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09-18-2014

Special Events

"Access to the Danger Zone" Film Screening

September 18, 2014

Directed by Peter Casaer and narrated by Daniel Day-Lewis, this documentary provides a harrowing look at the challenges of delivering humanitarian aid in armed conflicts. Over 70 minutes, Access to the Danger Zone explores the strategies that Doctors Without Borders uses to save lives in the world’s worst war zones, including Afghanistan, Somalia, and eastern Democratic...

AAF of Des Moines Sept. Luncheon - Keeping Online & On Track

September 18, 2014
  • Location: Stoney Creek Inn
  • 5291 Stoney Creek Court
  • Johnston, IA 50131
  • Times: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Admission: $40 Non-Members; $25 Members; $20 Students
  • Email | Website

Keeping online and on track. All you need to know about online campaigns — and making them effective. They’ve said it, and we’ll say it again — digital is taking over. It doesn’t matter if you’re a large agency, a single marketer or even a guy that’s just designing cool stuff all day; the online world matters. And though it’s im...

Access to the Danger Zone Film Screening, Des Moines

September 18, 2014

Join Doctors Without Borders in a city near you for a FREE screening of Access to the Danger Zone. Each screening will be followed by an audience Q&A with local Doctors Without Borders aid workers. This fall we will be bringing the film to cities in Wisconsin, Iowa, Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Directed by Peter Casaer and narrated by Daniel Day-Lewis, this docum...

Amina Figarova Trio

September 18, 2014
  • Location: Caspe Terrace
  • 33158 Ute Ave.
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 7:30 pm
  • Admission: $30 advance; $35 Day of Concert
  • Phone: 515-279-6452
  • Email

Caspe Terrace has had the pleasure of introducing you to pianist like Lee Shaw, Anat Fort and John Weber. Now we are pleased to introduce you to Amina Figarova. The heartbeat of Amina’s highly successful sextet, the trio will have a unique opportunity to be in the spotlight for an evening of Amina’s favorite jazz standards as well as her original compositions, which...

Candeo's 2nd Annual Art of Independence Gala

September 18, 2014
  • Venue: Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown
  • 101 E Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: VIP Reception 6 - 7 p.m.; Event 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: General Admission $75; VIP $125; YP & Participating Artists $50
  • Phone: 515-259-8110
  • Website

Please join us for Candeo's 2nd Annual Art of Independence. Proceeds will be used to support individuals with disabilities through Candeo's mission - to inspire our clients to achieve their personal goals. The celebration will focus on the arts - just as art is unique to each person, so is independence. The evening will showcase regional & emerging artists with art ...

Catfishing Basics

September 18, 2014
  • Location: Yellow Banks Park, meet at boat ramp
  • 6801 SE 32nd Avenue
  • Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
  • Times: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $5
  • Phone: 515-323-5300
  • Website

Have you always wanted to catch a flat head or channel cat? In this hands-on class you'll learn about catfish biology, what and when they eat, where to find them, and more. After the program, we'll go out on a sand bar and fish for catfish. Bait, hooks, and sinkers will be provided. Bring a fishing pole if you have one, bug spray, chair or bucket to sit on, and flashlight or ...

Charitable Giving Resource Center's 8th Annual Fundraising University

September 17, 2014 to September 18, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
  • 4200 Mills Civic Parkway
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=SFRH4M3SRZMCN
  • Phone: 515-277-4050
  • Email | Website

Join us for the Charitable Giving Resource Center (CGRC) Fundraising University 2014! This comprehensive curriculum is intended for nonprofit Fundraising Professionals and board members. This is a two-day workshop of technical training from experts in the field--offering fundraising professionals the essential information they need to excel and lead their nonprofit organization...

Creating a Ripple Effect/Dr. Lisa Van Allen Presented by the D.M. Area ABWA Council

September 18, 2014
  • Location: Woodlands Creek Club House
  • 12675 Woodlands Pkwy
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 5:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Admission: $30/Dinner (promotional & sponsorship opportunities available)
  • Phone: 515-422-4498
  • Email | Website

Creating a Ripple Effect - Dr. Lisa Van Allen Presented by the Des Moines Area ABWA Council

Des Moines Golf Outing Supporting ALS

September 18, 2014

Center Sphere Golf Outing

Dinner & Cigar Evening

September 18, 2014
  • Venue: Johnny's Italian Steakhouse
  • 6075 Mills Civic Parkway
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $64.95/person (includes dinner, wine/spirits & cigars)
  • Phone: 515-333-5665

David Fine Tobaccos & Johnny's Italian Steakhouse cordially invite you to our "Dinner & Cigar Evening" on Johnny's fireplace patio Thursday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. Reservations required by calling 515-333-5665.

Elegance & Aprons

September 18, 2014
  • Location: Creme Cupcake
  • 543 28th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 5 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-257-6839
  • Email | Website

Elegance & Aprons

Exhibition Opens: Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede

September 18, 2014
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 6– 7:30 p.m. (Member Hour 5 – 6 p.m.)
  • Admission: $5 admission (FREE members)
  • Phone: 515-277-4405
  • Email | Website

Join us for an exhibition preview $5 admission (FREE members), live music and cash bar. Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede examines the dynamic friendship between legendary American fashion designer, Halston (b. 1932, Des Moines), and artist Andy Warhol (b. 1928, Pittsburgh), through art, fashion, photography, video, and personal memorabilia. Born within four years of each ot...

Faith in a Changing Climate

September 18, 2014
  • Location: Tifereth Israel Synagogue
  • 924 Polk Blvd
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 includes lunch
  • Website

Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, a statewide group aimed at mobilizing the religious community on climate change, will host its fourth annual "Faith in a Changing Climate" conference. The keynote speaker is Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, an Episcopal priest and Canon for the Environment in the Diocese of California, who is described as one of the first faith leaders to f...

Funny Bone presents Untamed Shrews

September 17, 2014 to September 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 570 Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: see website
  • Admission: see website
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

Tickets/more information: http://www.funnybonedm.com/.

IMPACT II: The Next Step In Polishing Your Communications

September 18, 2014
  • Venue: Tero International
  • 1840 NW 118th, Suite 107
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $395 per person ($325 per person for active military and SHRM, ASTD and IABI members)
  • Phone: 5152212318ext214
  • Email | Website

IMPACT II: The Next Step In Polishing Your Communications is a one-day workshop exclusively for IMPACT Graduates. This session is the next step in mastering your communication and presentation skills.

Jazz at Caspe Terrace Presents the Amina Figarova Trio

September 18, 2014
  • Location: Caspe Terrace
  • 33158 Ute Ave
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: Doors open at 7 p.m., Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $25 in advance, $30 at door
  • Phone: 515-279-6452
  • Email

The Amina Figarova trio will have a unique opportunity to be in the spotlight for an evening of Amina's favorite jazz standards as well as her original compositions, which are destined to become classics. Born in Azerbaijan, where she was trained as a classical pianist, Amina pursued her jazz interests at the Rotterdam Conservatory and Berklee School Music. Since that time sh...

Meditation Around Town: High Trestle Trail Bridge

September 18, 2014
  • Location: High Trestle Trail Bridge
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-321-8987
  • Email | Website

Meditation Around Town: Enjoy the experience of sharing a simple meditation. No previous experience required! High Trestle Bridge, outside, west end of bridge.

Music in the Junction: The James Biehn Band

September 18, 2014

Join us for our signature event in Historic Valley Junction - our weekly Farmers Market and Music in the Junction concert series. Free parking and free shuttle service are available 4-9 p.m. during all scheduled Thursday night events at Hillside Elementary School, 713 8th St., West Des Moines. Farmers Market is home to over 100 weekly vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods,...

Nitefall on the River: Trampled by Turtles

September 18, 2014

Trampled by Turtles will play a Nitefall on the River show on September 18 with Apache Relay opening! Tickets on sale starting June 6 through www.ticketfly.com.

Outclass Your Competition: Business Etiquette and Dining Tutorial

September 18, 2014
  • Venue: Des Moines Embassy Club - Ruan Center 34th Floor
  • 666 Grand Ave, 34th Floor
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $195 per person ($175 per person for active military and SHRM, ASTD, IABI and The Greater Des Moines Partnership members)
  • Phone: 5152212318ext214
  • Email | Website

Outclass Your Competition: Business Etiquette and Dining Tutorial is a half-day workshop on business etiquette and dining skills.

Pioneer in Foil Imaging: The Art of Kimberlee Rocca Exhibit

September 15, 2014 to October 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Polk County Heritage Gallery
  • 111 Court Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-286-2242
  • Website

Reception will take place on Sunday, September 21, from 2 - 5 p.m. at the gallery. Exhibit will be up from September 15 - October 30. For more information: www.polkcountyheritagegallery.org.

Pop-Up Boutique General Shopping

September 16, 2014 to September 21, 2014 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Tues, Wed, Fri 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Thurs 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun Noon - 4 p.m.; Closed Mondays
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Discover fashion steals from some of the finest closets in town at the Art Center's pop-up boutique: Eliel's Closet, named after Eliel Saarinen, the architect who designed the original 1948 Art Center building. Eliel's Closet is part of ART MEETS FASHION, a line-up of events inspired by the Art Center's major exhibition Warhol and Halston: Silver & Suede. Volunteers ...

Prairie Blooms @ Pinot's Palette

September 18, 2014
  • Location: Pinot's Palette
  • 900 42nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $30 per painter
  • Phone: 515-277-7651
  • Email | Website

It's spring on the prairie and the Redbuds are in bloom. The state tree of Oklahoma is the harbinger of the changing season. Before the grass turns green, pinkish purple buds spring forth from delicate branches. Join us to paint your own delicate spring creation today! Sign up now for this class at: http://www.pinotspalette.com/.

Storytelling at Telling For Tips at Ritual Café

September 18, 2014
  • Location: Ritual Cafe
  • 1301 Locust Street
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Phone: 515-288-4872

Tell a story, a myth, legend, folktale, or personal story, recite a poem, sing a song or just come to listen at Telling for Tips at Ritual Café. Professional Storytellers from all over the state will be there to entertain you for free while you sip a Ritual beer, some wine, or have a sandwich or dessert. They only request that if you like them, you tip them. From 8:30 to...

The Phantom of the Opera

September 10, 2014 to September 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Following an acclaimed sell-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, will return to Des Moines as part of a brand new US National Tour. Hailed as "stunning, intense and spectacular" by the Sunday Express, this production features a brilliant new design...

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