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12-18-2014

Special Events

24 Days of Jasper Winery

December 01, 2014 to December 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Jasper Winery
  • 2400 George Flagg Parkway
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Daily
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-282-9463
  • Email | Website

Do your holiday shopping and have a little extra fun for yourself at Jasper Winery! Each day through December 24 we'll give you a special gift to thank you for a great year and to help you celebrate a little extra this holiday season. Cheers!

A Christmas Carol

December 17, 2014 to December 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 9th and Cherry Streets
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Wed, Thurs, Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 - $30; family packages available
  • Website

-Synopsis: Set in a small New England town, George, a history professor at the local college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home from a Saturday night party when Martha announces that she has invited a young couple--an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naive new bride--to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive, the charade begins. Th...

All That Holiday Jazz featuring Sue Oatts

December 18, 2014
  • Location: Drake University Turner Jazz Center
  • 2505 Carpenter Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $20 advance; $25 at Door
  • Phone: 515-360-3023
  • Website

 Stay toasty and warm in the Turner Jazz Center as we celebrate the winter solstice with some familiar tunes and some new material sung in style by Minneapolis star, Ms.Sue Oatts! Nobody charms an audience like Sue, and nobody delivers a better performance, so we're always looking forward to this night! Hot beverages and light snacks will be available!  

American Lung Association - Fleet Feet Des Moines

December 12, 2014 to December 31, 2014
  • Location: Fleet Feet Sports
  • 521 E Locust
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Phone: 515-323-3338
  • Website

For every pair of Adidas purchased at Fleet Feet Des Moines during the month of December, Fleet Feet Des Moines will donate 15% of each sale to the American Lung Association to help support the cure for lung cancer.

DM Oak Leafs Hockey vs. DM Capitals

December 18, 2014
  • Location: Metro Ice Sports Facility
  • 5100 72nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50322
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $0-$5; students free

Drake Women's Basketball vs Northwestern College (Pack the Knapp)

December 18, 2014

Join the Bulldogs for lunch. Fans can purchase a $5 lunch special at the game which includes a hot dog, chips and soda. To purchase tickets visit GoDrakeBulldogs.com or call 515-271-3647.

Funny Bone presents Pete Lee

December 17, 2014 to December 20, 2014
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 570 Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.
  • Admission: varies - see website
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

Tickets/more information: http://www.funnybonedm.com/.

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...

Macbeth

December 12, 2014 to December 21, 2014
  • Location: Grand View University - Viking Theater in the Student Center
  • 2811 East 14th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50316
  • Times: Dec. 12-14; 17-21: 7:30 p.m. (Sundays @ 2 p.m.)
  • Admission: $10 - $15
  • Website

 Kristin Larson directs this talented cast of actors in a limited run of Macbeth. Get your tickets now! Sponsored by the Royal Mile and Tim & Rachel Scheib of CENTURY 21 Signature Real Estate.  

Meditation Around Town: DM Social Club

December 18, 2014

Meditation Around Town: Enjoy the experience of sharing a simple meditation. No previous experience required! Des Moines Social Club location.

Nash Cowboy Christmas Concert - Dustin Lynch

December 18, 2014
  • Location: 7 Flags Event Center
  • 2100 NW 100th St.
  • Clive,
  • Times: Doors 7 p.m.; Show 8 p.m.
  • Admission: Advance $25; Day of Show $35 - All Ages
  • Website

Curtis Live presents: Nash Cowboy Christmas Concert with Dustin Lynch and special guest Drew Baldridge.  ADV: $25 DAY OF SHOW: $35 Tickets are available online through Red Truck Tickets or at the Event Center box office.

Santa's Winter Wonderland

November 15, 2014 to December 24, 2014
  • Venue: Valley West Mall
  • 1551 Valley West Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Christmas Eve Santa 10 a.m. - Noon; Train 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Train Tickets are just $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00
  • Website

Santa will be in Center Court visiting with boys and girls from Saturday, November 15th through Wednesday, December 24.

Wild Night Life & Hike

December 18, 2014
  • Venue: Jester Park Lodge
  • 11407 NW Jester Park Drive
  • Granger, IA 50109
  • Times: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $5; Pre-registration required
  • Website

Join PCC naturalists for a campfire program about the wild night life in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal animals. Afterward enjoy eating s ‘mores around the campfire. Pre-registration required; deadline is March 13. Fee: $5.

Women on the Go Social Run

December 18, 2014 to February 26, 2015
  • Location: Fleet Feet Sports
  • 521 E Locust
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 5:30 p.m.
  • Phone: 515-323-3338
  • Website

Girls Night Out! All levels are welcomed to come walk or run with Fleet Feet Des Moines.

On-Going Events

Alzheimer's Support Group

October 16, 2014 to October 15, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Thursday)
  • Location: Edencrest at Riverwoods
  • 2210 East Park Avenue
  • Urbandale, IA 50320
  • Times: Third Thursday of Every Month beginning @ 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-288-4040
  • Email | Website

Alzheimer's Disease is life-changing for both those who are diagnosed and those close to them. Support groups provide a place to connect with others who truly understand what you are going through. Please join us every month on the third Thursday at 5pm. For more information: www.edencrestliving.com.

AMVETS/USO Donations Month

November 11, 2014 to December 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: Free - fundraiser
  • Website

We love our veterans and military service members! Every year, Bass Pro Shops nationwide collect monetary donations for these two groups. 100% of the donations go to these groups. Customers choose the group they wish to donate to and the amount - $1, $3, or $5. No purchase is necessary - stop in and help us support these two great organizations!

Art Exhibit at Simpson College

October 20, 2014 to December 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Simpson College - Kent Campus Center
  • 701 N. C Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 7:30 a.m. to 12:20 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-961-1608
  • Email

Art Exhibit at Simpson College

Bass Pro Shops/Southeast Polk Schools Warm Kids Campaign

November 06, 2014 to December 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

We're proud to team up with the SE Polk School district to collect NEW hats, gloves, and boots for children ages 4-12. Please bring your donations to the Bass Pro Shop Altoona lobby by December 31. All donated items will be distributed at Southeast Polk School District elementary schools so kids can stay warm during our frosty winter!

Blow your Own Glass Ornaments

November 03, 2014 to January 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Studio Fuzzishü
  • 1808 Fuller Road, Suite B
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $14 per ornament
  • Phone: 515-402-8143
  • Email | Website

Looking for a super fantastic one of a kind holiday gift? Come create your own BLOWN GLASS ORNAMENT at Studio Fuzzishu! Each ornament takes about 10 minutes to make & then 20-30 minutes to cool down. Ornaments cost $14 a piece. Want to make oodles of ornaments? There is a price break at 3 ornaments & 5 ornaments per person. Come on your own or with a group of fr...

Comedy Open Mic

November 06, 2014 to April 30, 2015 (Every Thursday)

The Last Laugh Comedy Theater's open mic night allows anyone in the audience to sign up and try their hand at comedy. Stand-up, improv, sketch comedy, funny songs or video, anything comedic is welcomed. Every Thursday, Free.

Dust

December 05, 2014 to January 04, 2015

Opening reception: December 5, 7 - 10p.m. all ages welcome! More information on the exhibit: www.desmoinessocialclub.org.

everyday abstraction Exhibit

November 07, 2014 to January 23, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Drake University
  • 2507 University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: Tues - Sun noon - 4 p.m.; Thurs Noon - 8; Open with appointment also
  • Admission: Free and open to public
  • Website

New work by five contemporary abstract painters will be on display at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University Nov. 7 through Jan. 23rd. The exhibition includes work by Jered Sprecher, Brian Porray, Megan Kathol Bersett, Andrea Ferrigno and Margaret Crowley.    

Freedom Summer 1964: Two Iowans & the Campaign for Civil Rights in Mississippi

September 18, 2014 to February 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The State Historical Museum of Iowa is "Fresh for Fall" with the addition of three new displays & an educational program that engage audiences in Iowa's history. The State Historical Museum is administered by the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI), a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). In the past month, the Museum installed thre...

Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede Exhibition

September 18, 2014 to January 18, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Mon, Wed, Fri 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Thurs 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun Noon - 4 p.m.; Closed Mondays
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede explores the creativity and friendship between two of the most iconic figures of contemporary American fashion and art. Organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Des Moines Art Center, Halston & Warhol will consist of original paintings, works on paper, clothes and ephemera by the two men. Many of th...

Jolly Holiday Lights

November 25, 2014 to January 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Waterworks Park
  • 2201 George Flagg Pkwy
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 5:30 - 10 p.m. daily; (Santa's Wish Shop open until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday)
  • Admission: $10 car; $20 limo or mini-bus; $45 for bus
  • Email | Website

Light Up a Child's Life® at Jolly Holiday Lights, a great holiday tradition! Bundle up the family and enjoy a 3.5 mile ride through magical light displays. 100% of admission fees go directly to Make-A-Wish® Iowa! Jolly Holiday Lights is a drive-through holiday light display that is annually set up by Make-A-Wish Iowa in Des Moines' Water Works Park. The event raised e...

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