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03-31-2015

Special Events

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

March 08, 2015 to April 03, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Drake University - Harmon Fine Arts
  • 2505 Carpenter Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 1-3 p.m. Daily
  • Admission: Free & open to Public
  • Website

The 44th annual exhibition showcases work by students from across disciplines. Works selected for the show this year include a diverse array of media and approaches, from small intaglio and lithographic prints, carefully rendered drawings and handmade books to large-scale painting, video installation, sculpture and graphic design. The exhibition will remain on display through A...

Chris Tomlin - Love Ran Red Tour

March 31, 2015

Grammy and Dove® award-winning, Christian worship sensation Chris Tomlin hits the road again this spring for his "Love Ran Red" Tour,featuring Tenth Avenue North and Rend Collective. The highly anticipated night of worship will feature new songs from Tomlin's new release,Love Ran Red album along with an array of hits from the past. With nine albums, 12 No. 1 rad...

Cooking with Alessandra - Easter Brunch

March 31, 2015
  • Location: Alessandra's Kitchen
  • 333 East Grand Ave., Loft 103
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $40 per person
  • Phone: 515-508-9474
  • Email | Website

Spiced Mimosas, Hot Crossed Buns with balsamic jelly, Balsamic glazed ham & Fancy lemon bars! Sign up online at www.cookingwithalessandra.com.  

Dead Sara

March 31, 2015
  • Venue: Wooly's
  • Historic East Village
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $13 advance/$15 at door
  • Website

Iowa Jazz Championships

March 31, 2015

The Iowa Jazz Championships are a unique event that brings together 60 of Iowa's finest high school jazz ensembles (15 from each of the four IHSMA classes) to Des Moines for a great day of jazz. The event was founded by Iowa jazz educators over 30 years ago & continues to be an important event on the Iowa high school band landscape each spring.  For more informa...

Midwest Traveler Dan Kaercher

March 31, 2015
  • Venue: Franklin Avenue Library
  • 5000 Franklin Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Dan Kaercher, retired founding editor-in-chief of Midwest Living magazine, will share favorite destinations, insights and often-hilarious tales gleaned during decades spent roaming the twelve-state Midwest region as a travel writer, author, and public television personality.

Promotions - Super, Supermarket Checkout

March 24, 2015 to April 04, 2015

One lucky winner will walk away with a grand prize of $5,000 in CASH! Pick up your free daily entry and earn additional entries by playing throughout the promotion. For a chance to check-out with $1,000 CASH Earn double entries on Mondays!

Spring Into Health!

March 31, 2015
  • Location: Smokey Row
  • 1910 Cottage Grove Ave.
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-371-3463
  • Email | Website

Are you ready to… Kiss belly bloat buh-bye & say HELLO! to a flatter, happier tummy (especially for summertime)? Skyrocket your energy levels, so you can do more of what you love? Slip back into your fave skinny jeans & shorts - and never stuff them in the back of your closet again? Shed that exhausted-by-3PM feeling and and hit the “restar...

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.

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 Opening/Spring Break

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.

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!

Conversations and Coffee

March 10, 2015 to April 28, 2015 (Every Tuesday)
  • Venue: Forest Avenue Library
  • 1326 Forest Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 12:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

English Language Learners (ELL) are invited to enjoy a cup of coffee while practicing their new language. Adult ELL students and community members wishing to share their knowledge will come together for English conversation and light refreshments. For further information, contact Ashley Molzen at armolzen@dmpl.org at the Forest Avenue Library.

Easter Fun at Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

March 28, 2015 to April 05, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Varies
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-957-5500
  • Website

Create family Easter memories when the Easter Bunny hops in to Bass Pro Shops on Saturday, March 28 through Easter Sunday, April 5! Free 4x6 photos, free crafts, and our popular indoor Easter Egg Hunt! Extended photo hours for Good Friday. Find complete details at www.basspro.com/easter!

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...

The Departure of the Argonaut: Prints by Francesco Clemente

February 27, 2015 to May 17, 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
  • Email | Website

Francesco Clemente's double-spread lithographs for The Departure of the Argonaut comprise one of the most visually compelling artist's books produced during the second half of the 20th century. The 34 color and 16 black-and-white prints respond to a wartime diary written in 1917 by the Italian writer and artist Alberto Savinio (1891-1952), who composed this text when, as a ...

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