Vol. 39 Jan. 2012
Dear Friend,

When our second daughter was 6 we enrolled her in tumbling. She would walk through the living room and do two cartwheels and continue on as if nothing had happened. I've often attributed her successes to the confidence she gained while tumbling. Today she's in her mid-twenties with a little one of her own who seems destined to be an acrobat also.

This month we had the honor of talking with her tumbling coach, Lori (Erickson) Rickert and Sue Dunsmoor from Adel Tumbling & Dance Club.

In addition, we have the latest events from Around Town, news and events from the Adel Public Library, a Recipe from Home, and much more!

Have a great January, be sure to stop out to Adel this month, we're looking forward to seeing you!



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In This Issue
Adel Tumbling & Dance Club
Strengthening Families for Parents & Youth
ADM Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Named
Homecare Services - Fundraiser
Adel HealthMart
Anytime Fitness - Winter Special
Around Town - Upcoming Events
BAdel Tumbling & Dance Club
Adel Tumbling & Dance Club
Sue Dunsmoor & Lori Erickson Rickert
Sue Dunsmoor & Lori Rickert
Located at 211 S 7th St, Adel Tumbling & Dance Club teaches Tumbling, Tap, Ballet: Lyrical/Modern, Jazz: Hip Hop, Pre-Pointe, Pointe, and Competitive Dance.

It is owned by Lori (Erickson) Rickert, who has been teaching tumbling in Adel for 35 years.

She has three grown children Jeni, Dani, and Justin, her middle daughter is married and in medical school.

Lori started tumbling at the age of 5  and was a member of the Des Moines Gymnastic Club in High School.

While in school she assisted with coaching students, her High School coach recommended that she teach in Ankeny.

While teaching and working for an Insurance Agency in Ankeny, Lori received a call from Kathy Haldamen asking if she would come and teach 2 full classes in Adel on Saturdays.
Adel Tumbling Dance Club
Lori working with a student

Each class had six students. From there the classes quickly grew and turned into a full-time business. Today the studio is used every day of the week.

Over the years, many of her assistants have been life long students.

Six years ago the opportunity to buy Kathy's School of Dance came up and she purchased it.

Adel Tumbling Dance Club
Sue setting up placements

Sue Dunsmoor, who manages the Dance side of the studio, was working at Kathy's School of Dance at the time of the purchase.

Sue started dancing at three in a neighbor's basement in Adel. She continued through school and taught dance while in college.

In 1994 she was instructing at Westside Dance in Des Moines when it moved to Waukee. In 1999 her neighbor talked her into teaching in Adel.

A native of Adel, she lives in the same house she grew up in. She has a son Scott and her daughter Tonya assists as an instructor. Sue ensures a family friendly program.

Together Lori and Sue make a great team that focuses on the well being of their students.

One of Lori's cornerstones of the Adel Tumbling & Dance Club is to "Offer a positive program for families in tumbling and dance."

The club participates locally in the parades, exhibitions, Holiday performances at Nursing Homes and at the Relay for Life.

Tumbling students have an annual Tumbling Meet and during the summer they compete at the Iowa State Fair.

Dance students participate in 2 dance recitals, and Nationals throughout the year.

Over the years Lori has seen the level of tumbling excel with students starting younger.

When asked if boys ever participate, Lori responded with a smile, "We are popular with boys also. The classes for the boys remain masculine and they gain great balance and strength. We have former students who have gone on to be great wrestlers".

Adel Tumbling & Dance Club
211 S 7th St Ste A
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: 515-993-4411
BStrengthening Families for Parents & Youth
Cheryl Weltha - The Dallas County ISU Extension Office


Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 years, offered through Iowa State University Extension

Strengthening Families is designed to help families build strong relationships. Parents/Caregivers learn to use love and limits in guiding their youth, in family communication and in problem-solving.  


Youth learn to set goals, understand stress, and practice skills to deal with peer pressure.
The program is structured such that in the 1st hour the youth and parents/caregivers meet in separate sessions. The parent session is discussion and video-based.  


The youth session involves role-playing, interaction, fun activities & games. Then during the last hour the families come together to practice skills, work on projects, and do fun activities.
Dates: Sundays Jan. 8th - Feb. 26th (no class Feb. 5th due to Super Bowl)
Times: 5 - 7:30 pm
Location: Adel Elementary School, 1608 Grove St., Adel
Cost:  Free!  Light Meal and Child Care for younger children provided.
To Register Contact:  Lisa Mickelson, 515.993.4281 or 


For more information, visit the Extension website.

Strengthening Families was developed by Iowa State University in the early 1990s as a preventative program. Through many studies, the youth who have attended the program have been found to use significantly less alcohol & other drugs, to display less aggressive behavior, and to show higher academic achievement.

Lisa Mickelson
ISU Extension & Outreach - Dallas County

ADM Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Named
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The ADM Athletic Hall Of Fame Announces 2012 Class.


Four inductees were named and will be honored at the ADM All-Alumni Reunion Friday August 10, 2012 in the ADM High School Auditorium with the ceremony starting at 7:00 p.m.  


There will be a reception starting at 5:00 p.m. in the 6-8 commons area.


The 2012 Inductees:  

  • Gaylord "Swede" Belgarde Class Of 1961
  • Dylan Davis Class Of 2003
  • Deidra Gilliland Robertson Class Of 1982
  • Raymond Schmiedeskamp, Teacher And Coach.

Past inductees can be seen on the ADM Athletic Hall of Fame page.


Contact: Ron Ggilliland at 515-210-7328   



ADM Alumni Association
P.O. Box 122
Adel, Iowa 50003


 Homecare Services - Fundraiser
Dallas County Home Care - Adel Iowa


Best of County CookesHomecare Services. Fundraiser -   


We hope everyone had wonderful and safe Christmas and New Year's celebrations with family and friends.  


The Adel Holiday Open House evening was a lot of fun for us.  


We are still having a fundraiser -  

"Best of Country Cookies" cookbook (over 250 cookie and bar recipes from the national baking contest).  


The cookbooks are on hand with an attractive price of $10.  


Stop in anytime and see for yourself or call 515-993-4531, ext.5.   



Homecare Services of Dallas County
101 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4531 Ext. #6


BFull Services at Adel HealthMart
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Adel HealthMart StaffAdel HealthMart is excited to announce that we now sell Dr. Comfort Diabetic Shoes.

Stop in today to see our display and talk with the pharmacy staff to see if you qualify.

Don't forget our website for ordering refills online and to ask questions.

You can also stop by the store to talk with our knowledgeable staff.

While here, print your digital photos from the Holidays in just minutes and browse our extensive gift selection.

Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook!  Watch for upcoming deals for our Facebook fans.

Adel HealthMart
113 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3644
BAnytime Fitness - Winter Special
Anytime Fitness Adel Iowa

  • FREE $50 Enrollment
  • FREE Fitness & Health Assessment
  • First Month Membership FREE
  • $15 off a Personal Training Package
  • Starting Jan 2nd - 31st  5:00-6:00 am MWF
  • 8:30-9:30 am MWF
  • 5:30-6:30 pm T & TH
  • 4 weeks
  • 5:00-6:30 pm MWF
  • 4 weeks
  • Starting Jan 10th & 12th  7:00-8:30 pm T & TH
  • Includes: Menu Plan/Grocery Shopping List
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner & Snack Meals Recipes/Motivational Tips & Fit Facts
Call Today for Prices & Membership 993-3333 or Kristin 515-225-9799


Anytime Fitness
817 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3333
Around Town

Yoga Classes Offered in Adel, IowaYoga Class in Adel - Jan 2012

A New Year brings a new session of yoga classes in Adel. Class meets at the Raccoon Community Bank House, 11th and Main Street, on Wednesday evenings starting... Continue reading

Adel Parks and RecreationAdel Park and Rec. Events for January 2012

January is a another busy month in Adel for sports and recreation. Here is the official listing of the Adel Parks and Recreation events for...  Continue reading

River Valley Golf CourseRiver Valley Golf Course - 2012 Season Passes

On top of having great golf merchandise on sale throughout the winter season, we will also be offering our 2012 Season Passes in January... Continue reading 

Adel Quitling and Dry Goods Adel IA 1Adel Quilting & Dry Goods - Quarter 1 Class Schedule

Learn the basics of making great purses and bags including stabilizing, closures and handles. This class also teaches a large flower embellishment made form multiple circle cuts of wool felt. Very fun to create and can be used on... Continue reading

ISU Free Family Nutrition Classes Free Family Nutrition Classes - Dallas County ISU Ext.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer Free family nutrition classes for families with children under the age of 10 or expecting. Learn ways to...  Continue reading 

Free Kids Closet - Adel, Iowa Free Kids Clothes Closet

Kids Clothes Closet is here to help with free clothing! Stop by the Kids Clothes Closet in Adel on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9-11am... Continue reading
Next2New - Adel, IowaJanuary Deals at Next 2 New!

January Tag Deals. Next 2 New in Adel is now accepting fall and winter consignments the 1st thru the 21st of each month through January, excluding all Saturdays... Continue reading
United Methodist ChurchMen's Breakfast Fridays at Adel United Methodist Church

The Adel United Methodist Church will host a Friday morning Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. the month of October. Everyone is welcome to join us... Continue reading

Check out the full list of events on the Calendar.
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Happy New Year from the Adel Public Library! 

We wanted to take a second to remind you that library programs will be cancelled if the ADM school district cancels classes due to weather. 

Please contact the library if you have any questions.  We will also post all library closings and cancellations on our website at

Friday, Jan. 20th: Doggy Good Times Family Reading Program Kick-Off - 6:00pm

Sign-up for the family reading program, Carry Out a Good Book, and meet Super-Dooper- Trooper, a sweet dog who loves to read! 

The family reading program begins at the kick-off and your family will have a month to read as much as you can to earn great prizes!

Saturday, Jan. 21st: Bonnie & Clyde Adult Program & Luncheon- 12:00pm

Enjoy a soup luncheon and hear about the infamous Bonnie and Clyde, all for a free will donation. 

Sign-up at the library before Thursday, January 19th.   

Wednesday, Jan. 18h: Dallas County Storytime - 10:30am

White-tailed deer are among the most commonly seen wild animals in Dallas County.

Through stories, activities, and hands-on artifacts, learn more about these familiar and intriguing animals.
Monday, Jan. 23rd: Preschool Storytime - 10:30am

Children will play games, listen to stories, sing songs and make crafts.

Tuesday, Jan. 24th: Toddler Time - 10:30am

Join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, play games and make crafts.

Thursday, Jan 26th: 
Music Time - 10:30am
Join us for singing, dancing, and action songs.

Tuesday, Jan. 17th:
Teen Activity - 4:00pm
Stop in after school to make a fun craft!


Library hours are:
Mon. and Fri. 10am-5pm
Tues. -Thurs. 10am-7pm
Sat. 10am-1:30pm

Laura Guth-Hanson
Youth Services Librarian
Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003

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Recipe of the Month
DDiscover Chef
Red Beans and Rice

This recipe is a family tradition for starting off the New Year.

I like red beans and rice almost as much as BBQ.
Many times they're served in the same location.

Over the years we've experimented with various combinations until we came up with the following recipe.

For several years I took it as a pot-luck dish to family reunions.

Last summer I opted to bring a vegetable based dish.

There are some things you just can't apologize enough for.

I've since promised to resume the red beans and rice in all future events.

I tend to double or triple the recipe depending on the occasion and crowd.

2 Cups Red Pinto Beans
2 Chopped Onions
1 Chopped Red Onion
2 Cloves Minced Garlic
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 T. Pepper
1 T. Oregano
1 T. Thyme
2 T. Paprika
1 Bay Leaf
1/8 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 Meaty Ham Bone
1lb. Andouille Sausage
2lb. White Rice

1. Wash beans, soak overnight. Drain well.

2. In a large pot, combine beans, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, paprika, bay leaf, cayenne pepper and ham bone. Add the ham drippings if you have them. Cover with cold water. (About 9 cups)

3. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 1 hour.

4. Remove ham bone with tongs. With a fork pull remaining meat off into pot. Add sliced sausage and rice, cook covered for 25 minutes.

5. Shut off and let stand covered for 15 minutes.

Serves 8 

Serve With:
Cornbread and Hot Sauce.

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