Vol. 21 June 2010
Dear Friend,

Hope your Memorial Day weekend was good. That extra day of rest is going to come in handy this June. There is something for everyone this month in Adel! The news doesn't stop here, be sure to check out the website and calendar through out the month as we add  new information.

This month we have great information on the Brick Street Classic Car Show, the Iowa Book Festival, the Steiff Bear and Marble Show, the Outdoor Quilt Show, the All Iowa Wine Festival, an update on the Brick Street Repair Project, more of Terry's Travels, a recipe from home, and lots of great information from around town.

Hope you're ready for a Great Summer in Adel!



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In This Issue
Brick Street Classic Car Show
Iowa Book Festival
Steiff Bear and Marble Show
Little Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show
Terry's Travels - Baldon and Son Hardware
All Iowa Wine Festival
Brick Street Repair Project Update
Around Town
Feature6th Annual Brick Street Classic Car Show June 5
Brick Street Classic 6th Annual

June 5th is the 6th Annual Adel Brick Street Classic Car Show and it's promising to be better than ever! Hosted on Adel's historic downtown square and famous brick streets, this annual event showcases more than 100 restored classic cars.

We spoke with John Standley of Adel Auto Parts Corporation and sponsor of the show to find out more about this great event.

Adel Brick Street Car Show 3The show was first started by Julie Baldon who had the foresight to know how important an annual car show could be for Adel.

John, a classic car enthusiast, became involved the following year and has been an important part of the event ever since.

When asked why mechanics enjoy the Adel Brick Street Car Show, participants state it is because of how welcoming the town is and love the people who come out to admire their hard work.

Over the past few years John has been tracking the entries and has found that 25% of the cars come from the Adel zip code, which is great for organizers and sponsors to hear.

Some even come 175 miles to show their handiwork. John has spoken with mechanics who have built cars specifically to be in the Brick Street Classic Car Show!

Registration is from: 11-1 pm. Car show entry fees are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Awards will be presented at 4 pm.

    "We award the top 20 cars at the show, Best of Show, and Most Likely to be Stopped By the Police - this category can be anything, from the flashiest paint job to the fastest car.

All judging is done by other presenters at the show and festival goers."
In addition to some of the finest cars at a show this summer, there will be local food and craft vendors, and live music performances by VooDoo3.

So get your family and friends together and join us for the Adel Brick Street Classic Car Show!

For more information on the car show or to register, contact John Standley at 515-993-4248 or by email at
FeatureCafe in the Park &
Russell House Bed and Breakfast & Tearoom
Cafe in the Park Russel House Adel IowaRussell House Cafe In The Park Adel Iowa

Built in 1904 by Adel attorney Burton Russell, the beautiful Victorian Four Square home now houses Cafe in the Park Catering and Russell House Bed and Breakfast & Tearoom.

Offering traveller's a relaxing, historic destination owned and operated in scenic Adel, Iowa by Mark and Kayla Hawkins.

Perfect for your next outing, special occasion, or event!

Cafe in the Park Catering
Russell House Bed and Breakfast & Tea Room
1312 Grove St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
515-993-4121 or 515-993-3707
feature14th Annual Iowa Book Festival June 19
Book Festival Banner

The 4th Annual Iowa Book Festival will be held in Adel on Saturday, June 19, from 11 am to 4 pm. We spoke with Paula James, Adel Public Library Director and committee chair of the event.

Iowa Book Festival - Adel IowaThe Iowa Book Festival is a family friendly event that promotes literacy and life long learning.

It hopes to strengthen family ties through books and reading.

There will be multiple presentations, crafts, and projects for everyone to enjoy. Kids will enjoy tattoos, marble art, a clown, and strolling acapella group, the Gotta Zings. Cyclone and Hawkeye balloons will be given away throughout the day. See which team has the biggest turn out! Join children's author and presenter Lisa Broadie Cook and Paula for the Build-A-Book workshop.

Parents and families are invited to participate in Iowa Public Television workshops. Dan Wardell, host of the IPTV KIDS Clubhouse, will hold a story time and adventure program. Trista Peitzman's workshop, Raising Readers, speaks to parents about how to help their children learn early reading skills.

Featured Iowa authors will be sold by Barnes and Noble. The feature authors will also discuss their books throughout the day.
  • Chuck Larson: Heroes Among Us: Firsthand Accounts of Combat from America's Most Decorated Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Carson & Connie Ode: Iowa Spaces, Places, Faces- An Entertaining Ride Through All 99 Counties
  • Carol Bodensteiner: Growing up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl
  • John Bruner: Me & Snap
  • Shirley Damsgaard: Ophelia and Abby series
  • Lisa Broadie Cook: Martin MacGregor's Snowman
A full list and schedule of events can be found at the Adel Partners website. Any Iowa author who wishes to promote their own books is offered vendor space at the event free of charge.

Paula and festival organizers would like to thank the committee members and citizens who have been instrumental in putting together the festival. Trista Peitzman of IPTV, Cindy Sharp- Program Director of Barnes and Noble, Michael MiGinnley of REM, Van Van Buren, Jacque Johnson, and Fred Luthe.

Iowa Book Festival - Adel IowaThe festival will be centralized around the Adel Public Library, adjacent City Hall, and surrounding outdoor grounds from 11 am to 4 pm.

The Iowa Book Festival- Bringing Books and Book Lovers Together!

To find out more information about the event schedule or selling your book, please contact the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce.
Adel Auto Parts Corporation (NAPA)
Napa Banner

Adel Auto Parts Corporation (NAPA)
is the first and last stop for your auto needs! With over 375,000 quality parts and accessories, NAPA has the
most extensive inventory in the industry.

In April, Adel Auto Parts Corporation earned NAPA's highest honor, the exclusive Five Star Excellence Award! Come in to experience top notch, award winning customer service.

Proud Sponsor of the Brick Street Classic Car Show, June 5th.

Adel Auto Parts Corporation
809 Main Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
12th Annual Steiff Bear & Marble Show
June 18 and 19
Atherton House - Adel Iowa

Atherton House, a"Steiff Best of America Store,"will host the 12th Annual Steiff Bear and Marble Show on June 18 and 19 from 9 am to 5 pm.

Chuck Steffes of Galax, Virginia will return as a special guest speaker Friday, June 18th at 1 pm. A national Steiff consultant, Chuck will bring some favorite "friends" from his celebrated collection of antique Steiff bears.

See visiting bear makers Susan McKay, Peggy Flemming, and others.

Bring your Steiff collection and meet other collectors at the Teddy Bear Tea Party, Friday June 18th, in the afternoon. Reserve your seat by contacting Debbie Fix at 515-993-2034.

Saturday, June 19th will feature new kaleidoscopes and marble collections. Special guest Ed Sharr of Adel will be demonstrating hand-blown, glass marble making skills.

So while you are out an about in Adel, make sure to take part in this 12 year tradition!

Atherton House
202 S. 9th Street
Adel Iowa 50003
Little Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show
June 18 and 19
Little Sister Quilting Show - Adel IA

Adel Quilting and Dry Goods Co. will be holding their 9th Annual "Little Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show" Friday, June 18 and Saturday June 19 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Festival goers are asked to vote for their favorite top 3 quilts. A photographic calendar is made each year of the top quilts along with recipes, it is then sold at Adel Quilting and Dry Goods Co.

The Quilt Club gathers monthly to work on special projects. Throughout the year extra and abandoned projects are collected by owner Jacque Johnson.  She then challenges quilters to turn the Orphan Quilt Blocks into something functional and polished. These items will then be sold during the show.

A new feature this year is the silent auction, featuring the Orphan Quilt projects. Images will be available online before the show, giving you a leg up on fellow auction competition!

Come out and to the Little Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show Friday and Saturday to cast your vote for your favorite quilts!

Adel Quilting and Dry Goods Co.
909 Prairie St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Harvey's Floral Perennial Sale - June 19
Harvey Floral Co. - Adel Iowa

The weather is sunny and warm, a perfect time to tend your garden!

Find raised and elevated gardening beds, vegetables, herbs, annuals, perennials, cacti and succulents, trees and shrubs, house plants and more!

Come out Saturday, June 19th for the Perennials Sale!

Don't forget, about the Summer Farmer's Market to be held every Tuesday starting June 15th. Hours will be 4 pm - 7 pm.Harvwy Floral Co - Adel Iowa

Harvey Floral:
Your full service garden center.

Harvey Floral Company
611 Nile Kinnick Drive S.
Adel, IA 50003
Adel Quilting and Dry Goods

Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm
Late hours every Thursday until 7 pm

Fabric - Tons of Kits - Patterns - Notions
Gifts - Knowledgeable and Friendly Staff
Worth the short trip! West of Des Moines on Hickman Road/Highway 6
Visit for the 9th annual "Little Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show" 
June 18 & 19, 10 am to 4 pm
Vote for your favorite quilts which will then be photographed for the
"2011 Calendar of Quilts and Recipes"
Available During the Show - Quilts for Sale
Small Quilts - Wall Quilts - Table Runners -
Quilted Bags - Coasters - Aprons - And More!

Proceeds will be donated to the Adel Library.

Adel Quilting and Dry Goods Co.
909 Prairie St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
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Terry's Travels - Baldon and Son Hardware
Terry's Travels in Adel Iowa
Each month, Terry journeys through our community enjoying the sights, sounds, deals, and meals that make Adel great! This month, Terry made some repairs with the help of Baldon and Son Hardware.

As the weather gets nicer, I start getting the home remodeling bug. My house is in a constant state of change and this spring I decided to build a new room. Thank goodness for Baldon and Son Hardware!

The staff at Baldon's is very helpful and friendly. Every time I came in I was welcomed and assisted right away. Some trips I knew what I needed, other times I needed help troubleshooting. Many of my plumbing plunders over the years have been fixed by making a short visit to Baldon's.

One of the best things about Baldon and Son Hardware is location. It never fails, I'll be in the middle of a project, covered in dirt or paint, and the one thing I need, I don't have.

To run to Des Moines takes the time to clean up, drive in, find a parking space, find the part (without help), drive back, and put my work clothes back on. All said and done I'm looking at 2 or 3 hours of project time lost. Running to Baldon's and back takes 10 minutes max.

With the helpful service, reasonable prices and saving on gasoline, that's a great deal in my book.

The room is done and looks great. Now I just need a set of doorknobs... Baldon's here I come!

- Terry

Baldon and Son Hardware
409 S 6th St,
Adel, IA 50003

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All Iowa Wine Festival- June 19
WineFest Banner

The Annual All Iowa Wine Festival is set to be a fun night in Adel.

Hosted at the Adel Community Stage at 10th & Main from 4 pm to 9 pm, the All Iowa Wine Festival is a relaxed atmosphere to sample local wines. 13 Iowa wineries and vineyards will be participating, including Adel's own Penoach Winery!

This event offers wine, food vendors, musical entertainment, and drawings throughout the night for door prizes!

$10 admission fee includes:
1 commemorative wine glass, 20 sample tickets, and registration for the door prize. Additional glasses will also be available for purchase.

Enjoy Blues/rock band Hot Tamale & The Red Hots from 5 pm to 9 pm.

See you at the Wine Festival!
Adel Flowers and Gifts- Spring Bouquets
Adel Flowers & Gifts

Celebrate Sunshine with Adel Flowers and Gifts!

Stop into Adel Flowers and Gifts and pick up a beautiful bouquet of flowers to brighten someone's day.

Spring bouquets include cheery white daisies, pretty pink roses, Asiatic lilies, freesia, hyacinth and more. Finish the look with a glass vase, chocolates, stuffed animal or balloons.

Have their experts design the perfect arrangement for that special occasion in your life.

Adel Flower & Gifts
611 Nile Kinnick Dr, S. Adel IA.
(515) 993-4884
(866) 866-ROSE(7673)

Brick Street Repair Project Update

Monday, May 24th, 2010 was a historic day for Adel, fitting for a city known for its history. The Adel City Council approved a brick street project for the historic downtown district.

This is the first major brick street project in Adel in about 100 years and that historic point was not lost on the city council as they discussed the bids and awarding of the contract.

Mayor James F. Peters and Councilmen Don Price and Jon McAvoy noted how long the community has discussed rehabilitating the brick streets. This project had its start about 2 1/2 years ago, but the city has discussed what to do with the streets for more than twenty years.
Jeff Schug, McClure Engineering, was pleased to present three bids for the project and recommended Manatts to the council as the low bidder. With bid prices coming in about 15% below the engineer's estimate, the council was able to accept not only the base bid, but both specified alternates as well. Final price: around $1.8 million.

This will make for a more complete project and one in which the community can really take pride in. There has also been discussion about how to promote the City's recent inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places into the street project and make the listing on the Register an integral part of the finished product.

Chad A. Bird
City Administrator
City of Adel
Short & Company, CPA, P.L.C.
Short & Co, CPA. P.L.C. - Adel Iowa

Short & Company, CPA, P.L.C. located at the Dallas County Financial Center in Adel, provides a full range of auditing, accounting, tax and management services to individuals and businesses.

They take great care to give personal attention to each and every one of their clients.

John Short, CPA, has over 30 years of experience in public and private accounting, and is the founding partner of the firm.

Chris Oberreuter, CPA, has over 20 years of experience in public and
private accounting.

Dallas County Financial Services, Adel IowaBy helping each client reach their business goals and maximum
potential, they are accomplishing
their business philosophy -

"Our Goal is Client Success"

Short & Company, CPA, P.L.C.
911 Main St.
Adel, IA 50003
Around Town
Dallas County Court House Adel IAThe John D. Gomke Charity presents John's 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament!

Join us on June 19th at the River Valley Golf Course. There will be two tee off times (7 am or 1 pm) with lunch off the grill. ...continue reading

Dallas County Court House Adel IAJoin us for the2nd Annual Dallas County Sheriff's All-Wheel Show Saturday, June 19 from 10 am- 2:30 pm.

100% of All Proceeds to the Special Olympics.
 ... continue reading

Dallas County Court House Adel IADMACC Celebration at Penoach Winery

Come out to Penoach Winery June 8 from 6 pm- 8 pm and celebrate the Perry DMACC facility. The reception will be catered by Italian Villages of Adel. ...continue reading

ADM Alumni Association - Adel, IAThe ADM Alumni Association Launches New Website

The website,, promotes special projects, preserve school district archives, and instills a sense of community among ADM Tigers. ...continue reading

River Valley Golf Course - Adel IowaSign up for Junior Golf Clinics at the River Valley Golf Course June 7-10 and July 12-15 from 9am - 11:30am.

These clinics are put on by PGA Professional Josh Barnes with help from local coaches and players. ...continue reading
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Featured Article

Iowa Book Festival - Adel IA
Each month we
showcase a business, person, event or organization that makes Adel special.

This month we showcase 
the Iowa Book Festival

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Our Sponsors
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Arganbright Construction
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River Valley Golf Course

Adel Insurance - Reich & Loynachan Agency
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Cafe in the Park - Russell House Bed & Breakfast
Russell House B&B
Cafe in the Park Catering
Timberpine Lodge

Adel Flowers & Gifts
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Harveys Floral Co. - Adel Iowa
Harvey Floral Co.

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Short & Company, CPA, P.L.C. - Adel IA
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Please Support
Adel Public Library
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Adel Lions
Adel Lions

John D. Gomke Charity Incorporated
John D. Gomke Charity

ADM Alumni Association, Adel IA
ADM Alumni Association
Adel Partners
Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Makes
Big Impact

Small Business owners are the lifeblood of the communities in which they live and work.

The National Federation of Independent Business' Research Foundation found that 71% of Americans feel that small business has a positive impact on our country!

When you think about the impact our local businesses have on the community it's easy to see why.

In addition to the direct creation of jobs and tax base, our local businesses contribute enormous amounts of time and hours to our community.

A few facts to consider
91% of small business owners support their community through volunteering, in-kind, or cash donations.

Estimated annual value of each business owners contributions is $6,600.

75% volunteer the equivalent of 18 working days per year or more.

78% of every dollar spent locally remains in the community

Civic clubs, community groups, youth sports and athletic teams, community improvement projects are possible in large part due to the generous support of our local small business owners.

Adel Partners thanks our 2010 membership for their continued support and in helping us to make Adel the community we all want it to be. 

CSI Lunch at Patrick's! Tuesday, June 1
11:30 to 1 pm
This month we will be hearing from two of our Chamber members.

Chad Bird, our City Administrator, will share a little bit about the the Community Assessment of our city, which was compiled by members of Dallas County Regional Economic Development Group.

Jacque Johnson will share information about the upcoming Iowa Book Festival.

Hope to see you there!

Linda Boettcher and "Van" Van Buren, of the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce office.
or 515-993-5472.
Recipe of the Month
DDiscover Chef
Strawberry-Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

When our kids were learning how to cook they came across their Mom's collection of recipes.

"What's this one?" they asked, pulling out scraps of paper. "Um, let me see" was always the answer.

Some recipes had titles, but most were only a list of ingredients. Others didn't have directions, just oven settings.

Lori's recipe keeping has been making us smile for years, so when we asked for her Strawberry-Rhubarb Upside Down Cake, I wasn't surprised to receive the list of ingredients without the directions.

Lori caught it right away and we both chuckled. After 30 years, she still makes me laugh.

Today I offer the recipe, and directions, as a great way to kick off your summer.


2 1/2 c Fresh Rhubarb, chopped

2 1/2 c Fresh Strawberries, sliced

1 c White Sugar

3 c Miniature Marshmallows

1 (3 oz) Pkg Strawberry Flavored Jell-O

1 (18.25 oz) Pkg Yellow Cake Mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 pan.

Mix Rhubarb, Strawberries Sugar and Jell-o; Pour mixture into bottom of pan.

Spread marshmallows evenly over fruit.

Mix cake batter according to package directions; pour over marshmallows in pan.

Bake for approx. 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Run a knife around the outer edge of the cake to loosen; turn out onto a large serving plate while still hot.

Allow the cake to cool before serving.

Library News
Adel Public Library
Make a Splash - Read!
The Summer Reading Program begins June 1st.
All events are free.

Children who register will receive a free book bag!

Buccaneers - Preschool
- Grades K-5
Teens - Grades 6-12
Family - Duck, Duck, Read! - a special challenge just for families.

Wednesday June 9, 1pm
The reading program kicks off with Dive Into Reading.
Balloon artist Daniel Poe will share some "fishy" tales with the help of the audience.

Weekly Activities
Tuesdays at 2 pm
Geronimo Stilton Book Club
Read the book out loud, and enjoy activities and games.

Mondays & Thursdays at 10:30 am
Preschool Story Time
Children will enjoy stories, sing along songs and crafts.

Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Toddler Time
Ages 3 and under.

10:30-11:30 am

Drop In Crafts (ages 5-12) While supplies last.

Wednesday at 2 pm
Pirate Club (ages 5-12)
A different activity each week!

June 10 at Noon
Picnic in the Park
Bring your lunch and enjoy activities at Evan's Park.

Fridays at 2 pm
Family Movies
Catch a free movie on our big screen.

Monthly Garage Sale
June 25, 9 am-5pm
June 26, 10 am-noon

Baked goods will be accepted the day before and of the sale. 

Proceeds will be used to purchase additional tables and chairs in the craft room.

Scrapbooking Moved
Friday, June 11 at 6 pm
  Bring a snack to share. New scrapbooking friends are always welcome!

Library Hours to Change
Due to budget cuts, library hours will change starting July 1, 2010.

Monday & Friday 10-5pm
Tuesday-Thursday 10-7pm
Saturday 10-1:30pm
No Sunday hours

The staff apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause patrons.

Laura Guth - Hanson
Youth Services Librarian
Adel Public Library
Holiday Flags Available
flagFlag Day Adel IA
The Adel Lions will place a flag on your property for these holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Veteran's Day.

The cost for this great service is only
$20 per year.

Adel Lions Flags - Adel Iowa

The Lions and the Adel Boy Scouts make the journey early in the morning setting up the flags and later in the evening they gather them.

It's never too late to sign up to have them put one or more up on your lawn.

The proceeds go to good causes that the Lions Club do in Adel.

 Holiday Flags Sign Up Form
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