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Good Friday morning to you!

Have you ever been up in a hot air balloon? For most of you, the answer is probably no. I prefer to keep my feet on the ground, but I am glad that others enjoy hot air ballooning so we can all experience it.

Above and beyond. That is the appropriate theme for the 2021 National Balloon Classic, which starts today in Indianola and runs through Aug. 7. It is an incredible nine-day event that is one of those “Iowa things” that everyone should experience.

Back in the early 1990s, when Jolene and I were dating, we made efforts to attend as many local celebrations as we could. The Tulip Festival in Pella. Covered Bridges Festival in Winterset. Sweet Corn Festival in Adel. And, of course, the National Balloon Classic in Indianola. We didn’t know where to go or what to do, but we couldn’t help but be in awe over these spectacles in the sky. So we bought a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken and reclined on the hood of my Jeep on a Warren County gravel road and watched in amazement. I am not recommending that approach, and the event organizers and county sheriff certainly wouldn’t either. The experience is much better at the field where you can also enjoy live music, fireworks, food concessions and more.

If you are interested, you should know that evening flights are scheduled for 6:30 p.m., depending, of course, on cooperating weather. Head east on Highway 92 and look for the National Balloon Classic Memorial Balloon Field. Gates and parking open at 4 p.m. Be sure to bring lawn chairs or blankets, and while you are at it, grab some sunscreen and bug spray, too.

Please note that food cannot be brought in from the outside, so polish off that bucket of KFC before you arrive.

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.


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

Construction officially began this week on West Des Moines-based “eatertainment” venue Smash Park’s first franchise location in Pella just south of Highway 163 at exit 40 in the Prairie Ridge Development. The Pella location is anticipated to open in the spring of 2022 and will employ approximately 85 people once operational.

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain chances into Saturday then milder temperatures and sunshine will make for some beautiful days.

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

Featured event

Cool show alert: The Dropkick Murphys and Mighty Mighty Bosstones team up for a show at Lauridsen Amphitheater in Water Works Park on Friday, Sept. 17. Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. Get them here!

Featured Home For Sale

2943 Capitol Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50317

A great opportunity to make income by using the large yard to park cars during the fair! A beautiful 3-bedroom 1-bathroom home located next to the Iowa State Fair Main Gate. Freshly painted siding and new windows were added to make this home stand out. On the main floor you will find a fully remodeled kitchen, full bathroom and two bedrooms. LVL floors run throughout the kitchen, bathroom, and living area.....

More Information Here

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

800 MLK Parkway
700 S.W. 11th Street
300 S.E. Hartford Avenue

Beginning Monday, Aug. 2, N.E. Alice’s Road will be closed to through traffic between Douglas Parkway and Meredith Drive. The closure is expected to last for approximately two weeks. During this time the City of Clive will be completing full-depth pavement patching.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Air quality alert in effect for all of Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — An air quality alert is in effect until 4 p.m. Friday. The worst conditions will be from Thursday evening through Friday morning. We are still dealing with smoke from wildfires across Canada and parts of the West Coast. Most of the smoke has remained above our heads, but now the smoke is coming down to the surface.


FROM WHO-TV 13: State Rep. John Landon dies at 71

DES MOINES, Iowa — State Rep. John Landon's family confirmed he died Thursday. andon was a current member of the House of Representatives for District 37. The Republican initially entered office in 2013.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 3 ejected from car in Interstate35accident near Norwalk, says fire department

NORWALK, Iowa — Three people are suffering from critical injuries after they were "possibly" ejected from a car that rolled over on Interstate 35 near Norwalk Thursday afternoon, according to the Norwalk Fire Department.  ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (31-41) shutout the Louisville Bats (28-46), taking a 2-0 win on Thursday at Principal Park.... READ MORE
MLB: Reds 7 Cubs 4 ...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 Buy Cigars/Tobacco
1. Iowa Cigar Company
2. David’s Fine Tobaccos
3. Leaf Brothers Cigar


Read more

Meet Jessica Behrens and Karen Behrens: Daughter and mother teach same grade in same building.

By TK West

After graduating from the University of Iowa, Jessica Behrens was surprised when Delaware Elementary’s Principal contacted her for an interview at her alma mater. Her mother, Karen Behrens, had already been teaching at the Southeast Polk Community School District since 2004. Today, the mother and daughter team currently work together at Delaware Elementary School, with both teaching first grade.

“My mom has been the biggest role model with my career choice,” Jessica says. “My mom has also inspired me to be a lifelong learner. She is amazing at encouraging curiosity, and she has always been great at making things exciting. This has helped me want to do the same for young learners.”


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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.

Place your help wanted ad in the list below for FREE! Email to pat@dmcityview.com. And ask us about upgrading your FREE ad with a display ad in any of our publications.



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Frank Adams of Slater says, “I found this critter in Ames this week. It’s rare to sight a fox anymore.”

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Digital Editions
Urbandale Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The July issue cover story, "On the Same Page," is about residents who enjoy being members of book clubs — and not just for the "good reads." 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.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lisa Kudrow, Yvonne Strahovski, Joey King, Terry Crews, Gina Rodriguez, Hilary Swank, Laurence Fishburne, Jaime Pressly, Jean Reno, Henry Ford, Christine Taylor, Vivica A. Fox, Nico Tortorella, Claudia Ramírez, Hope Solo, Alton Brown, Dylan Larkin

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

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
What do you call a happy cowboy?
Final cowboy riddle of the week: How did the cowboy become so rich?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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