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What is Daylight Savings Anyway?


Don't forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour this weekend!

As Daylight Savings Time ends and we turn our clocks it makes me wonder what is Daylight Savings anyway?
After a little research I uncovered how Daylight Savings began.
In 1916, 2 years into WWI, the Germans began moving their clocks to gain more daylight during working hours and to save energy. England and almost every other country fighting WWI followed suit.

March 9, 1918 The United States Congress enacted its first Daylight Savings Law.  In addition to saving daylight, The Standard Time Act  was also created defining time zones in the United States.

Today the idea of springing forward and falling back is a bit more controversial. Mostly because it no longer saves energy so questions of its purpose arise.  The 100 year practice of changing our clocks does not appear to be ending anytime soon.  So embrace the longer daylight hours and enjoy the extra hour of sleep you will be getting this weekend!

Leaf Collection Days in Ankeny

Beginning this weekend Ankeny residents can dispose of leaves free of charge.
The leaf collection location is the Prairie Ridge Family Aquatic Center, 1220 NW Prairie Ridge Dr.

The leaf collection site will be open for leaf disposal 24 hours a day from October 26th to November 24th. Leaf disposal assistance for residents is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only. Leaves collected in yard waste bags are permitted, and may be disposed in the containers provided. Plastic bags and other containers shall be removed by the resident following leaf disposal.

No open burning is allowed in Ankeny, so plan to take advantage of this no cost opportunity to dispose of your leaves. Residents residing within the city limits of Ankeny may participate in this program.

4 Reasons To Sell Your Home This Fall


Some Highlights:

  • Buyers are active in the market and often competing with one another for available listings.
  • Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply found in a normal housing market.
  • Homes are still selling relatively quickly, averaging 31 days on the market.

If you are considering a move this might be the time to do that.  We would be happy to discuss your personal situation to determine if this is the right time for you to make a change.

A New Retreat Just For Dog Lovers

In the near future a new hangout spot will open for dog owners and their fur babies. Paws and Pints will provide a relaxing atmosphere for visitors while their dogs can romp around the off-lease dog park or participate in grooming and boarding services, doggy daycare, and/or training classes.
A veterinarian and taxi services are also available. Human guests can enjoy a full bar service, food trucks, and live music while their canines can enjoy selection of dog-only entrées. Paws and Pints will eventually be located at the corner of 63rd St and Park Ave. Current plans are to have the facility open in 2020.

The Sugar Shack Returns

One of Altoona's favorite hotspots will make its debut in a new location.  The Sugar Shack closed last year when the owner and five other tenants were informed the building’s owner was selling the property to University of Iowa Credit Union to build a new branch there.  The new Sugar Shack will reopen July 1st.  The atmosphere and vibe of the restaurant will remain the same but decorating and colors have been updated.  The owner, Mark Poulos, indicated all the menu's staples will remain the same, but he's adding several new appetizers, a new selection of burgers, and a salad bar. "It's what you got at the Sugar Shack before and what you expect," he said of the menu. "Good tenderloins, good onion rings — we'll still make those from scratch."  

The new location will be at 550 36th Ave SW  Altoona, IA  50009
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Opening time expected to change to 8 a.m. on weekdays after the first few weeks, when breakfast will be served.

To see the full article on The Sugar Shack's return see The Des Moines Register June 24, 2019 article by Ian Richardson.

Family Fun Night at The Science Center of Iowa


Once a month you can explore the Science Center of Iowa with your family at a discounted rate. 
SCI offers hands on exhibits, a 50 ft planetarium, and 6-story IMax Dome theater; all to encourage a fun learning experience for all ages. 
Family Fun Night runs from 5-8pm on the first day of each month until January 1, 2020.
General admission tickets are $5.00.


The Science Center of Iowa is located at:

  • 401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy  Downtown Des Moines

A New Restaurant In Town


3 Sons Bar & Grill is new in town and is located in the same spot where Legends American Sports Bar was in West Des Moines. The newly renovated space offers American cuisine in a family friendly environment. 3 Sons Bar & Grill specializes in wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and pasta dishes. Multiple side options are available such as traditional fries, waffle fries, mac & cheese, coleslaw and potato salad (just to name a few). Kids meals are also available and include a side and drink for $5.99. Don't forget about the full bar which offers wine; local, domestic, and imported beer; as well as standard and fancy mixed drinks.

3 Sons Bar & Grill is located at: 
5906 Ashworth Rd  West Des Moines, IA 

Ankeny Named 10th Fastest Growing City in US

Who would have thought Ankeny, IA would be included in the fastest growing cities of the United States. In fact the US Census Bureau has just named our town in the top 10, taking the 10th spot for growth. Ankeny is the only city on the list outside of the South and West regions, which also makes it the #1 fastest growing city in the Midwest region. On average the city has seen growth of 7 people per day or 4.6% from July 2017 to July 2018. The 2018 census indicates the population of Ankeny to be 65,284, but current estimates indicate population is at 67,000+. This doubles the population over the last 15 years.

Why is Ankeny such a popular place to reside and raise a family? Despite the tremendous growth Ankeny continues to offer a "hometown feel" with amazing amenities and infrastructure. The school district remains one of the best in the state, and this community has experienced record breaking commercial development. I can honestly say as an Ankeny resident who has raised a family here that it is one of the the best places to live. Everything you can possibly need as far as restaurants, shopping, parks, entertainment is within a few miles of where you live. Not to mention easy interstate access and and easy commute to downtown.

To read the full article click on the link below:

Ankeny Fastest Growing City

Pancake Breakfast

Enjoy a free pancake breakfast hosted by the Ankeny Fire Department on May 18th from 7-11am.
This event is to bring awareness to the St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation. This non-profit organization works through education and research to help reduce burn related injuries and mortality and supports/assists burn victims and their families in maintaining a high quality of life after injury.
This is a free event but voluntary goodwill donations will be accepted to benefit this amazing organization.
The breakfast will be held at:
Ankeny Fire Station #1
120 NW Ash Dr
Ankeny, IA 50023

Casey's Coming to NW Ankeny

Casey's Gas Station and General Stores is bringing much needed convenience to NW Ankeny.  Currently under construction Casey's newest location will be at the corner of Irvinedale Ave and NW 36th St.  Retail and restaurants have been needed/wanted in this quadrant of the city for a long time.  Hopefully this is just the start to the growth of businesses on the north side of town! 
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