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How to get the Adviser in your business

6/22/2020
     If you are a business owner or manager and would like to have the Adviser available for your employees or customers, simply let us know and we will add you to the list. Here are 5 reasons you may want to consider this:
    1.  It’s free! We provide copies at no charge, and you simply make them available. We pick up the returns when we deliver the news ones, and we adjust the amount we give you based on how many were picked up. No work on your part.
    2.  It drives traffic to your store! Once residents know you are a distribution location, they will seek out the Adviser by returning to your store.
    3.  It supports the local business community! Local businesses are dealing with a new set of challenges now, but buying local is seemingly always the solution.
    4.  It shares positive news about the community! Those who read the Adviser tell us they feel better about themselves and this community.
    To begin delivery, contact us online at www.iowaadviser.com.
    Thanks for reading.
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher

DC-G Return-To-Learn plan announced

Posted 8/4/2020
    The DC-G School Board approved the hybrid return-to learn plan at the Aug. 3 meeting. More details can be found at their website, www.dcgschools.com.

Farmers market open for the season

Posted 8/4/2020
    This Friday Smokey D’s BBQ and  Pie Five Pizza will be serving up food, along with music from Luke Farland Acoustic Live. Lots of great vendors and a few new vendors this next week. Friday, Aug. 7, 4-7 p.m. at the  Grimes Public Library.

St. Peter Lutheran News

Posted 8/4/2020
    St. Peter Lutheran Church is located at 1001 S. James St. in Grimes. Visit www.stpeterofgrimes.org or call 515-986-3077 for more information.
    Each Sunday during the month of August, St. Peter Lutheran will offer an outdoor worship service beginning at 9 a.m. We will meet on the west lawn of the church property. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for your use.
    Online worship services will continue to be offered. The service will be available by 7:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. You can find a link at www.facebook.com/StPeterGrimes or www.stpeterofgrimes.org.

Dance Open House

Posted 8/4/2020
    Adel Tumbling & Dance Club is currently accepting enrollment for the 20120-21 Season, ages 3 and older, for tumbling and dance. Dance Open House is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 10, 5-9 p.m. at 211 S. Seventh St., Suite A, Adel (by Patrick’s Restaurant). Mark’s Dancewear will be on hand from 5-8 p.m. They are asking that everyone wear a face mask as social distancing will not be attainable. For tumbling inquiries, contact Lori at lori@adeltumblinganddanceclub.com For dance inquiries, contact Sue at sue.dunsmoor@gmail.com. Classes start in September.

DCG Youth Football Clinic

Posted 7/28/2020
    On Saturday, Aug. 15, there will be an open high school football practice to the public at DCG HS Stadium Practice Fields from 9:30-10:30 a.m. with the youth football clinic to follow until 11:30 a.m. This event is free to anyone going into Grades K-6. The clinic will begin around 10:30 a.m. and at the conclusion there will be free schedule posters and autograph session for all participants.

Elite Edge Transformation to Celebrate Grand Opening

Posted 7/28/2020
    Elite Edge Transformation Center will be launching its eighth franchised location in Grimes on Tuesday, Aug. 4 with a ribbon cutting from 12:30-1:30 p.m. with the business community, located at 1884 S.E. Destination Drive.
    Elite Edge Grimes will continue to celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m., on Saturday, Aug. 8 with its members from their gyms across the metro area. Following the ribbon cutting, guests can participate in a charity boot camp where participants can win amazing prizes. There will be lots of free food, beverages and fun sponsored by the Protein House, In the Bag, Fresh Fit Meals, Iowa H20 and more. The Elite Edge Transformation Team welcomes everyone to join them at their events.
    The new franchise location is owned by Dylan and Queennie Gemelli, and they spoke proudly about their new gym. They said they are the first of its kind to come to Grimes.  
    The charity boot camp they are holding will benefit the Grimes Community Foundation with a minimum donation of $10 for the foundation and a chance to win several prizes. Additional raffle tickets will be sold for $10 each.

Hacienda Vieja wins CITYVIEW's Margarita Wars contest

Posted 7/28/2020
    Readers of CITYVIEW voted Hacienda Vieja as the winner in the magazine’s Margarita Wars contest. The Grimes restaurant was presented with a plaque by CITYVIEW staff on July 28 in recognition of the honor. Hacienda Vieja is located at 200 S.E. Gateway Drive, Suite 106 in Grimes.

Grimes Storehouse food pantry needs donations

Posted 7/20/2020
    The Grimes Storehouse Food Pantry, located at 112 N.E. Ewing St., Suite B, could use donations. See their website, www.thegrimesstorehouse.org, for a full list or link to donate.
    Items for the Grimes Storehouse may be dropped off at the following locations:
    • Grimes Storehouse during business hours, Tuesday and Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and first and second Tuesdays, 5:30-7 p.m.
    • Grimes Fareway store just inside the entrance.
    • Grimes United Methodist Church, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Grimes Library news

Posted 7/20/2020
    At this time, they are open. Curbside service and limited library access hours are:
    Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Friday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Sunday: 1-4:30 p.m.
    Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, library access is reserved for high-risk patrons. Due to social distancing measures, they are unable to be at full capacity. There will be a bowl with paint sticks placed outside the library entrance. These paint sticks represent how many people can enter the building. Anyone age 2 and older must have a paint stick to enter the building. You must take a paint stick out of the bowl before entering the building.
    The internal book drop has been relocated to inside the foyer. Please use our self-checkout or curbside delivery to check out items.
    Masks are worn to prevent germs from spreading. Please wear a mask to minimize the risk of spreading germs and illness to other patrons and to library staff. Staff will be required to wear a mask and/or plastic face shield.
    Virtual Summer Reading is currently going on. See the website and/or Facebook Page for more details and programming information.
    Weekly Storytime Craft activities will be available outside our library entrance. No reservation needed just take one per child.
    Get artsy with the Creative Photo Challenge. Share an original photo featuring the weekly theme. New themes posted on Thursdays. #grimesphotochallenge

DC-G School Board news

Posted 7/13/2020
    At the Dallas Center-Grimes School Board meeting on June 22, the resignation of Penny Erickson at the close of 2019-20 school year was accepted. They would like to express gratitude for Penny’s 30 years of service to the school district, teachers and students of Dallas Center-Grimes Schools.
    The board voted to approve the substitute rates for 2020-21 as presented:
Year              2019-20                Recommended 2020-21
Per Day            $135                  $135
Sub Teacher     
Incentive            $500 for           Additional $500
                            50 full days      for 100 full days
Non-Teachers
Position                      2019-20        Recommended 2020-21
Sub Bus Drivers        $23.86           $24.55
Bus Drivers/Extra
Curricular: Al             $15.75            $15.75
Secretary Sub            $14                 $14
Custodian Sub           $14                 $14
Associate Sub            $11.85            $12
    Director Wiedman motioned, seconded by Director Bejarno, to accept into record the bids submitted for 850 Chromebooks and software.

Graduates receive commemorative coin

Posted 7/13/2020
     Through July 31, high school 2020 graduate customers of Charter Bank will receive a 2020 Silver Eagle coin — a Troy ounce of .9997 pure silver, gift valued at $30 — when they schedule a consultation at their hometown Charter Bank with their parents to discuss their future financial needs.
    To scheule a consultation at Charter Bank, graduate and parent customers may call staff in Grimes at 986-2000.

Grimes Volunteer Support Services June report

Posted 7/13/2020
    During the month of June, 20 drivers provided 200 trips in the Grimes area (127 of which were delivering meals from the Senior Meal Site to clients). They also had 29 yard mowings and 10 clean/repairs. Twenty-eight volunteers provided 309 hours providing services and organizing and administering the program.
    They are still in need of volunteers to assist with yard mowing for some clients. The client will provide the mower and gas, all you have to do is show and practice social distancing behind a lawn mower. Contact them at info@grimesvss.com or 515-986-5355.

Senior farmers market nutrition program

Posted 7/13/2020
    You may qualify to receive $30 to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets! You are eligible if you are: 60 years of age or older, and single, with annual income less than $23,606, or married, with combined annual income less that $31,894. Contact Rene Leppert at the Grimes Senior Center at 515-986-5747 for an application.

Grimes Senior Center offers meals to go

Posted 7/13/2020
    All Polk County Senior Centers remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the Grimes Senior Center is one of several locations offering “meals to go” for those 60 years or older. Call Rene Leppert at 515-986-5747 for menu information and to register for a meal.

St. Peter Lutheran news

Posted 7/13/2020
    The Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting of St. Peter Lutheran will be held on Sunday, July 26 following the 9 a.m. outdoor worship service. It will be a brief meeting to vote on four new council members to begin their terms in August. Volunteers for the Nominating Committee for 2021 will also be found.
    The High School Youth Group will begin meeting on site at St. Peter again. They will hold their meeting in the church parking lot. Youth will be required to sit 6 feet apart from each other and follow guidance issued by Church Council. Youth are asked to wear a mask until they are seated. Youth should bring their own chair. Youth are encouraged to invite friends as all are welcome.
High School Youth Group meets each Sunday evening.
    It is time to register for the three- and four-year-old preschool program that is offered, called Small Miracles Preschool. They will offer a three-day program on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 8:15-11:30 a.m. They will also offer a two-day program on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the same time.
    St. Peter Lutheran Church is located at 1001 S. James St. in Grimes. Visit www.stpeterofgrimes.org or call 515-986-3077 for more information.

DC- G Community School District releases new logo

Posted 7/6/2020
    Dallas Center - Grimes Community School District released new logos from both an activities and district perspective. The new logos reflect students representing DCG in academics, activities, our facilities and on social media. The need to change was based on the previous logo being too similar to a collegiate trademarked logo.
    The time to make the transition made sense, as the building of the 7-8 facility is in full swing, along with remodeling at the middle school and high school, completing the administration building and moving forward with the 5-12 vision.
    In the fall of 2019, formation of a branding committee made up of both internal and external shareholders was put together. There were four companies that submitted a request for proposal for the project. The chosen company was Rickabaugh Graphics. Rickabaugh Graphics set themselves apart with more than 30 years of branding experience working with collegiate and K12 entities, and their passion for making this change be as successful for DCG as possible. This process included several focus groups formed from students, faculty and staff, coaches, and community members to gain feedback on creating the final logos that represent what makes up Dallas Center-Grimes and that everyone can be proud of.
    Changes will be made over time on uniforms and in building signage, however the Meadows gym and the front of the administration office will be the first places where each of the activities logo and district logo can first be seen.

Premier Foot & Ankle Surgeons news

Posted 7/6/2020
    Dr. Drew Davidson is a foot and ankle surgeon providing services in the central Iowa communities of Grimes, Johnston, Urbandale, Des Moines and surrounding areas. Dr. Davidson is passionate about providing complete foot an ankle care. Premier Foot and Ankle Surgeons are the experts in foot pain. From routine checkups to relief for foot and ankle pain to treatments for surgery, they provide complete care. At Premier Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the health and safety of patients is top priority. They have taken increased steps to protect patients by following guidelines recommended for medical personnel. They look forward to providing you with “premier” food and ankle care.

Death notice

Posted 7/6/2020
    • Jenoise Rose Buckalew, 91, passed away Friday, July 3, 2020, at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center. Private services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at Iles-Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center. Services will be live-streamed on the Iles website. Public visitation will be held 10-11 a.m Saturday at Iles-Brandt Chapel. Burial will follow at Sunny Hill Cemetery in Grimes. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Grimes. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.

L.O.S.T. Program offered by Polk County Sheriff’s Office

Posted 7/6/2020
    The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has officially launched the L.O.S.T program. L.O.S.T (Loved Ones Stay Together) is a free law enforcement proactive initiative to assist officers in locating and identifying persons suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism or any other medical conditions which could result in them becoming lost or wandering.
    If you believe a loved one would benefit from this free program, contact the Community Relations Division at communityrelations@polkcountyiowa.gov or call 515-323-5454 for more information.

Flag football registration now open

Posted 7/6/2020
    Grimes Parks & Recreation flag football is now open for registration. This is for children ages 3 through sixth grade. Go to https://grimesia.activityreg.com to sign up.

DHS Launches COVID Recovery Iowa

Posted 6/30/2020
    The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) announced the State of Iowa has received nearly $1 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to offer free crisis counseling to any Iowan who has been affected, in any way, by the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program, called COVID Recovery Iowa, is now available. Counseling will take place via virtual sessions, chat or phone call. People of all  ages may join groups online to find support and learn new strategies to cope with the effects of the pandemic in a variety of creative ways.
    Iowans can access services through the following options:
    • Call 800-447-1985 to connect with a counselor specializing in rural issues and agriculture 24 hours a day, seven days a week
    • Call the Iowa Warm Line, 844-775-9276; to connect with a peer counselor or request to get in touch with a COVID Recovery Iowa counselor
    • Visit www.COVIDrecoveryiowa.org and complete a contact form and a counselor will get back to you
    DHS has contracted with five providers throughout the state to provide counseling, virtual activities, referrals and help finding resources. COVID Recovery Iowa will announce additional programs in the coming weeks to help Iowans build coping skills and resilience.

High School Youth Group will meet onsite beginning June 28

Posted 6/30/2020
    The High School Youth Group will begin meeting on site at St. Peter on Sunday, June 28. They will hold their meeting in the church parking lot. Youth will be required to sit 6 feet apart from each other and follow guidance issued by Church Council. Youth are asked to wear a mask until they are seated. Youth should bring their own chairs. Youth are encouraged to invite friends as all are welcome. High School Youth Group meets each Sunday evening. Call St. Peter Lutheran Church at 986-3077 with questions.

Farmers market returns July 3

Posted 6/22/2020
    The Grimes Farmers Market will begin Friday, July 3, 4-7 p.m. at Waterworks Park. It will continue through August.

Need to borrow a piece of medical equipment?

Posted 6/22/2020
    When you have need of a piece of durable medical equipment, give Grimes Volunteer Support Services a call at 515-986-5355. They have crutches, walkers, canes, shower chairs and benches, quad canes, manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, bath scales, elevated toilet seats, bed rails, toilet safety rails and power lift recliners, without charge.
     They also have four power wheelchairs in storage. If you or someone you know has a need for such equipment, give them a call.  For more information regarding GVSS, visit www.grimesvss.com.

New trash carts

Posted 6/22/2020
    The City of Grimes is partnering with Metro Waste Authority for solid waste services, starting July 1. As part of the transition, current trash carts will be swapped out on June 22-23. For more information, visit www.WhereItShouldGo.com/Grimes.

Highway 141 Garage Sale

Posted 6/22/2020
    The Highway 141 Sale is scheduled for Aug. 7- 8. Days and times of individual sales may vary. Please look into CDC and IDPH guide lines and consider taking them into account during your sale. Be aware of social distancing procedures. See more at www.141sale.org.

Death notices

Posted 6/22/2020
    • Mark T. Schwarz, 71, of Grimes, passed away Friday, June 12, 2020. He has been cremated, and a gathering of family and friends will be held one year from now on June 12, 2021.

   • Raymond Pryce Creighton,
27, of Grimes, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2020. Cremation rites have been accorded and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family for a memorial to be directed later. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.

Confirmation Registration is open for youth entering 7th grade

Posted 6/22/2020
    Confirmation registration at St. Peter Lutheran Church is open for youth entering 7th grade this fall. The confirmation program is a two-year program that runs from September through May for 7th and 8th graders. Confirmation classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Parents of 7th graders should have received a packet in the mail with registration materials, if you have not received this and would like to register your child, contact Jill at faithformation@stpeterofgrimes.org or call the church office at 986-3077.

FREE USA Flags to public in Virtual Parade at Charter Bank Drive-Ups

Posted 6/16/2020
    In response to recent cancellations of community parades, Charter Bank invites the public to its drive-up windows to request and receive a USA flag — proudly made in USA — 8”x12” cotton flag on a stick, while supplies last.
    Charter Bank annually participates with themed items tossed at June parades in Grimes and Johnston plus July parades in Waukee and Ankeny, which have all been canceled, along with the Iowa State Fair.
    Instead, parade fans may still receive a USA flag to help celebrate from June 14 Flag Day through the Fourth of July and beyond.
    For more information and to make appointments for customer parent/student consultations, call staff in Grimes at 986-2000.

FATHER’S DAY CATCH ON THE FIELD AT PRINCIPAL PARK

Posted 6/16/2020
    Treat dad to a memorable Father’s Day afternoon at Principal Park with a special package that includes playing catch on the field.
    For $25 per person, this package includes:
    • Entrance into Principal Park (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
    • Time to play catch on the field
    • Dad’s photo featured on the video board for a family photo opp
    • Brat or hot dog, kettle chips and bottle of soda
    • 25 percent off at the team store
    Additional concessions, including beer, will be available for purchase during the event. Social distancing guidelines will be in place, and hand sanitation stations will be located around the ballpark. Masks are also strongly encouraged. Fans must bring their own baseballs/softballs and equipment for catch on the field.
    Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.milb.com/iowa/news/fathers-day-at-principal-park by Friday, June 19 at 5 p.m.

GRIMES SENIOR CENTER OFFERS MEALS TO GO

Posted 6/16/2020
    All Polk County Senior Centers remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the Grimes Senior Center is one of several locations offering “meals to go” for those 60 years or older. Please call Rene Leppert at 515-986-5747 for menu information and to register for a meal.

SENIOR FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM

Posted 6/16/2020
    You may qualify to receive $30 to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets. You are eligible if you are: 60 years of age or older, and single, with annual income less than $23,606, or married, with combined annual income less that $31,894. Contact Rene Leppert at the Grimes Senior Center at 515-986-5747 for an application.

Grimes Volunteer Support Services May report

Posted 6/16/2020
    During the month of May, 17 drivers provided 159 trips in the Grimes area (107 of which were delivering meals from the Senior Meal Site to clients). They also had 23 yard mowings and 5 DME loans. Twenty-eight volunteers provided 275 hours providing services and organizing and administering the program.
    They are still in need of volunteers to assist with yard mowing for some of our clients. The client will provide the mower and gas, all you have to do is show and practice social distancing behind a lawn mower. Contact them at info@grimesvss.com or 515-986-5355.

Grimes Library news

Posted 6/16/2020
    The Grimes Public Library is open to the public. However, due to social distancing measures, they are unable to be at full capacity. There will be a bowl with paint sticks placed outside the library entrance. These represent how many people can enter the building.
    Curbside service and limited library access
    • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1-4:30 p.m.
    Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon,  library access is reserved for high risk patrons.
    Need to use a computer? You must call the library at 515-986-3551 to reserve a time slot and computer.
    Masks are worn to prevent germs from spreading. Please wear a mask to minimize the risk of spreading germs and illness to other patrons and to library staff. Please keep them healthy by wearing a mask before you enter the building. Staff will be required to wear a mask and/or plastic face shield.
    Virtual Summer Reading is currently going on. Please see the website and/or Facebook page for more details and programming information.
    Weekly Storytime Craft activities will be available outside our library entrance. No reservation needed just take one per child.
    Hotspots will be limited to one per household. You are able to link up to 10 devices per hotspot. Respect the critical need for these especially by those who do not have internet access by only checking out one if you do not have Internet access and limit your family to only one per household.

Iowa Gold Star Military Museum to reopen

Posted 6/8/2020
    The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum will reopen on Tuesday, June 16. There will be changes to the hours of operation: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays will be reservations only. The reservation form can be found on the museum webpage, www.goldstarmuseum.iowa.gov or 515-252-4531. Group size limited to 10 people or less. Wednesdays will be Senior Day Only (60+). Friday and Saturdays are open for walk-ins. Capacity Limits will be 25 to provide social distancing. We will be asking all visitors to wear a face covering.

Des Moines Corporate Games Kicks Off

Posted 6/8/2020
    The 5th year of the Des Moines Corporate Games Virtual Challenge has begun, but you won’t be seeing large groups of area employees gathering anytime soon. The Des Moines Corporate Games officially kicks off on June 1. Some regular events, such as the Fitness Walk, have moved virtual. Additional events are being offered through area partners such as Des Moines Parks and Recreation and the Greater Des Moines YMCA. To learn more, visit https://dmcorporategames.org.

New Garbage Carts Rolling Soon

Posted 6/8/2020
    The City of Grimes is dedicated to enhancing services provided to residents. Beginning in July, the garbage hauler will switch to ASI, out of Ankeny. To provide this service, the city is closely working with Metro Waste Authority.
    By working with Metro Waste Authority, residents will be able to call one place for assistance with trash, recycling and yard waste.
    On June 15-16 and 22-23, existing trash carts will be swapped out for new, brown carts. The new carts will be the same size as current carts. Collection will continue to occur on Monday if you live south of Highway 44, and Tuesday if you live north of Highway 44.
    Residents will not notice a significant change to weekly garbage collection. However, there will be a new process to dispose of items that will not fit in your cart.
    If you have extra bags or boxes of trash, a $1 extra trash sticker will be needed for disposal. Most large household items require a $5 sticker, while appliances require seven $5 stickers. Residents simply need to place the extra trash or large item, with the appropriate stickers, at the curb on their regular collection day. Calling ahead is only required for disposal of TVs larger than 19” or an appliance.
    Stickers are sold at many metro retailers and grocery stores and will also be sold at city hall. Stickers can also be purchased on the Metro Waste Authority website, then will be mailed to your home.
    For questions, visit www.WhereItShouldGo.com/Grimes or call 515-244-0021.

ChildServe’s Run, Walk & FUN 4 the Kids

Posted 6/8/2020
    You’re invited to help children with special healthcare needs live a great life by joining ChildServe’s Run, Walk & Fun 4 the Kids: Virtual Hero Edition on June 13. In this fun-filled virtual movement, you will unleash your inner superhero as you help ChildServe reach 1,000 miles pledged in support of its mission. Register today at www.childserve.org/run

Registration for Small Miracles Preschool is open

Posted 6/8/2020
    Registation is open for the 3- and 4-year-old preschool program offered at St. Peter Lutheran, called Small Miracles Preschool. This 3-day program will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:15-11:30 a.m. They will also offer a 2-day program on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the same time. Register on St. Peter Lutheran’s website, www.stpeterofgrimes.org/small-miracles.

DC-G School Board news

Posted 6/1/2020
    At the May 18 Dallas Center- Grimes School Board meeting, school fees and nutrition prices for the 2020-21 school year were approved, with no price changes from the prior year.
    The branding concepts including final district logo and spirit marks were also approved.

Healthy and Homemade Series

Posted 6/1/2020
     Nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provide quickinar videos for Healthy and Homemade meals while saving money and time in the kitchen. Your local Dallas County Extension office is now featuring Healthy and Homemade series on their website www.extension.iastate.edu/dallas.
    Each quickinar is about 10 to 15 minutes. The Dallas County Extension office will be featuring the quickinar series throughout the month of June. Future quickinar topics include:
    • Cook Now, Enjoy Later
    • Healthy Choices: Aisle by Aisle
    • Slow Cooker Meals
    • Veg Out!
    Interested in attending the more in-depth, in-person Healthy and Homemade program? Call Mary Krisco at 515-512-5098 for more information.

City of Grimes Parks and Related Facilities to Open June 1

Posted 6/1/2020
    In compliance with Gov. Kim Reynolds’ order, City of Grimes Parks and related facilities, including all athletic fields, public parks restrooms and portable restrooms, volleyball courts, playgrounds, skate parks, and drinking fountains, will be opening to the public on June 1. All residents should continue to use reasonable precautions, including enhanced hygiene, social distancing and related practices. Playground equipment will be cleaned and sanitized upon opening only.

Majority of Summer Iowa Games Cancelled for 2020

Posted 5/26/2020

Iowa Games officials announced today that the bulk of sports for the 2020 Summer Iowa Games presented by Grinnell Mutual in Ames and surrounding communities have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
 
Due to the group gathering nature of this large-scale sports festival and social-distancing guidelines currently in place, the majority of the Summer Iowa Games have been cancelled for 2020. Athletes and participants are encouraged to follow the Iowa Games on social media, as virtual events may be offered this summer for some of the cancelled sports.
 
“The Summer Iowa Games takes months of coordination with a tremendous amount of effort from our staff, Iowa State University, and the Ames community,” commented Chuck Long, Iowa Games CEO/Executive Director. “We could not justify holding the Games while putting our athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff at risk.”
 
Due to the nature of some events, a small number of sports may continue to be held as scheduled. These sports/events include: 3D Archery, July 25-26; Big Fish Classic, August 09; Black Powder (Pistol), July 31-Aug 2; Black Powder (Rifle), Aug 7-9; Bocce, July 11; Bowling Districts, June 27-28 & July 11/12 (reschedule from June); Bowling Finals, Aug 8 (rescheduled from July 18); Bowling High School Team, Aug 7 (rescheduled from July 17); Cycling Road Race, August 02; Cycling Time Trial, August 01; Disc Golf, July 18-19; FootGolf, July 11; Golf - 4 Person Best Shot, July 19; Golf - Juniors/Pee Wee (IPGA), July 16; Golf - Juniors/Pee Wee (non-IPGA), July 15; Hoover-Ball, August 08; Light Saber, July 18-19; Sand Volleyball (Cedar Rapids), Aug 15 (rescheduled from June 13); Sand Volleyball (Des Moines), July 18; Trapshooting, August 15; Triathlon/Duathlon, July 12; Water Skiing, July 18-19; Whitewater Slalom, June 20.
 
The Iowa Games will continue to monitor the situation, and any changes to the above sports will be announced as needed.
 
For more information regarding this cancellation, please visit www.iowagames.org or email info@iowagames.org, as our staff is continuing to work remotely.

Be careful what you flush

5/26/2020
    The City of Grimes reminds everyone to avoid flushing anything but toilet paper down your sewer system. Failing to do so may cause backup issues in the main line, as well as costly sewer repairs for homeowners.

Grab and go meals

5/26/2020
    Grab and Go Meals will continue to be available at both Dallas Center Elementary and South Prairie Elementary from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. until June 30. Breakfast and lunch will continue to be included in one bag. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. Any child 1 - 18 years of age will be served. Regardless of what school your child attends or where they live, you may access meals from these locations.

Fill out your census

5/26/2020
    The City of Grimes reminds you to fill out your census questionnaire. It is a quick questionnaire that especially in light of recent events is more important than ever to the City. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers and many others use to provide daily services, products and support for all communities. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding goes to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads and other resources based on census data. The results of the census also determines the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

First Responders Club

5/26/2020
    Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa (BGCCI) announced Iowa’s first-ever First Responders Club at the Gregory & Suzie Glazer Burt Club at Drake University, serving children of those working the frontlines of the pandemic.
    Beginning Monday, May 18, the Burt Club, located at 25th St. and Forest Avenue in Des Moines, will open its doors for up to 80 children, kindergarten through fifth grade, of metro area police, fire and EMS workers.

Grimes Library news

5/26/2020
    While the Governor has given libraries permission to open at 50 percent capacity, the prohibition on social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people does not allow the Grimes Public Library to safely reopen to the public at this time. As a precaution, the physical building will remain closed. While waiting for the social distancing measures to decrease, they are continuing to safely expand offerings:
    • Overdue fines will resume. Fees can be paid by credit card via the online system, or by placing cash/change in an envelope into the drop box. Ensure the envelope is tightly closed and clearly labeled with your name and card number.
    • Wi-Fi continues to be extended throughout the entire parking lot.
    • The curbside service has expanded hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Place holds online, via email (library@grimeslibrary.org), or by phone (515-986-3551). Call when you arrive in our parking lot. The items checked out to you will have a due date slip inside. Refer to it as all of the due dates have returned to ‘normal.’
    See more updates and links on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GrimesIALibrary.

Free preschool

5/26/2020
    Waukee Head Start is currently taking applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Children need to be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 15, 2020. Classes are held Monday - Friday 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. A free breakfast, lunch and snack are provided. Head Start is of no cost for any services it provides. They offer a quality preschool experience by teachers with teaching degrees.
    Proof of income needs to be provided, as well as proof of age. Families that receive social security disability for any family member, TANF or children that are in foster care automatically qualify. Families not receiving these can also qualify. Family members are also encouraged to apply for any children who might have some special needs. For additional information, contact Christina Schalk, Head Start family advocate, at 712-830-1327 or cschalk@newopp.org.

2020 Grimes Governors Days Festival Cancelled
Grimes Chamber & Economic Development Makes Call in the Interest of Safety

5/7/2020
Grimes Chamber & Economic Development regretfully announces that Grimes Governors Days (www.GovernorsDays.com), a celebration of community, has been cancelled.  The decision to cancel the event, originally scheduled to take place June 11-13, 2020, was made in order to protect the well-being of event volunteers and attendees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grimes Governors Days is an annual event that is organized by Grimes Chamber & Economic Development in coordination with the Governors Days Committee and with the support of dozens of local Chamber Member sponsors and the City of Grimes.  The event typically consists of live music, a large entertainment garden, Sam’s Amusements Carnival, the Athletico 5k/Fun Run, the MS Moments Bags Tournament, multiple parades, food and craft vendors, Friends of the Grimes Public Library Bingo, the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, the City State Bank Ice Cream Social, and many other events.

Grimes Chamber & Economic Development President/CEO, Brian Buethe stated “Although it was difficult to cancel an event that has become such an important staple in the Grimes community, the decision seemed to be prudent considering the number of unknown variables facing large events in the current environment.  However, we look forward to celebrating Governors Days again in 2021.”  The purpose of Grimes Governors Days is to foster positive community interaction and awareness between local businesses and the community at large.

Urbandale 4th of July Celebration news

5/18/2020
    After careful consideration, the Urbandale 4th of July committee has decided to cancel all 4th of July events except for the fireworks show. There were many factors taken into account, including the health and safety of the community and the ability to put on a successful event with the current crowd restrictions due to COVID-19.
    Even a pandemic cannot stop the celebration of our nation’s Independence Day. The 4th of July committee will be selling special 2020 commemorative buttons and taking donations to fund the fireworks show. Look to the website and Facebook pages for more updates and how you can help: https://uniquelyurbandale.com/fourth-of-july/.

St. Peter Lutheran news

5/18/2020
    Vacation Bible School at St. Peter Lutheran is cancelled this summer. Due to the ongoing pandemic and the uncertainty that lies around being able to hold VBS this year, they have made the decision to cancel VBS.
    Online worship services will continue to be offered for members and friends of St. Peter Lutheran. The online service will be available by 7:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. You can find a link on the facebook page of St. Peter at www.facebook.com/StPeterGrimes or on the church website www.stpeterofgrimes.org.
    Registation is open for the 3 and 4 year old Small Miracles Preschool. The 3-day program will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:15-11:30 a.m. A 2-day program will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the same time. Register on St. Peter Lutheran’s website.

Memorial Day Flag Etiquette

5/18/2020
    On Memorial Day, in traditional observance, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff at sunrise and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
    The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

Camp Dodge cancels summer concert series, other events

5/18/2020
    Upcoming events and summer activities held by the Iowa National Guard are canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The guard announced the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is canceling the annual Memorial Day breakfast along with the summer concert series held at Camp Dodge.
    The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is canceling its annual Memorial Day breakfast and recognition event, and the museum itself remains closed to visitors.
    The guard’s No Man’s Land Trench Run is also cancelled this year, along with the Iowa National Guard Alumni Day event held in August. Alumni Day is rescheduled for Aug. 7, 2021.

Funeral notices

5/18/2020
    • Linda Diane Larsen, 70, of Grimes, passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2020. Cremation rites have been accorded. Due to gathering restrictions, a memorial service at New Hope Assembly of God Church in Urbandale will be held at a later date. Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com. Linda will be dearly missed.
    • Jean Ann Cowles Baker, 75, of Grimes, passed away on May 12. Memorial contributions may be made in Jean’s name to the American Cancer Society. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
    • Duane Edward Twining, 78, of Grimes, passed away Friday, May 8, 2020. A private burial service will be held Wednesday, with a Celebration of Life gathering later this summer as permitted. Duane loved parties and his family will make sure he has one more. Memorial contributions may be sent to the family in loving memory of Duane at P.O. Box 732, Grimes, IA, 50111.

Grimes Volunteer Support Services April report

5/11/2020
    During the month of April, 16 drivers provided 164 trips for clients in the Grimes area (126 of which were delivering meals from the Senior Meal Site to clients). We also had 9 yard mowings, and 7 DME loans.
     During the last month 22 volunteers drove 1,080 miles and spent 216 hours assisting others or organizing and administering the program. All of this was provided to clients without charge.
    During last month, drivers who are still employed, most of them full time, made up 57 percent of drivers for the month.
    Volunteers are needed to assist with yard mowing for some clients. The client will provide the mower and gas, all you have to do is show up and practice social distancing behind a lawn mower.
     For more information regarding GVSS, go to
www.grimesvss.com, call 515-986-5355, or email info@grimesvss.com.

Cooperative Park Bench Partnership

5/11/2020
    This is an update on a three-year cooperative project with the City of Grimes Public Works Department and GVSS. During this time, GVSS has purchased four park benches and donated to the city. They thank Jeremy Thayer, Field Operations Manager, for assistance in the effort.
    They purchased the benches from Plastic Recycling of Iowa Falls, Inc. and had them delivered to the public works department for assembly and installation. Public works helped find four locations in Grimes that would give wide public presence. Those are:
    Bench 1: East First Street across from McDonalds
    Bench 2: West First Street across from MercyOne Clinic
    Bench 3: South James and 6th Street on the west side
    Bench 4: North James and Beaverbrook Boulevard east of the stop light

DMARC launches food pantry delivery service

5/11/2020
    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network is launching a food pantry delivery service to meet the needs of people experiencing food insecurity in Greater Des Moines at this time.
    If a person is unable to obtain food by either visiting a food pantry location or by using a proxy to pick up food for them, they may call to request a delivery. DMARC is asking that only those with health, transportation or other mitigating circumstances use this service. People can call 1-833-DMARC-20 (1-833-362-7220) toll free to request a delivery. This number will be staffed by trained volunteers and staff from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Requests for delivery will be taken on a first-come first-serve basis, and delivery capacity will depend on the number of volunteers available.
    Once the order is placed, food will be delivered to the person’s doorstep with a no-contact drop-off the following business day between 9 a.m. and noon.
    Those interested in volunteering to deliver food can sign up at dmarcunited.org/volunteer.

#25for25 Campaign Supports Iowans and Local Non-Profit Mission

5/11/2020
    The nine-week campaign, called 25 for 25, features 25 Iowa artists, small businesses and entrepreneurs. Each week, three of these vendors are featured and their products are promoted on social media and the website.
     Here’s how it works: Anyone interested in purchasing the promoted items pays $25. The Iowa Able Foundation splits the proceeds with the vendor, and the item purchased is mailed directly to the donor’s home.
    Visit iamableiowa.com/25for25 to view the latest vendor options.

Child care openings at New Horizon Academy

5/4/2020
    New Horizon Academy has been providing high-quality care and education to young children for more than 45 years. While focusing on developing a healthy sense of self in each child, New Horizon Academy strives to provide your child with the necessary skills to succeed every day. Now Enrolling! Contact them at 8650 N.W. 62nd Ave., Johnston, (515) 348-4028, 3003@nhacademy.net.

Dallas Center-Grimes school board meeting notes

5/4/2020
    At the April 8 DC-G School Board special meeting, Superintendent Grimes and business manager Michelle Wearmouth discussed re-publication of the 2020-21 budget due to a publishing erro by the newspaper of record. A new publication, a new public hearing and new budget approval will be required.
    At the March 30 board meeting, the following contract approvals were made:
    Michael Melchert, Volunteer Coach; Maddyson Reinhart, K Teacher - Heritage; Angela Doty, K-Teacher - Heritage; Julie Pamau, Spec Ed - Teacher - South Prairie; Mark Walker, Spec Ed - Teacher - Middle School; Chelsi Norland, PE Teacher - High School; Emily Drey, Spec. Ed Teacher - DCE; Aslynn Maudlin, 4th Grade Teacher - DCE; Cheyanne Lewis, 3rd Grade Teacher - DCE; and Trisha Gurnsey, 5th Grade Teacher - Heritage.
    At the March 30 board meeting, the following resignations were approved:
    Lauren Long, Teacher - DCE; Harka Biswa, ESLOL PLC Leader Position; Heather Willrich, SPED. Intervention - DCE; Joey Hepworth, Custodian; Angela Dvorak, Director of Student Services; Melissa Bolton, Teacher - Heritage; Jordan Weaver, Associate; Melissa Hepworth, Associate; Lynette Groenenboom, District Info Specialist; and Stacy Heidemann, 3-4 PLC Leader -DCE.
    A bid was approved for the DC-G 5-6 building remodel at the cost of $6,157,000.
    The cooperative sharing agreement was approved for the JCSD boys and girls swimming, tennis and bowling.
    The approval of the 2019-20 calendar was passed, waiving the 15 days missed due to Gov. Reynold’s waiver of instructional hours requirement.

Grimes city council meeting notes

5/4/2020
    At the April 14 Grimes City Council meeting, development services coordinator Alex Pfaltzgraff moved to approve the second reading of Ordinance 732 Rezoning Hope Commercial from A-1 to C-2. Motion passed.
    Mayor Mikkelsen said that there were a number of encouraging activities that he had seen in Grimes with residents, individuals and groups, going above and beyond in showing the strength of the community. Mikkelsen stated that among those to note, Grimes Volunteer Services, which helps serve hundreds of people every month for years by offering rides to doctor appointments or other errands for those that might not otherwise be able to get out. He noted that this is a completely volunteer driven program, that in these unpresented times, have still found ways to continue serving those in need by delivering meals, or providing pick up or drop off for food. Mikkelsen also noted the Food Bank has had approximately a 25 percent increase in demand for food. He said while they had to make adjustments to the process of how they provide these necessities, they are still able to keep operating. Mayor Mikkelsen said new volunteers have stepped in to help, and critically needed donations have increased as well to continue to take care of those in need. Mayor Mikkelsen wanted to make sure everyone was aware of these organizations, and encouraged those that are hungry or in need, to please reach out.
    Update on Outdoor Storage Ordinance: Pfaltzgraff reported that staff is looking at how to proceed with those businesses that require outdoor storage and drafting guidelines for effective screening to maintain a high quality environment.

Des Moines Symphony postpones summer concerts

5/4/2020
    The Des Moines Symphony announced that it will postpone its annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert, as well as its second summer season of Water Works Pops.
     The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops, originally planned for Thursday, July 2 at the Iowa State Capitol, will be reimagined as a community-wide Labor Day celebration on Monday, Sept. 7 in the Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park.
     The Symphony’s second season of Water Works Pops, originally scheduled July 24-26, will move to Labor Day weekend along with the rescheduled Yankee Doodle Pops Concert, creating a full weekend of free music for the community. These free, outdoor concerts, offered Sept. 5-7, will be presented thanks to the generous support of Linda and Tom Koehn.
     Further announcements will be made at dmsymphony.org.

Help wanted

5/4/2020
   Imagine the Possibilities Inc. is looking for motivated, supportive, and compassionate people to enhance the lives of our individuals with developmental disabilities. We have an immediate Full-Time and Part-Time positions available in hour Hourly HCBS program in our Adel location. The HCBS Direct Support Professional is responsible for implementation and documentation of goals and objectives for individuals served. The DSP will be an active advocate for individuals served with an emphasis on individual choice and decision-making. No experience necessary- we provide training for our team members. We offer a fantastic benefit package including 401k options, health, dental, vision and supplemental insurance options. Benefits also include a generous PTO package with pay out options. For more information or to apply online, please visit www.imagineia.org/employment.

Grimes Giving Garden  plots available

4/27/2020
    Grimes Giving Garden still has available plots.
Contact CJ at cjfrascht@grimesiowa.gov for more information.

Yard waste and tire drop off

4/27/2020
    Drop off yard waste and scrap tires event will be Friday, May 8; Saturday, May 9; Friday, May 15; and Saturday, May 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1700 S.E. Destination Drive. Residents and Public Works staff are to follow CDC guidelines and distancing. Residents are to unload their own items. Tires must be off rims. No tractor tires or rims of any kind will be accepted. If you have questions, email tjohnson@grimesiowa.gov.

Grab and Go Meals

4/27/2020
    Grab and Go Meals can be picked up at South Prairie Elementary and Dallas Center Elementary weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for any child ages 1-18.

Botanical Garden takes spring plant sale online

4/27/2020
    In the interest of health and safety in light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has shifted its 2020 Spring Garden Festival presented by Country Landscapes to an online plant sale with curbside pickup.
     The sale opens to the public at dmbotanicalgarden.com/shop on Wednesday, April 29. Plant pickup will take place at the Garden Friday, May 8 through Sunday, May 10.
     The sale features a curated collection of new, unusual or hard-to-find plants, with an emphasis on natives and perennials that support pollinators and other wildlife. Selections also include small-space plants for gardening indoors and in containers; herbs and vegetables; and ornamentals geared toward front yards.

Des Moines Art Center launches virtual tours

4/27/2020
    The Des Moines Art Center recently launched seven virtual tours of their permanent collections and special exhibitions. The tours will allow visitors to click through the extensive collections as if they were at the museum — an especially important experience as the Art Center galleries are closed to the public in response to COVID-19. Go to www.desmoinesartcenter.org/visit/virtualtours to view the tours.

Free preschool

4/20/2020
    Waukee Head Start is currently taking applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Children need to be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 15, 2020. Classes are held Monday - Friday 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. A free breakfast, lunch and snack are provided. Head Start is of no cost for any services it provides. They offer a quality preschool experience by teachers with teaching degrees.
    Proof of income needs to be provided, as well as proof of age. Families that receive social security disability for any family member, TANF or children that are in foster care automatically qualify. Families not receiving these can also qualify. Family members are also encouraged to apply for any children who might have some special needs.
    For additional information, contact Christina Schalk, Head Start family advocate, at 712-830-1327 or cschalk@newopp.org.

Grimes Library news

4/20/2020
    Item due dates will be extended to May 15. The drop box is open, but do not leave things outside if it is full. Returned items may continue to show on your account for up to two weeks as they are quarantining returns before they are checked in by staff. Fines are not being assessed.
    Until further notice, the Grimes Library will do a take-out service during the week. Patrons can place items on hold online. They will then check out the items to their account and have them ready for pickup this week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3-6 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m until noon.
    Virtual storytime will be held Mondays and Fridays at 10 a.m.
    Virtual Move and Groove will be held Mondays at noon.
    See more updates and links on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GrimesIALibrary.

Funeral notices

4/20/2020
  • Patsy Nath, 78, of Grimes, died April 12, 2020.
  • Joseph A. Oertli, 86, of Grimes,  died April 16, 2020.

Sign up for Garden Plots by June 1

4/20/2020
    To reserve a garden plot at St. Peter Lutheran, contact Carol Clarke at cclarke2016@hotmail.com. The garden plots are free but they will accept a freewill donation to the church to help with water expense. There are full garden plots (15X20) or half garden plots (15X10). The plots will be tilled up soon. Sign up by June 1.

Grimes volunteer support services (GVSS) still serving the community

4/13/2020
    During the month of March, 32 drivers provided 260 trips for clients in the Grimes area (170 of which were either getting seniors to and from the Grimes Senior Meal Site or later in the month delivering meals from the meal site to our clients). They also had 4 minor repairs or light cleaning, 29 personal assistance, and 5 DME loans.
     During the last month, 37 volunteers drove 2,291 miles and spent 375 hours assisting others or organizing and administering the program so they could assist clients. All of this was provided without charge.
    During last month, drivers that are still employed, most of them full time, made up 57 percent of the drivers for the month.
    GVSS is currently not open to the general public, but if you have a need, contact Jay at jay.gvss@gmail.com or 515-321-8051
    Do you enjoy yard work and mowing grass? Have you ever thought of helping out your neighbors and friends? GVSS is always looking for happy and helping hands to join our mowing team.
    Clients provide a mower, gas and a trimmer. GVSS volunteers will contact our clients to schedule time to do their yard work. If you are interested in joining the GVSS Yard Patrol Team, call 515-986-5355

Registration for Small Miracles Preschool 2020-2021 is open

4/13/2020
    It is time to register for the 3- and 4-year-old preschool program that is offered at St. Peter Lutheran called Small Miracles Preschool. They will offer a three-day program on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:15-11:30 a.m. They will also offer a 2-day program on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the same time. Go to www.stpeterofgrimes.org/small-miracles to register.

WesleyLife Meals on Wheels

4/13/2020
    Every day, WesleyLife Meals on Wheels directly supports the health, vitality and independence of more than 900 adults living in greater Des Moines through delivery of a nutritious meal to their front doors, with close to 230,000 meals delivered each year. For more information, or to sign up for service, call 515-699-3243.

Dog needs home

4/13/2020
        NEEDS HOME: Teddy needs a good home. 5 year old Lab/Boxer mix.  Brown and white markings. Beautiful dog. Great with kids. Call 515-238-3198. Located 5 miles from Grimes.

HELP WANTED: FedEx Ground in Grimes is hiring

4/13/2020
    HELP WANTED: FedEx Ground in Grimes is hiring. If you’ve found yourself looking for a job due to COVID-19 shutdowns, FedEx Ground needs people to help us support the economy, handling life-saving medications and other items that keep Americans as prepared as possible during these uncertain times. https://careers.fedex.com/groundwarehousejobs/jobs?location=grimes,ia

Spring is here, time to organize the garage. 

4/10/2020
Rent a 5 ft x 10 ft storage unit today from Big or Small Storage.  Conveniently located between Grimes and Johnston north of 19th Street/62nd Avenue.  www.bigorsmallstorage.com




 

Iowa PBS hosts online storytimes, more

4/6/2020
    View a virtual learning camp, livestream of Iowa PBS Kids, coloring contest and more at www.iowapbs.org/families. Abby Brown will share a story online each Wednesday. Join Iowa PBS on www.facebook.com/iowapbs Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.




 

Iowa Gold Star Military Museum offers virtual tour and stories

4/6/2020
     During this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is closed until May 31. They are posting history topics, events and observances on www.goldstarmuseum.iowa.gov and the Facebook Page: Iowa Gold Star Military Museum. The first article is “1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic” under “Our Stories” icon.
    April is Military Child Month, so visit the website to see things you can do to honor a military child.




 

Grimes Library news

4/6/2020
    Until further notice, the Grimes Library will do a take-out service every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Patrons can place items on hold online. We will then check out the items to their account and have them ready for pick up between 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. See updates on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GrimesIALibrary.




 

EMC DAM to DSM 20K to run on Labor Day weekend

4/6/2020
    For the first time in 40 years, the EMC DAM to DSM (formerly DAM to DAM) will not be held on Memorial Day weekend, due to COVID-19. The organizers of the event have decided to postpone the event to Labor Day weekend on Saturday, Sept. 5.

St. Peter church VBS registration now open

3/30/2020
    Come June 28 - July 2 as we venture into a frozen land in search of the King’s mighty armor! “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.” Ephesians 6:10
     Children age 3 by Sept. 15 through those entering 5th grade this fall can attend VBS as a camper.
    They are still in need of several volunteers. Check the volunteer link for opportunities throughout the week.
    If you have questions regarding registration or volunteer opportunities, contact Monica Malmberg at sundayschool@stpeterofgrimes.org or visit www.stpeterofgrimes.org.





 

Grimes Senior Center offers meals to go

3/30/2020
    All Polk County Senior Centers are closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak. Currently, the Grimes Senior Center is one of several locations offering “meals to go” for those 60 years or older. Please call Rene Leppert at 515-986-5747 for menu information and to register for a meal.



 

Grimes restaurants offering order-out

3/30/2020
    • El Huapango: Order online, 515-986-0741
    • Luke’s Coffee Hub: Text in order,515-758-8700
    • Food Depot: Curb side pick up, carry out and local delivery, 515-986-4404
    • Godfather’s Pizza: Carry-out and delivery, 515-986-2228
    • McDonald’s: Drive-thru, 515-986-9182
    • Mustang Grill: Carry out 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., no breakfast. Credit card payments only, 515-986-5009
    • Breadeaux Pizza: Carry-out, 515-986-4242
    • Heavenly Delights: Carry-out, 515-986-5407
    • Hacienda Vieja, Take out, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 515-986-3210
    • The Radish: Take-out, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday- Saturday, 515-986-1900
    • Rolling Wok Asian Cuisine & Pho, Carry-out and delivery through UberEats, GrubHub and MyTown2Go, 515-300-9521
    • Buger King: Drive-thru, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 515-986-7322

 

Grimes Parks & Recreation scavenger hunt

3/30/2020
    If you and your family are out walking or driving in Grimes, the Parks and Recreation Department has a small challenge for you. See if you can find the seven hidden signs that have been placed in selected parks.
    If you spot the sign, take a family photo or a selfie with the sign and see how many you can locate. Once your venture is complete, tag the Parks and Recreation Department in your photos on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Grimes-Parks-and-Recreation-299260196802625/) or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/grimesrec/?hl=en) so staff can see how many you found. If you collect photos with all seven signs, your name will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize.
     The Parks and Recreation Department encourages you to follow all CDC recommendations and continue to practice social distancing.️

 

Grimes churches offering virtual/online services

3/30/2020
    • NorthPoint Church: Live stream services, Sunday,
9 a.m. and 10:35 a.m. on their Facebook page, 515-986-0306
    • St. Peter Lutheran Church of Grimes: Live stream services on their Facebook page, 515-986-3077
    • Grimes United Methodist Church: Live stream services Sundays at 8:30 a.m. on Facebook page or Vimeo account, 515-986-4036
    • Summitcreek Church: Live interactions on their Facebook page, 515-207-9551
    • Harvest Bible Chapel Des Moines: Services posted on their YouTube channel and Facebook page, 515-428-0029
    • First Presbyterian Church of Grimes: Video messages posted on their Facebook page, 515-986-3720
    • Crossroads Community Church: Videos posted on their Facebook page, 515-986-5433

Des Moines Art Center launches virtual tours

3/30/2020
    The Des Moines Art Center recently launched seven virtual tours of their permanent collections and special exhibitions. The tours will allow visitors to click through the extensive collections as if they were at the museum — an especially important experience as the Art Center galleries are closed to the public until April 7 in response to COVID-19. Go to www.desmoinesartcenter.org/visit/virtualtours to view the tours.

Shop Where I Live

3/30/2020
    Want to help local businesses? Visit https://centraliowa.shopwhereilive.com. The Johnston Chamber has partnered with the Urbandale, Grimes, Indianola and West Des Moines Chambers of Commerce and launched an online platform to bring small businesses together to sell their products and services virtually.
    Members have begun posting their items for sale. This is an easy way to find a group of businesses coming together to make it easy to shop local and support the local economy. Help small businesses…shop online today and share this with your friends and family.
    If you are a Chamber member and are interested in selling your products on the site, contact the Chamber office at 515-986-5770 or email chamber@grimesiowa.com.

The eXpo event postponed

3/24/2020

Due to growing concerns regarding large public gatherings due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, and information being shared from the CDC and WHO, Grimes Chamber and Economic Development feels it best to indefinitely postpone the eXpo, which was scheduled for Tuesday, March 24. GCED hopes and plans to reschedule this event; however, it is not known when exactly that will be at this time. As soon as GCED is able to make this determination, an announcement will be made.

Business changes during pandemic

3/24/2020

business changes during pandemic
• In response to the COVID-19 recommendations from the CDC, IDPH, and the IOA, Total Family Eye Care has made the decision to suspend all non-emergent ocular care until further notice.
As of Monday, March 23, Total Family Eye Care will remain open on a limited basis with a limited staff for urgent and emergent care.
Rescheduling comprehensive eye examination appointments has begun. If you have an appointment scheduled with in the next two weeks, the team will be reaching out to get you rescheduled and take care of any needs during the interim.
Optical will remain available but will be implementing strategic safety protocols to ensure you receive your glasses and contact lenses. Contact the office for further instruction.
Dr. Howie and Dr. Mallori will be on call in the event of an ocular emergency. If you experience an ocular emergency, contact the office at 515-986-1234
• El Huapango Mexican Restuarant is offering take-out service. Call the restaurant at 515-986-0741, place your order and pay by phone. When you arrive, call the restaurant, and someone will bring your order out to your vehicle.
• Pizzas at Food Depot Bar and Grill are available for take and bake. They can also do breakfast options.
• Beisser Lumber Company is open for business. To keep the community and employees safe, the showrooms are currently open by appointment only. If you need to order materials, call your branch.
• Bankers Trust Company reminds the community to be on guard against scams. Scammers are taking advantage of the fear surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. Beware of spoofed hospital and business websites offering cures to the virus, fake charities asking for donations via cash and wire transfers, and phishing alerts that appear to come from the World Health Organization (WHO) or Centers For Disease Control (CDC).
Protect yourself from scams by:
• Avoiding clicking on links from sources you don’t know
• Visiting WHO and CDC sites directly for news and updates
• Ignoring online offers for coronavirus vaccines and treatments
• Researching charities before donating
For more information, read this Education Center article: education.bankerstrust.com.

Find the signs to win a prize

3/24/2020

If you and your family are out walking or driving in Grimes, the Parks and Recreation Department has a small  challenge for you. See if you can find the seven hidden signs that have been placed in selected parks.
If you spot the sign, take a family photo or a selfie with the sign and see how many you can locate. Once your venture is complete, tag the Parks and Recreation Department in your photos on social media (Facebook or Instagram) so staff can see how many you found. If you collect photos with all seven signs, your name will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize.
You will have until Friday, March 27 to locate these signs before they will be moved to a different location. Next Saturday morning, March 28, Parks and Recreation will supply you with new locations and maps for you to venture out to find the signs.
The Parks and Recreation Department encourages you to follow all CDC recommendations and continue to practice social distancing.️

Updated pandemic information from the City of Grimes

3/24/2020

As the City of Grimes continues its response to the coronavirus pandemic; here is some updated and additional information.
City facilities remain closed to the public and the city is continuing to provide services electronically and over the phone whenever possible. In cases where that does not work, arrangements will be made to accommodate. Facilities that are closed to the public include City Hall, Grimes Public Library, Grimes Community Complex, and restrooms and concessions at the sports complexes or in the parks.
Facilities that are not closed to the public include, but are not limited to, roads, sidewalks, parks, trails, playground equipment, open air shelters and sports complexes. However, refrain from organized practices, games or tournaments. Additionally, note that playground equipment will not be sanitized. Therefore, parents will need to exercise their own independent judgment about whether or not their kids should play on the playground equipment.
Remember that the following options are available to Grimes’ customers:
• Utility accounts can be set up through the city’s website, utility payments can be made by ACH, by credit or debit card though the website, by phone, and by submitting checks or cash in a secure drop box outside city hall.
• Applications for development review, building permits and inspections can be submitted electronically. Payments can be mailed in or placed in the utility payment drop box at City Hall. If for some reason payment cannot be made, permits may be processed and inspections conducted; however occupancy permits will be held until payments can be processed. Inspections will continue as normal for new construction projects, or projects located outside of a residence or occupied building. Inspections for occupied homes and buildings are discontinued unless digital measures such as video-calling areavailable for requested inspections.
• Recreational programming can be done via the website, and when or wherever cancellations are necessary the city will work to refund fees.
• Public meetings, such as city council, planning and zoning, board of adjustments, park board, library board, tree board, public health and safety board, etc. will continue electronically via the Zoom meeting platform. When agendas are posted, they will include the needed dial-in and log-in informationso that the public can participate.
Finally, if you are not feeling well, please stay home.

Van Haaften services postponed

3/18/2020

The Celebration of Life Service for Marilyn Van Haaften that was scheduled for Thursday, March 26 at 2 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran has been postponed until a future date.  

Grimes takes steps to protect public health

3/17/2020

The City of Grimes has made plans and preparations to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. It has investigated a number of issues related to business continuity and has taken the following steps in the interest of public health and that of its employees.
Following Gov. Kim Reynolds’ announcement of community spread and the Iowa Legislature’s example of suspending the legislative session, starting on Monday, March 16, all city facilities will be closed to the public. The situation will be monitored continuously and a determination about reopening city facilities will be as the situation evolves.
The public is encouraged to conduct business with the city electronically or over the phone whenever possible. In cases where that does not work, arrangements will be made to accommodate. It is worth noting the following are already available to our customers:
• Utility accounts can be set up through the city’s website, utility payments can be made by ACH, by credit or debit card though the website, by phone, and by submitting checks or cash in a secure dropbox outside city hall.
• Building permits and inspections can also be submitted electronically and the city is working though how to take payments for those fees remotely. Payments can be mailed in or placed in the utility payment dropbox at city hall. As a fall back, and with the permission of the Development Services Director, permits may be processed and inspections conducted; however, occupancy permits will be held until payments can be processed.
• Recreational programming can be done via the website and when or wherever cancellations are necessary the city will work to refund fees.
If you are not feeling well, please stay home. We ask that everyone acknowledge that a certain amount of give and take may become necessary as the situation evolves.

The eXpo event postponed indefinitely

3/17/2020

Due to growing concerns regarding large public gatherings due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, and information being shared from the CDC and WHO, Grimes Chamber and Economic Development feels it best to indefinitely postpone the eXpo, which was scheduled for Tuesday, March 24. GCED hopes and plans to reschedule this event; however, it is not known when exactly that will be at this time. As soon as GCED is able to make this determination, an announcement will be made.

St. Peter Lutheran events cancelled

3/17/2020

All worship services, meetings and events at St. Peter Lutheran Church are cancelled until further notice, The church office will be staffed to answer email and phone calls during normal church office hours. If you need to reach someone outside of normal office hours email Jill Capps at faithformation@stpeterofgrimes.org.

GVSS trips restricted to essential trips

3/16/2020

With an abundance of caution, GVSS is going to restrict its trips for at least the next two weeks to only essential trips.  Essential trips are considered dialysis, chemotherapy or any life preserving trip.  This does not include trips for shopping or hair appointments, for example.
 You may already know, the senior meal site is closed for the next two weeks as well.  We will be trying our best to deliver meals to our clients regularly scheduled for meals, dependent upon volunteer availability.
 If you are regularly scheduled for trips to the meal site you can call us at 986-5355 and let us know whether or not you would like to have those meals delivered.
 If you have something that appears to be non essential currently scheduled, you will be contacted by Loree to reschedule.
 If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at 986-5355. Please know our physical office will be closed to visitors but we will be checking voicemails and taking calls.
 A reminder to our faithful volunteers. It goes without saying that you should never feel pressured to take a trip, even if you have already scheduled it. Things change and this past two weeks is a classic example. If you no longer feel comfortable taking a trip you have agreed to before, please feel free to call us and cancel your participation. Many trips already schedule will be cancelled anyway. Foremost, we want you to feel comfortable with your participation.

Booster Club cake auction a success

3/13/2020

The inaugural DC-G Booster Club cake auction took place on Feb. 14 in the Meadows gym and commons. This event was a tremendous success, and the Booster Club looks forward to carrying on this new tradition for years to come. Seventy-nine cakes were submitted for judging.
There were three live auctions held in the gym with the highest bid coming in at $2,600. The silent auction took place in the commons along with the cake and ice cream social. The total amount of funds raised was just shy of $12,500. Funds raised from the auction will be used to purchase equipment and uniforms for all of the programs offered at DC-G.

Celebration of Life service for Marilyn Van Haaftan

3/10/2020

A Celebration of Life service for Marilyn Van Haaften will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Grimes. Refreshments will be served after the service in Fellowship Hall.
Marilyn Van Haaften passed on Feb. 26. 

Students qualify for History Bee regional finals

3/10/2020

The following DC-G sixth grade ELP students participated in the National History Bee. These students  qualified to go to the Regional Finals in Clarinda on March 14: Bodee Krob, Aiden Leiran, Holden Quandt, Hunter Quandt, Cael Ramsey, Oliver Rouse, Hayden Wagner, Elle Wedeking and Caden White.
 

GVSS February activities

3/10/2020

During the month of February, 35 drivers for Grimes Volunteer Support Services provided 345 trips for clients in the Grimes area, 198 of which were getting seniors to and from the Grimes Senior Meal Site. GVSS also had six minor repairs or light cleaning, 22 personal assistances, 25 snow removals and five durable medical equipment loans.  During the last month, 41 volunteers drove 3,152 miles and spent 596 hours assisting others or organizing and administering the program so GVSS could assist its clients. All of this was provided to clients without charge.
Since GVSS is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit corporation, volunteers are important.
GVSS has no staff of any kind. No one is paid for his or her time. Drivers donate their time, their car, their gas, etc.
Keep in mind that GVSS is currently averaging more than 365 trips a month. This is why its information indicates you need to give at least six days notice of a trip request. If a trip is requested in two or three, often all of the available drivers are scheduled. About half of the drivers each month are folks who still work, and many do not have as much flexibility as retired folks about when they can take a trip.
Another issue to be aware of is that medical clinics often call their patients and want to give them a sooner appointment time. They are trying to keep their schedule each day full. So when someone cancels, they call others and offer a sooner appointment.
Be aware that if you shift your appointment to within fewer than six days, you are putting your chance of a GVSS ride at risk. Next time you may want to say, “No, I’ll keep the appointment I have.”
GVSS office hours are 9-11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The office is located at 404 Second St., Suite 100 in the Governors District. Home visits can be arranged by calling 515-986-5355.

Goodman receives industry’s distinguished service award

3/10/2020

Shane Goodman was the recipient of the President’s Memorial Award for Distinguished Service on Friday, March 6 at the Midwest Free Community Papers Conference and Trade Show at the Renaissance Savery Hotel in Des Moines.
The award was presented to Goodman by MFCP board member Greg Birkett in honor of Goodman’s “unselfish commitment to MFCP’s goals and purposes.” The award is presented in respectful memory of MFCP’s past presidents.
Goodman is the president of Big Green Umbrella Media Inc. in Johnston and is the publisher of CITYVIEW, 19 zoned Iowa Living magazines, five zoned Adviser publications and a variety of other niche publications, websites and digital components.
MFCP is an association of free paper publishers in the Midwest with a mission to improve publications through education and the exchange of ideas and information. The association celebrated its 65th anniversary with many past presidents from across the Midwest in attendance.

Kathy's Joke of the Week

3/10/2020

Q: What's brown, hairy and wears sunglasses?
A: A coconut on spring break.

Take advantage of smoke and carbon monoxide alarm checks

3/3/2020

The Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department (JGMFD) is proud to serve both communities to ensure the safety of residents in their homes. With Daylight Saving Time approaching on March 8, the JGMFD reminds residents to check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. If you need assistance with the checks, the JGMFD is here to help.   
The JGMFD received $5,000 from the “Close Before You Doze” campaign and $1,000 from Kwik Star. These grants allowed the fire department to purchase smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and batteries. The American Red Cross is also a partner and provides smoke alarms. The department’s goal is to perform checks while at a resident’s home during a medical call; however, there may be times when this is not possible due to the type of call. But the department will leave a card for the resident to call back to schedule a time for the check.      
Residents within Johnston or Grimes can take advantage of this service by contacting the fire marshal at 515-251-7692. A call to schedule a check could help save your life.

DC-G employee receives award

3/3/2020

Bob King, DC-G bus driver and Dallas Center resident, was announced the winner of the 2020 Healthiest State Individual Impact Award, presented by the Healthiest State Initiative. The award recognizes King’s efforts to improve the physical, social and emotional well-being of his fellow citizens.
King is a founder of Sustaining Active Independent Living in Dallas Center (SAILDC). He also serves on numerous other boards including Dallas Center’s Healthy Hometown task force, Dallas Center Rotary, Dallas Center Betterment Foundation and Dallas Center Parks & Recreation Board.Some of the projects King has contributed his grant writing and community coordination efforts toward include a new community garden at Dallas Center Elementary School with six raised beds, physical activity opportunities in the Dallas Center community including a new tennis court, pickleball court and ice rink. King also worked with the Rotary Club and designed and built a shaded set of benches near Spurgeon Manor and the Raccoon River Valley Bike Trail. In addition, King worked with Dallas Center and ordinances were updated to ban vaping in all public areas, a walkability study of the entire community was completed and is now guiding city efforts to improve sidewalks and trails and a pop-up produce stand with inexpensive fruits and vegetables now comes to the city monthly in the public library.

National Merit Scholarship Finalist

3/3/2020

Rachel Ihde, DC-G senior, is a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship. The mission of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is to recognize and honor academically talented students across the United States. NMSC accomplishes its mission by conducting nationwide academic scholarship programs. The goals of NMSC’s scholarship program are to look for students who promote a wider and deeper respect for learning and to encourage the pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education. Later this month, NMSC will begin mailing offer letters to the scholarship recipients. Ihde is one of 7,500 students from across the country who have successfully met all requirements to advance to the finals.

School registration opens online March 1

2.24.2020

School registration opens online March 1 for the 2020-2021 school year at www.dcgschools.com. All existing and new families need to register.
Families with students currently enrolled at DC-G, use your Campus Portal account to access online registration. You will be able to add a student to your account if you have a child who will be entering the district preschool, kindergarten, or other grade level for the first time.
New families to the DC-G District should follow the steps listed on the district website: www.dcgschools.com, registration tab 2020-2021.
Preschool deadline: Register incoming preschool students March 1-18. If you are not registered by March 18, there is no guarantee that your child will have a spot. If you have a child who will be 4 on or before Sept.15, 2020, register for PreK 4.(4-year-old preschool will be taken until all spots are filled). If you have a child who will be 3 on or before Sept. 15, 2020, register for PreK 3 (3-year-old preschool will be filled by a random drawing).
2020-2021 kindergarten information: To project enrollment numbers, register incoming kindergarten students as soon as possible (starting March 1). If you have a child who will be 5 on or before Sept. 15, 2020, register for kindergarten (full days) or optional kindergarten (half days).

Registration for Grimes Giving Garden plots

2.24.20202

Registration for plots in the Grimes Giving Garden will begin at 8 a.m. Monday, March 2, in person only.
Maranatha Baptist Church members and last year’s garden owners can register for a plot in person at the Grimes Community Complex, 410 S.E. Main St. and sign the garden contract. Cost is $10 per plot and is limited to two plots per family. No online registration is available.
Other Grimes community members and non-residents can register in person beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, March 16.
Plots will be assigned by the Rec Department on Monday, March 30. Emails will be sent out with map of plot owners.
Plots can be tilled April 1-15, weather pending.
The plots are located west and northwest of Maranatha Baptist Church, 877 S.E. 19th St.Water is located on the west side of the church.

Fundraising for Preston Palm’s Eagle Scout project

2.24.20202

The Emerald Ash Borer has infected the trees along the southwest edge of the walking trail in the South Prairie Sports Complex.
Preston Palm plans to plant 20-25 new trees in those areas to replace those infected for his Eagle Scout project and needs to raise $500, either in cash or checks made payable to City of Grimes. Call with questions at 515-360-1525 or email stevepalm@netins.net.