Vol. 52 February 2013

There are many events and holidays in February, but a personal favorite is Feb. 2nd, or Ground Hog's Day. It was also my Grandmother Cookie's birthday.

My Grandfather's birthday was on New Year's day and he would request turkey with all of the fixings. Of course we took the leftovers home and extended our Tryptophan induced daze of the Holidays another two weeks.

I could write a book on the many ways to prepare turkey leftovers, stuffing sandwiches with gravy and 23 ways to transfer cranberry sauce to your brother's plate without getting caught...

I digress, February 2nd. marked a feast prepared by Cookie in honor of her birthday. She'd make foods I'd have to get the dictionary down to correctly spell. Never a repeated dish, it broke the cycle and the promise of Spring seemed to be in each bite. Oddly, there weren't leftovers.

In her honor, I still fix something new on the 2nd, a dish I'll never repeat, with no leftovers. Cookie would understand.

This month we interviewed Trever Jayne from the Adel Library as he discusses his love of books and how we read in the electronic age.

It's a busy month in Adel, LSB is now a Full Service Bank, The Animal Hospital of Adel is moving to new location, Adel native, Van Harden is speaking at the RRVT Banquet, the Around Town section is overflowing, a Recipe From Home and there's Much More!

We look forward to seeing you in Adel this month!


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In This Issue
Trever Jayne - Adel Public Library
LSB Now Offering Full Service Banking
Anytime Fitness Adel - February No Enrollment
February Events at Homecare Services
Van Harden Speaker at RRVT Banquet
The Animal Hospital of Adel is Moving Feb. 1st.
Trever Jayne - Adel Public Library
Adel Iowa Public Library 
Trever Jayne Adel Public Library
Trever Jayne

The Adel Public Library is pleased to welcome ADM graduate Trever Jayne as a new Library Clerk II.


As a former Book Sales Manager and Trainer for Barnes & Noble and Borders Books for 15 years, Trever's experience is most welcome at the library.


A recent graduate of Grandview College in English Literature and President of the Grandview Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, a national honor society, Trever is well versed in Victorian, Early Modern, and Contemporary literature, having read 105 books last year. 


Trever is currently researching graduate programs in Library Information Sciences to become a librarian.


Trever's favorite authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, Jane Austin, Charles Dickens, Ann Lamott, Judy Piccoult, and Elizabeth Gilbert. His college thesis about the History of the Book reignited his love for the written word and the relationship between books and their owner/reader.


"Some people think of a book as just an object, others as works of art. I find it fascinating how strongly books impact culture and the way books have shaped history. Books are a written record...they are especially important with regard to how people relate with and understand history."


His research into the history of publishing, along with his retail sales background, has given him insight into the newest trend, electronic or eBooks.


"I think the book as a cultural object will never disappear. Technology will always impact how we read. This is not the first, or the last time technology has changed how people read- it's a cycle. eBooks are another way to read, not the only way to read. eBooks are available to download from our website, but not many people use that option. Most publishers and distributors only release part of their catalog on eBooks, based on market projections and sales, which hinder the way people access them.


Research has found that eReaders may read more in general, but they are far more selective, buying all that a single author has written but do not explore other titles. At the library you can browse the stacks for new authors and new genres. You can talk to people and get ideas about other topics. My favorite part of working at the library is the chance to talk with patrons to suggest books and receive suggestions in return. The library is not just a place to check out books- it's so much more than the books it holds - it's the heart of the community. "


Trever Jayne Adel Public Library  

As an adoptive parent of 4 and member of the Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, Trever reads books for all ages and have found great value in sharing the experience of reading Young Adult books with his children.


"Before Harry Potter the Young Adult section was sparse and not well regarded. Those books lead to an explosion of the genre. It's always important to read with your children, but it's great sharing something so wonderful as a book with a teenage. It's also important to know what they are reading.  


Young Adult books outline morals and point of views that may be different than how the parents may feel. It's important to read together so you know what messages teens are receiving. With my daughter, reading book together helped to start a conversation about values that we may not have had otherwise. That's what great about the library- we are an open source, we do not censor, we allow parents parent their children."


Transitioning from retail to the public library has been interesting, showcasing all that he knows about customer service and books, while learning the ropes for the processing and care of the collection. In addition, Trever is now responsible for the marketing and promotion of Adel Library programs and events via the monthly newsletter, press releases to local papers, the library's website, and social media channels. Be sure to "like" the library on its Facebook page, with more than double the friends since October!


Mark Your Calendars For The How-To Festival!

Join the library April 13th from 10-3pm. This all day festival will offer 10-12 mini classes teaching participants how-to repair bicycles, craft, manage and relief stress, and learn new technology with food, games and fun for all. Several libraries around the nation have touted this successful program, but only the Adel Public Library offers it to local residents.


Volunteers are still need to teach classes, help with the day's events, and provide ideas and topics for additional classes. This family program is open to all, children to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. To find out how you can help make the How-To festival another wonderful Adel event, please contact Library Director Paula James at 515-993-3512.


With Trever's help the Adel Public Library's website will now offer frequent postings throughout the week to include the newest and freshest books to hit the shelves; updates regarding programs; clubs and groups, notifications; and pictures of recent events.  


Visit to check out a sample of what the library has to offer and learn more about the developing How-To festival.  


And don't forget to stop by and say hello to the library's newest resource!


Adel Public Library

303 S. 10th Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: 515-993-3512
LSB Now Offering Full Service Banking
LSB Lincoln Savings Bank Adel Iowa

LSB Mortgage is pleased to announce it's transition into Lincoln Savings Bank, a community focused bank staffed by local people, Tim Canney and Kristi Fuller.


LSB now offers full service banking such as Savings and Checking accounts, CDs, and consumer, auto, and commercial loans in it's recently remodeled downtown Adel location.


Local contractor and renown craftsman Mark Heefner of Heefner Construction completed the historic remodel which includes wood floors, a long forgotten rediscovered pocket door, and a beautiful brick wall that heralds a tribute to Adel's heritage, using 100 year old bricks salvaged from the 2010 brick street renovation project.


The community is invited to attend the Grand Opening February 12th in honor of the company's namesake Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Birthday cake will be served throughout the day, with additional food and drink served at the official ribbon cutting ceremony taking place at 5p.m. as part of the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce After Hours.


Lincoln Savings Bank

805 Main St.

Adel, Iowa 50003

Phone: (515) 253-9502



Anytime Fitness Adel - February No Enrollment
Anytime Fitness Adel Iowa
Anytime Fitness Adel, under new ownership and management, will be doing a February No-Enrollment. All you do is pay for a key to get in and you are up and ready to start your fitness journey at anytime fitness. 

Memberships start for just over $1 a day!

Now staffed on:
Mon.-Thur. 10:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Fri. 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Anytime Fitness Adel
817 Main Street
Adel, IA 50003
ph 515-993-3333
February Events at Homecare Services
HomeCare Services Inc. Dallas County Iowa
"At the Adel Congregate Meal Site, 101 N. 9th Street, the Public Health Nurse will be taking blood pressures on the second Monday of every month. So mark February 12th at 11 a.m. on your calendar to get your blood pressure taken at the Congregate Meal Site before lunch at 11:30 a.m."

"If you're looking for a fun day despite the cold winter days, hop on the public HIRTA bus to Prairie Meadows on Tuesday, February 19th. Make your trip reservation at least 24 hours in advance by calling 993-4531, ext. 1 or 2."

"If you need a general shopping trip to Des Moines with some friends, the public HIRTA bus will be making those trips on Thursday, February 14th and Thursday, February 28th. Make your trip reservation, also, at least 24 hours in advance by calling 993-4531, ext. 1 or 2."

"Don't forget that BINGO runs hot & heavy at the Congregate Meal Site on Mondays and Fridays. Wednesday is movie day again. Join us for a nutritious hot lunch at 11:30 a.m. and stay for the fun. All ages are welcome. Call 993-4531, ext. 6 to make your lunch reservation at least 24 hours in advance."

Homecare Services of Dallas County
101 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4531
Van Harden Speaker at RRVT Banquet Feb. 16
Raccoon River Valley Trail Central Iowa
Van Harden Trestle Bridge in Adel Iowa
Van Harden

WHO radio's Van Harden, speaker at Feb. 16 RRVT banquet, has spent most of his life living and working along the trail.   


One of Iowa's best promoters will be sharing his stories at event at Panorama National.


When the Raccoon River Valley Trail's users and advocates gather here on Saturday, February 16, for the sixth annual membership banquet and fundraiser, they're going to be hearing from one of Iowa's most widely-known personalities, Van Harden, the morning show co-host on WHO radio in Des Moines.


But he wasn't invited just because everybody knows him.  


The 60-year-old Harden has spent nearly his whole life living and even working in communities that are located on the RRVT, so he knows the territory. And in addition, he has been the promoter of more good causes and crazy fun than anybody else in Iowa. So he's being asked for some tips on how to introduce people from across the nation to 89-mile paved recreational trail in west central Iowa, and make them want to come here for trail experiences.


"When the Raccoon River Valley Trail first got started, I remember helping promote it on our shows by telling about the different events that were being held on it," said Harden, who grew up in Adel and still lives there. "We had a lot of friends who started riding the trail and walking on it, so I realized right away what a fabulous thing it was going to be. I guess what really caught my attention was when they rebuilt the old trestle bridge that the railroad had used for its trains to get across the Raccoon River right there on the east side of town. I remember walking out there on the bridge, standing there, watching the river and thinking about how neat that was to be able to do that. And then when you go on just east of the bridge, you go right into what's like a tunnel of trees. They're really thick right there. I've always thought that when those trees have all their leaves, that's one of the most beautiful places in Iowa."


The Feb. 16 banquet, which is open to the public, is being held again at the Lake Panorama National Resort & Conference, located in the middle of the big golf course just north of Panora. The social hour starts at 6 p.m. A maximum of 300 tickets will be sold, and they are available online now on at or by calling the trail's headquarters 515-386-5488. The $40 tickets include a full banquet meal. All proceeds from the banquet and its silent & live auctions go to support the work of the RRVT Association, the all-volunteer organization which does all the marketing and promotion of the trail.


The association is anticipating that 2013 is going to be the biggest year ever on the trail, since the new 33-mile north loop will be completed in the springtime, and that will make the RRVT one of the longest paved rec trails in the nation. That will also create a 72-mile loop on the trail, between Waukee and tiny Herndon, and that will be the longest loop on any trail in the U.S.


Van and his wife Denise live in the same 150-year-old, five-bedroom home where he grew up, in Adel. "In fact, I must hold some kind of record - only person to live in the same house at three different times in his life," Harden said.


He said that as a boy, he was always aware of the trains coming through Adel on the right-of-way that is now the Raccoon River Valley Trail.


"I knew every inch of this town," he said. "I'd ride my bike all over, going to my friends' houses, and I'd also take shortcuts by walking the railroad tracks sometimes. And like nearly every kid who ever grew up in Adel, I once sneaked down there and put a penny on the tracks to see what would happen when the train rain over it. Has the statute of limitations run out on that by now?"


His interest in radio developed when he was a fascinated listener as a boy. "I'd flip around to all the stations," he said. "The one of them that covered Adel a lot was KDLS in Perry. I kept bugging them when I was in high school to let me work at the station, but they never had anything for me."


But by the time he was studying at Drake, the Perry station invited him to start doing some on-air shifts - and he loved it. When he graduated, KDLS gave him his first full-time job. During his two years there, he occasionally spent time in a KDLS studio they also had in Jefferson. There he met shoe store owner Rolfe Blaess, who was also a radio enthusiast, and they've been friends ever since. For two years, they also became business partners and bought FM station KLSN, which had started in Jefferson but then was closed. After getting it back on its feet, the two sold the station to the company that owned KDLS, and today that FM station is KGRA and still has a studio in Jefferson.


He also worked briefly in radio in Tulsa, Okla., and at KRNT in Des Moines before WHO radio recruited him in 1986. Now, Harden does the morning show and is also program director for both WHO and sports station KXNO. For six years, Harden's co-host was Connie Murad and the show was "Van & Connie." For the last 19 years, he's worked with Bonnie Lucas, and it's been "Van & Bonnie." Five different years, the show has won the radio industry's prized Marconi Award as the top morning show in the nation among stations similarly-sized with WHO. "Van & Bonnie" now have sports reporter Mark Allen as part of the show, and other familiar characters drop by from time to time.


Harden and his co-hosts have become legendary for unusual, sometimes bizarre, but always fun on-air stunts - sometimes running for the full length of their show from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.


One May, when it was "Bike to Work Day" across the nation, Harden had WHO's engineers wire up his bicycle with a radio transmitter, and he broadcasted live from the RRVT, the Clive Greenbelt Trail and then the streets of western Des Moines. He would stop along the way, get coffee and a donut, visit with motorists and lots of other people.  


Van & Bonnie have twice taken listeners on a "Journey to the Center of the Earth," doing their show live from 500 feet below ground in a vast limestone mine that Martin Marietta Materials operates north of Ames. "That's a big enough places that they have roads and street signs down there," Harden said. "So we lined up school buses, and we made it possible for 5,000 people to come through there while we were broadcasting the show."


There have also been the famous "Leisure Suit Conventions," "Chocolate Breakfasts," launching pumpkins with a cannon, and much more.


Now, with just a little apprehension, RRVT advocates have asked Harden for some ideas in promoting the trail. He may disclose some possibilities at the RRVT banquet on Feb. 16.


Questions? Chuck Offenburger, RRVT Association board member, or at 515-370-2659 (cell).



Raccoon River Valley Trail Association
402 Main Street - Suite 1
Cooper, Iowa 50059
Phone: (515) 386-5488

Active Girl Fitness 2013 Boot Camp February  

Active Girl Fitness Adel Iowa
Dawn Hinton - Active Girl Fitness Upcoming Indoor Boot Camp Sessions this February in Adel at 907 1/2 Main St. (above Studio 110).

Join Trainer Dawn Hinton of Active Girl Fitness in her new location!

Hosted on Monday and Wednesday's:

Week 1- 2/4 & 2/6, 5:00-5:45 a.m.

Week 2- 2/11 & 2/13, 5:00-5:45 a.m.

Week 3- 2/18 & 2/20, 5:00-5:45 a.m.

Week 4- 2/25 & 2/27, 5:00-5:45 a.m.


$7 per class* OR Prepay the month in advance for $49 (One Class FREE) Cash or Check accepted*

Please - register online at Active Girl Fitness.

Active Girl Fitness
P.O. Box 141
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515) 208-5711

BThe Animal Hospital of Adel Moving Feb. 1st.
The Animal Hospital of Adel  The Animal Hospital of Adel, located on 9th St., will be moving to 1126 Greene St., the former Adel Family Dentistry building on February 1st.

The Animal Hospital, formerly Cedar Creek Animal Clinic in Adel was purchased by Dr. Jennifer Hoffelmeyer.

Dr. Hoffelmeyer has been a veterinarian in Adel since 2008 and on January 1st, she took ownership of the practice.

The Animal Hospital of Adel
1126 Greene St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3410
Fax: (515) 993-5763
Facebook: The Animal Hospital of Adel
Adel Food Pantry
Adel Food Pantry - Good Samaratin
The Good Samaritan Food Pantry is located at the Adel United Methodist Church. The West door under the canopy at the church is still the door to use.

The food pantry is available to people living in the ADM and Van Meter school district. Please don't forget to share your blessings with those in the community who are suffering financial distress and hunger.

Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m to 2:00p.m. The phone number is (515) 423-0753.

Contact Celia McCollum, Michelle Messer or Teresa Wichendahl about needs of the food pantry or how you can be of help to it.

Good Samaritan Food Pantry of Adel
United Methodist Church
115 South Tenth Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 423-0753
Brick Street BBQ - Cravings!
Brick Street BBQ - Adel, Iowa
Brick St BBQ Adel Iowa Are you craving BBQ... Brick Street Barbecue?

A little snow isn't stopping us from firing up the smoker and doing BBQ. Smoked low and slow with a combination of dry rubs and a smidge of sauce

Our technique results in the most tender, flavorful and delicious BBQ dining experience you'll find.

Call Merle by Wednesday and your order will be ready for pick up on Friday.

Reserve a date now for your next special event or when you have a craving for finger licking barbecue. Our BBQ is a favorite of customers from New York to Alaska.

Brick Street Barbecue
29048 Prospect Ave
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3049
Email: Email Merle Here
Website: www.BrickSt
Around Town
Penoach Winery - Adel, Iowa Shop Penoach Vineyard for Your Valentine Gifts

Penoach Winery in Adel will reopen for regular hours on Saturday, Feb. 2nd. They will be featuring their Sweet Iowa Raspberry wine and...  Continue Reading

Adel Snowman Contest 2013 Adel Parks Snowman Contest

Have fun as a family building a snowman. Build a snowman in any Adel City Park between now and March 15th...  Continue reading
4-H Adel Iowa 4-H Fundraiser at Raccoon Valley Community House

We'd like to invite everyone to a 4-H fundraiser at the Raccoon Valley Community House on Saturday, Feb. 9th, 9 a.m.- noon. Katelyn Wilderdyke will... Continue reading
ISU Dallas County Extension Office Local Food Growers to Meet Feb. 11th.

The Growing Food and Profit group will meet Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1204 13th Street, in Dallas Center... 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

United Methodist Church
Wednesday Night Suppers at Adel Methodist Church

Each Wednesday we offer a balanced meal to members of the church and to people in our community. We welcome everyone in the community to enjoy a meal... Continue reading 
United Methodist Church
Ash Wednesday Worship Service - Lent Begins Feb. 13th.

The Lenten season may not be the longest season in the church year but it is one of the most important seasons of the year. It is a time for spiritual preparation... Continue reading
Captains Quarters - Adel
Dave Miller at Captain's Quarters Feb. 2nd.

Come to Captain's Quarters in Adel, Saturday, February 2, 2013 to hear Dave Miller Sing from 7:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. It's a guaranteed good time... Continue reading
Eating Disorders Awareness 2013 - I Am Enough March 2

Eating Disorders Awareness 2013 - I Am Enough, Saturday, March 2nd. Waukee High School, 555 SE University Ave., Waukee,West Entrance... Continue reading
Essential Financial Lessons Adel iowa
Tired of Riding the Stock Market Roller Coaster?

You and your guest are cordially invited to a Complimentary Dinner and Educational Workshop where we discuss ways you can learn about the fastest... Continue Reading

Needle Thread
Super Bowl Week-End Sale - Adel Quilting & Dry Goods

Visit Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co. for their Super Bowl Week-End Sale, February 1st., 2nd. and 3rd. The more Fat Quarters you pick up, the more... Continue Reading
Kimanis Basketball Tourney
2013 Adel Kiwanis Club Youth Basketball Tourneys

The Adel Kiwanis is having their 7th Annual Boy's and Girl's Basketball Tournaments this winter. The tournaments have 5th-8th grade divisions...  Continue Reading
Chili Cookoff
Chili Cook-Off Super Bowl Sunday

Think you make the best of the best chili? Bring it to the Adel Family Fun Center, February 3rd. Entry fees is $5.00 per pot. Judging at 5:00 p.m... Continue Reading
Frozenfield softball Adel Iowa
4th Annual Frozen Field Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament

Bundle up and sign up now for Adel's 4th Annual Frozen Field Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament! This special adult softball tournament will... Continue Reading
BRR Ride
BRR Ride Exhibit at the Carnegie Museum This Feb.

Beginning February 1st., the Carnegie Library Museum in Perry will feature a display of artifacts from Perry's famous BRR ride. BRR Ride cofounder Jim... Continue Reading
Yoga Adel
Yoga Class in Adel - 2013

Due to the recent blizzard, the dates for the next session of Yoga in Adel have changed. The new 6 week series of classes begins on January 9th...  Continue reading

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February is always a long cold month in Iowa, but here at the Adel Public Library we have many wonderful events happening for adults, teens, and kids of all ages.

Information about the Adel Public Library and all of our clubs, events, and programs is always available on our website at, on our Facebook page, or our Twitter page.

The Be a Smart Cookie and Read Family Reading Program is in full swing.

Sign-up sheets and information packets are still available at the main desk.

Families earn raffle tickets for every three hours of reading time, and these tickets are for our Grand Prize drawing which will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22nd.

This year's Grand Prize is a one-night stay at the Ramada Tropics Resort in Urbandale which includes a room for four, passes to their indoor water park, and a $25.00 gift card from Fuller's BP of Adel.

Join us on Thursday, February 14th at 6:30 p.m. for a Deceptive Desserts Valentine's Day treat.

Families participating in the Family Reading Program should sign-up at the library by February 12th as spots are limited.

Kids can enter a Coloring Contest between now and February 20th to win a Melissa &*Doug™ Cookie Set

Coloring sheets are available at the library and the winners will be chosen at the finale on February 22nd.

Our Crumbelievable Finale for the Family Reading Program will be on Friday, February 22nd from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Stop by anytime during the finale to decorate cookies, sing karaoke, play games, and see who won the grand prize.

The library is excited to host Iowa author Bill Beaman for a talk about farming and writing.

The Beamans own a farm in Southwest Iowa and Bill has written the mystery novels called "The Iowa farmer's Wife Trilogy."

Bill will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 21st and he will have signed copies of his books available for purchase.

Scrap bookers are welcome to join our monthly Scrapbooking Group on Friday, February 1st at 6:00 p.m.

Come to the library on Tuesday, February 19th to watch the Classic Movie "9 to 5" starring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, and Lily Tomlin.

We'll watch the film on our big screen in the community room and popcorn will be provided.

Book Clubs are a great way to meet new people and share the love of reading.

The library has three monthly adult book clubs that are open to everyone.

The Movie and a Book Club will meet on Monday, February 4th to discuss the book "Chocolat" by Joanne Harris.

The group will meet in March to watch the film.

The Brown Bag Book Club meets on Thursday, February 14th at Noon to discuss "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot.

The Evening Book Club meets on Thursday, February 28th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss to discuss the 2013 All Iowa Reads selection  "The Year We Left Home" by Jean Thompson.

Join our Exercise Group three mornings each week and get your morning started in a fit and healthy way.

The exercise group meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. every week.

Complete schedules are available at the information desk.

Every Magnificent Monday at 4:00 p.m. we'll have a different activity; the first Monday of the month is Lego League, the second Monday is a Wii Play group, the third Monday is a Detective Story Time, the fourth Monday is a Science Club, and the fifth Monday will be a surprise!

Each time you come your name will be entered into a drawing for prizes that will be held in April.

All school aged kids are welcome to come and have fun at your library!

Story Time for ages 3-5 year olds will meet on Mondays, Toddler Time for children 3 and under will be held on Tuesdays, while Music Time for all preschoolers will meet on Thursdays. 

Each class will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is sure to be lots of fun.

Dallas County Conservation will host a 'Bald Eagle' Story Time on Tuesday, February 19th at 10:30 a.m.

The bald eagle is not only America's national symbol, but is also one of our largest birds.

These amazing birds have made comeback from near extinction and Iowa is one of their favorite winter destinations.

Find out what makes a bald eagle a bald eagle and where you can go to see this amazing creature.

The library will have Early Out Movies for all school-aged children twice in February.

On Wednesday, February 6th we'll be watching "Kung-Fu Panda II" and on Wednesday, February 20th we'll watch "Brave."

We watch the movies on our big screen at 2:00 p.m. and popcorn will be provided.

The Teen Group is hosting a Valentine's Craft and Bake Sale to raise funds for The Teen Advisory Board.

Crafts and goodies will be available during regular library hours on Saturday, February 9th.

The monthly meeting of the Teen Advisory Board is on Tuesday, February 12th at 4:00 p.m.

In April the library will be holding a 'How To Festival' on Saturday, April 13 and we are looking for local groups, business, or individuals who would be interested in teaching a short 'how to' class.

Our goal is to have multiple sessions where people learn 'how to' do something new.

Contact Paula if you have an idea you'd like to share or might be willing to teach a class at the festival.

We'll begin booking classes in February and we hope to involve many local businesses and groups in this new adult program.

Library Hours:

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

Trever Jayne
Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003

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Recipe of the Month
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Old World Stew

I can't take the credit, but my kids have always liked vegetables.  


From very early ages the girls chose to order salads, healthy soups, and vegetables on the side when we at out.  


Hearing tiny voices ask for salads with house dressing and extra broccoli continually shocked wait staff and inevitably brought around the statement "I wish my kids liked vegetables!"


Today, each girl maintains their own collection of vegetable focused recipes.  


I continue to be proud of their eagerness to try new things, and find myself smiling when they throw in one or two their mother or I can't say we typically prepare.


Below is what my daughter calls her "Old World Stew", named for the victory garden era vegetables her great grandmothers cooked, but were discarded from recipe books somewhere in the 1980s.




1 smoked Ham Hock

1 medium Onion, diced

1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 tsp Onion Powder

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Salt



2 T. Olive Oil

1 Onion, diced

3 Cloves Garlic, minced

3 stalks Celery, diced

2 Carrots, diced

3 Parsnips

1 Rutabaga, large

4 Turnips

15-20 Radishes, quartered

2 Potatoes, diced

1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 tsp Onion Powder

1 tsp Garlic Powder


1.  Place ham hock and onion in large stock pot, add seasoning, cover with water.

A great alternative is to cook the ham hock in a crock pot.

2. Bring to a simmer and cook over low to medium heat for several hours to create stock.

The longer it cooks, the better the flavor.

3. Drain and retain liquid and meat. Discard bones.

4. Peel away waxy exterior of parsnips, rutabaga, and turnips. Dice.

5. In large stock pot heat olive oil, garlic, and remaining vegetables until al dente, cooked but still firm.

6. Add meat, stock, and remaining seasoning. Allow to cook for at least 20 minutes, the longer the better.

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