The Des Moines Area Religious Council’s mobile food pantry is adding another stop in northwest Des Moines. Beginning September 16, the mobile food pantry will operate from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at the Northwest Community of Christ, 3003 62nd Ave.
DMARC’s mobile food pantry also operates at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave., from noon to 2 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.
Our neighbors at Northwest Community of Christ also want everyone to know that they will accept food donations for the DMARC food pantry program from 9 a.m. until noon on Sundays, and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Complete food pantry program details can be found on the DMARC website. Please share this information with anyone who might be in need, and support the food pantry program if you can. A reminder that MHNA is always willing to accept food donations that can be taken to DMARC when we hold quarterly neighborhood meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday in January, April, July, and October.
Please mark your calendars for MHNA’s next quarterly meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave. The October meeting duals as our annual supper. Please join us and invite your neighbors!
Please join the Merle Hay Neighborhood Association for our annual observance of National Night Out, America’s night out against crime, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6th at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Avenue. There will be food, games for kids, family-friendly entertainment, door prizes, and great tips and information from public safety personnel about how to safeguard your property against crime. Tableware, food, and drinks will be provided.
National Night Out is a great way to meet your neighbors and learn more about safety within your home and while you’re out and about. Please help spread the word! We look forward to having a great turnout. Contact April Wyss at 707-6386 to volunteer, donate, or have a booth.
Learn how to recycle right and meet our new neighborhood police officer when the Merle Hay Neighborhood Association meets at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave.
We expect to be joined by a rep from the City of Des Moines, who will share do’s and dont’s about recycling, and provide details about how you can go for the gold—gold lid, that is. The city offers gold recycling cart lids for “super recyclers” who pass a spot check on the contents of their bin. We all need to be more environmentally conscious and this is an opportunity to learn how we can all keep more recyclable goods out of the landfill. We’ll also hear from Des Moines Police Officer Trudy Paulson, who was recently assigned to our neighborhood.
There will be neighborhood news, a preview of our events calendar for the rest of 2018, and perhaps most importantly, T-R-E-A-T-S. Please mark your calendar and spread the word among your neighbors. Attending MHNA’s quarterly meetings is a great way to learn how you can get involved and make a difference right where you live!
A dedication for the new spray-grounds at Tower Park, 4900 Hickman Road, will be held at noon on Thursday, June 13.
Last year, the City Council approved plans for a new water feature that will feature a replica of the historic Hazen Water Tower. The new spray-grounds will replace Tower Park’s existing wading pool, which will remain in service until the new facility is operational. A new restroom facility is also under construction.
A new water feature was a key piece of a master plan that was created for Tower Park in 2006. It will complement other recent park improvements such as a new basketball court, resurfaced tennis courts, and upgraded shelter, and an interior trail courtesy of Polk County.
MHNA thanks all of the volunteers and city and county leaders who have helped deliver such wonderful improvements to Tower Park. Please help us celebrate on June 13, and join us as we look to make this great park even better in the future!