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Good Friday morning to you!

Are you smiling right now? With so many negative things going on in the world, smiling can certainly be a challenge. But maybe after reading this, you will be willing to show more of those pearly whites.
For most of us, smiling simply feels good, but research shows that smiling has many additional benefits.
    According to a 2016 article in Psychology Today, smiling can not only make you look younger but can also make you look thinner. I am not sure about you, but I would be up for those two things alone. But wait, there’s more.
    That same article says smiling can elevate your mood and induce more pleasure in your brain than chocolate can. I know, some of you are doubting the chocolate thing, but stick with me.
     Smiling can apparently lead to a mood boost and even predict fulfillment in marriage. A wise person once told me, if your spouse isn’t happy, nobody’s happy. So keep your spouse happy and smile.
Showing your cheerful grin, according to the research, can also make you seem courteous, likable and competent. Who wouldn’t appreciate those three descriptors?
     Maybe the most surprising fact from the research, and the most important one, is that smiling can predict a person’s lifespan. Yes, people who smile more live longer.
     And finally, smiling is contagious. The more you smile, the more others around you will, too. So if you want to lift the spirits of those around you, the solution is simple. Just smile.
     Thanks for reading, and have a fantastic Friday.

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

The Scene

CITYVIEW Readers' (and Food Dude's) favorite food truck, El Coqui 515, has reopened after winter break. It's just east of MLK on University. Mofongo means mo fun.

Traffic Corner 

Here are today's mobile radar locations from the Des Moines Police Department

1600 block of S.E. 14th Street
1200 block of E. MLK Parkway
2400 block of S.E. 6th Street

SATURDAY: The Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force (CITSTF) will conduct a traffic safety awareness project on the evening of April 24, 2021. Officers from multiple jurisdictions will be focusing on the area of Drake University and the downtown “loop” area. Officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers and other unsafe driving practices. The Des Moines Police Department’s mobile enforcement unit will also be deployed near downtown.

We remind Iowans to buckle up and drive safely and sober!


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain chances mainly in the morning today. Breezy conditions Saturday into next week, with warmer weather ahead, especially Monday and Tuesday. Another slight rain chance Sunday, with better chances late Tuesday into Wednesday.

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

The Score
Cubs 4 Mets 3
DRAKE RELAYS: The day started with the girls 800-meter medley, with Ames taking the crown. Southeast Polk edged WDM Valley for the boys 4x200 relay title. See results here...
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Authorities release cause of death of 17-year-old found in hog facility

KOSSUTH COUNTY, Iowa — Authorities have released more details on the death of a 17-year-old in Kossuth County. On April 19, the Kossuth County Sheriff responded to 390th Street near Swea City after Victoria Marie Parra Lerdo, of Rockwell City, was found unconscious at a hog site building. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Police: Man Turns Himself In After Admitting He Started Des Moines Apartment Fire

DES MOINES, Iowa — Police have arrested a Des Moines man after they say he admitted to starting a fire at an apartment complex early Thursday morning. Twenty-year-old Orlando Bright, of Des Moines, is charged with first-degree arson for the fire at the Legacy Apartments at 4530 Lower Beaver.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Investigation underway after two people found stabbed in Marshalltown yard

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — An investigation is underway after two people were found stabbed in a Marshalltown yard Thursday. First responders were called to the 100 block of North 2nd Street just before 12:15 p.m. They said they found the victims, a man and woman, with stab wounds. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers’ poll. CITYVIEW readers have voted:

Best Whiskey
1. Prairie Fire - Iowa Distilling Company
2. Foundry Distilling Company
3. Templeton Rye


Read more

Grover made helping others a priority:
Eagle Scout project challenged by COVID-19.

By Rachel Harrington

Logan Grover has been a part of the Boy Scouts of America ever since he was old enough to join. When he transitioned out of Cub Scouts into Boy Scouts, he looked ahead to the end of his Boy Scouts experience.
     “I knew not many guys make it to the end of Boy Scouts, and I decided that I wanted to be one of the guys that did,” he says.
Logan began working on his Eagle Scout process around December 2019.
     “I wanted to do something to help people, something that I could one day show my own kids that would have a lasting impact and stick around. I reached out to CEOs at homeless shelters I knew about. Once I found out about a big project that I could help out with, that sealed the deal. 


Things To Do

Saturday, April 24

Earth Day + Extraordinary Eggs

Water Works Park is a birding ‘hot spot’ – riparian woodland that hosts more than 200 bird species throughout the year. Spring migration brings Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers, shore birds and warblers as well as Great Blue Herons, Great White Egrets and many others.

On Saturday, April 24 starting at 8 a.m., there will again be hundreds of extraordinary eggs waiting to be found in Water Works Park. This egg hunt is your invitation to explore one of America’s largest urban parks.

There are many new features to this exploration, so visit our website for all the details.


BondurantLibrary Project: Many library projects have recently been taken on around the area, including an addition and renovation of the Bondurant Public Library. Photo by Alysia Webster.

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
Jordan Creek Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. It includes feature stories, informational articles, calendar of events, Out & About photos and more! This issue, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. View this month's digital issue here!
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Gigi Hadid, William Shakespeare, John Cena, Shirley Temple, Dev Patel, George Lopez, Lee Majors, Valerie Bertinelli, Michael Moore, John Oliver, Joyce DeWitt

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

When was the last time you flew in an airplane?

Last week
Last month
Last year
More than two years ago


Which food is the most “Iowan”?
Sweet corn - 59%

Steak deBurgo -2%

Maid Rites -28%

Pork chops -7%

Scotcharoos -4%

Morning Chuckle
What do you use to cut a wave in half?

What do you call a fish with two knees?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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