Vol. 50 December 2012
Dear Friend of Adel,

When we moved to Adel 20 plus years ago we couldn't wait for Christmas to share it with the kids in our first house. Adel at Christmas time is one of those Norman Rockwell moments for us. No, I don't wear a sweater as I carve the turkey, but it is a great place to live, especially during the Holidays.

Our feature story is with Cheryl Semerad who is the President of the Adel Public Library Foundation. She tells of the great community and staff that has built what I believe to be one of the best libraries in the state.

We've also got information on the Adel Family Dentistry New Offices, the Christmas Ball, Holiday Open House, Christmas Events, news from the Library, an update Getting Fit, a Recipe From Home and Much More!

Have a great Christmas!. We look forward to seeing you in Adel this month!


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In This Issue
Cheryl Semerad - Adel Public Library Foundation
Park Place Winter Ball
Adel Family Dentistry New Office w/Pictures
Adel Business Holiday Open House - Dec. 7th
Active Girl Fitness 2012 Boot Camp December
Adel United Methodist Church...- December Events
Adel HeathMart - Holiday Open House
Around Town - Upcoming Events
Cheryl Semerad - Adel Public Library Foundation
Adel Public Library Foundation
Cheryl Semerad APLF
Cheryl Semerad
The Adel Public Library Foundation (APLF) is the 501c3 nonprofit fund raising arm of the Adel Public Library.

For more than a decade, the organization has been seeking out donations to build the new library.

With the third phase now complete, we spoke with APLF President, Cheryl Semerad about the impressive volunteer efforts and giving nature of the community.

Where once visitors found an overgrown, oddly shaped lot now stands the beautiful Adel Public Library.

Modern, yet true to Adel's brick heritage, the new library easily shadows memories of the former building.

But it was there, in the repurposed church, that Library Director Paula James innocently asked Cheryl Semerad to attend "just one meeting" about the future, with the promise that she "wouldn't have to do anything but listen". By the end of the meeting the former Director of Sales and Marketing at WHO-TV became the lead organizer of the capital fundraising campaign.

Her task: raise $550,000. Instead she and the APLF's "incredible volunteer army" rose close to 3/4's of a million dollars.

The first step was to establish the 501c3 nonprofit standing. This enabled the group to seek out grants- such as the coveted $60,000 Carver grant which was awarded to the library early on. With the new nonprofit arm in place, people were able to donate art, money, bricks and more directly to the library while allowing the donations to be tax deductible.

Funds raised by the APLF are used for brick and mortar needs, as well as furniture, signage, and the aesthetic needs of the library, never operational expenses, which are handled by the City and Library Board of Trustees.

The foundation in place, the next step was to secure a bond, which required the community to vote yes. In a true grass roots effort, the library identified its voters and diligently called on them to support the bond referendum.

"We knew we had to sell the idea. We went to every civic group in town: church groups, women's clubs, and neighbors.

We sold the idea that Adel needed the library. And we were mostly met with support. It was hard for some people to visualize; the lot was empty and full of weeds.

It became very obvious that there was a ground swell of people who wanted to help get this done!"

The referendum was passed with 72% of the vote. For the next 10 years the Adel Public Library Foundation held fundraising events such as Joseph's Just Desserts, a black tie event playing against the community theater product of Joseph's Technicolor Dream Coat. Donations began to roll in from across the community, with wide spread support that included a visit from then first lady Christie Vilsack. After endless hours, presentations, and door knocking, the impressive $550,000 was raised and the building began.

Initially, the first phase of the building was to complete just the first floor, while gradually completing the top floor as the library's need for the space became apparent.

"We really thought it would take a long time, but the money came in quickly and we kept it safe and growing so that when prices started to fall on construction, the Board of Trustees took the lead and we were ready to move with them.

People had given us money over the years and we wanted it to go into the building, not just sit in a bank account. But we really didn't want to expand beyond our need."

Keeping a close eye on construction costs, and taking advantage of the economic times, the APLF was able to stay in budget and complete both the bottom floor and half of the upstairs in the initial phase. With more than double the space of the former building, the library believed that surely, it would take some time before the need for all that space would become apparent. But in true Iowa form, once it was built, patrons came in throngs.

Word spread throughout the city, county, and state making the new library a beacon for avid readers, children's groups, and at-home educators.  New features such as the Roy A. Hicks Childrens Room, where kids can be kids, enticed Mom groups to form, encouraging the expansion of story time, toddler time, and music time. Older children were drawn to the special Teen Reading Area complete with beanbag chairs and games.

The additional meeting rooms, still free of charge for non-profit groups, became booked quickly, and with the help of The Friends of The Library the book and media offerings grew. Now equipped with 7 public access computers and handicap accessibility, the new library quickly became a showcase for the community.

On Friday, September 21st the final phase of the Adel Public Library was officially opened, and the wing dedicated to Cheryl for all her hard work over the past 15 years. But Cheryl knows she didn't do it alone. "I have to thank all the volunteers throughout the years who made this possible. It was the community of Adel that made our new library possible."

Adel Public Library Second Floor

And now, as the final phase is being completed and the capital campaign comes to a conclusion, the Adel Public Library Foundation will begin to assess and redefine their purpose. Luckily, Cheryl and the Board plan to continue their efforts, seeking out available grants and funding for the library's continued needs.

To learn how you can donate to the Adel Public Library Foundation, please call 515-993-3512.

Adel Public Library Foundation
Cheryl Semerad, President
303 South 10th Street
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: 515-993-3512

Park Place Winter Ball - Dec. 15th.
Park Place Villa Catering - Adel Iowa

Mark your calendars! Saturday December 15th is Park Place Winter Ball hosted by Villa Catering. Enjoy a night out in Adel with a dinner catered by Villa Catering, Live music from the 50's to today's favorites from Pie in the Sky!

To purchase your tickets go to Italian Villages or call Brenna Young at 515-371-1993 Cost is $20 per person which includes the dinner, 2 drink tickets and the dance! Doors open 6:00 p.m., dinner starts at 6:30 and dancing from 7:30 -11:30 p.m. So get your dancing shoes ready and come out to Park Place Winter ball hosted by Villa Catering!
Its that time of year when you start thinking about Christmas parties or family gatherings!

If you have a huge family, you don't want to have to clean your house for a holiday party then come to Park Place! If you are planning a company Christmas party, don't know where to go because its 150 people or who do I have to cater the event, no worries call Park Place and Villa Catering for all your needs!!!

Call Brenna for a private tour of Park Place, and information on Catering at 371-1993 check out our website at

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

Adel Family Dentistry New Office w/Pictures    

Adel Family Dentistry PC
Adel Family Dentistry Dr. Kelly Sedars is pleased to announce the opening of Adel Family Dentistry's new home at 1202 Greene Street.

The beautiful new facility is conveniently located next door to their previous location.

Adel Family Dentistry is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and provides comprehensive general dental care.

Adel Family Dentistry Despite the challenging economic times, Dr. Sedars has invested in a new, 3400 square foot state-of-the-art facility for his patients.

He believes that his patients deserve the very best in technology and equipment right here in Adel.

The new dental office has incorporated many advancements including all digital x-rays, which reduce radiation exposure by 90% over traditional x-rays.

This technology makes it easier for patients to understand concerns that were difficult to visualize with just a small mirror. And as an added bonus, when the screens are not being used for viewing teeth, they double as televisions so his ... Continue Reading

Adel Family Dentistry


Adel Family Dentistry, P.C.
Dr. Kelly Sedars, D.D.S.
1126 Greene St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3701
Facebook: Adel-Family-Dentistry-PC

BAdel Business Holiday Open House - Dec. 7th
Adel Holiday Open House Adel Business Holiday Open House
5 to 7 p.m. ~ Friday, December 7th.
Followed by the Lighted Parade

Sample delicious treats and collect
recipes from each business.

Start at Archer TV for a map and a commemorative recipe collection envelope.

And there's more!

- Santa and Mrs. Claus
- Balloon Art with Ms. Elf
- Face Painting
- Kids Scavenger Hunt

Strolling Musicians * Decorated Windows * Holiday Hospitality

Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
301 S. 10th St.
PO Box 73
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-5472

Active Girl Fitness 2012 Boot Camp December 

Active Girl Fitness Adel Iowa
Dawn Hinton - Active Girl Fitness Upcoming Indoor Boot Camp Sessions this December in Adel at 907 1/2 Main St. (above Studio 110).

Join Trainer Dawn Hinton of Active Girl Fitness in her new location!

Hosted on Monday and Wednesday's:

Week 1 12/3 & 12/5, 5:00-5:45 a.m.
Week 2 12/10 & 12/12, 5:00-5:45 a.m.
Week 3 12/17 & 12/19, 5:00-5:45 a.m.
Week 4 12/24 & 12/26, 5:00-5:45 a.m.
Week 5 Closed 12/31 & 1/2

$7 per class*, cash only.

Please - register online at Active Girl Fitness. Check out the Active Girl Flyer for more information.


Active Girl Fitness
P.O. Box 141
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515) 208-5711

BAdel United Methodist Church - December
Christmas in Adel Iowa Holiday Movie Event. The Adel United Methodist Church offers a showing of a movie on December 2nd , and invites the public to attend... Continue Reading

A Travelers Christmas Eve Worship on Sunday, Dec 16, at 5:00. A Christmas Eve Candle Light Worship Service is such a traditional and beautiful way to celebrate the Good News of...
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Warmth for the Winter. The Adel UMC youth group is having a winter wear drive which will benefit First Christian Church's Children's Clothes Closet and local shelters in our area... Continue Reading

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Services. The Adel United Methodist Church has two candlelight services on Christmas Eve. Join us at 6:00 p.m. or 10:00 p.m. for a moving worship focused on the birth of Jesus Christ.


Adel United Methodist Church
115 South 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3791
Adel HeathMart - Adel Holiday Open House
Adel HealthMart Adel Iowa
Adel HealthMart Christmas Stop by Adel HealthMart, Friday December 7th, during our Holiday Open House.

Enjoy our Red Velvet Cake Balls

Our Christmas decor has already hit the shelves. We also have many great gift ideas this holiday season from Willow Tree angels to Bridgewater candles, jewelry, scarves, Snoozie slippers and much, much more!

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 HealthMart
Phone: 515-993-3644
Fax :515-993-4714
After hours Emergency: 515-333-2959
Around Town
Garden Gate Antiques Adel IA Garden Gate Antiques - Occasional Sale

Garden Gate Antiques will be open for our monthly weekend December. 1st and 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Many new displays. 10% discounts on...  Continue reading

Adel Parks & RecAdel Park and Rec. 2012 December Events

1st & 2nd Grade Boys/Girls Basketball...  Continue Reading
Seven Oaks Youth Day Trip Dec 27th...  Continue Reading
2013 Adel Adult Coed Indoor Volleyball -  Continue Reading

Studio 10 Adel Iowa Studio10 Holiday Open House Dec 1st.

Join Studio10 in Adel, this Saturday, December 1st for our Holiday Open House! 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. We are running several promotions during...  Continue reading

Festival of Lights Festival of Trees Tea Room & Soup Luncheon Dec 2nd

Mark your calendars for the annual Festival of Trees and Soup Luncheon, Tea Room, Quilt Show and Craft Sale to be held on Sunday, December 2nd, from... Continue reading
Penoach Community Spirits Event at River Valley Golf Course

Come out to the Adel River Valley Golf Course Club House for an evening of wine food and fun December 4th from 4:00 pm. - 8:00 p.m... Continue reading 

ISU Dallas County Extension Office ISU Extension December Events

New Website Addresses Teen Concerns... Continue Reading
New Horticulture Position for Master... Continue Reading
Stocking Stuffers - Looking for... Continue reading 

Free Kids Closet - Adel, Iowa Free Kids Clothes Closet

Kids Clothes Closet is here to help with free clothing! Stop by the Kids Clothes Closet in Adel on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9-11am... Continue reading

Candelight Dinner Free Dinner and Christmas Music Dec 5th

Celebrate the Christmas season with a free dinner and Christmas music--all by candlelight. Wednesday, December 5th.
Dinner at 6:00 p.m....  Continue reading
Prairie Wind Arts, Adel Iowa Prairie Wind Arts Studio Tour Dec 7th.

Stop by Prairie Wind Arts for a Studio Tour during the Adel Holiday Open House on December 7th. Unique Holiday Gifts... Continue reading
Rainbow Connection Go Shopping "Kid-Free" on Dec 8th

Rainbow Connection preschool is offering you an opportunity to go shopping without your kids and for you to give your kids the gift of a fun day, all in one...  Continue reading
Holiday Open House Adel Iowa Adel Quilting Hosts 2012 Holiday Open House Dec 8th

Holiday Open House at Adel Quilting & Dry Goods is Saturday, December 8th. Come in for refreshments, gift making ideas and holiday fabric discounts....  Continue reading
United Methodist Church
Wednesday Night Suppers at Adel Methodist Church

Each Wednesday we offer a balanced meal to members of the church and to people in our community. We welcome everyone in the community to enjoy a meal... Continue reading
Yoga Adel
Yoga Class in Adel - Fall 2012

Classes are held at the Raccoon Bank Community House, 11th and Main Street in Adel from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on...  Continue reading
Panther Creek Church Adel Iowa
Panther Creek Church Luncheon, Craft & Bake Sale Dec 9

Panther Creek Church of the Brethren invites you to a Soup Luncheon, Craft/Bake Sale on Sunday, December 9th from 11:45 a.m - 2:00 p.m. ...  Continue reading
Christmas in Adel Iowa
Please Support HomeCare Services this Holiday Season

Happy Holidays! It is that time of year, again, when we think of cheer to others. It is a time to consider our blessings and what we can do to help others achieve... Continue reading
Christmas Gift
2012 Christmas Basket Silent Auction Dec 7th.

Back by popular demand is our Christmas Basket Silent Auction with proceeds going to purchase new books on CD. Civic groups, church groups...  Continue reading
Shop with a Cop Adel Iowa
Shop with a Cop - Dallas County Benevolent Association

The Sheriff's Benevolent Association is having their annual "Shop with a Cop" event and Food Basket Program. The event matches The "Shop with a Cop"...  Continue reading
Letters From North Pole Adel Iowa
Sign-up for "Notes From The North Pole" by Dec 5th.

Have a letter from Santa mailed directly to your child this Christmas. Each letter comes in an envelope with Santa's name and return address in the corner...  Continue reading
Holiday Giving Tree
Keep the Holidays in Perspective

As pleasant as the holiday season can be, it often becomes a time of high stress, unrealistic expectations and financial challenges. It's the time of year...   Continue reading

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The Friends of the Library Christmas Basket Silent Auction to raise funds for the purchase of new Books on CD has begun!  


The auction and silent bidding began Nov. 19th and continues until Friday Dec 7th.


Bidders should stop in often to check their bids and win their favorite baskets.  


This is a great way to support your library and do some Christmas shopping.


Wednesday Dec. 5th
Early Out Movie
2:00 p.m.

Join us for the hilarious Christmas movie "Santa Buddies."


Thursday Dec. 6th
Christmas Craft Babysit
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Paula, Laura and teens from our Teens Group will babysit your kids while you finish last minute shopping this holiday season.  Lunch will be provided. Call the library to reserve your spot. Cost is $12.00 per child. The funds from this day will be used to pay for new furniture for the Teen Section.  


Friday Dec. 7th
Adel Holiday Open House
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the library. While Santa visits with kids, Ms. Elf will do face-painting, and Mrs. Claus does balloon art for kids of all ages.  


Friday Dec. 7th
Scrapbookers - 2:00 p.m
Bring a project to work on and a snack to share. New members are always welcome.


Monday Dec. 10th
10:30 a.m.
Snakes at the Library
Dallas County Conservation will bring SNAKES to the library for story time.


Monday Dec. 10th
4:00 p.m.
Last Teen Time in 2012
Teens in 6th to 12th grade are encouraged to meet in our newly expanded teen section and enjoy some time in your library. 


Thursday Dec. 13th
Brown Bag Book Club
Discuss your favorite Christmas stories. A large selection of novels, mysteries, and romances are available at the main desk.  


Tuesday Dec. 18th
2:00 p.m.
Movie "Holiday Inn"
Relax with a steaming mug of cocoa and a bag of popcorn while watching this classic on our big screen.


Thursday Dec. 27th
6:30 p.m.
Evening Book Club
Potluck dinner and discussion on "Wishin` and Hopin`" by Wally Lamb. Bring a salad or main dish and the library will provide dinner service and beverages.


Dec. 10th - 21st
Normal Library Hours
Have the Friends of the Library take some of the stress out of December as they gift-wrap your Christmas presents for a free will donation while you look for something good to read.   

Last Week of Children's Activities is Dec. 3rd - 9th.  

Story Time for ages 3-5 yrs. will meet on Monday.
Toddler Time for children 3 and under on Tuesday.
Music Time for all preschoolers will meet on Thursday.   

Each class will begin at 10:30 a.m.  

Story times will resume in mid-January 2013.   


The Adel Library will be closed for Christmas on Monday Dec 24th and Tuesday Dec 25th.  


We will be open New Years Eve from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. but closed New Years Day.  


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

Laura Guth-Hanson
Youth Services Librarian
Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003

Adel Public Library
Recipe of the Month
DDiscover Chef
Winter Stew

Origins have always been important to my family.

"Knowing the cause/effects of an action" should be written in Latin on our family shield. 

My daughter takes the concept of origins and runs with it.

For this recipe, she let me know that our Northern European background affects our dietary preferences.

When winter came, and her mother's Norwegian relatives couldn't stand the sight of one more cold, gray day, they may have turned to the comfort of a good bowl of stew made with seasonal ingredients.

The vegetables that grow in the fall are rich in vitamins and minerals that mimic the effects of sunshine on the body - keeping seasonal depression at bay, and possibly, warding off an unsolicited Viking attack.

3 T. Butter
1 T. Olive Oil
1 lb. Spicy Pork Sausage
1 Butternut Squash, cubed
1 C. Pumpkin
2 C. Turnips, diced
2 C. Potatoes, diced
1 C. Celery, diced
1 Onion, diced
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Qt. Chicken Stock
1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
1/8 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
Pinch of Nutmeg (optional)
Salt to Taste (optional)

1.In soup stock pot, cook ground sausage, set aside.

2. In same pan, heat butter and olive oil over medium heat.

3. Add squash, pumpkin, turnips, potatoes, celery, onion, and garlic. Cook until golden brown.

4. Add sausage, chicken stock, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. Bring to a simmer for about 30 minutes, or until vegetables have been softened.

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ADM Hall of Fame
ADM Alumni Association, Adel IA

The ADM High School Athletic selection committee announces the 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees.

The 2013 inductees:

Denny Button - Class of 1959
Jack Stanley - Coach
Alicia Whisner Fisher -  Class of 2003

The inductees will be honored at the 16th Annual ADM Alumni's All Class Reunion, August 9th, 2013 in the ADM High School Auditorium in Adel.

There will be a reception from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the 7-8 Commons Area. The ADM Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony starts at 7:00 p.m.

Congratulations to the 2013 ADM Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees!

ADM Alumni Association
P.O. Box 122
Adel, Iowa 50003
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