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Replaced by technology?

I saw a cartoon recently showing two men working on a factory line creating the torso and head portions of manufactured replicas that looked just like them. One man is pictured saying to the other, “Seriously, this doesn’t have you the slightest bit worried?

I can’t help but think of this each time I go through a self-checkout lane at a grocery or hardware store. I wonder if the store employees who come over to help customers operate the scanning equipment realize that they are working themselves out of a job.

Studies show that self-checkout lanes do reduce labor costs, as one employee can monitor up to 10 self-service registers, as shared at the CardFellow website. But the greatest benefit appears to be in the reduction of time that customers have to wait in line, and that is something most all of us can appreciate.

Some retailers, including Sam’s Club, are taking self-checkout a step further by allowing customers to use an app on their phones to scan the products as they take them off the shelves and place them in their carts.

The self-service idea seems especially relevant in ordering restaurant food with tablets at the table, as chains like Olive Garden, Applebee’s and Chili’s have done. Those who use them say the appreciate the ability to customize orders and perform transactions like splitting a bill.

Of course, there are negatives to self-service options including the up-front cost of the equipment, the increased risk of theft, and less human contact. But the negatives are becoming less significant as more and more consumers become comfortable with the process.

So, yes, many of us may be replaced by technology someday, and the retail and restaurant industries are just the beginning. As companies of all shapes and sizes struggle to find employees, we should expect to see more of these automated services in years to come — maybe in months to come.

Seriously, this doesn’t have you the slightest bit worried?

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Seen around town

Sara Olson, Cindy Gross and Ronda Ceynarat Urbandale Education Foundation Alumni Golf Tournament held at Hyperion Field Club on June 29.

Join in the fun

Fall program registration is open
Registration is open for Urbandale Parks & Recreation's classes and events. From computer programming to power lifting, a variety of classes, programs and events are offered that the whole family can enjoy. For information about programs and registration, visit https://www.urbandale.org/170/Parks-Recreation.

Party in the Park is Aug. 27
Friday, Aug. 27, 6-9 p.m.
Walker Johnston Regional Park, 9000 Douglas Ave.

The public is invited to Party in the Park. This free family-friendly event features food trucks, a beer garden, inflatables, lawn games and live music.

Urbandale Historical Society schedules events

Ice Cream Social
Sunday, Sept. 12, 2-4 p.m.
Urban House, 4010 70th St.

The Urbandale Historical Society will serve ice cream with pie or cake and water, lemonade or coffee. Visit the Urban House and Barn, and enjoy visiting with friends during the afternoon.

Historical program: The Roller Skating Rink in Urbandale
Sunday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m.
Urban House, 4010 70th St.

The Urbandale Historical Society will host this program. Come to learn more about this  popular recreational venue for young people, enjoyed during the 1950s. Bring your memories and stories to share with others during the meeting.

State of the City Address

Thursday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m.
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.

Urbandale Public Library updates

By Brianna Ryan, Programming and Outreach Assistant

The Urbandale Public Library will be closed Sept. 5-6 in observance of Labor Day.

View all programs by visiting www.urbandalelibrary.org to find the online calendar and register or call the library at 515-278-3945.

Kids All Iowa Reads Book Discussion, Aug. 18, 3 p.m., ages 8-12 only, in-person. Join the discussion about this year's Kids All Iowa Reads Selection, “Pie in the Sky” by Remy Lai and decorate a cupcake.

Third Thursday at Hoover’s, Aug. 19, 6 p.m. all ages, virtual. Hear from film director Darroch Greer about the Lafayette Escadrille.

Joke of the week:

What did the drummer call his two twin daughters?

Anna one, Anna two!

Your Urbandale Living magazine

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

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Residents’ passion for book clubs is about more than good reads.
By Darren Tromblay
Read any good books lately?

For the approximately 5 million Americans who belong to book clubs, the answer is sure to be a resounding, “Yes!” Book clubs have been gaining in popularity as more people discover the pleasure of gathering to discuss a common book, express opinions, socialize and, usually, eat. As local residents express, book clubs are about more than sharing a good read — they are about meaningful conversation, new ideas, camaraderie, relaxation and laughs. While each book club has its own character — and group of characters — they share a simple truth: Books bring people together.


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Avoiding retirement missteps and mistakes

By Loren Merkle

For the last 10 summers, my family and I have made our way to Lake Michigan for a week of boating, fishing, campfires and games. We prepare for the trip by reserving our camping spot, deciding who is responsible for what, and then packing the car. I'll never live down the time I forgot to bring all of my daughter's stuff. She was only 6, but she still gives me a hard time about how we had to make a pit stop at Walmart to buy her clothes.

Though that trip to Walmart was inconvenient, we were able to fix the problem easily. Retirement is your 20- or 30-year vacation, and missteps are often difficult (sometimes impossible) to fix. Many of the decisions you make just before retirement or in retirement are permanent. Your retirement vacation preparations should include a plan for income, investments, taxes, health care and leaving a legacy.


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Short-term rehabilitation

Why you need it, where to find it

By Ward Phillips  
When it comes to short-term rehabilitation, many people:
• Don’t know what it is.
• Don't anticipate they'll need it.
• Don't have any idea where to go for it.

Short-term rehabilitation — also known as skilled rehabilitation, short-term rehab, skilled rehab, or skilled care — is something many people require when they're discharged from a hospital stay but are not yet strong and healthy enough to return home. It's a professional medical service designed to help you get well and return to your house or apartment as quickly as possible.

It's most common for a person to need short-term rehabilitation after he or she has surgery, such as joint replacement, or has had a prolonged illness, especially one that has resulted in a decrease in function.


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Urbandale Chamber introduces new membership sales director

The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce has hired Tara Knight-Ortiz as membership sales director of the membership-based organization. She will focus on bringing on new member businesses to enrich the diverse business community created by the chamber. She also supports the Urbandale Chamber’s mission to serve, protect, promote, and provide resources and access to a rich network to promote economic prosperity throughout Central Iowa.

Knight-Ortiz grew up in Iowa, joined the United Sates Army and is now a retired veteran. She previously worked in the Des Moines area as a financial advisor. While Knight-Ortiz is not at work, you can find her spending time with her husband, Edgar, and their daughters’ growing families. She also likes to camp and hit the open road on her motorcycle. T

“The Chamber has been such a great experience for me as a member. I’m thrilled and humbled to be a part of the growth and development of our community now as a member of the Urbandale Chamber staff. I am honored to serve you, your business and your families,” said Knight-Ortiz.


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Urbandale Chamber introduces new events and marketing coordinator

The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce has hired Anna Wisnieski as the events and marketing coordinator. Her role focuses on the planning, marketing and execution of all UCC events in addition to overseeing the genYP program. She will also support the Urbandale Chamber’s mission to serve, protect, promote, and provide resources and access to a rich network to promote economic prosperity throughout Central Iowa.

Wisnieski previously worked in commercial real estate management as a property management coordinator. She says she enjoys working with people and forming genuine connections throughout her community. She was born and raised in the Des Moines area and attended Dowling Catholic High School. Following high school, she went to Iowa State University and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Event Management in the fall of 2018. Outside of work, she enjoys playing volleyball, being creative in any way and hanging out with her family, friends and dog, Sadie.  


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