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UHS Political Action Club earns Carrie Chapman Catt Award for second consecutive year

The Urbandale High School Political Action Club was honored for their outstanding dedication to registering at least 90% of eligible UHS students to vote. This achievement resulted in the club receiving the Carrie Chapman Catt Award for the second consecutive year. UHS is the largest high school to have received this prestigious award.
  The Carrie Chapman Catt Award symbolizes more than just registering 90% of eligible students as it commemorates Carrie Chapman Catt’s steadfast commitment to gaining women’s suffrage for an entirely new generation of Americans to lawfully participate in the electoral process.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate and Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald presented the award. UHS Social Studies teacher Anne La Pietra provides leadership and guidance for the club.

Pictured are: (front row) Josie Rose, Laynie Sand, Monica Lewandowski, Mercy Barikor, and Secretary of State Paul Pate; (back row) Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald, Jack Neas, Joe Sibley, Gabby Peterson, Dree Palimore, Cody Ruffalo and Josh Neas.

Urbandale Chamber introduces new membership sales director

The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce has hired Tara Knight-Ortiz as membership sales director of the membership-based organization. She will focus on bringing on new member businesses to enrich the diverse business community created by the chamber. She also supports the Urbandale Chamber’s mission to serve, protect, promote, and provide resources and access to a rich network to promote economic prosperity throughout Central Iowa.

Knight-Ortiz grew up in Iowa, joined the United Sates Army and is now a retired veteran. She previously worked in the Des Moines area as a financial advisor. While Knight-Ortiz is not at work, you can find her spending time with her husband, Edgar, and their daughters’ growing families. She also likes to camp and hit the open road on her motorcycle.

“The Chamber has been such a great experience for me as a member. I’m thrilled and humbled to be a part of the growth and development of our community now as a member of the Urbandale Chamber staff. I am honored to serve you, your business and your families,” said Knight-Ortiz.

Iowa Central Community College releases honors lists

Iowa Central Community College named Seth Anderson and Kahlil Hicks Jumper of Urbandale to the Spring 2021 semester President’s List. Bakari Mtende of Urbandale and Tanzania was named to the Dean’s List.

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.

Local July Fourth fireworks

Many firework displays are planned for the holiday. Listed are some of them. All times are approximate. Before attending, be sure to check with each event individually to verify details.

Friday, July 2

Des Moines: Rendezvous on Riverview at the new Prairie Meadows Riviera stage at Riverview Island, 710 Corning Ave. Fireworks to follow free live music by Standing Hampton. Starts at 5:30 p.m.; www.riverviewparkdsm.com

Des Moines: Principal Park, fireworks to follow the game, I-Cubs vs. Indianapolis Indians (Pirates), first pitch at 7:08 p.m.; www.iowacubs.com

Saturday, July 3

Altoona: Prairie Meadows, dusk; www.visitaltoona.com/event/2021-fireworks-at-prairie-meadows

Des Moines: Principal Park, fireworks to follow the game, I-Cubs vs. Indianapolis Indians (Pirates), first pitch at 7:08 p.m.; www.iowacubs.com

Waukee: Boomers Fireworks, 33240 Ute Ave., 10 p.m.; www.pyromart.com/boomers

Windsor Heights: Colby Park, dusk; www.windsorheights.org/calendar.aspx

Winterset: Winterset Cidery offers “the largest fireworks display in Madison County,” dusk; www.wintersetcidery.com/events

Sunday, July 4:

Altoona: Adventureland, 9:35 p.m.; www.altoonachamber.org/events/fireworks-at-adventureland-park

Grimes: South Sports Complex at 600 S. James St.,10 p.m.; www.grimesiowa.com

Grinnell: Ahrens Park, approximately 9:45 p.m.; www.grinnelliowa.gov

Norwalk: McAninch Park, 200 Wright Road, dusk; www.norwalkchamber.net/fourth-of-july.html

Urbandale: Walker Johnston Park, 10 p.m.; uniquelyurbandale.com/fourth-of-july

Waukee: Centennial Park, 9:30 p.m.; www.waukee.org/777/Celebration-of-Independence

Waukee: Boomers Fireworks, 33240 Ute Ave., 10 p.m.; www.pyromart.com/boomers

West Des Moines: City/School Campus by City Hall, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway, 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 6:

Des Moines: Principal Park, fireworks to follow the game, I-Cubs vs. St. Paul Saints (Twins), first pitch at 6:38 p.m.; www.iowacubs.com

Sports Schedules:

Friday, July 2, 2021

Time TBD: Softball: Varsity Invitational vs. Dallas Center-Grimes @ Dallas Center-Grimes Softball Field

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Softball: 9th Tournament vs. Multiple Schools.. @ Winterset High School
11:00 a.m. - Urbandale vs. Winterset
12:30 a.m. - Urbandale vs. Boone

11:30 a.m. Baseball: 9th Game vs. WDM Valley @ Valley High School Baseball Field

2:00 p.m. Softball: JV Game vs. WDM Valley @ Urbandale High School Gary Page Field

5:00 p.m. Baseball: 10th Game vs. WDM Valley @ Valley High School Baseball Field

5:00 p.m. Baseball: Varsity Game vs. WDM Valley @ Urbandale High School Barton Field

5:00 p.m. Softball: Varsity Game vs. WDM Valley @ Urbandale High School Gary Page Field

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

9:00 a.m. Softball: 9th Game vs. Ankeny Centennial High School @ Ankeny Centennial High School Softball Field

11:30 a.m. Baseball: 9th Game vs. Ames @ Urbandale High School Barton Field

5:00 a.m. Baseball: 10th Game vs. Ames @ Urbandale High School Barton Field

5:00 a.m. Baseball: Varsity Game vs. Ames @ Ames High School Softball/Baseball & Tennis



FOR SALE: 2 rocking Gameboy chairs. Forest green upholstery, very good condition. $15 each. Call 515-473-2425.

FOR SALE: Glass-top rectangular picnic table (no chairs or umbrella). $10. 515-473-2425.

FOR SALE: Australian Shepherd puppies. You will love one (or two!) of these. Located 15 miles into Missouri. Calls only. Call 660-373-2178.

HELP WANTED: Looking for reliable part-time day cleaner for growing small business. Will do residential and commercial properties. Hours are mostly Monday-Friday but times will vary depending on client scheduling. Can earn more money working one time cleanings on nights or weekends as needed. Clients served are in Des Moines and surrounding areas including Adel, Dallas Center, etc. Contact Allison at allison@camssolutions.com to arrange a phone interview.

BICYCLES WANTED: Wanted bicycles any age or condition is ok. BMX also, will pick up. 515-238-3343.

FOR SALE: Three wheel double baby/toddler Stroller $35.00/Call or text and I will send photos. 515-238-3198.

GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES: With shots, perfect pets, farm-raised, ready now 515-380-2515. for Sale: New large dog kennel for sale $100. Call 515-491-8676.

HELP WANTED: Looking for a career, not just a job? Tired of being under pressure for in-branch sales referrals? Consider joining our growing team where we focus on high quality, high touch customer service. Now Hiring Full-Time Teller/ Universal Banker. Charter Bank – Ankeny and Grimes Locations. For a full job description please inquire within, go to www.charterbanker.com/about/employment, call: 515-331-2265 or email: employment@charterbanker.com.

HELP WANTED: Patrick’s Restaurant in Adel is seeking a prep cook and pizza maker. Apply in person at 211 S. 7th Street Suite C in Adel.

HELP WANTED: Looking to hire 2 people to help load bags of sweet corn on trucks and go on deliveries with a driver to grocery stores around the Des Moines Metro to unload the pallets of corn. Approximately 6-8 hours a day. Call Matt 515-422-1669.

HELP WANTED: Looking for a part time straight truck driver to haul sweet corn to Des Moines metro grocery stores beginning the first week of July through mid September. The hours are mid morning for 4-5 hours a day. CDL preferred. Call Matt at 515-422-1669.

HELP WANTED: Looking for a summer job in a fast-paced environment? Lorenz and Jones located at 4488 112th Street, Urbandale is hiring seasonal warehouse associates: Pickers, Packers, Receiving, and Shipping. Great job for high school and college students! Apply at employment@lorenzandjones.com or contact Human Resources at 515-964-4205.

BABY BED FOR SALE: Has changing table on one end. 5 drawers for storage. Well built. Too large to store. Needs a home to put it to use. 515-238-3198.

DOG: Teddy needs a good home. 5 year old Lab/Boxer mix. Brown and white markings. Beautiful dog. Great with kids. Call 515-238-3198. Located 5 miles from Grimes.

REFRIGERATOR FOR SALE: Runs great, lots of space, 36” wide. $100. Call 515-238-3198.

Send in your free classified ad (50 words or less) by Wednesday at 5 p.m. to beckham@dmcityview.com.

Joke of the week:

How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?

Ten tickles!

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 hoops

Bredings enjoy a friendly game of basketball every now and then

By Darren Tromblay

Don’t be surprised if you see Hunter Breding swishing basketballs through the hoops at Urbandale High School someday. The 8-year-old second grader has spent many an hour outside his garage honing his basketball skills on an old, but sturdy, basketball hoop and wooden backboard in the driveway in front of the family’s garage.

The hoop was given to them by his friend Ben Booth five years ago. A deteriorated and large clump of sand lies on its base to prevent the hoop from tipping over.

The driveway hoop’s wooden backboard is completely old school, its tattered surface having seen better days. But driveway hoops aren’t meant to be clean. Booth, who lives a few houses down, decided to get rid of it one day, and the Bredings took advantage of it and gave it a new home. Or driveway.

“It’s bent, but we don’t care,” Hunter’s dad, Jason Breding, says. “We just keep shooting on it.”


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Food Allergy 101

by Dr. Tara Federly

Over 5 million children in the U.S. have food allergies, and that number is increasing. A typical classroom has two students with food allergies, and 40% are allergic to more than one food. So, what are food allergies, can they be prevented, and what can be done for a food allergy?

Food allergy is the immune system overreacting to a harmless food. The most common food triggers are milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Food allergies can be serious, sudden and can cause death.

Previously, parents were told to delay introduction of high allergy foods. Research now shows that early and regular exposure, specifically to peanut, can prevent food allergy. Infants with severe eczema or a known food allergy are at higher risk and should be introduced to peanut products at 4-6 months under the guidance of a physician. These infants should have allergy testing and may require supervised feedings in the allergy clinic. If not at higher risk, peanut products can be introduced at home around 6-12 months. Parents should talk with their pediatrician or allergist about infant-safe forms and symptoms of food allergy.


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