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Ames Parade of Homes

If you are thinking about purchasing a new home, building a home, or just enjoy seeing the newest trends in residential homes, we invite you to join us for the 2015 Parade of Homes. The tour, which is put on by the Ames Home Builders Association (ABHA) will be held from Wednesday, June 5 to Sunday, June 9, and will feature 8 new construction homes in a variety of price points and neighborhoods. 2015ParadeHomes.png One of the featured homes is built by HCS Builders, a sister company of Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS®.

The Parade of Homes schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, June 3: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, June 4: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Friday, June 5: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, June 6: 12pm to 6pm
Sunday, June 7: 12pm to 6pm

Tickets for the event are $5.00 each, and are good for all 8 homes on all 5 days. Tickets will be available on or before the days of the Parade of Homes at the First National Bank, downtown location in Ames, as well as the Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® office at 105 South 16th Street. A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit the AHBA Scholarship fund and other community projects. Ames Home Builders Association (ABHA)

HCS Builders Featured Home

The Parade of Homes will be showcasing the beauty and quality of HCS construction at:


4307 Timber Ridge
  • Custom built range hood and island
  • Large kitchen window looking out over front courtyard
  • Open air room with Trex Transcend flooring expanding to large wooded lot
  • Stone fireplace with flanking built-ins
  • Daylight windows in lower level, providing an abundance of natural light
  • Safe room/storm shelter under front stoop

Whether you are looking for a completed new construction home, wanting to build a home from our catalog of plans, or would like to build a completely custom home, HCS Builders strives to make the building process as easy and stress-free as possible.

HCS offers:
  • Over 150 years of combined experience
  • Guaranteed completion schedules
  • No construction loans necessary
  • Warranties that are actually followed through on in a timely manner


2015 LIVE UNITED Food Drive

Hunger is real. The statistics are scary and steady. One in four children in Story County continues to be eligible to receive free/reduced lunch. Once summer break starts, these children won't have access to school-provided meals. Therefore, the need for food at local food pantries is even greater during the summer months.

You can help. United Way of Story County will hold the 7th annual LIVE UNITED Food Drive May 11-20 this year. Area businesses, including Hunziker & Associates, will serve as drop points for the non-perishable products. Thank you in advance for your contributions!

Area businesses, including Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS®, are working with United Way this month to help families in need put food on their table. You can be a part of it too! Simply bring your food or cash donation to Hunziker & Associates or any collection site May 11-20.

Wish list:
(Items bolded are top needs of the food pantries. PLEASE check expiration dates!)

Food items
Baby formula - Canned fruits (especially pineapple & oranges) and vegetables - Canned chicken/tuna - Cereal - Crackers - Instant potatoes - Jello/pudding - Jelly - Ketchup/mustard - Pasta (not wheat) and pasta sauce - Peanut Butter - Salt and pepper - Soup (not tomato or chicken) & beef stew

Non-food items
Can openers - Deodorant - Diapers/wipes - Dish soap - Feminine products - Laundry detergent - Razors - Shampoo and conditioner - Soap - Toilet paper, paper towels and facial tissue - Toothpaste/toothbrushes

Outdoor Living Trends

Signs of Spring are appearing all over the neighborhood and it's time to start thinking about updating your outdoor living areas. Our backyards, patios and decks have become an extension of our homes and we have some great outdoor living ideas to help you entertain, socialize and relax alfresco, all season long.
  1. Outdoor Living Room: Perhaps one of the most important trends is outdoor comfort. Comfortable furniture and cozy spaces...even outdoor entertainment centers and sound systems to bring the whole family together outdoors.
  2. Color: Using a pop of color is a wonderful way to customize your outdoor space and make it seem like home. Bright blooms, water resistant throw pillows and outdoor rugs can help make a lovely garden setting.
  3. Fire Features: Outdoor fireplaces, fire pits will complement any outdoor area and create a comfortable and intimate ambiance.
  4. Customized decks and patios: Whether it's decorative stamped concrete or an ornate deck with built-in seating, storage and lighting, homeowners are boldly updating the design of their decks and patios.
  5. Play areas for children: Swing sets are here to stay. Current designs go beyond the classics and include everything from ropes to zip lines to climbing walls.
  6. Patio covers: Pergolas, arbors, and other structures can help protect you from the environment, but also add character to your living space.
  7. Outdoor Kitchens: Dining outside is wonderful, but cooking outside is even better. Homeowners are bringing the traditional kitchen appliances and accessories outside to truly enjoy the outdoor experience.

Get more information on Outdoor Living Trends for 2015 by visiting Industry Edge and Realty Times.


Plants to Enhance Your Outdoor Living Experience

When you plan your garden and landscaping for the season, keep in mind these plants and flowers that do more than just look beautiful.

The following common plants help repel Mosquitoes and other pesky insects:
  • Citronella Grass: This perennial can be planted almost anywhere in the US.
  • Marigolds These flowers need a lot of sun, but their pungent aroma has wonderful repellant properties.
  • Basil: This culinary herb helps keep mosquitoes and flies away.
  • Lemon Thyme: This is one of your best bets when it comes to plants that repel mosquitoes.
  • Geraniums: Some even refer to this flower as the 'Mosquito plant due to it's repellant properties!
  • Lavender: This beautiful plant drives away unwanted insects including spiders, ants and moths.

Click on this link to learn about more plants that repel mosquitoes and other bugs.

Hollyhock.png These plants and flowers will attract butterflies to make your yard even more lovely:
  • Passionflower: Try this perfect, butterfly friendly vine.
  • Hollyhock: Plant hollyhocks to attract butterflies and make a statement in your garden.
  • Dill: Butterflies are drawn to this fragrant herb.
  • Violet: Violets are the host plants for many butterflies.
  • Willow: Caterpillars love to feast on many willow varieties.
  • Snapdragon: Colorful snapdragons add height to your garden and attract the common buckeye caterpillar.
  • Switchgrass: Many skipper caterpillars need grasses like switchgrass for a food source.

Visit Birds & Blooms to see more plants that will bring butterflies to your garden.


May Area Events

Tulips.png 80th Annual Tulip Time Festival
May 7, 8, & 9

Spring Garden Festival
May 7-10
Botanical Gardens, Des Moines

Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance!
May 8-10
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines

Appliance and Electronics Recycling Day
May 9 from 8am-12pm
Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center, Ankeny

Tractor Day at Living History Farms
May 9 from 9am-2pm
Living History Farms, Urbandale

Ankeny Clean-up Days
May 16 from 8am-4pm
Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center, Ankeny

3rd Annual Mayor's Bike Ride
May 16 from 8:30am
210 NW Ash Dr., Ankeny

Science Center of Iowa's 10th Downtown Birthday Party
May 16 from 10am-5pm
Science Center of Iowa, Downtown Des Moines

Gladiator Assault Challenge
May 16 & 17
Seven Oaks Recreation, Boone

Steampunk Mid-West 2015
May 16 & 17
Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, Boone

MovieNightJT.jpg Movie Night at Jack Trice Stadium
Featuring: Big Hero 6
May 16 at 7pm
Jack Trice Stadium, ISU, Ames

Farmers Market/Music in the Junction
May 21 from 4pm-8:30pm
Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines

Special Olympics Iowa Summer Games
May 21, 22, & 23
ISU & Ames Area

A Froggin' We Will Go!
May 22 from 7pm-9pm
McFarland Park, Ames

Nitefall on the River: Hairball
May 23 at 7pm Simon Estes Amphitheater, Des Moines

Dam to Dam
May 30th
Saylorville Dam to Downtown Des Moines

Celebrate Waukee
June 5th and 6th
Waukee Area

Scandinavian Days (50th Anniversary)
June 5-7
Story City

Summerfest in Campustown
June 6 from 3pm-9pm
Campustown, ISU, Ames