"Helping the World Discover Adel" Newsletter
Vol. 72 October 2014
Dear Friend of Adel,

As a kid my dad was the original DIY guy. He and my grandfather put a two room addition on our house from a book. He added a fireplace the same way.

The bookshelves were full of How to books on carpentry, solar panels, and just about anything you could tinker with and dream about.

But my favorite section was the stack of Mother Earth News magazines. The dreams of living a simpler life were enticing.

Flash forward 40 years and I'm sitting with Maury Wills talking about what inspired him to build an orchard, his house and farm by hand, when he mentioned Mother Earth News. We laughed at how that publication shaped our lives.

His a bit more than mine. This month we highlight the Wills Family Orchard. It's just a glimpse, but I highly recommend you head over one of these next two weekends to take part in their annual Fall Fest and enjoy some time with the Wills.

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
Maury Wills - Wills Family Orchard
2 New Youth Ministries at Fusion Church
Adel's New Community Greetings Program
Local Book Club Part of Author Success Story
All You Can Eat Waffle Fundraiser
Operation Christmas Child Starting Soon!.
Penoach's Octoberfest and Concert Oct. 18th
ISU Extension and Outreach News & Events
John's Baby Steps This Weekend Oct. 4th
Flu Shots Available at Adel HealthMart
Around Town - Upcoming Events
BMaury Wills - Wills Family Orchard
Wills Orchard - Adel Iowa

Wills Family Orchard - Adel Iowa As the colors change and the leaves start to fall it is a beautiful drive out to the Wills Family Orchard in Adel.  


This month we spoke with Maury and Mary Wills, owners of the apple orchard and you-pick pumpkin patch located on the western side of Adel's countryside.


Maury Wills grew up like many Iowans, just one generation removed from the farm on the Southside of Des Moines.  


Mary knew the reality of chores growing up on a dairy farm.  

It was the Mother Earth News craze of the 1970's mixed with stories of his father's life on the farm, which inspired Maury to seek a peaceful and fruitful life in the country.

Wills Family Orchard - Adel Iowa  

"When we met we had this idea of living in the country with an agricultural enterprise. When this land was for sale in the 1980's we made many trips in April to walk the land and my first impression was 'nothing but a lot of ditches, hills, and trees'. It just didn't do anything for us. We came back in May, when it was turning green and I thought 'wow, ditches and hills and trees!' So we bought the land.


I took out my stack of Mother Earth News-this was before the internet- and came across an article about AP Thomson in Shenandoah Valley. It was an awesome article about organic apples. It had all these little nuggets about how to do it right. One day I was mowing our lawn in Earlham and all these maple trees were popping up. I had the article in my mind, and then seeing all those trees-it just came together. We never looked back. I went to the library and took out any book I could about how to raise apples before the advent of all the chemicals."- Maury


Wills Family Orchard - Adel Iowa


This organic prospective came to define the Wills Family and its orchard. It is apparent when speaking with Mary and Maury that integrity and authenticity plays a very big role in their personal and professional lives.


"We have friends who are orchardists in Illinois. They are top-notch people with high standards and they stick to their convictions. They stand by their honesty and scarcity- making it a treat to come out to the farm. That really resonated with us."-Mary


"There are different ways to define or view organic. Organic, basically, is rooted in soil management and sustainability. There are a number of organic farmers who like to view what they're doing as biological- or ecological farmers, and what they do happens to be organic as well. When most people think of organic they boil it down to chemicals. The rule of thumb is that all synthetic inputs are prohibited unless otherwise noted." - Maury


Wills Family Orchard - Adel Iowa


The Wills should know. As Bureau Chief for the Agricultural Diversification & Market Development Bureau for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Maury manages the Organic Certification program and, years ago, helped write the state of Iowa's organic program.


As a result, Wills Family Orchard chooses apple varieties that are hearty and less susceptible to bugs and tree diseases. While you might not recognize the different names, these apples are crisp, tart, excellent for apple pies and baking, and perfectly iconic of a trip to an apple orchard.


"We want our place to be very family centered. And the activities we provide to be authentic to a country environment. That's why you won't see bounce houses here. We like to think that this is a time to unplug a bit from those carnival activities, from technology, and just enjoy the natural environment. We also have a very strong emphasis on food quality. We think it's really important to provide good quality products whether its apples or fruit spread. We do have a weakness- the apple cider donuts- they are not organic but they are awesome."


The beautiful homestead, built by this family of 8, and acreage is welcoming to visitors during weekends in September and October. You'll find 4 aces of apples, 3 acres of pumpkins, a 1 acre corn maze, ½ an acre of squash and gourds, about 1 acre of peach trees and dark cherry trees, and 35 acres of timber.  


Plan to spend an hour or so at the farm, and remember to wear walking shoes or boots. Visitors may not bring in their own food, or pets, but blankets and lawn chairs are welcome if you'd like to relax amongst the countryside. There is also a great walking path to enjoy!


Wills Family Orchard - Adel Iowa  

Due to a harsh winter this year visitors won't be able to pick their own apples but that just means that the best apples have been hand-picked and pre-bagged ready to grab and go. You will be able to pick your own pumpkins with a wagon and lopper at your side!


Wills Family Orchard - Adel Iowa  

Wills Family Orchard - Adel Iowa Visit the Wills Family Orchard Saturdays 9am- 6pm, and Sundays from noon - 6pm. If you want to experience a real treat, join them during Apple & Pumpkin Fest weekends October 4th and 5th and 11th and 12th.  


On these special days the family can participate in hay wagon rides, run through the corn maze, listen to local music, enjoy apple wood smoked barbeque by Master Griller Catering, and fresh caramel apples, Queens apple dessert, sliced apple pie, and who could forget the apple cider donuts.  


Activities have a small fee per person to help make sure everything runs like a well-oiled machine.


Everything you see, the whole family has had a part in. From planting 9,000 seeds by hand to building their own home, the Wills family is a shining example of Iowan ingenuity and spirit.


"Each year we reevaluated and had to make decisions- will we add more trees this year? Do we get a deer fence? There have been certain things that have guided us because they just weren't authentic to who we are. Maybe an idea will come along that we think, 'people may like this or it might make us money' but it just isn't who we are. We moved out here to live- and so that the business could be part of how we live. We don't eat 100% organic food and we're not bashing conventional agriculture at all, this is just how we do it."


Wills Family Orchard
33130 Panther Creek Road
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: 515-993-5151



B2 New Youth Ministries at Fusion Church
Youth Ministries - Fusion Church Adel Iowa Fusion Church in Adel, is introducing
two new Youth Ministries
this October.

Kids Connection - Connecting Kids to Christ for grades 1 -5.

Spark Youth Ministry for grades 6 - 12.

Both groups meet on Wednesday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. beginning October 1st at Fusion Church. 

The community is invited to attend.

Fusion Church - Adel Iowa
Fusion Church

29147 Prospect Circle
Hwy. 6 (just east of Adel)
Phone: 515.993.5438
BAdel's New Community Greetings Program
Community Greetings Adel Iowa Community Greetings is its own organization. It's owned by former Welcome Wagon employee, BobbiJo Wolfe of Grimes.

When Welcome Wagon discontinued business, BobbiJo and other employees loved their jobs so much and wanted to continue welcoming people. They began Community Greetings.

I am the new Community Greeter (formerly Welcome Wagon) in Adel. My family and I have resided in Adel for fourteen years. I'm excited to welcome new families to our community and to let them know about all of the opportunities we have in business, service, and worship!

I am looking forward to sitting and visiting with the new families inside their homes. I hope for each visit to be a personal one, providing a warm welcome to our community. Nothing will be left on a doorstep, and if the families are not able to visit when I drop by, I will return another time.

 It will take some time to catch up with each of the 82 families that have moved to Adel since April 1st. It's amazing how our community is growing! I hope to visit at 10 - 15 families a month, starting the second week of October.

When visiting a family, I will take a basket with me containing the items that businesses and churches have provided. Examples include: pens, magnets, or some small item that will serve as a gift.

As I promote each sponsor, I will deliver their welcome messages, highlighting the things that our businesses and churches have to offer and the traits that make each one of them special.

Churches may choose to also include a brochure or flyer highlighting worship times and current activities or church functions. Businesses may opt to include a card or brochure specifying hours of business and the array of services and products they provide.

Stefanie Wilderdyke Adel Community Greetings
Stefanie Wilderdyke
With the growth that is happening in Adel, this is a great time for us to take an active role in welcoming new residents and helping them get connected and establish roots in our community.

Let's join together in greeting our new families!


Stefanie Wilderdyke,

Adel Community Greeter
Phone: (515) 993-1003
BLocal Book Club Part of Author Success Story
Crows Reading Prose
Crows Reading Prose Book Club

Local Book Club part of Iowa Author Success Story


The Adel-based book club, Crows Reading Prose, has been meeting nearly every month for 4 years.  


Its 12 members consist of Adel ladies, past and current, who enjoy gathering in one another's homes for food, wine, and good conversation about their latest pages.


Book club members are Becky Mantell, Carol Wells, Christee Lee, Jo Berry,  Jeannie Havnen, Kathleen Green, Marie Hansen, Michelle Messer, Nancy Hogstad, Sandie Laust, Suzanne Davidson, Teresa Burke and Jean Blaser. 


The book club formed organically, starting first as a women's fellowship group at the Adel Methodist Church, then as bi-annual sleepovers at the "Methodist B&B in Muskie (Muscatine)".  


It was Jean Balser, who longed for camaraderie and serious literary discussions, who first suggested they form a book club, with a series of rules to hold each other accountable such as attendance, 12 available memberships, and a scribe to recap and share notes from each meeting. Rotating turns as moderator would allow each member to suggest a book to be read.


The group has had several guest authors at their meetings including Iowa writers Mary Gottschalk and Carol Bodensteiner. Carol's memoir, Growing Up Country was well received by the group and prompted the author to invite the club to be "beta readers" for her first novel, Go Away Home.


Go Away Home is a coming-of-age story about Liddie Treadway, a determined and independent woman seeking her dreams. Readers join her as she faces the conflicts, choices, joys and heartaches of love and life set in Iowa, circa World War One.


Before the novel was printed, each member read an early manuscript. Carol was invited back to the book club where feedback was shared about character development, structure, and overall appeal.  


Carol then went back to the draft and made many of the suggested changes.
Carol Bodensteiner
Carol Bodensteiner and her novel, "Go Away Home." Photo courtesy of

Crows Reading Prose club members were honored that the author granted them the opportunity to be part of the editorial process.


Go Away Home is now the Silver Medal winner for Historical Fiction in the Readers Favorite International Award competition.  


Adel can share in Carol's success, knowing that the thoughtfulness of its community members helped bring an Iowa author's work to the limelight.


Read an excerpt of Go Away Home and learn more about Carol Bodensteiner at

BAll You Can Eat Waffle Fundraiser - Oct. 25th
Waffles - A Team Hall Fundraiser Belgian Waffle All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet. A Benefit for Cystic Fibrosis in honor of Alex and Shade Hall.

Saturday, October 25th, 2014.
Serving: 7:30 am to 11:30 am

United Methodist Church, 115 S. 10th Street, Adel.

Ticket Prices:
Under 5: $4.00
6-12 - $ 5.50
13 and up - $7.00

Buffet includes: All you can eat Belgian Waffles, Sausages, Juice, Milk & Coffee

Take Out is Available: Pre-order your take out and we'll have it bagged and ready to go for you at the time you want to pick it up!

Contact: 515-231-3918 or 515-205-6432,
BOperation Christmas Child Starting Soon!
Operation Christmas Child - Adel UMC Adel Iowa

Operation Christmas Child is gearing up for its annual collection during the 3rd week of November!  


Last year was an incredible success!


Dallas County individuals, families, churches, and clubs donated more than 1,000 gift-filled shoe boxes which were distributed worldwide by Samaritan's Purse, an organization providing international relief to people struggling with poverty, disease, war, or natural disaster.


Each box, which contains items such as toys, school supplies, hygiene items, clothing, and candy, is a gift that is received by a needy child.


Often, it is the only gift the child will have ever received. With your help, we can reach even more children this year!


OCC boxes are delivered to children living in bleak situations. Many times they live in utter poverty or they are suffering from disease, loss of parents and/or home, or they are living in war-torn areas. They face devastating conditions in their daily lives. We have the power to make a difference, to let them know that they are not alone, to let them know that someone cares about them.


We can each out in love without even having to board a plane. We can fill a box and see send it into the hands of a child. This simple act changes lives! The items we place in the boxes may hold little meaning in themselves, but God's hand in this ministry is apparent-He uses these boxes to accomplish marvelous things!


Countless stories have been shared about OCC recipients. An entire classroom shared one pencil, but when Operation Christmas Child boxes arrived, the kids couldn't contain their excitement over getting pencils and school supplies. Children at an orphanage had nothing to call their own.

Many of them received a stuffed animal to hold or a little toy car to play with. They couldn't believe that anyone could love them so much to pack a gift and send it around the world to them.

 A little boy received a box with many pairs of socks. The socks were an answer to his prayers to cover the burns on his feet. By little effort of our own but by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, each gift finds its way to the child for whom it was intended, blessing them and giving them love and hope.
Please prayerfully consider participating in Operation Christmas Child this year! Whether you're part of a church or a club or if you'd like to fill a shoe box on your own or with your children/grandchildren, every gift makes such an incredible difference to a child. One box at a time, one child at a time, we hope to continue to share God's love and spread the Good News.
You may drop off your gift-filled shoe boxes or monetary donations (please include a $7 check to Samaritan's Purse for shipping each box) at the Adel United Methodist Church (115 S. 10th), from Monday, Nov. 17 - Monday, Nov. 24th.

Drop-off hours will be
4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mon. - Fri. (Nov. 17-21)

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Sat. & Sun. (Nov. 22 & 23)
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Mon. (Nov. 24)

The Adel UMC invites the public to use the ramp on the south side of the building (Prairie Street) to make the transfer of gifts easier. Volunteers will be there to greet and assist you!


Thank you to everyone who is building a box, making a donation, or volunteering in any way!


  Please feel free to contact Stefanie Wilderdyke, Volunteer Coordinator for Operation Christmas Child, at 515-993-1003 or with any questions.  


For gift ideas an Operation Christmas Child d guidelines, please go to


Adel United Methodist Church
115 South Tenth Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3791
BPenoach's Octoberfest and Concert Oct. 18th.
OctoberFest Penoach Winery - Adel Iowa Adel's Penoach's Octoberfest Open House and Concert Oct. 18th.

Penoach Winery will hold an Octoberfest Open House from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 18th.

Hot Tamale and the Red Hots will perform from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

We will have wine specials, free popcorn, and other events that day as well.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Penoach Winery Penoach Winery
26759 N Avenue
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4374
Facebook: Penoach-Vineyard-Winery
BISU Extension and Outreach News & Events
ISU Extension Dallas County Iowa
Outdoor Adventures - From Iowa to the ocean

Rivers to Oceans On October 4 from 10-11:30 a.m., Iowa State University Extension Educator, Cindy Watson Pottebaum, will be leading Outdoor Adventures for youth 4-8 grade, their parents and adult volunteers.

Children are the world's little "explorers", always questioning, "What's that?" As they grow older, it's important our future generations continue to inquire about the life around them, examining its personal relevance.

October's adventure, "Rivers to Ocean," will help youth realized through activities and hands-on experiments the connection between landlocked Iowa and the ocean, how Iowans impact the ocean and how to improve the water in local communities.

To sign-up for Outdoor Adventures, contact Cindy at or (515) 993-4281.
National 4-H Week is October 5th - 11th

More than six million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week of October.

Research has proven participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive

Youth Development indicate when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities, two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors and two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in out-of-school time.

The 4-H program in Iowa is an essential part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, a partnership between Iowa's land-grant university and the United States Department of Agriculture. In Dallas County, nearly 320 4-H club youth (4-12 grade), more than 100 Clover Kids (K-3 grade) and approximately 100 volunteers from the community are involved in 4-H.

Every year 4-H members have the opportunity to participate in the Dallas County Fair, Iowa State Fair, Communications Day, Clothing Day, project and robotics workshops, community service events and club activities. New to Dallas County 4-H is the addition of a Shooting Sports club.

Alumni, current members, volunteers and leaders are encouraged to show their support of Dallas County 4-H by taking to social media and following ISU Extension of Dallas County on Facebook, Twitter (@ISUExtDallasCo) or Instagram (ISUExtDallas). Join the online 4-H conversation by using #iam4H.

To learn more about or join 4-H in Dallas County, contact County Youth Coordinator, Aleta Cochran, at (515) 993-4281 or


Great Beginnings for Families 'No other task is more important'

Great-Beginnings-for-Families Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Dallas County in partnership with the Waukee YMCA will be offering Great Beginnings for Families, a five week skills-building program for parents of newborns through preschoolers beginning in October.

Parents who attend Great Beginnings can expect to learn how to effectively administer positive discipline while helping their young cope with anger and conflict.

Encouraging learning through play and helping the child grow and develop is also a core part of this workshop series.

"This class was enlightening and very beneficial to me," shared a past Dallas County participant. "Being a good parent is what I have to do for the rest of my life. Quite frankly, no other job or task is more important. This class encouraged me to take a look at myself and evaluate the skills I have, and to also learn new skills to help me be the dad I have to be for my kids."

Great Beginnings for Families will take place Tuesdays, October 14 through November 11 from 9:45-11 a.m. at the Waukee YMCA. Membership with the YMCA is not required to attend.

Registration is $5 and can be completed by contacting Extension Educator Lisa Mickelson at (515) 993-4281 or Free child care will be provided.
ISU Extension Offering Annie's Project

ISU Annies ProjectAn educational program for ag women


The latest report by the United States Department of Agriculture shows a powerful trend-the number of women operating farms in the U.S. has nearly tripled across the past three decades.

Due to this growing population of strong female roles in agriculture, Anne's Project was created to support women working in the field, so to speak.

Annie's Project, a six-week risk management program for farm and ranch women will be offered at the DMACC West Campus on Mondays, October 27 through December 1 from 6-9:30 p.m.

Topics will include crop insurance, legal issues, farm transition planning, grain marketing, risk assessment and more. In addition to informational lectures from specialists across the state of Iowa, participants will complete relevant, hands-on learning and explore resources made available by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Continue Reading... 


Dallas County ISU Extension Office
28059 Fairground Road
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4281
Fax: (515) 993-1027
John's Baby Steps This Weekend Oct. 4th
Johns Baby Wlak 5K - Adel Iowa There's still time to participate in the 5th Annual John's Baby Steps 5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk.

Sign-up or just come out to support the runners this Saturday, October 4th at Kinnick-Feller Park in Adel.

John's Baby Steps starts at 8:00 a.m. with a chip timed race and memory walk.

There will also be a Kids Fun Run, face painting, door prizes, treats, and an awards presentation of age and gender categories!. We look forward to seeing you!

Register at More information in the 5K Brochure.

Johns Baby Step 5K The John D Gomke Charity helps prevent child loss & honor the memory of infants who have become angels. Providing resources & funding to organizations that help care for grieving families in Central Iowa.

John D. Gomke Charity
PO Box 613
De Soto, Iowa 50069
Phone: (515) 314-9171
Flu Shots Available at Adel HealthMart
Adel HealthMart - Adel IowaFlu shots are now available at your Adel HealthMart.

Protect you and your family this winter against the flu. Flu season begins generally in October and goes through May.

The vaccine takes two weeks in your system to become effective, so the time is now! No appointment is necessary.

Shop local, shop Adel HealthMart today!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook!

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
oga in Adel 2014 Yoga in Adel 

A new series of yoga classes begins in Adel on September 10th and runs through October 22nd. This class continues to meet at the Raccoon Bank Community...   Continue reading
Salamander Crossing Dallas County Monarch Tagging - Nature On Call Program

In mid- October hundreds of salamanders travel across the fields of Voas to their winter wetlands. To witness this amazing journey...  Continue reading
ADM Schools 2014 ADM Sports Schedule Posted

The Adel DeSoto Minburn (ADM) School's 2014 Sports Schedule of Events has been posted at Adel DeSoto Minburn CSD...   Continue reading 
Figure 8 Races 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

Ikes Avengers - Adel Iowa Ike's Avengers on Facebook

"In an attempt to raise awareness of childhood lung disease and the challenges each family faces, I have created this page for Ike's Avengers"...   Continue reading 

Wednesday Night Suppers Adel UMC Wednesday Night Community Suppers

The Adel United Methodist Church welcomes everyone in the community to enjoy a meal and Christian fellowship each Wednesday from ... 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!
Oatmeal Breakfast bar....  Continue reading 
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October is here and all of us at the Adel Public Library couldn't be more excited!  


Bring on the falling leaves, changing colors, cozy sweaters, adorable Halloween costumes and pumpkin-flavored everything!  


We hope you join us for all of the Halloween activities we have planned; you won't want to miss out on all of the fun!


Since October is one of our favorite months at the library, you can bet we have plenty of fun Story Times planned!  


Preschool Story Time is on Mondays, Toddler Time is on Tuesdays, and Music Time is on Thursdays.  


All programs begin at 10:30 am.


Lego League is back!  


Please join us on Monday, October 6th at 4:00 pm.  


If you have a competitive side and a knack for building things, this event is perfect for you!


Early out days are nice, but why go home right after school when you can come to the library for a free movie?  


On Wednesday, October 8th at 2:00 pm we will show Toy Story of Terror.  


Feel free to bring snacks and something comfortable to lie on.  


We will provide the popcorn!


Iowan history meets Baseball!


We're bringing John Liepa back for a collection and presentation you won't want to miss!  


On Wednesday, October 15th, come view Liepa's extensive baseball collection from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.


Stay for his presentation from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm and learn baseball facts and Iowan knowledge that you never knew before.  


Looking for a good baseball-themed book to get ready for the event?  


Come check out William Kent Krueger's newest bestseller, Ordinary Grace: tragedy, mystery, family, baseball - what could be better?


We will be holding a Family Trivia Night on Friday, October 17th at 5:30 pm!  


Forget the hassle of supper - we have your family covered!  


We will be serving hot dogs and chips and provide several rounds of family fun.  


And yes - there will be prizes! Bring a smart phone or tablet if you have one.


What better way to de-stress from school than with an Early Out Craft!  


Come join us at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, October 21st.  


We provide the materials; we just need your attendance and creativity!


Who is ready to get dressed up in their favorite Halloween costume and attend our Family Halloween Party?  


Stop by anytime between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm for a craft, games and snacks on Monday, October 27th.  


We can't wait to see the cute and scary costumes, and all of them in between!  


Also make sure you stop by between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm on actual Halloween, Friday, October 31st, to Trick-or-Treat!  


We will also be holding a Friends of the Library Annual Bake Sale and our last Garage Sale of the season from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, so there will be lots of goodies to choose from!


Do you enjoy classic movies? Please join us for Classic Movie Monday at 2:00 pm on October 13th. Details on the movie title to come.


As usual, our two Book Clubs will continue to meet this month.  


Our Brown Bag Book Club is at 12:00 pm on Thursday, October 9th and our Evening Book Club is on Thursday, October 30th at 7:00 pm.


October at the Adel Public Library is packed full of fun and we are excited for each and every day of it!   


To keep up-to-date on all of the clubs, events, information and programs at Adel Public Library, be sure to check out our website,,

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Library Hours:
Mon and Fri 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tues - Thurs 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

~ Brittany

Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
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Recipe of the Month
DDiscover Chef
Apple Butter Bake

After visiting Wills Family Orchard I was looking for a way to use the delicious organic apple butter they sell, along with odds and ends found in my kitchen.  


I stumbled upon most of the ingredients for French toast, and some of those needed for Bread Pudding.  


I decided to throw caution to the wind and viola- a brand new recipe straight from the test kitchen!


The Wills Family Orchard's apple butter, with just a dash of extra cinnamon, sweetens this breakfast or dessert dish.  


Make sure to use hearty French bread or ciabatta rolls- something that makes a great sponge otherwise the bread will get soggy.  


Use cold butter so that it is easily diced. And feel free to substitute milk, half and half, or sour cream for the plain or vanilla yogurt.  


Apple Butter Bake is awesome served warm topped with a dollop of vanilla yogurt, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.   


Personally I like to top it with a smidge more Apple butter. 


Thanks to the Wills Family Orchard for the inspiration!

Apple-Butter Bake


3 C. French bread, diced

1 C. Apple Butter

2 Eggs

1 tsp. Vanilla

2 T. Butter, diced

1 T. Yogurt

1 tsp Water

8 dried prunes, diced

2 apples, diced

½ C. Walnuts

Cinnamon, optional



1. Whisk together the eggs, apple butter, vanilla, yogurt, and water in a large bowl.  


If substituting milk or half and half, disregard the water.


2. Add the bread, butter, prunes, apples and walnuts to the eggs; toss to coat. Set aside.


3. Grease and fill one 8x8 pan, loaf pan, or set of muffin tins. Sprinkle top with cinnamon.


4. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for approximately 20 minutes.  


 Cover with foil if additional time is needed to prevent burning.  


May take up to 45 minutes.


Terry Traveller - Reflects on October
Terry Traveller - Safari

When looked at in a wide scope including centuries of data, men of grace who later lead followers to noble causes are born the same day that 20/20 hindsight will paint as the beginnings of conflict, war, and death.

Perhaps it is the changing leaves, or chilling temperatures; the lost days of summer's seeming endlessness, or the year's quickly approaching end, whatever the cause, October is historical a month riddled with juxtaposition.

As I researched This Day In History I found it difficult to select my topic. Where were the carefree topics of summer?  Where I wondered, were the rhinoceros?

When toggling through dates it caught my eye that technology seemed to be born in October.

Henry Ford's Model T first went on sale in 1908, Sputnik I was launched as the first satellite into orbit by Russians in 1957 and marked the start of the great space race,  the first "talkie" or film featuring spoken dialogue, debuted in New York.

1882 marks the birthday of Robert Goddard, known as the "Father of the Space Age" who envisioned sending rockets to the moon and broke the speed of sound in 1935.

In equal balance there were various religious events: the births of Mohatma Gandhi in 1869 who lead a life of nonviolent resistance and St. Francis of Assisi born 1181 who started the Franciscan Order of monks and spoke of the beauty of nature in all creatures, then of philosopher Friedrich Nietzche (1844-1900) who actually had many thoughtful insights, and wasn't nearly as negative as everybody made him out to be.

There was the beheading of French Queen Marie Antoinette, and Einstein's worry that his research would inspire Germany to develop a nuclear bomb with a follow-up suggestion that we do it first. (My mind reels...)

There was the Million Man March in 1995, the birth of Noah Webster- compiler of the first American dictionaries of the English language, and the War of the World's famous radio broadcast by Orson Wells that seemed to bring the significance of words and their meanings to life.

The list continues with good and bad marring the page, muddling together in a dramatic yet humdrum mixture that seems to evoke the best and worst in our nature.

But as the leaves begin to change from green to red to brown, as we start to cuddle near the fire to keep away the chill, may we remember that this to shall pass, and Spring will be just around the corner soon enough.

And if that doesn't work, try eating oranges and potatoes- both highly recommended for seasonal effectiveness disorder also known as a serious case of Octoberitus.

Happy travels!

Terry T.

Terry Traveller
Disc Golf Tournament - October 11th
Disc Golf Tournament - Adel Iowa

Disc Golf Tournament

A 9-hole tournament will be held at the Evans Park Disc Golf Course.

This is a two-person best shot tournament.

Location: Evans Park
Date: Saturday, October 11th
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Fee: $5.00 per person
Register: Park/Rec. Office

Contact Nick Schenck with any questions and for more information.
Adel Parks & Rec.
301 S. 10th Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4525
Trunk or Treat - October 26th
Adel Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat at Faith Lutheran Church & Preschool.

October 26th, 2014
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

A safe, fun Halloween Alternative for Families

Dress up in fun costumes

Costume Contest.

Get lots of Candy

Invite your Friends

Faith Lutheran Church
& Preschool LCMS
602 S 14th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: 515-993-3848
Beggars Night
October 31st
Beaggars Night Adel Iowa

Adel 2014 Beggar's Night

This year, Trick or Treating will take place Friday, October 31st from 6 - 8pm.

Local parents and kids are looking forward to a fun, safe night.

Check out this website to find Halloween Safety* tips!

*In no way does the City of Adel endorse any of the comments or information contained in the Halloween Safety website.
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Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4525
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