Iowa Trolleys program

Midwest Electric Railroad motorman and electric traction historian Wes Bender will present a free program called Midwest Iowa Trolleys Saturday, April 15, at 2 p.m. at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center in Boone.

Walk-In Craft: Seed Bombs

Guerrilla gardening will happen at the Workspace in Ames on tonight, April 13, from 6-9 p.m. A seed bomb enables seeds to be sown in hard to reach places or those that you can’t take close care of. Using natural ingredients, create a ball that can be tossed onto the ground (not buried) and will eventually sprout and grow into deep-rooted plants. The formation of the balls protects them from animals and unfavorable conditions, allowing the seeds a better chance of survival. These bombs will have a pollinator seed mix that is good for the Iowa bee population. Drop in anytime but give yourself 30 minutes to finish. Open to all ages if accompanied by an adult. $6 per dozen per person

The Secrets of

A Genealogy Plus! program, “The Secrets of”, is planned for Wednesday April 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., and is free and open to the public. is an enormous, ever expanding, resource for genealogists at all skill levels. There are many features in Ancestry that will expand the possibilities of your research. Richard Wolfe is our Genealogy Plus! guest speaker in April, and will guide us through both the strengths and some weaknesses of Ancestry. He will delve into Ancestry’s hidden features and how to use them. Ways to use products as educational tools for further research and record keeping will also be covered.