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Fall Hours at Treasures and More

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Shop our new fall hours at Treasures and More: Wednesday – Friday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Week of 9/2/14 – 9/7/14

This week in Polk City

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Library: Storytime
    10:30 am. Join us as we share some wonderful picture books!!!   All Ages Welcome.
  • Jester Park: Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act 
    6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. What is your wild place? Where do you go to be re-energized, unplug and be alone in nature? Chris Adkins, Naturalist for Dallas County Conservation will start the conversation on wilderness. Special guest presenter Dallas Chief Eagle, Champion hoop dancer, will demonstrate traditional Lakota hoop dance. He will engage the audience via dance and story to view our position in nature and our relationship to nature.  Jester Park Lodge. Click for more details >
  • Polk City Women
    7:00 pm. Library.
  • American Legion
    7:00 pm. Legion Hall

Wednesday, September 3

  • Library: Coffee Wednesdays
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Join us round the fireplace for a cup of coffee or tea.
  • St. Luke’s Free Clinic
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Located inside Polk City United Methodist Church. Clinic staffed by volunteer healthcare providers. No insurance filed, $5 donation appreciated. Come in for sports physicals, school physicals, immunizations, or ill visits.
  • Library: All Iowa Reads
    7:00 pm. All Iowa Reads: Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman. A tragic act of violence echoes through a small Minnesota town…*The purpose of All Iowa Reads is to foster a sense of unity through reading. We encourage Iowans statewide to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book title in the same year.

Thursday, September 4

  • Farmer’s Market
    4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Fresh eggs, homemade bread, garden plants, Asian food, kettle corn, and more!
  • Library: Sit N Stitch
    6:00 pm. Sit and Stitch. Bring your needlework and join us for the evening! All levels of stitchers welcome!
  • Kiwanis @ Boulders Inn & Suites
    6:30 pm. Are you looking for ways to get to know people in your community? To connect with others—and get involved in projects that change lives? Then you’ve come to the right place. Kiwanis is all about making friends—and making an impact—in your local community. Kiwanis clubs focus on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time.  We are looking for members who want to spend a little or a lot of time in helping our local children.  We also will need volunteers to help us with the 9/13/14 concession stand at the Miracle League park.  If you are willing to learn more about Kiwanis or any of our local activities please attend a meeting or e-mail

Friday, September 5

  • NEW! Library: Men’s Friday Coffee
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Gentlemen, drop in for some coffee and conversation. Enjoy spending time and having a few laughs or interesting discussions with other men from around the area.
  • Jester Park: Wild Night Life & Hike *Limited spaces remaining!
    7:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Join naturalists for a campfire program about the wild night life in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal animals. Afterwards enjoy eating s’mores around the campfire. Pre-registration required; deadline is September 3. Fee: $5.  Jester Park Camp Area #5. Details >

Saturday, September 6

  • Saturday Service
    6:00 pm. “Come as you are” Service at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

Sunday, September 7

  • Sunday Worship
    • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
      1701 W Jester Park Drive, Polk City
      8:15 am. Traditional Service 9:20 am. Sunday School, Adult Bible School 10:30 am. Contemporary Service
    • Hopkins Grove United Methodist Church
      Madrid, IA
      10:00 am. Sunday Service
    • Lakeside Fellowship
      1400 Broadway – West Elementary, Polk City
      10:00 am Sunday Services
    • Polk City United Methodist Church
      1421 Broadway, Polk City
      8:30 am. Classic Service 10:30 am. Informal Service
    • Kids 4 Truth Fall Kick Off

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Upcoming Events

  • SIGN UP! NP Foundation Golf Tournament 9/14/14 Details >
  • SIGN UP! Big Creek Bike Ride 9/27/14 Online Registration >
  • NEW Kiwanis/Soccer Pasta Supper 9/28/14
  • Holiday Square Lighting 12/2/14


**As always, items entered are to the best of my knowledge and I apologize for any errors. Please email announcements and items of community interest to Thank you! -Kimberly **

Business Spotlight: All Paws Pet Wash


Do you have a pet? Do they need a bath? Then you MUST come check out All Paws Pet Wash right here in Polk City (inside one of the bays at Time to Shine Car Wash-next to Casey’s).  We took one of our crazy dogs out there for a bath and met the business owners Duane and Mary Meyers (who I’m adding to my list of nicest people in Polk City).  We took a few pictures so I can share it all with you!

All Paws Pet Wash is a lot like manual car wash bay.  You bring your pet inside the stall, get them up onto the table (there is a stair on the side for bigger dogs) and clip their collar to one of the provided tethers. Just like the car wash, you swipe your credit card or put in cash for payment. Most people are able to complete a pet wash in under 10 minutes but if you need extra time, there is a button you can push next to the timer that lets you add another minute-and-a-half for one dollar automatically credited on your card or you can insert additional money.

There are very clear directions provided on how to get the best wash, but Duane passed on some advice that the best washes use only a small amount of shampoo followed by a long rinse.  If you find your pet scratching a lot after a wash it likely means not all of the shampoo was rinsed out.  So start with a rinse to get them wet, use one of the provided shampoo options, rinse again, use a little provided conditioner, rinse and then use a final deodorizer rinse (provided) to help reduce the “wet dog” smell.  Try out the vacuum option to remove loose hair and then end with the dryer. Leave about 30-45 seconds on your clock so that after you remove your pet from the table you can rinse the table off so its ready for the next visitor.

We seriously had fun doing this.  My girls did most of the work, though I did help scrub the shampoo in a bit and tried to help dry her by rubbing while the girls directed the blow dryer.  There is a plastic apron available to use if you wish.  We only got wet when the dog did a typical shake. I honestly recommend this option to all of you pet lovers, and I know you are out there!  When we first moved here we joked that the town should be renamed Pup City because it seemed like every house in our neighborhood had at least one dog! This is the only self-serve dog wash in the Des Moines Metro! So tell your friends and co-workers too! Just $7 and no need to clean your bathtub when you are done! YAHOO!

If you are lucky enough to run into Duane and Mary Meyers while you are there, be sure to say Hi and tell them you saw this on Polk City Square!

Two Fundraisers this Weekend!

Diane Hammond of Polk City is Going to Peru!

3 weeks to go! Lots of ways you can support me.1. Come to the 80′s party this Friday 2. Come rock wall climbing this Saturday or can’t do any of those donate directly on here. Thank you to all of you that have already supported me. So far on 44% of the $5,000 goal has been reached!  CAN YOU HELP?

80s Party and Fundraiser!
Friday, September 5, 2014
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. I believe that joining together with friends and family is a great way to do this. I loved the 80’s and the music of those days, so what better way to celebrate life than to hang out with people I care about while the DJ plays some good ol’ 80’s tunes. Come in your favorite 80’s look or just come as you are, either way it will be a blast. I will be providing munchies and your favorite beverage may be purchased at the bar.

Saturday September 6.
Have fun at Climb Iowa and raise money for Diane’s trip!  Details >

“Titles…. we all have them, right? Mom, dad, brother, sister, aunt, cousin….. Job titles: nurse, lawyer, mechanic, teacher… sometimes we have other titles given to us based on how people perceive us… class clown, comedian, overachiever…. And sometimes we are given titles to us that we never saw coming, never imagined we would have. Cancer survivor now there’s a title! According to Webster the word titles is defined as “the name given to something to identify or describe it.”

Can’t make it to these events but still want to contribute to a great cause? Go here!

“Diane Hammond added the title of breast cancer survivor to her other titles in May of 2011. Diane always defined herself by many of the common titles… wife of 25 years, mother of 4 children, sister, friend, church member, nurse educator. But cancer patient was added to the list of titles after she found a lump in her right breast in September of 2010. How could she possibly have this title? She had yearly mammograms. In fact she had a normal mammogram in June of 2010. But yet just 3 months later, a dimple and lump was found on her right breast. All the more reason Diane is such a proponent of self breast exams!

For eight months Diane held the title of cancer patient. First a surgical patient title, then a chemo patient title, followed by a radiation patient title and finally a surgical reconstruction patient title. Each of the titles as Webster stated, “To identify or describe” but not define! Each of those titles identified something Diane experienced, but they did not nor do they define her.

Dr. Richard Deming, who was Diane’s radiation oncologist, has been quoted as saying “cancer survivors learn many lessons along their cancer journey. One lesson is that adversity can lead to personal growth.” For Diane, that is how she wants to be defined. Not by her titles, but by personal growth that the title
of cancer patient and cancer survivor has led her to. Diane hopes to use the opportunity to grow even more during her time with Above and Beyond Cancer and her journey to Machu Picchu. She hopes to have the opportunity to share her message and her passion with others. Diane hopes her message helps others to see that no matter what “titles” life throw at them … we each have TODAY and we need to enjoy TODAY.”

Help Build a Skate Park!


Save the Date for a Pancake Breakfast and more at the American Legion to help build a Skate Park in Polk City! September 14, 2014 starting at 8:30 am.

  • Pancakes 8:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Hot Dogs and Chips 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Silent Auction & 50/50 Raffle All Day
  • Game on Truck and Games after 12:00 pm.

Show your support by contacting us at or find us on Facebook!

Interested in Girl Scouts?

Girl Scout Open House
Miller Park
Monday, September 15th
5-6:30 pm

Calling all Girls! Be More. Be Amazing. Girl Scouts offers endless ways to turn boring days into days you’ll remember for a lifetime. Join us at Miller Park and learn more about being a North Polk Girl Scout.

Calling all Volunteers! Help her discover Amazing! What your daughter gets out of each day is up to you. What’s cool about Girl Scouts is that there are so many flexible ways to be one. Join us at Miller Park and speak with current leaders about Girl Scouts in North Polk.

For more information on how to participate with Girl Scouts, contact: Ashley at 515-278-2881 or

Complete this Recreational Facilities Survey

Recreational Facilities in Polk City

It is no secret that PCDC has formed a committee to look at improving the recreational facilities in Polk City.  This committee has worked for several months and is close to coming up with a recommendation to build new multi-purpose fields, redo the baseball/softball fields and build an aquatic center.  There are some important meetings pending the decision to move forward.  In the meantime we would like you to respond to a survey concerning the financing of these facilities.  Please take the time to fill out the survey.  This is an anonymous survey.  Thank you for your participation.  Please click on the link:


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PCDC was established to encourage a proactive business environment that results in a diversified and balanced smart growth of Polk City’s economic base and improves the quality of life.

Blog Author: John Calhoun is the executive director of PCDC and a Polk City resident.

Are you a local artist?

artscouncilThe Polk City Arts Council is looking to learn more about the artists in our area. If you are a local artist, we would love to hear from you!  All mediums welcome. Local authors are invited to contact us as well. Know a local artist?  Share this with them. Message us on our Facebook page or contact Thanks to everyone who supports local art!!!

Daycare Openings

2011_daycare2Tonya Elliott currently has openings for daycare in Polk City. She has a teaching degree and has openings for full or part time for preschool age children. This is a structured daycare with preschool in the morning

North Polk September Newsletter Online

Check out the latest North Polk information through their online newsletter.  Click here to view >