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01-30-2015

Special Events

'80s Prom Dance Party

January 30, 2015
  • Venue: Wooly's
  • Historic East Village
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $10
  • Website

With music by Burning Down the House

4-Week Beginner Salsa Rueda Class

January 09, 2015 to January 30, 2015
  • Location: Des Moines Ballroom
  • 2745 Douglas Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: $35/person
  • Phone: 612-787-2572
  • Website

Beginner Salsa Rueda with Melanie Gella. For more information about classes, schedules, etc. : http://www.salsadesmoines.org/.  

4-Week Intermediate Salsa

January 09, 2015 to January 30, 2015 (Every Friday)
  • Location: Des Moines Ballroom
  • 2745 Douglas Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $35/person
  • Phone: 612-787-2572
  • Website

Intermediate Salsa with Geoff Spain. For more information about classes, schedules, etc. : http://www.salsadesmoines.org/.  

Bomb Shelter Comedy Showcase

January 30, 2015
  • Location: Beechwood Lounge
  • 416 East Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

The Bomb Shelter Stand Up Comedy Showcase starts 2015 off right with it's first show. Enjoy belly laughs with locals Gregory Timmerman, Dan Umthun, Toll McGrane and Ryan Solomon. Plus very special guest, from Davenport, Christopher Schlichting. Don't miss this totally free show!

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.

Drake Women's Basketball vs Missouri State

January 30, 2015

Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance

January 30, 2015
  • Venue: Otter Creek Golf Course
  • 4100 NE Otter Creek Drive
  • Ankeny, IA 50021
  • Times: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $35 per couple & $20 each add'l daughter
  • Phone: 515-963-3570
  • Email

This event provides fathers, grandfathers & father figures an opportunity to take their daughters/granddaughters out for an evening of fun. There will be dancing, door prizes, refreshments plus a dessert buffet! Tori’s Eye Photography will be present for optional picture packages. An additional dance session has been added this year! There will now be FIVE dan...

Fireside Music with Jenni and Deanna

January 30, 2015
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free, tips welcome
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Enjoy music fireside with Jenni and Deanna at the Hotel Pattee. David’s Milwaukee Diner and Inter-Urban lounge are open for service. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1398106433770340/.

Free Advice for your Device

January 30, 2015
  • Location: South Side Library
  • 1111 Porter Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Bring your smartphone, tablet or e-reader to one of our Central Library classes and get help installing the library's apps for e-books, audiobooks and e-magazines. You must have basic setup completed as a prerequisite to this class. You will need your library card and PIN, and you may need the password for your App Store on your device. Preregister online or call 283-4152, ext....

Funny Bone presents Marlon Wayans

January 30, 2015 to January 31, 2015
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 560 S Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: see website
  • Admission: see website
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

For further information and to purchase tickets:  http://www.funnybonedm.com/.  

Hairball w/Special Guest PopROCKS

January 30, 2015

Hairball in concert at the Iowa State Fairgrounds

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 02, 2015 to August 28, 2015 (Every Friday)
  • Venue: Historic Jordan House
  • 2001 Fuller Road
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: Every Friday 11 a.m. & 4 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.

Iowa Blues Winter Blues Fest 2015 - Hall of Fame Night

January 30, 2015 to January 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Hall of Fame Night" will be Friday, January 30th with a private reception for the Class of 2014 inductees at 6 pm, followed by the induction ceremony in the Des Moines Room at the Downtown Marriott at 7 pm. The inductees will be backed up by Sumpin Doo, featuring Iowa Blues Hall of Famers George Davis (Class of 1999) and Gil Davis (Class of 2003). Then headliner Lil Ed &am...

Iowa Wild vs Hamilton Bulldogs - MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT

January 30, 2015

The Iowa Wild regular season is presented by Mercy Medical Center. Season tickets to see the Wild play at Wells Fargo Arena start at just $9 per game.  For more information on tickets, please contact the Wild ticket office by calling 515-564-8700 or go to www.iowawild.com/.

Jeanne Robertson Fabulously Funny Tour

January 30, 2015

Jeanne Robertson is a professional speaker who specializes in hilarious humor based on her life experiences. Speaking to thousands of people annually, she utilizes her positively funny style to illustrate that a sense of humor is much more than a laughing matter. It is a strategy for success. Other speakers might be as witty as Jeanne. Some might even be as tall. (Barefooted wi...

Kick Around the Clock

January 30, 2015 to January 31, 2015
  • Location: The U - Iowa's Sports University
  • 1350 SE Gateway Drive, Suite 106
  • Grimes, IA
  • Times: varies
  • Admission: see website
  • Phone: 515-556-9770
  • Website

Why not Kick around the Clock? This fun indoor-soccer tournament gives youth players the chance to compete during the winter. Each team is guaranteed three, 25-minute games, with a referee officiating every game. Individual awards go to all members of first- and second-place teams. Come check out The U, Iowa's brand-new indoor sports facility close to I-80 and ...

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...

Legos at the Library

January 02, 2015 to January 30, 2015
  • Venue: Franklin Avenue Library
  • 5000 Franklin Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: Fridays thru January 30 - All Day
  • Admission: Free

Legos will be out in the Franklin Avenue Library children's area all day on Fridays, January 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.  Stop in and see what you can build.  All ages. 

Oscar Short Film Festival: Documentary Program

January 30, 2015

Oscar® nominations were announced January 15. Mark your calendars now to see the best of 2014's short films. Visit www.desmoinesartcenter.org  for details about the award-nominated films. Space is limited. Reservations are required, please make your FREE reservation by visiting www.desmoinesartcenter.org and click on the EVENT RESERVATION bubble on the homepage...

The Elephant Man

January 30, 2015 to February 14, 2015 (Every Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Rex Mathes Auditorium
  • 1401 Vine Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265`
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $15
  • Website

The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London in the late 19th century. A horribly deformed young man, he was found abandoned and admitted for observation to a prestigious London hospital. Under the care of a respected doctor, Merrick changed from a sensational object of pity to the urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati. But his ...

The Miracle Worker

January 16, 2015 to February 01, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Des Moines Community Playhouse
  • 831 42nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (only 1 p.m. on the final Sunday)
  • Admission: $15 Adults; $13 Students
  • Email | Website

This classic drama is the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human, and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. Annie’s success with Helen finall...

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 ...

Valley High School Vocal Jazz Summit

January 30, 2015
  • Location: Valley High School Performing Arts Center
  • 3650 Woodland Avenue
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $10
  • Phone: 515-633-4000
  • Email | Website

Winter weather got you singing the blues? Change your tune with a NIGHT OF JAZZ. Join us Friday, January 30 at 7:00 pm for the 2015 Valley Vocal Jazz Summit. The concert will be held in the Valley High School Performing Arts Center and will feature the Valley Jazz Choirs, jazz choirs from other area high schools and jazz director and educator Duane Davis. Tickets will be sold a...

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...

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