Fire Department Breakfast

The Polk City Fire Department invites area residents to come to its annual pancake breakfast this Saturday, Oct. 7, from 7-11 a.m. This is a Fire Prevention Week open house at the station, and involves eating food and having fun. There will be pancakes and sausages, and fire truck rides for the whole family. Free-will donations will be accepted for the meal and all donations this year will go to support the families of Charlie Bishop and Ross Mulhbauer, two North Polk kids fighting cancer. (A story about these boys was on the front page of the Sept. 14 issue of our newspaper.)

Genealogy Program

When the times comes you are no longer actively doing genealogy research, what will become of your files, both paper and online documents? What about your photos, memorabilia and online documents? Story County Genealogical Society members will offer ideas and suggestions for safeguarding your legacy, research and digital presence, including social media.

The Story County Genealogical Society program, “What Will You Do With Your Genealogy Stuff?”, is Monday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m. at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., and is free and open to the public. The Story County Genealogical Society website is

Help Write Letters

Amnesty International will meet Saturday, Oct. 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m., in the Dale Ross Board Room, Ames Public Library. We will discuss human rights issues and write letters on behalf of individuals whose human rights have been violated. The work is appropriate for high school age and older, but younger children are welcome in the meeting room. Bring a laptop or write letters by hand. Writing supplies, a printer and refreshments are provided. There are no dues. Contact info: 515-290-5827,