‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 

In your email and online every week.


"The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour."


What we do when our friends are in need

Could you use a good night’s sleep? You are not alone. We Americans tend to spend about a third of our lives in bed, but 164 million of us struggle to get to sleep. That’s right, more than two-thirds of us fail to get some serious shut-eye at least once per week.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36.5% of U.S. workers receive less than seven hours of sleep. We do seem to be searching for solutions. In fact, Consumer Reports shares that 41% of people use over-the-counter sleep aids several times a week.

Meanwhile, according to the Sleep Foundation, only 1 in 10 Americans consider sleep to be their top priority over fitness, work, hobbies and social life.

That’s a lot of statistics — and not much sleep. If only the fix was easy. Far from it. More than 70 types of sleep disorders exist with the most common ones being insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, movement syndromes and narcolepsy.

Did you know that humans are the only mammals that delay sleep? When other mammals are tired, they sleep. It works for my dog. Not so much for me. In my younger years, I truly enjoyed a Sunday afternoon nap while watching the Vikings lose another close one on TV. Not anymore. Any sleeping after the noon whistle means this guy is up into the wee hours of the morning.

But what about this snoring thing? My wife tells me it’s a problem. Once again, I am not alone. In fact, nearly half (48%) of Americans ADMIT that they snore, according to the American Sleep Association. Jolene has a two-part solution: a not-so-gentle poke and some clear advice to “roll over.” My dog gets a treat for rolling over. I get a bruise.

Admittedly, the fetal position does seem to subdue snoring. This may be why it is the most popular sleeping position with 41% of adults choosing to do so, compared to sleeping on the side (28%), lying on the back (8%), and lying on the stomach (7%), at least according to Sleep.org.

If you want to sleep better (and who doesn’t), cool down your bedroom, get on a regular sleep schedule, turn off the electronics, avoid caffeine and read something that makes you relax. Sweet dreams.

Thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Urbandale Mayor’s Annual Run for the Badge 5K

Join Mayor Bob Andeweg and the Urbandale Police Department and "Run for the Badge" on Sunday, Oct. 10. This event is free and open to everyone. Check-in starts at 8 a.m., and the run will start at 9 a.m.

Mayor Andeweg will be anchoring the run/walk on the trail system in Urbandale. Participants should plan to arrive between 8-8:30 a.m. for check-in at Martin Field next to the Urbandale Police Department, 3740 86th St., Urbandale.

This event is free and open to everyone, but participants are asked to pre-register at www.Urbandale.org/RFTB.

The Run for the Badge is in support of the brave men and women of law enforcement who put their lives on the line every day to protect the public. Participants can donate at the event or at www.Urbandale.org/RFTB. Proceeds will be donated to Run for the Badge, an organization that creates memorials for officers lost in the line of duty.
Parking is available in the front lot of the Police Department and at Walker Johnston Park.

City and School Board elections deadlines

The next regular City/School Election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 2. Oct. 18 is the deadline to pre-register to vote and to request an absentee ballot. Visit the Dallas County Elections webpage, https://www.dallascountyiowa.gov/government/county-government/auditor/elections-office/2021-city-school-election-information, for 2021 City/School Election details, including the candidate lists. Visit the Secretary of State's website, https://sos.iowa.gov, to determine your voting precinct and polling location.

Robert Andeweg, incumbent, is the only person to have filed for election to the seat of mayor. Two At-Large City Council seats are up for election. Candidates who have filed for those seats are Amy Croll, John Bouslog and Larry McBurney.

UCSD has eight candidates running for three open seats during this year’s School Board Election. They are: Steve Avis, Tami Biggerstaff, Daniel Gutmann, Heath Hinkhouse, Kevin Johnson, Rachel Kent, Jenny Meade, Jason Menke.


UCSD School Board Candidate Forum
The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce welcomes the community to get to know each of the Urbandale Community School District school boardcandidates and where they stand on the issues by attending a virtual School Board Candidate Forum from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. Learn more and register online at https://businesses.uniquelyurbandale.com/events/details/candidate-forum-urbandale-school-board-12090?c=6. The virtual candidate forum will be broadcast live on Zoom, as well as recorded and available for you to view at your convenience.

Upcoming events

A historical program about the roller skating rink in Urbandale will be presented Sunday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m. at Urban House, 4010 70th St. The Urbandale Historical Society will host this program. Come to learn more about this  popular recreational venue young people enjoyed during the 1950s. Bring your memories and stories to share with others during the meeting.

Trunk or Treat will be held Thursday, Oct. 28 from 5:30-:30 p.m. in the Urbandale Police Department parking lot. Kids will receive candy and enjoy seeing the decorated vehicles.

Library Happenings

Booked for Dinner Book Club, Oct. 12, 6 p.m. adults (18-plus), in-person. Booked for Dinner Book Club meets the second Tuesday of each month. New members welcome. This month, the group will discuss “A Goof Neighborhood” by Theresa Anne Fowler.

Joke of the week:

Why do fish live in salt water?

Because pepper makes them sneeze!

Your Urbandale Living magazine

Mailed to residents of Urbandale the first Thursday of each month. 

This month's cover story: 

Home run

Residents share home renovations that “hit the ball out of the park.”

By Darren Tromblay

Judging by the popularity of websites like Pinterest and TV channels like HGTV and DIY Network, home improvement projects are all the rage right now. Since many people have spent more time in their homes than ever before during the last 18 months, it’s not surprising that they are noticing their home’s imperfections and outdated styles and being inspired to take on projects worthy of social-media posts and magazine spreads. From small projects, like installing a tile backsplash, to the more complex, like a whole-room re-do, residents are hitting the ball out of the park with their renovations.


Read this month's issue
The pick is it

Todd takes love of picking antiques to new level.

By Darren Tromblay

Erik Todd of Urbandale has been a picker since before picking was popular.

The yard sale outside his Urbandale garage that he holds a few times a year is a testament to that keen eye. A couple of old coffee grinders here, some old albums there, and hundreds of other antiques dot the landscape. It’s a picker’s paradise.

He’s been doing this “forever,” he says, but for many years it was more of a side hustle at times.

“I was in commercial construction for a long time,” he says.
That was fine, but picking was where his heart always was. Enough so that he’s now made it his goal to do just this for the rest of his days.

Todd dove in head-first recently and decided to pick full-time. He does have some construction builds out on bid, too. Picking requires money, and being broke isn’t an option if you want to be successful at it. There are no guarantees, especially in this post-pandemic age.


Read More
Adult day services: What they are, how they can help

By Ward Phillips

If you’re caring at home for a loved one with memory challenges or other health issues and you don’t know about adult day services, the information you’re about to read could be life changing for your family.

Adult day services are intended for adults 45 and older who live with family members or other loved ones because of health-related needs. Typical participants would benefit from social interaction and involvement with other adults in a secure environment while their caregivers work or attend to other responsibilities during the day.

While most adult day participants are living with some form of memory loss, others have mobility challenges, chronic illnesses that affect their independence, and/or other health concerns.


Read More
To God be the Glory

By Steve Smith

One goal I accomplished while attending the Iowa State Fair recently was to eat a Bauder Bar — a thick cube of frozen peppermint ice cream sandwiched between layers of chocolate deliciousness.

According to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, one goal of every Christ follower is to “glorify God in your body.” That glorifying God rather than self is our aim is evident from the residence of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those in relationship with God through faith in His Son. “Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” Every child of God has “been bought with a price.” (verse 20)

Paul is speaking about the price paid to release everyone who believes from slavery to sin (Romans 6:6). I paid the price to release the Bauder Bar from the vendor’s ownership to mine. 


Read More

42% of local residents say they keep their Living magazine one month or more. That's called shelf life, and means your advertising has multiple impacts well beyond the moment. Keep that important statistic in mind when deciding where to place your advertising dollars. As always, thanks for reading.


P.S. As a free newsletter, we rely on readers like you to grow our subscriber list. If you have a friend or coworker that you think would enjoy weekly highlights of the Urbandale Living Weekly, please share our newsletter sign up page with them! Go to www.iowalivingmagazines.com and select email blast sign up at the top right.

This email was sent to: beckhamgmiller@hotmail.com

Big Green Umbrella Media, Inc.
8101 Birchwood Court, Suite D
Johnston, Iowa 50131