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Ankeny Unplugged 2015

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Get ready, Ankeny! ANKENY UNPLUGGED is happening this Saturday and you’re going to want to be there!   

 

 

Featuring hot local and regional musical acts, Ankeny Unplugged offers a unique opportunity for friends and neighbors to come together.  This one-of-a-kind mini music fest has thought of it all -- good music, delicious food vendors, unique arts and crafts, refreshing beverages, sweet confections, a free bicycle valet, and more!

 

So, what more do you need to know?  Here are a few more details:

 

● This year’s concert has a new format! It is now a ONE day, alllll day festival at the Bandshell at Wagner Park (410 West First Street).

● Doors open at 11:00 am and bands take the stage from noon until 9pm.

● The event is open to all ages, and tickets are $15 at the door. Children 12 and under are free when admitted with a paying adult.

●  Ankeny Unplugged is organized by the Ankeny Jaycees, and sponsored by The City of Ankeny.

●  This year’s musical lineup can be found at the event’s website (http://ankenyunplugged.com/) and is going to be rocking! 

 

On a personal note, I recommend dressing in layers, bringing bag chairs and/or blankets, and leaving your own food, drinks, and cigarettes at home!

Now that you know the details, have time to otherwise clear your calendar, AND have been enticed by the promise of awesome entertainment, good food, and a fun time with friends, you have no excuse to miss what is sure to be a great time!

Inexpensive ideas for DIY Upgrades

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

You don’t need a big budget to give your home a little boost! A little time, energy, and a few dollars are often the only investment you need! We’ve collected 10 ideas for your inspiration!

 

  1. Paint those unsightly linoleum floors!

 

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  1. Take baseboards from small to tall!

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  1. Give your kitchen an updated look with peel and stick flooring for a new backsplash!


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  1. Give that garage an easy upgrade!

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  1. Board and batten your walls!

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  1. Cool-ify your curtains with paint!

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  1. Freshen the front door with a fun color!

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  1. Frame a boring bathroom mirror.

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  1. Add crown molding to a bookcase!


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  1. Let window boxes beautify your exterior!


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Home Swimming Pool Safety

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

In the midst of these sweltering summer days, we believe that it is especially important to be mindful of swimming pool safety.  And while Iowa isn’t necessarily known for it’s home swimming pool popularity, it is certainly a trend on the rise from the real estate perspective.  For this reason, it is crucial that homeowners remain diligent when it comes to maintaining a safe environment around their swimming pool.

 

 

We have put together a list of home swimming pool safety steps for homeowners in hopes to inform and educate, thus preventing a potential drowning tragedy. 

 

● Invest in and make use of a lockable safety cover for your pool.

● Secure pool area using a four-foot or taller fence, with self-closing and self-latching gates.

● Consider the use of pool and gate alarms that sounds when children go near the pool.

● Drain and suction covers should be checked on a frequent and regular basis. Defective equipment can lead to accidental entrapment and drowning.

● Pool and hot tub water should be kept clean and clear by maintaining proper chemical levels, circulation, and filtration. Water should be tested regularly to avoid spreading of disease.

● Keep life-saving floatation devices on a pool hook close-by to aid in emergency rescue situations.

● A first-aid kit (including scissors for cutting hair or clothing that may be caught in a drain, a charged portable phone for calling 911, and a floatation device), should be accessible and well-labeled. 

● Clearly mark water depths and have “no diving” signs visible.

● It may seem like it goes without saying, but children should always, always, always be under active supervision if they are in or near the pool.

● Additionally, children and adults should be taught basic water safety.

● Learn to perform adult and child CPR and keep those skills updated regularly.

● Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear life vests.

 

Nothing brings pool fun to a screeching halt faster than a water emergency. At Ankeny Real Estate Service, we take the safety of you and your family very seriously.  Therefore, we encourage you to go the extra mile this summer by implementing all of these steps to ensure a safer pool experience.  

Keeping Your Home Safe While On Vacation

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Tis the season for getaways and summer vacations.  What do you have planned?  Maybe it’s a weekend adventure to a neighboring state or a 2-week-long holiday overseas.  No matter the kind of trip that awaits you, we want to help you maintain safety of the home you’re leaving behind!  Here are some tips to keep your home safe while you’re away enjoying a stress-free vacation!

 


 

● Lock all doors and windows.  Duh.  But seriously.  It’s worth double checking.

 

● Enlist the help of trustworthy friends or neighbors to “watch” your house while you’re gone.  Leave them a key, your emergency contact information, and specific instructions on your expectations for them.  Of note, we highly recommend the persuasive technique of bribery with food.  The promise of a free meal or yummy cupcakes is a commonly recognized form of reimbursement!

 

● If you don’t have them already, it is a wise idea to invest in timers for both interior and exterior lights.  At night, a well-lit home can deter would-be thieves, while keeping lights on during the day is unnecessary and wasteful.  Timers are a simple solution for making an unoccupied home look lived in even while you’re away.

 

● Make arrangements for your yard work to be done if you are planning on vacationing for a long period of time.  If your lawns is always trimmed and perfectly manicured, then long grass can be a sign for potential burglars that you aren’t home. 

 

● Avoid social media.  Today’s society thrives on the use of social media and, all too often, vast amounts of “over-sharing” are happening on places like Facebook and Twitter -- especially when it comes to posting vacation plans, updates, and pictures.  Thieves are smart and will often rely on social media to tell them when you are away from home.  Be mindful of the information you’re giving and pictures you’re posting.  And, at the very least, change your social media privacy settings so that only your most trusted friends and family can see what you’re up to (at least until you’ve returned from your vacay!).

 

● Prevent power surges and potential fires by unplugging computers, TVs, stereos, coffee makers, toaster ovens, and other electronics -- or ensure that they are plugged into surge protectors.

 

● Alert the alarm company.  This may seem like another no-brainer, but it can often be forgotten.  If you have an alarm system in place, take the time to notify the company of your plans AND if you will be having friends or family check on your house.  Likewise, your “house watcher” should also be briefed on the ins-and-outs of your alarm system.

 

● Nothing says “I’m away on vacation, please burglarize my house” like a pile of newpapers on the front step or an overflowing mailbox.  Place a “stop” order on mail and newspaper deliveries or enlist the help of a trustworthy neighbor to pick them up daily. The USPS will hold your mail for up to 30 days, as a free courtesy.  This can be done in person or online https://holdmail.usps.com/duns/HoldMail.jsp.

 

● Secure valuables in a safety deposit box.  Say all of your preventative measures fail and an intruder happens to make his or her way into your home?  Well, then, ensure that you’re not leaving them anything of great monetary or personal value!  Take the time before your vacation to deposit jewelry, essential documents, and other important belongings into a safety deposit box.

 

At Ankeny Real Estate Service, not only are we in the business of buying and selling homes, but it is also our greatest desire to help you enjoy your home and life (vacations, included!) to the fullest.  It’s no secret that eliminating simple worries such as the safety of your home while away can greatly decrease stress AND increase your happiness.  So, what do you say?  Get out there and enjoy your summer!  Hit the road...but not until you secure the safety of the home you’re leaving behind.

 

Summerfest 2015: Part 2

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Welcome back to part II in our series highlighting ANKENY SUMMERFEST and some of our favorite/we-think-you-ought-to-know-about events!  As we mentioned last time, not only do we pride ourselves on being the “Ankeny Specialists” when it comes to real estate, but we’d like to think we know a little something about our community and it’s happenings, too.  So, without further ado, here are just a few of the, what we consider to be, can’t-miss events from SummerFest days 3 and 4 (July 11 and 12).


Read Part I {here}.

 

Saturday, July 11, is a day jam-packed with fun and activities for all ages and citizens with a wide variety of interests. 

 

● The day begins with a bang as the SummerFest Grand Parade takes to the streets of Ankeny at 9:00 am.  As long-time patrons, we encourage parade-goers to find a spot along the route early, come prepared, and be ready to be entertained!



● In its 17th year, the Cardboard Boat Regatta is among the most popular of SummerFest events!  The challenge to, “design and build a person-powered corrugated cardboard boat that is capable of racing, or at least floating,“ is not only exciting for participants, but is also highly entertaining (read: hilarious!) to watch.

● Once again, no SummerFest evening is complete without a stop by the Leisure Garden where the band, Standing Hamptons, will be performing on Saturday.

● Among much, much more, don’t forget to check out other Saturday events, such as: The Miss 16 Contest; Kiwanis Pancake Fest; Sand Volleyball, Slowpitch Softball, and Kickball Tournaments.

 

Even on its final day, SummerFest doesn’t let up on fun!  The events schedule is full, but a few of our Sunday favorites are:

 

● Ankeny Optimist SummerFest 5k/1 mile run.  This is the perfect way to work off some of that fantastic fried food from the midway that you’ve been consuming all weekend!  Even better?  It’s for a great cause!

● Corks & Caps: Iowa Wine and Craft Beer Festival.  A perfect opportunity to check out wineries and breweries from all over Iowa!  Tickets are available at the door!

● Fireworks!  The finale!  It’s a spectacular show...especially for those that choose to be up close and personal, viewing the fireworks from the Leisure Garden or Prairie Ridge Sports Complex!  These fireworks are the perfect way to celebrate another successful year of SummerFest!

 

And there you have it!  Our complete list of must-see/must-do 2015 SummerFest activities!  For the full schedule of events, details, and other general information, visit www.ankenysummerfest.org.

 

Now, we want to know, are YOU planning a trip to SummerFest this year?  If so, what’s on your list of can’t-miss events?

Summerfest 2015: Part 1

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

At Ankeny Real Estate Service, we like to refer to ourselves as the Ankeny Specialists when it comes to Ankeny homes.  BUT, that doesn’t mean that our expertise ends with the real estate market. Nope! We are proud to be a long-time, Ankeny-based business, which means our community ties are strong and we are well-versed on all things Ankeny...including local events. 


This year’s ANKENY SUMMERFEST is right around the corner and we think you need to know about it!  However, this 4 day event (July 9 - 12) is just too BIG for us to cram into just one blog, which is why we’ve decided to make this a 2-post series.  Today we’re excited to share with you some of our favorite Summerfest activities, beginning with the events of the first 2 days (July 9 & 10), then finishing up with the final 2 days (July 11 & 12) in our blog post next week.  So, hang onto your hats, this is going to be fun!

 

Summerfest 2015 begins with a Thursday evening chock-full of fun!  Here’s the rundown on what Day One has to offer:

 

● Summerfest on-site carnival and vendors.  Runs Thursday, July 9 thru Sunday, July 12.  There are games, rides, and lots of attractions for the kids (or kids a heart!), as well as, plenty of foods, drinks, and vendors for those less interested in the Midway shenanigans. 

 

 

● The ever-popular Leisure Garden will be playing host to the band, Monkey Monkey Monkey on Thursday, July 9, from 7:30-11:00 pm.  As always, entrance to the Leisure Garden is free.

 

 

● This year’s 3-On-3 Youth Basketball Tournament gets its start on opening day.  What an awesome opportunity to grab a couple buddies, lace up those sneakers, and begin your quest for 5th-8th grade total basketball domination! 

 

The Summerfest fun continues on into Friday with a full day of activities offered.  Some of our favorites include:

 

● The Ankeny Alumni Association will be hosting it’s 12th Annual Golf Tournament at Otter Creek Golf Course.  This is a 4 person best shot tourney, with a $70 registration fee that includes a cart, lunch, and plenty of swag!  Details can be found {here}

● This year’s Kiddie Parade is fully embracing the Summerfest theme of “Making Magic” and we have no doubt that it’ll be full of fun and LOTS of kids! Kids (and parents) should meet in Uptown Ankeny at 5:45 pm.  Judging begins at 6:15, with the parade to start soon after at 6:30.

 

 

● Friday night’s Leisure Garden band line-up continues with the band, Decoy, from 8:00-11:45 pm. 

 

And there you have it -- just a FEW of our Summerfest favorites from Days 1 & 2.  To view a complete schedule of events and to learn more about all that Summerfest has to offer, visit their website at www.ankenysummerfest.org.  Plus, don’t forget to stay tuned next week, when we highlight more of event favorites from Saturday and Sunday in our blog: Summerfest, Part II.

The Frank Ross “Play Fore Kids” Memorial Classic

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Every once in a while we get the opportunity to be a part of something truly special and meaningful, outside of our regular day-to-day real estate world. For the past five years it has been our privilege to be an event sponsor for the Frank Ross “Play Fore Kids” Memorial Classic, an individual and cause close to our hearts.

The Frank Ross “Play Fore Kids” Memorial Classic (FRMC) is a five-year annual event honoring the work and memory of Frank Ross, benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa. Frank was, most importantly a father and husband, but also a business and community leader who is deeply missed by all. As a past trustee, board president and board member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa, Frank believed that individuals and organizations that have been blessed with opportunities and privilege, have an inherent responsibility to do work or contribute to organizations that work to improve the circumstance of the children of our community. This event continues this legacy in his honor and raised $235,000 this year alone and $1,000,000+ over the past 5 years!

There are two elements to the FRMC. The first is a celebration event held prior to the golf tournament where golfers, guests and supporters come together to enjoy cocktails, appetizers learn more about the important work done by Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa. The second element is the golf tournament itself played on Des Moines Golf & Country Club’s newly renovated North Course. This event is firmly established as one of the premier golf events in central Iowa.

 

 

The 2015 Saturday night event, “Come Fly Away,” was a celebration truly fitting for the end of our five-year memorial event. The celebration included dinner and dancing, with a ‘rat pack’ inspired theme. Guests experienced an Italian dinner catered by Chicago’s most anticipated new restaurant, Formento’s.  

 

 

Dinner, dancing & drinks were served to 300 guests in a family-style format. Chicago’s “The Tony Ocean Band” provided the entertainment for the evening.  There was music throughout the night, with two well-timed breaks to talk about Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa and to acknowledge the loyal sponsors and golfers.

 

Golf and giving back were two of Frank’s passions. This event was a reflection of both. Frank served the Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa for eight years before his passing; and it was with great honor that we, along with many other family, friends, and sponsors, were able to continue that commitment through this event. The Memorial Classic gala and golf tournament, in Frank’s honor, was a way for us at Ankeny Real Estate Service to celebrate this great man and his legacy with an amazing organization.


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Ankeny Golf Course Options

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

We’re in the midst of PRIME golfing weather here in good old Ankeny, giving you 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

 

 

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

 


 

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

 


 

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.

2015 Ankeny Area Summer Bucket List

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Ankeny parents everywhere, you may all breathe 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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

Movies Under the Stars 2015

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

If you haven’t noticed yet, we’re huge fans of all the free fun that Ankeny has to offer.  And now that our sunshine-y summer weather has finally arrived, the fun is in full force! Topping the list of our favorite free family events in town are the Movies Under The Stars presented by Veridian Credit Union.

 

 

A free event open to the public, Movies Under The Stars, gives our community a place to come together on Friday nights, take in a show, and relax under the warm summer sky.  Movie-goers are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, bug spray, snacks, and lots of excitement for, what is sure to be, an enjoyable evening. Movies Under The Stars takes place at Wagner Park Bandshell, is free to attend (have we mentioned that?!?), and beings at dusk.

 

So, what fabulous flicks can you expect to see?  Here’s the line-up for the rest of this season.

 

June 5: Frozen

 

June 12: The Box Trolls

 

June 19: Maleficent

 

June 26: Annie

 

July 17: Goonies

 

July 24: Planes: Fire & Rescue

 

July 31: Lego Movie

 

From the Uptown Farmer’s Market and Ankeny Unplugged, to Movies Under The Stars, this city offers fantastic options for free family fun.  Check out Ankeny’s website for more ideas and information on all the fun to be had!  http://www.ankenyiowa.gov/

 

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