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Flags on the Square Memorial are now on display!


Visit the Polk City, Iowa Town Square for this moving display of American 400 flags honoring our soldiers.

This is a new tradition we have just begun in hopes that we all unite as a community, state and country. Help us honor our heroes by sponsoring a flag. (Suggested donation $5/flag)

You are invited to contact the TLC Gifts shop on the Square. Their hours are Thursday and Friday 2pm-8pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. You will be given a water proof label to attach to the bottom of your flag where you are welcome to write the name and branch of your loved one.

We are celebrating our soldiers past and present. Your loved one doesn’t have to be deceased to be honored. We invite you to reflect and share. In the words of Abraham Lincoln “…the solemn pride that is YOURS to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.” Freedom isn’t free. And we, as a community, see this new tradition as an opportunity to simply say THANK YOU!

All proceeds received from flag sponsorship will be donated to the American Legion Post 232, Polk City, Iowa.

(Thank you Tracy Lund of TLC Gifts for seeing this idea to completion)

Week of 5/23/16 – 5/29/16

I made a couple mistakes this week! SORRY!

The movie at the Library is on Thursday, not Wednesday.

Library: Family MovieNight: Alvin and the Chipmunks Road Chip FREE!
6:00 pm. Alvin, Simon and Theodore race to Miami on a mission to keep their family together. *You are welcome to bring pillows, blankets and snacks. 90 Minutes, Rated PG

AND the date for the Polk City Chamber Golf Outing was changed from July 14 to July 29th.

My apologizes! Enjoy the rest of your week!

This week in Polk City

Outdoor Seating Available at Papa’s Pizza starting Tuesday!


1. Polk City Library and City Offices will be closed.
2. No newsletter next week for the holiday!
3. Be sure to see the post below about sponsoring a flag on the square this Memorial Day to honor our soldiers!

np-calendarMonday, May 23, 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, May 24

  • Library: Story time
    10:30 am. Join us for stories, crafts, and activities!
  • Jester Park: Nature Friends – Feathered Friends
    6:30 pm. 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 Fee $7 per program. More info >

Wednesday, May 25

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

Thursday, May 26

  • 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: Family MovieNight: Alvin and the Chipmunks Road Chip FREE!
    6:00 pm. Alvin, Simon and Theodore race to Miami on a mission to keep their family together. *You are welcome to bring pillows, blankets and snacks. 90 Minutes, Rated PG
  • 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, May 27

  • 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, May 28

  • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
    1701 W Jester Park Drive, Polk City
    6:00 pm. Worship Service
  • Jester Park: Music in the Park FREE MUSIC
    6:30 pm. Join us for Music in the Park on Memorial Day Weekend. Bring a lawn chair and a blanket to sit on. Jester Park Amphitheater.

Sunday, May 29

  • 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 >
  • Sounds on the Square June 24, 2016
  • Citywide Garage Sale June 25, 2016
  • Lakeside VBS June 26-30, 2016
  • Chamber Golf Outing July 29, 2016 *CORRECTED DATE
  • 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 **

New Advertiser: TLC Gifts


Hey Polk City! Have you had a chance to stop in the new gift shop down on the square?  IT’S WONDERFUL! Polk City resident Tracy Lund has opened this fun shop next to Papa’s Pizzeria and in the same building as Three Chicks Bakery. Most of the shop is stocked with local artist creations and so many creative and delightful treasures.

TLC Gifts is a fabulous combination of rustic, primitive, modern and homemade gifts. Local talents are coming out of the woodwork sharing their “gifts.”

Stop in and check out the Mona B bags and Black Crow candles, they are FABULOUS!


The wholesale line of items is what I have purchased trying to assist homeowners in those little areas in home and life that need tlc…pun intended organizing! My 3 favorite things, tin, burlap and anything vintage! I love this town and the people in the community. I hope and pray you will stop in say hello, and appreciate the beauty in the work that has been created by the local talents and know without your love, support and encouragement, this wouldn’t be possible. Please be patient as I am learning as I go! Blessings and LOVE always! Empower, Encourage, Inspire…….Tracy


Thurday: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
Friday: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Accepting ALL Major CREDIT/DEBIT cards!


Be sure to check out the TLC Gifts Facebook page to see more (and better) photos of the wide variety of items available at the shop.


Sponsor a Flag for Memorial Day


TLC Gifts is starting a new Polk City tradition for Memorial Day!  This weekend the town square will be decorated with 400 US Flags to honor our soldiers past and present.  Please consider stopping by TLC Gifts over the weekend and sponsor a flag for a soldier who has touched your life.  And be sure to visit the square over the weekend to enjoy the beautiful sight. All proceeds raised will be given to our local Polk City Post 232 American Legion. Free will offering (suggested donation $5/flag)

TLC Gifts is located next to Papa’s Pizza and in the same building as Three Chicks Bakery.  Open Thursday and Friday 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.


Show your North Polk Spirit!


Have the North Polk logo painted on your driveway!  Click here for the order form >

Community Appreciation BBQ 6/16/16


MARK your calendar for Thursday June 16th from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm so you and your family can join in the fun at the Community Appreciation Event sponsored by Sands Chiropractic, Cornerstone Dental, Kappos Family Medicine, and Tender Years Day Care!!!  There will be FREE burgers, brats and refreshments, a DJ and lots of family friendly activities including face painting and a photo booth!! Plan to join your neighbors for this fun evening rain or shine!

Pick up flowers on the Square!


ANNUAL FLOWERS & BASKETS for sale at our studio! Call ahead to place your order to plant yourself, or have our designer make recommendations for you! We can also come plant in your patio planters FOR YOU for an additional fee.


Thank you!! Lisa & Michelle

Lisa K Bunkers
Michelle L Nelson
the Perfect Wedding, llc.
by LKB Weddings and Events

Polk City Adult Coed Slow Pitch Softball League

softballPOLK CITY ADULT, COED SLOW PITCH SOFTBALL LEAGUE is making plans for the 2016 summer schedule & season end tournament. Any PC residents interested in forming a new team, please contact organizer Dan Bunkers at 515.444.7624 or email Dan at

Police Chief Appointed to Polk City Police Department

chief-kendigPOLK CITY, IOWA — Polk City Mayor Jason Morse announces the appointment of Trace Kendig as the next Police Chief for Polk City. Chief Kendig was selected from a field of forty applicants for the position. “This the first time Polk City has had a need to select a new Police Chief in over 30 years” Mayor Morse said. He also commented “All parties involved have worked diligently to select the right person to lead the Polk City Police Department. I am excited for Chief Kendig to start in his new role and look forward to working with him to identify and meet the needs of our growing community.”

Presently Chief Kendig is the second-in-command at Windsor Heights, Iowa, Police Department, where he has served for ten years, and the last five as a Lieutenant. He began his career in 2001, as an officer in Emmetsburg, Iowa, and moved to Storm Lake, Iowa, before coming to Windsor Heights. He earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Simpson College in 2014, and just recently completed the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command Course, where he was elected as the Activities Director for the class.

Chief Kendig has been married to his wife, Jerilyn, for 15 years, and they have two young children. He grew up in Elkhart, Iowa, and attended school at North Polk from 15t grade to high school graduation. Chief Kendig stated he is looking forward to moving to the Polk City area and having his children attend the same schools he attended.

The final stage of the selection process occurred Tuesday, May 17, 2016. The entire City Council, three Polk City Department Directors, and a panel of Law Enforcement Executives from Central Iowa law Enforcement Agencies interviewed five finalists for the position. Mayor Morse stated he was very impressed with the high quality of those applicants. After spending the day meeting with the finalists, the Council heard from the other two Interview Panels, before making a decision. Chief Kendig is expected to assume his Office by the first part of June, with a formal Swear-In and Welcome Ceremony to follow, details will be forthcoming.

Mayor Morse, the City Council, and City Staff thank William Moulder and Associates for their assistance in the process and their commitment to finding the best candidate for the City of Polk City.

Coming Soon to the Polk City Library

Watch our website and Facebook for details!
Adults June 1st – August 1st.
Kids, Tweens, and Teens June 13th – July 21st.

Story Time Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.
Run in for our sports and wellness Summer Reading Program!  We start on Tuesday, June 14th with an Olympic kick-off, then we have Nursery Rhyme Relays, and on June 28th we will center ourselves with some yoga.

Tween Time Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.
Jump into some crafts, activities, and discussions for ages 8-12.  We will decide what we will focus on this summer at the first session on June 15th.

Meditate Your Way to Better Health!
Thursday June 2nd 6:30 p.m. Is meditation just woo woo, new age stuff…or is there real benefit to it? Join Dr. JoAnn Tully, DC, for a discussion on the benefits of meditation, what it is, how you do it, and why it should be an important part of your regular routine for better health and mental clarity. We will even do a short meditation so you can experience this for yourself!

Patriotic Flip Flop Wreath Workshop
Thursday June 9th 6:00 p.m. Flip flops just aren’t for wearing! Join Library Director Kim Kellogg and learn how to make a patriotic flip flop wreath. Supplies will be provided for a plain wreath, but feel free to bring embellishments to make it your own style. Class size is limited! Pre-Registration is required by June 3rd @ 515-984-6119.

Teen Henna Program
Monday June 13th 6:30 p.m. Henna artist Sarah Norman will discuss the history of the art, as well as demonstrate and instruct.  There is no cost for the program.  Pre-Registration is required, starting May 31st and ending June 9th.  There is space for 20 participants between the ages of 13-19.  Call the Library at 515-984-6119 to register.

Jester Puppets
Thursday June 16th 10:30 a.m. The puppeteers will inform and entertain with their impressive sets and puppets.  Watch for the hidden message!

As an Iowa Farm Girl Thinks: Growing Up on an Iowa Century Farm and the Similarities to Laura Ingalls Wilder
Thursday June 16th 7:00 p.m. Join Julie Frances Miller as she shares her family’s history of becoming pioneers in the state of Iowa, the love and the bond to the land you have when owning a Century Farm, and the chores, hard work, and fun times of growing up on a farm, many of which were strikingly similar to the Ingalls family.

Teen Yoga Program
Monday June 20th 2:00 p.m. Sandy Eimers of Balance Yoga will take us through yoga poses and inform us of the benefits for mind and body.  If you have a yoga mat, please feel free to bring it.  There is no charge for the event.

Bubble Show by Ben Jimenez
Thursday June 23rd 2:30 p.m. Bubble time with Ben!  He is a bubble artist that will captivate you with his bubble sculptures, sleight of hand, and an opportunity to get in on the act!

Exercise Your Mind And Body With Tai Chi
Thursday June 23rd 7:00 p.m.  Tai Chi is a physical, mental, and spiritual exercise developed in ancient China. Tai Chi is suitable for almost anyone; relieves pain and improves quality of life for people with arthritis; relieves stress and improves concentration; integrates body and mind. Come, play Tai Chi and learn more about this exercise that is often titled Meditation in Motion and Medication in Motion!

Animal Athletes with the Blank Park Zoo
Thursday June 30th 2:00 p.m. What if animals had their own Olympics? Which animals would be best at the high jump? Which ones would excel in swimming?  Ponder these fun scenarios with a zoo educator and four live animals from our education department.

Eating Well for Weight Loss
Thursday June 30th 6:30 p.m. Learn the ins and outs on how to eat better to support your weight loss goals with the Johnston Hy-Vee’s registered and licensed dietitian, Kari. She will walk you through some of her most successful tips and tricks for better weight management. Quick and easy meal ideas will also be given! *RSVP required @ 515-984-6119

On-going Programs

Sit N Stitch
Thursdays 6:00-8:00 p.m. Bring your current project, and join the stitching around the fireplace.

Men’s Friday Coffee 10:00 – 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.

Wednesday Book Club
Wednesday June 1st 7:00 p.m. Follow the River by James Alexander Thom. An extraordinary story of a pioneer woman who risked her life to return to her people…

Open Cribbage – All Levels Welcome.
Thursday June 2nd 1:00 p.m. Join us the First Thursday of the Month. Bring a friend and let’s have some fun! *Bring your own cribbage board or use ours.

Monday Book Club
Monday June 20th 7:00 p.m. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. In love we find out who we want to be.  In war we find out who we are…

Polk City Community Garage Sale Registration


Polk City’s 10th Annual Community Garage Sale will be Saturday, June 25 from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Rain or Shine).  Registration for this event is available until June 13.  Registration forms are available online here as well as at the Reising Sun Cafe, the Polk City Library, and at City Hall.  Ads will be placed in the Polk City Square E-mail list, Polk City Iowa Swap and Shop, DSM Register, Tri-County Times, Bullseye, Ankeny Press Citizen, Kiwanis web site and more!

Click here for flier >


This event is organized by the Kiwanis Club of Polk City.

Summer Programs at Michelle’s School of Dance



Family Fun Day with Des Moines Moms Blog 6/12/16


Family Fun Day: Join Us for a Kick-off to Summer :: Sunday, June 12, 2016

Yard Games. Food Trucks. Live Music. And much more!

Sunday, June 12, 2016 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.


The ’88 Estate located at 13740 NW 30th Street, Polk City, Iowa 50226

This open air picnic-style event will be perfect for getting out your lawn chairs and favorite picnic blankets and enjoying live music, face painting, and much more with the whole family.

Food trucks will be available to purchase food for your family, or bring your own picnic. Drinks and dessert from Thelma’s Treats will be available for free.

Tickets for this event are $5 per family for a limited time only*.

*This early bird rate will end Saturday, May 14 at 7 a.m. After that, tickets will be $10 per family.

Eventbrite - Family Fun Day

++ Ticket sales will end on Sunday, June 5, so don’t miss out! ++

The 88 Estate is an incredible event venue where you and your family will be able to play, relax, and have fun! What better way to kick off the summer!

The rain date for this event will be Sunday, June 26, 4 to 7 p.m.

Be the voice of your neighborhood!

The City of Polk City is currently looking for residents interested in providing a voice for their community by becoming a Neighborhood Citizen Group Representative (NCGR).  NCGRs serve as a sounding board and vehicle for submitting input to City Council on areas affecting your neighborhood and the City.  Further details concerning the open NCGR positions including responsibilities, term length, and district information can all be found below.  Interested applicants can apply by sending a Letter of Interest to

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