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Good Monday morning to you!
 

Like many in our industry, we once relied heavily on classified advertising revenue, a steady stream of income that dried up once Craigslist started offering free ads. Facebook’s Marketplace then jumped into the fray with added features, leaving Craigslist in the dust. We decided years ago that we can’t win in trying to sell something that our competitors are doing for free, so we brainstormed on how we could make up that lost revenue and decided to create and host events.

It started for us with CITYVIEW’s Brewfest, a popular beer sampling event that ran its course over six years. During that time, we also launched Martini Fest, which transformed into a number of related events and is now our Wine and Whiskey Walk. Our Fine Spirits Festival became even better after rebranding it into a traveling cocktail party called Summer Stir. We also continue to host several other events such as 20 from 2020, Des Moines’ Most Likeable People, and our unmatched Best Of Des Moines event.

We decided to expand our Summer Stir event this year. The first will be held Friday, July 23 from 5-9 p.m. at seven participating eating and drinking establishments in the East Village. The Summer Stir events are not crazy parties for the youngsters but instead are unique sampling events for people of all ages (21 and older) where attendees can casually stroll from location to location and try each venue’s signature summer drink in a relaxing and casual setting.

Sound like fun? Then join us on Friday, July 23 in the East Village. Order your tickets now at summerstirs.com and look to the pages of CITYVIEW this month for full details — just not in the classifieds.

Have a magnificent Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
shane@dmcityview.com

 

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

A gorgeous day is ahead with a metro high around 80. Things warm into the upper 80s Tuesday before rain chances return to the forecast Tuesday night and continue off and on this week.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

 
Things To Do
 

Monday, July 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (first Monday of the month)
⇛Virtual Writer's Workshop
At: Zoom for the Des Moines Public Library
Info: Writers share writing samples and receive feedback from others in the group. If you would like to share your writing with the group, visit www.dmpl.org/events for details.
*Note: This program has limited space and requires registration. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the link and password to the Zoom meeting.
**In July and September the workshop will meet the second Monday of the month since the Library is closed on the first Monday for a holiday.

 
Featured Home For Sale
 

6882 56th Street
Altoona, IA 50009
$400,000

Acreage for Sale! THIS HOME IS BEING SOLD AS-IS. Come see this huge two story between Bonduran and Altoona. This property has 4.1 acres, plenty of outbuildings and storage buildings. The home is over 2700 sq. ft., has 4 bedrooms, 3 bath areas and a newer 24x24 garage. This is the perfect home for a family that plans on growing. The amount of space, storage and function that this home offers, your family could be comfortable for many years to come. ....

 
More Information Here
 
Traffic 
 
WAUKEE: The outside northbound lane and adjacent sidewalk on S.E. Alice's Road will close Monday, July 12 through Monday, July 19 to allow crews to pave the entrance to the new Kwik Star. Please use caution when traveling in the area.
 
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Man accused of school shooting threat considers Ankeny school board run

ANKENY, Iowa — A man accused of threatening to "shoot up" Waukee High School last March is now exploring a run for school board in Ankeny, making some parents uneasy, and gaining attention outside of Iowa. Issac Holtz, then 19, admitted to sending the threatening email as he was being led out of the Dallas County Courthouse following a court appearance.  ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Des Moines City Council to vote on Fareway meat market design in Beaverdale

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines City Council will vote Monday on whether to approve design plans for a proposed Fareway meat market in the Beaverdale neighborhood. A business owner in the area wants the city council to make pedestrians a priority.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: MLB in Iowa: 'Field of Dreams' game a month away

DYERSVILLE, Iowa — Major League Baseball's first-ever regular-season game in Iowa is just over a month away. The game between the White Sox and Yankees at the "Field of Dreams" movie site was originally set to take place last year, but was postponed to Aug. 12, 2021 due to the pandemic.... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

 
The Score
 
IOWA CUBS: The Iowa Cubs (24-33) beat the St. Paul Saints (28-31) 1-0 in game one and 3-2 in game two, sweeping the doubleheader, Sunday at Principal Park. . READ MORE...
 
MLB: White Sox 7 Orioles 5, Twins 12 Tigers 9, Royals v. Indians postponed,  Cardinals v. Cubs postponed. READ MORE...
 
NBA Finals: Bucks 120 Suns 100. Suns lead series 2-1.
 
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021
 

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best West Glen Restaurant
1. Bonefish Grill
2. Banana Leaf
3. BeerStyles Taproom & Gastropub

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Personalities
 

Susan Watts at St. Kilda Collective: Owner of Olson-Larsen adds new gallery to keep young artists in the area.


By Jim Duncan

Susan Watts recently passed her personal 10th anniversary as owner of Olson-Larsen Galleries, which was the galleries’ 46th year and Watts’ 17th overall. We asked her to lunch, and she chose St. Kilda Collective (SKC) in Valley Junction. Despite only being open since the beginning of the virus rain, this particular St. Kilda now joins Jesse’s Embers and Manhattan Deli as the most requested meeting spots for this column.

“Being an art dealer, I love the renovation. It’s gorgeous. Those of us in Valley Junction needed something spectacular to anchor the north end of the district. This does that,” Watts said.

[...]

 
Read more
 
Jobs
 
Snapshots

Friday's severe storms swept through parts of Iowa Friday, including Johnston, with heavy rains, strong winds and golf-ball sized hail. Photo by Aaron Burns 

Want to see your photo included in the Daily Umbrella? Send your Snapshots to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com, and maybe it will be chosen!

 
 
Digital Editions
 
Indianola Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The July issue cover story, "50 Years of Ballooning," is about the upcoming National Balloon Classic. Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. Read the July issue here.
 
 
Summer Stirs
 
CITYVIEW's traveling cocktails are back!  The next event is in the Historic East Village, Friday, July 23, 5-9 p.m.

Sample the signature Summer Stir drinks at 7 participating establishments! For only $20 (prepaid online), participants will receive 10 tickets to use to sample drinks at any of the participating venues. Tickets may also be purchased at the event for $30. All of the establishments will be within walking distance.

 
Details and Tickets
 
Birthdays and Notables!
 

Happy Birthday Christina Anderson! Have a happy day!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Malala Yousafzai, Michelle Rodriguez, Brock Lesnar, Pablo Neruda, Steve Howey, Lee Byung-hun, Henry David Thoreau, Erik Per Sullivan, Richard Simmons, Cheryl Ladd, LeSean McCoy

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

 
 
Poll of the Week

Which are you most fearful of?

Thunderstorms
Rats
Snakes
Heights
Public speaking

 

Do you seek out fireworks for the Fourth of July?

Yes - 38%
No - 62%

 
Morning Chuckle
 
YESTERDAY'S RIDDLE
What did the man say when his wife told him he planted the wrong flowers?
OOPSIE DAISY! Not a single guess!
 
 
TODAY'S RIDDLE:
Which kind of company replants lawns using crop dusting planes flown by balding pilots?
 
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 
 

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