"Helping the World Discover Adel" Newsletter
Vol. 65 March 2014
Dear Friend of Adel,

Welcome to March in Adel. Some how Terry convinced me that this was the month for Terry to do the feature story... "You know, something a little different... free reign. It'll be fun!"

If you're a follower of Terry's articles and reviews, you know they're fun and informative. But there is also an eccentric side to Terry, I mean, who else wears a parka and scarf in the summer?

Terry loves to have fun and after this winter who doesn't need a smile?  My apologies to Ferris.

So grab a cup of coffee, there a lot going on this month and we look forward to seeing you in Adel.


In This Issue
Terry Traveler "Explores" March
Invitation to 1st "Men of Adel Gathering"
Iowa Severe Weather Awareness Week
Al Dente Takes 2nd Place
American Legion Post 464 Chili Supper
Captain's Quarter's Events in March
Adel Waukee Fish Fry Fridays During Lent
'Raising a Thinking Child' Yields Positive Results
Family Storyteller Program Invests in the Future of Children
Smothered Baby Back Ribs for the Big Game
Spaghetti Benefit for Branden Bissell Mar. 29th
Wine & Canvas at Penoach March 30th
River Valley Golf Course March Events
What is DiscoverAdel.Com
BTerry Traveler "Explores" March
Terry Traveller Terry Traveler here, your local adventurer. I don't know about you, but I am ready for Spring!

Visiting the shops in Adel over the past few weeks I've noticed that most of our conversation of late has been about the weather. High winds, snow again... I for one am tired of it.

I started to count down the days to fight the drabs - only 20 days until Spring and shorter still until St. Patrick's Day March 17th.

Ah, St. Patrick's Day, it reminds me fondly of my German heritage.

I was studying the ceremonial habits of Scandinavian countries during the 1980s and found myself on a warm Spring day participating in a German heritage parade. It is the parade you see that reminds me of St. Patrick's Day.

It was a traditional parade; happy, smiling pedestrians waving to happy, smiling pedestrians. Then suddenly, from the float coming down the street, a commotion! As the float approached, boasting a banner for the most authentic costumes, I heard the best impression of Wayne Newton's "Danke Schon" this side of the Mississippi. I was impressed by the float's dedication to authenticity.

Overwhelming pride seems to sweeps over the audience and soon the crowd was rushing the stage. Synchronized dancing broke out along the plaza stairs, tubas and accordions roared along the avenue. Electrical workers, hanging on cables, danced and swayed to the music some 30 feet above the crowd.

The date wasn't important, was it March or May? It was finding a way to celebrate that lifted everyone's spirits.

So in honor of that spontaneous day in Chicago, a list of reason to celebrate March and be thankful that April is around the corner!

March 3rd is National I want You to Be Happy day - Valentine Day's other sister. Do something nice for someone for no reason other than it will make
them smile.

March 3rd is also If Pets Had Thumbs Day - You just know there's an ecard
for this.

March 4th is Hug a GI Day - It's the only date in the calendar that is an order, get it?.

March 6th is National Frozen Food Day - Enacted by President Reagan in 1984 to celebrate and appreciate all those convenient foods found in your freezer. I have an unidentified foil wrapped package that may or may not qualify.

March 9th is Panic Day - Yeah, like I'm waiting until the 9th... deadlines are a constant around here.

March 10th is Middle Name Pride Day - Hopefully yours isn't "The". And no, it's not short for Theodore.

March 13th is Ear Muff Day - Big Fan! Look at my profile. Interesting that it is in March and not January.

March 16th is the start of National Bubble Week - Go ahead, blow bubbles in your milk, I won't tell. Not to be confused with Bubble wrap day, that was in January.

March 20th is not only the 1st Day of Spring, but also International Earth Day and Extraterrestrial Abductions Day. I'm not sure how exactly, but that fits into a conspiracy theory somewhere.

March 22nd is National Goof Off Day! - Now this one sounds like my kind of day!

March 23rd is Near Miss Day - In 1989, an asteroid the size of a mountain, came within 500,000 miles of hitting Earth. I maintain we were saved by a super hero. Hey, there are some conspiracy theories I like, and some I don't like.

March 29th is Festival of Smoke and Mirrors Day - Anyone want to help me saw Chris in half?

And a day I'm looking forward to - March 30th is Take a Walk in the Park Day. If the forecast holds true March will be out like a lamb at this point and we'll be able to enjoy the day with 40 degree weather, sunshine, and bermuda shorts. I'll still have the scarf and parka on since good fashion is timeless!

March 31st is Bunsen Burner Day - Celebrating the birthday of German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen, who created the Bunsen Burner.  See, it all comes back around eventually. You've got to stick around for the punch line kids!

Happy Spring everybody!

-Terry Traveler
Invitation to 1st "Men of Adel Gathering"
Men of Adel All men from Adel and the surrounding area are invited to the ADM Middle School Commons area Saturday, March 1st., and March 8th at 7:30 a.m.

Biscuits and gravy breakfast will be served.

We will be meeting to get to know each other better and to identify areas to serve our community.

In addition, Van Harden will be sharing from his new book "Life in the Purple Wedge".

For more information, contact Tim Bohlen at (515) 249-4857 or email him at

Event Location - ADM Middle School Commons
801 Nile Kinnick Dr South
Adel, IA 50003
Iowa Severe Weather Awareness Week 24 - 28
LSB Insurance March 24 - 28th is Iowa Severe Weather Awareness Week!
Spring storm season is just around the corner, so now is the time to prepare.
Iowa experiences snow storms,
tornadoes, flooding and other severe weather every year, many times striking with very little warning. 

Severe Weather Awareness Week is an annual event to remind Iowans that severe weather is part of living in our state and that understanding the risks and how to respond to them can save lives.
LSB Insurance is proud to support Severe Weather Awareness Week and encourages everyone to:
Make a Plan - create a family communication plan, know the emergency plan
for your work place.

Build a Kit - put together an emergency kit and be sure that everyone in your home knows where it is.

Be Aware - Pay attention to the news. Invest in a NOAA weather radio to receive weather alerts. Install weather or emergency alerts on your mobile phone.
LSB Insurance encourages disaster preparation during severe weather
awareness week and beyond.

Call Lori or Josh to review your coverage before the next storm strikes!


LSB Insurance
805 Main St # 3
Adel IA 50003
Office: 515-993-5663
BAl Dente Takes 2nd Place at 2014 Bacon Fest
Al Dente Toffee 2nd Place The 2014 Bacon Festival Restaurant Winners have been announced.

Al Dente Toffee from Adel, took 2nd Place in the Sweet Dish category with their Maple Bacon Waffle Toffee.

Owner John Ramano was very happy with the news, especially since this was their first year participating. He promises a 1st place win for next year.

There is still time to pick up a bag before they run out.

Al Dente Toffee - Romano and Co.
109 N. 9th St.
Adel, Iowa, 50003
Facebook: AlDenteToffee?ref=br_tf
BAmerican Legion Post 464 Chili Supper
American Legion Post 464 Adel Iowa Veteran's young and old!!

Come to the Adel American Legion Post 464, 119 North 9th Street, Westside of the Square, and join us for a Chili Supper prior to our monthly meeting on March 3rd, at 6:00 p.m.

We would like veterans that are not members to come and meet fellow veterans and learn about the American Legion.

Are you a Veteran? If you have spent at least one day of active military service during the dates below and were honorably discharged or are still serving, you are eligible to join fellow veterans of the American Legion.

August 2, 1990 - Open December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990
August 24, 1982 - July31 1984 February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955 December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946
April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918
Merchant Marines December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946

The American Legion places high importance on preserving our American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation's children, caring for veterans and their families, and perhaps most importantly, teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.

American Legion
Post 464
119 N. 9th. Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4080
BCaptain's Quarter's Events in March

Captains Quarters and CQ Brewing - Adel IowaA Rogue Brewing representative will be at Captain's Quarters in Adel, March 22nd for a tap take-over! 

We'll be serving from 7:00 p.m. to Close

We will have Rogue swag to give away.

This will be a big event! Rogue Brewing is from Oregon and they called me.

They said they have heard a lot about us here at Captain's Quarters and wanted to do something. This puts Adel is on the brewing map!

St Paddys Day in Adel Iowa Captain's Quarters is throwing a St. Patty's Day Party on Friday, March 15th!

We will have two of our beers on tap!
It will be an all Iowa beer on tap party.

The band RAC will be playing at 8:00 p.m.

Stop by and celebrate with the Captain!

You can find us on facebook at "" or you can call the bar at 515 993-4417.

Monday - Thursday: We open the doors at 2:00 p.m.
Friday: We open at 2:00 p.m. and stay open until 2:00 a.m.
Saturday: We open at 10:00 a.m. and stay open until 2:00 a.m.
Sunday: We open at High Noon and close the doors at Midnight

Captain's Quarters
807 Main Street
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4417

BAdel Waukee Fish Fry Fridays During Lent
Adel Waukee Knights of Columbus Feed Your Family for $25. The Adel Waukee Knights of Columbus is hosting a Fish Fry on the Friday's of Lent, March 7th thru April 11th.

Serving 5:00-7:30 p.m. at St. Boniface Parish Hall, 1200 Warrior Lane, Waukee Iowa.

Menu includes; Fish fried or baked, fried shrimp, various side dishes, breakfast potato and a drink. Cheese Pizza also offered. Home Made Desserts available for purchase from the youth group. Served by the Knights Of Columbus.

$8 Adults
$4 Children ages 3-10
$25 immediate family maximum.

Adel Waukee Knights of Columbus
B 'Raising a Thinking Child' Yields Positive Results Program
ISU Extension and Outreach - Dallas County Iowa 'Raising a Thinking Child' Yields Positive Results - Family living program coming to the Dallas County area

The famous author, Dr. Seuss, is attributed with saying, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."

The ability of choice is a powerful one, and when it comes to children it's important for parents to help guide how their child should think without dictating what to think. This is one of the many skills participants will learn during "Raising a Thinking Child", an eight-week program for parents of children ages four to seven.

Presented by Iowa State Extension and Outreach Family Life Program Specialist Joy Rouse, this evidence-based program was designed to provide parents with the tools necessary to help their children solve daily conflicts, explore alternative solutions, consider the feelings of others and decide whether or not a formulated idea is the most suitable choice.

Obvious results were observed by attendees after implementing the lessons they learned from Raising a Thinking Child within their own homes. Reports of children becoming more in control of their emotions by displaying patient and less bossy behavior while exhibiting fewer outbursts were common. Parents also noticed changes within their own disciplining style as they remained calm, yelled less and listened more during disputes.

"I think my kids' behavior has changed because I have changed my approach," one participant said. "It is a hard thing to retrain the way you think and takes a lot of work to make the change, but it works," expressed another.

This series will be held at the Waukee YMCA on Tuesdays, March 25-May 13 from 9:30-11 a.m.

With funding from 4RKids Early Childhood Iowa Area, program cost and provided on-site child care are free, however registration is required by calling the Dallas County Extension and Outreach office at (515) 993-4281.

Dallas County ISU Extension Office
28059 Fairground Road
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4281
Fax: (515) 993-1027
B Family Storyteller Program Invests in the Future of Children
ISU Extension and Outreach Dallas County Iowa The Family Storyteller Invests in the Future of Children Program helps parents promote child's early literacy

Research has shown the single best indicator of future school success rests within early language, reading and writing skills.

Because of this fact, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Dallas County will be facilitating Family Storyteller, a six-week program designed to help parents guide their two to six year olds to become more active in literacy.

For the first half of this one hour session, parents are taught key skills that can enhance their child's reading experience. By learning how to read expressively, point to pictures, effectively label items, have children predict the book's events and link the story to the child's real life, parents allow their young to become more active in the story.

Additionally, each week participants will receive one free book and take-home enrichment activities so both parent and child can continue to develop literacy skills outside of the course.

Analysis following the program has shown not only do parents feel more confident helping their child learn but the children also increased their understanding of basic reading and language concepts.

In 2013, Family Storyteller was held at Head Start in Perry and post-surveys revealed families reported implementing the skills learned, an increase in the number of books read throughout the week and the frequency of reading time.

ISU Dallas Co Extension Office
The National Research Council asserts academic success can be predicted with reasonable accuracy by a child's reading skill level at the end of 3rd grade. Parents who participate in the Family Storyteller program learn how to enhance their child's literary experience, therefore increasing the chance of this success.

This free event will take place at the Adel Library on Mondays, March 24-April 28 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Registration is required. Sign up at the library's front desk or call (515) 993-3512.

For additional questions, contact Extension Educator Lisa Mickelson at (515) 993-4281 or

Dallas County ISU Extension Office

28059 Fairground Road
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4281
Fax: (515) 993-1027
BSmothered Baby Back Ribs for the Big Game
Brick Street Barbecue Adel Iowa Why not serve smothered Baby Back Ribs at your "Big Game" party? Your family and friends will be delighted.

Call Merle from Brick Street Barbecue at (515) 250-1687. His technique results in the most tender, flavorful and delicious BBQ dining experience you'll find.

Brick Street Barbecue
29048 Prospect Ave
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3049
BSpaghetti Benefit for Branden Bissell Mar. 29
Branden Bissell Kylee Sirdoreus Short is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for  Branden Bissell on March 29th, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Raccoon Valley Bank Community House in Adel.

Branden is a specialist in the army reserves, friend, son, and father. In January at the age of 22 he was
diagnosed with Leukemia.

With a fighting spirit (hooah) Branden has been in Iowa City at the University of Iowa receiving chemo therapy. His never back down attitude is up lifting to all.

Please join in raising money for all the medical expenses it is taking to get this brave soldier, father of 1 year old daughter, friend and son back to normal.

Spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce
Side Salad
Homemade Dessert Bar
And A Drink.

$8:00 for adults
$4:00 for children 12 and under

They are still in need supplies for the dinner as the head count is approaching 100 people. A list of items needed can be found here. If you can contribute in any way it would be much appreciated. Facebook Invitation

Event Location:
Raccoon Valley Bank Community House

1016 Main Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
BWine & Canvas at Penoach March 30th
Penoach Vineyard Winery Nursery Adel Iowa
Wine and Canvas at Penoach Winery - Adel Iowa
There is still sign up for Wine and Canvas at Penoach Winery. Due to demand a second sign-up has been added for March 30th, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Price Per Seat: $35.00
To secure your spot, visit the Wine & Country registration page.

Penoach Winery
26759 N Avenue
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4374
Facebook: Penoach-Vineyard-Winery
BRiver Valley Golf Course March Events
River Valley Golf Course Greetings from River Valley!

It has been an extremely cold and dreary winter, and we are aching to get out on the course.

We have been working hard in the shop to get ready to open for the upcoming season. Now we just need some cooperation from Mother Nature so we can warm up and get outside.

For all those also ready to get outside, we have some great deals for our 2014 Season Passes. Our passes are a great value if you like to get out and have fun playing golf. Along with the great value of the pass, we offer convenient payment options. Please feel free to check out our website for more details on the different pass types and contact us with any questions.

We also have our Men's Spring League sign-ups going on right now as well. This is a fun, competitive 2-man league that plays on Tuesdays at 5:30pm. We have weekly skins games and hole prizes to keep things fun while playing a tournament style match play format. Our league is also a great value lasting 16 weeks of 9-holes with cart, prizes, range use, 2 parties and more. Spots are limited to the 1st 24 prepaid teams. We will then start a waiting list until we reach 36 teams to use both 9s.

Lastly, we have one more preparation to get us ready for the upcoming golf season. We are in need of summer help! If you are interested in joining our family out here for a fun golf season, we would like to talk with you.

We have both full and part time positions available for inside the clubhouse or outside on the grounds crew. All of our employees also receive golf privileges while working with us. Please check out our "Job Opportunities" page on our website for more details and a link to our application download.

We are looking forward to a great season, and hope you all will join us out here soon!

Curt Wahlert
General Manager
River Valley Golf Course
22927 Valley View Trl
Adel, Iowa 50003
Clubhouse:(515) 993-4029
Mobile:(515) 978-8290
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Brenton Arboretum Brenton Arboretum Spring Play Week March 17th - 21st.

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March is here and spring is almost sprung!  


We have some exciting events at your library this spring, including a new Science Camp over spring break and a fun Sherlock Holmes presentation from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  


We are also very excited to host our 2nd Annual How To Festival on the first Saturday in April and co-host the first ever Dallas County Library Association Toddler Festival on the second Saturday in April.



Adel Public Library has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a presentation called Sherlock Holmes in Turn-of-the-Century Britain

by Dr. Richard Caplan on Saturday, March 22nd at 10:30 am.   



A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa's communities.


The stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have inspired generations of readers devoted to Sherlock Holmes.   

Dr. Richard Caplan, an authority on Sherlock Holmes, recently published a book concerning Doyle's famous detective.   


This special interest in the subject also allows exploration of life in Britain at the start of the twentieth century, as well as providing much enjoyment.     


Using his background in medicine and his love of literature, Dr. Caplan explores the persisting phenomenon of the great detective's astounding longevity.   


This program is free, and open to the public, and if you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance please call 515-993-3512 in advance of the program.     


To get us into the sleuthing mood, we'll be showing the movie "Sherlock Holmes" starring Robert Downey Jr. and Judd Law on our big screen on Friday, March 21st at 11:00 am.



During Spring Break (03/17 - 03/21) your library will have an exciting Scales and Tales Science Camp for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.  


Each day from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. we'll learn about snakes, frogs, turtles, and lizards, and herps and how these incredible animals are alike and how they are different.    


On the last day of the camp Blank Park Zoo will visit the library. Please sign-up your kids by March 14th as space is limited!




In addition to our regular weekly children's activities we have three other events in March:

Our Lego League will gather together to build all kinds of creative things on Monday, February March 3rd at 4:00 p.m. Come build with us!


Our Early Out Movie for all school-aged children is on Tuesday, March 11th when we'll be watching "Monster's University" on our big screen at 2:00 p.m; we'll bring the popcorn!


The always exciting Dallas County Conservationist will host a nature themed story time on Tuesday, March 18th at 10:30 a.m.


We decided to revisit the classic teen movie "Sixteen Candles" at our next Classic Movie Monday.

Join us on Monday, March 10th at 2:00 p.m.


Our book clubs are always welcoming new people to our fun-filled discussions.  


The Brown Bag Book Club meets on Thursday, March 13th at Noon to talk about the novel "Impatient with Desire: the Lost Journal of Tamsen Donner" by Gabrielle Burton.  


The Evening Book Club will meet on Thursday, March 27th at 7:00 p.m. to talk about the novel "Dark Places" by New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn.  



Your library will be hosting our second annual 'How To Festival' on Saturday, April 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  


Come and take a short 'how to' class where you will learn 'how to' do something new.  


Full information about classes and presenters is available online at  



The Dallas County Library Association and 4 R Kids ECI are hosting a Dallas County Toddler Festival on Saturday, April 12th from 10:00 a.m. to Noon in the community building at the Dallas County Fairgrounds.  


We'll have two hours of free activities dedicated to toddlers and their caregivers and each child will receive a free book just for attending the festival!




Information about the Adel Public Library and all of our clubs, events, and programs is available on our website at,  

or you can follow us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.


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
DDiscover Chef
Fried Cabbage

Each St. Patrick's Day I get to cook something I can't cook otherwise- fried cabbage.

I'm not sure how traditional my recipe is, especially after my daughters got a hold of it, but its a must have in my house, right along with the good-nature groans it evokes.

For those in the family that like fried cabbage with its slightly crunchy, salty, and bacon flavored goodness, the smell reminds us of sitting down to the table with generations of family members to enjoy a hearty meal.

For the others, its pungent aroma and "greasy mess" is handled with a great amount of courage.

A few years ago we struck a compromise and began cooking the cabbage outside on the gas grill.

Around this time my daughter began "correcting" the recipe into something slightly healthier and less messy.

But in weather like this the whole production gets moved inside and I want something that will stick to my bones.

So here are both the traditional recipe and its healthier alternatives.

Just make sure to open the kitchen windows and turn on the oven vent and you should be fine!

One word of caution, don't overcook the cabbage. The final product should not look like baby food.

As always, adjust the process to your personal preference.


1 head Cabbage, cored and
1 yellow Onion, diced
2 cloves Garlic (optional)
1 pound Bacon, diced
   (Alternative= 1/2 pound)
4 T. Olive Oil (Alternative= 1 T. Olive Oil and 3/4 C.
   Chicken Stock)
Salt & Pepper (to taste)


1. In a large dutch oven, cook the diced bacon at a medium-low temperature- do not use high heat.

2. Reserve bacon and drippings, set aside.

3. In the same pan, heat the olive oil and caramelize the onion and garlic over medium-low heat.

4. Add the cabbage.
**Add bacon grease, toss vegetables to coat. Season with Salt and Pepper.

5. Stir the cabbage consistently, every few minutes to prevent burning.

6. Cook until cabbage is tender, with a bit of crunch.

7. Add crumbled bacon to the pot and stir to combine.

** Alternative: Add Chicken stock along with 2 tablespoons reserved bacon grease, discard remaining grease.

a. Toss vegetables to coat. Season with Salt and Pepper. Place lid over cabbage and allow to steam for 10-15 minutes.

b.Remove the lid and allow liquid to reduce until cabbage is tender, with a bit of crunch.

c. Continue to stir occasionally throughout process.

Talk With Your City Councilman
Adel Iowa

City council member Bryan Welch would like to hear comments, concerns, and suggestions from Adel residents.

He will be at the Adel library the 2nd. Saturday, of every month, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the board room.

Answers to questions from last month's meeting will be presented.
City of Adel
301 S. 10th Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4525
Fax: (515) 993-4527
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