Baptist Church

Bible School Begins July 14

The First Baptist Church and Crossroads Church are partnering to produce a combined ministry of Vacation bible School. The event from July 14-19 will be at the First Baptist Church, 1220 Fourth St. The theme is "Kingdom Rock - Where Kids Stand for God." The fun happens from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Children from 3 years old through sixth grade are welcome. The children will participate in music, bible stories, crafts, games and skits every day and earn a daily take-home prize connected to each day’s Bible point. To register call 515-465-4669.

Help Needed to House RAGBRAI Riders

There are still RAGBRAI riders who need a place to stay the night of July 22. Most of the people needing to be inside need electricity for CPAP machines, don’t have camping equipment, or are getting older and would like to sleep inside. Hosting a RAGBRAI person or group overnight is a chance to interact with fun, interesting people and adds to the richness of the event for the host and the riders. Anyone interested please call the Chamber office at 515-465-4601.

Woodward Hosts Friends and Neighbors Day

Friends and Neighbors Day in Woodward is July 13. A time when the Woodward Community pools together to celebrate and all are invited. Activities for the whole family with the athletic and the laid back. A Thunderbolt 5K at 8 am. Plenty to eat morning till night with a flag raising and parade to start the day.

Ecumenical Bible School Begins July 15

The Ecumenical Vacation Bible School will be held at First Christian Church at 1224 Lucinda on July 15th - 19th 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme will be "I Know Jesus Is My Answer".

The program will be presented by Mike and Glenda Mann, who use gospel-magic or "puzzles for the eyes" and ventriloquisim to present lessons. For more information, call First Christian Church at 465-2215, or register on line at and use the VBS link.Insect Zoo visits July 14 at Forest Park Museum

On Sunday, July 14, at 1:30 p.m., the Iowa State University Insect Zoo will appear at Forest Park Museum.

If you want to learn more about your favorite six legged friends, come see this terrific insect zoo. The Iowa State University Insect Zoo was established at Iowa State by world renowned entomologists. This is a rare opportunity to see these amazing creatures up close and have all your questions answered by the zookeeper.

Reservations are required for this event.

To register, or for additional information, please contact the Conservation Board Office at (515) 465-3577 during a weekday.

Farmers Market

The Perry Farmers market is held every Thursday from 4-6 p.m. along the Raccoon River Trail at Caboose Park.

Stop by for fresh produce, baked goods, craft items and more! For more information on the market or becoming a vender call the Chamber at 515-465-4601.

Assistance available to make homes, apartments lead-safe

Homeowners or landlords in Polk and Dallas Counties are eligible to seek funding for home repairs to enable your home to become a "lead-safe" home!

Dallas County and Polk County are participants in a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with the goal of making homes in these areas lead-safe.

You are eligible to seek funding for home repairs to make your home lead-safe if you meet the following requirements:

· Homeowner or landlord in Polk County or Dallas County.

· Mortgage payment, utilities and taxes are all current.

· Home was constructed prior to 1978.

· No higher than 80% of Median Family Income based on total number of people in the family and income. Please see attachment for income chart.

· Must have a child under the age of 6 living in the home or have a child under the age of 6 visiting your home at least 60 hours during the year.

· A homeowner or the tenant must be willing to relocate while the repair is performed.

If you are interested or know of anyone who may be interested please contact the Polk County Health Department at 515-286-2115 or visit

CPR Class Offered at Dallas County Hospital

CPR Class Offered at Dallas County Hospital: Dallas County Hospital will be offering a Pediatric Heartsaver CPR/First Aid class on Saturday, July 20th from 1:00 to 5:30 pm in the Dallas County Hospital Community Room. This class is intended for new or expectant parents, daycare workers, or anyone that takes care of children. At the end of this class, participants will be able to perform CPR and rescue breathing, remove a foreign body from a child and demonstrate the use of automated external defibrillator. Cost is $65 per person for certification and $50 for renewal. To register, please visit us online at then click "Pediatric CPR", or call Sally Swenson at 515.465.7512.