. Organic matter gives the landscape the ability to act like a sponge and absorb rain. Soils rich in organic matter also support entire ecosystems of beneficial organisms (microbes, worms, insects) that contribute to healthy lawns.
To learn more, watch this short video https://youtu.be/eJmFk8A3jgk,

Updates regarding the SQR project will be posted on the City website when available.

Polk City Community Survey

Posted 5/13/21
The results of the Polk City Community Survey for 2021 have been released and are on the City’s website, https://www.polkcityia.gov/home/news/results-2021- city-survey. Results will be shared here in installments. Responses are rounded to nearest percent.

How satisfied are you with the services offered by the Polk City Library? 886 responses
Very satisfied - 34%
Satisfied - 39%
Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied - 24%
Dissatisfied - 2%
Very dissatisfied - Less than 1%

How satisfied are you with the condition and maintenance of your street? 891 responses
Very satisfied - 23%
Satisfied - 51%
Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied - 13%
Dissatisfied - 10%
Very dissatisfied - 3%

How satisfied are you with the water quality in Polk City? 890 responses
Very satisfied - 14%
Satisfied - 48%
Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied - 16%
Dissatisfied - 17%
Very dissatisfied - 5%

Things to do

Posted 5/13/21
• Saturday, May 15 — Car Wash: The Key Club and FCA Car Wash is 1-4 p.m. at the West Elementary parking lot. Freewill donation of at least $5. Funds will be donated to the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking.

• May 20-21 — Appliance and tire drop off: Appliances and tires can be dropped off on Thursday and Friday, May 20-21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the maintenance shop. This is only for residents in Polk City city limits. See https://www.polkcityia.gov/parks-and-recreation/special-events/events/4691 for information about what is and isn’t accepted.

• Saturday, May 22 — City-Wide Clean Up: The Polk City City-Wide Clean Up helps residents dispose of clutter caused by bulky waste. Place all acceptable items at the curb the night before. Size and weight limits apply and many items are not accepted. This is only for Polk City residents living within the city limits of Polk City. Visit the City’s website, www.polkcityia.gov, for a full list of requirements.

• Thursday, May 27 — Farmers Market starts: The Polk City Farmers Market is looking for vendors. The 2021 market season will run Thursdays, May 27 through July 29 from 4-7 p.m. For more information, visit www.gopolkcity.com/farmer-s-market.

• Saturday, June 5 — North Polk 2021 Gala: “The Sky’s the Limit” starting at 6 p.m. at the DMACC FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. The main event includes a social hour, dinner buffet, silent auction and live auction. Following the auction is the Stay and Play After Party with drinks, games and band. The event is presented by North Polk Athletic Boosters, North Polk Fine Arts and North Polk Foundation. For information and registration, visit https://www.celebratenorthpolk.org/.

• Tuesday evenings 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. Class size is limited to 12 at this time in response to COVID-19. Online registration can be completed at www.polkcityia.gov/parks-and-recreation/pages/online-registration

Polk City Community Survey

Posted 5/6/21
The results of the Polk City Community Survey for 2021 have been released and are on the City’s website, https://www.polkcityia.gov/home/news/results-2021- city-survey. Results will be shared here in installments. Responses are rounded to nearest percent.

Q: Do you feel safe in your neighborhood? 1,048 responses, 99% Yes, 1% No.

Q: How responsive is law enforcement to the needs of your neighborhood? 1,027 responses: Far above average - 25%; Above average - 50%; Average -24%; Below average - Less than 1%; Far below average - Less than 1%.

Q: How responsive is Fire/EMS to the needs of your neighborhood? 1,006 responses: Far above average - 25%; Above average - 51%; Average - 23%; Below average - Less than 1%; Far below average - Less than 1%.

2021 Polk City Classic

Posted 5/6/21
    The Polk City Classic will be Friday, July 16, with registration at 10 a.m. and tee times starting at 11 a.m. at Tournament Club of Iowa, Polk City. Contact Go Polk City Chamber and Economic Development about sponsorships and registration.

Car Wash

Posted 5/6/21
    The Key Club and FCA Car Wash is 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 15 at the West Elementary parking lot. Freewill donation of at least $5. Funds will be donated to the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking.

City Meetings

Posted 5/6/21
May 10, 5 p.m. - City Council Work Session
May 10, 6 p.m. - City Council Meeting
May 17, 6 p.m. - Planning & Zoning Meeting

North Polk 2021 Gala is June 5

Posted 5/6/21
    “The Sky’s the Limit” at the North Polk 2021 Gala starting at 6 p.m. on June 5 at the DMACC FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. The main event includes a social hour, dinner buffet, silent auction and live auction. Following the auction is the Stay and Play After Party with drinks, games and band. The event is presented by North Polk Athletic Boosters, North Polk Fine Arts and North Polk Foundation. For information and registration, visit https://www.celebratenorthpolk.org/

Sign up now for City-Wide Garage sales

Posted 5/6/21
    Sign up by May 31 to be included in the Polk City City-Wide garage sales that will be held Saturday, June 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $10. Registration forms are available at the Library and City Hall or visit https://www.polkcityia.gov/parks-and-recreation/special-events/events/6476 or www.facebook.com/PolkCityKiwanisClub. The $10 fee can be mailed to Kiwanis Club of Polk City, 532 West Trace Drive, Polk City/

Adult Summer Reading Programs at Polk City Library

Posted 5/6/21
Register for these programs starting May 27 at https://polkcitylibrary.beanstack.org/
June 7 - Adult DIY T-Shirt Macrame Plant Hanger
June 10 - How to Live Your Healthiest Life
June 14 - Adult DIY Stained Glass Stepping Stones
June 15 - Adult Coloring
June 17 - How to Create Awesome Animal (and Bird) Photos
June 21 - Adult DIY Card Crafting
June 24 - Exploring Acrylic Painting on Canvas
June 28 - Beginning Genealogy
June 28 - Adult DIY Patriotic Mason Jar Luminary
July 8 - Calling All Air Fryer Lovers
July 12 - Adult DIY Glass Etching Wine Bottles
July 15 - Exploring Acrylic Painting on Canvas
July 19 - Adult DIY Folded Book Art “Scottie Dog”
July 20 - Adult Coloring

Things to do

Posted 5/6/21
• May 7: Burgers & Bingo: The American Legion in Polk City is holding Burgers & Bingo on May 7 from 6-9 p.m. Dinner will be available at 6 p.m. for a freewill donation. Bingo will start at 7 p.m. ($5/card). Come for the food, stay for the bingo.

• May 12: Police Department Year in Review: The program for the Chamber Luncheon on Wednesday, May 12 is Police Department Year in Review by Police Chief Jeremy Siepker at 11:30 a.m. at Luana Savings Bank Community Room with a catered lunch. To register, visit www.gopolkcity.com/calendar.

• May 20-21: Appliance and tire drop off: Appliances and tires can be dropped off on Thursday and Friday, May 20-21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the maintenance shop. This is only for residents in Polk City city limits. See https://www.polkcityia.gov/parks-and-recreation/special-events/events/4691 for information about what is and isn’t accepted.

• May 22: City-Wide Clean Up: The Polk City City-Wide Clean Up Saturday, May 22, helps residents dispose of clutter caused by bulky waste. Place all acceptable items at the curb the night before. Size and weight limits apply and many items are not accepted. This is only for Polk City residents living within the city limits of Polk City. Visit the City’s website, www.polkcityia.gov, for a full list of requirements.

North Polk 2021 Gala is June 5

Posted 4/29/21
    “The Sky’s the Limit” at the North Polk 2021 Gala starting at 6 p.m. on June 5 at the DMACC FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. The main event includes a social hour, dinner buffet, silent auction and live auction. Following the auction is the Stay and Play After Party with drinks, games and band. The event is presented by North Polk Athletic Boosters, North Polk Fine Arts and North Polk Foundation. For information and registration, visit https://www.celebratenorthpolk.org/.

Polk City Community Survey 2021

Posted 4/29/21
    The results of the Polk City Community Survey for 2021 have been released and are on the City’s website, https://www.polkcityia.gov/home/news/results-2021-city-survey. Results will be shared here in installments. Responses are rounded to nearest percent.

• Do you live within the city limits of the City of Polk City? 1,138 responses; 97% Yes; 3% No.

• Overall, are you satisfied with the services, programs, and amenities the City currently offers? 1,040 responses; 74% Yes; 26% No.

• Overall, are you satisfied with the quality of life in Polk City? 1,044 responses; 94% Yes; 6% No.

Sign up now for City-Wide Garage sales

Posted 4/29/21
    Sign up by May 31 to be included in the Polk City City-Wide garage sales that will be held Saturday, June 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $10. Registration forms are available at the Library and City Hall or visit https://www.polkcityia.gov/parks-and-recreation/special-events/events/6476 or www.facebook.com/PolkCityKiwanisClub. The $10 fee can be mailed to Kiwanis Club of Polk City, 532 West Trace Drive, Polk City/.

Start Smart program

Posted 4/29/21
    Sign up your 3- to 5-year-old for Start Smart Soccer or Football. Register online at www.polkcityia.gov/parks-and-recreation/pages/online-registration. Start Smart Programs, created by the National Alliance of Youth Sports, help kids get ready for sports and to succeed in life. It is an innovative step-by-step approach that builds confidence and self-esteem in a fun and safe sports environment.
    Soccer registration deadline is July 5. Morning and afternoon sessions are offered July 12-28 on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-9:30 a.m. and 5-5:30 p.m. Cost is $50.
    Football registrations are due by Sept. 6 with sessions Sept. 13-29, 11-11:30 a.m. and 5-5:30 p.m. Cost is $50.

Citizens Academy Coming Fall 2021

Posted 4/29/21
    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.

Service times update

Posted 4/29/21
    Lakeside Fellowship will have two service times starting Sunday, May 2: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masks are optional at both services.

Things to do

Posted 4/29/21
• Tuesday evenings in May: 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. Class size is limited to 12 at this time in response to COVID-19. Online registration can be completed at www.polkcityia.gov/parks-and-recreation/pages/online-registration.

• May 7: Burgers & Bingo: The American Legion in Polk City is holding Burgers & Bingo on May 7 from 6-9 p.m. Dinner will be available at 6 p.m. for a freewill donation. Bingo will start at 7 p.m. ($5/card). Come for the food, stay for the bingo.

•May 12: Police Department Year in Review: The program for the Chamber Luncheon Wednesday, May 12 is Police Department Year in Review by Police Chief Jeremy Siepker at 11:30 a.m. at Luana Savings Bank Community Room with a catered lunch. To register, visit www.gopolkcity.com/calendar.

• May 20-21: Appliance and tire drop off: Appliances and tires can be dropped off on Thursday and Friday, May 20-21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the maintenance shop. This is only for residents in Polk City city limits. See https://www.polkcityia.gov/parks-and-recreation/special-events/events/4691 for information about what is and isn’t accepted.

• May 22: City-Wide Clean Up: The Polk City City-Wide Clean Up Saturday, May 22, helps residents dispose of clutter caused by bulky waste. Place all acceptable items at the curb the night before. Size and weight limits apply and many items are not accepted. This is only for Polk City residents living within the city limits of Polk City. Visit the City’s website, www.polkcityia.gov, for a full list of requirements.

• May 27: Farmers Market starts: The Polk City Farmers Market is looking for vendors. The 2021 market season will run Thursdays, May 27 through July 29 from 4-7 p.m. For more information, visit www.gopolkcity.com/farmer-s-market.

• June 18: Live Music - BitterSweet: Friday, June 18, Starting at 6 p.m. at Tournament Club of Iowa. Sponsored by Cullen & Associates Inc. Insurance Services.

Burgers & Bingo

Posted 4/23/21
    The American Legion in Polk City is holding Burgers & Bingo on May 7 from 6-9 p.m. Dinner will be available at 6 p.m. for a free-will donation. Bingo will start at 7 p.m. ($5/card).  Come for the food, stay for the bingo.

Start Smart program

Posted 4/23/21
    Sign up your 3- to 5-year-old for Start Smart Soccer or Football. Register online at www.polkcityia.gov/parks-and-recreation/pages/online-registration. Start Smart Programs, created by the National Alliance of Youth Sports, help kids get ready for sports and to succeed in life. It is an innovative step-by-step approach that builds confidence and self-esteem in a fun and safe sports environment.
    Soccer registration deadline is July 5. Morning and afternoon sessions are offered July 12-28 on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-9:30 a.m. and 5-5:30 p.m. Cost is $50.
    Football registrations are due by Sept. 6 with sessions Sept. 13-29, 11-11:30 a.m. and 5-5:30 p.m. Cost is $50.

Broadband Internet Survey

Posted 4/23/21
    The Greater Des Moines Partnership has created a survey to measure broadband Internet availability within central Iowa and to identify areas that do not currently meet consumer needs and expectations. Increasing broadband Internet connectivity is one of the GDMP’s 2021 Strategic Priorities to improve access to distance learning, telecommuting and telehealth. The survey will be available until Tuesday, April 27. It only takes a few minutes to complete and provides critical information to drive the development of high-speed Internet services in our area. To take the survey, visit https://www.dsmpartnership.com/growing-business-here-central-iowa-broadband-internet.

Sponsors needed for MiniFest

Posted 4/23/21
    Four Seasons MiniFest 2021 will be Friday, 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.

Vendors sought for Farmers Market

Posted 4/23/21
    The Polk City Farmers Market is looking for vendors. The 2021 market season will run Thursdays, May 27 through July 29 from 4-7 p.m. For more information, visit www.gopolkcity.com/farmer-s-market.

Polk City Democrats meet

Posted 4/23/21
    The next meeting of the Polk City Democrats will be Monday, May 3 at 6:30 over Zoom. For more information, contact polkcitydemocrats@gmail.com