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Catch the vibe of Greater Des Moines. Festivals and endless foods-on-a-stick. Art shows and the Downtown Farmers’ Market. Live music at the Iowa Events Center. Racing at Prairie Meadows and the Iowa Speedway. Stage theater at the Des Moines Playhouse and the Civic Center. Catch sports action. Iowa Wild, Cubs and Energy. Family-friendly and free events. Catch it all in a city that thrives and thrills. Experience more in Greater Des Moines.

 

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04-23-2014

Special Events

Administrative Professionals Breakfast/Event

April 23, 2014
  • Venue: West Des Moines Marriott
  • 1250 Jordan Creek Parkway
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 7 - 9 a.m.
  • Admission: $25/Non-Members; $22 Members & Their Guests
  • Phone: 515-699-3444
  • Email

IAAP/Hawkeye Chapter invites you to the Administrative Professionals Breakfast/Event on Wednesday, April 23, from 7 - 9 a.m. The featured speaker this year is Dave Price, WHO-TV weekend anchor, host of Sunday morning's "The Insiders" and author of the recently published "Caucus Chaos" detailing his coverage of the 2012 Iowa caucuses. COST:  $22 f...

Art Exhibit: Tanya Lichinsky

April 03, 2014 to April 26, 2014
  • Location: The Great Frame Up - West Glen
  • 5515 Mills Civic Parkway, Ste #150
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Daily
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-226-2310
  • Email | Website

Art Exhibit featuring the landscapes of Tanya Lichinsky. For more information: www.westdesmoines.thegreatframeup.com.

Cut-A-Thon

April 21, 2014 to April 25, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Aveda Institute Des Moines annual Cut-A-Thon week. Free hair cuts for clean water donations. 100% of all proceeds are given to the Iowa Audubon Society chapter, helping to protect Iowa's lakes and waterways.

Downtown Street Painting 2014

April 23, 2014
  • Location: Historic Court Avenue
  • Downtown Court Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 1 - 4:30 p.m. - Spectators Free
  • Admission: Spectators are Free to watch!
  • Phone: 515-271-3935
  • Website

Your favorite twist on a classic Bulldog tradition is back for another year! Last year, we reached a record number of participants-help us do the same back on Court Avenue in 2014! Paint the street: Participation in the Downtown Street Painting event allows you to promote your organization and share your connections with Drake and Des Moines. Your square will remain painted an...

Drake Relays

April 21, 2014 to April 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Drake University - Drake Stadium
  • 28th Street and Forest Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: See description below
  • Admission: All Sessions $95; Friday all $60; Fri Day & Sat $70; Fri Night & Sat $65
  • Website

Monday, April 21- Noon Beautiful Bulldog Contest Knapp Center; 6:00 p.m. High Jump at Hy-Vee Waukee Store Tuesday, April 22 - 6:00 p.m. Grand Blue Mile Downtown Wednesday, April 23 - 11:30 a.m. Decathlon Men, Day 1; 12:30 p.m. Heptathlon Women, Day 1; 6:15 p.m. Pole Vault in the Mall Jordan Creek Mall Thursday, April 24 - 9:30 a.m. Decathlon Men, Day 2 - 10:30 a.m. Heptathlo...

Drake University Jazz Combos

April 23, 2014
  • Venue: Star Bar
  • 2811 Ingersoll Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Early Bird Season Pool Passes On Sale

April 01, 2014 to April 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)

In 2014 purchase your season pool passes online starting April 1 at 8:00am. Early Bird pass rates are available from April 1-April 30. Individual - Early Bird: $40, Regular: $45 First two in family - Early Bird: $75, Regular: $80 First three in family - Early Bird: $100, Regular: $110 First four in family - Early Bird: $120, Regular: $140

Earth Day: Grow Your Own Herbs

April 23, 2014
  • Venue: Central Library
  • 1000 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 2:15 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Join your friends and learn to create your own herb garden. Come to the Story Hour/Craft Room.

Evening Bridge Club

April 02, 2014 to April 30, 2014 (Every Wednesday)
  • Venue: Central Library
  • 1000 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-710-2319
  • Email | Website

Meet at the Central Library to practice playing bridge on Wednesday evenings in the Café Gallery. Preregister online or call 515-283-4152. Contact Troy for more details at 515-710-2319.

Funny Bone presents Willie Farrell

April 23, 2014 to April 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 560 S Prairie View Drive - Ste 100
  • West Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 (19 & over)
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

Willie has performed in most comedy clubs around the country, including appearances at the Maxim Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He is also a favorite morning show guest on a Des Moines radio station.

Jesper Just: This is a Landscape of Desire

March 06, 2014 to May 25, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Jesper Just (born 1974, Copenhagen, Denmark) has won international acclaim for his visually beguiling videos. Preferring a process more aligned with the cinematic to a low-fi aesthetic or documentary one, Just creates choreographed and grand works of art. His productions make use of mesmerizing elements of grand landscape painting as well as a hypersensitive and acute portr...

Once

April 22, 2014 to April 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Tues - Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $55 - $90
  • Website

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the ...

Pole Vault in the Mall

April 23, 2014

Join the crowd at Jordan Creek Town Center as a favorite track event goes indoors for the 5th annual Pole Vault in the Mall, sponsored by Hy-Vee.  

Sleigh Bells

April 23, 2014
  • Location: Wooly's
  • 504 E. Locust
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $20 advance
  • Phone: n/a
  • Website

The Brooklyn noise pop duo Sleigh Bells will return to Wooly's for a show on April 23. The band last played the duo in October, 2012. Since that show, the band has released a new album, "Bitter Rivals." Sleigh Bells has had its music used in "The Blink Ring" and "Bachelorette" and the song "Rill, Rill" was featured in an Apple commercial,...

Swim Lesson Registration Opens

April 01, 2014 to May 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

In 2014, register for swim lessons online. To get the class you want, go online and sign up starting Tuesday, April 1 at 8:00am. Click below for session dates and times. http://stage/Departments/Parks/PDF/Aquatics031314.pdf

Weaver Medal of Honor 2014

April 23, 2014
  • Venue: Drake University - Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main
  • 2507 University Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 2 p.m.; Reception 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

John Forbes, PH 1980 - 2014 Recipient of Weaver Medal of Honor John Forbes, pharmacist & owner of Medicap Pharmacy in Urbandale, has earned distinction as an innovative & dedicated practitioner. He was one of the first pharmacists in the state to provide immunizations, compounding services, and wellness testing. He currently serves as a preceptor for pharmacy studen...

On-Going Events

Art Show: Charlotte Hamity

April 08, 2014 to April 27, 2014 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Location: First Unitarian Church of Des Moines
  • 1800 Bell Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: M - F, 1-5 p.m.; Sun, 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Admission: free
  • Phone: 244-8603

Charlotte Hamity Art Show

Barns, Bison & Bonnets

March 17, 2014 to April 30, 2014 (Recurring every week day)
  • Venue: Urbandale Public Library
  • 3520 86th Street
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Mon- Thurs 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Fri - Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 402-515-0921
  • Email | Website

Selected work from the portfolio of Iowa oil painter Michael Wilson. Wilson’s barn paintings are up-close, intimate and solemn, placing emphasis on how light and shadow affects the iconic architecture. Wilson’s bison paintings feature the bison at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge east of Des Moines and the bonnets feature historical interpreters from Living H...

Birding Basics

March 05, 2014 to May 28, 2014 (Every Wednesday)
  • Venue: Gray's Lake
  • 2100 Fleur Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 11 - 11:45 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 283-4294
  • Email | Website

Give your smartphone a break and head out to Gray’s Lake over lunch to “Tweet Up” with the birds. Every Wednesday, March - May from 11:00-11:45am join local birder John Bissell. Get to know the water and land birds that stop by Gray’s Lake Park as they pause to refuel for their continued journey north during spring migration. March 5 - April 9 emphasis w...

Children's Music, Movement and Signing Class

March 25, 2014 to June 12, 2014 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

Farfalla Music Bambini Classes are 45 minutes long held weekly with new lesson themes introduced every two weeks. There are three age groups: 5 mos to 12 mos, 12 mos to 2.5 years and 2.5 yrs to 5yrs. In these classes children and their parents or caregivers will learn the basic building blocks of music and American Sign Language while reading favorite stories, singing songs, re...

Gravity & Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui

February 25, 2014 to January 05, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Tues, Weds & Fri 11am-4pm; Thurs 11am-9pm; Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 12-4pm (Closed Mondays)
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-277-4405
  • Website

The celebrated work of El Anatsui strikes a rare combination of stunning beauty, fascinating communal process, and deep metaphorical & poetic meaning.

Walter Haskell Hinton: Image Maker for Deere

March 14, 2014 to July 18, 2014

In 1934, artist Walter Haskell Hinton painted his first calendar image for Deere & Company, the first of many commissions over the next 20 years. Hinton created an ideal world where the sun shines on perfect fields of corn and the smiling family gathers around its new helpmate, the green John Deere tractor. At a time when tractors were replacing teams of horses, Hinton's wo...

Wildlife Education

February 03, 2014 to April 30, 2014 (Recurring every week day)
  • Location: Merle Hay Mall
  • 3800 Merle Hay Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50310
  • Times: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun 12 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $5 Adults; $2 Ages 12 & Under
  • Phone: 515-979-9584
  • Email | Website

Academy of Wildlife Education! For more information: www.pellawildlifecompany.org.

04-24-2014

Special Events

Art Exhibit: Tanya Lichinsky

April 03, 2014 to April 26, 2014
  • Location: The Great Frame Up - West Glen
  • 5515 Mills Civic Parkway, Ste #150
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Daily
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-226-2310
  • Email | Website

Art Exhibit featuring the landscapes of Tanya Lichinsky. For more information: www.westdesmoines.thegreatframeup.com.

Cut-A-Thon

April 21, 2014 to April 25, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Aveda Institute Des Moines annual Cut-A-Thon week. Free hair cuts for clean water donations. 100% of all proceeds are given to the Iowa Audubon Society chapter, helping to protect Iowa's lakes and waterways.

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