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It comes down to trust

Are you a trusting person? Or do expect the worst from everyone? Your answer is most likely related to the last time you were hustled, who you were hustled by, and for how much.

My father owned a small business. I asked him if he ever got stiffed by a customer, and if so, what he did about it. His answer was simple: “Hustle me once, shame on you. Hustle me twice, shame on me.” His choice of words were a bit different, but you get the idea.

I live by those words, and I try not to make the same mistakes with the same people more than once. If I do, I have nobody to blame but myself.

The unfortunate truth is that there are a lot of hustlers out there, and we most all can become easy prey in certain situations. When we do, we become less trusting of others. That’s a learned response, much like the reason we don’t put our hands on hot coals a second time.

This might explain why the older that people are, the more cynical they seem to become. Maybe they have been burned more. Hustled more. Cheated more. Chalk it up to experience.

But doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance? Maybe. That’s a roll of the dice and depends on how much of a gambler you are.

Meanwhile, the world might be a better place if we could all be a bit more trusting — at least the first time.

Thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Seen Around Town

The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce celebrated a ribbon cutting for Exit Realty on June 25.

Veterans Interview Day July 17

The Urbandale Public Library is partnering with Iowa Veterans’ Perspective, an area nonprofit, to capture the stories of local veterans and preserve our nation’s military history. The Veterans Interview Day will be Saturday, July 17, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. by appointment at the Urbandale Public Library, 3520 86th St., Urbandale). Veterans of all wars and representing all military branches are encouraged to register for a 90-minute time slot to share their stories.

With permission, the recorded interviews with be shared with the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project.  For a preview of the interview agreement form and a list of sample interview questions, visit the Urbandale Public Library Veterans Interview Day webpage www.urbandalelibrary.org/veterans-interview-day/.

"We are excited to partner with the Urbandale Public Library and learn more about the veterans in this area. We interview veterans all over the state of Iowa and encourage everyone to come tell their story of service in a quiet and respectful environment,” said Sara Maniscalco Robinson, founder of Iowa Veterans’ Perspective.

To register for an interview time slot, check out the Urbandale Public Library’s website, www.urbandalelibrary.org, and visit the online calendar or call the Library at 515-278-3945.

If you have questions about the interview process, please contact Sara at Iowa Veterans’ Perspective at 515-710-9869.

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs awards $2.3 million

More than 200 Iowa organizations and individuals working in arts and culture, film and media, and history and historic preservation will receive a boost from $2.3 million in grant awards announced today by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

The grants are funded through the annual appropriations passed by the Iowa Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Reynolds, effective July 1. The state’s investment is enhanced by funding from two federal agencies, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and administered by the department’s three divisions: the Iowa Arts Council, State Historical Society of Iowa and Produce Iowa, the state office of film and media production.

Produce Iowa, the state office of media production, awarded $164,870 to five Greenlight Grants for film and digital media productions that will be produced in Iowa. 
Now in its third year, this program encourages Iowa filmmakers to build a more robust film and media industry in Iowa. The grants can be used to produce features, shorts, pilot episodes or proof-of-concept videos to help propel a script to the screen. Eligible projects must be ready for production and demonstrate public value.

One of the recipients was Rebecca Haroldson of Urbandale, who received $10,000 to produce “In Luck,” a female-centric comedy web series that features two millennial friends as they experience the awkwardness of life, love and family.

Upcoming events

• Saturday, Aug. 7, Battle of the ’Burbs
The competition is fierce, but every ‘burb wins. After a record-setting registration for the Battle of the ’ Burbs 5K, 10K and Kids Fun Run in 2019, organizers are gearing up for a fun-filled rematch between the participating suburbs: Clive (defending champion), Johnston, Urbandale. Waukee, West Des Moines. Choose your community when you register — or choose “all of the above” — and 100% of all registration fees will go to nonprofits and community improvement projects. The city with the most participants wins bragging rights and a WWE-style belt traveling trophy. Register online at https://runsignup.com/battle.

Library fun in the sun

Enjoy stories, songs, and family fun every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at a different Urbandale Park each week through Aug. 12. Visit www.urbandalelibrary.org for the location schedule.

Overall Buddies Music will be at Gabus Park, on the south side of library, July 21, 10 a.m. This event is for families. Join in the fun as participants sing, dance, clap, stomp, hug and learn ASL with music by Lori Lynn Ahrends.

The Mikayla Oz Magic Show will be outside July 30, 10 a.m., at Gabus Park, on the south side of Library. Enjoy a funny, interactive magic show featuring an appearance by Bubbles, a real, highly trained magic bird. This event is for families.

View all the library programs by visiting www.urbandalelibrary.org to find the online calendar and register or call the library at 515-278-3945.

Sports Schedules:

Friday, July 9, 2021

11:30am Baseball: JV Game vs. Johnston @ Urbandale High School Barton Field

Saturday, July 10, 2021

7:00pm Softball: Varsity Regional Tournament vs. WDM Valley @ Valley High School

Monday, July 12, 2021

5:00pm Baseball: Varsity Game vs. Des Moines Roosevelt @ Urbandale High School Barton Field

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

5:00pm Baseball: JV Game vs. Norwalk @ Urbandale High School Barton Field

7:00pm Baseball: Varsity Game vs. Norwalk @ Urbandale High School Barton Field

7:00pm Softball: Varsity Regional Tournament vs. Multiple Schools.. @ TBA

Joke of the week:

Why was the math teacher late to work?

She took the rhombus!

Your Urbandale Living magazine

Mailed to residents of Urbandale the first Thursday of each month. 

This month's cover story: 

Celebrating community

Fourth of July festivities promise family fun.

By Darren Tromblay

It's that time of year again when we put on our red, white and blue, pull up a lawn chair to watch the parade, and wish a hearty Happy Birthday to the United States of America with entertainment and fireworks.

Speaking of which, have you ever wondered how the fireworks tradition began? We can thank John Adams for that. Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, he knew that fireworks would be part of the celebrations. The first Fourth of July fireworks display was July 4, 1777, but, before that, fireworks and black ash were used to celebrate important events in the American Revolutionary War. The tradition has been kept ever since, with people gathering in parks, town squares and fairgrounds to be awed by the fantastic displays as they light up the sky with explosions of color.

Sound like your proverbial celebratory cup of tea? Then Urbandale is the place for you this Fourth of July.


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Driveway hoopsAlternatives to traditional string floss

By Dr. Ayah Bilbeisi

Would it be a trip to the dentist if you weren't reminded to floss? Flossing between teeth if vital in preventing gum disease and cavities between teeth as well as removing staining and preventing bad breath. For some people, wrapping floss around their fingers and scraping the teeth can be difficult due to dexterity, comfort, or just self proclaimed "laziness" as I hear so many of my patients say. Depending on the reason, I offer these alternatives to traditional string floss:

1. Disposable floss sticks. These are convenient because they are small, can fit in a pocket and can be taken anywhere. They can be easily used while sitting down and unwinding for the day. 


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Summer fun, heat and safety

By Susie Ray

The outdoor temperatures are warming, the days are getting longer, and the lawn is lush green everywhere, which means summer is getting near. Everyone tends to feel summoned to the great outdoors at this time of year. Breathing in the fresh air and feeling the warmth of the sunshine on your skin seems to awaken our souls after a long winter. There are a number of physical benefits of natural sunlight and fresh air. Being outside also provides mental and emotional benefits.

The direct sunshine and intense heat over long periods of time are not safe for anyone. These factors become even riskier for folks beyond 65 years of age. As our body ages, the adjustment to temperatures and our desire to drink a cool beverage are not as efficient. 


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