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ShredDayheader.png Jump start your spring cleaning by clearing out all of those old tax documents, confidential papers and any other paperwork that should not be placed in the trash. Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® invite all of our customers, friends, and community members to participate by bringing up to 5 boxes of items to be shredded. We will have a shredding truck from Secure Shred Solutions at our office in Ames at 105 South 16th St. from 9am - 11am on Sat., April 21.

With so much emphasis being put on security, both in terms of our identity and our finances, it is important to ensure that every effort is made to make the identity thief's job as difficult as possible. One way of doing this is to shred all documents that may contain information about you or members of your family, which may allow the identity thief to build up a picture of either you as an individual or any other member of your family. ShredPile

Unacceptable Material for Shredding
  • Tissue Paper/Paper Towels
  • Steel Strip from Hanging Folders
  • Metal
  • Carbon Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic

Solar Energy through the City of Ames

SunSmartLogo.png SunSmart Ames is a community solar project that allows members of the community to buy into solar generated energy. Solar energy is energy that is produced by the sun by solar radiation. When sunshine hits the photovoltaic (PV) cells, electrons are excited and electricity is generated. Solar energy is extremely important to reduce the city's carbon footprint. The FAA has approved the site's primary location of the north side of Airport Rd., just north of the Ames Municipal Airport.

What can you do?
As a community member, you can invest in this project by purchasing a power pack. This generation unit is a one-time investment that will eventually pay itself off by crediting your bill each month. Each power pack will cost less than $350 and return a credit of $1.00-$2.00 each month. You're investment into the SunSmart Ames project supports the city's continuous efforts toward sustainability. To find out more information regarding the SunSmart Ames project, please visit Smart Energy at the City of Ames website.

7 Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring will soon be upon us, we hope! Here are seven tips for giving the season the welcome it deserves.
  • The best refrigerator cleaner is a combination of salt and soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combines with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner.
  • The best way to get rid of lime buildup around the faucet is to lay paper towels over the fixture, soak it with vinegar and let it sit for an hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove.
  • Clean screens with a scrap of carpeting. It makes a powerful brush that removes all the dirt.
  • Clean windows with a rag and soapy water, and then dry them with another rag. You can also go to an auto-parts store and buy a windshield squeegee, which cleans very well.
  • If drapes are looking drab, take them out of the window, remove the hooks and run them through the air-fluff cycle in the dryer along with a wet towel (to draw off the dust) for 15 minutes. Hang them back in the windows immediately.
  • Clean the blades of a ceiling fan by covering them with a coat of furniture polish. Wipe off the excess and lightly buff.
  • Sometimes comforters, blankets and pillows don't need to be cleaned, but they do need to be aired out after a long winter in your closed-up home. Take them outside and hang them on a clothesline for a day.

What's Your Home Value?

Visit to find out what YOUR home is worth in today's market.

Simply enter your address in the What's My Home Worth box and click get started.

You will see a Zestimate amount that shows Zillow's valuation of your home and a value from RPR. RPR is short for Realtors Property Reasource. RPR's property valuation, or Estimated Home Value, is generated by a specialized computer program called an AVM (automated valuation model), that assembles public property records.

These estimates are good starting points in determining your home's value. There are many factors that go into an official market analysis for your home. Your Realtor can guide you through the process if you want to list your home this Spring.

April 2018 Area Events

Music Walk
Friday April 6 at 5:00-8:00 pm
Ames Downtown Cultural District

Shattered Glass (Conductorless string ensemble)
Friday April 6 at 7:30 pm
Stephens Auditorium, Ames

Friday April 6 at 7:30, April 6-29th,7:30 pm, Sundays 2:00 pm
Des Moines Community Playhouse

Saturday Family Fun: Play with me
Saturday April 7 at 10:30 am
Ames Public Library

Talent Factory Regulars-Country Classic
Saturday April 7 at 7:00 pm
Talent Factory, Nevada

Stash the Trash
Saturday April 7 at 8:30 am-2:00 pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Houseplant Hike
Thursday April 12 at 5:30-7:00 pm
Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines

Thursday April 12 at 7:00 pm
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA

$5 Family Night
Friday April 13 at 5:00-8:00 pm
Science Center, Des Moines

Spring Gallery Night
Friday April 13 at 5:00-9:00 pm
Valley Junction, Des Moines

Pawty 4 Paws
Friday April 13 at 7:00 pm
The Lodge at Seven Oaks

The Life Expo
Saturday April 14 at 10:00 am- 7:00 pm
Sunday April 15 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

ISU Fashion Show
Saturday April 14 at 7:00 pm
Stephens Auditorium, Ames

Storytellers Brand Studio: True Stories, True Selves
Monday April 16 at 7:00 pm
Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines

April 17-20 7:30 pm
Saturday April 21 at 2:00 & 7:30 pm
Sunday April 22 at 1:00 & 6:30 pm
Des Moines Civic Center

Our Town
April 20-21 7:30 pm
Sunday April 22 at 2:00 pm
April 27-28 7:30 pm
Sunday April 29 at 2:00 pm
Fisher Theater, Ames

Circle K Run/Walk
Saturday April 21 at 10:00 am- Noon
Ada Hayden Heritage Park, Ames

Explore your Outdoors: Insects
Saturday April 21 at 10:00 am- Noon
McFarland Park, Ames

Cabin Fever: Festival of Cheese
Saturday April 21 at 3:00-6:00 pm
Living History Farms, Urbandale

Ankeny's 12th Annual Cleanup & Tree Giveaway
Saturday April 21 at 8:00-11:00 am
City of Ankeny

2018 Eco Fair
Saturday April 21 at 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Community Center Gym 515 Clark Ave, Ames

Earth Day Hike
Sunday April 22 at 1:00-3:00 pm
McFarland Park, Ames

Spring Wildflower Hike
Sunday April 22 at 2:00-4:00 pm
Robison Wildlife Acres 29490 632nd Ave. Nevada, IA

Junk Jubilee Spring Show
April 27-28 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday April 29 at 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
Iowa State Fairgrounds

Kids Run for Kids
Saturday April 28 at 9:00 am
Brookside Park, Ames

Market Day
Saturday April 28 at 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Capital Square - 400 Locust Street, Des Moines

Opening Day
Tuesday May 1 at 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Living History Farms, Urbandale

Farmers Market/Music in the Junction
Thursday May 3 at 4:00-8:30 pm
Valley Junction, Des Moines