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Week of 7/25/16 – 7/31/16

This week in Polk City

FRIENDS of the Polk City Community Library Used Book and Bake Sale is this week!

Check out Big Creek Volunteer Center FB for pictures and videos of Festival volunteers!

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Monday, July 25, 2016

  • City Hall: City Council Meeting
    6:30 pm. The Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 112 3rd St. All meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in them is encouraged to attend. Click here for agendas and minutes >

Tuesday, July 26

  • Library: Storytime is on vacation!
    Join us for more stories, crafts and activities after Labor Day.  We will resume on September 6th on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, July 27

  • Library: Coffee Wednesdays
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Join us around the fireplace for a cup of coffee or iced tea.
  • Library: FRIENDS of the PC Library Booksale *Members Preview Sale
    5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Members of the Friends of the Polk City Library are invited to the special preview sale on Wednesday night.  Not a Friends member yet?  Has your membership lapsed?  New memberships and renewals are taken at the preview sale or at any time at the library prior to the book sale.

Thursday, July 28

  • Library: FRIENDS Annual Book & Bake Sale
    10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Friends of the Library book sale include books, puzzles, CDs, and DVDs for sale.  Bake sale includes cookies, bars, cakes, scones, bread and candy. Prices range from $0.25 to $1.00.  Cash or check only. All profits are for the benefit of the Polk City Community Library. Public donations of books and other materials are being accepted.
  • Polk City Farmer’s Market
    4:00 pm – 7:00 pm on the Town Square May 26-Sept 1, 2016. Special note to all Polk City produce growers: If you find your garden has produced too much for your family on any week during the summer growing season, come down to the Farmers Market and sell your surplus any week you have it.   It’s easy, we only charge $5 to set up a table and you can set up once or every week you want to sell. Contact:  Mary Kaye Madden 515-238-2850 for more info.
  • Library: Sit n Stitch
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Bring your current project, and join the stitching around the fireplace.

Friday, July 29

  • RECYCLING WEEK!
  • Library: FRIENDS Annual Book & Bake Sale
    10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Friends of the Library book sale include books, puzzles, CDs, and DVDs for sale.  Bake sale includes cookies, bars, cakes, scones, bread and candy. Prices range from $0.25 to $1.00.  Cash or check only. All profits are for the benefit of the Polk City Community Library. Public donations of books and other materials are being accepted.
  • 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.
  • Polk City Chamber Golf Outing
    10:00 am Box lunch. 11:00 am Shotgun start. Call 515-984-9440 to sign up! Golfers get their own teams together to play in this 4-person best shot scramble.  There are prizes given to the winning teams, pin prizes, par 3 contests, and lunch is included.  Entry fees are very reasonable compared to surrounding events that are similar.

Saturday, July 30

  • Library: FRIENDS Annual Book & Bake Sale
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Saturday is BAG DAY!  Pay $5.00 to fill a plastic bag or purchase a Friends shopping bag for $7.00 and everything you can get into it is yours! Friends of the Library book sale include books, puzzles, CDs, and DVDs for sale.  Bake sale includes cookies, bars, cakes, scones, bread and candy. Prices range from $0.25 to $1.00.  Cash or check only. All profits are for the benefit of the Polk City Community Library. Public donations of books and other materials are being accepted.
  • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
    1701 W Jester Park Drive, Polk City
    6:00 pm. Worship Service

Sunday, July 31

  • 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.
      9:30 am Sunday School
    • 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

  • Polk City Farmer’s Market May 26-Sept 1, 2016 Details >
  • Big Creek Bike Fest August 27, 2016
  • Sounds on the Square August 27, 2016
  • Trunk or Treat/Beggar’s Night October 30, 2016
  • Square Lighting December 6, 2016

Send in your events! info@polkcitysquare.com

*Jester Park: I only include events at Jester Park where there is still room to register if necessary.  However, some programs may fill between the time I add them to this calendar and the time you receive the email. There are so  many programs over there, click here to view the calendar and get signed up for something fun in a few weeks so you don’t miss out!

**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

Join your Legion friends at this 5k 9/25/16

2016LogoThe 7th Annual Remembrance Run will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2016 (Gold Star Mother’s Weekend).  The Iowa Remembrance Run honors Iowa’s fallen service members who were casualties of war from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.  We also honor Iowa service members that have died during that time while serving our country on active duty.

September 25, 2016

Click here for more info >

Registration:  May 31 – September 15 – $25

Late Registration:  September 16 – 21 – $30 (event t-shirt not guaranteed)

Proceeds from the Iowa Remembrance Run are donated to fund the Annual Retreat for Iowa Families of Fallen Service Members. The retreat is a private event for family members in Iowa who have lost a service member since 9/11 and is organized and hosted by Survivor Outreach Services – Iowa. The meeting provides the families with useful resources and support, and facilitates a peer network for the participants.

VBS at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church starts Aug 7!

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Beautiful Savior is holding its Vacation Bible School August 7th-11th from 6-8pm.

Register at www.bs-lc.org

Calling Future Kindergarten Parents!

Help Her Discover Amazing.  Be the role model she’ll always remember.

Will your daughter be a kindergartner this fall?  Are you looking for opportunities for her to make a bunch of new friends and have a ton of new experiences that show her how exciting the world is, and how awesome she is, over and over again?

Girl Scout North Polk Service Unit 648 is searching for an adult volunteer to lead the kindergarten daisy troop beginning Fall 2016.

Introduce girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined.  What your girls get out of each day is up to you.  Whether you can give a day, a few weeks, or the whole year, there are so many ways to be a Girl Scout Leader.

So, what are you waiting for?  Be a volunteer. Be a Girl Scout!

Contact Mary Luna-Duffy at marylunaduffy@gmail.com or 515-981-3710 OR Jessie Tobin at jtobin@gsiowa.org or 515-278-2881.

Library Used Book & Bake Sale starts 7/28/16!

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FRIENDS ANNUAL BOOK & Bake Sale
Polk City Community Library, 1500 W. Broadway Street
Thursday, July 28, 10am to 7:00pm
Friday, July 29, 10am to 6:00pm
Saturday, July 30, 10am to 3:00pm

Saturday is BAG DAY!
$5.00 for a plastic bag or purchase a Friends shopping bag for $7.00 and everything you can get into it, is yours!
All profits are for the benefit of the Polk City Community Library. Public donations of books and other materials are accepted

Friends Members Preview Night*
Wednesday, July 27, 5:30 to 8:30pm*
Members of the Friends of the Polk City Library are invited to the special preview sale on Wednesday night. Not a Friends member yet?  Has your membership lapsed? New memberships and renewals are taken at the preview sale or at any times at the library prior to the book sale.

Chamber Golf Outing 7/29/16

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Chamber Golf Outing – July 29th at TCI Golf Course – 11am Shotgun start
Golfers get their own teams together to play in this 4-person best shot scramble.  There are prizes given to the winning teams, pin prizes, par 3 contests, and lunch is included.  Entry fees are very reasonable compared to surrounding events that are similar.

Get Your Lobsterfest 2016 Tickets!

Tickets for the lobster dinner must be purchased  by AUGUST 13, 2016

Lobsterfest-2016

Week of 7/19/16 – 7/24/16

This week in Polk Citynp-calendar

Free Medical Clinic canceled this week.  Next one August 3, 2016.

Tuesday, July 19

  • Library: Story time *LAST SUMMER STORYTIME
    10:30 am. Slide in for our sports and wellness Summer Reading Program!  We continue our theme with a loud ‘Play Ball’, continue with some healthy hints about teeth, and finish with some fun food treats.  The last Story Time is on July 19th, we will see you again after Labor Day.  All reading logs must be turned in by August 1st.

Wednesday, July 20

  • Library: Coffee Wednesdays
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Join us around the fireplace for a cup of coffee or iced tea.
  • Jester Park: Summer Skills – Survival Hike
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Learn how to build a shelter, start a fire and even what types of plants are edible. Come to one or sign-up for an entire series. All equipment will be provided. Pre-registration required. Fee: $10. – See more at >
  • Jester Park: Nature Playdates – Water Wonders
    10:30 am – 11:30 am. Shelter #5. Explore, discover and play in your local parks with a Polk County Naturalist. Meet families interested in getting their children outdoors for natural play and discovery.  Wear appropriate clothes and shoes. We may be hiking, discovering life in a log or playing in the creek. This is a morning of adventure and discovery with curiosity being the most important ingredient. Reservations not needed. – See more at >
  • Library: Tween Time Wednesdays *LAST SUMMER TWEEN TIME
    10:30 am. Jump into some crafts, activities, and discussions for ages 8-12.

Thursday, July 21

  • Library: Hanson Family
    12:30 pm.  You must see this incredible family ride unicycles, juggle, and ride 6 foot unicycles!  This will be held in the parking lot of the Library so please plan to park in the lot of the Methodist Church or walk.  There will be food, fun, and prizes!
  • Polk City Farmer’s Market
    4:00 pm – 7:00 pm on the Town Square May 26-Sept 1, 2016. Special note to all Polk City produce growers: If you find your garden has produced too much for your family on any week during the summer growing season, come down to the Farmers Market and sell your surplus any week you have it.   It’s easy, we only charge $5 to set up a table and you can set up once or every week you want to sell. Contact:  Mary Kaye Madden 515-238-2850 for more info.
  • Library: Sit n Stitch
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Bring your current project, and join the stitching around the fireplace.
  • Library: Calm Down and GET YOUR ZENTANGLE ON *RSVP
    6:00 pm. Some may call it just doodling, but Zentangle is a self-help art therapy practice to enhance relaxation and focus. It teaches us not to rush and to take good care of ourselves in the present moment. It’s simple, it’s soothing, and creative! In this workshop you will learn the basics of the Zentangle Method and learn some ideas of how you might apply your new skill. Come comfortable and ready to relax! Materials provided and all levels welcomed. Instruction by Hanna Piepel, a graphic designer, artist and mother from Polk City. *RSVP required 515-984-6119 class size limited to 15.
  • Kiwanis of Polk City
    6:30 pm. Meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm in the lobby of Boulders Inn on Broadway.  Get to know your community and people in it while serving the children in our community through various programs.  Learn more on our web site:  www.kiwanisclubpc.blogspot.com, email soxjk@q.com or attend our Thursday meeting.

Friday, July 22

  • 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.
  • Jester Park: Jazz in July
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Jester Park Amphitheater. Join in on an evening of food, fun, art and music. Food, beverages and local arts will be available to purchase along with free nature programs and art activities. Our featured band is the Bryan Schumaker Quartet. This jazz quartet plays music by artists such as Joshua Redman, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Billy Strayhorn, John Scofield, and Charles Mingus, along with traditional jazz standards. Reservations not needed.  – See more at >

Saturday, July 23

  • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
    1701 W Jester Park Drive, Polk City
    6:00 pm. Worship Service

Sunday, July 24

  • 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.
      9:30 am Sunday School
    • 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

  • Polk City Farmer’s Market May 26-Sept 1, 2016 Details >
  • Library Used Booksale July 28-30 Details >
  • Chamber Golf Outing July 29, 2016 *CORRECTED DATE
  • Big Creek Bike Fest August 27, 2016
  • Sounds on the Square August 27, 2016
  • Trunk or Treat/Beggar’s Night October 30, 2016
  • Square Lighting December 6, 2016

Send in your events! info@polkcitysquare.com

*Jester Park: I only include events at Jester Park where there is still room to register if necessary.  However, some programs may fill between the time I add them to this calendar and the time you receive the email. There are so  many programs over there, click here to view the calendar and get signed up for something fun in a few weeks so you don’t miss out!

**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

HWY 415 Reconstruction Project

From polkcityia.gov

415The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) is moving forward with the Highway 415 reconstruction project scheduled for summer 2016.  The project includes road resurfacing of Highway 415 from the intersection of Oralabor Road and NW 26th Street in Ankeny to the west end of West Bridge Road in Polk City (the east end of the Mile Long Bridge).

In addition to the road resurfacing, Polk City has worked with the IDOT to install turn lanes at the East Southside Drive, East Pine Ridge Drive, and Sandpiper Court intersections.  These turn lanes were sought after by the City in order to ease traffic congestion on NW Polk City Drive in the area.

The reconstruction project is already underway with an estimated completion date set for October 2016.  The majority of the reconstruction process will be performed at night from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM in order to avoid impacting the majority of traffic.  There will be lane closures coupled with pilot cars and flaggers during nighttime construction.  During the daytime minor repairs and work outside of the travel lanes will also be performed.  Some weekend work may also be utilized, with typical construction times falling within the 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM range.  Daytime lane closures will be avoided if possible until after early September in order to avoid impacting summertime lake traffic.

What’s Happening Now?
The IDOT is currently undertaking full depth pothole asphalt patching within the project area.  Local utilities may also be performing utility locates for their services within the area.

Local Benefits of this Project
Locally the road surface on West Bridge Road and NW Polk City Drive from West Bridge Road to the City limits at NW Lake Drive will be reconditioned.  Turn lanes will be added on NW Polk City Drive at the East Southside Drive, East Pine Ridge Drive, and Sandpiper Court intersections.  Aside from increased road quality from the road reconstruction, the added turn lanes will improve safety and help to ease local congestion on NW Polk City Drive.

New Pastor Installation 7/31/16

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The community is invited to welcome Pastor Todd Bunge at his installation service July 31 at 2:30 pm at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. Reception service with light snacks will immediately follow the ceremony. Beautiful Savior is located at 1701 W Jester Park Drive, Polk City, IA 50226.

2017 Festival Photos

Photos will be added to the FourSeasonsFestival.com website over the next couple weeks, but check out these great images captured by Polk City’s Shari Miller Photography!

Click through and choose a gallery.  You may need to scroll down to see the festival images on the new page, I needed to on my phone.

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Calling All Future Referees – North Polk United Referee Clinic

North Polk United is actively looking and needing new referees due to our amazing club growth. We are needing all ages of referees so please use the below link to register & sign up for the certification class to be held in Polk City at the shelter house at Miller Park on August 5th & 6th. This will allow you to be certified and able to start working games for the coming Fall season.

There are several reasons to become a certified referee, including:

  • North Polk United is THE top paying club in the entire Des Moines Metro area and State for all rec level games. (Who doesn’t like money?)
  • Become a much better player/spectator by learning all aspects of the game by playing and refereeing. (Proven fact that players who are or were referees are much better players because of it)
  • You are already going out to the fields to play or watch so you might as well get paid while you’re at the fields. (Family bonding)
  • Get paid to exercise. (Cancel that gym membership)
  • Be reimbursed for the class fee after one-year re-certification (nothing to lose)

You must be 12 years old by the time of the clinic to certify.

Go to http://www.iowareferees.org/phpEventCalendar/index.php?month=8&year=2016 and sign up today.

Any questions please contact me directly.

Jason Chesley

huskerman@q.com

515-943-2949

Week of 7/11/16 *FESTIVAL WEEK

This week in Polk City

np-calendarFOUR SEASONS FESTIVAL IN 4 DAYS!
www.fourseasonsfestival.com
We still need volunteers for the Festival Beer Tent
Fri night 9 pm-12 am and Sat night 6 pm-9 pm.
Contact Dana Annear if you can help. danaannear@gmail.com  Phone 208-4393

Polk City United Methodist Church VBS Starts Sunday
July 17-21, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

  • Library: Teen Latin American Dance
    3:30 pm. Dance instructor Amanda Peterson will teach us several Latin American dances.  Bring a friend!
  • City Hall: City Council Meeting
    6:30 pm. The Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 112 3rd St. All meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in them is encouraged to attend. Click here for agendas and minutes >
  • Jester Park: Nature Friends – Grandfather Buffalo
    Preschoolers Exploring Nature 3-5 year olds with an adult. Join a naturalist in a nature adventure! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. This program is sponsored by West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. To register call 515.222.3444 or www.wdm-ia.com. Fee $7 per program. More details >

Tuesday, July 12

  • Library: Story time
    10:30 am. Run in for our sports and wellness Summer Reading Program! June 28th we will center ourselves with some yoga.
  • SPECIAL Jester Park: Spirit of Chautautqua – Iowa Music Tour
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Jester Park Amphitheater. The “Spirit of Chautauqua” is a music tour coming to 45 Iowa counties this summer. The name is a tribute to the lively Chautauqua festivals that brought a world of entertainment to Iowa communities a century ago. Brought to you by Will Schmitt and county conservation departments across the state, the tour will kick off June 3rd at Hillview Recreation Area in Hinton, and spend 2 months traversing Iowa’s vast network of public lands. All concerts are free of charge and CDs and a tip jar will be available for donations. For tour dates and more information, please visit SpiritofChautauqua.com and WilliamBorgSchmitt.com. Reservations not required. More details >

Wednesday, July 13

  • Library: Coffee Wednesdays
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Join us around the fireplace for a cup of coffee or iced tea.
  • Jester Park: Summer Skills – Canoeing
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Ages: 10-16 years. Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Participants will learn about types of canoes, equipment, techniques, and have a chance to practice skills on the water. Come to one or sign-up for an entire series. All equipment will be provided. Pre-registration required. Fee: $10. See more at >
  • Library: Tween Time Wednesdays
    10:30 am. Jump into some crafts, activities, and discussions for ages 8-12. Get crafty!  Get in on the excitement as we make baseball bracelets!
  • Library: Friends of the Library Quarterly Meeting
    6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. The Friends of the Polk City Community Library have four scheduled meetings per year. All meetings are open to members and the public. Anyone interested in supporting the Library is welcome and encouraged to attend!

Thursday, July 14

  • Library: Science Center of Iowa
    10:30 am. Learn about the Fantastic Forces from our guests the Science Center of Iowa on July 14th at 10:30 a.m.
  • Polk City Farmer’s Market
    4:00 pm – 7:00 pm on the Town Square May 26-Sept 1, 2016. Special note to all Polk City produce growers: If you find your garden has produced too much for your family on any week during the summer growing season, come down to the Farmers Market and sell your surplus any week you have it.   It’s easy, we only charge $5 to set up a table and you can set up once or every week you want to sell. Contact:  Mary Kaye Madden 515-238-2850 for more info.
  • Library: Sit n Stitch
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Bring your current project, and join the stitching around the fireplace.
  • Library: Finding Time to Exercise…hot to ‘get it in’ and what really matters!
    6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Do you find yourself having difficulty finding time to get exercise into your daily life? Can 10 minutes of exercise really make a difference? Come and learn!  Stephanie Kelsick and Kalais Kuhlmann of Rock Valley Physical Therapy can help you with ideas on hitting those important “target” areas and how to incorporate them into your busy life!

Friday, July 15 FOUR SEASONS FESTIVAL

LIBRARY CLOSING AT NOON

  • RECYCLING PICKUP
  • 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.
  • Four Seasons Festival
    July 15 – 16, 2016 Website >

Saturday, July 16 FOUR SEASONS FESTIVAL

LIBRARY CLOSED

  • Four Seasons Festival
    July 15 – 16, 2016 Website >
  • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
    1701 W Jester Park Drive, Polk City
    6:00 pm. Worship Service

Sunday, July 17

  • Polk City United Methodist Church VBS July 17-21, 2016
  • 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.
      9:30 am Sunday School
    • 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

  • Polk City Farmer’s Market May 26-Sept 1, 2016 Details >
  • Library Used Booksale July 28-30 Details >
  • Chamber Golf Outing July 29, 2016 *CORRECTED DATE
  • Big Creek Bike Fest August 27, 2016
  • Sounds on the Square August 27, 2016
  • Trunk or Treat/Beggar’s Night October 30, 2016
  • Square Lighting December 6, 2016

Send in your events! info@polkcitysquare.com

*Jester Park: I only include events at Jester Park where there is still room to register if necessary.  However, some programs may fill between the time I add them to this calendar and the time you receive the email. There are so  many programs over there, click here to view the calendar and get signed up for something fun in a few weeks so you don’t miss out!

**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

2016 Flags on the Square

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Dear Friends of the Polk City Square,

Thank you for all of your positive feedback and support of the Flags On the Square missions!

It is both my honor and privilege to share with you we raised $745 with our Memorial Day weekend Sponsorship! All of the proceeds raised went direct to the American Legion Post 232, Polk City Iowa. I sat in awe at their June meeting as they gave away two high school graduation scholarships totaling $1000. What an honor it was to speak to these Veterans and thank them personally for their service.

I shared with them my trip to Washington D.C. last year and how Arlington National Cemetery impacted me. “No greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for a friend.” John 15:13 Each of those gentlemen at the meeting were and are prepared to do that, past, present and future. That is a love for God and country that few of us can fathom. Jesus can and He did.

Our soldiers know sacrifice, commitment, dedication, honor, dignity, respect and loyalty. They know of relationship and love for mankind better than anyone. Each of the Flags represented a soldier’s life and every life tells a story. Life is a gift, life is precious. We may never comprehend the “cost” of FREEDOM or the price those have paid. FREEDOM isn’t, hasn’t been and never will be free.

I look forward to this tradition growing and continuing in the effort of civilians giving back to the heroes who have provided us the opportunity to live freely and who continue to serve our community, our UNITED STATES Military and the members of the American Legion, Post 232, Polk City, IA. It is truly an honor to serve and attempt to give back a small fraction of what you have given us.

On behalf of TLC Cleaning and Gifts On the Square and the community, THANK YOU for your service. GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.

Sincerely, Tracy Lund

RSVP for Zentangle at the library

zentangleCalm Down and GET YOUR ZENTANGLE ON

Thursday July 21st 6:00 p.m. *RSVP

Some may call it just doodling, but Zentangle is a self-help art therapy practice to enhance relaxation and focus. It teaches us not to rush and to take good care of ourselves in the present moment. It’s simple, it’s soothing, and creative! In this workshop you will learn the basics of the Zentangle Method and learn some ideas of how you might apply your new skill. Come comfortable and ready to relax! Materials provided and all levels welcomed. Instruction by Hanna Piepel, a graphic designer, artist and mother from Polk City. *RSVP required 515-984-6119 class size limited to 15.