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03-06-2015

Special Events

Art Noir: HUE

March 06, 2015

Enjoy light-bites and a special HUE cocktail, dance the night away, and take a short tour of the featured exhibition, Field, Road, Cloud: Art and Africa. Colorful attire encouraged! Tickets may be purchased online at www.desmoinesartcenter.org

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...

Dead Horse Trauma

March 06, 2015
  • Venue: Wooly's
  • Historic East Village
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: $8 advance; $12 door
  • Website

Des Moines Buccaneers Hockey vs Lincoln Stars

March 06, 2015

Dog Days at Bass Pro Shops Altoona

March 06, 2015 to March 14, 2015 (Every Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: see below
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Two weekends of fun for our four-legged friends! Bring your dog, because it's all about THEM! There's so much going on we don't know where to begin! Free seminars on Friday nights at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the ARL here on Saturday, March 7 & 14, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., microchip clinic on March 14, from 1-3 p.m., grooming demos both Saturdays, vendors, give...

Enjoy Free Family-Friendly Movies at the East Side Library

March 06, 2015
  • Venue: East Side Library
  • 2559 Hubbell Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Enjoy Free Family-Friendly Movies at the East Side Library.  Join us for a movie about a little boy who lives in a world where trolls resemble boxes.

Funny Bone presents Anthony Potmesil

March 04, 2015 to March 07, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 560 S Prairie View Drive - Ste 100
  • West Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.(no smoking)
  • Admission: $10 - $17
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

Hypnotist  is often called " The Erotic Hypnotic" - one of the hottest, most risqué and funniest shows touring the country. Show is R-Rated

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...

Historic Jordan House Tours

January 02, 2015 to August 28, 2015 (Every Friday)
  • Venue: Historic Jordan House
  • 2001 Fuller Road
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: Every Friday 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Ages 13 & up: $5; Ages 6-12: $3; Under 5 Free
  • Phone: 515-277-6652
  • Email | Website

The Jordan House is an historic building located in West Des Moines. It was built by abolitionist James C. Jordan and was a station on the Underground Railroad in Iowa. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places 1973. For more information: www.thejordanhouse.org.

Holi Hey! Bollywood Dance Party (ALL Ages)

March 06, 2015
  • Location: Palacio Events Center
  • 8900 Hickman Road
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.
  • Admission: $7
  • Phone: 515-490-9647
  • Email | Website

The most awaited event of the year 2015! Celebrate life in an unforgettable way at our Festival of Color, Music, Dancing & Cuisine!

Iowa Deer Classic

March 06, 2015 to March 08, 2015
  • Venue: Hy-Vee Hall at Iowa Events Center
  • 730 3rd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Fri 3 - 9 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $12; Ages 10-15 $5; 10 & Under Free
  • Phone: 319-232-0218
  • Email | Website

Each year the Iowa Deer Classic brings to the hunters of Iowa and the Midwest a weekends worth of trophy whitetails,world class hunting seminars, hunting & outdoor exhibitors, hands-on archery opportunities and much more. Be sure to Like the Iowa Deer Classic facebook page. See you at the show! For more information: www.iowashows.com.    

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...

John Krantz Trio

March 06, 2015
  • Location: Sam and Gabe's Italian Bistro
  • 8631 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-271-9200
  • Website

John Krantz Trio (Jazz)

Kidsfest

March 06, 2015 to March 08, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Iowa State Fairgrounds - William C. Knapp VariedIndustries Building
  • E 30th Street & E University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: Fri 6 - 9 p.m.; Sat 9 - 6 p.m.; Sun 10 - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $7.50/Person (Ages 2 & Under Free) - Tickets available at the door
  • Phone: 515-697-7961
  • Email | Website

Children & Families of Iowa’s Kidsfest is all about families having fun while helping at-risk families in need. Kidsfest is a kid-centered festival full of fun activities, games and entertainment for kids and their families. Come out and enjoy inflatables, stages shows, and so much more at Iowa’s largest children’s festival! Proceeds will benefit CFI progr...

Lit By the Sun Dinner & Concert with Dan Navarro

March 06, 2015
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 6 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $45/Dinner & Concert; $25/Concert Only
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

March 6, 2015 - Dan Navarro: Dinner and Concert $25.00 - $45.00 Lit By the Sun Signature Series Pairing the artistry of cuisine and the artistry of song 6:30pm Custom 3 course dinner by Executive Chef Ben Ferguson 7:45pm Listening Concert with Dan Navarro We are showcasing the talents of our Executive Chef and talented musicians from around the country. Our Executive Chef Ben F...

Mall Madness

March 06, 2015 to March 07, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Shoot 10 free-throws for a chance to win $20 in Merle Hay Mall Gift Cards! Also, register for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree! Sponsored by MC Sports.

Midwest Starz Regional Competition

March 06, 2015 to March 08, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Entry Deadline: February 6, 2015. See website for registration details.

Mixology Night: 21st Century Gaming

March 06, 2015

Mixology Night: 21st Century Gaming Music: MAIDS Mix. Mingle. Music. Science. Mix your Friday night up with drinks, mingling, science and entertainment! 21+ crowd: This night is exclusively for you! The first Friday of every month from 5:30 – 9:00 pm, experience all that the Science Center of Iowa has to offer – minus the kids. Grab a cocktail and enjoy live music f...

PechaKucha Night Des Moines

March 06, 2015
  • Venue: Jasper Winery
  • 2400 George Flagg Parkway
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 7 p.m.

Speakers discuss their passion illustrated by 20 images. faceboo.com/pkndsm

Wine & Burger Night

March 06, 2015
  • Venue: Tassel Ridge Winery
  • 1681 220th Street
  • Leighton, IA 50143
  • Times: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; Burgers served until 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $20/person + plus tax; Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest: $15/person + tax (includes dinner, 1 glass of wine, recipe card & gratuity)
  • Phone: 641-672-9463
  • Website

It's off to the Aegean Sea! Tonight's burger is a Greek Isles Burger made with Capers, Kalamata Olives, and Feta Cheese topped with Hummus and served on a Whole Wheat Bun with a side of Greek Orzo Pasta Salad and a glass of your favorite Tassel Ridge wine (we recommend Tassel Ridge In the Dark). A slice of Blueberry Mascarpone Cake ends the evening on a sweet note! Advan...

Wine and Cheese Pairing Experiences Daily at Tassel Ridge Winery

January 23, 2015 to June 28, 2015
  • Venue: Tassel Ridge Winery
  • 1681 220th Street
  • Leighton, IA 50143
  • Times: Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun Noon - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest: $5 per person, plus tax
  • Website

We usually think of cheese when we think of wine. But, some wine and cheese pairings are more complementary than others. Tassel Ridge has selected four different Iowa cheeses and has paired them with Tassel Ridge wines. Try these pairings and see which your favorites are! Come on out to the Winery for a relaxing hour or two that can include a tasting, tour, and great conversati...

Wines Gone Wild

March 06, 2015
  • Location: Capitol Square
  • 400 Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 6:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $30 in advance, $35 at the door.
  • Phone: 515-961-3545 -4909
  • Email | Website

Leave behind a cold Iowa winter and escape to sample some of the best Iowa-crafted wines from the 15 central Iowa wineries that comprise the Heart of Iowa Wine Trail. Hors d' Oeuvres will be prepared and served by approximately 15 of Central Iowa's best known restaurants and specialty food providers. The event will take place at Capital Square in downtown Des Moines with musi...

Wines Gone Wild 2015

March 06, 2015
  • Location: Capital Square
  • 400 Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $30 in advance at www.heartofiowawinetrail.com or $35 at the door
  • Phone: 515-270-4909
  • Email | Website

Join us for Wines Gone Wild 2015 - A Celebration of Iowa Wine and Food! Enjoy wines from 12 central Iowa wineries, more than 10 food vendors serving Iowa Pork or related products, and entertainment from the Tony Valdez Duo! Tickets $30 in advance - $35 at the door Purchase tickets online at www.heartofiowawinetrail.com Tickets are available at most Heart of Iowa Wine Trail Wine...

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.

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