Category Archives: Events

Join MHNA on August 6 for National Night Out!

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.

MHNA Meeting on July 18

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!

Annual Meeting on January 17

The Merle Hay Neighborhood Association will host its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave. We expect to be joined by Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie, followed by a rep from Midwest Basement Systems. We also plan to have public safety updates, neighborhood news, and a discussion about neighborhood goals for 2019. The meeting will conclude with officer and board elections. Please join us!

Supper and Quarterly Meeting on Thursday, October 18

Please join the Merle Hay Neighborhood Association for our annual supper at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave. We’ll have a variety of soups, sides, and desserts. If you would like to contribute something for the supper, please contact April at 515-707-6386.

After supper, we’ll hear from Polk County Supervisor Angela Connolly, who will provide an update on county business. We’ll also hear from the local developer who plans to convert the former Franklin Junior High/First Federated Church building at 4801 Franklin Avenue into a mixed-use commercial property with a boutique hotel, restaurant, office space, and other possible uses. The new property owner plans to file for rezoning soon, and MHNA’s October 18 quarterly meeting will allow residents and other stakeholders to ask questions and provide feedback.

The meeting portion will include public safety updates, neighborhood news, and a look ahead to 2019. Please mark your calendars and invite a neighbor. We look forward to having a great turnout!