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05-06-2015

Special Events

Annual Spring Book Sale at Franklin Avenue Library

May 02, 2015 to May 08, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Franklin Avenue Library
  • 5000 Franklin Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: During library hours
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Find great buys on used books, magazines and music at our spring book sale from May 2nd to 8th during library hours: Mon-Tues: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wed & Fri: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Thursday

Annual Spring Book Sale at North Side Library

May 02, 2015 to May 09, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines North Side Library
  • 3516 5th Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50313
  • Times: During library hours
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Come to our book sale during library hours and find great prices on used books, music and magazines. Tues-Wed: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thurs-Fri: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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...

Brad Seidenfeld Live on the Patio (Wednesday Fun Ride)

May 06, 2015
  • Location: Mickey's Irish Pub Waukee
  • 50 SE Laurel St
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 6 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: no cover
  • Phone: 515-987-9604
  • Email | Website

OUR BRAND NEW WEDNESDAY NIGHT EVENT!! -Wednesday on The Patio- 6:00pm - 10:00pm $12 Domestic Buckets $16 Specialty Buckets $3 Irish Beers & Whiskeys $4 Irish Car Bombs 3pm-7pm Happy Hour Our First performance of 2015 will be Brad Seidenfeld! His acoustic ways are sure to keep you entertained the entire evening. Brad keeps his shows full of laughter, dancing, and fresh bea...

Cash Hog

April 06, 2015 to May 22, 2015

Ride away with your share of over $40,000 in cash and prizes. Pick up your daily entry and earn 3x entries on Mondays!

Endless Glass of Wine

April 15, 2015 to June 24, 2015

That's right, you can drink as much and whatever you like for $27.

Girls in Science Launch Party

May 06, 2015

Join us to celebrate SCI's Girls in Science Initiative! We'll announce the 2015-2016 Girls in Science schedule and honor our 2015 Girls in Science Scientist of the Year. Bring your friends! Snacks and refreshments provided. No registration required.

Lion King: Willis Broadway Series

April 28, 2015 to May 17, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Weekdays 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.(Thurs, 5/14 also at 2 p.m.; Sun, 5/17 1 p.m. ONLY)
  • Admission: $30.50 - $69.50
  • Phone: 515-246-2300
  • Website

Experience the phenomenon of Disney's THE LION KING.  Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever.  Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Osca...

Mike Huckabee Visit

May 06, 2015
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free & Open to Public

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will hold a rally in Iowa on May 6, the day after he announces whether he's seeking the Republican presidential nomination. Huckabee's staff released his two-day Iowa schedule. It includes a rally at Living History Farms in Urbandale on May 6, which is open to the public. He also will tour an Oskaloosa business and hold meet-and-greets ...

Mother's Day Gift Idea for Kids

May 06, 2015
  • Venue: Des Moines North Side Library
  • 3516 5th Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50313
  • Times: 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Come to the North Side Library to create Sharpie jar art. It makes a great Mother's Day gift, but kids like it too! Supplies are limited and preregistration is encouraged online or by calling 515-283-4152.

Pella Wildlife Company's Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

May 06, 2015
  • Location: Pizza Ranch
  • 201 Southeast Oralabor Road
  • Ankeny, IA 50021
  • Times: 5 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Fundraising
  • Website

Join us at the Ankeny Pizza Ranch located at 201 Southeast Oralabor Road, Ankeny, IA 50021, United States. Enjoy pizza, learn more about PWC and our conservation efforts including Monarch Butterflies and participate in our silent auction! Present our coupon located in our newsletter and receive $1 off you're adult buffet!

Spotlight Dance Cup

May 05, 2015 to May 10, 2015

Wednesday Night Entertainment

May 06, 2015 to May 27, 2015 (Every Wednesday)

o May 6 - David Zollo and the Body Electric, Americana/Rock o May 13 - The Band Spam, Classic Covers o May 20 - Haywire, Top 40 songs  AND May 27 - Nathan Timmel, Comedian  

YPC Paws & Pints: An Evening with the ARL

May 06, 2015
  • Venue: Firetrucker Brewery
  • 716 SW 3rd Street
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-669-6065
  • Website

Paws & Pints is an opportunity for young professionals in the Des Moines area to learn how they can get involved with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa while enjoying a few beers at Firetrucker Brewery. During the event, attendees will hear about ARL volunteer and pet adoption opportunities, get the chance to play with some furry friends and socialize with other animal-lovin...

On-Going Events

"Bittersweet Harvest" Exhibit

May 01, 2015 to May 17, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun Noon - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-278-5286
  • Email | Website

April 2- May 17, 2015 Living History Farms is proud to host its first Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964.” This free exhibit explores the little-known story of the Bracero Program, the largest guest worker program in U.S. history. Between 1942 and 1964, millions of Mexican men came to the U.S. on short-...

1 Million Cups Des Moines

Started February 04, 2015 (Every Wednesday)
  • Location: Inspired Grounds Cafe
  • 117 5th Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 8 - 9 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-554-9732
  • Email | Website

1 Million Cups is the most innovative energy you'll feel all week. Join us every Wednesdays at 8am, as entrepreneurs present to a savvy audience fueled by free coffee.

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 ...

Archery Workshops for Kids

March 25, 2015 to May 27, 2015 (Every Wednesday)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: 6-7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free but pre-registration required
  • Phone: 515-957-5500
  • Website

Our archery workshops for kids are back! Wednesdays, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. beginning March 25. Hands-on learning for kids about the basics of archery, including the always important safety! LIMITED SEATS - PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Ages 4-10 only! Call the store at 515-957-5500 and ask for Archery, to register your child. ?

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.

Birding Basics

February 25, 2015 to May 20, 2015 (Every Wednesday)
  • Venue: Gray's Lake
  • 2100 Fleur Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 11 - 11:45 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-237-1386
  • Email | Website

Get to know the water fowl and land birds that stop by Gray’s Lake Park as they pause to refuel on their journey north during spring migration when you attend Birding Basics. The lunch time sessions will meet at 11:00-11:45 am at Gray’s Lake, Feb. 25 through May 20. Bring binoculars – we have a few extra pairs if you forget yours. New this year, each week we w...

Evening Bridge Club

May 06, 2015 to May 27, 2015 (Every Wednesday)
  • Venue: Central Library
  • 1000 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-710-2319
  • Website

Meet at the Central Library to practice playing bridge on Wednesday evenings. Preregister. Call Troy for more details at 515-710-2319.

Free Meditation Classes- Sahaja Yoga

January 28, 2015 to June 25, 2015 (Every Wednesday, Thursday)
  • Location: Various Public Libraries
  • Times: 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 312-919-3801
  • Email | Website

Free meditation clases are held every saturday in alternate libraries across Des moines area. Please check the meetup link for venue

Geeks Who Drink Pub Trivia

February 04, 2015 to December 30, 2015 (Every Wednesday)
  • Location: The Red Monk
  • 210 4th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8 - 10 p.m. Wednesdays
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-280-3771
  • Email

Where: The Red Monk, 210 Fourth St., downtown. When: 8-10 p.m. Wednesdays Trivia Format: Eight independently-themed rounds with eight questions are tossed out in the Belgian bar above the Royal Mile. "Round two is always a ‘Name that Tune' style round," acting Director of Marketing of Geeks who Drink Pub Quizzes, Ken Brill, said. "We also have one h...

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...

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