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y childhood home was decorated with all kinds of ghosts and
goblins this time of year. Mom liked to decorate for Halloween.
Truth be told, Mom liked to decorate for any holiday. But
Halloween was special.
We used those same decorations every year — you know, the
cheap, plastic ones that were readily available at dime stores back then.
The items tossed out after a year or two by most people would be used
by my mother for years on end. She would carefully clean, fold and stow
away the plastic ghost sheet on the front door, the black cat on the stick
from the front yard and the witch’s face from the kitchen wall, among
the dozens of other items she collected. I never knew where she stored
these things, but they would reappear like magic each year.
Mom said she decorated for us kids, but those items continued to
appear for years after we all left home. When asked about it, she would
explain that they were now for the grandkids. Meanwhile, with children
and grandchildren no longer at the trick-or-treating age, my 75-yearold mother decorates her entire apartment complex with all kinds of
Halloween items — including that black cat on the stick.
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Halloween how-to
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By Dawn Sagario Pauls
rafting creepy costumes, being deliciously scared in a haunted house
and passing out candy can be just the
beginning for some Halloween enthusiasts.
From a homemade haunted house to grilled
food and a gaggle of ghoulish pumpkins, the
following Des Moines residents share their
Halloween traditions.
An extraordinarily frightful fete
For some people, Halloween involves little
more than decorating with fake spider webs
and cardboard cutouts, carving a couple
pumpkins and buying some candy.
And then there’s Robin Kelleher.
From the realistic witch sitting in the
rocking chair in the front yard of her home
and meticulously spookified rooms, to horrific foods and the second floor’s transmogrification into a haunted house, Kelleher
relishes planning every gory detail of their
decor and annual Halloween party.
If things go according to plan, this will
be the sixth year Kelleher and her husband,
Jack, and their 11-year-old daughter, Jordan,
are throwing the celebration. The tradition began partly as a way to get to know
Jordan’s friends and their families when they
moved to Des Moines, Robin says. The bash
was also a way for Jordan to experience the
fun Robin had as a kid at her neighbors’ huge
Halloween parties.
Each year, the Kelleher party has gotten
bigger. And more elaborate. And gorier.
“I really like creating the props and
coming up with one more thing scarier than
the next, if I can,” says Kelleher, who makes
about half the decorations and up until a
Chris Lucas and his son, Tommy, place a wooden ghost that Chris made into their lawn. The Lucas family decorates the
front of their home every year with a slew of pumpkins, usually 25, that they grow, harvest and carve.
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couple years ago, made her daughter’s costume every year.
“It’s me kind of rehashing all
of the horror movies I’ve seen in
my life and taking little parts and
putting it all together.”
She’s a go-with-the-flow kind
of person, pulling things together
as she goes along. This year, other
commitments before Halloween
had Kelleher unsure about whether the annual party and haunted
house were a go. But she was
She still planned to decorate
their home’s main floor, where
typically each room has its own
theme. This year, there’s a witch
theme in the kitchen, the living
room will likely be home to ghosts,
and the dining room table will
probably feature a head on a platter, she says. A vampire usually sits
at the computer in their library,
with bats swinging overhead.
She’d like to increase the
creepiness on the main floor, turning it into a downsized version of
the haunted house upstairs. Then
she’d like to have trick-or-treaters
walk through.
The haunted house, which
takes over the second floor’s five
bedrooms, hallway and bathroom,
was something Robin came up with
five years ago. Over the years,
she’s upped the scream factor by
using real people to scare those
going through it.
“The haunted house came
about as needing something a little
more entertaining as the kids got
older,” she says.
It takes shape over the course
of several days, with Robin closing
some of the doors to keep things
a surprise for Jordan. For about
the last three years, she says, her
daughter has taken a more active
role in putting everything together.
“I love seeing what my mom
has dreamed up next,” Jordan
says. “My friends and I still enjoy
it and love scaring them after the
parents are done scaring us.”
Robin’s husband, Jack, takes
the Halloween frenzy in stride
with a sense of humor, saying
his favorite part of the holiday is
the day after. But seeing the joy
it brings their family and friends
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Kelly Powers and his wife, Pam Arnold Powers, began offering grilled food, along with
candy, to trick-or-treaters and their families four years ago. They also transform the
front of their home to look like a cemetery every year.
makes it all worthwhile.
“It is all about giving the kids a
great experience and my wife the
opportunity to utilize her creative
juices, both of which makes this
annual episode well worth it,” Jack
says. “My number one goal for my
family duties is to keep the ladies
happy; this event always contributes favorably to that outcome.”
Ultimately, Jordan is why she
goes through all of this, Robin
“She’s the reason I do it. As
much as I enjoy doing it, it’s just
watching her and all of her friends.
All of her friends truly enjoy it.”
Halloween horrors, hot dogs
and hamburgers
Have you ever seen a headless
man grilling hot dogs and hamburgers on Beggars’ Night? It’s a
likely sight if you stop by the home
of Kelly Powers and his wife, Pam
Arnold Powers.
Four years ago, a costumed
Powers began handing out food
along with candy, a quick dinner
that’s been particularly appreciated by adults.
“A lot of parents come home
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from work, especially when
Beggars’ Night is on a school night,
to get the kids all dressed up,
and there’s no time for dinner,”
Powers says. “It hits the spot then
when you’re running around and
haven’t had the time to eat.”
Offering a meal is just part
of the evolution of the couple’s
Halloween festivities since moving
to Des Moines from Colorado
about eight years ago. Each
Halloween, Powers transforms the
front of their house into a cemetery, with ghosts in the trees,
lights and noisy decorations to
spook passersby, adding a different
embellishment some years, he says.
They’ve always served something for adults, Arnold Powers
says, usually an alcoholic beverage.
But each year, their set-up has
grown more extravagant.
Halloween is her husband’s
passion, and she’s just along for
the ride every year, says Arnold
Powers, who helps some with
the decorations, and on Beggars’
“He probably has to push me
sometimes, but when we’re doing
it, I really enjoy it,” says Arnold
Part of the fun is the Beggars’
Night tradition of trick-or-treaters
telling a joke for candy. The couple
was unfamiliar with the practice
when they first moved here. Now
every year, a dressed-up Powers,
and his occasionally costumed
wife, make sure kids tell their
jokes before getting their treats.
The 50-year-old Powers says
his enthusiasm for the holiday has
partly to do with his childhood.
“Some people would describe
me as a big kid, but actually I grew
up overseas in a foreign country
that didn’t really have Halloween,”
says Powers, who was raised in
the Philippines. “So I think I’m still
enjoying it because I didn’t have it
as a kid.
“It’s just the best holiday of
the year because you don’t have
to buy anyone gifts or write any
‘thank you’ notes. The thing about
Halloween is you just have fun.”
Pumpkins galore
Pumpkins take center stage each
Halloween at the Lucas home.
For the past 10 years, Britgne
Lucas and her family have been
growing their own pumpkins and
carving a slew of them for the
holiday, making for a gaggle of
ghoulish gourds who greet trickor-treaters.
Their creepy grins and scary
faces stare at you from the front
of their house. Some sit on a
bench, others line the steps leading up to the front door and more
flank the steps.
In past years, the Lucases have
propped them on overturned
flower pots leading down to the
sidewalk, made a pumpkin snow
man and rigged a display of pumpkins with a baby monitor so they
could say things from the house as
kids walked by.
Their decor also includes
wooden cutouts of pumpkins and
ghosts that Lucas’ husband, Chris,
made. Blinking lights resembling
eyes are nestled in the trees, and
spooky garland and a wreath on
the front porch add to the ambience.
But it’s the plethora of pumpkins that really make the scene.
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It started when Britgne was in a
small town for a wedding. They stopped
at a gas station and saw a man selling a
trailer full of pumpkins he had grown
himself. They were $1 a piece, and they
bought a dozen of them, Britgne says.
They had a lot of fun carving them with
their kids, Gabby, now 12, and Tommy,
now 9.
They decided to grow their own
pumpkins, the majority of which grow at
the home of Britgne’s in-laws, who live
on 25 acres near Dubuque. They plant
the pumpkins in the summer and harvest
them around mid-October.
“We get about 50 pumpkins a year,”
Britgne says, giving some away to their
neighbors. “Then we’ll carve 25 of them
and use them for our Halloween display.”
Sometimes the crop isn’t as good,
like this year’s. They’ll probably have 10
pumpkins this Halloween, says Britgne,
and supplement with some faux ones.
The whole family usually carves
the pumpkins the night before Beggars’
Night, setting up an assembly line.
Britgne’s husband guts them, and they
set to work shaping them on their
newspaper-lined kitchen island.
Each person is responsible for a certain number of pumpkins. They decide
on themes for each one, then vote on
whose is the best.
“Over the years, we’ve gotten pretty fast at it,” Britgne says. “The problem
is sometimes we run out of ideas. So
what I like to do is Google ‘pumpkin
carving’ to get different ideas for what
other people have done, which serves
as inspiration.”
Tommy and Gabby have differing
opinions about the pumpkin growing
and carving. While it’s something that
Tommy enjoys, Gabby’s response is a
bit more weary, saying that carving can
get old after the 10th pumpkin. She
adds that hauling the pumpkins to Des
Moines at harvest time “makes the ride
home a little uncomfortable, sharing the
backseat with so many pumpkins.”
But Halloween doesn’t end just at the
pumpkins. Britgne says their family also
likes to dress up, with the kids wearing
paired costumes — for example, Yoda
and Princess Leia — most of the years.
“I would say Halloween is one of
our favorite holidays,” she says. Q
Photo by Dawn Sagario Pauls
The Lucas family -— Chris, Britgne, Gabby and Tommy — grow and
harvest their own pumpkins, then carve them to create a display
outside their home. They grow most of them at their relatives’ home near
Dubuque, then haul them back to Des Moines.
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Meet Blake Hammond
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Learning has to be
exciting for students,
teacher says
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xciting — that’s what Blake
Hammond wants learning to
be for his students.
With activities including a
“gourd-kart” race (where students construct go-karts made of
vegetables or fruits) and taking
a scooter through a huge model
of the heart, the kids are hardpressed to be bored.
“I believe that hands-on and
inquiry are the way to get kids into
science,” says Hammond, a sixth
grade science teacher at Merrill
Middle School.
His own experience with science in school propelled him to
teach the subject.
“I decided to go into my weakest area as the area I would actually teach because I wanted to make
it real, exciting and fun, because it
wasn’t for me growing up,” says
Hammond, who received a bachelor’s in elementary and middle
school education, with a focus
in science, from the University
of Northern Iowa. He also has a
master’s in school administration
from Viterbo University.
He says providing different
experiences helps keep students
engaged, whether they’re learning
about the scientific method or
human body systems.
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For example, students this
year will get to act out different medical emergencies from
the standpoint of what’s going on
inside the body.
“We’re really excited about
that because I think the kids will
really dig acting out what’s really
happening in the human body when
emergencies occur,” Hammond
says. “Rather than reading or talking about it, they get to act it out.”
Hammond and Mary Ann
Greteman, a physical education
teacher at Merrill, have also collaborated on projects, including building
a large model of the human heart
made of PVC pipe and material.
Students act as a blood cell moving
through the heart, using scooters to
meander through the structure.
Hammond has been instrumental in a variety of projects at Merrill
helping to make learning more
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Q: Did George Washington
really have wooden false teeth?
A: Our first president was plagued with
dental difficulties, losing most of his teeth
to periodontal (gum) disease while still in
his 20s. Contrary to popular belief, though,
Washington never had wooden dentures.
They were made from gold, elephant ivory,
hippopotamus tusk and human teeth. A set is
on display at Mount Vernon, his Virginia home.
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One of Washington’s dentists was a fellow
named John Greenwood. In 1790, Greenwood adapted his mother’s
foot-operated spinning wheel to create the first-known dental drilling
machine. Washington lost his teeth long before 1913, the year the phrase
“dental hygiene” was coined in Bridgeport, Conn., where Dr. Alfred
Civilion Fones started a school of hygiene. The school remains in operation today as part of the University of Bridgeport.
The earliest known reference of a dentist, by the way, dates to 2600
B.C. An inscription on the tomb of an Egyptian scribe named Hesy-Re
calls him “the greatest of those who deal with teeth.” The practice of
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Walk, lift and stretch your way to fitness
By Des Moines University Clinic
et fit in just 30 minutes a
day! Improve your health
10 minutes at a time!
Those are not slogans from the
latest fitness gimmick, but actual recommendations issued by
the Federal government to help
Americans improve their health
and prevent disease.
The biggest excuse for inactive people is that they don’t
have the time to exercise. But the
truth is it only takes a few hours
per week to improve your overall
health and fitness.
“The rule of thumb as promoted by major health groups is
150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of high
intensity cardio each week,” says
Joy Schiller, wellness director at
Des Moines University.
Aerobic activity is such a
normal part of your day, you
may not even notice it. Anything
that increases your heart rate
and makes you breathe heavily
is considered aerobic. In fact,
by walking, biking or dancing for
just 10 minutes a few times a
day, you can achieve the 30-minute goal.
Build muscle, lose weight
When people think about
strength training, they picture
muscle-bound men bulked up
beyond belief. However, strength
training is just as important in
weight loss as cardio exercise.
“By lifting weights, you build
lean muscle tissue, which raises
your metabolism and reduces body fat,” explains Schiller.
“Ideally, you want to have two
30-minute sessions of strength
training each week that target the
major muscle groups.”
Strength training doesn’t have
to mean pumping iron. Push-ups,
yoga, resistance bands and gardening are all ways to improve
muscle strength. Picking out eight
to 10 exercises that target the
major muscle groups and doing
eight to 12 repetitions of each
will lead to results.
Stay flexible
Stretching is a crucial, yet often
overlooked, piece of the fitness
puzzle. While it’s not in the government’s guidelines, Schiller rec-
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ommends two to three stretching
sessions per week. It keeps the
muscles and joints flexible and
improves range of motion, helping to prevent injuries. Stretching
also aids in post-workout recovery, raises energy levels and
decreases soreness by circulating
blood to the muscles.
Thirty minutes a day is all it
takes, but many people still find
it hard to carve out the time.
Exercise doesn’t have to be painful. If you choose to make it fun,
a half hour will fly by.
“Find an activity you absolutely love, whether it’s running,
gardening or dancing,” advises
Schiller. “When exercise includes
something you enjoy, it’s easy to
stay active and be healthy.” Q
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Tom Peterson and Alice Peterson at the Waterbury Neighborhood Association’s
Okotoberfest on Oct. 6.
The Barzen family — Kristy, David, Jackson and
Roman — live in the house known for its
fountain and its knight.
Fountain of travels
Barzen family adds unique touches to home
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wo objects get a lot of
notice outside David and
Kristy Barzen’s south-ofGrand-Avenue home.
First is the large fountain in the
front yard of the 1924 Tudor-style
home at 420 51st St. Second is
the knight that stands outside the
front door.
The Barzens love to travel,
and it’s that love that led to the
concept of the foundation.
David attended an open house,
where he saw a fountain and liked
the idea. Several months later, the
couple was in New Orleans and
found a bronze statue they loved.
It was shipped to Des Moines,
where it sat in the backyard for
about a year.
During the next couple of years,
David designed the pool for the
fountain, which was carved in Italy,
and found a tile maker who could
make the tiles that spell out various
cities, states, regions and countries
in which the Barzens have traveled.
“I came up with this idea to
call it the Fountain of Travels,”
David says.
The knight was Kristy’s idea.
She saw it at a farmers’ market in
Kansas City about eight years ago
and thought they needed it.
Since then, the Barzen home
has been known as the house with
the knight and the fountain.
Hank Woods and Sandy Woods at the Waterbury Neighborhood Association’s
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The house was originally built
by a doctor. The exterior is Tudor
style, with ornate carvings made
from plaster, while the interior is
more craftsman style.
The couple has redone almost
every inch of the inside of the
house. The fireplace was torn out
and a new mantel was built. Carpets
were ripped up; hardwood floors
were refinished. Wainscoting was
installed in the dining room. The
kitchen was remodeled, and an
antique glass window was added.
One of the most interesting
features of the house is the thirdfloor attic, which had plain white
walls when they couple moved in.
They decided to use the room to
showcase their travels and hired
an artist to paint various threedimensional postcard scenes from
some of the places they have
visited. First was a canal view of
Venice, Italy, taken from a panoramic photo David took.
Other images include scenes
of the Rhine River and the Amalfi
Coast. The painter also incorporated work from the Sistine
Chapel including an image on the
ceiling of God and the disciples.
And, of course, leading up the
stairs to the room, the walls have
been painted liked the interior of
a castle, complete with a medieval
knight who stands guard. Q
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Friday, Oct. 19
Monday, Oct. 22
Q Toddler Time, Central Library,
10:15 a.m.
Q Leaving Czechoslovakia” Oral
History Traveling Exhibit, Central
Library, all day
Q Night Eyes, Halloween at Blank
Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, Tickets $5,
5:30- 8 p.m.
Q RHS V Football at Des Moines
East, 7 p.m.
Q Pollock Ball, Des Moines Art
Center, 4700 Grand Ave, 8 p.m.midnight
Q RHS Volleyball Regionals
Q Leaving Czechoslovakia” Oral
History Traveling Exhibit, Central
Library, all day
Q DM City Council Meeting, City
Hall, 4:30 p.m.
Q Author Visit: Lorna Graham and
Daphne Aviller, Franklin Ave Library,
6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Q Leaving Czechoslovakia” Oral
History Traveling Exhibit, Central
Library, all day
Q Mysteries of the Castle, science
experiments, story telling face painting and more, wear our costumes,
Salisbury House, 4025 Tonawanda
Drive, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Q Night Eyes, Halloween at Blank
Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, Tickets $5,
1-8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21
Q Leaving Czechoslovakia” Oral
History Traveling Exhibit, Central
Library, all day
Q Night Eyes, Halloween at Blank
Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, Tickets $5,
1-8 p.m.
Q Sunday Bridge Club, call Laura
for more details at 283-4957, Central
Library, 1-3 p.m.
Q WOW: Women Writers Forum,
featuring author Venise Berry, Central
Library, free, 2-3 p.m.
Library, 10:15- 11:15 a.m.
Q Preschool Storytime, Central
Library, 10:15- 10:45 a.m.
Q Night Eyes, Halloween at Blank
Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, Tickets $5,
5:30- 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 23
Q Depression Bipolar Support
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42nd and Ingersoll, 2-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25
Q Leaving Czechoslovakia” Oral
History Traveling Exhibit, Central
Library, all day
Q Baby Rhyme Time, Central
Q Leaving Czechoslovakia” Oral
History Traveling Exhibit, Central
Library, all day
Q Dia De Los Muertos- Day of the
Dead, festive day of music, dancing,
food and drink, art activities, and
remembrances for the whole family,
Des Moines Art Center, free, 1-4 p.m.
Q Night Eyes, Halloween at Blank
Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, Tickets $5,
1-8 p.m.
Q Sunday Bridge Club, call Laura
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Monday, Oct. 29
Wednesday, Oct. 24
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Writing and Publishing Event, provide
the opportunity to anonymously publish your secret- the postcards will be
collected and displayed in a one-of-akind community book to be displayed
all day in the Grand View University
Library, on Friday Oct. 26, Central
Library, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Q Baby Rhyme Time, Central
Library, 10:15- 11:15 a.m.
Q WOW! African American
Writers Forum, Central Library,
5:30- 6:30 p.m.
Q Evening Bridge Club, register at
283-4957, Central Library, 6-8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 28
Friday, Oct. 26
Q No School- DMPS
Q Toddler Time, Central Library,
10:15 a.m.
Q Leaving Czechoslovakia” Oral
History Traveling Exhibit, Central
Library, all day
Q Night Eyes, Halloween at Blank
Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, Tickets $5,
5:30- 8 p.m.
Q Leaving Czechoslovakia” Oral
History Traveling Exhibit, Central
Library, all day
Q WOW: Latino Writers Forum,
Central Library, 5:30- 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30
Q RHS Volleyball Regionals
Q Leaving Czechoslovakia” Oral
History Traveling Exhibit, Central
Library, all day
Q Depression Bipolar Support
Alliance (DBSA), support group for
Depression Bipolar, Plymouth Church,
42nd and Ingersoll, 2-3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27
Q Leaving Czechoslovakia” Oral
History Traveling Exhibit, Central
Library, all day
Q Night Eyes, Halloween at Blank
Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, Tickets $5,
1-8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 31
Q Halloween
Q Leaving Czechoslovakia” Oral
History Traveling Exhibit, Central
Library, all day
Q Baby Rhyme Time, Central
Library, 10:15- 11:15 a.m.
“When a woman says she
needs new shoes, what she
really wants is a new job.
When she says she needs
a new house, she wants a
new husband. And when she
says she wants a new car,
she wants a new life.”
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OCTOBER | 2012
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Q Boo in the Afternoon!, teens
and tweens celebrate early with
a chilling hour of ghoulish games,
crafts, and more, costumes welcomed but not required, Central
Library, 2:30- 3:30 p.m.
Q Scare Us Hill- A Pumpkin Ball,
Halloween Ball at Iowa’s Historic
Governor’s Home, contact Meredith
at [email protected], 6 p.m.
Q Evening Bridge Club, register at
283-4957, Central Library, 6-8 p.m.
Q The Amazing Kreskin, the most
famous mentalist, Hoyt Sherman Place,
1501 Woodland Ave, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov.1
Q Preschool Storytime, Central
Library, 10:15- 10:45 a.m.
Q Baby Rhyme Time, Central
Library, 10:15- 11:15 a.m.
Q Night Eyes, Halloween at Blank
Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, Tickets $5,
5:30- 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 2
Q Toddler Time, Central Library,
10:15 a.m.
Q Thomas Demand: ANIMATIONS
Opening Reception, brief remarks by
Director Jeff Fleming at 6 p.m., Des
Moines Art Center, 5-7 p.m.
Q Night Eyes, Halloween at Blank
Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, Tickets $5,
5:30- 8 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 5
Q Writer’s Workshop, join us
for an informal writers’ workshop,
preregister online or call 283-4957,
Central Library, 5-7 p.m.
Q DM City Council Meeting, City
Hall, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 6
Q Election Day
Q Depression Bipolar Support
Alliance (DBSA), support group for
Depression Bipolar, Plymouth Church,
42nd and Ingersoll, 2-3:30 p.m.
Q RHS Girls State Swimming
Q Night Eyes, Halloween at Blank
Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, Tickets $5,
1-8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4
Q Daylight-saving time ends
Q Night Eyes, Halloween at Blank
Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, Tickets $5,
1-8 p.m.
Q Sunday Bridge Club, call Laura
for more details at 283-4957, Central
Library, 1-3 p.m.
Q “The Whole World Was
Watching” film series part 2, Des
Moines Art Center, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10
Q 35th Annual Beaverdale Holiday
Boutique and Market Cafe, $3
(includes a chance drawing for door
prizes), Holy Trinity Catholic Church,
2926 Beaver Ave, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Q Night Eyes, Halloween at Blank
Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, Tickets $5,
1-8 p.m.
Q Baby Rhyme Time, Central
Library, 10:15- 11:15 a.m.
Q Crafty Readers, we will be reading
“Turkey Trouble” and making a turkey
craft, Central Library, 2:30 p.m.
Q Crafternoon Hangout: Slime,
Putty, and Bouncy Balls, Central
Library, 2:30- 3:30 p.m.
Q Evening Bridge Club, register at
283-4957, Central Library, 6-8 p.m.
Q Chip Duncan, producer Chip
Duncan will discuss his upcoming television series, The Reagan Presidency,
that will appear on IPTV, Central
Library, 6:30- 8 p.m.
Q Preschool Storytime, Central
Library, 10:15- 10:45 a.m.
Q Baby Rhyme Time, Central
Library, 10:15- 11:15 a.m.
Q Night Eyes, Halloween at Blank
Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, Tickets $5,
5:30- 8 p.m.
Q Art at the Castle, a joint benefit
for the Salisbury House Foundation
and the Des Moines Opera, RSVP
online, 6-9 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 9
Wednesday, Nov. 14
Q Jolly Holiday Lights, Waterworks
Park, $5-$10, 5:30- 10 p.m.
Q Baby Rhyme Time, Central
Library, 10:15- 11:15 a.m.
Q How to Be Stress Free, for teens,
come in for a relaxing hour where
we will do yoga, learn breathing techniques and make a stress ball, Central
Library, 2:30 p.m.
Q Evening Bridge Club, register at
283-4957, Central Library, 6-8 p.m.
Q RHS Winter Sports Parent
Meeting, RHS Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15
Wednesday, Nov. 7 Sunday, Nov. 11
Thursday, Nov. 8
Saturday, Nov. 3
2926 Beaver Ave, 6- 8:30 p.m.
Q Chamber Music at the Salisbury
House, $15- $25, doors open at 6:45
p.m. for a wine reception and performance starts at 7:30 p.m.
Q Veteran’s Day
Q Central Library Closed
Q Smart Family Sunday, plan an
atypical family portrait using props,
costumes, special lighting effects, and
sketch a costumed model, program
designed for ages 5 and under, limited
to 40 people, $4 per person, Des
Moines Art Center, 1-2:30 p.m.
Q Night Eyes, Halloween at Blank
Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, Tickets $5,
1-8 p.m.
Q Sunday Bridge Club, call Laura
for more details at 283-4957, Central
Library, 1-3 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 12
Q Central Library Closed
Q CMA Backstage Kick-Off Event,
happy hour specials and Brian
Kalina will be performing piano
favorites, drawing to win 2 tickets
to Civic Music Associations season
opener, Shuffle, Coda Lounge in the
Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel,
6-8 p.m.
Q Jolly Holiday Lights, Waterworks
Park, $5-$10, 5:30- 10 p.m.
Q Preschool Storytime, Central
Library, 10:15- 10:45 a.m.
Q Baby Rhyme Time, Central
Library, 10:15- 11:15 a.m.
Q Booktalking the Battle of the
Books, “The Fourth Shall Part II”
and “Dead End”, ages 8-12, Central
Library, 4-4:50 p.m.
Q Brenton Skating Plaza Opening,
help collect non-perishable food items
to help the needy during the holiday
season, 5-9 p.m.
Q Night Eyes, Halloween at Blank
Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, 5:30- 8 p.m.
Q “The Whole World Was
Watching” Film Series Part 3, Des
Moines Art Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16
Q Jolly Holiday Lights, Waterworks
Park, $5-$10, 5:30- 10 p.m.
Q Toddler Time, Central Library,
10:15 a.m.
Q Brenton Skating Plaza Open, 520
Robert D Ray Dr., 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Q Night Eyes, Halloween at Blank
Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, 5:30- 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13
Q Jolly Holiday Lights, Waterworks
Park, $5-$10, 5:30- 10 p.m.
Q Iowa International Center:
“Abedlkader, Iowa and Our World
Today”, Central Library, 11 a.m.2:30 p.m.
Q Depression Bipolar Support
Alliance (DBSA), support group for
Depression Bipolar, Plymouth Church,
42nd and Ingersoll, 2-3:30 p.m.
Q Toddler Time, Central Library,
10:15 a.m.
Q Night Eyes, Halloween at Blank
Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, Tickets $5,
5:30- 8 p.m.
Q 35th Annual Beaverdale Holiday
Boutique and Market Cafe, $3
(includes a chance drawing for door
prizes), Holy Trinity Catholic Church,
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Join us for
The ancho chile barbecue burrito at Qdoba Mexican Grill.
New on the avenue
Qdoba Mexican Grill opens on Ingersoll
By Kathleen Summy
ust when you think Ingersoll
Avenue couldn’t possibly have
any more tempting restaurants,
new ones start opening up. So my
dining companion and I headed out
to lunch to the recently-opened
Qdoba Mexican Grill near the
intersetion with MLK Parkway.
The interior is shiny new, spacious, uncluttered and full of light.
Plenty of diners have found their
way to Qdoba already, either having their lunch in or carrying bags
of food back to the office.
Qdoba offers burritos, tacos,
taco salads, nachos and grilled
quesadillas, all freshly assembled
to your order cafeteria-style. The
workers behind the counter were
all smiling and ready to help us
navigate through our choices.
My companion and I both
ordered burritos — about $7
each. I chose mine from the signature flavors list, an ancho chile barbecue creation with pulled pork.
A scoop of rice was placed on a
whole wheat tortilla and topped
with generous chunks of pork. I
chose black beans, corn salsa and
a sprinkling of cheese to complete
the burrito. This was not your
typical fast-food burrito — it was
fat and, as my companion pointed
out — had a strong resemblance
to a duck breast. The whole creation was wrapped in foil to keep
it together.
My companion ordered the
queso burrito with grilled chicken. It features a blend of three
cheeses, roasted poblanos, tomatoes and jalapenos.
3301 Ingersoll Avenue
Qdoba Mexican Grill
2105 Ingersoll Ave.
10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily
We were both very impressed
with the fresh ingredients used. I
especially liked the barbecue sauce
in mine — it was slightly sweet
with a hint of heat and smoke and
unlike any Southern sauce. It was a
tasty change of pace.
Eating the hefty burritos was a
bit of a challenge. My companion
took the knife and fork route, giving props to Qdoba for providing
sturdy utensils. I cut mine in half
and used the “fingers before forks”
method, which was messy but
effective. We also had an order of
chips and queso dip ($3.99). After
indulging in some of that, I was so
full that half of my burrito went
home with me for supper.
I can see Qdoba becoming
part of my regular lunch rotation.
With so many combinations, it will
never get boring. Q
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West Side
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what’s in your garage?
Photo by Marci Clark
library news
Autumn events
Parties, author visits and more at Franklin
By Kevin Kretschmer, Branch Manager
Saturday Special program of
Furry Tales has moved to
Franklin Avenue Library. Exercise
you reading skills with Scout, the
therapy dog. Stop by the library
to sign up for a ten-minute slot to
share a favorite story with a fourlegged friend. Saturday, Oct., 20,
at 11 a.m.
Pat Wollam and her dog, Mya, have been hard at work restoring her 1955 Comet
Trailer to its original interior.
1955 Comet trailer
WOW! Author visit
Monday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m.
Come to hear Lorna Graham,
author of “The Ghost of
up and put in a more neutral color. Greenwich Village” and Daphne
The exposed boards are a mere Uviller, author of “Super in the
skeleton of what the trailer will be City.” Beaverdale Books will have
books available for sale and signing.
when it is complete.
Stepping inside the door, to
the right are frames for what BeTween the Lines: Tween
will eventually become seats for Book Discussion
the fold-down table which can Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4 p.m.
double as a smaller bed. Directly Please join us for our first tween
in front of the door will eventually book discussion. We’ll have snacks
be a short countertop and a sink and a craft to go along with the
which, in keeping with the time book’s theme. This month we
frame, will have a handle pump will discuss “Every Soul a Star” by
and five-gallon jugs as well as a Wendy Mass. Books will be available at the youth services for you
small propane gas stove.
All the way to the back, two to sign out. Parents are invited
frames are awaiting completion to to read the book and join in the
offer bench seating and a place to discussion.
hold the larger, still not-quite-atwin-sized, bed. Coming full circle, Undead Ball for Teens
next to the door is a frame for what Monday, Oct. 29, 4 p.m.
once held the ice box and storage. Calling all teenage zombies,
“We’re not sure if we want to vampires and monsters of all
go that route or not,” Wollam says. kinds. Celebrate Halloween at
Even though they have only the Undead Ball. There will be
gone between Michigan and Iowa games, food and D.I.Y. Halloween
so far, Wollams says the camper makeup. Costumes are optional.
has already gotten them a lot of Preregister.
“When we’re camping, we Afternoon Book Discussion
won’t have a minute’s peace Monday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m.
because everybody comes up and Discuss the book “The Buddha in
says, ‘Tell me about your trailer,’” the Attic” by Julie Otsuka. Ask for
Wollam says. But she adds that’s a copy of the book at the Franklin
one of the most fun things about Avenue Library’s Information Desk.
having the trailer. Q
Wollams work to restore ‘canned ham’
By Marci Clark
fter years of camping
out in tents and sleeping
on the hard ground, Pat
Wollam and her husband went in
search of the perfect camper.
“We live in an old house and
we like old things, so we said ‘Let’s
find an old trailer,’ ” Wollam says.
After searching online, they
found a 1955 Comet trailer, also
known as a “canned ham” because
of its shape, listed for sale on
eBay. The Wollams purchased the
camper from a seller in Michigan
and drove up in July to get it.
This is the 27th trailer the seller
has restored, so he’s got a lot of
experience in the area. However
the Wollams have decided rather
than the modernized upgrades, they
wanted it back to its original interior, or as close as they could get it.
After getting home, they tore
out the insides and are starting
fresh. In line with restoring it to
the original shape, Wollam has
been doing a lot of research, not
only to get ideas on how the trailer interior should look, but also to
get tips on how to get it done.
“It’s a steep learning curve,”
she says of the remodeling.
Right now, the checkered pattern black and white floor is a
bit too “Coca-Cola style” for the
Wollams, and they plan to tear it
Contact Darren at 953-4822 ext. 304 or [email protected] to recommend someone for an upcoming issue of “What’s In Your Garage?”
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Booktalking - The Battle of
the Books
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m.
Get a jump on the Battle of the
Books with a discussion of the
following three books from the
Des Moines Public Schools list:
“Dead End in Norvelt,” “On the
Blue Comet” and “The Fantastic
Secret of Owen Jester.” Students
ages 8 and older may join in the
fun activities, games and chat by
Franklin Avenue Library
5000 Franklin Ave.
Mon. - Thur.: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fridays: 1 – 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Evening Book Discussion
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m.
Discuss the book “The Night
Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. A
copy of the book may be obtained
at the Information Desk of the
Franklin Avenue Library.
Story Times Schedule for
October and November
Preschool Story Time
Mondays, 10:15 a.m.
Develop your imagination with
stories, rhymes, songs. and a lot
of fun!
Baby Rhyme Time
Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m.
Ages 0-12 months.
Occurs weekly for babies and their
caregivers featuring rhymes, songs,
bouncing and a story or two.
Toddler Story Time
Wednesdays, 10:15 and 10:50 a.m.
Come share stories, fingerplays,
and songs. Q
Pat Franke, Edward Jones financial advisor
Time for ‘Save for
Retirement Week’
ctober 21 through 27
is National Save for
Retirement Week, established by Congress to remind
Americans of the importance of —
you guessed it — saving for retirement. Why not mark the occasion by considering ways in which
you can boost your own financial
resources for those years in which
you’re officially a “retiree?”
If you’re concerned about your
financial prospects during retirement, you’re not alone. Check
out a few of the findings from
the Employee Benefit Research
Institute’s 2012 Retirement
Confidence Survey:
are very confident they will have
enough money to live comfortably
in retirement.
report that the total value of
their household’s savings and
investment, excluding the value
of their primary home and any
defined benefit plans, is less than
report that they have not tried to
calculate how much money they
will need to live comfortably in
It can be challenging to pay
your living expenses and still have
money left over to save for retirement. But you can take some steps
to help your cause. Here are a few
to consider:
you get paid, move some money
— even if it’s only a small amount
— from your checking or savings
account into an investment. Make
it easier on yourself by having
your bank move the money automatically.
tions. Whenever you salary goes
up, increase your 401(k) contributions. Your money can grow on a
tax-deferred basis, which means
it can accumulate faster than if it
were placed in an investment on
which you paid taxes every year.
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Even if you have a 401(k), you’re
probably still eligible to contribute
to an IRA. A traditional IRA can
grow tax deferred, while a Roth
IRA’s earnings are tax-free, provided you’ve had your account at
least five years and you don’t start
taking withdrawals until you’re at
least 59½. For 2012, you can contribute up to $5,000 to your IRA,
or $6,000 if you’re 50 or older.
never easy, but try to reduce your
debts as much as possible.
Try to build an emergency fund
containing six to 12 months’ worth
of living expenses, kept in a liquid
account. This fund can help you
avoid dipping into your retirement
accounts to help pay for unexpected costs.
strategy. It’s important to project your living expenses during
retirement. Then, once you have
at least a good estimate, you can
create a long-term strategy to help
you achieve the retirement income
you will need. To calculate these
figures and develop such a strategy, you may want to work with a
financial advisor.
National Save for Retirement
Week will come and go quickly.
But your retirement could last for
decades — so do everything you
can to prepare yourself.
This article was written by
Edward Jones for use by your local
Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Q
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Salvador Benitez, Jerisha Bradley and Dylan Robuck are Ruby Van Meter students who
learn job skills by working at Plymouth Grounds.
Plymouth Grounds
Coffee shop is beneficial to all
By Rebecca Bowen
he beans have been ground
and the coffee poured at
“Plymouth Grounds,” the
non-profit coffee shop at Plymouth
Although the coffee and homemade pastries are fantastic, the
real element that makes this coffee shop blessed is that it is run
entirely by students at Ruby Van
Meter, a school for students with
special needs, in Des Moines.
“It’s not about the money,”
says Melinda Collins, who is the
work experience coordinator at
the school. “We don’t make much.
Actually we just make enough to
continue to stock the shop with
supplies. It’s entirely about giving
the kids an opportunity to gain
work experience providing opportunities for them to learn social
and communication skills.”
Plymouth Grounds serves
everything from brewed coffees,
lattes, cappuccinos and hot chocolate to smoothies, homemade
pastries and other specialties. The
coffee shop is the brainchild of
Collins, who says when she suggested it to Plymouth Church they
were on board immediately.
“Ruby Van Meter students
have worked at Plymouth Church
for several years and mainly did
clerical jobs. There was a coffee
shop that had closed and the space
had been vacant for several years,”
she recalls. “When I approached
them to using it as an area of
instruction for the students, they
were on board entirely. Plymouth
Church’s mission has always been
that ‘All are welcome,’ so the
idea was consistent with what the
church’s mission strives for.”
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church news you would like to
announce? Send information to
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Because this is a community
effort, Plymouth volunteers and
congregation members work alongside the students to provide support and learning opportunities. It’s
always been about more than just
the coffee. Students are constantly grinding beans, washing dishes,
making change, reading and baking
recipes and, of course, taste testing.
“Customers not only leave the
shop with something delicious in
hand but also with the satisfaction
of knowing they have contributed
to the success of these students
with special needs,” say Collins.
The shop is located in the
church at 4126 Ingersoll Ave. and
is open Monday through Friday
from 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more
information about the coffee shop
or other events at Plymouth, visit
the website at Q
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John Puri, Nancy Welch and Gary Schnieder
at the Waterbury Neighborhood Association’s
Okotoberfest on Oct. 6.
Henry Tyler and Ava Tyler at the Waterbury
Neighborhood Association’s Okotoberfest
on Oct. 6.
DougThorpe and Judy Thorpe at the Waterbury
Neighborhood Association’s Okotoberfest
on Oct. 6.
Bonnie Hernandez, Stephanie Hallberg and
Phil Smith at the Waterbury Neighborhood
Association’s Okotoberfest on Oct. 6.
Craig Leaming and Diane Leaming at the
Waterbury Neighborhood Association’s
Okotoberfest on Oct. 6.
Melinda Berte and Melissa Stalvey at the
Waterbury Neighborhood Association’s
Okotoberfest on Oct. 6.
Pam Henning and Wendell Garretson at
the Waterbury Neighborhood Association’s
Okotoberfest on Oct. 6.
Roxie Key and Gary Key at the Waterbury
Neighborhood Association’s Okotoberfest
on Oct. 6.
Bob Tyler and the Reckless Hearts entertained
the crowd at the Waterbury Neighborhood
Association’s Okotoberfest on Oct. 6.
Cameron Wilson rides a pony at the Waterbury
Neighborhood Association’s Okotoberfest
on Oct. 6.
The Chamber celebrated the opening of Qdoba with a ribbon cutting on October 4.
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Des Moines West Side Living
for a Des Moines West Side
Living education column!
chamber news
Rider Pride,
west side values
Getting more connected to the community
By John Smith, 2012 president Des Moines West Side
can honestly say that I have
never felt more connected to my
community than the past three
or four months. Certainly, these
strengthening ties are strongly related to my role with the
West Side Chamber, our various
events and the remarkable people
who support Chamber activities.
However, I recently realized that
that Chamber engagement is only
part of the reason.
My affinity for the west side
and my growing appreciation has
elevated tremendously since my that our son has recently enrolled,
son, Jake, enrolled as a freshman the narrative and sense of pride
at Roosevelt High School. Clearly is repeated over and over. The
I need to be careful here. All of most powerful element of these
us — including the guy typing this conversations is genuine breadth,
— realize that the west side is not depth and consistency. In each
comprised of all Rough Riders. circumstance, the discussions celAcknowledging that fact, please ebrate academics, test scores,
give me some latitude to express opportunities, diversity, families,
tolerance, openness, acceptance
my emotional evolution.
In the past few months, there and aspiration. There is an equal
has been one specific experi- level of enthusiasm for the fine arts
ence and the culmination of many as there is for athletics. The values
little moments that construct- of this school reflect strongly the
ed my current state of mind. community which it is in.
I think that is why the transiFirst, in late summer the West
Side Chamber hosted a Wake- tion has felt so comfortable for
Up West Side at Roosevelt High my son and our family. You should
School. Principal Cathy Danielson know that our connection to
greeted our group and proceeded Roosevelt has been peripheral for
to proudly tour our Chamber more than 13 years (Jake always
members around the Roosevelt attended Catholic school); howcampus. The building was spec- ever, our engagement with the
tacular — although not perfect. values of Roosevelt has been presIt was beautifully updated and ent to us ever since we moved to
clearly historic. Like the commu- the west side. It has just been the
nity around it, Roosevelt oozes past few months that I have had
history, celebrates diversity and is the good fortune to see how they
exceedingly proud of the people come together beautifully for our
son, our family, for our school and
who comprise the Rider Family.
As for all the little moments, community.
Thanks to each of you and
they have taken place in our neighborhood, at church and across our businesses that support and
town. When we share with an advance the values of the west
individual familiar with Roosevelt side. Q
Call Darren Tromblay at 953-4822, ext 304
or email [email protected]
take advantage
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Chamber of Commerce, 286-4980
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Kevin Pokorny and Dave Nagel at the Chamber’s
ribbon cutting for Qdoba on Oct. 4.
Chris Diebel, Sherryl Viars and Jonathan
Brendemuehl at the Chamber’s ribbon cutting for
Qdoba on Oct. 4.
David Slinker and Tony Timm at the Chamber’s
ribbon cutting for Qdoba on Oct. 4.
Amar Sinha, Paige Sanders and Azra Simons at
the Chamber’s ribbon cutting for Qdoba on Oct. 4.
Jarred Clark and Kayla Turner at the Chamber’s
ribbon cutting for Qdoba on Oct. 4.
Nico Harris and Doreen Ross at the Chamber’s
ribbon cutting for Qdoba on Oct. 4.
Donald Beauford, Becky Patterson and Nikki
Nizinski at the Chamber’s ribbon cutting for
Qdoba on Oct. 4.
Jennifer Chittenden and Rosalie Gallagher at the
Chamber’s ribbon cutting for Qdoba on Oct. 4.
Beth Bezdicek and John Smith at the Wake Up
West Side hosted by Jones & Associates
on Sept. 19.
Soozie McBroom and Kelly Crosby at the Wake
Up West Side hosted by Jones & Associates on
Sept. 19.
Jeff Moats, Steve Jones and Todd Richman at the Wake Up West Side hosted by Jones & Associates on Sept. 19.
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