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12-22-2014

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!

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.

Concert featuring Women Composers

December 22, 2014
  • Location: Faith Lutheran Church
  • 10395 University Avenue
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free-will offering
  • Phone: 515-225-8334
  • Email | Website

Make your holidays even more special with an evening of holiday music by women composers, 7 p.m., December 22, at Faith Lutheran Church! The concert will feature vocal music of many our finest women composers ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st Century – this concert will be a combined performance & lecture on an often bypassed study of classical music history ...

Drake Men's Basketball vs Simpson College

December 22, 2014

Holiday Carolers/Free Holiday Cookies (Winners Wonderland)

December 21, 2014 to December 24, 2014

Holiday carolers will entertain guests throughout Prairie Meadows

Holiday Hoorah!

December 22, 2014
  • Location: HealthSource Chiropractic
  • 3330 Westown Parkway Suite 11
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 9 a.m. - Noon & 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Toy Donation for YESS!
  • Phone: 515-223-1222
  • Email

Come join us at HealthSource Chiropractic for free pictures with Santa, donating to a good cause, refreshments and holiday cheer! Bring a toy to donate to our friends at the YESS foundation (Youth Emergency Services Shelter) and help everyone have a happy holiday! If you make a donation to YESS, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE 60 minute massage!!

Let the Games Begin!

December 22, 2014
  • Venue: Franklin Avenue Library
  • 5000 Franklin Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: All Day
  • Admission: Free

Gaming Unplugged: Board games will be out all day at the Franklin Avenue Library on Monday, December 22. Play an old favorite or try a brand new one. All ages are welcome.  

New Moon Gong Bath and Explore Sound Healing Group

December 22, 2014
  • Location: Unity of Des Moines
  • 414 31st St.
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 suggested love offering
  • Phone: 515-371-0725
  • Email | Website

Due to the holidays, we will combine these two events this month. We will begin with a teaching on sound healing and then go into the New Moon Gong Bath. The new moon is the perfect time to create what you want to manifest in your life. The sun and the moon’s gravitational pull at the time of the new moon can be overwhelming to those who are sensitive to energy. The new m...

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.

Senior Fitness & Dance

December 15, 2014 to January 26, 2015
  • Location: DanzArts Studio
  • 2150 Delavan Drive, Ste. 8
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Every Monday from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Admission: n/a
  • Phone: 515-222-9777
  • Website

A gentle movement class for seniors with emphasis on balance, strength training, rhythm and fun!

Wellmark YMCA Tours

December 22, 2014 to December 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Wellmark YMCA
  • 501 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. December 22-23
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Get a sneak peek of the new Wellmark YMCA before the facility open on January 1!  

On-Going Events

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...

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...

Gift Wrapping Benefiting GiGi's Playhouse

December 15, 2014 to December 22, 2014 (Every Monday)
  • Location: GiGi's Playhouse
  • 6507 University
  • Windsor Heights, IA 50324
  • Times: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free Will Donation
  • Phone: 515-897-9307
  • Email

Don't have time to wrap gifts this Christmas? Want to help a local non-profit organization? Bring your gifts to GiGi's Playhouse in Windsor Heights to be gift-wrapped for a free-will donation to GiGi's Playhouse. Gifts can be dropped off on Monday December 15th and 22nd between 11:00am-1:00pm and 4:00pm-6:00pm. You will be able to pick-up your gifts on Tuesday December 16th and...

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...

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...

Tree Of Life Display

December 01, 2014 to December 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Animal Rescue League - all Des Moines locations
  • Times: All Day
  • Admission: Donations
  • Email | Website

The Animal Rescue League's annual Tree of Life display runs December 1-31 each year. Visit any ARL location or any of the businesses on the list below to place your donation under the tree & enjoy 10% off your Animal House retail store purchase at ARL Main or ARL South! Don’t have the time to run around town with all of your holiday errands? We completely under...

Trees: A Different View

November 24, 2014 to March 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Trees: A Different View by artist Jeana Maier. These works take a moment out of a busy day to enjoy the wonder of small things as significant. Drawing has always been Jeana's first and favorite expression. Her interest in trees stems from growing up in tree care; hearing and seeing botanical names of trees. Her pieces are of small, often overlooked views in our busy times. Autu...

Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit

October 10, 2014 to April 12, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Starting October 10, a new "Ultimate Dinosaurs" exhibit opened featuring 12 fully animated exotic dinosaurs.  Many of the dinosaurs are unfamiliar to most North Americans, officials said. "Exhibitions like this are exactly what SCI is looking for in terms of achieving our mission," said Curt Simmons, Science Center of Iowa President & CEO. &...

12-23-2014

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!

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