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Week of 8/3/15 – 8/9/15

This week in Polk City

*** POLK CITY RECREATION BOND VOTE TUESDAY 8/4/15 ***
  Vote at the Polk City Community Center 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

*** VBS THIS WEEK at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church ***
Join the fun at Camp Discovery any night! 

Monday, August 3

  • City Hall: Parks Commission
    6:00 pm. City Hall. Open to the public. Click here for agendas and minutes.
  • VBS at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
    6:15 pm – 8:15 pm. Come and join the fun of our 2015 “Camp Discovery” Vacation Bible School. August 2 – August 6, 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Open to all children 3 years – 6th grade (Fall 2015). Register online >

Tuesday, August 4 ***VOTE TODAY ***

  • Jester Park: OWLS – The Bears of Katmai
    11:00 am. Katmai National Park on the Alaska Peninsula is well known as the “go to” place to see coastal brown bears. While many fear bears, and rightly so, it’s possible to share the space and get along with them too. More info >
  • Jester Park: Reptiles
    2:00 pm. Come and learn about Iowa’s reptiles. We’ll discuss the fears and myths that surround these scaly creatures people love to hate. More info >
  • VBS at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
    6:15 pm – 8:15 pm. Come and join the fun of our 2015 “Camp Discovery” Vacation Bible School. August 2 – August 6, 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Open to all children 3 years – 6th grade (Fall 2015). Register online >
  • Jester Park: Don’t Just Landscape…RAINSCAPE!
    6:30 pm. Rainscaping creates beautiful landscapes that manage water sustainably. Rain gardens, native landscaping, rainwater harvesting, permeable paving, and native turf are a few features you can incorporate on your own property. More info >

Wednesday, August 5

  • Library: Coffee Wednesdays
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Join us round the fireplace for a cup of coffee or tea.
  • VBS at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
    6:15 pm – 8:15 pm. Come and join the fun of our 2015 “Camp Discovery” Vacation Bible School. August 2 – August 6, 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Open to all children 3 years – 6th grade (Fall 2015). Register online >

Thursday, August 6

  • Polk City Farmer’s Market
    4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Come out to the square and enjoy a great evening! FUN! For the next two Thursdays, a local family will be doing a “Christmas in July” of a lemonade stand. They will still have lemonade and brownies, but will also have iced hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, hand-stamped cards and hand-tied fleece blankets for sale.
  • Library: Sit N Stitch
    6:00 pm. Bring your needlework and join us for the evening! All levels of stitchers welcome!
  • VBS at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
    6:15 pm – 8:15 pm. Come and join the fun of our 2015 “Camp Discovery” Vacation Bible School. August 2 – August 6, 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Open to all children 3 years – 6th grade (Fall 2015). Register online >

Friday, August 7

  • Library: Men’s Friday Coffee
    10:00 am – Noon. 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.

Saturday, August 8

Sunday, July 26

  • 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
      8:30 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

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Upcoming Events

Send in your events! info@polkcitysquare.com

**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 **

UNLIMITED AUGUST at The Yoga Experience!

August 2015 Special at the Yoga Experience

2014-yoga-experience-2Check out this great special going on at The Yoga Experience in Ankeny! For the month of August you can take unlimited classes for only $50! Including cardio, yoga and barre classes!

Contact Deb Clark today to sign up for this fantastic deal! 515-306-6700. Click here for the class schedule >

Registration Open for Flag Football

The goal of the Flag Football League is to provide a safe and fun environment to learn the game of football. This league is open to all students in the 3rd through 6th grades. All teams practice at the same time in a large group. To start the season we will practice Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings. Once games start Saturday mornings we will only practice Tuesday evenings. On game days each team will play two games.  Unless otherwise noted in the schedule, all practices and games are in Alleman. 3rd/4th grade is at the Middle School football field. 5th/6th grade is at the High School football field. See schedule and register online at www.northpolkfootball.org.

Weekly Update

Hello neighbors!

I’m having computer troubles this week but there were a few things I wanted to make sure went out! Hoping for a full newsletter next week.

Library Movie on Thursday!

  • Two Showings! 2:00 pm AND 6:00 pm. Family “Hero” Movie – Next Avengers: Heroes of tomorrow.Rated PG    78 Minutes *You are Welcome to bring pillows, blankets and snacks

Ladies Night 6-8 TONIGHT

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2015-polkcitychiro3Ladies’ Night is TONIGHT! Free admission, great vendors, appetizers, and door prize giveaway! Stop by and bring your friends!

Stop by Polk City Chiropractic and Breezy Palms Massage from 6 to 8pm and browse products offered by Younique, KEEP Collective, Norwex, Jamberry, doTERRA, It Works, and Yoli! Be sure to invite your friends!

Polk City Chiropractic is located in the strip mall with Subway and across the street from the Post Office.  www.polkcitychiro.com

 

Lost Cat!

Have you seen Gobbles? He has been missing since 7/15.  PC Vet and ARL are aware. He is neutered, has no front claws, and is very friendly. Please contact info@polkcitysquare.com if you have any info.

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Michelle’s School of Dance

michellesdance“I would like to congratulate all my dancers that attended nationals this summer. We took 11 routines and came home with 9 platinum (highest you can get) and 2 high golds, most danced in the intermediate level and a few dances at the advanced level. All of our group routines placed in the top 5 at these higher levels and our routines “In Mourning” and “Say Yes” had high enough scores to go on to the grand national championship where they competed against the best of the best from all over the Midwest. BOTH routines ended up winning, making them both Grand National Champions. Our soloists all did a phenomenal job as well. Congratulations girls!” – Michelle

Registration Now Open

Registration for our 2015/2016 season is now open. We are are adding an extra studio this year to keep our class sizes reasonable and have added some extra classes, including an extreme stretching class. ALL of our registration information can be found on our website at www.michellesschoolofdance.com and while you are there be sure to check out our staff bios.

NEW CLASS

New this year is a Pom and cheer class for the 4 year old-3rd grade dancer. We will add a 4th-6th grade class if we have the interest. Since this is a new class, I am having a free class from 9:00am-10:00am on Saturday, August 8th. All you need to do is show up and see if it is something you would like to do this year, just send me an email if you plan to attend. The Pom/cheer dancers that sign up for the class this fall will get real poms, Pom/Cheer uniforms and will be in the recital. We are so excited for this new class for our future North Polk cheerleaders and dance team dancers:)

Win a Free Massage!

2015-breezy-palmsBreezy Palms Massage is located right here in Polk City in the strip mall across from the Post Office.  I was able to have a massage there last week and it was wonderful! Laurie Lemke is skilled and knowledgeable in massage and my appointment was so very relaxing (I took advantage of the hot stone add on for only $15!). I can hardly wait for another opportunity to get one!

WIN A FREE 30-min MASSAGE!

Laurie is doing a giveaway on her website for Polk City Square readers!  Go to www.breezypalmsmassage.com and click through to the Contact Page.  Leave a message with Laurie answering the question “How often do you get a massage?” and she will do a random drawing of all names out of a hat and that person will win a FREE 30-minute massage! So what are you waiting for!  Go enter now! Names taken through August 2nd.  Winner announced Monday, August 3rd!

Polk City Little League Update

From Facebook

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Another win for Iowa! Two more games today at 10a and 4p.

Here’s a recap of yesterday’s game:
Iowa-Central Iowa LL uses big third inning to beat Wisconsin-Appleton American East LL, 10-0

A 10-run explosion in the third inning spurred Iowa-Central Iowa LL to a 10-0 win in four innings over Wisconsin-Appleton American East LL at Ferguson Field on Monday.

Iowa-Central Iowa LL scored in the third on an RBI single by Mikayla Houge, a two-run single by Skylar Rigby, an RBI single by Carley Wilson, a sacrifice fly by Ella Kahler, a two-run double by Isabell Hobbs, and a two-run error.

Hobbs racked up two RBIs on two hits for Iowa-Central Iowa LL.
Houge pitched lights out for Iowa-Central Iowa LL. Wisconsin-Appleton American East LL managed just one hit off of the Iowa-Central Iowa LL’s pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out seven during her four innings of work.

Autumn Flora ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. She allowed 10 runs in three innings, walked two and struck out two.

Special Vote Next Week!

VOTE TUESDAY AUGUST 4, 2015

The Polk City Development Corporation (PCDC) in Partnership with the Polk City Community Foundation (PCCF) is recommending that Polk City adopt a plan to enhance the recreational facilities in Polk City.  The plan includes new multi-purpose fields, enhancement and development of the current baseball/softball fields, and the creation of a new aquatic center.

Visit www.polkcityrecreation.com for more information

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this bond going to cost me?

  • According to 2015 taxable values, the Polk City bond will cost $3.55/$1000 taxable value.  This would cost a homeowner with Example: $250,000 accessed valued home would see a $41.22/ month increase in taxes. A bond calculator is located on the website www.polkcityrecreation.com  you can fill in the blanks and it will calculate your tax resulting from the bond.

Has any alternative sites been considered?

  • Yes, every possible site in Polk City has been considered.  The alternative sites were eliminated either due to lack of adequate space or cost of land.

What led to the decision to include an aquatic center in the bond issue?

  • The decision to include an aquatic center was based on several points.  Many people told us that the reason the previous bond issue failed was that a pool was not included.   People indicated to us that they would not vote for the bond unless it included a pool.  In addition, we realized that people were going to other pools/centers for their recreation.  Consequently, they were also spending their money in the other communities instead on Polk City.

Was an indoor pool/recreation facility considered?

  • This option was considered but was eliminated due to the cost.  An indoor pool would add an additional 3 million dollars to the bond and an indoor recreation complex would add an additional 5 million dollars.  The cost was prohibitive.

How long will the tax generated by the bond be in effect?

  • The proposed tax generated by the bond is based on 19 years amortization.  However, the proposed tax is not based on the expected growth in Polk City.  As Polk City grows, the bond tax will be adjusted to reflect that growth and the tax will be reduced.

How will the children be able to safely travel to the proposed soccer fields & aquatic center?

  • Although not a part of this project/bond, the approval of this bond issue will initiate the plan to connect the new complex by extending the trail system in Polk City.  In addition, the passage of the bond will also initiate the plan to connect to the High Trestle Trail.

What is the economic impact of the bond to the City of Polk City?

  • The economic impact for Polk City is HUGE.  A project of this nature will not only increase the home values in Polk City but will also increase the tax base for the City and the schools.  This project will also have a very positive impact on the businesses located in Polk City.  The increased amount of money spent in Polk City will not only assist existing businesses but will also assist in recruiting additional businesses.  Consequently, as the business community grows so will the amount of jobs available for students and citizens.

Week of 7/21/15 – 7/26/15

This week in Polk City

*** VBS @ PC United Methodist ***
Starts SUNDAY! July 26-30, 2015 Register Here >

Tuesday, July 21

  • Jester Park: Summer Skills – Fishing
    10:00 am. Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join Polk County Conservation naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Geared for youth 10-16 years old. Come to one or sign-up for an entire series. All equipment will be provided. Pre-registration required. Fee: $10. More info >

Wednesday, July 22

  • Library: Coffee Wednesdays
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Join us round the fireplace for a cup of coffee or tea.

Thursday, July 23

  • Jester Park: Summer Skills – Geocaching
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join Polk County Conservation naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Geared for youth 10-16 years old. Come to one or sign-up for an entire series. All equipment will be provided. Pre-registration required. Fee: $10. More info >
  • ANNUAL Library: Friends of the Library Book Sale
    10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Paper backs 50 cents; hard cover $2.  Cash or check only (On Saturday July 25th  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. fill a plastic grocery bag for $5). All profits are used for the benefit of the Polk City Library.
  • Polk City Farmer’s Market
    4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Come out to the square and enjoy a great evening! FUN! For the next two Thursdays, a local family will be doing a “Christmas in July” of a lemonade stand. They will still have lemonade and brownies, but will also have iced hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, hand-stamped cards and hand-tied fleece blankets for sale.
  • Library: Sit N Stitch
    6:00 pm. Bring your needlework and join us for the evening! All levels of stitchers welcome!

Friday, July 24

  • Library: Men’s Friday Coffee
    10:00 am – Noon. 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.
  • ANNUAL Library: Friends of the Library Book Sale
    10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Paper backs 50 cents; hard cover $2.  Cash or check only (On Saturday July 25th  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. fill a plastic grocery bag for $5). All profits are used for the benefit of the Polk City Library.

Saturday, July 25

  • ANNUAL Library: Friends of the Library Book Sale
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Saturday ONLY fill a plastic grocery bag for $5.  Cash or check only. All profits are used for the benefit of the Polk City Library.

Sunday, July 26

  • 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
      8:30 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

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Upcoming Events

  • VBS @ Hopkins Grove August 1, 2015 More info >
  • VBS @ Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church Aug 2-6
  • Legion LobsterFest August 29, 2015 Website >
  • Heritage Festival Sept. 19, 2015 More info >

Send in your events! info@polkcitysquare.com

**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 **

Congrats to Little League Softball Champions!

Congratulations to Central Iowa Girls Little League Softball Champions.  Good luck at Regionals in Indianapolis Thursday.

(Polk City, Alleman, Elkhart, Sheldahl, Cambridge, Huxley, Slater, Collins, Maxwell)

softballteam

Central Iowa Little League Softball is heading to Indianapolis to take part in the Little League Softball Regional Championship. This is their next step on their road to the World Series. Please help them with their expenses. Here is a link to the Go Fund Me page to raise money for family expenses on the trip to Indianapolis.  http://www.gofundme.com/z4cks44

Open your home to an Exchange Student!

I’m looking for volunteer families to open their homes to one of our wonderful exchange students! This is an amazing opportunity to invite another culture into your home, and learn about the many different traditions they bring.   I have students from all over the World: Spain, Germany, Brazil, Taiwan and more. All students are English-speaking from the ages of 15-17. They are waiting to be picked by an American Family.

The process is easy: apply, select, and meet your exchange student. Please message for more info and how you can get started.

If you would be interested in working with my growing team let me know. I need reps that are willing to work with exchange students, host families, and local schools.

Tricia Wheeler | 319 899 0426 | tricia_wheeler@yahoo.com

Area Handyman

Thank you to everyone who replied with info about local handymen!  In case you too have some projects you’d like to complete, here were the responses!

  • Jeff Colvin, JC Home Improvement – 515-321-6263
  • Mike Hamling – 515-979-0133
  • Brent Williams  – 515-520-0756

PS I don’t any of these people personally, posting these names is not a recommendation, just the passing along of information.

Recreational Facilities Bond Vote in 2 Weeks!

VOTE TUESDAY AUGUST 4, 2015

The Polk City Development Corporation (PCDC) in Partnership with the Polk City Community Foundation (PCCF) is recommending that Polk City adopt a plan to enhance the recreational facilities in Polk City.  The plan includes new multi-purpose fields, enhancement and development of the current baseball/softball fields, and the creation of a new aquatic center.

Visit www.polkcityrecreation.com for more information

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this bond going to cost me?

  • According to 2015 taxable values, the Polk City bond will cost $3.55/$1000 taxable value.  This would cost a homeowner with Example: $250,000 accessed valued home would see a $41.22/ month increase in taxes. A bond calculator is located on the website www.polkcityrecreation.com  you can fill in the blanks and it will calculate your tax resulting from the bond.

Has any alternative sites been considered?

  • Yes, every possible site in Polk City has been considered.  The alternative sites were eliminated either due to lack of adequate space or cost of land.

What led to the decision to include an aquatic center in the bond issue?

  • The decision to include an aquatic center was based on several points.  Many people told us that the reason the previous bond issue failed was that a pool was not included.   People indicated to us that they would not vote for the bond unless it included a pool.  In addition, we realized that people were going to other pools/centers for their recreation.  Consequently, they were also spending their money in the other communities instead on Polk City.

Was an indoor pool/recreation facility considered?

  • This option was considered but was eliminated due to the cost.  An indoor pool would add an additional 3 million dollars to the bond and an indoor recreation complex would add an additional 5 million dollars.  The cost was prohibitive.

How long will the tax generated by the bond be in effect?

  • The proposed tax generated by the bond is based on 19 years amortization.  However, the proposed tax is not based on the expected growth in Polk City.  As Polk City grows, the bond tax will be adjusted to reflect that growth and the tax will be reduced.

How will the children be able to safely travel to the proposed soccer fields & aquatic center?

  • Although not a part of this project/bond, the approval of this bond issue will initiate the plan to connect the new complex by extending the trail system in Polk City.  In addition, the passage of the bond will also initiate the plan to connect to the High Trestle Trail.

What is the economic impact of the bond to the City of Polk City?

  • The economic impact for Polk City is HUGH.  A project of this nature will not only increase the home values in Polk City but will also increase the tax base for the City and the schools.  This project will also have a very positive impact on the businesses located in Polk City.  The increased amount of money spent in Polk City will not only assist existing businesses but will also assist in recruiting additional businesses.  Consequently, as the business community grows so will the amount of jobs available for students and citizens.