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03-03-2015

Special Events

Bowl For Kids' Sake

March 03, 2015

Bowl for Kids' Sake is a fun & easy way for you & your company, friends, or family to support the life-changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa. If you have a passion for kids & want to make a difference in our community, register for Bowl For Kids’ Sake today! http://bbbsia.kintera.org/bowlforkids2015

Celebrate Innovation Week CIWEEK6

March 02, 2015 to March 05, 2015
  • Location: Des Moines Area Community College West Campus
  • 5959 Grand Avenue
  • West Des Moines,
  • Times: See description
  • Admission: Free to Public
  • Website

Monday, March 2, 2015: Kick-off events 6 p.m. - Keynote Speaker: Danny Beyer Tuesday, March 3, 2015: Kick-off events 6 p.m. - Keynote Speaker: Tom Eakin Wednesday, March 4, 2015: 8:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions; 10 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anthony Paustian; 11:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Niall McCann; 12:45 p.m. - Lunch; 1:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hugh Herr; 6 p.m. ...

Celebrate Innovation Week 2015 - ciWeek

March 02, 2015 to March 06, 2015
  • Location: DMACC West Campus
  • 5959 Grand Avenue
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: varies - see website
  • Admission: Free & Open to Public
  • Phone: 515-633-2439
  • Email | Website

A TV star, adventurer, explorer & two Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers all make up the keynote speakers 2015 Celebrate Innovation Week (CiWeek) on the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) West Campus. The free event runs from March 2 - 6, 2015 & will bring big-name speakers that push the boundaries of their respective fields. The future-foc...

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...

Doomtree

March 03, 2015
  • Venue: Wooly's
  • Historic East Village
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Doors 7 p.m. / Show 8:30 p.m.; 18+ event
  • Admission: $10 - $15; ticketfly.com
  • Website

The Minneapolis hip hop collective Doomtree is returning to Des Moines.  It's part of the tour in support of the new "All Hands" and is supposed to feature the complete lineup, so no worries that your favorite member (Dessa) won't make it. They'll be there. Doomtree last played Des Moines in 2013 at the Des Moines Social Club's New Year's Eve Bash. The March show...

Downtown Chamber Annual Celebration

March 03, 2015
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 900 Mulberry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 5 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Member $35; Non-Member $45
  • Phone: 515-309-3229
  • Website

Join us for a cocktail reception of food, fire & flying through the air fun, plus a silent auction for 3 unique art pieces. Emcee for the night will be Scott Siepker, Iowa Nice Guy! Featured performances will include: Hannah Marks Trio, Abbie & the Sawyers, Ballet Des Moines & more! Register online at www.desmoinesdowntownchamber.com. &n...

Experience Grimes: A Tasteful Business Expo

March 03, 2015
  • Location: Performance Display
  • 1400 SE 11th St
  • Grimes, IA 50111
  • Times: 4:30 - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-986-5770
  • Email | Website

Experience Grimes; A Tasteful Business Expo will take place on Tuesday evening, March 3rd from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Performance Display, 1400 SE 11th Street in Grimes. The VIP Sponsor for this event is Performance Display. This event is FREE to the public. There will be multiple door prizes (must be 18 or over to qualify), including the grand prize of an Xbox One donated b...

Iowa Girls High School State Basketball Tournament

March 02, 2015 to March 07, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Monday,  Mar.  2 10am - 1A  Quarterfinal 11:45am - 1A  Quarterfinal 1:30pm - 1A  Quarterfinal 3:15pm - 1A  Quarterfinal 5pm - 2A  Quarterfinal 6:45pm - 2A  Quarterfinal 8:30pm - 2A  Quarterfinal Tuesday,  Mar.  3 10am - 2A  Quarterfinal 11:45am - 3A  Quarterfinal 1:30pm - 3A  Quarterfinal 3:15p...

Salamander Stories

March 03, 2015

Amphibian or reptile...lizard or frog...how would you describe a salamander? Learn how to identify a salamander and find out what's special about this secretive animal. Plus you'll get a chance to meet a live tiger salamander.

The Breather

March 03, 2015
  • Location: Val Air Ballroom
  • 301 Ashworth Road
  • West Des Moines, IA
  • Times: Doors 5:30 p.m.; Show 6 p.m.
  • Admission: $14/advance; $16 day of
  • Website

The Breather, Exotype, Forevermore, Come the Down, The Creatiion Complex, The Point Past Insanity, Heartland!

The Spring 2015 Marty Lecture

March 03, 2015
  • Venue: Drake University - Cowles Library
  • 2725 University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free and open to the public

Mark Franz, a talented designer, artist, and educator, will deliver the inaugural Myron "Mike" Marty Lecture on “Form, Behavior, Content”. Alan Cooper, the creator of Visual Basic, describes the field of User Experience Design as an intersection of three concerns: Form, Behavior, and Content. Franz will discuss these concerns in terms of their relationship...

Treasures Tour

March 03, 2015

Come see the treasures from the Salisbury House collection that are seldom on public display. Enjoy a tour led by Salisbury House's Executive Director, J. Eric Smith, and Curator & Chief Historian, Megan Stout Sibbel. Guests will enjoy exclusive access to internationally significant artifacts, books and manuscripts from the Salisbury House archives and collections. The even...

Wine Dinner

March 03, 2015
  • Venue: Gateway Market & Cafe
  • 2002 Woodland Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Wine 5:30 p.m. Gateway Market; Dinner 7 p.m. Centro
  • Admission: $60 plus tax and tip
  • Email

Reservations required. Please include size of party and phone and you will receive a confirmation.

On-Going Events

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.

BusinessLaunch!

March 03, 2015 to April 09, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Thursday)
  • Location: ISED Ventures Women's Business Center
  • 8345 University Blvd. Suite F1
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 6 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Admission: $350 (scholarships available)
  • Phone: 515-421-9157
  • Email | Website

In-depth foundation for new entrepreneurs and those in the planning stages. Students will determine feasibility, start-up needs, timeline, and pricing. They will also build skills in financial management, marketing. The instructor will assist the students in writing the business plan. The final product is a business plan draft. Business owners already operating are welcome to...

Camp Sunnyside Community Swim

January 27, 2015 to May 05, 2015 (Every Tuesday)

Community Swim every Tuesday through May!

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...

Irish Jam

Started October 14, 2014 (Recurring every 2 weeks Tuesday)

2nd Tuesday of each month, come out to Java Joe's for Irish Jam - musicians welcome! For more information:  www.javajoescoffeehouse.com.

Level 1: Esoteric Yoga w/Ofelia Mohr

Started October 21, 2014 (Every Tuesday)
  • Location: Unity Church of Des Moines
  • 414 31st Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $20/Class or $100/Six Classes
  • Phone: 515-255-7757
  • Email | Website

First demo class is FREE! Class will be held at Unity Church in Harmony Hall. Benefits of practicing this Spiritual Integrative Yoga include: Radiant health & significant stress reduction. Mental focus & serenity. Vitality & happiness. Creativity, will power & self confidence. Openness to love & increased charisma. This course introduces you to...

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...

March Musical Line-Up Club 55 Entertainment

March 03, 2015 to March 31, 2015

• March 3 - Clarksville Station | Classic Country • March 10 - Sentimental Swing | Big band, Jazz • March 17 - David Zollo and the Body Electric | Americana, Roots • March 24 - The Rivieras | Oldies • March 31 - Max Wellman Band | Jazz

Parlo Events - Trivia Tuesday and TriviaThursday

February 03, 2015 to June 25, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Thursday)
  • Venue: Parlo Pizza
  • Greater Des Moines
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 5 - 8 p.m. both nights
  • Phone: 515-419-7921
  • Email | Website

Parlo Pizza will be participating at the Science Center's Bacon Fest Junior this Sunday as well as Bacon Fest VIII on Saturday, January 31. During the month of February we are also serving from 5 to 8 o'clock at Trivia Tuesdays at the Des Moines Social Club as well as our regular Confluence Brewery from 5 to 8 on Thursdays.  

Team Trivia Tuesdays

November 04, 2014 to March 31, 2015 (Every Tuesday)
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 400 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Every Tuesday 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-288-3672
  • Website

Where: The Basement bar, Des Moines Social Club, under the Kum & Go Theater, 901 Cherry St. When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Arrive early to park your team in prime real estate. Trivia format: Co-hosts Marnie Strate & Dan Sherman took the reins of the popular weekly carousel of information in 2010 & have hosted it ever since. The pair play off one another wit...

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