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10-02-2014

Special Events

A Historic Quilt and Clothing Exhibition

October 01, 2014 to October 05, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Weds - Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun 12-4 p.m.
  • Admission: $14/Adults, $8.50/Kids, Members Free
  • Phone: 515-278-5286
  • Email | Website

Enjoy a look at rarely seen historic quilts from the nationally recognized Living History Farms quilt collection and explore the artistry of keeping warm! The Flynn Mansion hosts this display of quilts, covers, historic clothing, and household textiles. Be inspired for chilly weather with this peek at the beautiful items our grandparents made to keep warm. Children's hands-on a...

AQS QuiltWeek® 2014

October 01, 2014 to October 04, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Iowa Events Center
  • 730 3rd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Weds - Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Single Day: Members $11; General $14; 2-day: Members $20; General $25; Multi-Day: Members $25; General $35
  • Phone: 515-564-8000
  • Website

More than 15,000 people will converge on the Des Moines area to enjoy four days of the best in international quilt and textile artistry. Over 950 quilts will be on display, with more than $50,000 in prizes to be awarded at the event for quilting excellence. In addition, AQS QuiltWeek will be hosting a series of workshops with some of the top talent in the quilt industry &...

Book Discussion: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

October 02, 2014
  • Venue: Des Moines South Side Library
  • 1111 Porter Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Share your thought at a discussion of Katherine Howe's book, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane.

Boy Scouts of America - Sporting Clays "Call of the Wild" Auction

October 02, 2014
  • Location: Maytag Scout Center
  • 6123 Scout Trail
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-266-2135
  • Email | Website

Boy Scouts of America - Sporting Clays "Call of the Wild" Auction Event benefits Scouting youth in Mid-Iowa Council, Boy Scouts of America. Guest auctioneer, Scott Andreas, with Andreas & Associates LLC, will feature auction items such as guns, art, jewelry, sport event packages, hunts, and much more. Register for the free event at http://www.midiowacouncilbsa.org...

Ceremonial Grand Opening

October 02, 2014 to October 04, 2014 (Recurring daily)

After nearly 18 months of construction on seven acres of new outdoor gardens, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is poised to celebrate a major milestone with a series of ceremonial grand opening events October 2-4! Guests will be able to tour the outside gardens Oct. 2 & 3 to see the new rose garden, water garden, riverside garden, conifer & gravel garden, shade...

Funny Bone presents Chris Tucker

October 02, 2014 to October 04, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 570 Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: see website
  • Admission: $30
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

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

Funny Bone presents Emily Galati

October 01, 2014 to October 04, 2014
  • 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/.

Historic Textile and Quilt Show - October 1-5

October 01, 2014 to October 05, 2014
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Closed Mon./Tues; Wed - Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun Noon - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $14; Children 2 - 12 $8.50; Seniors $13; LHF members discounted
  • Website

Take a look at rarely seen historic quilts, corsets and clothing from the nationally recognized Living History Farms quilt and textile collections! Explore the quilts and bed coverings, bolsters and pillows that kept families warm and cozy while they slept. Peek at the underthings women and men wore under their fashionable outer coverings! Discover how corsets, bustles, shoes a...

History Series at Salisbury House with Roman Cybriwsky

October 02, 2014
  • Venue: Salisbury House & Gardens
  • 4025 Tonawanda Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Doors open at 6:45 p.m.-complimentary wine reception; 7:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $15
  • Phone: 515-274-1777
  • Website

Come enjoy a compelling lecture by Roman Cybriwsky, Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University, as he discusses his book, Kyiv, Ukraine: The City of Domes and Demons from the Collapse of Socialism to the Mass Uprising of 2013-2014. Doors open at 6:45 pm for a complimentary wine reception. The lecture begins at 7:30 pm. Books will be available for purchase a...

Music in the Junction: Tony Valdez Large Band

October 02, 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,...

Natalia Goncharova, Olga Rosanova & The Great War: From Icon to Abstraction - Exhibition

September 26, 2014 to January 18, 2015 (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

 September 26, 2014 / 11:00 AM: Shortly after the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Russian neo-Primitivist artist Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) created a series of fourteen black-and-white crayon lithographs titled "War: Mystical Images of War." Her prints are rooted in the imagery of Russian icons, history, Apocalypse imagery, folk art, and contemporary...

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.

Valley Junction Farmers Market - LAST DAY!

October 02, 2014

Join us for our signature event in Historic Valley Junction – our weekly Farmers Market (plus Music in the Junction concert series)! Free parking & free shuttle service available 4-9 p.m. during all scheduled Thursday night events at Hillside Elementary School, 713 8th Street, West Des Moines. The West Des Moines Farmers Market is home to over 100 weekly vendo...

On-Going Events

A City at Work

September 18, 2014 to October 19, 2014

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 thr...

Cooper Exhibition

October 02, 2014 to November 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Ankeny Art Center
  • 1520 SW Ordnance Road
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: Tues - Fri 9 - 1 p.m.; Thurs 4 - 7 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - Noon
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-965-0940
  • Email | Website

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 2, 5 - 7pm. The Ankeny Art Center gallery and receptions are free and open to the public Wine and appetizers will be served Bob creates traditional and contemporary functional woodworking & sculpture. Woodworking was a natural career choice for Bob, whose love of art and woodworking proved to be a rewarding combination. As a result ...

Dialogues:

September 27, 2014 to November 29, 2014 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday)
  • Location: Steven Vail Fine Arts Project Room
  • 500 E. Locust, Floor 2
  • Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free and open to the public
  • Phone: 515-309-2763
  • Email | Website

Dialogues: Conversations between African Art objects and Western contemporary prints. Western & African art have been in dialogue most famously since Picasso had his epiphany when seeing African sculpture and masks at the Trocadero Museum In Paris & then painted his 1st Cubist art work, Les Demoiselles d"Avignon in 1907. Contemporary artists incl Calcer, Chen, Le C...

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...

Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede Exhibition

September 18, 2014 to January 18, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Mon, Wed, Fri 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Thurs 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun Noon - 4 p.m.; Closed Mondays
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede explores the creativity and friendship between two of the most iconic figures of contemporary American fashion and art. Organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Des Moines Art Center, Halston & Warhol will consist of original paintings, works on paper, clothes and ephemera by the two men. Many of th...

Local Hero Month

October 01, 2014 to October 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

We thank those who risk their lives to protect us! October is our Local Hero Discount month! Members of law enforcement, fire, and emergency response receive a 10% discount on regular priced merchandise purchased in the store. Some exclusions apply. Must show ID to receive discount!

Polk City Farmer's Market

May 29, 2014 to October 09, 2014 (Every Thursday)
  • Location: Polk City Town Square
  • Times: 4 - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-238-2850
  • Website

The Polk City Farmer's Market will take place every Thursday from May 29 - mid-October from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.!

Polk County Master Gardener Art Show

September 16, 2014 to November 16, 2014 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

If you garden or appreciate the bounty from a garden, whether it is vegetable, herb, flower or foliage, you probably realize that there is an artist’s hand at work. The Master Gardener Art Show is the product of that experience, perspective, gratitude and sense of wonder. The intent is to show the creativity of gardeners and contribute to the education and enjoyment of th...

Schaefer & Engler Exhibit

October 02, 2014 to November 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Ankeny Art Center
  • 1520 SW Ordnance Road
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: Tues - Fri 9 - 1 p.m.; Thurs 4 - 7 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - Noon
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-965-0940
  • Email | Website

Exhibition Showing: October 2nd- November 26th Opening Reception: Thursday, October 2nd 5:00pm to 7:00pm The Side By Side exhibit is collaboration between two artists, one using graphite and ink drawings, one using black and white and color photos. These dual images may well lead viewers to a broader appreciation of a subject because of its being shown by more than one medium. ...

Shop @ The Garden Barn

April 17, 2014 to December 20, 2014 (Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: The Garden Barn
  • 11879 G 24 Hwy
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-962-0024
  • Email | Website

The Garden Barn will be open Thurs. Fri. and Sat. from 10am – 5pm. through December! Our store is filled with new spring merchandise for your home and outdoor space! Including: home décor, wreaths, floral accents, body and bath products, unique gifts, garden art, and antiques. 

USS Iowa Panels made by Sticks, Inc.

September 18, 2014 to December 01, 2014

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 thr...

10-03-2014

Special Events

A Historic Quilt and Clothing Exhibition

October 01, 2014 to October 05, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Weds - Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun 12-4 p.m.
  • Admission: $14/Adults, $8.50/Kids, Members Free
  • Phone: 515-278-5286
  • Email | Website

Enjoy a look at rarely seen historic quilts from the nationally recognized Living History Farms quilt collection and explore the artistry of keeping warm! The Flynn Mansion hosts this display of quilts, covers, historic clothing, and household textiles. Be inspired for chilly weather with this peek at the beautiful items our grandparents made to keep warm. Children's hands-on a...

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