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01-26-2015

Special Events

Athletic Training Room (ATR) Runner's Club

January 05, 2015 to March 26, 2015
  • Location: The Athletic Training Room
  • 2785 N. Ankeny Blvd., #17
  • Ankeny, IA 50021
  • Times: Mondays 4:45 p.m.; Thursdays 5:15 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-964-5000
  • Website

Runners of all skill levels are invited to participate in free group running. Our goal is to motivate beginner and veteran runners of all ages to train through the harsh Iowa winters. Come train with us and enjoy running with friends and neighbors! Check for updates at: www.ATRrunnersclub.blogspot.com

Coed Pee Wee Indoor Wiffleball Registration

January 20, 2015 to February 20, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Pioneer Columbus Community Center
  • 2100 SE 5th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: January 20 - February 20
  • Admission: $25
  • Phone: 515-237-1386
  • Email | Website

Coed Pee Wee Indoor Wiffleball for kids between the ages of 3-6 years old to prepare for upcoming little league season. Cost is $25 per child and play begins March 22.

Registration for Blarney Blast Softball Tournament (3/14-15)

January 26, 2015

Break out your green, it’s time to play softball! Des Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the inaugural Blarney Blast tournament to be held March 14-15 at the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex. Registration ends March 8 for the double elimination men’s and coed tournament and it will cost each team $105 to participate. Visit www.dmparks.org ...

Senior Fitness & Dance

December 15, 2014 to January 26, 2015
  • Location: DanzArts Studio
  • 2150 Delavan Drive, Ste. 8
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Every Monday from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Admission: n/a
  • Phone: 515-222-9777
  • Website

A gentle movement class for seniors with emphasis on balance, strength training, rhythm and fun!

Teen Books to Discuss

January 26, 2015
  • Venue: Forte by Baratta's
  • 615 3rd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Eat some pizza and discuss Among the Hidden, by Margaret Peterson Haddix at the Franklin Avenue Library at 4 p.m. on Monday, January, 26. Teens in grades six through twelve can find copies of the book at the Information Desk, where they can also sign up for the program.  

This New House Promotion

January 19, 2015 to February 27, 2015

One lucky winner will walk away with $10,000 for a home makeover! Pick up your daily entry and earn additional entries by playing throughout the promotion. Qualifier drawings every Wednesday at 7pm - must be present to win! Qualifiers have chance at cash prizes and gift cards from great stores like Lowe's and Homemakers! Grand Prize drawing Friday, Feb. 27 at ...

On-Going Events

Blow your Own Glass Ornaments

November 03, 2014 to January 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Studio Fuzzishü
  • 1808 Fuller Road, Suite B
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $14 per ornament
  • Phone: 515-402-8143
  • Email | Website

Looking for a super fantastic one of a kind holiday gift? Come create your own BLOWN GLASS ORNAMENT at Studio Fuzzishu! Each ornament takes about 10 minutes to make & then 20-30 minutes to cool down. Ornaments cost $14 a piece. Want to make oodles of ornaments? There is a price break at 3 ornaments & 5 ornaments per person. Come on your own or with a group of fr...

Freedom Summer 1964: Two Iowans & the Campaign for Civil Rights in Mississippi

September 18, 2014 to February 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The State Historical Museum of Iowa is "Fresh for Fall" with the addition of three new displays & an educational program that engage audiences in Iowa's history. The State Historical Museum is administered by the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI), a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). In the past month, the Museum installed thre...

Historic Home Tours - Meet the Flynn’s: A Guided Mansion Tour

January 03, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; One hour program
  • Admission: $8 per person (fee required for everyone aged 2 or over) Reservations required
  • Phone: (515)278-5286 x 158
  • Email | Website

Explore historic architecture, domestic life, and all of the elements that made a house a home over the past 300 years with a guided group tour through one of our many historic buildings. Reservations required 30 days in advance. Schedules are based on availability. Group Minimum of 10, Group Maximum of 25. To check availability or if you have questions, email kgetting@LHF.or...

Historic Home Tours - Victorian Domestic Spaces Tour

January 03, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Two and a half hour program
  • Admission: $12 per person (fee required for everyone aged 2 and over) Reservations required
  • Phone: (515)278-5286 x 158
  • Email | Website

Explore historic architecture, domestic life, and all of the elements that made a house a home over the past 300 years with a guided group tour through one of our many historic buildings. Reservations required 30 days in advance. Schedules are based on availability. Group Minimum of 10, Group Maximum of 25. To check availability or if you have questions, email kgetting@LHF.or...

Historic Home Tours - Victorian Mind Your Manners Tour

January 03, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. OR 1 - 3 p.m.; Two and a half hour program
  • Admission: $12 per person (fee required for everyone aged 2 and over) Reservations required
  • Phone: (515)278-5286 x 158
  • Email | Website

Explore historic architecture, domestic life, and all of the elements that made a house a home over the past 300 years with a guided group tour through one of our many historic buildings. Reservations required 30 days in advance. Schedules are based on availability. Group Minimum of 10, Group Maximum of 25. To check availability or if you have questions, email kgetting@LHF.or...

Making Art Public

December 19, 2014 to June 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: State Historical Museum of Iowa
  • 600 E Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50319
  • Times: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon to Sat; Noon - 4:30 p.m. Sun
  • Admission: Free

Making Art Public explores the beauty and history of public art in Iowa. Photographs, museum artifacts and original artworks highlight the earliest beginnings of public art in the state, significant artists (including Grant Wood), major themes, the creative process and where it is found in Iowa. Visitors will gain an appreciation for how public art connects us to our natural an...

Trees: A Different View

November 24, 2014 to March 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Trees: A Different View by artist Jeana Maier. These works take a moment out of a busy day to enjoy the wonder of small things as significant. Drawing has always been Jeana's first and favorite expression. Her interest in trees stems from growing up in tree care; hearing and seeing botanical names of trees. Her pieces are of small, often overlooked views in our busy times. Autu...

Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit

October 10, 2014 to April 12, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Starting October 10, a new "Ultimate Dinosaurs" exhibit opened featuring 12 fully animated exotic dinosaurs.  Many of the dinosaurs are unfamiliar to most North Americans, officials said. "Exhibitions like this are exactly what SCI is looking for in terms of achieving our mission," said Curt Simmons, Science Center of Iowa President & CEO. &...

01-27-2015

Special Events

4-Week Bachata Dancing Level 2 Class

January 06, 2015 to January 27, 2015 (Every Tuesday)
  • Location: Tanglefoot Dance Cottage
  • 607 37th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $35/person
  • Phone: 612-787-2572
  • Website

Teacher: AnnaLyn Vida.   For more information about classes, schedules, etc. : www.salsadesmoines.org.  

Beginner Salsa Classses - 6 week

January 06, 2015 to February 10, 2015 (Every Tuesday)
  • Location: Mad Hat Ballroom
  • 2700 University Ave., Suite 318
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: Beginner Level 2: 6 p.m.; Beginner Level 1: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $52/person
  • Phone: 612-787-2572
  • Website

With Instructor Karen Rose.  *If you took Beginner Level 2 last year and are looking to take Beginner Level 3, you will want to take Beginner Level 2. The new Beginner Level 2 class will cover Level 3 material the last 4 weeks of the class. For more information about classes, schedules, etc. : www.salsadesmoines.org.  

Coed Pee Wee Indoor Wiffleball Registration

January 20, 2015 to February 20, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Pioneer Columbus Community Center
  • 2100 SE 5th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: January 20 - February 20
  • Admission: $25
  • Phone: 515-237-1386
  • Email | Website

Coed Pee Wee Indoor Wiffleball for kids between the ages of 3-6 years old to prepare for upcoming little league season. Cost is $25 per child and play begins March 22.

Crafty January Stories & Activities: Fidgety Fish

January 27, 2015
  • Venue: Central Library
  • 1000 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 4:15 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Join Janee in the Central Library Imagination Station on Tuesdays at 4:15 PM to hear a story and then make a craft in the children's area. SCHEDULE: Tuesday, January 6:  The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats.  Tuesday, January 13:  The Mitten, by Jan Brett.  Tuesday, January 20:  Journey, by Aaron Becker.  Tuesday, Janua...

Crafty January Stories & Activities: Ninja Red Riding Hood

January 27, 2015
  • Venue: Franklin Avenue Library
  • 5000 Franklin Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Crafty kids can find crafty fun at the Franklin Avenue Library on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 PM. SCHEDULE: January 6:   Feathers Not Just for Flying, by Melissa Stewart. January 13:  Meerkat Mail, by Emily Gravett. January 20:  The Lion and the Bird, by Marianne Dubac. January 27:  Ninja Red Riding Hood, by Corey Rosen Schwar...

Iowa Energy vs Rio Grande Valley

January 27, 2015

The NBA D-League continues to be a springboard for NBA talent as the official minor league of the NBA.There were 149 players with NBA D-League experience on 2013-14 NBA end of season rosters; that represented 33% of all NBA players, an all-time high. Join the Iowa Energy as they enter their new single affiliation with the Memphis Grizzlies.  New Energy Head Coach B...

Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit & Trade Show

January 27, 2015

The Midwest's Premier Renewable Fuels Event. Join Industry leaders and decision-makers to hear experts discuss state and national issues impacting the future of renewable fuels.

Kinky Boots: Willis Broadway Series

January 27, 2015 to February 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Tues - Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: TBA
  • Phone: 515-246-2300
  • Website

Broadway's new high-heeled hit is the winner of six Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL & Grammy® winner CYNDI LAUPER has made history with KINKY BOOTS as the first solo woman ever to receive the Tony Award for Best Score! KINKY BOOTS tells the story of Charlie Price, a man who has reluctantly inherited his father's nearly bankrupt s...

Louis Jadot Wine Dinner

January 27, 2015
  • Venue: Trostel's Dish
  • 12851 University Avenue, Suite 400
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: $65 + tax/tip
  • Phone: 515-221-3474

If you're a Francophile, this sounds like the wine dinner for you. Trostel's Dish is hosting a Louis Jadot Wine Dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. Chef Johann Larsson will put his French training to work on a five-course menu that sounds fantastic. First: Codfish Brandade paired with Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2013 Second: Mary's Farm braised chicken, seared crisp...

Secrets of a Johnny's Chef

January 13, 2015 to April 14, 2015

The Chef will reveal concise, easy to master techniques in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Includes: Participation, 2 Glasses of Wine or 2 Martinis (Add $5 for Martinis), Generous Samplings of the Courses, Recipe Cards, Tax and Gratuity. Classes are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month and are $45 per person. Call to Reserve Your Space Today! With all cooking cla...

Share Conversations (and Coffee)

January 20, 2015 to January 27, 2015
  • Venue: Forest Avenue Library
  • 1326 Forest Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 12:30 p.m.`
  • Admission: Free

Share Conversations (and Coffee) English learning adults and community members wishing to share their local knowledge are invited to come together for English conversation and light refreshments. This program is open to all levels of English speakers and activities will be provided to prompt and encourage conversation. Tuesdays at 12:30 PM, January 20 and 27 at the Forest Avenu...

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