MHNA Quarterly Meeting, Annual Supper, & Food/Clothing Drive on Oct. 20!

Please join MHNA for our quarterly meeting, annual soup supper, and food and clothing drive at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave. We will be joined by a Neighborhood Finance Corp staff member and will announce another guest speaker in the near future.

The soup supper will begin at 6 p.m. The meeting will start at approximately 6:30. If you would like to bring soup, another dish, or dessert, please contact April Beck by email at, or 515.707.6386.

We will also collect food donations for the less fortunate at our October 20 meeting. The food we collect will be donated to the Des Moines Area Religious Council’s Food Pantry Program. For more information about the most-needed food items, please visit:

Once again this year, we will collect winter clothing for elementary school children in the Merle Hay neighborhood. Please help us “Keep the Kids Warm!” We will collect money, coats, boots, stocking hats, gloves, and mittens. We plan to deliver the clothing donations in November. For more information about the clothing drive, contact Kathy Battles by email at, or 515.865.3040.

For more information about the October 20 quarterly meeting, or to request getting an item on the agenda, please contact MHNA President Jason Pulliam by email at, or 515.681.9689.


House District 36 Candidate Forum on October 13

Join the Beaverdale Neighborhood Association, the Merle Hay Neighborhood Association, and the Waveland Park Neighborhood Association as they host a forum for the candidates for House District 36,Iowa Representative Marti Anderson (D) and Scott Miller (R). The forum will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave.

The forum will be moderated by The Des Moines Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich. Questions will come from the audience. All are welcome!

Lions Club to host pancake breakfast fundraiser on October 15

MHNA is sharing this information on behalf of our friends at the Des Moines Host Lions Club, whose members will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser this weekend in our neighborhood:

When: Saturday, October 15th, 7AM to 11 AM
Where: Grace Lutheran Church, 52nd and Urbandale Avenue.
Serving: pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, fruit, coffee, milk, chocolate milk, and REAL orange juice. All you can eat!
Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under, one child age 3 and under free with paid adult.

ALL PROCEEDS go to fund the Lions Club Foundation’s charitable projects. These include Kidsight vision screening for preschool kids; financial assistance for people who need eyeglasses, hearing aids, and/or exams; transportation of donated corneas and other tissue to Iowa City Hospitals; and providing camperships to Camp Hertko Hollow for kids battling diabetes. And much more!

Annual Merle Hay Neighborhood Celebration on Saturday, August 27!

Please join MHNA for our annual Merle HayDay celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Tower Park, 4900 Hickman Road. The gathering will be held in the open-air shelter located on the north side of the park.

MHNA will provide free hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks, as well as family-friendly games and entertainment. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Tableware will be provided. You also may want to bring a bag chair or lawn chair. Parking is available in the lot along Hickman Road. The Park and Recreation Department also leases space in the First Federated Church parking lot by Tower Park’s tennis and basketball courts.

Merle HayDay is a wonderful opportunity to meet your neighbors and learn more about our neighborhood. It’s also a great way to find out how you can get more involved in making the Merle Hay neighborhood an even better place to live, work, and play. We look forward to seeing you there on Aug. 27! Please contact April Beck at 707-6386 to volunteer or donate. Spread the word!

* Poor weather in May prompted us to postpone and reschedule the event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2!

Please join the Merle Hay Neighborhood Association for the annual observance of National Night Out, America’s night out against crime, from 6 p.m. to 8 on Tuesday, August 2, at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave. There will be free food, games for kids, family friendly entertainment, door prizes, and more!

Here is a brief rundown of other highlights and activities we expect to have next Tuesday:

  • A visit from the Des Moines Police Department’s Mount Patrol and a K9 unit.
  • Craft table for kids.
  • Bounce-house for kids.

Please spread the word! We look forward to having a great turnout!

Advance thanks to Des Moines Police and all of our volunteers and sponsors for their tremendous support!

Learn more about National Night Out here: