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Special Events

14 to Watch in 2014

April 17, 2014
  • Location: Capital Square
  • 400 Locust, 1st Floor
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Starting at 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free - please register online @
  • Phone: 515-453-2019
  • Website

On Thursday, April 17, from 5-7 p.m., join members of The Des Moines Register's "14 to Watch in 2014" for a panel discussion on leadership, setting goals & making an impact on our community at the Register's new conference room on the first floor of Capital Square. A one-hour discussion will be moderated by Lynn Hicks, Register Business Editor fr...

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:

Centennial K-12 Art Reception

April 17, 2014
  • Location: Ankeny Art Center
  • 1520 SW Ordnance Road
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: 5pm-7pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-965-0940
  • Email | Website

The Ankeny Art Center is pleased to present their annual K-12 art exhibits February 4th through May 3rd. The AAC presents three K-12 exhibits annually including Bondurant, North Polk, and Ankeny Schools. The Ankeny Art Center’s K-12 exhibits are part of our extended outreach programming, intended to introduce and familiarize students with the gallery setting. Familiarizin...

Charitable Giving Resource Center Educational Session: How to use Charitable Tools to Reduce Income

April 17, 2014
  • Location: Charitable Giving Resource Center
  • 4400 Westown Parkway, Suite 405
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 4 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: See website
  • Phone: 515-277-4050
  • Email | Website

In this discussion, we will discuss how to use charitable tools to reduce income tax in a high income year. You may join us in our office or join the online webinar session. Registration link and further event details available on event website.

Cody Jinks LIVE @ Beer Can Alley

April 17, 2014
  • Location: Beer Can Alley
  • 216 Court Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Cody Jinks LIVE at Beer Can Alley!

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 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.

Ernst & Young Wine Flights: Beyond Plum Wine

April 17, 2014
  • Location: Willis Infiniti
  • 9800 Hickman Road
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: $40
  • Phone: 515-480-4966
  • Email | Website

Discover perfect pairings for your favorite Asian dishes.

Funny Bone presents Sandman the Hypnotist

April 16, 2014 to April 19, 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

Women were crying their makeup off and people's face and sides were aching as they watched THE SANDMAN get people from the audience on stage and make them do things they couldn't believe! Maybe you or one of your friends will be the next star of the show! From Nashville, TN to stages throughout the U.S. and with over 30 years of stage performances, THE SANDMAN has been dub...

History Series

April 17, 2014

The History Series at Salisbury House is thrilled to feature Des Moines resident, Heath Lee, as she discusses her debut book, Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause. Enjoy a compelling lecture about this biography detailing the life of the youngest daughter of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Doors will open at 6:45 pm for a complimentary wine reception preceding the le...

IMPACT II: The Next Step In Polishing Your Communications

April 17, 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.

Iowa Cubs vs New Orleans

April 17, 2014

Iowa Prayer Breakfast

April 17, 2014

The Iowa Prayer Breakfast Committee cordially Invites you to the 53rd Annual Iowa Prayer Breakfast with State and Community Leaders featuring esteemed singer and speaker Simon Estes. People from all walks of life come to enjoy this Maundy Thursday celebration with the reading of the Scriptures, local vocalists and musicians, an inspiring message from a selected keynote speaker ...

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...

Last Supper Drama

April 17, 2014
  • Location: West Des Moines United Methodist Church
  • 720 Grand Avenue
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-249-3250
  • Email | Website

Make your Lenten season more meaningful by attending a performance of the Last Supper Drama, presented by the men of the West Des Moines United Methodist Church, 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 17, at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church, 720 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, Iowa. Over 400 performances of the drama, based on Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, have taken...

Lecture: Contemprary Art and Technology, Is the Media the Message?

April 17, 2014

Kathleen Forde, Artistic Director at Large of Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey and independent curator.

Lunch Unplugged - Annalibera

April 17, 2014
  • Venue: Temple Theater
  • 1011 Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Noon - 1 p.m.
  • Admission: $5
  • Website

Annalibera The Downtown Community Alliance and Des Moines Performing Arts are pleased to announce the lineup for the LUNCH UNPLUGGED concert series. Now in its fourth year, Lunch Unplugged infuses culturally-rich programming with local flavor into the Downtown workday at an affordable price. Take back the lunch hour with choice local entertainment and delicious l...

NAWBO-CI Monthly Program Featuring Panel Discussion

April 17, 2014
  • Location: Holiday Inn Downtown
  • 1050 6th Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Member $25 advance - Guests $35 advance (thru 12pm on 4/15/14; add $10 (after 12pm on 4/15/14)
  • Phone: 515-277-1127
  • Email | Website

Join NAWBO-CI (National Association of Women Business Owners - Central Iowa) on Thursday, April 17, for roundtable interactions with the local companies that support women-owned businesses through their corporate partnerships with NAWBO-CI. NAWBO-CI, the only organization in Iowa focused primarily on women-owned businesses, is putting the spotlight on its corporate...

Rhapsody in Gershwin

April 17, 2014
  • Venue: Drake University - Harmon Fine Arts
  • 2505 Carpetner Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. both nights
  • Admission: $15

Sip & Imagine a Cure

April 17, 2014
  • Location: Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro
  • 8631 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $30 in advance/ $35 at the door
  • Phone: 515-252-1530
  • Website

This is the 3rd Annual Martini Social where 100% of the proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Join us in sampling a selection of cutting-edge martinis and hors d'oeuvres, with live music by Rainbow Penley and Jeremy Alvarez.

Spindustry Digital Presents: Conquering Your Website Analysis Webinar

April 17, 2014
  • Location: On-line
  • Times: 1 - 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Spindustry Digital is hosting a webinar that is designed for management and business leaders looking for insight from both digital and design strategists. Whether you’re contemplating a website redesign, or are looking for a web-refresh, it’s vital to evaluate and analyze your digital presence. You will learn: • Why site analysis is a critical step for your bus...

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...

WDM American Business Women's Association Meeting/Social Media Expert Barb Breese

April 17, 2014
  • Location: Embassy Club West
  • 520 Market Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $25/person (RSVP on or before April 10); Pay @ Registration Walk-Ins $30
  • Phone: 515-422-4498
  • Email | Website

Social Media Expert, Barb Ossier Breeser will present "Be Sound Be Valuable Find Customers". Social and Pasta Bar at 5:30 pm; ABWA Presentation at 6:30 pm; Program at 6:45 pm. Cash Bar and Raffle for Prizes!

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