"Helping the World Discover Adel" Newsletter
Vol. 69 July 2014
Dear Friend of Adek,

I was mowing this week, the one day it didn't rain. At the last minute I swerved to miss a garden hose my grandkids had left out. It brought back a memory of when I was 5.

My grandfather would string hoses across his lawn to water the plants. My cousins and I would run barefoot through the back yard jumping on the hoses to see the sprinklers jump. The best jump always won.

That day, my younger cousin Pat, was the first to the back yard and landed squarely on the long black hose. As we looked at the sprinkler, nothing happened. We looked back at Pat to see a strange look on her face as the "garden hose" turned out to be a rather large bull snake that slithered out from under her feet.

Someone yelled "Snake!" and to this day I have no memory of transporting myself from halfway across the yard to the back door of the house as my four cousins pushed me through the door.

Needless to say, this time it was actually a garden hose, but I still laughed as I threw it out of the way.
Terry is visiting again this month, along with a unique view of events that only Terry can report.
So grab a cup of coffee, there is a lot to cover this month and we look forward to seeing you in Adel.


In This Issue
Community Profile: Colby Dawes
Get a Free Scoop of Gelato at Al Dente Toffee
Freedom Fest
Free Friday Concert - Roulette Rock Cover Band
ISU Extension and Outreach July Events
2 Summer Concerts This July at Penoach
River Valley Golf Course Summer News
Terry Traveller - This Day in History
2014 Coon River Army Challenge
Adel HealthMart
Around Town - Upcoming Events
BCommunity Profile: Colby Dawes

Colby Dawes - Adel Iowa
Colby Dawes

You may recognize Colby Dawes from LSB Bank on the square in Adel, Iowa where he works with Commercial and Agricultural Lending.  


You've probably seen him at the Sweet Corn Festival - selling water for the Rotary Club. Maybe he's the coach for your son's baseball team.  


No matter how you're involved with Adel, there's a good chance you've seen Colby around town.


Colby was born and raised in Adel and has lived here for the past 35 years.  


Graduates of Iowa State, Colby and his high school sweetheart Laurie live 5 miles west of Adel on an acreage surrounded by family farmland with their sons Braylon (9) and Bryce (6).  


Laurie is a part-time nurse with Wolfe Eye Clinic and stay-at-home mom. Braylon and Bryce attend ADM schools and are active in USSSA Baseball, YMCA basketball and football for which their dad is their coach, keeping the family busy most nights and weekends. The Dawes family is also involved with New Hope Church east of Adel.


As a Rotary Club member, Colby enjoys the opportunity to raise funds for important community causes. The Rotary Club is a civic organization whose members help improve the community by conducting fundraisers of various types to give back to local projects, such as the Frisbee golf course at Evans Park on the west side of Adel.  


The Rotary Club is also the sole vendor of bottled water at the Adel Sweet Corn Festival every August. Those funds are split with the Adel Partners to support the event. The Adel Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at noon in the conference room at Patrick's restaurant. Everyone is welcome and the club is always taking new members who are interested in learning what's going on in Adel.

Colby Dawes - Adel Iowa  

While President of the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce, Colby was part of the team that brought Wine Fest to Adel. "The first year was pretty good and the organizers have done a great job making it into a pretty fun, big event."  


Colby enjoyed his term. "It was fun to be involved and find out how much work goes into those events- the behinds the scenes look. When you find out the amount of volunteers needed its unbelievable. It's amazing how many people step up every year. That's what's great about Adel."

2014Dallas County Extension Officers  

After the Adel Partners, Dawes was elected to the Dallas County Iowa State Extension Board as Treasurer. Colby is in his second year of his four-year term.  


The ISU Extension office is located at the Dallas County Fairgrounds, where the board reviews the administration and budget of the organization- determining where funds will be allocated and determining which available programs best suit the needs of those living in Dallas County.  


ISU Extension programs include everything from babysitting certifications, 4H events, family health and wellness classes, reading programs, agricultural science courses and more. There are countless programs going on now- check out for a full schedule.


In the end, Colby volunteers out of love for his family and his hometown. "These are all volunteer positions. I like to give back to Adel. I like to see the community grow and do well. I want to be involved in it- to know what's going on. I love living and working in Adel. I can go and have lunch with my kids when I want to- it's a five-minute drive. Luckily I have flexibility with my job to do things like that."


Colby is proud of his sons and their creativity. Last summer the boys started a hand-drawn sign company, hammering their first sign into the flag post along their front lawn - 'Signs $1.25'. The boys take orders and create the signs using markers. "We had a friend that wanted the signs to say something about 'tutors' and the kids spelled it 'tooters'. She used them in her presentation so it ended up working out and it was pretty funny... We live out on a gravel road so we don't get lots of traffic but we didn't want to discourage them. The boys wanted to start their own business and we said 'go get 'um!' They're true entrepreneurs."


Dawes believes strongly in shopping local and supporting the entrepreneurial spirit. "As a community banker, I want to see local businesses and people grow and strive."


For those who want to get involved, follow Colby's advice. "Be aware of what's available in Adel- the different organizations and committees you can join. Get involved- if you get involved with one group you're more than likely to meet somebody that's on another board or committee that can tell you something you didn't know was going on in Adel. Or stop by and talk to me- I've been here 35 years!"

BLSB Insurance Offers You Freedom of Choice
LSB Insurance Lori and Josh with LSB Insurance are your local Trusted Choice - Independent Insurance Agents. 

Providing unbiased and unparalleled service from quote through claims.

Unlike other insurance agents, they have the freedom to competitively shop multiple insurance carriers and put together a plan that can save you money.

Exercise your Freedom to Choose today - Call Lori or Josh to discuss your Auto, Home, Life, and Business insurance needs.

Adel LSB Insurance - Freedom of Choice Lincoln Savings Bank - LSB Financial
805 Main Street
Adel IA 50003
Office: 515-253-9475
Office: 800-361-1558
Fax: 515-253-9502
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BGet a Free Scoop of Gelato at Al Dente Toffee
Al Dente Toffe Coupon July 2014
Everyone likes an Extra Scoop of Gelato!

During the month of July thru August 7th, Al Dente Toffee in Adel is adding a Free scoop of their delicious Gelato to any purchased Cone or Dish.
Enjoy a plethora of combinations from
24 handcrafted Gelato flavors
served in the pleasantry of air conditioning. Simply Download, print and present this coupon to one of our friendly servers.

Ten Reasons to Visit Al Dente Toffee This Summer:
1. 24 Hand Crafted Gelato flavors
2. 10 Premier Toffees
3. Full Service Coffee
4. Made from Scratch Muffins
5. Smoothies - NEW!
6. Sandwiches - Coming Soon!
7. Salads - Coming Soon!
8. Open Evenings!
9. Air Conditioned Indoor Seating
10. Outside Seating on the Historic Downtown Square

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109 N. 9th St.
Adel, Iowa, 50003
Summer Hours:
8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sundays
Closed - Mondays
BFreedom Fest Supports Iowa Soldiers

Freedom Fest Adel Iowa  

Freedom Fest Adel Iowa Mark your calendars now for the First Annual Freedom Fest August 2nd,
2014 in Adel, Iowa!


Join organizer Brenna Young of Park Place Catering and fellow local sponsors at Riverside Park for a fun, family friendly day to help raise money for Iowa soldiers.


Freedom Fest will include a free-will donation lunch from 11 am to 2 pm. Meanwhile, a carnival will be set up throughout the park from 11 a.m to
5 pm
with local sponsors running
the booths.


You'll find face painting, duck races, strolling princesses, wrestling demonstration and training from a local coach and former Marine.  


Enjoy a dunk tank, free-will donation chair massages, obstacle course, Army rock climbing wall, and an Adel Legion raffle for a free night at Hotel Pattee! More games and activities are being added daily.


Game tickets will be affordable so that everyone can enjoy all the fun and games of the carnival and support the cause at the same time.


Freedom Fest Adel Iowa


Saturday night will be the Freedom Dance at Park Place starting at 7:30 pm featuring a DJ with more than 10,000 songs to choose from.  


Adult beverages will be sold at the dance, but the atmosphere will be kid-friendly and people of all ages are welcome.


Current sponsors include Brick Street Motors, Des Moines Radio Group, Fusion, G.Rafics Inc., Hotel Pattee, Monica Hoover- Shelter Insurance, Nobbies, Peoples Trust & Savings Bank, Stew Hanson Dodge, Terri Snyder Photography, Wells Fargo Bank, and The Zone of Comfort.


None of the sponsors or vendors was charged to participate in Freedom Fest and all funds raised will be split between the Adel Legion and Camp Dodge.


Camp Dodge donations will then use the funds to provide armed forces families and wounded soldiers with the support they need. Funds go to programs such as day trips and social events for kids while their parents are on leave, job placements and counseling for wounded soldiers, and financial support to help make ends meet.


Additional sponsors, volunteers and donations are always welcome.  

To find out how you can help, please contact Brenna Young through email, or call (515) 371-1993.


Freedom Fest organizers and sponsors are proud that the funds will stay in Iowa and reach each branch of the armed forces. Help us raise money and show your support for our troops at the first annual Freedom Fest in Adel!


Park Place Catering Park Place Catering
1015 Riverside Drive
Adel, Iowa 50003
Contact: Brenna Young
Phone: (515) 371-1993

Free Friday - Roulette Rock Cover Band

Adel Partners Free Friday Adel's festival season is underway with the Free Friday Entertainment Series.  


Every fourth Friday from April to August, Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce, along with other local sponsors, will host FREE community stage events.  


These events will be BYOB...that's Bring Your Own Basket of snacks, food, regular or adult beverages.  


No food or drinks will be sold but you are encouraged to pick up dinner from a local restaurant before the show begins.    


Make sure to bring your friends and family to the Adel Stage located at the corner of 10th and Main, and don't forget your lawn chairs!


Please join the Adel Chamber on July 25th for Roulette Rock. This rock cover band will be playing at the Adel Stage from 7:00-10:00 pm. This is a family-friendly event co-sponsored by Adel Lions Club.  We hope to see you there!


Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
301 S. 10th St.
PO Box 73
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-5472
BISU Extension and Outreach July Events
ISU Extension Dallas County Iowa Dallas County Faigrounds
2014 Dallas County Fair


It seems to be the topic of at least one song in every country music artist's repertoire-the county fair.  


It's been described in lyrical fashion as a carefree time with friends, family or a sweetheart.  


On Wednesday, July 9 through Sunday, July 13 locals are invited to discover what everyone is singing about by attending the Dallas County Fair.


Cute critters, motocross races, extreme bull riding, live entertainment and mouth-watering pork tenderloins are fair staples sure to draw in crowds. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Dallas County will also have a strong presence with their 4-H activities. From livestock showing to static exhibits, fair goers will notice area youth have tremendous talent. With the fourth annual 4-H Clover Kids Day on Thursday, July 10 from 4-7 p.m., the fairgrounds will be blanketed in shirts of four leaf clover green.


Those who are impressed with the work of these young adults should consider stopping by the Dallas County 4-H Foundation Silent Auction in the Community Building. All proceeds accrued at the auction will directly benefit the Dallas County 4-H program.


Extension Master Gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions and will also be facilitating a children's craft of making a dragonfly.


Still not convinced? Thanks to DuPont Pioneer, Earlham Savings Bank, Heartland Co-op, Dallas County Farm Bureau and Stine, admission is free at the gate-leaving few excuses not to hop on over.


For a questions or a complete list of daily events, check out or stop in at the Dallas County Extension office located north of Adel on Highway 169 on the fairgrounds.
ISU Ext Tools for Caregivers

Extension to Offer Powerful Tools for Caregivers


People across Iowa are learning to thrive, not just survive, as they provide care to their loved ones who are chronically ill, aging or have a disability.


"Powerful Tools for Caregivers," a six-week series of classes provided by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Dallas County, gives participants the tools they need to address the challenges of caregiving.


Participants learn skills to reduce stress, improve caregiving confidence, establish balance in their lives, communicate needs, make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. They create weekly action plans to help them achieve these objectives.


"These tools are taught in a safe and supportive atmosphere," said Dallas County Extension Educator, Lisa Mickelson. She said the goals of the program align well with the mission of ISU Extension to keep people healthy.


This series will take place on Thursdays, July 24-August 28 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the West Des Moines Christian Church.  


Those interested in participating should contact Lisa at (515) 993-4281.

ISU Baby Sitter Basics Babysitting Basics
Due to the June sessions maxing out enrollment, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Dallas County has scheduled another Babysitting Basics clinic.

The clinic will be held Tuesday, August 5 and Wednesday, August 6 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Raccoon River Valley Bank Community Center in Adel.

This two day workshop for youth fifth grade and older is designed to teach essential child care skills.


"The number one thing we provide in Babysitting Basics," said Lisa Mickelson, Extension Educator, "is to prepare youth with how to handle situations that may arise while they are providing care for infants and young children. We give them the skills and knowledge necessary to ensure they are the best babysitter they can be."


Babysitting Basics will address first aid, safety, essential information to gather from families, nutrition and age-appropriate toys and activities.  


Guest speakers include Dallas County EMTs to cover compression-only CPR training and first aid, law enforcement officials to discuss emergency handling and a local youth who will share what's in her bag of "babysitting tricks."  


"Being prepared, obtaining the proper information from parents and gaining knowledge on the topics we discuss will help make the experience a positive one for the sitter, the children and the parents," expressed Mickelson.


Cost for the two-day event is $20. Register with Lisa Mickelson at the Dallas County Extension office by calling (515) 993-4281.


Rockets Away Rockets Away


Waukee Parks & Rec along with ISU Extension and Outreach of Dallas County have come together to bring you, Rockets Away!  


Blast off toward an action-packed adventure in math, engineering, aerospace and physics with this study of rocketry science.  


Activities in motion, gravity and aerodynamics send interest soaring and lead up to the ultimate thrill-building and launching a two-liter pop bottle rocket.


The event will take place at Ridge Pointe Pavilion located in Waukee at 655 SE Legacy Pointe Blvd. on July 31 and August 1 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  


Register online at . Cost is $40 for both days and don't forget to bring a pop bottle!


Steve Johnson
ISU Extension Farm Management Specialist, Steve Johnson
Farmland Leasing Meeting

The Iowa State Extension and Outreach of Dallas County annual Farmland Leasing meeting will be on August 4 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the ADM High School commons area located on 801 Nile Kinnick Dr. South in Adel.


ISU Extension Farm Management Specialist, Steve Johnson, would like to invite landowners, tenants and other agri-business professionals with issues related to farmland ownership, management and leasing agreements to attend.


Each workshop attendee will receive a one hundred page farmland leasing book. Resources on farmland surveys will also be provided.


Johnson will cover a variety of topics during this three hour seminar including lease types, lease termination, impacts of yields, calculating a fair cash rent and available internet resources.


The cost to attend is $20 per person or $30 per couple and covers registration plus materials. Sign up at the Dallas County Extension located on the Dallas County Fairgrounds. For questions or additional information, call the office at (515) 993-4281.


Dallas County ISU Extension Office
28059 Fairground Road
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4281
Fax: (515) 993-1027
B2 Summer Concerts This July at Penoach
Penoach Winery July 2014 Penoach Winery will host two Sunset in the Vineyard concerts in July. 

July 11th the will be Boomerang, and July 25th is Chad Elliot. Both are 7-10 p.m. Food will be available and kids are welcome.

Bring a lawn chair and a friend and get ready to ejoy the summer at the winery.

View the entire 2014 Penoach Winery Concert Series.

Penoach Winery
26759 N Avenue
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4374
Facebook: Penoach-Vineyard-Winery
BRiver Valley Golf Course Summer Events
River Valley Golf Course Hello, Things have been pretty busy here at River Valley as we have been working hard getting the course into good shape.

The weather has been much better this year compared to the last couple summers so we have been able to make many improvements.

Our weaker areas of grass are filling in nicely, and we have even been able to accomplish some large projects around the grounds.

This June, we have been able to complete our evergreen tree trimming project around the entire course. The trees have been trimmed 4-5 feet above the ground making things look park like while also making it easier to find and play any stray shots under the trees.

We are now beginning to focus our efforts onto the bunkers where we have been redesigning and removing a few. Our other bunkers are also receiving a little TLC with some edging, tilling, and adding new sand. Overall, the course is really coming into great shape and we are continuing to keep working hard on it all season!

We would like to invite everyone out to see our hard work around the course with some great specials this year.

Every time you play 18 holes, we will give you a coupon for $5 off your next round out here. This deal brings your following rounds to only $25 on weekdays and $35 on weekends.

We also are continuing to offer Free Junior Play on Mondays and Wednesdays. After 4 p.m, a junior (under 18) plays for Free with a paying adult. These are great nights to bring the kids out for some fun on the course!

Our second Junior Clinic session is scheduled to kickoff on Monday, July 7th - 10th. Each day starts at 9 a.m. and wrap-up at the practice facility at 11:30 a.m. The kids get to learn the basics of the game on the range and then we take them onto the course to practice the new skills they have learned. Our clinic is designed for kids of all playing levels and focused between the ages of 8 - 14. We have daily refreshments for the kids and give out prizes at the end for different skills challenges. Due to limited spots available, we ask to sign-up your kids as soon as possible through the proshop.

Lastly, we would like to remind everyone about our website where we keep course updates and a list of upcoming events. This summer, we have many new fundraiser outings scheduled that are sure to be fun and a great way to raise some money for some worthwhile groups.

We also have our Couples' Night outings scheduled the last Friday of June and July. For more details, please feel free to call or stop in!


Curt Wahlert - General Manager
River Valley Golf Course
22927 Valley View Trail
Adel, Iowa 50003
Clubhouse:(515) 993-4029
BBrick Street Barbecue Time
Brick Street Barbecue Adel Iowa With summer upon us it's time for some tasty  smothered Baby Back Ribs from Brick Street Barbecue. Order Today!

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
BTerry Traveller - This Day in History July 27th
Terry Traveller Bagpipes Is there anything sweeter than a summer day? Yes there is. Bagpipes.

Oh sure, you hipsters probably like the accordion- and who doesn't love to polka?

Ah, but for true beauty, turn to bagpipes. Especially on July 27th which is Bagpipe Appreciation Day!

Bagpipes are a misunderstood instrument.

Most people think of The Great Highland Bagpipe- with its origin in Scotland, when they think of bagpipes, but in truth the instrument can trace its lineage to most ancient civilizations.

Probably because the supplies were readily available: animal hide, a simple reed pipe, one bored man, and the need to drown out a dozen noisy sheep.

This rustic instrument is cumbersome to hold and play, sort of like lugging around an oxygen tank in a beanbag chair. Bagpipes require great endurance and years of training so you don't pass out. The piper gives a continual pressure to the bag as he plays, and fills the bag with air which is stored until he needs to take a breath.

The piper then presses harder on the bag to keep the long undertones constant and continually flowing through the drone pipes, while the higher melody is played on the chanter which is similar to a clarinet.

The true difficulty is finding a bagpiper who plays them well. I own a bagpipe, a small Swedish number about the size of a canteen, purchased during my travels to the annual Scandinavian Cheese Rolling Festival in 1984.

I will admit, modestly, that I rock the bagpipes. But as I only give private performances to foreign royalty, I recommend seeking out a live performance as CDs lose the characteristic warmth and vibrancy. I do not recommend crashing a nearby wedding for bagpipers deserve classier groupies than that.

But, if you're in my neighborhood on July 27th feel free to join me as I waken at dawn, stand on my front porch, and greet the day with a long and interpretive rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Simple Man'.

(Again, in sincere respect to Ronnie Van Zant and Lynryd Skynrd)

Happy travels!
- Terry

Terry Traveller
B2014 Coon River Army Challenge August 30

Coon River Challenge - Dallas County Fairgrounds The Coon River Army Challenge comes to the Dallas County Fairgrounds


Get ready for mud, music, and fun at the 2014 Coon River Army Challenge!


Join drill sergeants and active duty Army soldiers for a wild adventure mud run and obstacle course Saturday, August 30th encompassing the entire Dallas County Fairgrounds in Adel, Iowa.


Saturday morning active duty army soldiers will build the 3+ mile mud run and obstacle course, setting the stage for Drill sergeants to recreate a day in the life of Basic Training. The Race starts at 9:00 a.m


All ages and all fitness levels are welcome! Individuals and teams of 4 or more are encouraged to participate, both for competitive/ timed awards as well as fun-run awards for the most spirit, craziest costumes, largest team, and more.  

All proceeds from this year's run will be donated to Hope For the Warriors- a charitable organization that assists post 9/11 veterans and their families.


Sponsors for the event currently include Adel's Anytime Fitness as well as many fitness facilities and businesses throughout central Iowa. Want to sponsor the event? Contact marketing director Jessie Perry at (515) 528- 4212.


See if you have what it takes; join the Coon River Army Challenge today!


Coon River Army Challenge - Adel Iowa


Previous Army Challenge tours have had over 3,400 runners so sign up soon. Register now at

Registration is $40 and includes race entry, event shirt, finishers medal & race packet. 


The Adel event is organized by Bret Perry-Active Duty Army solider stationed in Des Moines and Jessie Perry-Marketing Director for the Army Challenge.  


Both currently reside in Adel and are ADM Alumni. They feel Adel is a natural community for the third tour of the CR Challenge and appreciate the support  

that has already been shown. 


Jessie Perry
The Coon River Army Challenge
601 N 12th Street

Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515) 528-4212

Adel HealthMart - Your Local First Stop!
Adel HealthMart - Adel IowaOur Adel HealthMart pharmacy specializes in serving our community with fast, friendly, professional service and the highest-quality health products.

You'll always work with somebody at our pharmacy who greets you by name, and our pharmacists take the time to counsel you and answer your questions.

Visit us for all your healthcare needs!

Check out our facebook page and while you are there be sure to "like" us!

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Adel Health Mart
Phone: 515-993-3644
Fax :515-993-4714
After hours Emergency: 515-333-2959
Around Town
Farmers Market Adel Iowa 2014 Adel Farmers Market June 3rd - Aug 26th

The Market is held every Tuesday, rain or shine. June 3rd - August 26th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Stop out and find locally grown produce, organic...   Continue reading 
IAMO Truck Tractor Pull IAMO Truck/Tractor and Stock Pickup Pull July 6th

The Dallas County Fair begins on  July 9th and runs through July 13th. Sunday July 6th. 6:00 p.m. - Truck and Tractor Pull IAMO Series...   Continue reading 
Adel Sweet Corn Princess Adel Sweet Corn Princess Contest Deadline July 11th

The registration deadline for the 1st Adel Sweet Corn Princess contest is July 11th....   Continue reading 
Dallas County Figure 8 Races - Adel Iowa 2014 Figure 8 Races at the Dallas County Fair Grounds

Come out to the Dallas County Fair Grounds for the 2014 Season of Figure 8 Racing. Races are held on the North Track and start at 6:30 p.m...    Continue reading
Adel Quilting & Dry Gods Co. Adel Iowa Open Sew Friday at the Adel Public Library

Join Jacque Johnson, owner of Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co., the 2nd Friday of each month at the Adel Public Library for Open Sew Friday! Participants may join...    Continue reading

2014 Dallas County Fairs Dallas County Fair July 9th - 13th

Dallas County Fair July 9th - 13th
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Red Cross Baby Sitter Certification Brick Street Books & Café & Raccoon Forks Farm June 14

Red Cross Babysitting Certification Class. Receive your babysitting certificate and become a certified sitter. Participants must be at least 11 years old and...    Continue reading

AHeinz57 Poker Run AHeinz57 Pit Stop Adoption Day
AHeinz57 Pit Stop Adoption Day, every Saturday.

Visit us at 109 Guthrie Street (Hwy 169) in DeSoto, IA. Stop by the Pit Stop this Saturday from 1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m. and take home a friend... Continue reading
United Methodist Church Men's Breakfast Fridays at Adel United Methodist Church

The Adel United Methodist Church will host a men's morning Breakfast every Friday at 6:30 a.m. All are welcome to join us!
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The Summer Reading Program is off to a tremendous start.   


So far, 440 kids have signed-up for the program, beating last years' total!  


Turn out has been great for our early literacy, teen, and adult programs as well.   


It's not too late to sign up! All reading logs are due by July 18th.


The library has several upcoming events for adults and children alike.  


On July 15th at 2:00 pm Kil'n Time Studio will be at the library.   


Join us for dog stories and kids will paint their own ceramic dog to take home.    


The Science Center of Iowa will be at the Adel Public Library on July 23rd at 11:00 am to wrap-up the Summer Reading Program.


Join us on July 1st at 2:00 pm for our adult Crafternoon with Paula.


Learn how to turn Mason Jars into painted vases.  

If you have a Mason Jar, please bring it with you!


The next gathering of the Brown Bag Book Club is at noon on Thursday, July 10th when we'll be discussing the novel Orphan Train by Christina BakerKline.    

Take your lunch break at the library and come share your love of books with us.


Our next Classic Movie Monday on the big screen will be on Monday, July 14th at 2:00 pm.    

We're happy to watch the wonderful CBC miniseries Anne of Green Avonlea- perfect for patrons of all ages.


In July the Evening Book Club will be discussing the book The Expats by Chris Pavoneon Thursday the 31st at 7:00 pm.


Our third Friends of the Adel Public Library Foundation summer Garage Sales will be on Friday July 25th and Saturday July 26th in the second floor conference room.    

The library will accept items for the garage sale during regular business hours.   


While you are doing your summer cleaning, the library is also accepting book donations for the Annual Friends of the Adel Public Library Foundation Book Sale in August during the Sweet Corn Festival.   


Don't forget the library will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Friday, July 4th.


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, Pintrest, or on Twitter.


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

Paula James
Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
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DDiscover Chef
Perfect Picnic Lunch

One of my favorite things about summertime is going on a picnic, but my favorite picnic was 28 years ago on the steps inside our new home.

We were in the process of moving into our 2-story house after living in a small, 2 bedroom apartment.

The girls had run around the first floor, enjoying the open layout as we unpacked.

Soon it was lunch time, but we hadn't gotten to the kitchen yet. I experienced my first trip to Daughtery's grocery store to find something quick and easy.

I returned with fried chicken, baked bread, cottage cheese, potato chips, and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Without a kitchen table, we decided to have a picnic on the landing that went up to the second floor.

Our toddlers were used to living on a single floor, so the stairs both intrigued and fascinated them. After all, our apartment
had been half the size of our downstairs.

Also we had preached that they were never to leave the apartment without us and that we had to hold their hands when went up and down the three flights of metal steps.

Lori set out a well used table cloth on the landing of the stairwell while I dished up the paper plates.

The girls sat on the stairs and got used to the idea that this big place was their new home, even the upstairs.

By the end of lunch the girls were crawling up and down the steps, excited by the freedom of so much space.

We had that meal many times throughout the years- especially when the girls got into sports, after school activities, and during remodeling projects, but eventually we outgrew the stairs.

Now, we have picnics with our grandkids on those same steps, remembering all the fun times we had with our girls while creating new memories to cherish.

Sometimes, the best meals are the ones you pick up quickly so you can get back to living life with your family.

The Perfect Picnic Lunch 

Fried or Rotisserie Chicken
Cottage Cheese
Classic Potato Chips
French Bread
Fresh Fruit (such as apples, berries, or melon)
Fresh Vegetables (such as carrots, celery, or broccoli)
Vegetable Dip
Paper Plates
Disposable Flatware
Plenty of Napkins
1 Table Cloth

Best when shared.

Adel Museum
Adel Museum

The Adel Historical Museum is now open on Saturdays through September from noon to 4:00 p.m.

Explore eight history filled rooms of Adel and the surrounding areas

You'll find information
on the Orton Brothers
Circus, Adel Brick and
Tile Company, country schools, Civil War, Nile Kinnick, telephone memorabilia, friendship quilts, vintage clothing
and much more.

To schedule a tour on days other than Saturday, call 993-1032.

Free admission!

Adel Historical Museum
1129 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-1032 
Adel Museum Kinnick Addition
Nile Kinnick Hiesman Trophy

Last month was incredibly successful for the Adel Historical Museum's fundraising drive to build a new museum addition honoring Nile Kinnick, Jr.

At the beginning of June, the museum's fundraising total was $50,300.

The special viewing of Kinnick's 1939 Heisman Trophy on Saturday, June 14th, raised over $5,000!

Thank you to all those who came out, especially the University of Iowa, Herky the Hawk, and our local sponsors Fareway and Lincoln Savings Bank.

Along with several big donations, the Kinnick Addition was awarded an $8,000 grant from the Dallas County Foundation on June 23rd!

The museum has now raised over $66,000 toward its $70,000 goal.

Donations can be made at Adel City Hall.

Thank you for your generous support!

Adel City Hall
301 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4525
Facebook: /CityofAdelIowa 
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 3rd. 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
Alumni 2014 Class Reunion News
ADM Alumni News - Adel Iowa
Upcoming Alumni Events

August 8th:

The ADM Alumni Association 12th Annual ADM Alumni Golf Tournament at River Valley Golf Course.

Shot gun tee time at 8:00 a.m. Register early for the golf tournament as it fills up quickly.

For more information or contact Dick Wicks at (515) 993-4454 or at


The 2014 - 17th Annual ADM Alumni Association All Alumni Reunion will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the ADM School Commons - 804 Nile Kinnick Drive South - Adel, IA.

Dinner will be available from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and served by the ADM After Prom Committee as a fund raiser.


The ADM Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. during the ADM All Alumni Reunion.

ADM Hall of Fame - Adel Iowa

2014 ADM Hall of Fame Inductees: 

Angie Gilliland - Adel-DeSoto Class Of 1989

Bric Nelson - Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Class Of 1998

Whitney Johnson - Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Class Of 2005

Ron Brenner - Teacher/Coach

The inductees will be honored in the 8-9 Commons, with the formal ceremony that evening at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. 

Please make plans now to attend.

August 9th:

The ADM Alumni Association is hosting their 1st Ever ADM Alumni Volleyball Scrimmage.

ADM Alumni Volleyball Tournament

August 9th at 1:00 p.m. in the ADM High School Gym.

Everyone is invited to come play or just visit with teammates and friends!

To find out more, visit

Class Reunions

These classes are having reunions during the Adel
Sweet Corn Festival.

Adel Class of 1949

Adel HS 1954 football

Adel Class of 1957

Adel Class of 1959

Adel Class of 1964

Adel Class of 1969

Adel Class of 1974

Adel Class of 1979

Adel-DeSoto Class of 1984

Adel-DeSoto Class of 1989

ADM Class of 1999

To find out more, visit

Once a Tiger,
Always a Tiger!

ADM Alumni Association
P.O. Box 122
Adel, Iowa 50003
Light the tRail
July 11th

We have two remaining Light the tRAIL rides this summer, and the July 11th ride is out of Adel.

Riders can start in Waukee or Adel.

The official glow ride is Adel-Waukee departing about 9:15 p.m. from Rendezvous Lounge.

It's a fun, easy ride and we raffle off prizes such as a bike jersey in addition to awarding Best Dressed and Best Decorated Bike.

You'll also be supporting a new trailhead art project for the RRVT.

Riders can enjoy a tasty dinner and drinks at Rendezvous Lounge or the Longest Yard before joining their colorful compatriots on the ride back to Waukee to announce contest winners.

For information on this exciting community project, see the July flyer or please visit

Raccoon River Valley
Trail Association

14581 K Avenue
Perry, Iowa 50220
Phone: 515-465-3577
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