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"To be willing is only half the task."


Who do you like? And why?

Those are two easy questions that seemingly everyone can answer, and they are the premise of one of our most recent contests and events with CITYVIEW magazine — Des Moines’ Most Likeable People.

This fun social networking contest and charity event started out much differently. It was originally Des Moines’ Sexiest People, which was modeled after People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” and “Sexiest Woman Alive” articles. For our effort, we chose local people who we thought defined sexy, and we wrote a story explaining why. In the six or so years that we did this, the list included locals like former WHO-TV anchor John Bachman, Des Moines Buccaneers GM Nate Teut, former DMPS superintendent Nancy Sebring, local musician Randy Burk, bar owner Frankie Farrell and former Des Moines Register publisher Laura Hollingsworth, among many others.

Our advertising sales manager at the time thought she could pull off an event tied into this, and she did. We invited our selection of Des Moines’ sexiest people to a party where they were honored and received gifts from local businesses. Those in attendance voted for their top selections via applause, and we officially named Des Moines’ Sexiest Man and Des Moines’ Sexiest Woman.

To be honest, it felt a bit awkward for most everyone involved. This was best summed up when honoree Mike Pace (the lottery, Iowa Realty and this-is-where-you-buy-your-Chevy spokesperson) called to let us know that he would not be able to attend our “sex party.”

So we decided to change it up. Being called sexy may be uncomfortable for some, but who doesn’t want to be called “likeable”? And who doesn’t want to promote a chosen charity? Bingo! We changed the rating process to fall in line with social media platforms, and we used Facebook to have our readers “like” each candidate. The top eight men and the top eight women with the most likes were then invited to a party where they and their chosen charities were honored. It worked immediately, and it continues to be successful.

So who do you like? And why? Take a minute now and visit mostlikeable.dmcityview.com where you can submit names and photos of people you like. Friends. Neighbors. Family members. Co-workers. Anyone you like. And then be sure to follow the link to the Facebook page later and “like” them there, too.

Thanks for reading.

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


Seen around town

Jeremiah Terhark and Clint Dudley at the Urbandale Chamber’s AM Exchange hosted by DART at the Walker Johnston Park on Aug. 31.

Linda Franker, Michele Reeves and Rhonda Marx at the Urbandale Chamber’s AM Exchange hosted by DART at the Walker Johnston Park on Aug. 31.

Dee Mable and Scott Wendl at the Urbandale Chamber’s AM Exchange hosted by DART at the Walker Johnston Park on Aug. 31.

Upcoming events

• The Arbordale hosts open house: The Arbordale, 2727 82nd Place, Urbandale, is holding an open house ice cream social on Sept. 29 from 1-3 p.m. The public is invited.

• State of the City Address: Thursday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m. at Fire Station 43, 15100 Meredith Drive. The public is invited to attend Mayor Andeweg’s State of the City Address. An open house with light refreshments will be held from 5-6 p.m. The presentation will start promptly at 6 p.m. A time capsule dedication will take place at the conclusion of the event. RSVP at www.Urbandale.org/RSVP.

• Mayor’s Bike Ride and Lions Pancake Feed: Meet at the Giovannetti Community Shelter at Walker Johnston Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 2, for the Mayor’s Bike Ride. Urbandale Lions Club will be providing a pancake breakfast from 7-9 a.m. The ride starts at 9 a.m. This is a free event sponsored by the City of Urbandale. Pre-register at www.urbandale.org/ride-reg.

• 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.

• Westover Baptist Church Fall Fest and Car Show: 2330 62nd Street. Saturday October 16, 2021. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free Food; Inflatables; Games; Prizes. Free Family Event. For cash prizes register your car now at westovercarshow@gmail.com.

Library Happenings

• Back-to-School with American Sign Language, Sept. 25, 3 p.m. This program is for families and will be held in-person. Play ASL games and more. Registration is required.

• Brown Bag Book Club, Sept. 28 and 30, noon, adults (18-plus), in-person. Brown Bag Book Club meets on the last Tuesday and Thursday of each month. New members always welcome. This month, the group will discuss "The Red Lotus" by Chris Bohjalian.

• Family Painting Night, Sept. 30, 6 p.m. for families and ages 6-plus, in-person. Youth Services Assistant Carisa will lead the group through painting a masterpiece. The whole family can learn techniques and tips to create their own sunset landscape.

• 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 seagulls fly over the sea?

Because if they flew over the bay, they’d be bagels!

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.


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Meet Eddye Vanderkwaak

As facilitator of family outreach, she coordinates with many others.

By TK West

Born and raised in the Des Moines area, Eddye Vanderkwaak graduated from Carroll High School before returning to Des Moines to attend DMACC and Drake University. She has since gained more than a decade of experience working with issues of social justice, racial and ethnic equity, positive youth development, organizing and community engagement.

Today, Vanderkwaak works with the Urbandale Community School District as a facilitator of family outreach for Valerius Elementary School and Karen Acres Elementary School. She says that one of the things she likes best about working with the district is serving the students and their families.


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The simple pleasures of fall include reading

By Susie Ray

As we turn the calendar to September, a number of changes begin to take place. When you begin to feel the air cooling, you know that summer is on its way out, and fall is in the air. Every season has its up side. However, autumn has a uniqueness of beauty. The world turns into a canvas with nature’s paintbrush of vibrant color.

There are so many ways to enjoy the fall season. Walking outside reveals so much to take in. As you walk, take the time to absorb all the beauty that surrounds you. The cover of red, yellow and orange leaves is so captivating. During the fall, our tastebuds are bombarded by all things pumpkin. From lattes to ales, pies to pancakes, everything gets a delicious taste of pumpkin — something pumpkin for everyone to enjoy.


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