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Good Tuesday morning to you!

I ran into my friend and IMT Des Moines Marathon director Chris Burch Friday evening. I was at our CITYVIEW Wine and Whiskey Walk at West Glen. He was, in his words, “geeking out” with a video game at The Operating Room arcade while waiting for his daughter to finish practice at School of Rock. When he told me this, I commented how much I truly enjoyed seeing the School of Rock performers on stage at Green Days in Johnston this past summer. Chris told me that his daughter performed then as well. I put two and two together and asked him if she was the one who sang “Cherry Bomb.” He nodded in affirmation.

At this point I felt a little creepy telling a father than I vividly recall seeing his teenage daughter sing a song several months ago. As a father of three daughters, I get it. But I was so impressed with her rendition of this song by The Runaways from the 1980s that it stuck in my mind.

Truth be told, I had not heard the song prior to watching Chris’ daughter sing it. But she and her band members made this song rock, so I did what most any red-blooded American would do today: I looked it up on YouTube. Be prepared. The Runaways “Cherry Bomb” live video from Japan in 1977 is much more risqué than what the School of Rock performs. Even so, both are incredibly entertaining.

“Cherry Bomb” was the debut single by the Runaways from their self-titled debut album in 1976. It was ranked 52nd on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. I realize that you may not know much about The Runaways, but many of you reading this likely have heard music in the 1980s by Joan Jett or Lita Ford. Throw in lead singer Cherie Currie, Sandy West and Jackie Fox, and you have the all-female band that influenced so many, including many of the young performers at School of Rock.

So what is School of Rock, you ask? Well, it is basically some really good music lessons — including singing, piano, bass guitar, drums, and keys — taught by local practicing musicians. Students can perform live shows and develop their skills in a learning environment with a diverse set of styles, including country, pop and rock. They practice at 7450 Bridgewood Blvd., Suite 200, in West Des Moines. Check out their website at or give them a call at 515-999-7625 for more information. Or, when you know they are playing, be sure to check them out and support their efforts.

Hello, Dad. Hello, Mom. Ch ch ch ch ch ch… cherry bomb!

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

We’ve got more heat ahead for the next couple of days before clouds increase Thursday and rain chances increase Thursday night. Cooler temperatures will be with us for the weekend.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do

Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m.
⇛Family Movie Night Featuring Beauty and the Beast
At: Valley Community Center, 4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines
Info: All ages and family-friendly, the movie will play on the big screen and rumor has it there might be... free popcorn? Admittance is also free.

Featured Home For Sale
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Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

7800 Blk SW 9th Pl
7400 Blk Fleur
4200 Blk S Union

A project to reconstruct the right lane of eastbound Interstate 235 over Cummins Parkway at mile marker 4.3 in Polk County requires shifting traffic to the left on the roadway for a short distance until 5 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Grimes construction office. The on-ramp to eastbound I-235 at Iowa 28/63rd Street in Windsor Heights will also be closed for the next three weeks.

North Valley Drive between SW 56th Street and SW 59th Street will be closed between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. This street closure is necessary for railroad crossing repairs.

9th Street from Forest Avenue to College Avenue will be closed between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. This closure is necessary for resurfacing.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Documents: Virus outbreaks at nearly quarter of Iowa schools

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Information in a federal lawsuit indicates nearly a quarter of Iowa public school students are in districts that have experienced significant COVID-19 outbreaks this year. The information is from a lawsuit over whether Iowa can prevent school boards from imposing mask mandates.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV:  One person killed in Des Moines crash

DES MOINES, Iowa — One person was killed in a crash involving four vehicles in Des Moines on Monday. The Des Moines Police Department said the crash happened on the northeast side at E. 14th Street and Thompson Avenue around 5:30 p.m. One person died at the scene, and a second person was hospitalized with serious injuries, authorities said.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Refugee families set to arrive in Des Moines this week

DES MOINES, Iowa — After almost a month since the evacuation of thousands of Afghans and American allies out of Afghanistan, several families are set to arrive in central Iowa to resettle in the area. Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa is one of the many local agencies working around the clock to gather materials and resources for the refugees.  .... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
MLB: Indians 8 Royals 3, White Sox 8 Tigers 7, Reds 13 Pirates 1   ..READ MORE
Monday Night Football: Cowboys 41 Eagles 21
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Flooring Company
1. Royal Flooring
2. Louie’s Floor Covering
3. Flooring America


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Meet Devin Hansen: A key to learning is feeling valued

By Ashley Rullestad

Devin Hansen started his teaching career as a student teacher in Ankeny, and he's currently a math teacher at Ankeny Centennial. He teaches Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC— but that's not all.

Hansen is also the department lead for the mathematics department and serves on the Instructional Leadership Team and Management Team at Centennial. For the district, he serves on the Curriculum Advisory Team, Curriculum Leadership Team and mentors new teachers. This year he also became a technology integrationist, helping staff members utilize technology in their classrooms.”

For Hansen, it's all about the students.
“The things they think of and the things they do are amazing. They are also old enough to joke around with, but they also know when to be serious. I make a lot of dad jokes throughout the year that fit really well into our content. They groan when they hear them, but, if I stop doing them, I start getting emails asking why we haven’t had one in a while.”

Teaching math has its challenges, the biggest of which, for Hansen, is trying to fit everything he needs to teach into a class period. But the rewards make it worth it.


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Just some pretty flowers. If I don't receive some photo submissions, I will have to share the spider photo I took this weekend. — Photo by Tammy Pearson
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Digital Editions
Bondurant Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The September issue cover story, "Home Run," is about home improvement projects that "hit the ball out of the park." Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com.
Read the September issue  here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to JP Pearson!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Brigitte Bardot, Hilary Duff, Naomi Watts, Bam Margera, Mira Sorvino, Jeezy, Frankie Jonas, Pauletta Washington, Tyler Lockett, Olivia Jordan

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

Should COVID-19 vaccines be mandated in Iowa?

Not sure


Results of last week's poll:

How many sick days did you take from work this past year?

None - 68%
1-2 - 12%
3-4 - 6%
5-6 - 6%
7 or more - 8%

Morning Chuckle
Why did the judge allow the penguin to roam freely outside of the courtroom?
THE PENGUIN WAS NOT A FLIGHT RISK. Close guess Gail Tomlinson
What did the man say when the judge asked him why he was wearing a sleeveless t-shirt in court?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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