Thursday, August 28

Brew and Brats at the Bank

The Waukee Chamber is hosting Brew and Brats at the Bank Thursday, August 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Peoples Trust & Savings Bank at 1185 SE University Avenue in Waukee. The Waukee Chamber’s August Business After Hours sponsored by Peoples Trust & Savings Bank and Mr. Fix It/ Remodelworks. WHERE: Waukee–Peoples Trust and Savings Bank

TIME: 5-7 p.m.

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.

Saturday, August 30

Coon River Army Challenge Aug. 30

Join drill sergeants and active duty Army soldiers for a wild adventure mud run and obstacle course Saturday, August 30th encompassing the entire Dallas County Fairgrounds. The 2014 Coon River Army Challenge recreates a day in the life of Basic Training and is open to all ages and all fitness levels. Registration is $40 and includes race entry, event shirt, and finishers medal. All proceeds will be donated to Hope For the Warriors, a charitable organization that assists post 9/11 veterans and their families. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

WHERE: Adel–Dallas County Fairgrounds

Wednesday, Sept. 3 - Sept. 24

Free produce at Kinnick Feller Park in Adel

Every Wednesday, August 27 through September 24, the Food Bank of Iowa will be distributing free, fresh produce on a first-come, first-serve basis at Kinnick Feller Park (500 N. 10th St.) in Adel from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, regardless of income.

WHERE: Adel–Kinnick Feller Park (500 N. 10th St.)

TIME: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Friday, September 5

CyDay tailgate

Dallas County Extension is holding a CyDay Friday tailgate on Friday, September 5 from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Dallas County Fairgrounds. The event includes giveaways, food, and yard games. For questions or more information, contact Cait Ryan with Dallas County Extension at (515) 993-4281 or

WHERE: Adel–Dallas County Fairgrounds

TIME: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Saturday, September 6

Hunter Education

Hunter Education Class at the Raccoon Valley Sportsman Club in Adel Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 8 am - noon

Registration closes noon Thursday, September 4, 2014. This Class requires successful completion of the online class section.

Please bring the completed certificate with you to this class. Call 515-465-3577 with any questions.

Register online at: Go to Hunter Education – Online Registration - Education Programs

Enter "Dallas" in space for County and "September" in space for month

Classroom space is limited: pre-registration is required; please have the following information ready when registering: date of birth, Social Security Number, mailing address and phone number

WHERE: Adel–Raccoon Valley Sportsman Club

TIME: 8 a.m. - noon


Saturday, September 6

Conkerr Cancer at Adel Library

The Conkerr Cancer event will be held Saturday September 6 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Adel Library.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co is collaborating with Conkerr Cancer Org. to host an event at the Adel Library, making pillowcases for children in treatment. Help is needed to cut, press and fold fabric for pillow case kits. Help is also needed to stitch pillow cases. Adel Quilting is providing the fabric. Please stop by the library for a few minutes or a few hours on September 6 to help with this project. For more information on how you can help, call Adel Quilting at 515-993-1170 or contact

WHERE: Adel Library

TIME: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Saturday, September 6

Prairie Awakening Celebration

The Prairie Awakening Celebration will be held at Kuehn Conservation Area Saturday, September 6 from 3-8 p.m.

Once again the traditions of the Prairie Awakening Celebration will bring the music, drum, songs, dance and stories of Iowa’s First Peoples to the land. The celebration this year will feature the Ioway Nation. Prairie Awakening is an invitation to you to join us in an arena carved out of the restored tall grass prairies of Kuehn and remember your place on this land. Enjoy the drum, songs, dances and stories. Join the celebration. Dance. Step inside these first stories of the Ioway Peoples and experience the memories of the land here in Dallas County. In this intimate, one to one setting we hope to construct a conversation between cultures that will go beyond a history lesson, evoking a sense of place in the participants. As we again awaken the prairie, we hope to awaken the connections in you to the wilds of your home. The event is free. No registration required. An evening meal will be available for purchase, with proceeds supporting the celebration. Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

WHERE: Kuehn Conservation Area

TIME: 3-8 p.m.

CONTACT: Chris Adkins, 515-202-2552

Monday, September 8

Walk With Ease at Dallas Co. Hospital

Dallas County Hospital will be offering a Walk With Ease Program beginning on Monday, September 8. Two classes times will be offered: 11 am to noon or 3-4 pm. The group will meet three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Fridays) for six weeks on the second floor of the hospital’s south atrium. Cost for the six week program is just $15 without the book, or $25 with the Book. Walk With Ease is an exercise program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, you can have success with Walk With Ease. Besides helping you walk safely and comfortably, the Walk With Ease Program will help you get in shape, improve your flexibility, strength and stamina, and reduce pain. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. You can register online at For more information, contact Jane at 515.465.7628.

WHERE: Perry–Dallas County Hospital

TIME: 11-12 or 3-4 p.m.

Monday, September 8, 15, 22

Monarch tagging at Kuehn and Voes Conservation Areas

Monarch Tagging (Nature on Call Programming) will be held at the Kuehn Conservation Area near Earlham and the Voas Conservation Area in Minburn the weeks of Sept. 8 Sept. 15 and Sept. 22.

Upon registering for this program we will obtain your name and contact information so that when the big push of migrating monarchs move south through Dallas County we will be able to invite you to our tagging program. Unlike past years, we will not try to guess at the best date for this natural miracle. Instead, this year we will simply rejoice in the date that the monarch’s migration moves through, and contact our registered wild friends to join us at Kuehn or Voas. Past tagging programs have targeted weekday early evening and weekend mornings to connect migrating monarchs and registered taggers. The program will share of the mysteries of this migration and engage you in the tagging research project of the Monarch Watch Project. Net in hand, you will wander the prairies of Kuehn and Voas, capture a monarch, record the field data, tag and release a miracle. Registration is required for this program. For more information, contact Dallas County Conservation Board, 14581 K Avenue, Perry, Iowa 50220, (515) 465-3577,,

WHERE: Kuehn and Voas Conservation Areas


Tuesday, September 9

LifeServe blood drive in Redfield

LifeServe will be hosting the Redfield Community Blood Drive, Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at American Legion, 1116 Thomas St.

Schedule a blood donation appointment online at or call 800.287.4903.

WHERE: Redfield–American Legion

TIME: 3-7 p.m.


Thursday, September 11

Waukee Economic Development Bus Tour

The Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee will host the 2nd annual Waukee Economic Development Bus Tour on Thursday, September 11 at 3:30 p.m. The tour will start and end at Access Systems in Waukee with a reception to follow. We look forward to highlighting the City of Waukee, parks & recreation, schools, businesses, land and development.

No cost to attend. After hours will follow at 5:00 p.m. Seats are limited. Please RSVP.

WHERE: Waukee–Access Systems

TIME: 3:30 p.m.


Thursday, September 18

Passport to Literacy of the Natural World

The Passport to Literacy of the Natural World Program, hosted by Dallas County Conservation, will be held Thursday, Sept. 18 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Voas Nature Area near Minburn.

Dallas County Conservation Board naturalist Cindy Blobaum is also an author of numerous children’s books, including Geology Rocks!, Insectigations, Awesome Snake Science and Explore Night Science. Her goal is to help children and the adults that work with them connect with the natural world through the use of engaging information and hands-on activities.

Her talk will include a brief look at how she got started as a writer, an overview of the publishing process, works in progress, a sampling of some activities, and plenty of time for questions and discussions. Be forewarned, if there are large numbers of Monarch Butterflies migrating that evening, some time may be spent catching and tagging them as well.

This program is being presented in conjunction with the Dallas County Reading Council. FREE - No Preregistration required

WHERE: Minburn–Voas Nature Area

TIME: 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Saturday, September 20

Katie’s Crusaders 5k/10k walk run

The 6th Annual Katie’s Crusaders 5k run/walk & 10K run will be held on September 20, 2014 at Centennial Park in Waukee. The event begins at 8 a.m. Registration fee is $25 with long sleeve shirt included.

All proceeds from the event will benefit local families during their fight against breast cancer. Join Katie and her Crusaders in their fight to help families with their medical bills so they can concentrate on fighting the disease. Volunteer, sponsor or register to participate in the Crusader Run/Walk today! Contact: 515-987-0075 or or visit for more information. WHERE: Waukee–Centennial Park

TIME: 8 a.m.

INFO: 515-987-0075 or or visit

Saturday, September 20

Insect sweep

Insect Sweep! will be held Saturday, September 20 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Forest Park Museum in Perry.

There is a lot of life going on in the prairies that is usually undetected. Get a close and personal look when you join a naturalist in a romp through the fields around Forest Park, insect nets in hand. We’ll tag any Monarchs we see, marvel at stick bugs, praying mantises, beetles and more. Long pants are recommended as are close-toed shoes. Bring the whole family to this free program!. Program is weather dependant. Registered participants will be informed of any changes.

For more information, contact Dallas County Conservation Board, 14581 K Avenue, Perry, Iowa 50220, (515) 465-3577,,

WHERE: Perry–Forest Park Museum

TIME: 1-3 p.m.