Week of 4/16/14 – 4/20/14

This week in Polk City – Easter Weekend!

Sorry!  My week has gotten away from me but I wanted to get these special events out to you for the rest of the week.

Thursday, April 17

  • Library: Sit N Stitch
    6:00 pm. Sit and Stitch. Bring your needlework and join us for the evening! All levels of stitchers welcome!
  • FREE! Library: Movie Night: The Pirate Fairy
    6:00 Rated G - 90 Minutes. When a misunderstood dust-keeper fairy named Zarina steals Pixie Hollow’s all-important Blue Pixie Dust, and flies away to join forces with the pirates of Skull Rock, Tinker Bell and her fairy friends must embark on the adventure of a lifetime to return it to its rightful place. However, in the midst of their pursuit of Zarina, Tink’s world is turned upside down. She and her friends find that their respective talents have been switched and they have to race against time to retrieve the Blue Pixie Dust and return home to save Pixie Hollow. You are welcome to bring your own blankets, pillows & snacks!

Friday, April 18

  • Legion Fish Fry
    6:00 pm. Legion Hall.  Fish Fry 6-8 pm. Bingo 7-9pm.
  • Good Friday Services
    7:00 pm. Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
    7:00 pm. Polk City United Methodist Church

Saturday, April 19

  • Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt
    10:00 am. April 19th at 10 a.m. sharp at the West Elementary School in Polk City. For ages 8 and under. Will be held rain or shine. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance and visiting the Library after the Egg Hunt.  At the Library the children can do crafts and have more time for pictures with the Easter Bunny. Then he is off to the nursing home to visit the residents there.
  • Hopkins Grove Easter Egg Hunt
    10:00 am.  Hopkins Grove United Methodist Church in Madrid, IA
  • Easter Eve Service
    6:00 pm. Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
Keith Nelson Arts

“The Stairway To Heaven Starts At the Cross” by Keith Nelson Arts {Click for more info}

Sunday, April 20 – EASTER!

  • EASTER Worship
    • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
      1701 W Jester Park Drive, Polk City
      7:00 am. Easter Sunrise service
      8:00 am. Easter breakfast
      9:00 am. Easter Sunday School
      10:30 am. Easter Celebration Service
    • Hopkins Grove United Methodist Church
      Madrid, IA
      7:30 Easter Sunrise Service followed by Easter brunch (WAFFLES!) and fundraiser for Imagine No Malaria.
    • Lakeside Fellowship
      1400 Broadway – West Elementary, Polk City
      9:30 am. Easter Celebration Service
    • Polk City United Methodist Church
      1421 Broadway, Polk City
      8:30 am. Easter service
      9:30 am. Easter brunch
      10:30 am. Easter Celebration Service

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Upcoming: City Hydrant Flushing – this may result in temporary water discoloration and low water pressure.

Hydrant Flushing April 21-25
Hydrant Flow Testing April 28-May 2
Alternate Hydrant Testing April 28-May 2

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Upcoming Event

  • Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt 4/19/14 Details >
  • Community Appreciation Day 5/15/14 Details >
  • Citywide Clean Up Day 5/17/14
  • Farmer’s Market Opening Day 5/29/14
  • Citywide Garage Sale (sponsored by Kiwanis) 6/21/14
  • Lakeside Fellowship VBS 6/22/14-6/26/14 Details >
  • Lincoln Street Camp 7/7/14 – 7/11/14 Details >
  • Four Seasons Festival 7/18/14 – 7/19/14 Website >
  • Polk City UMC VBS 7/20/14 – 7/24/14


**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 info@polkcitysquare.com. Thank you! -Kimberly **

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Can you help the Nursing Home?

Polk City Nursing & Rehab wants a  garden this year!  They are asking for donations of seeds, and fertilizer.  LOTS of fertilizer, around 20 bags, or 600 lbs.  They want to grow fresh tomatoes, broccoli, and other vegetables to put on their residents’ tables. Any and all donations to help in this would be GREATLY appreciated.  Thank you!  Please contact Annette Cooper at 984-5611.




Call or message us TODAY to get your corsage & boutonnieres ordered!

Michelle 515.729.2265 or Lisa 515.979.8966

110 W. Van Dorn St. Suite H, Polk City, M-F 10am-3pm.

Post a photo of your dress & accessories on Facebook, describe the colors & which prom you are attending – and we will handle the rest!!

$15/bout, $35 wrist corsage, $50/set.


Easter Treats from Three Chicks Bakery

Available today, tomorrow and Saturday at the Polk City Fareway and tomorrow and Saturday at the shop, these boxes of Easter cookies are a perfect treat for Easter baskets or for any family gathering! These are $12 per box at both locations and single cookies are available for creating your own assortment too! Store located next to Papa’s Pizza on the square!


Curb Side Cleanup 5/17/14

The City of Polk City will conduct a curbside clean-up on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

This is ONLY for Polk City residents that live within the city limits of Polk City.

Place all of your clean-up items at the curb the night before. Do not put on carts or trailers. STACK, DO NOT DUMP IN A PILE!

You may discard household furniture, and solid waste not normally collected!!! There is a weight limit of 150 lbs per item and length limit of 6’ (except furniture)


  • Appliances including microwaves & humidifiers
  • Dirt, Sod, Concrete, Brick, Railroad Ties
  • Vehicle Parts, Lawnmowers
  • Paint or Thinners, Solvents, Antifreeze
  • Toxic Materials, Radioactive Materials
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders
  • Hazardous Wastes
  • Ammunition
  • Computer Hardware


  • Appliances, Oil and Batteries
  • Vehicle Passenger Tires Only–No Agricultural Tires, bicycle or solid tires such as lawnmower and golf cart tires (Tire limit: 5 tires)
  • Televisions and computer monitors (combined limit of 2)

Other items accepted at the Maintenance Shop on Clean-Up Day include: water heaters, kitchen appliances, lawnmowers, vcr’s, cell phones, air conditioners, computers & accessories, microwaves, furnaces, grills, and washers & dryers.

Landscape waste is accepted at the City’s recycling area year around during specified hours.

The Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off in Bondurant accepts household hazardous products and other items. Call them to find out what items are acceptable. Visit Metro Waste’s website at www.WhereShoulditGo.com or call 515-244-0021.

For additional information call City Hall at 984-6233 or Waste Management at 265-5267.

Eat Pancakes – Get Eggs

Its almost Easter and that means Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast {THIS SUNDAY} which raises money for the awesome Annual Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt {NEXT SATURDAY}!

Kiwanis Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast

The Kiwanis Club of Polk City will be holding its Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 8:00 am through 1:00 pm at the Polk City Community Room (next to the fire department). Tickets are on sale now. You can purchase tickets ahead of time from Kiwanis Club members for $1 off before the event; or at regular price from Michelle Dance, Ashley Art or the North Polk 5th grade band and piano students (all of which plan to perform or exhibit during the breakfast). 20% of their sales will be returned to them for their programs’ use. Tickets are available at Reising Sun Cafe and at the Polk City Edward Jones office. You can also purchase regular priced tickets at the breakfast itself on Sunday, April 13. Adult tickets cost $6 each, and child tickets cost $4 each. Prices are the same as in prior years.

Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt

April 19th at 10 a.m. sharp at the West Elementary School in Polk City
For ages 8 and under
Will be held rain or shine

The Easter Bunny will be in attendance and visiting the Library after the Egg Hunt.  At the Library the children can do crafts and have more time for pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Then he is off to the nursing home to visit the residents there.

Enrichment Grants to 11 District Teachers

Submitted by North Polk Foundation

North Polk School Foundation Awards Enrichment Grants to 11 District Teachers

The North Polk School Foundation delivered Enrichment Grants to teachers across the North Polk school district again this year. Eleven teachers at all four schools received grants from the Foundation to help fund programs and opportunities beyond the scope of the school system’s regular funding limits.

According to North Polk School Foundation President Kelly Bruggeman, the purpose of the Enrichment Grants is to enhance the learning of as many students in the district as possible, adding that the best way to achieve this goal is by providing additional financial support directly to the teachers.

“We always receive such thoughtful Enrichment Grant requests from our teachers, and this year was no exception. We were happy to be able to give as much as we did this year, because we know it helps the teachers and, ultimately, the kids.”

Bruggeman added that this year’s Enrichment Grants helped fund things such as computers, books, an amplification system for music education, camcorders, memory cards, external DVD drives, curriculum training, a globe and map projection model, and more.

Goals for next year: more grant requests

According to Board Member Kelle Sickerson, the Foundation is focusing this year’s fundraising efforts specifically for the Enrichment Grant program. Said Sickerson, “The Foundation sees the Enrichment Grants as the most direct avenue to the students. And we’ve recently restructured our guidelines to encourage even more teachers to participate and provide grants for even more programs and initiatives. And that will really benefit the kids.”

To donate to the Foundation’s Enrichment Grant program, visit the webiste at www.northpolkfoundation.com.

About the North Polk School Foundation

Since 1998, the North Polk Schools Foundation has worked to enhance the educational opportunities for North Polk students. By offering support, the Foundation is working to ensure high-quality education in the North Polk Community School District. The Foundation supports all facets, groups, clubs, classes and teachers of the district. To learn more, visit www.NorthPolkFoundation.com.

Easter Services

Submitted by local churches, in alphabetical order

Everyone is welcome to celebrate the miracle of the risen Christ this Easter in any of our local churches.

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
1701 W Jester Park Drive

  • Good Friday – Friday, April 18 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Easter Eve – Saturday, April 19 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Easter Sunrise – Sunday, April 20 – 7:00 a.m.
  • Easter Breakfast – Sunday, April 20 – 8:00 a.m.
  • Easter Sunday School – Sunday, April 20 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Easter Celebration Service – Sunday, April 20 – 10:30 a.m.

Lakeside Fellowship
1400 Broadway – West Elementary

  • Easter Celebration Service – Sunday, April 20 – 9:30 am.

Polk City United Methodist Church
1421 Broadway

  • Easter Early Service – Sunday, April 20 – 8:30 am
  • Easter Celebration Service – Sunday, April 20 – 10:30 am

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Ken Morse Honored April 3rd at the Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon

treeguy2011Ken Morse is one of my favorite people here in Polk City!  Congrats on this awesome award! An he is a long-time advertiser – please write down his number and give him a call for all your tree issues!

Ken Morse Honored April 3rd at the Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon

The Iowa Urban Tree Council is proud to announce Ken Morse as an Outstanding Civic Leader for 2013. The award was presented at the 24th Annual Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon on April 3, 2014 held at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston.

Ken Morse has been a longtime advocate for trees in Polk City. He was a driving force in creating a city ordinance that made the community for tree friendly and he was also instrumental in creating the Polk City Tree Board. You can often find Morse in a local school teaching children the importance of trees in our communities. Morse also takes it upon himself to frequently inspect the health of the city trees and he is always on top of the latest news on Emerald Ash Borer, keeping Polk City’s city council well informed.

Ken Morse is an outstanding example of Iowa’s community forestry civic leaders, by enhancing our forest resources.  The numerous projects he has worked on and helped spearhead will benefit his community for future generations.


City of Polk City: Tree City USA Recipient

The National Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Forestry Bureau are proud to announce that the City of Polk City has received the 2013 Tree City USA award 24th Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon, held at the Stoney Creek Inn on April 3, 2014.

State Forester Paul Tauke commented, “The Tree City USA award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees.”  The City of Polk City has provided an outstanding example for other Iowa communities, by enhancing our forest resources and demonstrating the great value of trees in providing multiple benefits for future generations.

Polk City was one of 70 Iowa communities to qualify for Tree City USA status. To receive the award a city must meet four minimum requirements:  1) The city must possess either a city forester or an active city tree board, 2) The city must have a tree ordinance, 3) The city must annually spend at least $2 per capita for its community forestry program

Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Forestry Bureau
Wallace State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319

Summer Rec Sign Up

From polkcity.org

Summer will be here soon, below are the documents for you to review and sign your child up for the 2014 Summer Rec. program.

All forms need to be completed (including liability form) and registration fees paid for the kids to be enrolled in the program of choice.  Registration packets can also be picked up at City Hall and Polk City Library.  This year swim lessons will be available for children as young as 4 years old.

Open registration for Swim Lessons will be Saturday April 12, 2014 from 9am-12pm at Miller Park.  No early registrations.  Families may also sign up for other Summer Rec. programs at this time. They may choose to drop off, or mail, their registration to City Hall. 

Registration is due by May 15, 2014 to avoid an additional processing fee.
If you have questions contact Terri Keasey, Director of Polk City Summer Rec. at 515-964-8983 or tkeasey@polkcity.org