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Week of 4/25/16 – 5/1/16

This week in Polk City

np-calendarMonday, April 25, 2016

  • City Hall: City Council Meeting
     6:30 pm. City Hall. 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. Agendas and minutes >

Tuesday, April 26

  • Library: Story time
    10:30 am. Join us for stories, crafts, and activities!

Wednesday, April 27

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

Thursday, April 28

  • Library: Sit n Stitch
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Bring your needlework and join us for the evening! All levels of stitchers welcome.
  • Library: Movie Night: Goosebumps
    6:00 pm. When monsters are unleashed from their manuscripts & terrorize a town, it’s up to R.L. Stine, Zach & Hannah to get them back in their books. You are Welcome to bring pillows, blankets and snacks. Rated PG, 103 Minutes
  • Al-Anon Meeting
    7:30 pm. New Al-Anon meeting Thursday at 7:30 pm in the education wing inside the United Methodist Church. Helps to deal with family members or friends with addiction or alcoholism to find understanding and support.

Friday, April 29

  • 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, April 30

  • International Game Day *FREE
    12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Join us for our second annual Polk City board game day celebrating International TableTop Day! This is a fun, family-friendly event where you can learn a new game or play an old favorite. Come for one game, or stay the whole time! We will have a large selection of games on hand for anyone to try and play, but feel free to bring your own choices to share as well. We will be located in the Wing in the Woods building behind the United Methodist Church. Some snacks will be available, but you may want to bring snacks and drinks if you plan to stay for awhile. Hope to see you there!
  • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
    1701 W Jester Park Drive, Polk City
    6:00 pm. Worship Service

Sunday, May 1

  • 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 Curb Side Cleanup May 14, 2016 Details >
  • Sounds on the Square May 20, 2016
  • Polk City Farmer’s Market May 26-Sept 1, 2016 Details >
  • Sounds on the Square June 24, 2016
  • Citywide Garage Sale June 25, 2016
  • Chamber Golf Outing July 14, 2016
  • Four Seasons Festival July 15 – 16, 2016 Website >
  • 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!

**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 **

Summer at Jester Park

Summer classes and camps are out for Jester Park.  These programs are fantastic and fill up quickly.  Take a look and see if there is something perfect for your kids, or even for YOU!


2016 Library Used Book Sale

library-sale2016 Dates Announced!

Thursday, July 28 through Saturday, July 30 at the Polk City Library

I love the the FRIENDS of the Library Used Book Sale and can hardly wait for it this summer! Books are AWESOME! Never been?  Well, the meeting room at the library will be filled to overflowing with books  of all types.  Fiction, non-fiction, reference, etc.  The volunteers even try to sort them into tables of mystery, romance, self-help, cookbooks, etc.  There is also a large selection of children’s books, CDs/DVDs and puzzles for all ages.  Free Admission!

Books and video donations will be accepted AFTER May 16 (we’re getting a new shed for storage-YAHOO!).  Bring your donations to counter at the Polk City Library during regular hours (not in the drop-box please).


Polk City Library, 1500 W. Broadway Street

  • Thursday, July 28, 2016 10:00am – 7:00 pm
  • Friday, July 29 10:00 am -5:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 30 10:00 am -3:00 pm


Polk City Housing Market Report


Thinking of selling your home? Low inventory and high demand for the Polk City area, NOW is the time to sell! RE/MAX Torres Team is offering a FREE home analysis for you, no strings attached! Visit our website or call/text us at 984-0222 TODAY!!


Polk City Farmers Market 2016


Polk City Farmers Market will kick off Thursday May 26 through Thursday September 1 from 4-7 pm in the Town Square.

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.

Metro Waste Authority Comingle Survey


From by Jake Schreier

The City of Polk City would like your input about a possible change that would allow yard waste to be collected with garbage.

The City of Polk City is a member community of the Metro Waste Authority and offers their Compost It! program for residential yard waste collection.  Yard waste is collected from April through November each year.  Currently, yard waste must be bagged in a Compost It! bag or a store brand yard waste bag with a Compost It! sticker attached in order for it to be collected.

Recently, the Metro Waste Authority presented information to Polk City’s City Council on the opportunity to consider changing the way yard waste is collected from the curb. It recently became legal for our local landfill to accept yard waste since the landfill has a methane collection system that generates electricity from the collected methane. Now, the City must decide if yard waste should be allowed to be comingled with garbage. Detailed information on the background, environmental impact and financial comparison for the potential change is available in this presentation provided to the City of Polk City.  Also, the Metro Waste Authority provided a worksheet that allows homeowners to evaluate what the change could mean to them, depending on the amount of yard waste they have annually. Polk City’s collected garbage ultimately ends up in a Metro Waste Authority Landfill, regardless of who the local garbage hauler is. Price will impact residents slightly differently depending on which local garbage hauler they hire to collect their garbage.

Polk City’s City Council would like your feedback on whether yard waste collection should remain separate through the Compost It! program or change to comingled collection with regular garbage service. Please complete this survey to share your opinion.

There is important information provided in the Metro Waste Authority presentation noted above and residents are encouraged to view it prior to providing feedback.  The City will collect responses from residents through May 15th, after which the City Council will convey their feedback to the Metro Waste Authority’s Board of Directors.

Library Book Accepting Donations starting 5/16/16


The Library Will Start To Accept Book Donations Monday May 16th

We are happy to accept donations of gently used books and DVD’s (we DO NOT ACCEPT magazines, textbooks, encyclopedias or visibly worn or damaged items). If the items donated do not fit our collections needs, we will pass them along to the Friends of the Library for their annual summer book sale in July.

Line Cooks Needed


The Sandbar and Latitude 41 bar and restaurants located at the Saylorville Marina are hiring line cooks. Call 515-326-0186 or email for more information.

Enter to win 2 FREE tickets to Garth Brooks


Just show up and put your name in the hat for your chance to win! Thanks Torres Team!


Electronic Sign for Library Reaches 10% of Goal

The Friends of the Polk City Library has reached 10% of their two year fundraising effort to buy a $10,000 electronic sign.

Memorialize your love on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day by buying an engraved brick or granite block in the Library’s ‘Walk of Memories and Memorials’ with a personal quote, song or name.  The attractive bricks and granite blocks will permanently grace the entrance to the Polk City Library building for as long as it stands and will last longer than a bouquet of roses .

For more information and the application, visit or call 515-984-6119.

Halley’s Academy Expanding Services


Halley’s Academy is expanding their child care services to children 6 weeks through school aged starting June 1st.

Schedule a tour today by visiting us at or by calling Tammy at 515-720-1980.


2016 City Wide Clean Up Day


This is ONLY for Polk City Residents living within the City Limits of Polk City. The purpose of the City Clean-up is to help residents dispose of clutter caused by bulky waste. Place all of your items at the curb the night BEFORE.

Do NOT put on carts or trailers. STACK / DO NOT DUMP IN A PILE. Please and thank you!

Items you may place at the curb:

  • Household furniture and other items not normally collected with your trash pick up
  • Tables, chairs, mattresses, bed frames, dressers, night stands, lights, couches, recliners, cabinets, doors, windows, electronics, bicycles, patio furniture, swing set (cut down to size) and carpet (cut down to size)
  • Weight limit of 150lbs per item
  • Maximum length of 5’ (except furniture)
  • Televisions and Computer Monitors WILL be accepted at the curb this year.

Items only accepted at the Maintenance Shop between 8am and noon May 14th (These items will NOT be taken at the curb)

  • Appliances, oil and batteries
  • Vehicle Passenger Tires (NO agricultural tires, bicycle or solid tires such as lawnmower or cart tires) 5 Tire Limit
  • Heaters, Kitchen Appliances, lawnmowers, VCR/DVD, cell phones, air conditioners, microwaves, furnaces, grills, and washers/dryers

**Landscape waste is accepted at Polk City’s recycling area year round during specified hours**

Items NOT accepted at the curb OR shop
(check with Hazardous Waste for acceptance 515.967.5512)

  • Dirt, sod, concrete, brick, asphalt, railroad ties
  • Vehicle parts, lawnmowers
  • Building materials
  • Decking materials
  • Metal
  • Chemicals
  • Gas or Oil
  • Paint or thinners, solvents, antifreeze
  • Toxic materials, radioactive materials
  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Hazardous waste
  • Ammunition


City Hall at 515-984-6233 or Ankeny Sanitation at 515-964-5229


Looking For Friends in the Right Places

Friends of the Polk City Library are looking for members during their 2016 membership drive!

  • Friends support the library’s reading programs and facilities.
  • Friends support the Children’s Summer Reading program in June and Summer Adult Reading Program.
  • Friends matched Library donations for fireside chairs and the new picnic table and benches by the Library’s entry door.
  • Friends has a two year fundraiser for a  $10,000 electronic sign to be placed on the library property.
  • Friends supports these programs with their Annual Book Sale in July and a ring toss during the Polk City Festival in July.

Show your support with your annual membership of $25.00.

Complete your membership application today at the Library or on line at  and mailing to Friends of the Library, P.O. Box347, Polk City, IA  50226 or call 515-984-6119 for more information.

Swim lessons, Fire Department Pizza Delivery and a Petition

Sorry for the extra email but I’m out of town next week (no newsletter Monday) and I wanted to get these special announcements to you.

Have a great weekend!


Summer Swim Lesson Sign-Up Tomorrow!


Polk City Parks and Rec swimming lessons sign up is tomorrow at the library.  Lessons are done at Summit Middle School with American Red Cross trained instructors.

Note: My kids have done these lessons for years and I am always happy with their progress.

Forms available on the city website >

PS: All the parks and rec forms are available online >