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Pentecost parade Sunday, May 31

Posted 5/28/2020
    Polk City United Methodist Church is hosting a Pentecost Parade, Sunday, May 31. The day of Pentecost has come to symbolize the birthday of the Church (you can read all about it in Acts 2). To participate, please wear colors of red, yellow or orange, and to adorn vehicles with balloons, streamers, banners or other decorations of those same colors. We will meet in the church parking lot, 1421 W. Broadway St., at 10:30 a.m. for a “Honk and Wave” and brief time of prayer (you’ll stay in your vehicles). Then we’ll parade through the town. You’ll also be provided with a Grab-n-Go Pentecost Blessing Bag which will include a prayer for our community, to pray as you go, and a home worship kit for Celebrating Pentecost.

ChildServe’s Run, Walk & FUN 4 the Kids

Posted 5/28/2020
    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 us reach 1,000 miles pledged in support of our mission. Register today at www.childserve.org/run.

Funeral notice

Posted 5/28/2020
    Edward Simmons, 70, of Polk City, died May 21, 2020. Hamilton’s Funeral Home was in charge of services.

Polk City Community Library news

Posted 5/28/2020
    The 2020 online summer reading program is here. This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story” and it’s all about imagination. There are programs for kids, teens, and adults. Register at polkcitylibrary.beanstack.org and start logging reading and activities beginning June 1. Paper logs are available upon request.
    Online schedules, find details on their Facebook page:
    • Story Time, Mondays 10 a.m.
    • STEM fun, Tuesdays 10 a.m.
    • Coffee Wednesdays 10 a.m.
    • Sit N Stitch, Thursdays 7 p.m.
    • Men’s Friday Coffee 10 a.m.
    • Wednesday Book Club, June 3, 7 p.m., “Maid” by Stephanie Land
    • Chair Yoga, Tuesdays, June 9, 16, 23, 30 at 9 a.m.
    • Circus Variety Show with Martika Daniels, Thursday, June 11, 10 a.m.
    • Hear Iowa Veteran’s Stories In Their Own Words live, Tuesday, June 16, 1:30 p.m.
    • Adult DIY String Art “Patriotic Stars,” Monday June 22 6 p.m. (RSVP online)
    • Teen Origami, Tuesday June 23, 1:30 p.m. (RSVP online)
    • Mikayla OZ Magic Show live, Thursday June 25, 10 a.m.

Saylorville Lake Closures due to Rising Water Level

Posted 5/28/2020
    Due to recent rainfall, Saylorville Lake’s water level is on the rise resulting in the closure of Cherry Glen Lower Boat Ramp, Oak Grove Beach, and the Control Tower Road. The areas will be closed until the water recedes and cleanup can be performed. Please obey all gates, signs and barricades as they are placed for your safety.
    When Cherry Glen’s High Water boat ramp parking lot reaches capacity, boaters will be redirected to an alternative boat ramp. Other available ramps include Sandpiper, Lakeview Main, Lakeview High Water and Lincoln Access.
    Boating conditions may be hazardous on Saylorville Lake due to submerged hazards and floating debris. Not all hazards are visible; debris can lie just under the surface of the water. Extreme caution should be taken while operating vessels on the lake. All vessel occupants should wear their PFD’s (life jackets) at all times. Also reduce travel speed, avoid boating after dark, watch for and obey all buoy markings.
    Visitors may receive current information regarding the status of all recreation areas by calling the lake information number at 515-276-0433. Lake level information and predictions can be accessed at www.rivergages.com.

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.

Ankeny Sanitation holiday schedule

Posted 5/21/2020
    With the upcoming holiday on Monday, May 25, residential trash collection routes will be behind one day Tuesday, May 26 - Saturday, May 30.

Summer Recreation 2020 canceled

Posted 5/21/2020
    In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Polk City has canceled the summer recreation program for 2020. Their intent will be for the summer recreation program to return in 2021. Be on the lookout for new recreation programs starting Fall 2020 as well. Questions may be directed to Jason Thraen, Parks and Recreation Director, at jthraen@polkcityia.gov or 515-329-8036.

Memorial Day Flag Etiquette

Posted 5/21/2020
    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.

Drama delayed, now displayed

Posted 5/21/2020
    The North Polk Drama Department will be performing Virtual Scene Collection #1 featuring short plays by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus, Edith Weiss, Craig Sodaro, and Brian Taylor. Produced in special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Denver, Colorado. Join them for the premiere of this first ever North Polk Virtual Theatre Event on Saturday, May 23 at 7 p.m. on the district Youtube channel The Show Does Go On!  See more details on www.northpolk.org.

First Responders Club

Posted 5/21/2020
    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.

Polk City’s 2019 Water Quality Report

Posted 5/21/2020
    Polk City’s 2019 Water Quality Report is now available at www.polkcityia.gov. In compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, Polk City provides a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) annually on the website. Every citizen has a right to know where their water comes from and what’s in it. This report highlights the great quality of water that the City provides to our citizens.

Polk City Restaurants

Posted 5/15/2020
 
  • Papa's Pizzeria | 515-985-6361 Monday - Sunday 11am - 8pm (carryout only)
  • Reising Sun Cafe | 515-984-9061 Monday - Saturday 7am - 12pm
  • Fenders Brewing | 515-984-0011 | Monday-Friday 4pm- -7pm, Saturday noon - 3pm (carryout only)
  • The Outside Scoop - Ankeny | 515-444-8234 | Friday 2pm - 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 9pm
  • Polk City Pub | 515-984-9388 | Tuesday - Saturday 11am- 10pm, Sunday 11am - 8pm.
  • Copper Oak | 515-984-9440 | Wednesday 5pm - 8pm, Thursday - Saturday 4pm - 7pm (carryout only)
  • the creamery | see FB page  https://www.facebook.com/thecreamerypolkcity/

Polk City Church Offering Virtual/Online Services

Posted 5/15/2020
 
  • United Methodist Church | 515-984-6274 | Live Stream on Facebook Sundays at 10:30am
     
  • Lakeside Fellowship | 515-984-6910 | Live Stream Sunday at 9am on Youtube & Facebook

Polk City Community Library news

Posted 5/14/2020
On May 13, 2020, Gov. Reynold’s announced that many restrictions in Iowa’s remaining 77 counties would be lifted effective May 15, 2020, allowing libraries to open. In planning for re-opening, the Polk City Community Library’s staff and board of trustees, along with city leaders, have consulted with our colleagues around the state and taken guidance from experts at the State Library of Iowa, the American Library Association, and the Iowa Department of Public Health. The health and safety of our patrons and staff is our number one priority.
Given the current statistics for Polk County and neighboring counties, we do not feel that we are in a position where we can safely welcome the public back into the library. Therefore, we have planned to re-open the Polk City Community Library in phases. Visit the website at polkcitylibrary.org for more details.

Bag of Food Distribution, June 6

Posted 5/14/2020
The next NP Comet Cupboard Bag of Food distribution will be Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. to noon at Polk City United Methodist Church, Sheldahl United Methodist Church and Elkhart Blessing Box. The mini pantries are located at Polk City United Methodist Church and Sheldahl City Hall, and are open 24/7 for anyone who needs food.
A list of needed items are on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/npcometcupboard. If you would like to donate, or for other questions, contact Dixie Bequeaith dbequeai967@msn.com.

Camp Dodge cancels summer concert series, other events

Posted 5/14/2020
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 in compliance with the state’s COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
The decision comes as Maj. Gen Corell said nearly 900 Iowa National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are helping out with the COVID-19 response and another 2,000 are preparing for deployment overseas.
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.

Four Seasons Festival cancelled; Sounds on the Square and Farmers Market suspended until further notice.

Posted 5/11/2020
   As you know, our community has been profoundly impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Go Polk City Board of Directors has been closely monitoring all the developments to identify the best course of action for our Four Seasons Festival. The Festival relies heavily on volunteers, community support, and sponsorships, the COVID-19 global pandemic has disrupted our ability to responsibly prepare and produce the festival in a manner that ensures its future success. It is with that in mind that we announce we have decided to cancel the Four Seasons Festival originally scheduled for July 17-18.
   While this is a difficult decision, we are committed to hosting quality events that provide a safe environment to celebrate our great community.
   We will also be indefinitely suspending Sounds on the Square and our Farmer’s Market until an appropriate time. Support local vendors by shopping at http://polkcityfarmersmarket.com.

Drive-through Pancake Breakfast

Posted 5/7/2020
    On Saturday, May 16 from 7-11 a.m., the Polk City Firefighters Association will be hosting a free-will donation drive-through Pancake Breakfast. The proceeds from this pancake breakfast will be donated to the local food pantry, the North Polk Comet Cupboard.
    The Polk City Firefighters Association’s No. 1 priority is to keep the community and firefighters safe. They will be wearing the appropriate PPE while providing you the same great pancakes.
    The entrance will be at the corner of Booth Street and W. Van Dorn Street, heading toward the fire station. See more details on www.facebook.com/PCFirefightersAssocation.

DMARC launches food pantry delivery service

Posted 5/7/2020
    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. The service is launching with a maximum of 50 food pantry deliveries per day. Requests for delivery will close at noon, or after 50 spots have been filled.
    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.

Des Moines Symphony postpones concerts

Posted 5/7/2020
    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.

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

Posted 5/7/2020
    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.

Polk City Utility Bill Assistance Program Related to COVID-19

Posted 4/30/2020
    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Polk City will begin accepting applications for a Low to Moderate Income Utility Bill Assistance Program. Applications will be accepted for residential property owners residing in the Corporate City Limits of Polk City. Eligibility for participation is established according to the Low-to-moderate income levels defined by Polk County as outlined on www.polkcityia.gov.

Free clinic closed

Posted 4/30/2020
    The Free Clinic at the Polk City United Methodist Church is currently closed due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

Mothers Day gift ideas

Posted 4/30/2020
    Visit Kids Create Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pckidscreate, for fun ideas to make for Mothers Day gifts.

Botanical Garden Takes Spring Plant Sale Online

Posted 4/30/2020
    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.

North Polk Community School District resignations

Posted 4/30/2020
    The School Board Meeting took place on April 14. The following resignations were approved: A. Dose, HS boys basketball and J. Lavicky, HS volleyball.

Help wanted

Posted 4/30/2020
    HELP Wanted: 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.

Bag of Food Distribution

Posted 4/23/2020
    With the rise in unemployment and the increased need for food, a “Bag of Food” Distribution is being organized in the North Polk District for Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following distribution sites:  Polk City United Methodist Church, Sheldahl United Methodist Church and Elkhart Christian Church. Contact Dixie Bequeaith at dbequeai967@msn.com with questions.
    Food needed: hamburger 1 lb., pasta, pasta sauce, bread, peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned tuna/chicken, minute rice, Bear Creek dry soup (chicken noodle is popular), mac-n-cheese, pork and beans, bag of apples and brownie/cookie mix.
    Food can be dropped off at the Polk City United Methodist Church and placed in the plastic bins by the front doors, or you can email any of the following people who have volunteered to pick up food from your front porch in Polk City.
    • Diane Hammond: sndhammond@mchsi.com
    • Carol Easter: caroleaster-ts@hotmail.com
    • Rachel Ackerman: rachel_ackerman@yahoo.com
    • Michelle/Madeline Bequeaith: bequeami@outlook.com
    If you find yourself in need of a bag of groceries, fill out the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVGfiGDFJ8WnAnAw_2hPe-B4GUYLNlOog_ON2mlf-1e8kvUA/viewform. This is sponsored by the NP Comet Cupboard.

Online Worship with Polk City UMC

Posted 4/23/2020
    “Some Good News — Stories of Resurrection and Hope” Easter Worship Series: April 19 - May 31. With the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down schools, restaurants and “non-essential” businesses, forcing us to stay home, no less causing tremendous illness, suffering, fear and even death, we could all use some good news. Join Polk City UMC for an online worship series about the stories of Jesus’ resurrection appearances, as well as stories from around the community where we are seeing Jesus show up amid this time of crises. Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook Live: facebook.com/polkcityumc. Visit the online worship page to download a bulletin, request prayers, make your offering and find links for children’s activities: polkcityumc.org/online-worship.

Polk City Community Foundation pledges funds

Posted 4/23/2020
    The PCCF has pledged $6,000 over the next six weeks to North Polk Community Schools and United Methodist Church Comet Cupboard to help ensure no child goes hungry during COVID-19. To help, go here to donate: www.desmoinesfoundation.org/polkcityfund.

North Polk Community Scavenger Hunt

Posted 4/23/2020
    North Polk families, show your continued community support and school pride by participating in the North Polk Community Scavenger Hunt. Color and display the “Be Happy & Kind” coloring page in a window at your home by Monday, April 27. During the week of April 27 - May 1, take a tour around the towns in our district and see how many “Be Happy & Kind” coloring pages you can find. Coloring pages can be printed at home or picked up outside the Polk City Library on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.
    Find the coloring page link on the Polk City Community Library’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ReadPCCL.

Polk City Community Library news

Posted 4/23/2020
    The Board of Trustees has authorized staff to remotely grant new library cards to Polk City residents during this time to access books and DVDs while safe at home. Either visit the website to complete the application or pick up a paper application outside the library Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The Polk City Community Library will be offering a Facebook Live story time at 10 a.m. every Monday. To participate go to the Polk City Community Library Facebook page and join the Polk City Community Library Youth Services group.
    Geri-Fit participants are now able to participate in an online Geri-Fit workout as long as you have a computer and high-speed Internet. There is no cost to view this video. Go to www.polkcitylibrary.org request access.
    Upcoming online Zoom classes:
    • Wednesdays, Ladies Coffee, 10 a.m.
    • Thursdays, Sit-n-Stich, 7 p.m.
    • Fridays, Men’s Coffee, 10 a.m.
    • Mondays, Book Club, 3 p.m.
    Go to www.polkcitylibrary.org request access.

Polk City Police Officers Association donates to North Polk Schools

Posted 4/23/2020
    The PCPOA is proud to announce a $250 donation to the North Polk School Grab-N-Go Meal Program. This donation will assist in providing North Polk Students a free nutritional breakfast and lunch during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Spring Cleanup postponed

Posted 4/16/2020
    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Polk City has canceled the spring cleanup event originally scheduled for May 2. When it is safe to do so, a new date will be selected and communicated. Look here for details.

Celebrate North Polk fundraiser moved online

Posted 4/16/2020
    Celebrate North Polk fundraiser has moved completely online. The silent auction will be May 13-16. A preview will begin on May 6, which is the day you can register to get a bidding number. Visit www.celebratenorthpolk.org for details, or check out the Facebook page “Celebrate North Polk.”

Polk City Community Library news

Posted 4/16/2020
    The Board of Trustees has authorized staff to remotely grant new library cards to Polk City residents during this time to access our books and DVDs while safe at home. Either visit the website to complete the application or pick up a paper application outside the library Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The Polk City Community Library will be offering a Facebook Live story time at 10 a.m. every Monday. To participate go to the Polk City Community Library Facebook page and join the Polk City Community Library Youth Services group.
    Geri-Fit participants are now able to participate in an online Geri-Fit workout as long as you have a computer and high-speed Internet. There is no cost to view this video. Go to www.polkcitylibrary.org request access.
    Upcoming online Zoom classes:
    • April 22, Ladies Coffee, 10 a.m.
    • April 20, Book Club, 3 p.m.
    Go to www.polkcitylibrary.org request access.

Funeral notice

Posted 4/16/2020
    John (Jack) Raymond Temme, 80, of Polk City died on Sunday, April 12, 2020. A celebration of life will be held at a later date once virus and travel restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Assumption Catholic Church in Granger.

Classifieds

Posted 4/16/2020
  •  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
  • DOG 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.

Virtual fitness training offered

Posted 4/16/2020
    In an effort to keep everyone motivated and on track, One More Rep Fitness has created a Google Classroom setting for members (or non-members) to join. Cost of the virtual class is $50/month and all the individual needs is a set of dumbbells. Go to www.facebook.com/OneMoreRepFitnessLlc for more information.

Wesley Life Meals on Wheels

Posted 4/16/2020
    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.

Polk City Parks, Playground Equipment closed

Posted 4/10/2020
    Until further notice, all Polk City Parks and Playground Equipment are closed to the Public due to COVID-19. People may still use the trails but be cautious of practicing social distancing when utilizing the trail system.
 

Polk City Community Library news

Posted 4/10/2020
    Friday, April 10 is a city holiday. Items put on hold must be picked up by 5 p.m. on Thursday if you want them for the weekend.
    The  Board of Trustees has authorized staff to remotely grant new library cards to Polk City residents during this time to access our books and DVDs while safe at home. Either visit the website to complete the application or pick up a paper application outside the library Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The Polk City Community Library will be offering a Facebook Live story time at 10 a.m. every Monday. To participate go to the Polk City Community Library Facebook page and join the Polk City Community Library Youth Services group.
    Geri-Fit participants are now able to participate in an online Geri-Fit workout as long as you have a computer and high-speed Internet. There is no cost to view this video. Go to www.polkcitylibrary.org request access.
 

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

Posted 4/10/2020
    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.

NP Comet Cupboard needs donations

Posted 4/10/2020
    Donations are needed for the NP Comet Cupboard. You can drop items off at Polk City United Methodist Church, 1421 W. Broadway St. There is a plastic covered bin beside the church entrance if the cupboard is full. Or email rachel_ackerman@yahoo.com with your address, and she will arrange for a pick-up outside your front door. See the NP Comet Cupboard Facebook page for current needed items.

Blessing Box food pantry in Elkhart

Posted 4/10/2020
    They are open the first Saturday of each month, 9-10 a.m. and the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, 6-7 p.m. The pantry is located within, but not associated with, the Elkhart Christian Church at 252 N.W. Washington Ave. Contact via Facebook, ElkhartBlessingBox@gmail.com or by text at 515-249-7228.

Fish Fry and Bingo cancelled

Posted 4/10/2020
    The Polk City American Legion Fish Fry and Bingo scheduled for April 10 is cancelled. The drawing for the Henry Rifle has been postponed due to COVID-19.

Iowa PBS hosts online storytimes, more

Posted 4/10/2020
    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.

Grab-N-Go meals available to North Polk students

Posted 4/9/2020
    Grab-N-Go meals will be provided to those in need. In order to keep each other safe, we will honor social distancing by placing the lunches on a table. All meals are FREE for school-age children. Sign up by 8 p.m. the night before the next delivery date. Use this link to request your Grab-N-Go meals: www.northpolk.org. This will help determine how many meals to prepare.
    Those who have signed up for meals will be served first. If you do not sign up, you will be asked to wait until all individuals who have signed up have been served, depending on the availability of meals.
    Meals in Polk City and Elkhart will be delivered by a North Polk school bus and will be available from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
    Locations:
    • Alleman: back of high school, 13930 N.E. Sixth St., door #14
    • Elkhart: Vista View Trailer Park, 737 E. Walnut St.
    • Polk City: in front of West Elementary, 1400 W. Broadway
    • Sheldahl: available by delivery only
    We will be offering a lunch meal on the day of and a breakfast meal for the next morning.

Polk City churches offering virtual/online services

Posted 4/9/2020
 

Des Moines Art Center launches virtual tours

Posted 4/9/2020
   The Des Moines Art Center recently launched seven virtual tours of its permanent collections and special exhibitions. The tours allow visitors to click through the extensive collections as if they were at the museum — an important experience as the Art Center galleries are closed to the public until April 7 in response to COVID-19. www.desmoinesartcenter.org/visit/virtualtours

Business changes during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted 3/20/2020

 
  • As of March 23, The Cutting Edge Salon will be closed until March 31, or until it is safe to be open. Customers who had booked appointments will be contacted and rescheduled as soon as possible.
     
  • Polk City EyeCare updated hours: Monday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday: Closed. Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday: Closed. Friday: 8 a.m. to noon. If you have an emergency and no one is there, leave a message as the staff will be monitoring messages regularly.
     
  • A message from North Polk Family Medicine: Our clinic is not doing COVID-19 testing. If you think you need to be tested, call 211. Someone there will talk you through it and tell you where to go to be tested if necessary. Do not go to a clinic for this testing. Our clinic is still open for everything else.
     
  • A message from Polk City Chiropractic: In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, we want to first and foremost assure you that patient safety is our No. 1 priority. In order to keep our patients and community safe we will be making the following changes: 
    • We will be removing all toys from the waiting room and adjusting rooms. 
    • We will be swapping out our current chairs for metal chairs, for more effective sanitation. 
    • Dr. Chris will be increasing our sanitary procedures after every patient, so please allow a little extra time for him to do so. 
    • To reduce congestion in the waiting room we will be spreading out appointment times. Our hope is to only have one person/family in the waiting room while another is being adjusted. If you feel more comfortable waiting in your car, please let us know and we will make accommodations. 
    • If you have been sick or traveled out of the country in the last two weeks please wait to make your appointment.
       
  • CeCe Nails and Spa is doing appointments only and no walk-ins until further notice. Call or text 515-771-1598.
     
  • Cullen & Associates Insurance Services will not be making face-to-face appointments until further notice. They will be able to help with questions and changes via email and phone. Ankeny and Polk City office: 515-963-8500, chris@cullenins.com, jamie@cullenins.com and lauren. cullenins@gmail.com.
     
  • Kyle Matzen’s Edward Jones office is not meeting in person with new and existing clients at this time.
     
  • Ace Hardware in Ankeny and Johnston is offering online orders and curbside pickup. Place your order at Acehardware.com (set your store to Ankeny or Johnston). Once you’ve received confirmation that your order is ready, head to the store. Call and let the staff know you are there and an employee will deliver your order curbside to your vehicle’s back seat or trunk to minimize contact.
     
  • Enhance Performance Therapy is offering online video sessions for those who are unable to get to the clinic. Message or call 515-209-2299 for more information.
     
  • In order to protect the firefighters, EMTs and paramedics, the Polk City Fire Department asks if you call 911 for any reason to let the call taker know if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms. 

North Polk Family Medicine offering FaceTime visit

Posted 3/23/2020

North Polk Family Medicine started offering FaceTime visits on Monday, March 23. These visits will be offered for anyone who should not be exposed to crowds (older than 70, heart disease, lung disease or diabetes) or anyone who has a concern that he or she may have Covid-19 (fever higher than 100.4 and shortness of breath/cough and/or known exposure to the virus from someone who tested positive for the disease and/or traveled to a high-risk area). North Polk Family Medicine continues to strive for all of its patients to have access to safe medical care. Call the office at 515-984-6426 and schedule your FaceTime or in-clinic visit. The office is open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Polk City restaurants offering takeout

Posted 3/20/2020

 
  • Papa’s Pizzeria: 515-985-6361
  • Reising Sun Café: temporarily closed until further notice
  • Fenders Brewing: 515-984-0011, Monday-Friday 4-7 p.m., Saturday noon to 3 p.m
  • The Outside Scoop, Ankeny, 515-444-8234, pint orders only for drive up
  • Polk City Pub: 515-984-9388, Monday closed, Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.
  • Subway, 515-984-9257, open for takeout and delivery​​​
  • Sandbar - Latitude 4: temporarily closed until further notice.  

Polk City takes steps against COVID-19

Posted 3/20/2020

Mayor Jason Morse has signed an emergency proclamation regarding community spread of COVID-19. Until further notice, the City of Polk City will restrict public access to all city facilities, including City Hall and the library. They apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, however, they are taking all precautions regarding the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus). The city is encouraging the public to conduct their business with the City electronically at support@polkcityia.gov or over the phone, 515-984- 6233, if possible. In situations where this is not an option, arrangements will be made. The City will be monitoring this situation and will make a determination about reopening city facilities as the situation evolves. Please visit the website, www.polkcityia.gov, for more details and for future updates. 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers preventative COVID-19 closures

Posted 3/20/2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District has closed all visitor centers, beaches, day use areas and project offices to the public. Boat ramps and trails will remain open and available.

Unopened Corps campgrounds within the Rock Island District will have an indefinite delay in their previously advertised seasonal openings. Refunds will be provided through Recreation One-Stop, 1-877-444-6777, or recreation.gov. All other events, including Corps-sponsored events, interpretive programs, lock-and-dam tours and site visits scheduled through May 11 are now cancelled.

The Rock Island District regrets any inconvenience caused by these closures. The safety and health its visitors and employees its our top priority.

For up-to-date information on modifications, closures or other restrictions related toRock Island District areas visit www.mvr.usace.army.mil

Polk City Community Library is closed

Posted 3/20/2020

Mayor Jason Morse has issued an emergency proclamation closing the Polk City Community Library until further notice. Staff will be at the library Monday-Fridays until 5 p.m. You may reserve materials online and the staff will deliver them to your vehicle when you arrive. Due dates have been extended, although patrons are encouraged to return materials as they finish them so others may receive them. 

March 18 free clinic closed

Posted 3/16/2020

The Free Clinic at the Polk City United Methodist Church will be closed Wednesday, March 18 due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.  We will reassess before the April clinics.

North Polk students showcase artwork at Ankeny Art Center

Posted 3/16/2020

This month, North Polk students are showcasing their artwork to the public at the Ankeny Art Center. This is the second of three school districts that will be featured at the Ankeny Art Center during the 2020 Gallery Season. The North Polk exhibit runs through March 31.

The youth art exhibitions feature a wide array of mediums presented by children in grades kindergarten through 12th. This is an opportunity for the young artists to display their work in a public setting.

“The K-12 Community Art Exhibits at the Ankeny Art Center have become a beloved annual tradition for families in our area. The joy these shows bring to the students as they see their work displayed in a professional gallery is priceless,” said Barb Vaske, director of the Ankeny Art Center.

All shows and receptions at the Ankeny Art Center are free and open to the public. As a special treat, K-12 receptions also feature pottery wheel demonstrations in the Art Center’s studio space.

The Ankeny Art Center is located at 1520 S.W. Ordnance Road. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday, 4-7 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. The Center is closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, please visit www.ankenyartcenter.com or visit the Center’s Facebook page.
 

Funeral notice: John Bertelsen

Posted 3/16/2020

John Bertelsen, 62, of Polk City died Monday, March 2 in Des Moines. Funeral services were held Friday, March 5 at Ankeny Funeral Home.

Polk City UMC: “Enter the Story”

Posted 3/16/2020

Lent Worship Series, March 8 - April 8
The events of Christ’s Passion, which take place during the last week of Jesus’ life, often don’t receive enough time in our worship and study. These stories are important to our faith journey and our identity as followers of Jesus. And yet we often move too quickly from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with little time to take in the dramatic story of that last week.
Join the members of Polk City United Methodist Church for worship during Lent, as they intentionally put a “frame” around the scenes of Jesus’ last week, and also frame our own lives in a way that will help us see what really matters. How might taking a closer look at the ancient story open us to deeper conviction for who it calls us to be?

Recycling pickup

Posted 3/23/2020

Recycling is collected every other Friday. The next collection is Friday, April 3.

North Polk voters approve special election bond referendum

Posted 3/9/2020

ALLEMAN, Iowa - On March 3, voters went to the polls to weigh in on North Polk’s special election bond referendum. Based on unofficial results indicated by the Polk County Election Office, the district is pleased to announce that the $15 million bond referendum passed with 87.78 percent voter approval. To obtain a passing vote, 60 percent “YES” of the total votes were required. Please note, results are ‘unofficial’ until certified by the County Board of Supervisors.

To meet the growing needs of students, the North Polk Board of Education called for a special election to be held on March 3, 2020, for the sale of up to $15 million in general obligation bonds. Funds generated from the passage of the bond referendum will allow the district to construct a new elementary school and an academic addition to the existing high school. Additional space is needed to accommodate a student body that is anticipated to grow by 27% over the next nine years.

“On behalf of the North Polk Board of Education, students, and staff, I want to thank everyone for supporting the bond referendum and participating in the election process,” said Dr. Dan Mart, superintendent of schools. “Passage is a positive step for our district as we address current and future student enrollment
growth.”

Lenten Bible Study

Posted 3/9/2020

Jesus’ final days were full of risk. Every move he made was filled with anticipation, danger, and the potential for great loss or great reward. Jesus risked his reputation when he entered Jerusalem in a victory parade. He risked his life when he dared to teach in the temple. His followers risked everything when they left behind their homes, or anointed him with costly perfume. We take risks as we read and re-read these stories, finding new meanings and new challenges.

In the book “Entering the Passion of Jesus,” author, professor and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the ethical and spiritual questions in the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story of Jesus. This Lenten study will challenge us to examine our consciences and find out how deepening our relationship with Jesus and the Bible can bring us into closer relationship with others and the world.

(NOTE: the book can be purchased from all major booksellers. Remember that if you are purchasing from Amazon, be sure to go to smile.amazon.com and search for “Polk City United Methodist Church” as your charitable organization, or use this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/42-1177412)

There are two different opportunities to participate in this Bible Study with others:
  •  In-person Bible Study (Adult Sunday School): Sundays at 9:30am (Rooms 1 & 3), facilitated by Thomas Webb.
  • Online Bible Study (Private Facebook Group): weekly online discussions on your own time, facilitated by Pastor Melody Webb

New – Holy Yoga Class Coming To PCUMC

Posted 3/9/2020

Brandy Young, certified Christian yoga instructor, has agreed to offer a Holy Yoga class here at Polk City UMC. In order to schedule a class time, we need to hear from you. If you are interested in attending this class, which will be offered one hour a week on either Tuesday or Thursday evenings, please complete this survey to help us choose the best time: https://doodle.com/poll/hry2g7fczvh5687e

We would love to have your feedback in the next week so we can schedule classes to begin in March.