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Thursday, October 20, 2011 N/Warren Town and County News Page Seven r ( BUSINESS REVIEW POLK COUNTY CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES Going Batty: Do not believe everything you see in the movies! Bats are often a grossly misunderstood ani- mal and feared by many humans. However, did you know that bats actually provide many environmental benefits such as eating thousands of insects each night and pollinating some of your favorite foods? A Polk County Conservation naturalist will present a public bat program Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the West Des Moines Public Library (4000 Mills Civic Park- way). Learn the truths and dispel the myths that surround these little creatures of the night. Find out what you can do to protect these unique species. Call Polk County Conservation at 515-323-5300 or visit their website at www.leadingyououtdoors.org for more information. Pre-registration is not required for this free public program. All ages are welcome. Pre-registration is not required for this free public program. All ages are welcome. Family Halloween: Celebrate Halloween at the Jester Park Equestrian Center Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Visit the Little Goblins Halloween Trail go on a pony ride in the indoor arena and enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride. Horse-drawn wagon rides are $5 per person (3 and under ale free). Pony rides are $5 per child. The Hal- loween Trail is free to children 10 and under. Wear a costume if you choose, bring a camera, and scare your- self silly. Reservations are not necessary. For driving directions to the Equestrian Center, go online to www.jesterpark ec.com. Walk for Wildlife: Support Polk County's wildlife habitat by participating in Polk County Conservation's annual Walk for Wildlife Saturday, Oct. 29. All ages are welcome and family participation is encouraged.., pets too! The event:will take place at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt. Participants may take part in a 5 or 10-kilo- meter Volkssport route. Participants can take part in a Halloween costume contest, Minute to Win It games and refreshments if they choose. This event is a unique chance for you to get in- volved in helping protect Iowa's remaining habitat. All proceeds will be used to improve the cLuality and quan- tity of Polk County's habitat. A $2 registration fee is pay- able at the event. Pre-registration is not required. Walkers can begin between 8 - 11 a.m. When arriv- ing at the park, participants should report to the Longhouse facility. Call 515-323-5300 for detailed direc- tions to the park or log on to the Conservation website at www.leadingyououtdoors.org. This walk is co-spon- sored by the Greater Des Moines Volkssport Associa- tion. Invasive Species Volunteer Workday: The battle against invasive plant species continues in Polk County...buckthorn and honeysuckle beware! Help re- store our woodlands Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., at Jester Park. Invasive plants like honeysuckle and buckthorn are taking over our woodlands and degrading wildlife habi- tat. Spend a crisp fall morning working up a sweat clear- ing invasive species at Jester Park. This public workday is open to all ages. Wear gloves, long pants and dress according to the weather. Tools will be supplied. Meet at Two Dam Pond .(across from Shelter #5). For more information, contact Polk County Conservation Volunteer Coordinator, Pat Spain, at 515-323-5280. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 Happy "Sweet 16" Emily! VYV Save .Hundreds of Dollars this Fall by delay, ng turning on your centralized heating system this year and using the BioSmart portable infrared heating systeml BioSmart® Infrared Heaters • Safe for Children & Pets • Heat up to 1000 sq ft for $1.20 a day* • Pays for itself in as little as 3 months • Built-in 4-stage air purification system operates with or without heat! • 3-Year Warranty on all units 2012-BIO-1500PA Breathe Easy Platinum Edition The original BioSmart@ portable infrared heater Don't settle for a cheap imitation! *Based on an 8-hour period, using the national average of $0.10/kWr. Rates vary, check with your provider. BIOSMART® now available at NORWALK HARDWARE I I 729 Main Street 981-0909 MPO Meeting The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Orga- nization (MPO) will host a public meeting to receive input and comments on an amendment to the Federal Fiscal Years 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (FFY 2012-2015 TIP) 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, at the West Des Moines Public Library, 4000 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines. The West Des Moines Pub- lic Library is accessible via the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) Route 11. The City of West Des Moines and Warren County each request amendments to the FFY 2012-2015 TIP to add new projects, as follows: City of West Des Moines-SW Connector-Phase III: Move the project from Federal Fiscal Year 2010 to Fed- eral Fiscal Year 2012. Warren County-SW Connector Interchange/Corridor: Move the project from Federal Fiscal Year 2010 to Fed- eral Fiscal Year 2012 and update the project termini to "Southwest Connector Corridor from the existing IA 5/ SW Connector interchange to the southwest, crossing 1- 35 and westerly to the proposed 105th Street corridor." The Iowa Department of Transportation considers the addition of projects to the TIP to be amendments. The • TIP is updated annually and at the request of member governments and participating agencies. The TIP iden- tifies regionally significant projects and contains four years of projects the MPO member governments and participating agencies anticipate implementing using federal transportation dollars. The MPO staff will host the meeting using an open forum format to encourage attendees to express their views and opinions and to ask questions regarding the proposed amendments. One may share their opinion with MPO staff in three ways: 1) orally at the meeting; 2) in writing via forms available at the meeting; or, 3) by submitting written comments to the MPO after the No- vember 10, 2011, meeting but prior to the close of the comment period on November 28, 2011. The FFY 2012- 2015 TIP is available on the MPO website, http:// www.dmampo.org/. If anyone has questions or com- ments, contact the MPO staff by telephone at 515-334- 0075 or via email at lparris@dmampo.org. Free Driver Safety Classes for Veterans The AARP Driver Safety Program has a profound respect and admiration for the members of the United States Armed Forces. AARP Driver Safety is pleased to give back to our nation's service members by offering free, defensive driving classes to all Iowa Veterans and current members of the military, regardless of age or membership in AARP, during the month of November. The four-hour classroom course, normally offered for a fee of $14 ($12 to AARP members), covers the latest news on changes in vehicles and roads, as well as state- of-the-art driving techniques taught by most major em- ployers who employ drivers to prevent crashes and re- duce injury in crashes. A certificate of completion is given at the end of the course which may be used to obtain a discount from many insurers. Veterans are requested to present proof of Veteran status when they attend the course. A VFW, American Legion, AmVets or other Veterans organization card is adequate proof. Lacking those, a DD-214 or Discharge Certificate is proof of service. Spouses are el.igible to take the classroom courses free of charge also, as long as they present a valid military ID. All. current mem- bers of the military are also invited. Classes are being held throughout Iowa with at least two in the Des Moines area. It is necessary that veterans attend during the month of November to receive the free admission. A listing of all classes in the state is avail- able at www.AARP.org/drive. In addition, if an Iowa Veteran's group would like to schedule a class for their members and spouses, Iowa Driver Safety instructors will be glad to set up a private session. Contact AARP Iowa State Driver Safety Coor- dinator Larry. Neppl at 319-773-0888 or email him at ridgetill@yahoo.com to organize a special session for your group. //__- 7 The blue-footed booby is so called because it lands on shops and often lets Itself get caught. Booby comes from "bobo;' Spanish for stupid.