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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

DEA Drug Takeback

Posted 10/20/2020
    DEA Drug Takeback Event will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. Citizens can drop off unwanted prescription drugs to deputies for DEA disposal at 101 N.E. Harvey St., Grimes. 

City of Grimes Art Contest

Posted 10/20/2020
    The City of Grimes wants to know what you think about our city, so they are asking you to show the best of Grimes. Participate in one of the following art contests by Nov. 9 to be entered into a $10 gift card giveaway.
• Who is Grimes? Pick up a paper doll outside the library. Use your imagination to portray what personality traits Grimes would have as a person and return your creation with name and phone number to the library drop box or front desk.
• What is Grimes? Snap a photo that you feel represents or is unique to the City of Grimes. Post your photo and tag Grimes Public Library or email your photo with your name to library@grimeslibrary.org

Grimes Volunteer Support Services Report 

Posted 10/20/2020
    August: Drivers, 20; trips, 212; DME loans, 1; yards mowed, 22; clean/repair, 7; total volunteers, 27; miles driven, 2,045. 320 hours providing service and organizing and administering the programs.
    September: Drivers, 19; trips, 238; DME loans, 0; yards mowed, 22; clean/repair, 7 total volunteers, 28; miles driven, 2,392. 445 hours provided of service and organizing and administering the programs.
    All of this was provided to clients without charge. Since GVSS is an all-volunteer not for profit corporation, volunteers are extremely important. If a volunteer doesn’t do it, it does not get done.
    They have no staff of any kind. No one is paid for their time. Drivers donate their time, their car, their gas, etc.
At GVSS, they are initiating a new apprenticeship program to enable potential board members and potential officers to have up to a year of training, experience and mentoring before taking office.
    During the last month, drivers that are still employed, most of them full time, made up 68 percent of the drivers for the month.
    Clients who are interested in snow removal this winter must contact the office or Katelyn Oolman before Oct. 31 to receive credit for past years of service.
    If you’ve thought about volunteering for GVSS, give them a call. They have had several years of experience in utilizing employed volunteers. 515-986-5355 

Grimes Chamber B.I.G.

Posted 10/13/2020
    Join the Grimes Chamber & Economic Development for their October B.I.G. sponsored by Cooking by J. This will be held Oct. 15 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Grimes Chamber & Economic Development Office, 404 S.E. Second St. This is free for Chamber members and their guests to attend. Joan wants you to make sure you come hungry. Register at www.grimesiowa.com.

Boot camp registration now open

Posted 10/13/2020
    The Grimes Parks & Recreation Department Boot Camp Fitness Class registration is now open. Join this 45-minute heart-pounding class designed to push your body into high gear. Challenge your aerobic and anaerobic capacity, strength and endurance with various types of training and equipment. Break out of your fitness rut with this high intensity program. Register at https://grimesia.activityreg.com.

Dallas Center Halloween Hayday

Posted 10/13/2020
    The Dallas Center Halloween Hayday will be held Saturday, Oct. 31. The parade will be at 4 p.m., beginning at Mound Park. You can participate in these ways:
    • Wear your costume — pets, too.
    • Decorate your yard and house
    • Coloring contest
    • Join the parade with a float or vehicle
    After the parade, Trick or Treat will be held from 6-8 p.m. See the Dallas Center Seasonal Fun Committee Facebook page for more information: www.facebook.com/DCSeasonalFun.

St. Peter Lutheran worship news

Posted 10/13/2020
    St. Peter Lutheran Church invites those who are ready to return to in-person worship in the sanctuary to join at the 8:30 a.m. worship service. Register for indoor worship at their website, www.stpeterofgrimes.org. If you are unable to sign up or decide to attend last minute, that is OK. They will make a place for you.
    Outside worship time is at 10 a.m. They will hold this service through October as weather allows, and it will also be transmitted by radio to cars in the parking lot on FM Radio 94.3. They hope that this will continue to be a safer gathering option for those who feel most comfortable meeting outdoors or are otherwise not ready or able to meet inside the church building.
    Cleaning out your closets for winter? During the month of October, WELCA will be collecting coats to give to those in need in the Des Moines area. Boots, sleeping bags, and blankets will also be accepted. You can leave donations in the basket inside the doors at St. Peter, or contact a WELCA board member if you need assistance getting your items to the church.
    St. Peter Lutheran Church of Grimes is located at 1001 S. James St.

Grimes Library news

Posted 10/13/2020
    At this time, the library is 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. and Sunday: 1-4:30 p.m.
    • Upcycle October, join them virtually this October for our the series, Upcycle October. Each Tuesday, they will introduce a new upcycle project you can do from the comfort of your home with common household items. The library will supply some necessary items each week. Call the library for curbside pickup.
    - Oct. 13: Tin Can Transformation
    - Oct. 20: Sock Puppets
    - Oct. 27: Plarn (plastic bag) Weaving
    • Virtual Family Reading Group, Oct. 7. October’s book series: “Magic Tree House.” Check in each Wednesday for discussion questions and fun activities for the family.
    - Oct. 14: DIY Personalized Tree House
    - Oct. 21: Passport to Adventure
    - Oct. 28: STEAM Activities
    • Virtual Fall Fun. Join virtually Saturdays to get creative with new art projects, crafts and experiments.
    - Oct. 17: Family Fire Safety and What is fire?
    - Oct. 24: Pine Cone Bird Feeders
    - Oct. 31: The Moon
    • Virtual Tutoring, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. Homework help will be offered on Wednesdays, from 5-7 p.m. This free tutoring service is offered by a licensed educator. All tutoring will be done via Zoom. Subjects covered: English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Math and Essay Review. Registration is required. Call the Library for additional information.

St. Peter Lutheran worship news

Posted 10/6/2020
    St. Peter Lutheran will continue the outdoor worship service beginning at 9 a.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for your use. They will observe social distancing of 6 feet, face masks are encouraged, and if you are feeling ill, stay home. You may also hear the outdoor service on an FM station and remain in your car in the church parking lot.
    After discussion, the council has decided to hold weekly indoor and outdoor Sunday morning services beginning at 8:30 a.m., for those who are ready to worship inside. Masks will be required, and social distancing measures will be in place, along with other changes to worship to help ensure as much safety as possible.
    Outside worship time will change from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. They will hold this service through October as weather allows.
    The Family Scavenger Hunt will be held Sunday, Oct. 11 from 9:15-9:45 a.m. Join them outside at St. Peter as families work together solving puzzles and following clues. All are welcome.
    Can you help provide a meal to those in need? On Sunday, Oct. 11, St. Peter’s confirmation students will be preparing sack lunches that will be served at the CFUM Supper Club meal on Monday, Oct. 12. They are in need of donations for this meal. Sign up here https://signup.com/go/DjsCpFp to let them know what you can help provide. Donations need to be at church by noon on Saturday, Oct. 10. If you have any questions, contact Jill at faithformation@stpeterofgrimes.org

Grimes Fall Social

Posted 10/6/2020
    Join Merkle Retirement Planning and Vintage Cooperatives for an outdoor night of fall fun on Oct. 16 from 4-6 p.m. at 1860 S.E. Princeton Drive, Grimes. Learn how you can transform your retirement both residentially and financially. Featuring live music, hot chocolate, popcorn bar, fall games and more.
    Contact Brooke RSVP at 309-339-7310 or brooke@ewingprop.com. All CDC social distancing measures will be taken.

Bank Iowa Invites Des Moines Community to Donate to ‘Can Do Cancer’

Posted 10/6/2020
    In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bank Iowa is partnering with Can Do Cancer, an Iowa-based non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in Des Moines, Ames and surrounding areas. Des Moines community members are encouraged to donate to the organization directly or take part in the bank’s social media challenge.
    For the month of October, Bank Iowa is changing its traditional blue logo to pink on all social platforms. The bank will donate $1 to Can Do Cancer for every new like, follow or subscriber earned throughout the month of October. Community members are encouraged to like Bank Iowa on social media and encourage friends and family to do the same.
    Community members can donate directly to Can Do Cancer or like Bank Iowa on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Polk County Provides 10 Years of Support

Posted 9/29/2020
    Robert Brownell came by on Sept. 9 to deliver a check to GVSS for $6,500 to support the work they do in Grimes. The Betterment Grant was the 10th in a row from Polk County, funded by Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino profits.
    Their first grant awarded on 2011 was for $2,000. Over the years, the amount has increased. The funds not only provide support but enable them to be visible to potential volunteers and clients. Grimes Volunteer Support Services can be reached at 515-986-5355 or visit their website: www.grimesvss.com.

Grimes Lions Club Annual Holiday Flag Project

Posted 9/29/2020
    There is still time to submit your 2021 registration for the Grimes Lions Club’s Annual Holiday Flag Project. They will place a flag on your property the morning of five holidays and remove it by sunset at the end of the day.
    Show your patriotism by signing up now for these holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veterans Day.
    If a new registration is submitted and $30 fee paid by Oct. 15, you will receive Veteran’s Day 2020 for free.
    For more details about the Annual Holiday Flag Project, visit www.grimeslions.com. Thanks to Kempkers True Value and Rental for their support of this project.

Brewers and Smokers raise money for local charities

Posted 9/21/2020
    The Dallas Center Brewers and Smokers are hosting a grab and go event on Saturday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 3 from 4–6 p.m. in Mound Park at the intersection of Percival and Walnut streets in Dallas Center. Each week they will have four different beers and a unique hard cider along with assorted BBQ. You are invited to bring clean growlers, pick up samples of food or drink and leave a generous donation. This is a free-will offering event with the proceeds going to the Shop with a Cop program that helps youth purchase Christmas gifts for the families and SAILDC, whose members help keep aging and physically challenged residents in their homes by providing transportation, snow shoveling, food and shopping support (when the virus allows). Each year the Dallas Center Brewers and Smokers have raised around $3,000 to support their community. They can be contacted, and donations may be sent to, Dallas Center Brewers and Smokers, P.O. Box 123, Dallas Center, IA 50063.

DCG After Prom selling DCG Spirit Flags

Posted 9/21/2020
    As part of their fundraising mission, DCG After Prom is selling flags with the new Mustang logos. The link to order is https://www.heartlandflags.com/DCG-Flags-s/543.htm. To order, enter your shipping address, however, select “in store pick up.” They will be delivered to Grimes at a time in October for pick up.

Spirit Shed Apparel Open House

Posted 9/21/2020
    The DCG Booster Club manages the Spirit Shed, which is the location that sells apparel, hats, stickers and DCG gear for adults and youth. If you’re looking for a new item for yourself or a gift for family and friends, this is your spot. They will be holding an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 5-8 p.m., so you can shop to gear up for homecoming. They’re located inside the main gate of the football stadium at the high school.

Holiday care package drive

Posted 9/21/2020
    The Blue Star Mothers of Iowa are working on their annual holiday care package drive. Once items are collected and assembled, they will be sent to deployed service men and women around the world. They seek assistance in providing the items for care packages, or monetary donations to buy items or pay for shipping.
    Contact them at bluestarmothersia1@gmail.com for a list of items and how to contribute.

GRIMES SENIOR CENTER OFFERS MEALS TO GO

Posted 9/21/2020
    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 Hollie McCargar at 515-986-5747 for menu information and to register for a meal.

ZIP CODE DATA AVAILABLE ON DALLAS COUNTY COVID-19 DASHBOARD

Posted 9/21/2020
    On Sept. 16, the Iowa Department of Public Health provided local public health departments guidance on sharing zip code level data with our communities. In response to this guidance, and many community requests, the Dallas County Health Department will be making this information publically available on the Dallas County COVID-19 Dashboard, www.dallascountyiowa.gov. The shared data will be in compliance with the following guidelines:
    • Data will only be released in zip codes with populations of 100 or greater
    • Zip codes with 5 or less cases will be suppressed
    • No other demographic identifiers will be included

2020 Winter Warmth Drive Kicks Off

Posted 9/15/2020
    To combat the ferocious winter temperatures this holiday season, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is partnering with Winter Warmth Drive to collect winter
wear for Des Moines area children and families in need.
72,500 families in the Des Moines metro live at or below poverty level. 50,000+ students in the metro qualify for either free or reduced lunch. Most families who are food insecure also don’t have the means to purchase appropriate winter wear attire for the freezing temperatures.
    Due to COVID-19, the drive will be a little different this year. They will still be collecting the same items as years past, they just won’t be holding the annual “Fill the Truck” event. Instead, they are taking donations at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Des Moines’ office and the Valley Community Center. They are also accepting and appreciate monetary donations at www.winterwarmthdrive.org/donate/.
    Drop off locations:
    • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Des Moines, 2601 104th St., Urbandale, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Valley Community Center, 4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Items requested for donation include all sizes of new or gently used:
    • Coats
    • Hats
    • Gloves
    • Scarves
    • Snow Pants
    • Boots

Open House and Ribbon Cutting for 1Collision Grimes

Posted 8/31/2020
    Welcome 1Collision Grimes, 2100 S.E. Gateway Drive, to the business community with a ribbon cutting and open house on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 4-6 p.m. Registration is required.
     Formerly Metro Collision, 1Collision Grimes will offer the same high-quality auto body repair. 1Collision Grimes joins 1Collision Ankeny and 1Collision R Jones as the newest member of the 1Collision Des Moines Network, which together, makes up 95 years of auto body experience in the Des Moines area. Join them to celebrate this new transition and to learn more about 1Collision Grimes.
    Enjoy food from MoMo’s Rhythm and Ribs Roadhouse Grill, door prizes and raffle prizes.
    Register at 1collisiondesmoines.com/open-house-and-ribbon-cutting-1collision-grimes. Attendance will be limited to ensure social distancing.

Myamba Scholarship Pledge Drive

Posted 8/24/2020
    Myamba Lutheran Parish in the Pare Mountains of Tanzania, East Africa, is St. Peter’s companion congregation. For the past nine years, St. Peter has sponsored a scholarship program for those students whose families can least afford to send them to the four years of secondary school, which equates to high school in the U.S.
    A $100 scholarship will provide funds toward a student’s tuition, uniforms, school supplies, hot lunch and other miscellaneous expenses for the school year (January - November).
    You may send in your Myamba Scholarship donations to the church office through the mail. The church address is St. Peter Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 95, Grimes, IA 50111. Or you may give online through the church website and designate the donation for Myamba Scholarship. The church website is www.stpeterofgrimes.org. Click on the “Online Giving” button.

Grimes Chamber Celebrates Seams Upholstery with Ribbon Cutting

Posted 8/17/2020
    Grimes Chamber & Economic Development celebrated a new member of the Grimes business community with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Aug. 13. Seams Upholstery, www.seamsupholstery.com, opened their doors in March of this year, but out of an abundance of caution surrounding the current health crisis, the ribbon cutting ceremony was not scheduled until this later date. Chamber members, ambassadors and friends of the business were on hand for the ceremony.
     Owner Sunshyne Griffin works closely with her father, who has been in the upholstering industry for more than 45 years. The business, which is located at 3350 S.E. Miehe Drive, Suite 4 in Grimes, specializes in upholstering and/or reupholstering home furnishings, antiques, commercial furniture, boats, marine furniture, motorcycle seats. They also operated as a fabric store for those just looking to purchase fabric.

GVSS July report

Posted 8/17/2020
    During the month of July, 19 drivers provided 222 trips in the Grimes area (128 of which were delivering meals from the Senior Meal Site to clients). They also had 19 yard mowings and eight clean/repairs.
    During July, 28 volunteers drove 2,391 miles and provided 377 hours providing services and organizing and administering the program so they could assist clients. All of this was provided to clients without charge.
    Volunteers needed. Do you want to give back to your community? Are you looking for ways that you can help others? Join the Grimes Volunteer Support Team. They are currently seeking volunteers to assist with:
    • Transportation for appointments, shopping, library, etc.
    • Minor home cleaning, repair & maintenance
    • Yard work assistance
    • DME (Durable Medical Equipment) loans
    • Personal Assistance
    If you are interested in helping in any way, call 515-986-5355 or stop in at 402 S.E. Second St., #100, Grimes. They are open 9-11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or by appointment. 

 City Council news

Posted 8/11/2020
    At the July 14 Grimes City Council meeting, the following was reported:
    Resolution 07-1220 Software License Agreement with Encode Plus for Codification and Hosting of City Code $56,290. Alex Pfaltzgraff addressed the Council stating that they are seeking approval to move forward with a license agreement to acquire and implement a software system that will assist with the modernization of the Grimes Code of Ordinances. Pfaltzgraff stated that the funds were budgeted for this fiscal year. Pfaltzgraff said that this will be interactive, searchable software that includes links to related code sections. Pfaltzgraff said this software includes GIS elements, the ability to submit applications online and a host of other features. Councilmember Burger asked how much of the total cost was for conversion and set up, and how much for maintenance. Pfaltzgraff said the set up was approximately $10,000 and annual maintenance came in about around $7,500.
    City Administrator Jake Anderson stated that there is a culvert project that he wanted Matt Ahrens, the City Engineer, to review with the Council. Matt Ahrens said that he had been working with Lee Chamberlin Engineers on a drainage study of Little Beaver. He determined that there were two small culverts that need to be replaced with larger units and grading done to mitigate future flooding issues. Ahrens said they had a public information meeting and letters were sent out to acquire the necessary easements to allow the work to proceed. Ahrens stated the project was expected to be $850,000. He added that this includes the engineering costs, acquiring easements and construction. Ahrens said they would have more precise information on costs over the next couple of months as they get ready to go out to bid the project.

School board news

Posted 8/11/2020
    At the July 20 DCG School Board meeting, the following was reported:
    • Contract approvals: Greg Boattenhamer, Volunteer coach - Football; Lisa Hofman, PLC Leader; Ashley Lubbert, Associate; Marissa Friesen, FCS Teacher - MS (one year contract only); Jacob Edelman, Assistant Freshman Football coach; Meg Jackson, Volunteer Volleyball Coach.
    • Resignations: Miranda Jahangir, Associate; Chris Zepp, Football coach - 9th grade; Gus Henrici, Bus Driver Sub; Shane Roefanz, Curriculum Facilitator; Shae Jorgensen, Kindergarten SP; Kelly Johnson, Kindergarten SP; Chris Zepp, Assistant Freshman Football coach.
    • Changes: Bob King, Bus Driver - Reg. to Sub Route.

DC-G Return-To-Learn plan announced

Posted 8/11/2020
    The DC-G School Board approved the hybrid return-to learn plan at the Aug. 3 meeting. The DCG School Board voted 4-3 in favor for students to return to learning the first semester in a hybrid model for grades PK-12. If families do not want their children to return to school in person, there are two online learning options to choose from. The first online option is a yearly commitment per student. Instruction will be given by an online company, Edmentum. The second online option is a semester commitment per student and will be taught by a DCG teacher.
    Optional kindergarten through 12th grade students who choose the Hybrid Learning option will begin in two groups in session on Aug. 27. Students in Group A will start school on-site Thursday, Aug. 27. Students in Group B will start school on-site Friday, Aug. 28.
    Facial coverings will be required for both students and staff returning to learn in buildings. A facial covering includes a fask mask, a face shield or a neck gaiter.
    More details can be found at www.dcgschools.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Funeral notices

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

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.