Welcome to Pleasantville

Located just 25 miles southeast of Des Moines in central Marion County, Iowa, Pleasantville offers a a small-town feel with large town amenities.

With the variety of services, businesses, restaurants and more in Pleasantville, we encourage you to visit and take a look around to see what our community offers!

Featured Business

Pleasantville Social is reaching out in the community to bring the latest news, events and information to those who live, work and play in Pleasantville, Iowa.

PleasantvilleSocial.com is published and managed by Philip and Celeste Hudspeth. They felt the community needed a place to find all the news and information for all activities in Pleasantville, Iowa. Pleasantville Social is the one place you can go to, to find out the latest news and information for the community as a whole.

If you or your organization has an event to add to the calendar or a story pertaining to the community, call (515) 481-0506 or email Philip at pleasantvillesocial@gmail.com.

2017 Chamber Awards Dinner

The Chamber is accepting nominations for 2017 awards. This year, the award categories will based on the nominations we receive. In the past, categories included Volunteer of the Year, Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, etc. So if you know of an individual, group, organization, or business that you think should be recognized for their contribution to our community, be sure to nominate them.

Presentation of the awards will be made at the annual Chamber Dinner & Awards Banquet on April 18, 2017.

Nominations can be made online at www.PleasantvilleChamber.org/Nominations or by e-mail. When making nominations, please be sure to include a short description for the reason you are making the nomination. If your nomination is selected, you may be contacted for more information.

Deadline for nominations is March 16, 2017.

Please help us by showing your appreciation for the local businesses, organizations, volunteers, and citizens by nominating them for their contributions to our community.

For questions or comments, please e-mail Director@PleasantvilleChamber.org.

Best of the Red Rock Area

Congratulations to Checkerboard Restaurant! They were recognized as one of the Top 10 Places for Food & Drinks in Marion County and received awards for the Best Appetizer and Best Family Restaurant.

For a menu or more information about the Checkerboard Restaurant, visit their web site at www.checkerboardrestaurant.net or call them at 515.848.3742.

The Pleasantville Pig Out and 4th of July Celebrations in Pleasantville were also recognized as Top 10 Events in Marion County for 2016.

Carla Eysink, Director of the Marion County Development Commission, presented the "Best of the Red Rock Area" 2016 awards at a ceremony held at Central College in Pella.

Voting begins February 1st for 2017 "Best of the Red Rock Area" and runs through November 1. Vote online at http://www.redrockarea.com/bestofredrock/.

Christmas in the Park

Santa and Mrs. Clause was in the shelter house at Cora Shadle Park on Saturday, December 10th.

Kids and adults alike stopped by to have a picture taken with Santa. The shelter house decorated like never before for Christmas. Smokey Row warmed everyone up with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. Mrs. Clause was available to help the kids decorate Christmas cookies while carolers from our local churches sung holiday favorites!

Pictures from this year's Christmas in the Park are available in our Photo Albums.

This year, there was a modest outdoor light display, but next year we're planning for more, bigger, better displays. The plan is to light-up Cora Shadle Park! Chamber member businesses and community members have been invited to create light displays in the park to help create a drive-through winter wonderland. This year was the beginning of what we hope will become a feature event for Pleasantville.

To participate in the event next year, e-mail Director@PleasantvilleChamber.org.

Checkerboard Receives Iowa Tourism Office and Travel Federation of Iowa Award

Congratulations to Checkerboard Restaurant! The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry at a ceremony in Davenport during the 2016 Iowa Tourism Conference. Checkerboard received the Outstanding Dining Business award in the rural category.

"Iowa's tourism industry is full of hard-working, passionate people dedicated to delivering our legendary warm hospitality and providing travelers with lifelong memories," said Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office. "These awards truly honor the best of the best."

"There is no higher award in the state for tourism excellence,” said Keith Rahe, president of the Travel Federation of Iowa. “We're pleased to recognize these recipients for their extraordinary efforts."

For a menu or more information about the Checkerboard Restaurant, visit their web site at www.checkerboardrestaurant.net or call them at 515.848.3742.