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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.

Des Moines Springfest Horse Show

April 24, 2014 to April 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Free, fun family entertainment event featuring American Saddlebred horses and Hackney Ponies.  Many local exhibitors as well as World and National Champion horses.  

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 Relays Hall of Fame Induction

April 24, 2014
  • Venue: Drake University - Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main
  • 2507 University Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 6:15 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Celebrate the athletes and coaches who exemplify the rich heritage of athletic excellence inherent throughout 105 years of the Drake Relays.

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

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.

Give Hope Gala: A Toast to St. Jude

April 24, 2014
  • Venue: The Venue @ Court Center
  • 215 Court Avenue, Third Floor
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: $50 before 3/31; $60 after 3/31; $400 Table of 6
  • Phone: 952-893-0442
  • Email | Website

Join other bright young professionals for an evening of entertainment, heavy hors d'oeuvres, an open bar and a silent auction. Come have a good time for a great cause-- supporting the lifesaving work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Grow Your Green Workshop: Tree Huggers Anonymous

April 24, 2014
  • Location: Smokey Row Coffee Company
  • 1910 Cottage Grove Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-277-6222
  • Email | Website

Sustainable living means taking care of natural resources like trees. At this Grow Your Green Workshop, you'll learn everything you need to know to plant and take care of a tree the right way. Leslie Berckes from Trees Forever and Green Iowa AmeriCorps resident tree-hugger Aaron Hammond will provide their expert insights into tree care.

Hormel® Compleats™ Breakfast Makeover Event

April 24, 2014
  • Location: Capitol Square Building – Mezzanine (Skywalk level)
  • 400 Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Admission: Free (Concert just $15)
  • Phone: 312-596-3431
  • Email

The Hormel® Compleats™ Breakfast Makeover event and will feature actor Richard Karn – best known for his role as Al Borland from Home Improvement – visiting and interacting with Des Moines’ morning commuters. Attendees will have the chance to personally meet Richard and receive a FREE Hormel® Compleats™ breakfast meal.

Impact After School Conference

April 24, 2014 to April 25, 2014

Join other afterschool coordinators, administrators, front-line staff, and educators for two full days of professional development and networking with Iowa and Minnesota afterschool program providers!  Space is limited - register today online at www.iowaafterschoolalliance.org (deadline is April 17). Questions/concerns: please contact Indira Blazevic at&nb...

Into The Woods: Presented by Indianola High School

April 24, 2014 to April 26, 2014
  • Location: Indianola High School Auditorium
  • 1304 East 1st Avenue
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 7 p.m. each night
  • Admission: Adults $10; Students $5
  • Phone: 515-961-9510
  • Website

"Into the Woods" blends various familiar fairy tales with an original story of a childless Baker & his wife, who catalyze the action of the story by attempting to reverse a curse on their family in order to have a child" (summary courtesy of sondheim.com). All performances are at 7 pm in the Indianola high school auditorium. Tickets are $5 for s...

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...

Live Thoroughbred Racing

April 20, 2014 to August 09, 2014
  • Location: Prairie Meadows
  • 1 Prairie Meadows Drive
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Thurs - Sat 6:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m. through August 9
  • Admission: No admission fee
  • Website

Machine Gun Kelly Live

April 24, 2014
  • Location: 7 Flags Event Center
  • 2100 NW 100th Street
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: Doors 7 p.m.; Show 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $20 - $25
  • Phone: 515-276-7003
  • Website

MGK - Machine Gun Kelly: Still Laced Up! For more information/tickets: www.sevenflagseventcenter.com or www.ticketfly.com.

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 ...

Self-Defense Class for Women

April 24, 2014
  • Location: Windsor Elementary School
  • 5912 University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 6:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $35
  • Phone: 515-242-8521
  • Website

Des Moines Public Schools Community Education will hold a self-defense for women class on April 24. The class will be held at the Windsor Elementary School gym at 5912 University Avenue. Register online at www.dmced.org.

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

Veterans Career Fair

April 24, 2014
  • Location: Camp Dodge - Freedom Center
  • 7105 NW 70th Avenue
  • Johnston, IA
  • Times: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free (RSVP's appreciated)
  • Phone: 515-727-3442
  • Email | Website

The Veterans Career Fair is cosponsored by the Iowa Business Council and the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs and is open to active duty military, members of the National Guard and reserves, military spouses, and veterans of all ranks and levels of experience. At the event, these individuals can attend various workshops, experience a mock interview, and connect with dozens...

Women for Wish Kids

April 24, 2014
  • Location: True Style
  • 6925 Mills Civic Parkway, $150
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $25 & up (includes 1 drink & appetizers)
  • Phone: 515-334-2636
  • Email | Website

Join us at Women for Wish Kids on April 24 at True Style in West Des Moines! Bring your girlfriends out and socialize with other women like you - who care about wish kids in our community! Hear a wish mom tell how her child's wish impacted their lives & take part in Women for Wish Kids' goal to raise $5,000 this year-enough to sponsor a wish! Learn how you can get mo...

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...

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.

Iowa Circus Academy

April 10, 2014 to May 08, 2014
  • Location: Northwest Elementary School
  • 1202 W. First Street
  • Ankeny, IA
  • Times: Thursdays thru May 8: Grades 1-5 3:30-5:30pm; Grades 6-8 4-6pm
  • Admission: $45
  • Phone: 515-289-3960
  • Website

Learn circus arts from a real circus performer! In this class, kids will try out fun activities like juggling, hooping, balancing, aerial & floor acrobatics, and even roll around in a human-sized hamster ball! Call 515-289-3960 or register thru Ankeny Community Education, www.ankenyschools.org.

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