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05-25-2015

Special Events

Art on the Campus

April 26, 2015 to November 15, 2015
  • Location: West Des Moines City/School Campus
  • 4200 Mills Civic Parkway
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: Daily
  • Admission: Free

West Des Moines' annual outdoor art exhibit features 13 sculptures created by 11 Iowa artists. The exhibit is located at the West Des Moines City/School Campus, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines & takes place through November 15. RECEPTON: An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. Meet the artists and members of the West Des Moines Public Arts C...

Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present

May 08, 2015 to August 02, 2015
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Tues, Weds Fri 11-4pm; Thurs 11-9pm; Sat 10-4pm; Sun 12-4pm; Closed Monday
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-277-4405
  • Website

May 8 - August 2, 2015 Anna K. Meredith Gallery Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present

Honor Our History

May 25, 2015
  • Location: Swanson Memorial Park
  • 8641 Swanson Boulevard
  • Clive,
  • Times: 3 - 5 p.m.; Special Flag Raising Ceremony 3:45 p.m.; Program 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Special Memorial Day Commemoration To Honor Special Benefactors and Memorial Gifts To The Clive Historical Society. HONORING JIM EMERY; CIRKSENA FAMILY; BYERS FAMILY. Special Flag Raising Ceremony By Clive Police and Fire Department Members. Light refreshments. Swanson House and Clive Depot open for touring.  

Honor Our History

May 25, 2015
  • Location: Swanson Memorial Park
  • 8641 Swanson Boulevard
  • Clive,
  • Times: 3 - 5 p.m.; Special Flag Raising Ceremony 3:45 p.m.; Program 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Special Memorial Day Commemoration To Honor Special Benefactors and Memorial Gifts To The Clive Historical Society. HONORING JIM EMERY; CIRKSENA FAMILY; BYERS FAMILY. Special Flag Raising Ceremony By Clive Police and Fire Department Members. Light refreshments. Swanson House and Clive Depot open for touring.  

Indianola Trail Ride

May 18, 2015 to September 07, 2015 (Every Monday)
  • Location: CanoeSport Outfitters
  • 203 West Salem
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: Beginning at 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-961-9420
  • Website

Every Monday from May 18 thru Labor Day, September 7, ride all or part of the Summerset Trail on your bike! Some go as far as Banner Lake; others all the way to Carlisle and return. Led by Canoesport Outfitters & sponsored by Friends of Indianola Trails & Indianola Parks & Recreation.

Iowa Cubs vs Reno Aces

May 25, 2015
  • Location: Principal Park
  • One Line Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 12:05 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $7-$25; Ages 13 & Under & Seniors: $4-$25
  • Phone: 515-243-6111
  • Website

The Iowa Cubs are a Triple-A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. Their home games are played at Principal Park in downtown Des Moines.  For more information/schedule/tickets: www.iowacubs.com

Living Legends Piano Tour

May 25, 2015 to May 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: West Music Piano Gallery
  • 3304 100th Street
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 10 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-278-1000
  • Email | Website

Play the pianos played by the stars! For a limited time, you can see and play the very Steinway pianos your musical heroes have performed or recorded upon. These pianos have felt the touch of some of the world's greatest artists, including: Keith Jarrett, Diana Krall, McCoy Tyner, David Benoit, Lang Lang, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Bruce Hornsby, Allen Toussaint, Ramsey Lewi...

Memorial Day Remembrance

May 25, 2015
  • Location: Resthaven Cemetery
  • 801 19th St.
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 11 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-223-1230
  • Email | Website

Memorial Day Service of Remembrance

World War II Memorial Day Remembrance

May 25, 2015
  • Location: WWII Memorial at the State Capitol Complex
  • E 13 Street and Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-975-7252
  • Email | Website

World War II Memorial Day Remembrance with the Greater Des Moines Community Band!

On-Going Events

Antique Abstraction Exhibit

March 13, 2015 to September 13, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Tues, Weds Fri 11-4pm; Thurs 11-9pm; Sat 10-4pm; Sun 12-4pm; Closed Monday
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-277-4405
  • Email | Website

With roots in the last years of the 19th century, purely abstract art, with no reference to objects in the material world, began to appear in many countries in the early 1910s, and has now been with us for a century. Antique Abstraction highlights works from the museum's collections made within five years of 1915 to celebrate this aesthetic breakthrough, which informed every ...

Battle Flag Hall Exhibit

March 13, 2015 to June 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The Battle Flag Hall exhibit explores the stories behind more than a dozen battle flags from the Museum's collection, including national and regimental flags from the Civil War (including a Confederate flag), Spanish-American War and World War I. These battle flags have been fully stabilized and preserved, and will be on display through summer 2015.

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

May 01, 2015 to October 16, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Mon - Sa t 8 a.m. OR 4 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. OR 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

May 01, 2015 to October 16, 2015 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Mon - Sat 4 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m. OR 4 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

May 01, 2015 to October 16, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Mon - Sat 4 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m. OR 4 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...

Summer Bean Bag League

April 10, 2015 to May 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The Des Moines bean bag league will be played at the Hub Spot, located at the 210 Water St. at the corner of Court Ave., across from the Polk County Treasurers Office. The Hub Spot has a top-notch patio area serving concessions and adult beverages. Teams of two adults (18 and older) compete on Wednesday or Thursday nights for six weeks plus a tournament starting June 10. Cost i...

Swim Lesson Registration

April 01, 2015 to July 17, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Swim lesson class sizes are restricted and registration is first come first served. We have four sessions for swim lessons; in order to get your preferred class, dates and/or times, go online and sign up starting April 1 at 8:00 a.m. Classes offered this summer include: • Baby/Infant and Me • Preschool Swim • Learn to Swim Levels 1-5 • Adult Swimming Lessons

The Des Moines Big Band

March 02, 2015 to May 25, 2015 (Every Monday)
  • Location: Palacio Events Center
  • 8900 Hickman Road
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. every Monday thru May 25
  • Admission: n/a
  • Phone: 515-210-4230
  • Email | Website

Come enjoy the progressive sounds of one of Iowa's longest running jazz orchestras. We play every Monday evening from October through May at 6:30 at El Palacio, 8900 Hickman Avenue. Drinks and light dinner items are available, restaurant-style seating is first come, first served. See calendar for cover fees and special events!

Ultimate Frisbee Registration

May 05, 2015 to July 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)

New this fall, Des Moines Parks and Recreation will offer an Adult Coed Ultimate Frisbee league at Cownie Soccer Complex. Team and individual registration will be open from May 4 - July 31 for those 18 years and older. Individual sign up is $25, while team sign up is $375 (up to 16 people). League play will begin August 12th and conclude November 5th. A post-season tournament...

Wall of Iowans Exhibit

Started March 13, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The new Wall of Iowans interactive exhibit display uses a large projection to show images and biographical information of nearly 30 Iowans – from Peggy Whitson and Meredith Willson to Carrie Chapman Catt and Alexander Clark – who made important contributions to our state, nation, world, or respective fields of work.

05-26-2015

Special Events

Art on the Campus

April 26, 2015 to November 15, 2015
  • Location: West Des Moines City/School Campus
  • 4200 Mills Civic Parkway
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: Daily
  • Admission: Free

West Des Moines' annual outdoor art exhibit features 13 sculptures created by 11 Iowa artists. The exhibit is located at the West Des Moines City/School Campus, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines & takes place through November 15. RECEPTON: An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. Meet the artists and members of the West Des Moines Public Arts C...

Board Game Night

March 24, 2015 to May 26, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 4th Tuesday)
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 900 Mulberry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Feb 26, Mar 26, April 23 & May 28: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free - all ages
  • Website

Every fourth Thursday of the month!

Club 55 Entertainment

May 05, 2015 to May 26, 2015

o May 5 - Dale Menning and the Star Dusters, Big Band/Jazz o May 12 - The Rivieras, Oldies Rock o May 19 - Jerry Beauchamp Band, Polka/Variety o May 26 - Erv Reutzel, Polka  

Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present

May 08, 2015 to August 02, 2015
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Tues, Weds Fri 11-4pm; Thurs 11-9pm; Sat 10-4pm; Sun 12-4pm; Closed Monday
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-277-4405
  • Website

May 8 - August 2, 2015 Anna K. Meredith Gallery Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present

Iowa Cubs vs Reno Aces

May 26, 2015
  • Location: Principal Park
  • One Line Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 6:35 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $7-$25; Ages 13 & Under & Seniors: $4-$25
  • Phone: 515-243-6111
  • Website

The Iowa Cubs are a Triple-A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. Their home games are played at Principal Park in downtown Des Moines.  For more information/schedule/tickets: www.iowacubs.com  

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