This week in Polk City
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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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!
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!
“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.”
“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
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.
Show your support by contacting us at PCSkateFund@gmail.com or find us on Facebook!
Girl Scout Open House
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.
The 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 https://www.facebook.com/PolkCityArtsCouncil or contact email@example.com. Thanks to everyone who supports local art!!!
Tonya 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