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"Helping the World Discover Adel" - Vol. 103 May 2017
When Lori and I were first starting out we had a place across the street from the local bakery. I was addicted to fresh pastries and fresh baked bread. The baker and his wife created some of the best food in the county, and there would be a line to pick up baked items for the holidays. No Easter was complete without a dozen hot crossed buns.

But the most lasting impression for me was the knowledge they passed onto their kids and employees. Training them in each aspect of the business and customer service, life skills actually.

This month we have an interview with Peg DeLoriea from the Adel Brick Street Bakery. The bakery is so much more than a place to pick up a fresh donut to go with your morning coffee.

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

Brick Street Bakery - Adel IA

Brick Street Bakery - Adel IA
Peg DeLoriea
Peg DeLoriea - Brick St. Bakery

Freshly baked-goods are available in Adel! This month, we spoke with Cafe & Bakery Business Manager Peg DeLoriea of Optimae LifeServices about the new Brick Street Bakery, located on the west side of the courthouse square at 109 North 9th Street.

In 2011, Optimae LifeServices opened Brick Street Books & Cafe, located at 803 Main Street in Adel. Brick Street Books & Cafe is a bookstore and coffeehouse that serves as a hub of social activity, bringing together all walks of life.

The micro business offers a supported workplace, serving customers with mental illnesses and intellectual disabilities. Through the company's core values of choice, respect, teamwork, and education, Optimae micro businesses provide opportunities to grow and work in family-like environments. By matching people's skills with the work they love, Optimae gives customers a valued role while helping them climb out of poverty and become productive members of their communities.

"When our employees navigate in their community to establish banking, shopping, legal services, volunteer and church opportunities, they seek these opportunities with greater confidence. The community is no longer a stranger to them because they have worked in a position serving the community"

Peg is honored to help her clients learn new life skills through encouragement and understanding, lessons she learned herself working as an Executive Chef for many years.

"I have such a passion for this [work]. Its awesome when we can come along side people who struggle to find their role and place and help them find it. And help the community understand that our [customers] have a role and a place- that their valued role and place is no less impacting on the world than mine or yours. This life is hard enough and we spend a lot of time at work. We should be enjoying the experience."

Customer employees receive one-on-one job coaching to provide them with education and support they need to be successful on the job. With the addition of Adel's Brick Street Bakery in 2016, Optimae LifeServices now runs 10 micro businesses spread across Central and Southeastern Iowa that support more than 80 jobs for its customers.

Brick Street Bakery Adel Iowa
The Brick Street Cafe offers a classic cafe menu including breakfast items, organic coffee drinks, catering options, homemade soups, luncheon salads, and sandwiches.

Thanks to overwhelming support, the Cafe's popularity could not keep up with the restaurant's need for fresh baked breads, pies, and pastries as well as the increasing catering demands in the small kitchen.

In September 2016, Optimae opened the Brick Street Bakery to provide their customers with another employment opportunity and expand the baked goods available to the Adel community. Optimae also relocated its main offices to 401 Visions Parkway to better serve Dallas County customers.

The Brick Street Bakery offers fresh pastries and baked goods such as donuts, pies, muffins, bread, and pastries. The bakery uses a single drop method for dispensing the batter into the oil, and turns the donuts by hand- an old school method that creates an outstanding flavor and consistency.

Bakery guests enjoy the historic building with picturesque views of the downtown square. Paired with fair-trade organic coffee and espresso drinks, the bakery has quickly become a favorite spot for Adel citizens.
Brick Street Bakery - Adel IA
Want to share your favorite spot?

Help name the Brick Street Bakery the Sweetest Bakery in America!

Like the bakery's Facebook page
and enter to win weekly prizes.

Vote daily in-store and online now through July 31st, 2017.
Coming in 2017, Optimae will be adding a patio to the bakery.

"We want to give something back to Adel for being so good to us. Let's promote community; let's create a safe, inviting, family-oriented area for people to enjoy. The blueprints have been designed and the new patio will start construction soon. I can tell you there will be bike racks. The patio will be available for the community's enjoyment."

Brick Street Bakery - Adel IA
L-R: Sarah, Sadona, Peg, Wilma, Pam, Rose
Peg cannot stress enough how happy she is to see the Brick Street Bakery and Brick Street Books & Café making a difference in Adel.

"If we can promote relationships and provide a place for that to happen, we are going to do it. We enjoy seeing friends and family meet at our locations and spend quality time. We are blessed to be able to provide this for our community.

We have wonderful teams at the Café and Bakery and their passion is to serve. It's not about me or what ability I have, but about the entire team, working together, growing, and creating an atmosphere where life occurs."

If you would like to help customers gain life skills and knowledge to enter the workforce, join Optimae! Optimae LifeServices is currently seeking part-time and full-time job coaches. Named one of Iowa's top workplaces by the Des Moines Register, Optimae offers competitive salaries and benefits, including health, vision and dental insurance, paid time off, paid life insurance, bereavement leave and anniversary bonuses.

To learn more, please visit

Adel Brick Street Bakery
Brick Street Bakery
109 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 478-1187

Peg DeLoriea
Brick Street Business Manager
401 Visions Parkway, Suite A
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 250-4305

LSB Adel Grand Reopening
Help Us Celebrate May 10th! 

Come visit Lincoln Savings Bank at our new address for our Grand Reopening Celebration!

Our Team Thanks You for the continued privilege to serve the community! Wednesday, May 10th 5:00 - 8:00 pm

We have a brand new office but our same home-town team is excited to celebrate with you!

Stop by for live music, delicious food and lots of fun!
LSB - Adel Iowa
Lincoln Savings Bank and LSB Insurance
312 Nile Kinnick South
Adel IA 50003
Office: 515-993-5663

Lincoln Savings Bank, Member FDIC

Chad Elliott
Chad Elliott - Free Concert May 10th at LSB 

Free Concert 6 - 7:30 pm May 10th!

Come out and enjoy the great sounds of Chad Elliot  in the Lincoln Savings Bank at 312 Nile Kinnick S. Adel.

Live Music, Free Food and Lots of Fun as part of their Grand Reopening Celebration!
Lincoln Savings Bank | LSB Insurance
312 Nile Kinnick South
Adel IA 50003
Office: 515-993-5663

Lincoln Savings Bank, Member FDIC
NAOA Brake For Savings

NAPA May 2017
Anniversary Savings at Adel and Perry Auto Parts NAPA Stores 

Brake for great NAPA deals all month at Adel Auto Parts!

Save up to $50 by mail from NAPA Brakes with qualifying purchases of brake pads/shoes AND rotors/ drums.

Make that brake job easier with a can of CRC Brakleen Brake Parts Cleaner, on sale for just $2.69.

Take advantage of the nice weather and spruce up your ride with Armor All!

Perfect for cleaning and protecting glass, leather, and more. On sale May 1st-31st.

John and the crew are Celebrating 16 years in business!
Check out their Specials Page for added Savings!
Adel Auto Parts NAPA
Adel Auto Parts Corporation
809 Main Street * Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: 515-993-3212

Perry Auto Parts
1001 3rd. Street * Perry,Iowa 50220
Phone: 515-465-4615

Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Iowa Clay Festival - Adel Iowa
5th annual Iowa Clay Festival -
May 13th and 14th   

Penoach Winery's 5th annual Iowa Clay Festival is on May 13 and 14, 10 am - 4 pm both days

Eighteen Iowa potters will be displaying and selling their pottery next to the vineyard.

Food will be available from Mean Gene's Catering. We will also have free wine tastings throughout the day.!

Penoach Winery
Penoach Winery
26759 N Ave.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4374
Facebook: Penoach-Vineyard-Winery
Merle Brick Street Barbecue
Enjoy Brick Street BBQ for One or Many this Spring and Summer!

If you're having an Event this Spring or Summer, give Merle at Brick Street BBQ a call at (515) 250-1687.

Mouth watering BBQ Ribs, Pulled Pork, Pork Loin, Chicken, Beef Brisket, and Beef Tenderloin. Merle can prepare the full meal or just the meat.

Whichever you prefer, you'll be glad you made the call! Our BBQ is a favorite of customers from New York to Alaska.

Brick Street BBQ
29048 Prospect Ave * Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3049
Adel Chocolate Walk 2
Adel Chocolate Walk May 13th

Join Adel HealthMart, Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co., Decor Adel, Brick Street Books & Cafe, Brick Street Bakery, and Studio Q 360 for Adel's 4th annual Chocolate Walk!

Each business will be serving up a yummy chocolate treat along with the recipe.

Obtain a passport at any location and have it stamped at each business to be entered to win one of 6 gift baskets, each valued at $50.

The event this year is Saturday, May 13th from 10am-3pm. As always, this event is FREE!

Come out to Adel to enjoy shopping and lunch and of course FREE chocolate!. More information on Facebook.
Adel Family Fun Center
Adel Family Fun Center -
Free Bowling For A Year!

We are giving away FREE bowling for an entire year to 2 lucky winners! 1 youth (under 18) and 1 adult (19+).

All you have to do is come in during the month of May and bowl a game!

For every game bowled it's an entry into the drawing!
Visit for all the details!

Adel Family Fun Center
1526 Greene St * Adel, IA 50003
Phone: 515-993-3350
Andrea Nelson ISU Ext Region 13
Andrea Nelson
ISU Ext. & Outreach Announces New Regional Director  

Andrea Nelson has accepted the position of regional director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Region 13 serving Dallas, Polk, Madison and Warren counties effective May 1.

Nelson currently serves as executive director of the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Polk County. Prior to this, she also served as office manager, county youth coordinator, personnel manager and 4-H internal program coordinator.

"We are so pleased Andrea has accepted the role as regional director. As executive director of ISU Extension and Outreach in Polk County, she brought change and transformation that aligned with the goals and mission of Extension and Outreach," said Bob Dodds, assistant vice president for county services with ISU Extension and Outreach. "We congratulate and welcome her to her new role with Extension and Outreach."

As regional director, Nelson will provide leadership to county extension councils and oversee delivery of regional educational programs that align with needs of the region.
Jeff-Jackson - ISU Ext Dallas County
Jeff Jackson
ISU Ext. Dallas County - New Executive Director Jeff Jackson 

Jeff Jackson has accepted the newly created position of executive director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Dallas County effective May 1.

Jackson currently serves as county youth coordinator at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Polk County. He has over 12 years' experience in developing and coordinating educational programming and positive youth development.

Jackson has had significant success in developing strong partnerships and worked with community leaders in the Des Moines metro. Prior to that he worked for Michigan State University Extension and Outreach.  Jackson is a seven year alumni of Michigan 4-H program.

"We are excited Jeff is joining us as executive director in Dallas County.  As county youth coordinator in Polk County, he established partnerships and programming that benefited hundreds of Polk County youth.  We look forward to his help in growing our services for Dallas County that will align with the goals and missions of ISU Extension and Outreach, " said Julie Kiley, chairperson of Dallas County Extension Council.  "We congratulate and welcome Jeff to Dallas County."

As executive director, Jackson will provide leadership to the Dallas County Extension Council and staff while overseeing delivery of educational programs that align with the needs of Dallas County. 
ISU Ext Office - Dallas County Iowa
ISU Ext. and Outreach in Dallas County
28059 Fairground Road

Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4281
Fax: (515) 993-1027
Nice Bangs
Nice Bangs at Rock'n Friday  

Join the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce at the Stage and Pavilion for a FREE evening of entertainment May 19th, Sponsored by Landmark Companies Inc.

Nice Bangs will play from 7-10 pm.

Nice Bangs is a fun party band that covers a wide variety of music from the 60s to today, although public outcry has demanded a disproportionate number of rock songs from the 80s.

BYOB - Bring your own Basket of food and snacks, drinks regular or adult and enjoy the evening. Don't forget lawn chairs, friends and family.

Questions may be directed to, (515) 993-5472 and

Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
AdelPartners Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 73, 301 S.
10th Street, 2nd Floor
Adel, IA 50003
Email: Chamber@AdelPartners.Org
Facebook: AdelPartnersChamberOfCommerce
BASE Adel Iowa
BASE® Staff Volunteers at
Meals from the Heartland

BASE® employees spent a Friday afternoon packaging meals for the hungry at Meals from the Heartland, a charity located in West Des Moines, Iowa.

In two short hours, over 17,000 meals were packaged to send to malnourished people in Iowa, across the United States and around the world.

BASE® was excited to be involved in helping others in need and jumped at the opportunity to donate their time. Laura Radebaugh and Jessica Reynolds, employees at BASE®, organized the event for the company.

"When asking for charity ideas we could do as a team, we got the suggestion to package meals at Meals from the Heartland from an employee. It turned out to be a huge success. Our staff is wonderful and volunteered their personal time to work as a team and help feed people. We all worked hard and had a great time in the 2 hour shift and packaged 17,000 meals for those in need," Laura stated.

Base and Heartland
Each person had their own specific job including packaging, weighing food, sealing and boxing the meal for shipping. The staff from Meals from the Heartland made the experience by providing a fun atmosphere, motivation and encouragement.

The BASE® staff was accompanied by many other groups from around the community helping to support the cause.

Inspired by a food-packaging event held by a church in West Des Moines back in 2007, Meals from the Heartland has encouraged thousands of volunteers to come together year-round for this meal packaging effort. They are always looking for additional groups and volunteers from the community to donate their time and support this cause.

601 Visions Pkwy * Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-5050
Adel Public Library
May Events at the Adel Library
At the Adel Public library, we are looking towards summer and anticipating all of our fun summer activities and programs.

Dallas County Library Association and 4 R Kids ECI are hosting our annual Dallas County Toddler Festival on Saturday, May 6th from 10:00 am to Noon in the agricultural building at the Dallas County Fairgrounds.

We'll have two hours of free activities dedicated to toddlers and their caregivers, including visitors from the Blank Park Zoo and some of our favorite fairytale princesses and super heroes.
Each child will receive a free book just for attending the festival!
Our last week of regular children's programming for this school year ends on Thursday, May 4th but programming will resume after the Summer Reading Kick-off in June.
Join us as Wee Watch the movie "Sing" on the big screen on Wednesday, May 10th at 2:00 pm.
The annual meeting of the Friends of the Adel Public Library Foundation will be on Monday May11th at 6:30 pm when we'll elect new officers.
Historian Rod Stanley presents "The Underground Railroad in Dallas and Guthrie Counties" on Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30 pm.
Iowa's Rocket Girl Barbara Paulson
will visit the library on Thursday, May 18th at 2:00 pm to speak about her time at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and her work on Corporal Rockets. Space for this program is limited to just twenty people, so please register in advance at the library.
Garage sale season is back and have our first Friends Foundation Garage Sale of the year on Friday May 26th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday May 27th. From 10:00 am to Noon.
Our Build a Better World Summer Reading Program starts soon and the library is excited to host Blank Park Zoo at our Kick off programs in June. Last year over 700 people participated in our programs and read over 10,000 hours! Ms. Paula and Ms. Michelle are busily planning all kinds of exciting events and activities for each of the four age groups; babies, kids, teenagers, and adults.

Sign-ups for all Summer Reading programs begin on Tuesday May 31st!  
We are thrilled to receive a grant from the Dallas County Foundation which provides the funds for a new floor to be installed in our Community Room!

Thanks to our Friends Foundation for their matching funds.

The library has been blessed to receive additional grant funds from the Adel Rotary Club which has allowed us to purchase more Playaway Launchpads.

These tablets are designed for library circulation and pre-loaded with learning apps and games grouped by subject area, theme, age, and grade level.

The Launchpads have been widely popular and we're excited to see them in the hands of so many patrons as they make learning fun!
Your library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th.
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.
Adel Public Library 
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: 515-993-3512 
Library Hours: 
Mondays and Fridays, 10 am to 5 pm 
Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 am to 7 pm 
Saturdays, 10 am to 1:30 pm. 
Recipes From Home
Recipe of the Month - Cheesecake Truffles        

You've heard the saying, too many cooks in the kitchen, never more true than in our house.

With so many talented cooks, we are bound to step on each others toes once in a while. Especially when we try to make something new and different.

Recently, our oldest daughter was tasked with coming up with a bite-sized, sweet dessert with few ingredients and simple steps. She had a list of tried and true recipes off the top of her head, but no, she wanted to try something different.

She spent several days throwing out ideas to her sisters, mother, aunt, and grandmothers. It seemed that each "original" recipe she came up with had already been created by one, if not all, of the cooks in the family.

Finally, she struck gold - she realized if you can't beat them, join them. She took the world-class cake making ability of her aunt, mixed it with her sisters' love of tiny cookie scoops, and glazed it all with melted chocolate.

Presenting Cheesecake Truffles - not an original recipe, but one that's sure to please all the cooks in your kitchen!

Cheesecake Truffles:
16 oz. Cream Cheese
6 T. Butter
3/4 C. Graham Crackers, crushed
1/8 tsp. Vanilla
2 C. Powdered Sugar
20 oz. Chocolate Chips

1. Bring Cream Cheese and Butter to room temp.

2. In a large bowl, mix Cream Cheese and Butter until combined.

3. Add Vanilla and Graham Cracker Crumbs, mix well.

4. Add Powdered Sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until well combined. 

5. Cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight. 
6. Line cookie sheet with wax paper.

7. Scoop chilled batter into balls, place on wax paper.

8. Chill again for 10-20 minutes.

9. Melt Chocolate Chips in the microwave, stirring every 15 seconds until smooth.

10. Dip each truffle into the Chocolate, covering completely.

11. Place back on wax paper and let cool until chocolate has hardened.

Kitchen Tip: Best when kept chilled.

Terry Traveler - This Day
Terry - Joins a Band            

Hello, my friends, hello. It is I, the one, the only, Terry Traveler. This month I share with you the latest in rock'n roll news: I have joined a band.

We call ourselves Eskimo Faux, a play on the colorful parkas we all wear (my brilliant idea) and the fact that we are an Inuit cover band (again, my outstanding idea.)

What is an Inuit cover band you ask? Why, its a group of like minded musicians that love the smooth sounds of the 80s. You ask, which 80s?

Aren't you're full of questions today. The only 80s that matter: the 1980s.

We play all the hits you love, like that the one about running away from seagulls, and my original songs made famous by that piano playing, song stealing hack Billy-Joe-What's his name. Not that I'm holding on to any resentment; I just want my baby grand back from that piano stealing hack. Again, no resentment, and certainly no need for the restraining order. Piano playing, song stealing hacks sure are a sensitive lot.

Eskimo Faux is a fresh, rad, tubular sound. I'm really excited to share this project with the world. Check out the song, "Take That, Piano Man!",  a track from our new album,

This is Terry Traveler saying, Eskimo Faux Rules!


Terry Traveler
Facebook: DiscoverAdel.Terry
Mikes Adel Power Equipment
Adel Power Equipment Customer Appreciation Day June 3rd

Mark your calendars! Saturday, June 3rd from 8 am-3 pm is Customer Appreciation Day at Mike's Adel Power Equipment!

Mike's Adel Power Equipment is celebrating five wonderful years in Adel selling and servicing your personal and professional lawn care needs.

Join owner Mike Enos and family for food, drinks, and a special raffle drawing.

Plus, KIOA's Car-X Giveaway will be onsite from 1 pm-3 pm for your chance to enter to win a 1967 Oldsmobile 442! View the Celebration Flyer.

Mikes Adel Power Equipment

Mikes Adel Power Equipment

Mikes Adel Power Equipment
27836 Fairground Rd.
Adel, IA. 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4831
Facebook: MikesAdelPowerEquipment
2017 John D Gomke Charity Golf Tournament June 10th

Whether you are an avid golfer or never picked up a club, we would love to have you join us for the 8th John D Gomke Charity Golf Tournament at Lake Panorama National on Saturday, June 10th.

This event includes a double shot gun starts at 7:00 am and 1:30 pm, 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, contests, prizes and much more!

Someone will win a New Set of Irons and a chance to win an 8 day, 7 night Hawaiian Vacation for 2!

So get your 4-some and join us to celebrate our Angel Babies and help prevent infant and young child loss during a fun filled day on a beautiful golf course!

Funds raised at the John D Gomke Charity Golf Tournament and John's Baby Step Run/Walk will allow us to continue to help families prevent and cope with infant and young child loss. Check out  to see details of where the money we raise goes.

Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, neighbor or even a stranger, our mission could affect you! Please help us help prevent and help families cope with this unimaginable loss. Your support could help save a child's life!

Register via the golf tournament form, download and mail in, or online at
If you have questions please email or call us at 515.314.9171.

Please share with anyone who may be interested. We hope to see you Saturday, June 11th at Lake Panorama National!

John D Gomke Charity - Adel Iowa
John D. Gomke Charity Inc.
P.O. Box 613
DeSoto, IA 50069

Honoring infants who have become angels. Helping to prevent child loss and benefiting organizations that assist in caring for and provide resources to families who have lost a child or infant in and around Central Iowa.
Studio Q 360 - Mothers Day Basket
Mother's Day Sale - Studio Q 360

Order your Mother's Day Gift Basket now and save 15% from Studio Q 360.

Just $75
gets Mom a beautiful collection of relaxing spa items and massage, all wrapped in a decorative keepsake box.

Call (515) 689-4754 to order today- supplies are limited.
  • 60 Minute Relaxing Massage
  • Cocoa Brown Sugar or Lavender Brown Sugar Body Scrub
  • Small Candle
  • Ghirardelli Chocolates
  • Lavender Sachet
  • Pedicure Supplies
Join us during the Adel Chocolate Walk, May 13th!

Try a sample of Cheesecake Truffles, pick out ready made Mother's Day gift baskets, and save big on massage gift certificates from 10am - 3pm.

Enter to win a Mother's Day Gift Basket, value $50.

Katrina Brocka, LMT
Studio Q 360
917 Main Street
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515) 689-4754
Facebook: StudioQ360
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