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Ankeny Area Summer Bucket List

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Ankeny parents everywhere, you may all breath a collective sigh of relief right now, as we present you with the key to summer with kids!  We’ve done the work for you and created a list of fun, FAMILY FRIENDLY ANKENY AREA ACTIVITIES to keep the kids busy and your adventures exciting!

 

 

1. Fun in the Sun at Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center and Splash Park.

 

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2. Testing the waters (including the Flowrider Surf Machine!) at Cascade Falls.

 

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3. See a show by taking advantage of the reduced price movies at local theaters

 

4. Spend time with the family and see the sites at Ledges State Park.

 

5. The perfect spot to picnic AND enjoy art -- PapaJohn Sculpture Garden.

 

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6.  Kirkendall Public Library summer reading program and frequent special events.

 

7.  Play while getting a spray at the American Legion Garden park.

 

8.  Another way to stay cool while burning some energy -- Dean Park in Prairie Trail.

 

9. Tackle Big Creek State Park’s ENORMOUS wooden playground!

 

 

10. Feed the ducks at Hawkeye Park.

 

11.  Take in all the fun activities of SummerFest, an Ankeny tradition.

 

12.  Catch a free flick on a warm summer night at Movie Under The Stars.

 

13. Ride the rides and see the sights at Adventureland Park.

 

14.  Have fun in, on, and around Gray’s Lake.

 

 

15. Enjoy the community, music, and culture brought to our town at Ankeny Unplugged.

 

16. Get our play on with friends and neighbors at Ankeny’s All City Play Day.

Ankeny Golf Courses

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

We’re approaching PRIME golfing weather here in good old Ankeny, which is the perfect reason to find an awesome course.  Lucky for us, we live in an area with plenty of great options for golfing greens.  Here in Ankeny, specifically, there are three courses for you to choose from.  From municipal to private, there really is something for everyone.  But just in case you aren’t familiar with your options, here’s a little run down of ANKENY GOLF COURSES for you!

 

Otter Creek Golf Course

 

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This newly designed course features a links style course with multiple sets of tees at each hole, 44 bunkers, 17 ponds, and an abundance of tall grasses and moundings. Following its redesign and reopening in 2009, Otter Creek can be a great test of your game, but is ideal for those looking for a fun and playable course.  A Otter Creek features include: a double-ended driving range, practice facility, 17 ponds, well manicured fairways, and a 17,000 square foot clubhouse, which includes the Golf Shop, Tin Cup Bar & Grille, and The Pinnacle Club banquet and meeting room.

 

Briarwood Club Of Ankeny

 

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Briarwood Club of Ankeny is a private golf and country club that boasts an 18-hole championship course. This par 72 course measures over 7000 yards from the tips and features bent grass fairways and four sets of tees. Although it is considered one of the top golf courses in the Midwest, it is known for its challenging yet fun layout, while maintaining an appeal to golfers of all abilities. Over the years, Briarwood has been proud to host some of the biggest tournaments in the state of Iowa, such as the Briarwood Amateur, the Allianz Sr. Qualifying Tournament, US Amateur Regional qualifier, and the Iowa Open.

 

Briarwood Club of Ankeny is a golf course and sports club. This facility offers golf programs for men, women and juniors. Briarwood Club of Ankeny also features a swimming pool, dining and various membership options.

 

Ankeny Golf and Country Club

 

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Ankeny Golf & Country Club is a member-owned, private country club. The facility offers golf programs, pools, private lounges, a pro shop, a restaurant and a 9-hole course with watered greens, fairways, tee boxes and cart sheds for storage. Ankeny Golf & Country Club also provides space and services for weddings, banquets and special events.

 

Ready to look beyond Ankeny for a place to play?  GolfLink.com offers a full list of area courses, with rankings and information.

Uptown Ankeny Farmers' Market 2014

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

If you’re like me, then there’s a good chance that you’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for opening day of the ANKENY FARMERS’ MARKET.  Well, good news -- it is FINALLY here!  The Uptown Ankeny Farmers’ Market kicks off this Saturday, May 17 and, rumor has it, this year will be even better than the last!

 

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The Uptown Ankeny Farmer's Market features homemade, homegrown, hand-crafted products and in-season produce. Not only is this open-air market known for the freshest locally grown produce, but each week boasts a variety of offerings. On any given Saturday, you can find meats, baked goods, cut flowers, starter veggie plants, and hanging baskets, along with prepared food vendors, local artists, and entertainers.  When it comes to vendors, no two weeks are the same -- which seems like the perfect excuse to never miss one!

 

 

So, what makes the Uptown Ankeny Farmers’ Market unique?  Well, according to regular attendee, Kelly Munter (Ankeny), the small-town feel just can’t be beat!  “We love stocking up on our fruits, veggies, and bread for the week without fighting large crowds.  Not to mention, supporting local farmers, the Ankeny community, and our economy is of the utmost importance to us!” 

 

 

Well, when you put it like that, the Uptown Ankeny Farmers’ Market sure sounds like a place we would all want to be! 

 

Where:

Uptown Ankeny

Corner of SW 3rd & SW Maple Street

Ankeny, IA 50021

 

When:

(May-September)

Saturdays May 17 thru Sept. 27

8:00 am to 12:00 pm

For more information visit www.uptownankeny.org

Mother's Day Gift Ideas For The Home

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

With Mother’s Day just FOUR (!!) days away, we’re hoping you’ve already had a chance to get that perfect gift for the awesome moms in your life.  However, we’re like to think that we’ve got a pretty good grip on reality, which means the majority of you haven’t even began to think about what that special lady might like.  Never fear!  We’ve got a quick list of MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR THE HOME!  These are presents she’s sure to love, but more importantly, they’ll show mom just how grateful you are for her!

 

So, let’s get started!

 

1.  Made for the kitchen-loving mama, this Bialetti Pasta Pot solves an age-old problem!

 

 

2. The Belkin Fridge Mount for the iPad is a perfect gift for the tech-loving mom who also likes to stay organized!

 

 

3.  Solve all her bathroom annoyances with this iTouchless Sensor Controlled Toilet Seat.  You’re laughing, but just think how genius (& practical!) this gift would be! Plus, as convenient as it is sanitary, it is easy to install and slides off for easy cleaning (word of advice: don’t make mom clean the toilet!).

 

 

4.  Nest is the world’s first learning thermostat.  Keep mom comfortable always with handy little gadget!

 

 

 

5. Does your mom enjoy more sentimental, personalized gifts?  Why not get her a pillow that will always remind her just how special you think she is?

 

 

 

Truthfully, your mom probably doesn’t really care what you get her -- they just want to be appreciated and feel loved.  BUT that doesn’t have to stop you from going above and beyond with a gift that she’ll use and appreciate forever – or at least until next year. 

The Des Moines Farmers' Market

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

While the forecast for this weekend might leave a little to be desired in the weather department, I can assure you that a little rain won’t keep many folks away from opening day of the DES MOINES FARMERS’ MARKET, this Saturday (May 3, 2014)!  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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Find out more at www.desmoinesfarmersmarket.com

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