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Good Wednesday morning to you!

Harry Truman was right. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. That’s exactly what we did last Friday night. I offer my appreciation to all of you who joined me in attending our Summer Stir event in Historic East Village for drinks and food. It was the most well-attended Summer Stir event to date with nearly six times as many pre-sold tickets as the last event. Hundreds of thirsty folks walked the streets of East Village from 5-9 p.m. to sample 10 drinks from participating local bars and restaurants. To quote the pages of the chicken dinner news from small-town newspapers, “A good time was had by all.”

If you are still thirsty, or just curious how these events work, we are hosting another Summer Stir on Thursday, Sept. 16 in the Historic Court District in downtown Des Moines. More details to come soon, so check out www.summerstirs.com for updates.

On that same week, Des Moines will be the location for the Association of Community Publishers national conference. I serve on the board of directors for this group, and we plan annual conferences each year in various locations like Clearwater Beach, Palm Springs, Denver and Las Vegas. The satirical question was when the conference was going to be in Des Moines. Well, Des Moines is no longer a joke, and I am honored to welcome these folks from around the nation to our fine city. On a trip here a few years ago, a fellow publisher from Pennsylvania said, in what I think was a compliment, “Des Moines, it’s not that bad.”

We actually think it’s quite good, and we are going to show many of them, and those of you who join us, a great time at our Sept. 16 Summer Stir event.

In case you are wondering, yes, Sept. 16 is still summer. The official 2021 astronomical start of the autumn season is Sept. 22, so keep the sunscreen out a little longer.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

After temperatures peak today, we'll see a slight cooling of the temperatures. Still a dry forecast ahead with our best chance of rain on Saturdy.

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

Things To Do

Wednesday, July 28
⇛Trivia Night at Surety Hotel
At: 206 Sixth Ave., Des Moines
Info: Free event presented by DJ Trivia, recurring weekly on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. suretyhotel.com/explore/events

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Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

5100 Robertson Drive
4500 Franklin Avenue
3900 51st Street

Urbandale: Aurora Avenue between NW Urbandale Drive and 109th Street will be closed starting at 6 AM on Wednesday, July 28, for railroad crossing improvements. It’s anticipated that the work will be completed by Saturday, July 31.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Joey Jordison, former Slipknot drummer, dies at 46

Joey Jordison, a founder of the heavy metal band Slipknot, has died, his family announced in a statement provided Tuesday to CNN. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Gov. Reynolds: New CDC mask guidance is counterproductive, not grounded in reality

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday criticized new federal government recommendations about wearing masks to help slow the rapid spread of a coronavirus variant in the United States. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Potentially toxic algae in Saylorville Lake threatens Des Moines's drinking water supply

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Water Works continues to keep an eye on water conditions at Saylorville Reservoir where patches of toxic blue-green algae have grown.
Saylorville Reservoir spills into the Des Moines River, which is one of two river sources for drinking water for 500,000 people in central Iowa. The algae found there can be toxic to humans and pets. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (30-40) took game one of the series against the Louisville Bats (27-45), winning 3-2, Tuesday at Principal Park. ... READ MORE
MLB: Cardinals 4 Guardians 2, Tigers 6 Twins 5, Reds 7 Cubs 4, White Sox 5 Royals 3 ...READ MORE
Menace: USL League Two National Final, Des Moines Menace vs North Carolina Fusion U-23's, Saturday, July 31, - 7:30 p.m. at  Valley Stadium, Tickets - bit.ly/3eVaDl2
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

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

Best Local Place to Hold a Corporate Event/Party
1. Fresko Natural Food
2. Smash Park
3. Curate


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Broken nose and all: Winger continues to play rugby, despite — or because — of its intensity

By Darren Tromblay

Let’s be honest. Rugby has yet to become a common sport here in Iowa. It’s gaining ground, but there’s a ways to go.

If the sport does become as common as baseball, it will be because of people like Urbandale’s Eddie Winger.

Winger became involved in the sport in high school his junior year. He joined a rugby club nine years ago. He liked bonding with his teammates. It was different on that level. And, of course, you get to hit people.

“There aren’t any pads, and it’s physical and there’s a lot more running than most sports,” he says.


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Special Education Teacher Associate
The Johnston Community School District is seeking individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of students as a Special Education Teacher Associate. There are full-time (over 30 hours per weeks) and part-time positions (under 30 hours per week) available. Starting rate of pay is $16.96 to $17.65 per hour. Full-time employees are eligible to receive medical and dental insurance. All full-time and part-time positions are eligible for the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS).
Please apply online at: https://www.applitrack.com/johnston/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Support+Staff
General job functions include:
· Assists in the supervision of students in the classroom and other areas of the school facility.
· Assists staff in preparation of materials.
· Works with group or individual students in the daily routine of the classroom under the teacher’s direction.
· Keeps teacher/administrator informed of all relevant student-related matters.
· Maintains working knowledge and use of available technology.
· Duties and responsibilities as requested by supervisor may vary from time to time.

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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to Yvonne Canova! Have a wonderful day!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, John David Washington, Soulja Boy, Lori Loughlin, Elizabeth Berkley, Alexis Arquette, Adrien Broner, Sally Struthers, Spencer Boldman, Zach Parise, David Littmann (cardiologist and developer of the Littmann stethoscope)

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Poll of the Week

How many times per year do you swim in a pool?

21 or more


Which was the worst “Star Wars” movie?

“A New Hope” - 6%
“The Empire Strikes Back” - 0%
“Return of the Jedi” - 6%
“The Phantom Menace” - 44%
“Attack of the Clones” - 22%
“Revenge of the Sith” - 6%
“The Force Awakens” - 6 %
“The Last Jedi” - 10%
“The Rise of Skywalker" - 0%

Morning Chuckle
Why did the cowboy die with his boots on?
Where did the cowboy cook the pork and beans?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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