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Des Moines Farmers' Market 2015

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

This Saturday’s forecast looks PERFECT for opening day of the DES MOINES FARMERS’ MARKET!  We’re guessing most locals know exactly how exciting and important this is to Central Iowans.  But just in case you’re new to town (or completely out-of-touch!), we figured that a quick briefing on the Des Moines Farmers’ Market was in order! Now before you new-to-towners start to scoff and shake with skepticism based on your previous experiences at farmers’ markets, you should know that Des Moines’ Farmers’ Market is unlike any other you’ve ever been to.

 

 

Launched in 1976 and with only 15 vendors, this produce pushing market has since expanded and now proudly boasts nearly 300 vendors from all over Iowa and weekly attendance averaging over 18,00 visitors.  That’s big time!  What’s more?  The open-air market spans the entire Court Avenue District, is in season from May through October, and offers much, much more than just the freshest locally grown produce. (As if that isn’t enough?!?) On any given Saturday, you will find meats, baked goods, cut flowers, starter veggie plants, and hanging baskets.

 

Still not sold that the Des Moines Farmers’ Market is the place to be on Saturday mornings?  Well, let us entice you with lots of prepared food vendors (mmmm, papusas…), local artist galore, and fun entertainers to keep you…well…entertained! So, whether you’re shopping, people watching, needing a good breakfast, or looking for something fun to do, the Des Moines Farmers’ Market offers something for everyone and is the place for you.

 

 

Find out more at www.desmoinesfarmersmarket.com

Stay Safe This Spring: Tornado Preparedness

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Weather in Iowa can only be described as predictably unpredictable.  This month, for example, we’ve had it all -- sunshine and temps in the 80s, to wind, rain, frigid temps and predicted frost late in the week.  But we’re not complaining!  Nope.  Us Iowans, we’re conditioned to roll with the punches when it comes to climate.  And if there is one thing we’ve learned with regards to the weather after living in Iowa for all these years, it is to always.be.prepared.  (Those good ol’ Boy Scouts sure know what they’re talking about!)

 

 

This preparation piece is especially crucial during the spring season, also known as, tornado season.  You see?  The problem with tornados, like many natural disasters, is that you never know exactly when or where they will strike or how severe they might be.  Therefore, your best bet is to be prepared with a plan of action.  Here are five simple steps you can take to ensure that you, your loved ones, and your home are as safe as possible should a twister touch down.

 

● Identify the safest place for shelter.  In your home, this is likely the basement or storm cellar.  If underground safety is unavailable, head to the centermost part of your home, like a small interior room or hallway, on the lowest level.  Your safe place should be away from windows, doors, and exterior walls. The more walls between you and the outside, the better!

● Become familiar with your community’s weather alert system and make sure all adult and teenagers in your home is aware of what to do when a tornado watch or warning is issued. (Interested in the difference between a watch and a warning?  Click here to learn more.)

● Develop a family plan.  Identify escape routes out of your home and neighborhood, on the off chance they are necessary, then assign an emergency meeting point. 

● Buy or put together an emergency survival kit that consists of: several days’ worth of drinking water and preservable foods, first-aid supplies, a flashlight, basic tools, a portable weather radio, batteries, clothing, blankets, cash and credit cards, necessary medications, work gloves, and important documents (including insurance policies). 

● Finally, conduct periodic tornado drills so all family members are aware of what to do in the event of a twister.

 

Again, the only predictable thing about tornadoes is that they are, for the most part, unpredictable.  So, taking the time to prepare yourself, your family, and your home can prove highly worthwhile when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and twisters touch down.  

DIY Wall Art

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Decorating your home doesn’t have to be expensive. But it certainly can be fun and even meaningful! Making your own artwork isn’t just about saving money -- it’s about creating something personal. Of course, it’s also not bad for the budget! With a million and one things to spend money on for your home these days, why not use the art in your home to showcase your family’s personality, to have fun, and to tap into your creativity? Don’t think you’re creative? No worries, we’ve scoured the internet and taken care of the ideas part – now you just get to make them your own! Finally, you no longer have an excuse to have bare walls!

 

  1. Book Page Wreath

 

  1. Fabric Panels

 

  1. DIY Scrabble Art

 

  1. Large Family Portraits

 

  1. Framed Map Art

 

  1. Window Picture Frame

 

  1. Letter Art


 

  1. Dry Erase Board


 

  1. Melted Crayon Art

 

  1. Dollar Store Mats


 

There you have it! Our DIY Wall Art Round-up! So, what are you waiting for? Take an idea and run with it! Just be sure to come back and share with us your creations! Happy decorating!

OPEN HOUSE -- 11497 NW 117th Pl, Granger

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Join us on Sunday, April 19 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at 11497 NW 117th Pl, Granger for an OPEN. You won't want to miss this this one-of-a-kind, custom built home at the entrance to Jester Park! This incredible home is less than 1-year-old and boasts a dynamic open floor plan, featuring a great room & kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, den, mudroom, and dining room. Relax on the large covered patio or spread out in the spacious lower level that features a family room, 2 additional bedrooms, large "Bonus Room" that could be exercise room, theater room with screen & projector, and 2 tier seating that is ready for finish work. Other must-see features of this property include: whole house surround sound speaker system, central vac, & a fully sodded 1+ acre lot with irrigation. Additionally, the rear yard has a slab for possible shed and electric run.

 

Ankeny Easter Events

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

By now you know that at Ankeny Real Estate Service, we are passionate about supporting our community and its amazing, family-focused events! With Easter just days away, we wanted to give you a heads-up about two BIG events happening in or near the Uptown Ankeny area.

 

First off, you won’t want to miss out on the annual “Hop Into Uptown” event held the Thursday, April 2, from 5-6:30 p.m. in Uptown Ankeny (of course!). Visit the Easter Bunny at the Holiday House, located on Southwest Third and Maple streets. Get your magic number (while supplies last!) and then find your egg at participating. Grand prize eggs include 1 bike from Kyle's Bikes and Uptown Ankeny Association and 1 stuffed bunny.

 


 

The other HUGE event happening on Saturday, April 4 at 10:30 a.m. is the Ankeny First United Methodist Church Easter Egg Hunt. You can find this huge Easter Egg Hunt at the Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center at 1220 N.W. Prairie Ridge Drive in Ankeny. The Easter Egg Hunt is free (no cost) to children ages 2 through fourth grade, who are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 


 

Children are asked to bring their own Easter baskets. Over 8,000 candy filled eggs are scattered over two and a half acres of land adjacent to the Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center. The Easter Bunny will be on hand and parents are encouraged to bring their cameras.

 

This Easter Egg Hunt is a 20 year old tradition that began in the church’s courtyard, with only about 50 families attending. That attendance has steadily increased over the years and the event was eventually so large that is was moved to Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center.

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