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"When the sun rises, it rises for everyone."

–Cuban Proverb


Sneakers. Sandals. Pumps. Kicks. Runners. Flip-flops. Chucks. High tops. Low tops. Boat shoes. Clodhoppers. Airs.

There are a lot of names for the coverings that we choose to put on our feet, but one seems to be more common than the others to describe a wide range: tennis shoes, or “tennies.”

Have you ever wondered why so many shoes are called tennis shoes, yet they are rarely used while playing tennis?

The answer may have started with the invention of the rubber-soled shoe, and it all began with a need. The British Navy wanted shoes its sailors could wear on deck that would help them from slipping on wet surfaces. In the 18th century, following the industrial revolution, Charles Goodyear (yes, that Goodyear) developed vulcanized rubber, which was then used in making these rubber-soled shoes. These foot coverings also proved to be quite helpful in sneaking around quietly, hence the word “sneakers” came about.

Another need (or want) was created when the wealthy folks began to learn about this invention. Rubber-soled shoes then began to be used in recreational sports, including tennis. The rubber outsoles allowed tennis players of the time to start and stop better, and the soles didn’t leave marks on the courts.

Several shoe manufacturers proved to be game changers, but Adidas arguably deserves the biggest credit in 1960 when it replaced the canvas on the shoes’ uppers with leather.

So you might want to thank the British Navy and Charles Goodyear and tennis-playing aristocrats and Adidas for the tennies you are wearing today, regardless of what you call them.

Now you know. Advantage in.

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

National Night Out is Aug. 3

National Night Out will be held Tuesday, Aug. 3 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Urbandale Police Department's front parking lot (3740 86th St.) and the soccer field to the west of the Police Department.

The event is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. It is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs, and to strengthen community and police partnerships. The Urbandale Police Department has been awarded a national award the last seven years for Outstanding Participation.

Bring the entire family for a fun-filled evening of free activities and games. Bicycle helmets and bicycle safety information will be given away and a raffle held for both boys and girls bicycles. Must be present to win.

Other food and activities include: peddle kart race for ages 7-13, UH-60 Black Hawk static display from the Iowa Army National Guard, a dunk tank, multiple bounce houses, 92.5 NASH Icon with Eddie Hatfield, obstacle course provided by the Iowa Army National Guard, face painting, games and prizes, patrol car display, Urbandale Fire Department fire safety information, a ladder truck and ambulance on display (pending calls), fire safety house provided by Blank Children's Hospital, UnityPoint Life Flight, Iowa State Patrol Seatbelt Convincer, West Des Moines Police K-9 demonstration at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Urbandale Honor Guard presentation at 6 p.m., and Urbandale SERT members with the  Rapid Deployment Vehicle & Bearcat.

Pizza, cookies, hot dogs, chips and water will all be free. There will be drawings at the end of the event with more than $2,000 worth of prizes to be given away. Must be present to win.

“Ants” at Walker Johnston Park

“Ants” is an interactive roving performance which has giant ants bringing children together in a gentle and intriguing landscaping project. Faced with hundreds of giant bread crumbs and three big insects, children are irresistibly drawn in to discover what the ants want them to do. Gradually a world of meaning unfolds, illustrating the human desire for order by transforming any public space with wavering lines and patterns, crossing adult lines and disrupting the everyday. Bring the family to Walker Johnston Park and enjoy the free pop-up experience Aug. 8, 10-10:30 a.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/817448219132872.

Fall program registration opens in August

Registration opens on Aug. 2 for Urbandale Parks & Recreation's classes and events. From computer programming to power lifting, a variety of classes, programs and events are offered that the whole family can enjoy. For information about programs and registration, visit https://www.urbandale.org/170/Parks-Recreation.

Participation sought in Library Survey

The Urbandale Public Library needs the input of citizens to help establish goals and priorities for the future. Take a quick survey and let officials know your thoughts. The deadline to respond is Friday, Aug. 13. Visit www.Urbandale.org/Library to take the survey.

Upcoming events

Justyn Lewis from Des Moines Selma will be the speaker Aug. 6, 5 p.m. at
Cancun Grill & Catina, 3855 121st St. The Urbandale Area Democrats invites the community to hear Lewis. Des Moines Selma unites efforts to deepen understanding of injustices faced by the Black community and how to effect structural change on the local level.

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 Saturday, Aug. 7, 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.

Joke of the week:

What kind of car runs on leaves?

An autumn-mobile!

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Residents’ passion for book clubs is about more than good reads.
By Darren Tromblay
Read any good books lately?

For the approximately 5 million Americans who belong to book clubs, the answer is sure to be a resounding, “Yes!” Book clubs have been gaining in popularity as more people discover the pleasure of gathering to discuss a common book, express opinions, socialize and, usually, eat. As local residents express, book clubs are about more than sharing a good read — they are about meaningful conversation, new ideas, camaraderie, relaxation and laughs. While each book club has its own character — and group of characters — they share a simple truth: Books bring people together.


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Educators receive Hero In Education awards

The Rotary Club of Northwest Des Moines recently celebrated two UCSD educators who exemplify the Ken Lepley Memorial Hero in Education Award by demonstrating “service above Self.”

Urbandale Middle School Facilitator of Family Outreach (FFO) Abby Schueller was awarded the 2020 Ken Lepley Memorial Hero in Education Award and Jensen Elementary English language learner teacher Janelle Kerr was awarded the 2021 Ken Lepley Memorial Hero in Education Award. The annual Hero in Education Award, postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, is presented to an educator who has gone above and beyond the responsibilities of a professional educator. The award recipient also receives $500 to use toward professional development or school supplies.


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School and vision go hand-in-hand

By Dr. Beth Triebel

Like peanut butter and jelly, school and vision go hand-in-hand. Both are important partners in ensuring that your child excels in their learning, extracurricular activities, and relationships with their peers. Did you know that certain vision problems can mask themselves as behavioral or learning difficulties? In fact, experts often say that 80% of learning is visual. A child who experiences blurry vision, suffers from headaches or eyestrain, or rubs their eyes excessively may, in fact, have a refractive error such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, or another condition such as a binocular vision disorder. Children often suffer from subtle vision issues that cause them to have difficulty reading, completing close work, or copying from the board. 


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Learn about your community

Welcome to Urbandale. Whether you are a newcomer, are helping a family member move, or encouraging a friend to relocate, there are many ways to learn about the community.

Welcoming has a long tradition. Starting in 1955, Bob Lamb would get names from the water department whenever someone signed up for service then give them a friendly greeting.

By 1961, Urbandale Women’s Club developed a City Hostess Plan with Iyleene Lemon and Madeline Kaloides as the greeters. Iyleene was well known in the community and the first woman to serve on the city council in 1958. She also worked for the Urbandale News. In 1971, she was the first woman to receive the Citizen of the Year Award for her service to the community. 


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