Downtown Community Mapping

6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 at Adel City Hall.

The City of Adel has partnered with an Iowa State University graduate program to perform an in-depth study of downtown Adel. As a part of this study, ISU wants to understand how Adel residents interact with our historic downtown square. You can provide your input by attending a community mapping event on Thursday, Sept. 5. ISU graduate students will be on hand to solicit feedback and ask questions about how residents use Adel’s downtown square. Please consider attending!

Cop on a Rooftop

6-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at Dunkin Donuts, 8950 University Ave., West Des Moines.

Join us at Dunkin Donuts, as the Waukee Police Department rallies to raise donations for Special Olympics Iowa. You will get a free donut with donation!

Planting Days

Sept. 7-22 at Pedal Plaza, Adel.

Volunteers are needed to help plant shrubs and perennials and place mulch along the bike trail for the Kinnick to Raccoon Trail Improvement Project. This is the beginning of beautiful improvements along the trail and your help is greatly appreciated! This activity is open to all ages. Please sign up each person that will be working. Students bring your volunteer forms. We would love to sign them.We will meet at Pedal Plaza, located north of Lincoln Savings Bank. Please bring personal garden gloves and your favorite garden tools if you have them available. Multiple planting days are planned from Saturday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 22. Sign up for a time slot at

Bar-B-Kee Bash

3-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at Waukee Centennial Park, 1255 Warrior Lane.

The Waukee Rotary Club is hosting the second annual Bar-B-Kee Bash on Sept. 7. Join us for a fun day of a barbeque cook-off, grilling and great music. The proceeds of the event will go towards The Waukee Rotary and local non-profits, including Major’s Army to fight Cystic Fibrosis and Blessman International. Starting at 3 p.m., The Brazilian 2Wins will begin playing. Iowa-native band The Pork Tornadoes will perform from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at our website

Prairie Awakening—Prairie Awoke Celebration

3-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at Kuehn Conservation Area.

The theme of the Prairie Awakening-Prairie Awoke 2019 is youth. At this year’s Celebration, the Meskwaki Nation will be featured. A Youth Drum, along with a contingency of youth dancers, will share the story of the Meskwaki Nation through their drumming, song, and dance. DCCB will unveil its “Buffalo Wallows” project, led by local youth. Dallas Chief Eagle will again share his messages through a Hoop Dance presentation and a bonfire audience participation Hoop Dance. A rehabilitated raptor and tagged migrating monarchs will be released from the Celebration’s arena. Bring your lawn chair for seating. The event is free. Concessions will be available onsite.

Hummingbird Happening

1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at Kuehn Conservation Area.

Every year as the hummingbirds migrate south for the winter, we see an amazing number of them in the lower prairie tracts at Kuehn. Join us this year as we marvel at their color and aerial dexterity, and try to entice them to come to hand-held feeders! Pre-registration required for this free program by calling 515-465-3577. (The program is weather dependent).

Dallas County Reads

6:30-7:30 p.m. at Woodward United Methodist Church, 108 W 5th St.

Join all 12 Dallas County libraries as we welcome author Rachelle Chase, who will give a presentation on her most recent book, “Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa.” The event is being held at the Woodward United Methodist Church, 108 W 5th St.. The presentation is free and open to the public. A reception of light refreshments will follow as well as a book signing with the author. Books will be available for purchase from the author, the evening of the event. This program is presented by the Dallas County Library Association.

Waukee Economic Development Bus Tour

3:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at Fridley Theatres, 200 NE Westgate Drive, Waukee.

The Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee will host the 7th annual Waukee Economic Development Bus Tour at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. The tour will start and end at The Palms Theatres and IMAX in Waukee with a reception to follow at 5 p.m. This event is open to the public and will highlight community information, business, residential and school development. There is no cost to attend, but seats are limited. Please RSVP today at