Friday, August 1

August Adel Chamber Morning Mixer

The August Chamber Morning Mixer is scheduled for Friday, August 1, 2014 from 7:00-8:00 am. The event is hosted by American Abstract & Title at the American Legion Hall (119 N 9th St) in Adel.

WHERE: Adel–119 N. 9th St.

TIME: 7–8 a.m.

Friday, August 1–15

Brenton Arboretum hosting Native Plant Art Imaging

The Brenton Arboretum in Dallas Center is hosting Native Plant Art Imaging August 1 through 15.

Admission is free.

Watch as artist in residence, Lindy Smith, gathers materials from the arboretum collections and creates stunning works of art using the Kallitype photo process.

WHERE: Dallas Center– 25141 260th Street

Saturday, August 2

Park Place Catering to host Freedom Fest

Park Place Catering is hosting the First Annual Freedom Fest on August 2nd to raise funds for the Adel Legion and Child Youth Program and Warrior and Family Services. The event will include a free will lunch from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, carnival with children’s games, a dunk tank, and a rock climbing wall from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and a Freedom Dance from 7:30-11:00 pm. Local businesses are invited to participate by setting up a booth with a game or children’s activity at the carnival. Contact Brenna Young at to get involved.

WHERE: Adel–1015 Riverside Drive

TIME: 11 a.m.


Sunday, August 3

Waukee Christian Church Family Fun Festival

To raise awareness about the issue of hunger in our community and to help stock the Food Pantry shelves, Waukee Christian Church is hosting the 2nd Annual Family Fun Fair. The event is free and open to the public. The only admission "fee" is an item of non-perishable food (cash donations are also accepted). Last year, the event raised $410 (which translates to $3,150 because the Food Pantry can buy 7 times the amount of food for each $1 donated) and 310 pound of food. Organizers hope to surpass that amount this year.

In 2005, Waukee Christian Church was one of several local churches that decided to work to respond to this need. The result was the Waukee Area Food Pantry. The Food Pantry serves residents living in the Waukee School District and those referred by local churches. And there is always a need. The first 200 people who make a donation will receive a free meal, and everyone can enter the prize drawing. Prizes include a $50 gift card from Hy-Vee and two iPod Shuffles. Enjoy games, crafts, and activities: take a turn in the inflatables, watch a puppet show, try your aim at the water game, explore a police car or fire truck, and roast marshmallows.

Local organizations are also getting in on the fun by submitting homemade pies for the Blue Ribbon Bake Off. Celebrity Judges will select the winner. Judging will be done by VIP representatives of local Waukee organizations. Come support your favorite bakers and enjoy a piece of pie as we fight hunger. The Family Fun Fair will be held on August 3rd from 4 – 7:30 p.m. at Waukee Christian Church, one mile west of Waukee on Hickman Road and T Avenue. The rain date is August 4th.

WHERE: Waukee Christian Church (Hickman Road and T Avenue).

TIME: 4–7 p.m.

Monday, August 4

Farmland leasing meeting in Adel

The Iowa State Extension and Outreach of Dallas County annual Farmland Leasing meeting will be on August 4 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the ADM High School commons area located on 801 Nile Kinnick Dr. South in Adel. ISU Extension Farm Management Specialist, Steve Johnson, would like to invite landowners, tenants and other agri-business professionals with issues related to farmland ownership, management and leasing agreements to attend.

Each workshop attendee will receive a one hundred page farmland leasing book. Resources on farmland surveys will also be provided. Johnson will cover a variety of topics during this three hour seminar including lease types, lease termination, impacts of yields, calculating a fair cash rent and available internet resources. The cost to attend is $20 per person or $30 per couple and covers registration plus materials. Please pre-register by calling the Dallas County Extension office at (515) 993-4281.

WHERE: Adel–ADM High School

TIME: 9 a.m. - noon

CONTACT: Dallas County Extension office at (515) 993-4281

Friday, August 8-9

35th Annual Adel Sweet Corn Festival

The 35th Annual Adel Sweet Corn Festival is scheduled for Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9.

Friday’s events include sweet corn shucking followed by the Sweet Corn Princess Contest.

Highlights of Saturday’s events include the parade, children’s rides, stage and lawn entertainment.

2014 Adel Sweet Corn Festival Schedule

Friday, August 8, 2014

5:30 pm – 8 pm - Sweet Corn Shucking w/ Corn Shucking contest sponsored by Cumulus Radio at 6:00 pm (10th & Prairie)

6:00 pm—Sweet Corn Princess Contest (Adel Stage)

8:30-11:00 pm – Teen Dance (Adel Stage)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

8 a.m. - 5k run

9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Vendor booths open

9:30 am – Parade (line-up at 8:30—no pre-registration required)

10:30 am – 4:30 pm – Children’s rides open

11:00 am – Sweet Corn (available until it’s gone)

Stage Entertainment

11:00 am – 2:00 pm – The Sons of Gladys Kravitz

2:00-2:30 pm – Adel Tumbling Club

2:30-3:30 pm - Let’s Dance of Adel

3:30-4:30 pm - Adel Dance Club

4:30-5:30 pm - 34th Army Band Sidewinders

6:00 pm – Beer Garden opens

6:30-9:30 pm - Gimmik

10:00 pm-midnight - Big Show Dueling Pianos

Strolling/Lawn Entertainment

11:30-noon Bakers Dozen Mimes

Noon-2:00 pm Sparklehoop Dance (hula hoop demonstrations)

2:00-2:30 pm Sugar Creek Cloggers



Friday, August 8

Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The A-D-M Alumni Association is hosting the 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Friday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

There is no charge for admission to the event.

WHERE: Adel- A-D-M auditorium

TIME: 7 p.m.


Friday, August 8

A-D-M Alumni Golf Tournament

The 2014 A-D-M Alumni Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 a.m. at River Valley Golf Course in Adel.

Pre-registration is required to participate. Register now to ensure your participation in the upcoming tournament.

For more information contact Dick Wicks at (515) 993-4454 or

WHERE: Adel - River Valley Golf Course

TIME: 8 a.m.

CONTACT: For more information contact Dick Wicks at (515) 993-4454 or

Saturday, August 9

Adel Sweet Corn Festival 5K run The Adel Sweet Corn Festival 5k run is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, August 9.

The race takes place on the scenic brick streets in Adel along the parade route in front of hundreds of spectators. Walkers welcome.


TIME: 8 a.m.


Saturday, August 16

The Fusion of Native Plants and Sun-Print Art at Brenton Arboretum

The Brenton Arboretum in Dallas Center is hosting The Fusion of Native Plants and Sun-Print Art Saturday, August 16 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Join us for an exciting new class where we combine native plant education taught by Deb Lewis with the "sun-print" art of Lindy Smith. Members $5, Non-members, $10

WHERE: Dallas Center– 25141 260th Street

TIME: 10-11:30 a.m.


Sunday, August 17

Ray Yaros Presentation at Forest Park Museum

Noted art photographer Ray Yaros will give a presentation on his unique photographic style and explain his works displayed at Forest Park Museum. These works were commissioned by Dallas Count philanthropist Jerry Kuehn. They depict the Keuhn Conservation Area and the Raccoon River Valley in Dallas County. Please come join us for this special occasion.

WHERE: Perry–Forest Park Musuem

TIME: 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 23


The City of Waukee Parks and Recreation department is organizing the annual WaukeeFest Saturday, August 23 with a breakfast provided by the Waukee Rotary Club. Following breakfast, local food and craft vendors will be featured in the Downtown Triangle, along with fire and police vehicle tours, children’s art projects and live entertainment. Other great activities will take place throughout the day and into the evening, including:

• The WaukeeFest parade

• Community stage performances

• Kid’s activities including inflatables, mini golf and more

• A disc golf tournament

• Bubble gum-blowing and pie-eating contests

• The Waukee American Legion steak fry

• Live band, "The Sons of Gladys Kravitz" from 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

• Beverage garden

For more information, visit

WHERE: Waukee–Triangle


Saturday, August 23

Eighth Annual Chamber Music Concert

The Brenton Arboretum in Dallas Center is hosting the 8th Annual Chamber Music Concert Saturday, August 23 at 4 p.m.

Please join us for a delightful afternoon of beautiful music and pastoral vistas as the Brenton Aboretum proudly presents the Odyssey Trio. The trio will entertain with an appealing variety of classical concert music performed by Sandra Wacha, Flutist; Mary Pshonik, Cellist; and Kristin Maahs, Harpist.

Members, $5; Non-members, $10

Children 12 and under, no charge

WHERE: Dallas Center– 25141 260th Street

TIME: 4 p.m.


Saturday, August 23

AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport hosting "Ruff Ride" charity motorycle ride

AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport will host its 6th Annual "Ruff Ride" Charity Motorcycle Ride to benefit homeless and death row dogs in Iowa on Saturday August 23, 2014. Last year’s event drew over 200 bikes and this year’s event looks to be even bigger and better with great prizes, fun games and an outside BBQ dinner featuring live music from the band Trips. The ride starts and ends in Adel Iowa and includes a scenic route through both Guthrie and Dallas County. AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport is a foster based animal rescue helping hundreds of homeless, injured and abused dogs throughout Iowa. We pull death row dogs out of traditional shelters, place them in foster and forever homes and provide free transportation for dogs from traditional shelters to no-kill rescues. We are a thriving growing 501c3 organization committed to saving the lives of our furry friends. For more information about us visit or for recent photos and stories search us on Facebook.

Pre-registration for our Ruff Ride is now being accepted for bikers and party bus riders. Ride details and registration can be found at



Friday, August 29-31

Dexter Fall Festival Dexter will be hosting the 2014 Fall Festival Friday, August 29 through Sunday, August 31.

2014 Dexter Fall Festival

Friday, August 29, 2014

5:00 p.m. Pie Baking Contest Bring one or more pie(s) to the Roundhouse between 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Prizes: $45, $30 & $15. Pie Judging at 5:00 p.m. Cupcake Contest: Bring six cupcakes to the Roundhouse between 2:00 and 4:30

6:00 p.m. Community Potluck at the Roundhouse. Hot Beef Sundaes, table setting and drink provided. Please bring side dish, salad, or dessert to share. Announce Citizen of the Year.

6:30 p.m. Pie auction (Roundhouse)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

BBQ Cook off throughout the day, Polk Street. Dexter Firemen

Lion’s Information Booth outside Library Hall

7:00 a.m. Register for 5K Dexter Gallup & Walk, day of the race $5.00. Chris Egger

8:00 a.m. Dexter 5K Gallup & Walk starts in front of the library.

8:30 a.m. Parade Lineup (judging to be completed by 9:30 a.m.) 9:00 a.m. Dexter Museum open until noon. Library Book Sale open until noon.

Cow Pie Bingo in front of the Roundhouse

9:30 a.m. Kiddie Parade starts in front of the Post Office. Angie Beane 10:00 a.m. Grand Parade starts. Grand Marshal: Ed Love 11:00 a.m. Kids Water Fights. Sponsored by the Dexter Firemen

Kiddie Tractor Pull. 3 separate age groups: 4 to 12 years old. Steve Bunnell

Pop/water ring toss. Miscellaneous games / Cupcake Walk

Rubber Chicken Throw / Kids Horse Shoe Contest / Bean Bag game

Lots O Dots the Clown Balloons / Facepainting / Bounce House

Jail Cell Lockup to raise money for the Dexter Lions

11:00 – 1:00 Meal by the Dexter Community House Non-profit (Roundhouse) 1:30 p.m. Rod Stanley presentation.

2:00 p.m. Cribbage Tournament Sign up at 1:00 $3 registration

3:00 p.m. Bingo at the Roundhouse Dexter Roundhouse

Sunday, August 31, 2014

9:00 a.m. Combined Church Services (Dexter Park) Bring your lawn chairs

Immediately following service: Brunch by the Calvary Assembly of God Church. 9:00 a.m. - Co-ed Softball Game at the Dexter Elementary field. Signup begins at 8:00 a.m. Contact Angie Beane. Proceeds support the Dexter Lions.