Check This Out: May 19-25

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal

Get your poppies!

Don’t wait for the poppy people to find you — go find them! Members of the American Legion Auxiliary William F. Ball Unit #48 will be at Fareway in Nevada on May 20 and 21 (Friday and Saturday) giving out poppies in exchange for your donations. A poppy is a way to honor and remember fallen warriors, as well as supporting those veterans who are still living.

Bike safety and pet event

This Saturday, bring your bikes to City Hall for a Bike Rodeo Plus event, that will also include a place to license your pets under city code for free! Those who license their pets before July 1 will have application fees waived. As for the bike side of the event, a bike sale will be held from 8-9 a.m., with bikes being sold on a first-come, first-served basis. A bike rodeo will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with safety demos, helmet giveaways, an obstacle course, as well as police and fire vehicles. River Cycles will be on hand to do minor bike repairs.

Historical football program

Douglas Biggs will present, “The Football Controversy at Iowa State College, 1894-1897” on Tuesday, May 24, starting at 7 p.m. at the Ames Public Libary, Farwell Brown Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave. The event, a part of teh Ames Historical Society Annual Lecture Series, is free to attend. In the 1890s, ISC was one of the strongest football teams in the west, running up huge scores on big university and small college teams alike. Success bred jealousy and ISC was accused of fielding a team of hired semi-professionals instead of student athletes. Douglas Biggs explores the origins of Iowa State football and how President William Beardshear and legendary coach “Pop” Warner influenced the foundational years of ISC football.