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04-20-2014

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.

Community Jazz Center Big Band

April 20, 2014

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

Easter Brunch

April 20, 2014
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $27.95; Seniors $25.95; Children $12.95; 10 and under Free
  • Email | Website

Easter Brunch @ Two Rivers Grille

April 20, 2014
  • Venue: West Des Moines Marriott
  • 1250 Jordan Creek Parkway
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $26; Seniors $19.50; Ages 6-11 $13

Buffet includes: Arcadian Farms Local Lettuce Salad w/assorted Toppings & House-made Dressings (Honey Mustard, House Recipe Buttermilk Ranch & Classic Italian); Orzo Pastina Salad w/Carrot Raisin Sundried Cherries Sunflower Seeds Italian Parsley Feta & Orange Chive Vinaigrette; Cucumber Tomato Sweet Red Onion Spring Salad; Iowa Honey & Fresh Di...

Easter Event at Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

April 12, 2014 to April 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Varies, see description

Our popular Easter event is back! Kids get a free 4x6 Photo with the Easter Bunny on Saturdays & Sundays, April 12-13 & 19-20: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday – Thursday, April 14-17: 6-8 p.m., Friday – April 18: 2-7 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt on Saturdays and Sundays, April 12-13 & 19-20 ONLY, beginning promptly at 2 p.m. and lasting one hour. Ages 2-10 only please. F...

Educator Appreciation Days

April 12, 2014 to April 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Barnes & Noble
  • 4550 University Avenue
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: n/a
  • Phone: 515-221-9171
  • Email | Website

Educator Appreciation Days are April 12-20. PreK to 12 educators receive 25% off classroom and personal purchases, including movies, music and tech gear. Storewide events. Enter to win a NOOK or a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card.

Iowa Cubs vs Round Rock

April 20, 2014

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

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

The Crucible

April 17, 2014 to April 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Des Moines Social Club Kum & Go Theater
  • 900 Mulberry St
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: Thurs, Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $22-$25 Adults; $19 Seniors; $12 Students; Group Rates also Available
  • Website

Considered a central work in the canon of American Drama, join us as RTI and Des Moines Onstage Children's Theater present Arthur Miller's, The Crucible, a journey back to the late 1600's and the Salem witch trials of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. Winner of the Tony for best play in 1953, The Crucible creates a powerful picture of what blind accusation and corruption can...

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

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.

Perry Memorabilia

March 02, 2014 to May 25, 2014 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Carnegie Library Museum
  • 1123 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free (free will donation)
  • Phone: 515-465-7713
  • Website

Perry Memorabilia

Sunday Tunes @ Summerset Winery Every Sunday All Year Long, Rain or Shine

March 30, 2014 to December 14, 2014 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Summerset Winery
  • 15101 Fairfax Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 3-6 p.m.
  • Admission: $3/pp or $10 a car load. FREE to Case Club members

When the weather is warm the concerts will be held outside, weather permitting. In the winter months concerts are inside.For outside concerts you will want to bring your own chair and picnic basket. Wine and beer are available for purchase. Alcohol cannot be brought onto the Summerset property. All alcohol must be purchased at the winery. Cover charge: $3/pp or $10 a car load...

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...

04-21-2014

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.

Book Discussion: My Latest Grievance

April 21, 2014
  • Venue: Forest Avenue Library
  • 1326 Forest Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Come to the Forest Avenue Library to discuss Elinor Limpan's book, My Latest Grievance. Pick up a copy of the book at our Information Desk.

Book Discussion: The Old Man and the Sea

April 21, 2014
  • Venue: East Side Library
  • 2559 Hubbell Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Join us to discuss Ernest Hemingway's book, The Old Man and the Sea. Treats provided. Borrow a copy of the book at our Information Desk.

Capitall Riders' Run with the Animals

April 21, 2014 to October 20, 2014
  • Location: McVay Trail Head Shelter
  • 300 Block of East 5th Street
  • Indianola,
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: N/A
  • Phone: 515-979-7751

Beginning Runner's Group -  A FREE running group for learning the basics of training and racing for all levels of runners. We run rain or shine, cold or heat - but we will wait for a storm to pass. If there is lightning, we will not run. Everyone who enjoys running. This will be a great way for new runners to learn from experienced runners in a safe and guided enviro...

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.

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 High Jump Competition

April 21, 2014
  • Location: Hy-Vee Store - Waukee
  • 1005 East Hickman Road/Alice's Road
  • Waukee,
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

More than two and a half tons of product will be temporarily moved to other parts of the store to make room in the 4,600 square foot store to put on the high jump event.

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

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