April 2: Neighborhood Meeting, 7 p.m., Tanglefoot Cottage, 607 37th St., Des Moines. The public is invited to discuss a site plan proposal for 3625 Ingersoll Avenue (formerly a gas station; owner: Lee Family Properties). The NOG Board seeks public input regarding a letter we will be submitting to Plan & Zoning regarding this plan, which calls for parking and landscape improvements. We will also get updates on the building at 31st/Ingersoll (formerly Ancient Ways; owner: Hurd Properties).
April 10: “Preparing for the Emerald Ash Borer,” 6:30-8 p.m., Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, 909 Robert D. Ray Dr., Des Moines. This public workshop will cover current information on EAB and answer residents’ questions concerning its effect on our city. Private property owners will learn how to make plans for their own ash trees. Call (515) 283-4583 for more information.
April 19: Hoover Mega-SCRUB, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hoover High School, 4800 Aurora Ave., Des Moines. Since the City eliminated the neighborhood SCRUB event a few years ago, NOG is partnering with the City and about 12 other neighborhoods to staff the Spring Cleanup to Reduce Urban Blight (SCRUB). If you can help out or even be our neighborhood point person, please contact Colleen Kinney at firstname.lastname@example.org, (515) 664-9183.
May 3: Iowa DOT I-235 Spring Pick Up, 8-10 a.m. Meet at the walking bridge at 42nd Street, south side by 7:45 a.m. This is a great way to spend a spring morning outside, getting exercise and keeping our section of the freeway free of litter. If you can volunteer, let us know by Monday, April 7. Contact Colleen Kinney at email@example.com, (515) 664-9183 to sign up.
May 5: NOG Quarterly Meeting: Urban Forestry Education program with Joel Van Roekel and potluck with kids craft activities, 6-7:30 p.m. at Plymouth Church Waveland Hall, 42nd/Ingersoll.
May 10: Beautification of BridgePark, time TBA. Seeking volunteers to help get this quaint little neighborhood park in shape for summer. BridgePark is located near 40th / Center. Call Mark Siegfried, (515) 255-7667 if you can lend a green thumb or two.