Vol. 21 July 2010
Dear Friend,

Welcome to July! The construction is underway on the brick street project. We've been taking photos of the construction and talking to the businesses downtown. They all want you to keep in mind that Adel's downtown district is still open and ready for your business!

This month we have great information on the ADM Alumni Association's new web site, the Dallas County Fair, an upcoming local charity event, 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 to see you downtown in Adel this summer!



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In This Issue
ADM Alumni Association
Backpacks for Students
Dallas County Fair July 7-11
Terry's Travels Adel Parks
Brick Street Update
Around Town
FeatureAdel DeSoto Minburn Alumni Association

ADM Alumni BannerKris ManningThe Adel DeSoto Minburn school system has been nurturing students for decades.

ADM Alumni are proud of the life skills and knowledge they've acquired to help reach their full potential.

This month, we spoke with Kristie Peterson Manning, President of the ADM Alumni Association.

Q. Tell us about yourself.
A. I graduated from Adel High School in 1969. I was a DeSoto migrant before we were totally combined. I joined the Adel group my freshman year. I loved coming to Adel from DeSoto (with a class of 11).

I've lived in Adel most of my adult life; I am married to Al Manning and we have 2 daughters and 3 wonderful grandchildren. Our daughters also graduated from ADM.

Q. How did you become involved with the Association?
A. From day one, I've had a great desire to stay in touch with classmates from all the classes around me. A group of us got together one year to have an 11 class reunion. Founding president Becky Peters McChurch brought us the dream of becoming an association. 

Q. Why was the Association started?
A. Our purpose is to keep alumni informed, aid in the preservation of school district archives, advocate special projects, support and promote alumni events, and to promote a sense of community.

ADM Alumni BoardQ. Who is on the Board?
A. Jim Peters - Treasurer, Kris Manning - President, Nicole Nielsen, Barb Trier, Melody Marshall, Ron Gilliland, Lynn Loynachan, Dick Wicks - Vice President, Nate Hawkins, Tana Belgarde, Barb Wicks - Secretary, Dave Moyer, and Kristi Fuller.

Q. What projects/ events happen throughout the year?
A. It seems like every year brings a new interest.  We've looked into preserving the old primary building (cost prohibitive) and capturing all of the old composites from destruction.

We're creating a display at the new school commons which houses all of the graduating class pictures then creating a book for people to have. We are gathering yearbooks from all years and having those scanned.

We are now looking into honoring graduates of Adel, DeSoto and Minburn who were veterans killed in action.

Q. How have the class reunions changed?
A. At one time there were individual class reunions for each class. We now hold All-Class Reunions so that Alumni of all ages can celebrate together.

There are also more people attending. With our ability to provide class liaisons with a class list and our updated address database, plus our publications, the interest and involvement has grown exponentially.

Q. Do you have any events coming up?
A. Absolutely! Friday, August 13th is our great day of gatherings. 

We start the morning at 9am with the ADM Alumni Golf Outing at the River Valley Golf Course in Adel.
At 4pm we will have the All-Class ADM Alumni Reunion at the 7-8 School Commons with dinner being served by the ADM After Prom Committee.

We finish the day at 7PM with more members inducted into the ADM Athletic Hall of Fame in the auditorium.

Q. Tell us about your new website.
A. This has been long on the desire list. We needed an opportunity to have local expertise get us launched so we could manage the website ourselves. 

We worked with local Adel business, G.Rafics Inc., and it has been a wonderful experience for us.  We want lots of alumni and school associates to visit the website and see what is happening!

Q. How can I become a member?
A. Sign up at the new website, You can join for a mere $10 - $15 if you are an Alumni couple.  We will also accept any donations. Membership fees are applied to the annual projects mentioned above and 2 times a year we have a newsletter mailing.

Q. What's the most important reason to join the ADM Alumni Association?
A. You are investing in the legacy!  We use the funds to capture history for a group of Alumni who have come to appreciate the fact that they were privileged to attend a great school, with great teachers, and great education for our future.

Adel DeSoto Minburn Alumni Association
P.O. Box 122
Adel, Iowa 50003

River Valley Golf Course: Worth the Drive!
River Valley Golf Course - Adel Iowa

The sun is out and the weather is warm, so enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the River Valley Golf Course.

Located just north of Adel and cut into the rolling Iowa landscape, River Valley Golf is picturesque, and a challenging 18 hole, 72 par course.

Golfers young and old alike can learn from the best by signing up for Golf Clinics taught by PGA Professional and River Valley Pro Josh Barnes.

River Valley Golf Course hosts many tournaments throughout the season. Sign up ahead of time for the July 23rd Friday Night Couples and August 13th ADM Alumni tournaments. Find more great tournaments online.

River Valley Golf offers great rates! Set up a tee time after 5pm and receive the Sunset Rate, 18 holes of golf with a cart for only $25!

Over looking the scenic Raccoon River Valley, it's Well Worth The Drive!

River Valley Golf Course
22927 Valley View Drive
Adel, Iowa 50003
(515) 993-4029
Backpacks for Students
Back Pack 4 All - Adel Iowa

Backpacks for Students is in need of your help!

Brenda McGinnis
is one of the co-Childrens Ministry leaders at Celebration Family Church in Adel. We spoke with her this month to find out more about the charity.

Each year the church has raised funds to supply students, regardless of financial status, with free backpacks, school supplies, eye exams, dental screenings and haircuts in preparation for the school year. This year, the Dallas County Nurses are coming to give tetanus boosters.

The event this year will be on August 1st from 2-6pm at the ADM High School. Organizers will be giving away 500 backpacks filled with school supplies, supplies limited!

This year the fundraisers created a new Nonprofit organization called Backpacks for Students. This allows for corporate donations; some employers match the charitable donations of their employees.

Event organizers are welcoming other churches in the communities to be involved both financially and as volunteers, making this a community wide drive to help families in preparing to send their children back to school.

Backpacks for Students is still in need of hairstylists. If you are interested in providing free hair cuts, please contact the Celebration Family Church.

Organizers are asking local businesses and community members to to get involved and help this great cause. The charity is still in need of additional supplies and backpacks. Donations can be made to Backpacks for Students and sent to the church.

Celebration Family Church
P.O. Box 233
Adel, IA 50003
Adel Farmer's Market a Success!
Harvey Floral Co. - Adel Iowa

The Harvey Floral Co. Farmer's Market has been a big hit.

Stop out to find locally grown produce, entertainment, crafts, baked produce, non-certified organic produce, and farm fresh eggs.Farmer's Market

Make sure to come out every Tuesday through September 28th, rain or shine!

Hours will be 4pm - 7pm.

Harvey Floral Company
611 Nile Kinnick Drive S.
Adel, IA 50003
Dallas County Fair July 7th-11th
Dallas County Fair 2010

tami straitThe Dallas County Fair has rides, shows, and events for the whole family. We spoke with organizer Tami Strait to find out more!

People don't realize how much behinds the scene work goes into the fair. Our crews worked nights and weekends to make the North Track bigger.

We're already in the process of planning for next year. We will attend the State Fair Convention in December to book our entertainment, firework displays, and tractor pull contracts.

The Dallas County Fair wouldn't be possible without our volunteers! Each year they come out and help us get everything ready, working long days and nights. They do a great job and we want to thank them for everything!

Step Right Up and Take a Spin
Next Generation Shows and Carnivals is a new addition this year with bigger adult rides! Come out and see great performances, 3 times a day.
  • Chris Short Puppets
  • Shawn Gregory- Magic and Variety Show
  • Ray Thompson Hypnosis and More
  • Snake- Tomahawk Throwing Demo- Mountainman Camp
Fun for the Whole Family!
The Dallas County Fair has dozens of great events, 4-H livestock and project presentations, tournaments, and more. Find a full list of the events and discount ticket packages at the
Dallas County Fairgrounds website.

Wednesday, July 7th:
Opening Day of the Fair
  • 6pm: 4-H Foundation Silent Auction Opens
  • 7pm: Announcing of the 2010 Fair Queen
  • 7:30pm: 4-H Pie Auction
Thursday, July 8th Armband Day:
$15 Armband- Unlimited Rides
  • 9am-9pm: Community Building Open
  • 4pm: 4-H Barnyard Olympics
  • 7pm: Extreme Bull Riding/ Barrel Racing/ Mutton Bustin' Double S Bull Company
Friday, July 9th Armband Day:
$15 Armband- Unlimited Rides
  • 2pm: 4-H Educational Presentations and Working Exhibits
  • 7pm: Figure 8 Races FWD, Open & Stock Classes, Mini Sprints/ Cruisers, and Fireworks after the races.
  • 9:30pm-1:30am: Dance and Beer Garden featuring ClutterBilly Band
Saturday, July 10th Kids Day:
Free Grounds Admission Age 12 & Under
  • 9:00am - Farm Bureau Cookout contest
  • 10:30-11:30am: Nail Driving Contest
  • 11am: Registration for Mud Volleyball Tournament (Open to the Public)
  • 12:30pm: Pedal Tractor Pull (Open to the Public)
  • 1pm: Cribbage Tournament (Open to the Public)
  • 6pm: IAMO Tractor & Stock Truck Pull
  • 9:30pm-1:30am: Dance and Beer Garden featuring Toaster
Sunday, July 11th Senior Citizens/ Armband Day:
Free Grounds Admission age 55 & up, $15 Armband- Unlimited Rides
  • 9am Open Horse Show- Fun Show (Open to the Public)
  • 11am Horseshoe Tournament (Open to the Public)
  • 1pm Bill Riley Talent Show
  • 4pm Total Destruction Races & PRO Arena Truck Competition
  • 5pm Clean-up Fairgrounds (Everyone Welcome to help!)
  • 8am-11pm Teen Dance and DJ ages 19 and under
Rental Information
Fairground facilities such as the Community and Varied Industry buildings and Beer Garden are available year round for weddings and events.

Seasonal camping is available April 1st through October. Camping is not open to the public the week of the Fair.

To find out more about the Dallas County Fair, rental facilities, shows, and events, contact Tami Strait or Bob and Robbi Culp.

Dallas County Fairgrounds
North of Adel on Hwy 169
Adel, Iowa 50003
Terry's Travels - Adel Parks
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 enjoyed the great outdoors with the help of the Adel parks.

I love Iowa summers. Each year I dust off my picnic basket, grab my trusty plaid blanket, and head out in search of the perfect shade tree.

Adel is home to nice parks. I started the season at Island Park for a little fishing. I'm not very good at it but I'm very good at relaxing. I checked out the historic bridge that spans over the dam, it's a view worth seeing!

I also spent an evening at the Kinnick-Feller Park and Adel Municipal Pool. The park is a fun place to plan a get together with a few gazebos and lots of equipment for the kids. There is a waterway entry point for the brave interested canoeing or kayaking. Personally, I prefer the chlorinated waters of the pool, it's a great way to spend a summer night in Adel.

Once the rain stopped I got to enjoy an afternoon with family and friends at Evans Park. The kids got to play on the new slides and swings while the adults relaxed in the sun. We finished the day with a game of volleyball. Next time I'll bring my Frisbee golf discs!

So grab your sunscreen, head outside, and enjoy another Iowa summer!
- Terry

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Adel Flowers and Gifts Make a Difference
Adel Flowers & Gifts

Is there someone in the community that deserves a bouquet? Visit Adel Flowers and Gifts now through the month of September.

Register a friend, family member, or loved one's name and contact information. Adel Flowers will select a name and deliver an arrangement!

"Making a Difference" one smile at a time!

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

Brick Street Update

The historic downtown Brick Street repair project is well underway.

Remember that downtown businesses are still open! Some have created alternative entrances to their buildings so that customers can avoid the construction. Find their information on the DiscoverAdel Directory. Does your business have alternate access plans? Let us know!

The Adel Sweetcorn Festival will still be held in August with vendors and events located just a few blocks from the Square. We'll let you know when more information is posted about this fantastic event!

Not sure where to park or how to get to your favorite shops? Visit the new Brick Street Update page dedicated to keeping you informed about the changing downtown landscape.

Here you will find daily updates, photos of the construction, parking maps, project informational meeting schedules, and links to business access information!

Questions about the construction? There are many problem solving options available!

McClure Engineering has established a blog to ask project specific questions, informational meetings will be held throughout the span of the project at City Hall, or you may contact Chad Bird, City Administrator at 515-993-4525 or via email.
Around Town
Penoach WineryAn Evening of Music and Wine

Southern Reign will be playing Sunday, July 25th at the Penoach Winery. Join us from 2- 5pm for traditional bluegrass music ...continue reading

Cafe/ Russell HouseCafe in the Park Ribs to Go

Order your ribs by Thursday, July 15th. Price includes 2 sides, fresh baked corn muffins, and dessert. Pick up your ribs on Saturday ... continue reading

Adel Quilting anf Dry GoodsBeginners Quilting Class Offered

Have fun learning to quilt July 24th from 10am to 2pm. Instructor Jacque Johnson of Adel Quilting teaches the basics of quilt ...continue reading
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Featured Article

Kris Manning- ADM Alumni
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showcase a business, person, event or organization that makes Adel special.

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Kristie Manning and the ADM Alumni Association

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Recipe of the Month
DDiscover Chef
Red White & Blue Dessert

I'm not a big one for desserts in the summer, but
my neighbor, Goldie makes this every summer.

It's a great twist on a favorite dessert, and one that's always a winner!


3 c Fresh Strawberries
1 c Fresh Blueberries
3 T White Sugar
1 Angel Food Cake
Whipped Cream

Rinse and slice the Strawberries. Place in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Set aside in fridge for one hour.

Rinse and dry Blueberries, set aside in fridge.

To serve, slice cake, put a slice on a plate and a dollop of whipped cream.

Drizzle strawberries and juice over the cake and whipped cream.

Add a spoonful of blueberries to the top and serve.

Library News
Adel Public Library
"Make a Splash! Read!"
There is still plenty of time for children to take part in the Summer Reading Program!

Pick up a schedule of events for July at the front desk.
All events are free!

Weekly Activities

Children ages 3-5
Preschool Story Time
Mondays & Thursdays at 10:30am
Children 3 and under
Toddler Time
Tuesdays at 10:30am

School age children
Family Movie
Fridays at 2pm

Geronimo Stilton
Book Club
Tuesdays at 2pm
Read the book out loud and enjoy activities and games.
Drop-In Crafts (ages 5-12)
Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30am
While supplies last.

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

July 1st, 12th, & 19th
at 2pm

Movie Time
July 15th at 2pm
Catch a free movie on our big screen.

Lunch Book Club
July 22nd at noon

Special Events
Ronald McDonald Show
July 6th at 11:30am

Picnic at Evans Park
July 8th at noon
Bring a sack lunch & drink.
Blank Park Zoo Visit
July 21st at 1pm

Top Reader Pool Party
July 26th at noon.
Children must read 40 hours to qualify; teens, 50 hours.

Annual Friends of the Library Used Book Sale
This year's sale will be held on August 13 & 14 during Sweet Corn Festival Days.

Monthly Garage Sale
July 30th, 9am- 5pm
July 31st, 10am- noon
Don't have items to donate? Consider baked goods! It's a great time to try out new recipes for a good cause.

DVD and Magazine Donations Needed
The library will no longer be purchasing DVDs or Magazine subscriptions.

If you would like to donate your items for our uses please call 993-3512 for more information.

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

The library will also be closed on July 5th.

Adel Public Library
Fourth of July
flagFlag Day Adel IA
The Fourth is a sacred and honored occasion in my family. It's more than flying the flag, eating hot dogs and enjoying the fireworks. It's a time to remember why we have this holiday.

My Grandfather served in WWI in France. He was in a trench the last minute of the war when it ended. The buddy he had gone through boot with, been shot with, Mustard gassed with, and served with, died next to him in those last few seconds of the war.

My Uncles served in WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam.

My Dad answered the call as did many of my cousins.

They never glorified it, but always answered "It's just what was right to do".

I have friends and classmates who served in both Gulf wars. One of them losing his nephew while they were both in Iraq.

None of them see themselves as heroes, they'll tell you that "the heroes didn't come home. They're just folks who answered the call of their country".

I still call them heroes. I'm sure you do also.

Please take a moment to thank God on this Fourth and every other day, for those brave troops who help ensure our freedom by serving.


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

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

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

 Holiday Flags Sign Up Form
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