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Week of 7/24/17 – 7/30/17

This week in Polk City

*** FRIENDS of the Library Annual Used Book Sale start Thursday! ***

np-calendarMonday, July 24, 2017

  • City Hall: Council Meetings
    City Council 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm. Parks Commission 1st Monday at 6:00 pm. Planning and Zoning 3rd Monday at 6:00 pm. All 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 & minutes >

Tuesday, July 25


Wednesday, July 26

  • Library: Coffee Wednesdays
    10:00 am 1:00 pm TWEEN Time Wednesday’s – 12:00 pm. Join us around the fireplace for a cup of coffee or iced tea.
  • Jester Park: Nature Playdate – Rock Hunt
    10:30 am. 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 required. More info >

Thursday, July 27

  • Friends of the Library Annual Book & Bake Sale
    10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday July 27th *Friday July 28th 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. *Saturday July 29th 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Saturday “Bag Day” Buy an entire bag of books for $5.00  Friends of the Library book sale include books, puzzles, CDs, and DVDs for sale. Cash or Check ONLY, no credit cards.  The Book Sale also includes a Bake Sale!
  • Polk City Farmer’s Market
    4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Town Square. Thursdays May 25th – August 31st.
  • Library: Sit N Stitch
    6:00 pm. Bring your needlework and join us for the evening! All levels of stitchers welcome.

Friday, July 28

  • Friends of the Library Annual Book & Bake Sale
    10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday July 28th  *Saturday July 29th 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Saturday “Bag Day” Buy an entire bag of books for $5.00  Friends of the Library book sale include books, puzzles, CDs, and DVDs for sale. Cash or Check ONLY, no credit cards.  The Book Sale also includes a Bake Sale!
  • Library: Men’s Coffee
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm. 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, July 29

  • Friends of the Library Annual Book & Bake Sale
    10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Saturday July 29th  “Bag Day” Buy an entire bag of books for $5.00  Friends of the Library book sale include books, puzzles, CDs, and DVDs for sale. Cash or Check ONLY, no credit cards.  The Book Sale also includes a Bake Sale!
  • Saturday Worship
    • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
      1701 W Jester Park Drive, Polk City
      6:00 pm. Worship Service

Sunday, July 30

  • 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
      1121 W. BRIDGE ROAD, Polk City
      8:30 am   Sunday Service
      10:30 am   Sunday Service
    • Polk City United Methodist Church
      1421 Broadway, Polk City
      8:30 am. Classic Service 10:30 am. Informal Service
      9:30 am. Sunday School

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Upcoming Events

    • May 25 – August 31, 2017 (Thursdays): Polk City Farmers Market
    • August 19, 2017: Bikes & Brew
    • August 25, 2017: Sounds on the Square: GIMIKK
    • October 7, 2017: Monster Dash 5K run
    • October 30, 2017: Trunk or Treat/Beggars Night
    • December 5, 2017: Polk City Square Lighting

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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

Keith Nelson House Painter? He’s Fantastic!

Remember Keith Nelson the artist who was down on the square? He is such a nice guy! And he has added interior-exterior house painting to his business.

Anyway, my house needed a fresh coat of paint before listing it so I gave him a call and his rates were great and his work even better!  Y’all gotta call him and get an estimate.  I had him come out twice and the first estimate was spot on and the second time my actual cost was less than the estimate. Give him a call, I think you’ll be glad you did!

Nelson Interior Exterior Painting.  Quality residential painting with an artist’s touch. From a single room, to an entire home repaint, with exceptional attention to detail.  Clients don’t need to do anything other than call to line up a consultation, I will take care of the rest.  Moving furniture, fixing wall dings, rehanging photos/art/mirrors and vacuuming the floor when done.  Contact Keith at 515-988-6342, keithnelsonarts@gmail.com. Website, nelsoninteriorexteriorpainting.com or Facebook/nelsoninteriorexteriorpainting.

FRIENDS of the Library 2017 Booksale

Friends of the Polk City Community Library Annual Book Sale

Thursday, July 27 through Saturday, July 29 at the Polk City Library

Books donations will be accepted AFTER JUNE 1st at the Polk City library.  

For updated information visit: http://polkcitylibrary.com/

 

Friends is now renewing 2017 Friends’ Memberships.  Get your Membership renewal form at the Library or download the form at:

http://polkcitylibrary.com/friends/

Owl Art Class

Join the fun!  Its round 2 of Owl Art Class! Students will create clay owls, make an owl painting, learn about owls, and even meet a real Screech Owl!

Tuesday, August 1st
Wednesday, August 2nd
Friday, August 4th.

PK, K and 1st grades: 8:00 am -10:00 am

2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades: 10:15 am – 12:15 pm

Classes are full at 10 students each. Call Elizabeth at 712-249-4415

Watercolor for Beginners Class 7/25/17

JULY 25, 2017
6-9 PM
$35.00 PER STUDENT AGES HIGH SCHOOL TO ADULT.

ENJOY A STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTION IN A STRESS FREE SETTING DESIGNED FOR THOSE WHO ARE NEW TO WATERCOLOR OR THOSE WHO ARE NEW TO ART OR JUST WANT TO BE MORE CREATIVE. YOU WILL TAKE HOME
SOME BASIC WATERCOLOR TECHNIQUES, AND LEARN THE BASICS FROM BRUSHES,PAPERS, PAINTS, COMPOSITIONS, AND MORE. MOST MATERIALS INCLUDED! A CLASS INFO SHEET WILL BE SENT TO YOU VIA EMAIL…

MARY KAYE MADDEN IS YOUR AWESOME INSTRUCTOR.
4 STUDENT MIN 10 STUDENT MAX ON EACH DATE LISTED.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR BUSINESS.

SUZANNE

Correction: Library Block Party starts at 11:30 am.

Correction:

Thursday, July 20

  • Library: Block Party! Summer Reading Wrap-Up!
    10:30 am 11:30 am Come enjoy free hot dogs and visit our various building stations!
  • Library: Victor Henigan Entertainment
    1:00 pm. Victor Henigan—Ragga Hopp Musician & Entertainer. This Jamaican artist presents an entertaining musical program for audiences of all ages. Lots of audience participation.

This week in Polk City

*** THANK YOU to everyone involved in putting on the Four Seasons Festival! It was a great time! ***

*** 2017 North Polk Flag Football registration is now open! You may register online at www.northpolkfootball.org. Please visit the website for details.***

np-calendarMonday, July 17, 2017

  • City Hall: Planning & Zoning Meeting
    The  Planning and Zoning 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 & Minutes >
  • Library: Monday Movie Matinee – E.T.
    1:00 pm. The story of Elliott, a lonely boy who befriends an extraterrestrial, dubbed “E.T.”, who is stranded on Earth. Rated PG, 115 Minutes *You are Welcome to bring pillows, blankets and snacks.
  • Library: Monday Book Club
    7:00 pm. An Absence So great by Jean Kirkpatrick. Did photography replace an absence in her life or expose the truth of her heart’s emptiness?

Tuesday, July 18

  • Library: Story Time Tuesdays
    10:30 am. Hurry in for our Build a Better World summer reading program!  We start on Tuesday, June 13th with stories focusing on ways to improve our world.

Wednesday, July 19

  • Library: Coffee Wednesdays
    10:00 am 1:00 pm TWEEN Time Wednesday’s – 12:00 pm. Join us around the fireplace for a cup of coffee or iced tea.
  • Jester Park: Summer Skills – Geocaching
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your 10-16 year old to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Geocaching – Geocaching is a high tech scavenger hunt using GPS. Come learn the basics and try finding several geocaches hidden just for you. Come to one or sign-up for an entire series. All equipment will be provided. Pre-registration required. Fee: $10. Register online >
  • Library: Tween Time
    1:00 pm. Jump into some crafts, activities, and discussions for ages 10 and up.  Activities include making blankets and fairy gardens for the nursing home, origami activities and more!!!!!
  • FREE MEDICAL CLINIC
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Located inside Polk City United Methodist Church. Clinic staffed by volunteer healthcare providers. No insurance filed, $5 donation appreciated. Come in for sports physicals, school physicals, immunizations, or ill visits.

Thursday, July 20

  • Library: Block Party! Summer Reading Wrap-Up!
    10:30 am 11:30 am Come enjoy free hot dogs and visit our various building stations!
  • Library: Victor Henigan Entertainment
    1:00 pm. Victor Henigan—Ragga Hopp Musician & Entertainer. This Jamaican artist presents an entertaining musical program for audiences of all ages. Lots of audience participation.
  • Polk City Farmer’s Market
    4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Town Square. Thursdays May 25th – August 31st.
  • Library: Sit N Stitch
    6:00 pm. Bring your needlework and join us for the evening! All levels of stitchers welcome.
  • Kiwanis of Polk City
    6:30 pm. Meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Polk City Community Room (next to Fire Station).  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.
  • Library: Human Trafficking: An Iowa Perspective
    7:00 pm. Presenters from Teens Against Human Trafficking will introduce attendees to human trafficking in Iowa, with a focus on the youth perspective. Attendees will learn about the process of recruitment, grooming, and control, and what indicators may point to human trafficking. Attendees will also learn what risk factors make young people more vulnerable to trafficking. Finally, speakers will describe efforts to prevent human trafficking and identify victims in our schools and what services are available for victims.   *Ages 15 and over welcome to attend.

Friday, July 21

  • Library: Men’s Coffee
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm. 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: Wild Night Life & Hike
    8:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Join us for a campfire program about the wild night life in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal animals. Afterward enjoy eating s ‘mores around the campfire. Pre-registration required; deadline is July 19. Fee: $5. Register online >

Saturday, July 22

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

Sunday, July 23

  • 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
      1121 W. BRIDGE ROAD, Polk City
      8:30 am   Sunday Service
      10:30 am   Sunday Service
    • Polk City United Methodist Church
      1421 Broadway, Polk City
      8:30 am. Classic Service 10:30 am. Informal Service
      9:30 am. Sunday School

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Upcoming Events

    • May 25 – August 31, 2017 (Thursdays): Polk City Farmers Market
    • August 19, 2017: Bikes & Brew
    • August 25, 2017: Sounds on the Square: GIMIKK
    • October 7, 2017: Monster Dash 5K run
    • October 30, 2017: Trunk or Treat/Beggars Night
    • December 5, 2017: Polk City Square Lighting

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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

Update on Polk City Square

We’re Moving! As some of you may have seen on Facebook, I have news.  My husband has accepted a too good to refuse job offer that requires us to move to Minneapolis.  This has caused quite an upheaval in our lives in recent weeks so I do apologize for my lack of time to put together full newsletters for you all.   I started Polk City Square about 9 years ago and have been running it on my own as an act of community service ever since. I am working on a plan to keep PolkCitySquare.com running for years to come, but not by me as I think you are all best served by this staying local!

Perhaps you can help me? We need to sell our house!  We built this ruby beauty 11 years ago thinking it would be our forever home and we have loved every day we’ve been allowed to enjoy it.  It is in a quiet neighborhood with just enough kids to make it fun and really nice neighbors.  Walking distance to West Elementary and the Polk City Library. The property includes a mini-forest of mature trees that have provided endless hours of fun for our kids with games, forts and climbing trees!  The backyard has a really large deck, a concrete retaining wall that will outlast us all and both a chain-link fence and Invisible Fence (turns out our dog could jump 5-foot fences)!

4 bedrooms, all on 2nd floor (plus room for 1-2 more in the unfinished walkout basement).  Large master is a suite with separate jetted tub and shower.  Kitchen is perfect with a butcher block island and a huge walk-in pantry next to it!  Kitchen is open to dining and then to living room which has a wood burning fireplace. There is built in storage on every level of this house!  Energy-saving Pella windows and Icynene insulation throughout! We love it and hope you do too!

Could you post this link on your Facebook pages and share with anyone you know who is looking to move to Polk City? The house is all shiny and looks as good as new!  It is ready for touring and we can close quickly! http://1720wahkonsaave.ihousenet.com/.

It would be great if someone could post it on the Ankeny (or other) Swap & Shop page. And, if you just want a fun looksee, you should click through the pictures to #18 to see the absolutely amazing castle bunk bed my hubby made for our kids!  Its AWESOME!

It has been my privilege and pleasure to be a part of this community. Thanks to each of you!

– Kimberly

2017 Festival Photos

The talented Shari Miller (https://www.facebook.com/sharimillerphotography ) has posted a ton of photos of the 2017 Four Seasons Festival for your pleasure!  Click here to see them all!

Thank you Shari!

2017 Polk City UMC Vacation Bible School

Polk City United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School Presents:

Maker Fun Factory

July 30, 2017 – August 3, 2017 6:00 pm –  8:00 pm

Polk City United Methodist Church invites children from Polk City and surrounding communities to enjoy 5 evenings of fun, active, faith-based learning!

The staff of our Vacation Bible School program will engage with your children ages Preschool through 5th grade from drop off at 6:00 PM through 8:00 PM pick up.  This scheduled time includes a variety of activities and of course, snacks!

Sign up your children with our easy sign up process and you’ll also receive reminder emails as the event approaches.

Here is our link to preregister:

https://vbspro.events/p/events/polkcity

1421 W Broadway St.  / (515) 984-6274 / office@polkcityumc.org

National Night Out 2017 – Polk City Police Department

Join the Polk City Police Department for their first ever National Night Out on August 1st, 2017 from 4:00PM-8:00PM. The event will be held in front of the Police Department and Fire Department on Van Dorn St, right next to City Hall. Bring the whole family out to enjoy activities for the kids, emergency vehicle displays, free food, and to meet the Polk City police officers.

National Night Out is a community-building campaign to promote police-community partnerships and camaraderie across the nation each year. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out in all 50 states and help make communities a more safe and loving place to live. Come join us in showing our support for not only our Police Department, but in also allowing our Police Department to show their support for the community in which they serve and protect each day.

Follow the Police Department on Facebook for more details and updates as they become available.

GLOW WILD at Jester Park 9/3/17

Bring the whole family to an afternoon of food, fun, environmental education programming, drinks, and live music – all illuminated by an evening bonfire. Glow Wild will feature more food trucks, extended hours, more activities, a larger venue and more fun! Live music featuring: Parranderos Latin Combo during the day and Swing Crew in the evening.  Pre-registration encouraged at www.glowwildiowa.com. Child (18 and under): $9 in advance or $12 at the door; Adult: $12 in advance or $15 at the door; Family Pack (2 adults & 3 child tickets): $35

Day Activities (3-6pm):

  • Bird Watching (pelicans)
  • Insects and Monarch Tagging
  • Geology and Rocks
  • Willow Raft Craft
  • Pond Life

A special “Water Rocks” presentation will occur from 6-7 pm

Night Activities (6:30-8:30pm):

  • Astronomy
  • Frogs
  • Insects
  • Owls
  • Senses
  • Bats

Equestrian Activities (3-7:30pm)

  • Draft Team Selfie Booth
  • Interactive Pony Station
  • Displays and Interactive Exhibits

No Parking Zones & Loading Zones – N. Westside Drive

Ordinance No. 2017-600 was passed and approved on July 10, 2017 by the City Council of the City of Polk City, Iowa. This ordinance pertains to changes in parking regulations, no parking zones, and loading zones.

A notable change is the north side of Westside Drive, 146 feed directly adjacent to Westside Park, as a loading zone Monday-Friday from 8am to 9am and 3pm to 4pm.

Click HERE to read Ordinance No. 2017-600 in full.

Halley’s Academy Full Time Job Opening

2017 Four Seasons Festival

The 2017 Four Seasons Festival is just days away!  I hope you all can make time to come down to the square this weekend!  It is such a fun time for all ages!

www.fourseasonsfestival.com

Week of 7/3/17 – 3/9/17

This week in Polk City

*** FOUR SEASONS FESTIVAL 12 DAYS AWAY ***
JULY 14-15, 2017
www.fourseasonsfestival.com

np-calendarMonday, July 3, 2017

  • City Hall: Parks Commission Meeting Canceled
  • Library: Monday Movie Matinee – BALTO
    1:00 pm. An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.  Rated G, 78 Minutes. *You are Welcome to bring pillows, blankets and snacks.

Tuesday, July 4

  •  City Offices and Library Closed

Wednesday, July 5

  • Library: Coffee Wednesdays
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Join us around the fireplace for a cup of coffee or iced tea.
  • Jester Park:Nature’s Story Hour – Giants of the Prairie
    12:00 pm. Bring your picnic lunch, blanket and family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a PCC Naturalist. This family friendly program is free and all ages are welcome. More info >
  • Library: Tween Time
    1:00 pm. Jump into some crafts, activities, and discussions for ages 10 and up.  Activities include making blankets and fairy gardens for the nursing home, origami activities and more!!!!!
  • FREE MEDICAL CLINIC
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Located inside Polk City United Methodist Church. Clinic staffed by volunteer healthcare providers. No insurance filed, $5 donation appreciated. Come in for sports physicals, school physicals, immunizations, or ill visits.
  • Library: Wednesday Book Club
    7:00 pm. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Two sisters struggling to survive during World war II in France…

Thursday, July 6

  • Library: Jester Puppets
    10:30 am. Jester Puppets is proud to announce its Summer Reading Program for 2017: “Iowa Jones and the Search for the Last Mummy!” The theme of 2017 is “Build a Better World,” and the adventures of Iowa Jones helps him to do just that. Iowa Jones learns that others are different than he is, but by working together, they can accomplish a lot! Like finding the last Mummy so that he won’t be alone anymore…
  • Library: Open Cribbage
    1:00 pm. Join us the First Thursday of the Month. All levels of players are welcome. Bring a friend and let’s have some fun! *Bring your own cribbage board or use ours.
  • Polk City Farmer’s Market
    4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Town Square. Thursdays May 25th – August 31st.
  • Library: Sit N Stitch
    6:00 pm. Bring your needlework and join us for the evening! All levels of stitchers welcome.
  • Kiwanis of Polk City
    6:30 pm. Meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Polk City Community Room (next to Fire Station).  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.
  • Library: Board Meeting
    7:00 pm. Meetings are open to the public. The library board agendas and minutes are available on the web site.

Friday, July 7

  • Library: Men’s Coffee
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm. 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, July 8

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

Sunday, July 9

  • 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
      1121 W. BRIDGE ROAD, Polk City
      8:30 am   Sunday Service
      10:30 am   Sunday Service
    • Polk City United Methodist Church
      1421 Broadway, Polk City
      8:30 am. Classic Service 10:30 am. Informal Service
      9:30 am. Sunday School

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Upcoming Events

    • May 25 – August 31, 2017 (Thursdays): Polk City Farmers Market
    • July 7, 2017: Mid Summer Scramble Golf
    • July 14-15, 2017: Four Seasons Festival more >
    • August 19, 2017: Bikes & Brew
    • August 25, 2017: Sounds on the Square: GIMIKK
    • October 7, 2017: Monster Dash 5K run
    • October 30, 2017: Trunk or Treat/Beggars Night
    • December 5, 2017: Polk City Square Lighting

(red=new to list)

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