1. Open skating

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at Meek Park in Minburn.

Come join us for a fun time with the kids. All ages are welcome to kate or rollerblade to music. Bikes, scooters, trikes pretty much anything goes. We have skates and rollerblades available in many sizes. It’s a fun, free time for everyone.

2. Summer River Float: Raccoon River Paddling and Mussels

10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at Voas Nature Area (tentative location).

Jennifer Kurth, ISU mussel researcher, brings us the story of Iowa’s mussels. The program begins with a presentation (tentatively at Voas Nature Area) on mussel ecology, natural history and identification. Plan on getting wet during this hands-on session. Following a lunch break (bring your own lunch), participants are welcome to join us for an optional bonus paddle down the (tentatively) North Raccoon River (subject to change based on water levels). Preregistration is required for this program. Sign up for the presentation, the paddle or both. For more information, or to register, call 515-465-3577.

3. Outdoor movie

7:15 - 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at Centennial Park in Granger.

Granger Parks and Recreation is excited to present the fourth year of Movies in the Park. Outdoor movies will be showing at Centennial Park for free. The film will be shown on a portable screen and will begin at sunset. Ferdinand (PG) will continue our 2018 season on Saturday, Aug. 25 at dusk, or approximately 7:15 p.m. Ferdinand is one hour and 48 minutes in length. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

4. Summer block party

5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 at 1145-1195 SE Alice’s Road, Waukee.

Greater Iowa Credit Union is hosting a Summer Block Party on Thursday Aug. 30, along with all of the businesses in our block. This free event includes food, kids activities and giveaways. Focus Eye Care will also be performing vision screenings at no charge. Bring your family and friends and join Focus Eye Care, Smoothie King, Rock Valley Physical Therapy, Rosati’s Pizza and Greater Iowa Credit Union for a fun filled evening.