In Pleasant Hill Living
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Cars and more!

Look out, Pleasant Hill. The minions are taking over — at least for a day. This year’s annual Family Funfest will take place all day Saturday, July 26, and this year the day-long party has a theme: the short, yellow, denim-overall-wearing minions of “Despicable Me” fame. “All our volunteers will be wearing daisy-colored shirts with […]

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In Altoona Living
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Altoona Palooza

This year’s Altoona Palooza is a special one: the city’s annual event turns 5. It’s a major milestone for the town festival, which takes place Aug. 23 at Sam Wise Youth Complex, 1000 Eighth St. S.E. Admission is free to the daylong celebration, which begins at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and culminates in […]

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In Waukee Living
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Back to school

The city of Waukee has certainly grown considerably in the last decade or two, and the Waukee Community School District is no exception to that. The district is the fastest growing in the state of Iowa with more than 900 staff members serving more than 8,000 students in grades preschool through 12th grade. Waukee schools […]

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In Boone Living
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Farm fresh

It’s as if the garden has been calling men and women to return ever since that time of biblical banishment. Here, with sun-baked faces, soil-caked fingernails and songbirds giving their serenade, the human race becomes a little bit more human again. “I like the tranquility of it,” says Julie Wilber. But this isn’t a spiritual […]

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In Bondurant Living
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Let the games begin!

Bondurant’s Lake PetockaThon returns on Friday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. At this friendly competition, teams comprised of three to four people compete in a variety of outdoor challenges to win a coveted traveling prize. This hometown event offers a number of reasons to attend, but chief among them may just be to have a […]

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In Beaverdale Living
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Little Gardners

Every week a group of little green thumbs and their families carefully weed, water and harvest produce from the vegetable gardens located down the hill from Perkins Elementary School. The garden is part of a growing effort among Des Moines Public Schools to introduce students to where and how their food is grown. It shows […]

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Mark Courter