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03-01-2015

Special Events

Botanical Blues - Tina "Lady Blue" Haase Findlay and Brandon Findlay

March 01, 2015
  • Venue: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
  • 909 Robert D. Ray Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 2 - 4 p.m; all-ages event
  • Admission: Adults: $5, Seniors (65+): $4, Youth (ages 4-17): $3, Members and children 3 and under: Free.
  • Phone: 515-323-6290
  • Website

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden hosts the Botanical Blues concert series on Sundays in January and February. Take a break from the winter cold and warm up in the tropical conservatory while enjoying some of the best blues music in the Midwest.   Backed by Brandon Findlay's jazz-influenced guitar, Tina Haase Findlay's robust vocal performances combine b...

Callahan Promotions, Inc. Arts & Crafts Show

February 27, 2015 to March 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Iowa State Fairgrounds - William C. Knapp VariedIndustries Building
  • E 30th Street & E University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: Fri 5 - 9 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $6 Adults and Children (11 and over), Children 10 and under are free
  • Website

Iowa's largest arts and crafts show, over 300 talented exhibitors selling thousands of unique handmade products. A fantastic shopping event!

Celebration Des Moines Regional Talent Competition

February 28, 2015 to March 01, 2015
  • Location: Adventureland Palace Theater
  • 34th Avenue Northwest
  • Altoona,
  • Times: TBA
  • Admission: TBA
  • Website

Co-Ed Outdoor Pee Wee Soccer Registration

February 16, 2015 to March 20, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers COED OUTDOOR PEE WEE SOCCER each spring with games played at James W. Cownie Soccer Complex: 3 & 4 year olds play on Tuesdays from 6 - 8pm; 5 & 6 year olds play on Thursdays from 6-8pm. This program introduces children to team sports, teammates and game situations while learning the basics of soccer in a fun atmosphere...

Des Moines Music Collectors' Show

March 01, 2015
  • Location: Holiday Inn @ Mercy
  • 1050 6th Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $1
  • Phone: 515-284-1401
  • Email | Website

Over 24 vendors from around the Midwest will have LPs, CDs, DVDs, and other music collectibles and memorabilia for sale at this event.

Historic Dinners at Tangen and 1900 Farm

October 15, 2014 to March 29, 2015 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Have a fun, unique and memorable evening at a Living History Farms Historic Dinner! Join us for a dining experience that will take you back in time to Iowa's golden farming years of 1875 or 1900. Served family-style, historic recipes are prepared from scratch on a wood-burning stove. Our meals are prepared in the style of the historic period and served family style. Most of o...

Historic Jordan House Tours

January 04, 2015 to August 02, 2015
  • Venue: Historic Jordan House
  • 2001 Fuller Road
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: First Sunday of each month 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Ages 13 & up: $5; Ages 6-12: $3; Under 5 Free
  • Phone: 515-277-6652
  • Email | Website

The Jordan House is an historic building located in West Des Moines. It was built by abolitionist James C. Jordan and was a station on the Underground Railroad in Iowa. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places 1973. For more information: www.thejordanhouse.org.

Pippin: Willis Broadway Series

February 24, 2015 to March 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

 PIPPIN is back on Broadway for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago... the show the New York Times declared "ASTONISHING.  A PIPPIN FOR THE 21ST CENTURY." It won the Tony Award for BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL! With a beloved score by Tony nominee STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (GODSPELL, WICKED), PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying j...

Scholarship Brunch

March 01, 2015
  • Location: Urbandale Senior Center
  • 7306 Aurora Avenue
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $7; Ages 10 & Under $3
  • Phone: 515-207-1962
  • Email

Egg Omelets w/5 toppings, pancakes,muffins, orange drink, coffee, milk

Shoot for a Cure Hoop-A-Thon

March 01, 2015
  • Location: Crocker Elementary School
  • 2910 SW Applewood Street
  • Ankeny, IA 50025
  • Times: 1:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $20 to Shoot + Receive Free T-Shirt
  • Phone: 515-720-7948
  • Email | Website

It's a Free Throw shooting event for all ages and abilities to benefit medical research for Huntington's Disease. "Shooters" stand at the foul line and shoot free throws for five minutes, trying to sink as many baskets as they can

Sunday Tunes: Live Music

February 08, 2015 to March 01, 2015
  • Venue: Summerset Winery
  • 15101 Fairfax Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $3 per person, or $10 per carload. FREE to Case Club Members.
  • Website

Every Sunday, all year long wine and music lovers can enjoy some of the best bands in the Midwest right here in their own backyard (but you'll feel like you're on vacation!). Rain or shine the music goes on. Weather permitting, the bands will perform outside but in the winter or on rainy days we bring the music inside.Music is from 2-5 p.m.. $3 per person, or $10 per carload....

Superfoods & Smoothies for Super Health

March 01, 2015
  • Location: Smokey Row
  • 1910 Cottage Grove Ave.
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 6:15-7:15 p.m.
  • Admission: $5
  • Phone: 515-371-3463
  • Email | Website

Are you interested in learning about smoothies that can improve your skin health, give you more energy, and/or incorporate a lot of nutrition into a small drink for you and/or your family? Are you looking for different ways to add protein (dairy and soy free) into your diet? Would you like to learn about some specific superfoods to easily incorporate that pack the nutritional...

Tour & Tasting

February 05, 2015 to January 30, 2016
  • Venue: Summerset Winery
  • 15101 Fairfax Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: Every Thurs at 3 p.m.; Sat at 1 p.m.; Sun at Noon. Make your reservations online.
  • Admission: $20
  • Phone: 515-961-3545
  • Website

We are hosting formal tours every Thursday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1p.m. and Sunday at Noon. The price is $20.00 per person and includes: - Cellar Wine Tour - Tasting of Summerset Wines - Cheese Platter - Summerst Logo Wine Glass to take home! - Tours & Tasting is approx 1 hour, but feel free to stay and enjoy a glass of wine on the deck! - Tickets can be purchased ...

Wine & Canvas - Splash of Love

March 01, 2015
  • Location: Penoach Vineyard & Winery
  • 26759 N Avenue
  • Adel, IA 50003
  • Times: 1 - 4 pm
  • Admission: $35
  • Phone: 515-829-0661
  • Email | Website

Wine & Canvas - Splash of Love

Wine and Cheese Pairing Experiences Daily at Tassel Ridge Winery

January 23, 2015 to June 28, 2015
  • Venue: Tassel Ridge Winery
  • 1681 220th Street
  • Leighton, IA 50143
  • Times: Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun Noon - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest: $5 per person, plus tax
  • Website

We usually think of cheese when we think of wine. But, some wine and cheese pairings are more complementary than others. Tassel Ridge has selected four different Iowa cheeses and has paired them with Tassel Ridge wines. Try these pairings and see which your favorites are! Come on out to the Winery for a relaxing hour or two that can include a tasting, tour, and great conversati...

On-Going Events

Adam's Eve

February 13, 2015 to March 01, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Ankeny Community Theatre
  • 1932 SW 3rd Street
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults - $15, Seniors (60+) - $12, Youth (ages 5-18) - $10
  • Phone: 515-964-5007
  • Email | Website

What would you do if you opened your closet door and out popped a woman who claimed to be your soul mate? When it happens to Adam, he assumes Eve is part of a prank thought up by his friend. Mark denies all knowledge of Eve, and Eve continues to insist she’s been sent by God to help Adam change the world. An uplifting comedy, Adam’s Eve will touch both your heart ...

Adventure Awaits: Victoria Herring, Photographer

February 16, 2015 to April 02, 2015
  • Location: Polk County Heritage Gallery
  • 111 Court Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Monday - Fridays 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-286-2242
  • Website

Polk County Heritage Gallery is pleased to present "Adventure Awaits - Travel Through the Camera of Victoria Herring. Reception will be held on Friday, February 20, from 5 - 7 p.m. Exhibit will be up through April 2, 2015. For more information: www.polkcountyheritagegallery.org.

Art Exhibition

February 23, 2015 to March 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Hoyt Sherman Place
  • 1501 Woodland Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-244-0507
  • Website

The Des Moines Women'a Club is hosting our 107th Annual Art Exhibition. Artwork by Central Iowa artists is available for viewing and purchase.

Drake Theatre Presents "The American Plan"

February 26, 2015 to March 01, 2015 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Venue: Drake University - Harmon Fine Arts
  • 2505 Carpenter Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: Thurs-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $5; Students/Seniors; Students/Seniors $1 with Drake I.D.

Drake University's theatre department presents a student-directed production of "The American Plan" by Richard Greenberg. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, $1 with Drake I.D. Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Center Box Office made either in person, by calling 515-271-3841 or by visiting http://drake.edu/theatre/productions/fineartsboxoffice...

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...

Little Women

February 20, 2015 to March 01, 2015 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 900 Mulberry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Thurs - Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $18; Students/Seniors $15; Child $10
  • Website

"Louisa May Alcott's chronicle about the March family in Civil War New England. Four sisters: pretty Meg, practical Jo, shy Beth, and vain little Amy, live with their mother and housekeeper while their father is away at war. Jo is an avid writer who aspires to be a famous author someday and live an independent life. Meg looks towards a more traditional future as a wife w...

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...

Sunday Bridge Club

February 08, 2015 to March 29, 2015 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Central Library
  • 1000 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-710-2319
  • Email | Website

Meet at the Central Library to practice playing bridge on Sunday afternoons. Preregister online or call 515-283-4152. For more details, contact Troy at 515-710-2319.

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