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04-25-2015

Special Events

Activity Tracker/Wearable Data Interpretation

April 25, 2015
  • Location: Darker Marker Productions
  • 333 East Grand Ave.
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-371-1725
  • Email | Website

Darker Marker Health, a new wellness science company in the East Village, is excited to host our very first open house on Saturday April 11th from 1-3pm! Bring your Fit Bit, Jawbone Up, Apple or Android Watch, Nike Fuel Band or other wearable fitness tracker device and have your data interpreted by our highly educated staff. Stay to enjoy a cup of Bulletproof coffee and learn a...

African Violet Club of Des Moines 2015 Show and Plant Sale

April 24, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Merle Hay Mall
  • 3800 Merle Hay Road
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: Sat; Noon — 4 p.m. / Sale Hours: Fri Noon — 9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.— 9 p.m.; Sun Noon — 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-975-0162
  • Email | Website

The African Violet Club of Des Moines will host its annual show and sale April 24 – 26, 2015, at Merle Hay Mall, near SEARS department store. The show will be on display Saturday, April 25, from noon to 4 p.m., featuring the theme “Violets at the Iowa State Fair”. African violets, potted and in designs, as well as other gesneriad house plants will be showcased...

ASK Me to Paint Party

April 25, 2015
  • Location: Rich's Brew Coffee Shop
  • 5800 Merle Hay Rd
  • Johnston, IA 50131
  • Times: Noon - 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $45
  • Phone: 515-240-8653
  • Email | Website

ASK me to Paint Party Fundraiser benefits ASK (Access for Special Kids Resource Center) in Johnston, Iowa who support & empower individuals with disabilities & special needs by providing innovative and collaborative advocacy, training & resources. http://askresource.org/ https://www.facebook.com/events/363923770471901/ $45 all-inclusive including painting materials,...

Beginning Genealogy

April 25, 2015
  • Location: Iowa Genealogical Society
  • 628 E Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-276-0287
  • Email | Website

Your ancestors are waiting for you to find them… Learn how to get started with a free class at the Iowa Genealogical Society located in Des Moines, IA. Contact us for more information and to get registered.

Bike Bash--Dash for the Stash!

April 25, 2015
  • Venue: Mullet's
  • 1300 SE First Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Free, but registration is required - family event
  • Website

Money Smart Week Iowa is partnering with the Des Moines Bike Collective to host a new Bike Bash that's a Dash for the Stash! Ride your bike and earn chances to win a $1000 IRA! This ride is part of the Bike Month Passport! Ride will begin at Mullet's (1300 SE 1st Street, Des Moines)  NOTE:  If you drive there, park across the street (not in the restaurant lot!). There...

Brand New with Circa Survive/SOLD OUT

April 25, 2015
  • Location: 7 Flags Event Center
  • 2100 NW 100th St.
  • Clive,
  • Times: Doors 7 p.m. / Show 8 p.m.; All Ages
  • Admission: $29.99 - $35.00
  • Website

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!

Chichaqua Valley Trail - Grand Opening

April 25, 2015
  • Location: Berwick, Bondurant, Mingo, Ira and Baxter
  • 25 miles of fun!
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  • Times: See website
  • Website

Berwick: Congregational Church Kick-Off Breakfast; Mally's Park 10 a.m. Ribbon-Cutting, Yoga in Park, Bike Helmet fittings/Give-a-way, Bike tune-ups, Fire Truck on display.  Trail guides available after April 1 - see website for locations.  Mingo:  Greencastle Tavern - daily specials, live music. Ira: Community Center Water/Snack Station. Baxter: Cadillac Jack's ...

Cinco De Mayo Fiesta - Adult Cooking Class

April 25, 2015
  • Location: Ankeny Prairie Trail Hy-Vee
  • 2510 SW State Ave
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: 11 a.m. - Noon
  • Admission: $20
  • Phone: 515-963-3139
  • Email | Website

Start preparing for your first party of the season with Hy-Vee dietitian, Anne, as she walks you through preparing the perfect Mexican-inspired appetizer, entrée and mock/cocktail recipes. Contact us for details about the menu. $20 Registration is required by April 23. Sign up at Hy-Vee.com, call or email ahytrek@hy-vee.com to reserve your spot today.

Circus Circus

April 25, 2015
  • Location: The Garden Nightclub
  • 112 SE 4th St
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.: Show at 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 - $25
  • Phone: 515-783-3338
  • Email | Website

Circus Circus, a star-studded fundraiser to benefit the Aerial Expo, takes the stage April 25 in Des Moines, Iowa at the Garden Nightclub. Featuring acts ranging from acrobats to circus performers to aerialists, this year’s Circus Circus showcase promises to be bigger and better than ever. Audiences will enjoy dancing, singing, and high-flying aerial acts from talented lo...

Downtown Earth Day Tour

April 25, 2015

Celebrate Earth Day with activities at and between three downtown attractions: the Science Center of Iowa, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates!

Drake Relays

April 22, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The Drake Relays Presented By Hy-Vee has brought some of the finest athletes in the world to Des Moines for 105 years & 2015 will be no different as Drake Relays director Brian Brown has declared "The Sky Is The Limit" for this season's competition in Des Moines. Brown announced the first round of elite athletes & events, plus schedule & v...

Earth Day Celebration: The Power of the Tower

April 25, 2015
  • Location: Smokey Row
  • 1910 Cottage Grove Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 2 - 2:45 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-371-3463
  • Email | Website

Would you like to have organic produce at your fingertips, no matter how large or small of an area you have? Are you interested in saving water, increasing the nutrition of your food, having a positive impact on the environment and your health? The Vertical Aeroponic Growing System called the Tower Garden, allows the novice or master gardener have great produce with no dirt, no...

Fireside Music with Tina Haase Findlay

April 25, 2015
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free (tips welcome)
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Enjoy music fireside with Tina Findlay in a celebration of Ella Fitzgerald at the Hotel Pattee. David’s Milwaukee Diner and Inter-Urban lounge are open for service.

Flix Brewhouse Presents: "How To Train Your Dragon" (2010)

April 25, 2015
  • Location: Flix Brewhouse
  • 3800 Merle Hay Rd. Ste.1300
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 10:30 a.m.
  • Admission: $5
  • Phone: 515-612-9200
  • Email | Website

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

Flix Brewhouse Presents: "Jaws" (1975)

April 25, 2015
  • Location: Flix Brewhouse
  • 3800 Merle Hay Rd. Ste.1300
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $5
  • Phone: 515-612-9200
  • Email | Website

When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.

Francine's Will

April 24, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Ankeny Community Theatre
  • 1932 SW 3rd Street
  • Ankeny, IA
  • Times: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults - $15, Seniors (60+) - $12, Students (ages 5-18) - $10
  • Phone: 515-964-5007
  • Email | Website

When Francine Faraday dies, her entire estate goes to her longtime companion H.P. Manly. While the loyal members of Francine's staff are delighted, her money-hungry relatives are furious. Though the will is ironclad, the relatives find that they can inherit Francine's fortune if H.P. dies of "natural" causes. As the family plots H.P.'s demise, the staff schemes to sav...

Free Advice for Your Device

April 25, 2015
  • Venue: Franklin Avenue Library
  • 5000 Franklin Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 10 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Bring your gadget or mobile device and attend a free class at the Franklin Avenue Library. You can also find helpful tutorials at our Virtual Library at www.dmpl.org.

Funny Bone presents Jonathan Kite

April 22, 2015 to April 25, 2015
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 570 Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: see website
  • Admission: see website
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

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

Genealogy – Preparing for a Road Trip

April 25, 2015
  • Location: Iowa Genealogical Society
  • 628 E Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $5 members; $10 non-members; Pre-registration required
  • Phone: 515-276-0287
  • Email | Website

Whether you’re traveling to a neighboring county or the Family Search Center in Salt Lake City, UT, you want to be prepared. Learn from the experience of others on how to make the best use of your time, once you arrive. Contact us for more information and get registered.

Gross Domestic Product

April 25, 2015
  • Venue: Historic East Village
  • First - 7th blocks of E Grand Avenue & Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: See website
  • Admission: $10-$15 advance; $20 day of
  • Website

Gross Domestic Product is an all Iowa music festival held every spring, featuring musical artists from Greater Des Moines and the rest of Iowa. The 9th annual Gross Domestic Product, a showcase of Greater Des Moines and Iowa music, will take place on April 12th, 2014. This year the event will feature 18 musical artists at venues around Des Moines' East Village. Main stages will...

Healthy Kids Day-John R. Grubb Community YMCA

April 25, 2015
  • Location: John R. Grubb Community YMCA
  • 1611 11th St.
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 9 a.m. - Noon
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-868-0528
  • Email

Healthy Kids Day is a fun, free, family event focused on improving the health and well-being of kids. Join us for healthy snacks and nutrition information, a fun run, Zumba Kids, indoor and outdoor games, open swim, giveaways, child passenger safety information, the DMU mobile clinic and educational anatomy specimens.

Hereos For Hope Fundraiser

April 25, 2015

2nd Annual "Heroes for Hope" Fundraiser Dinner, Auction, & Paw-ty! 5 - 6:30PM Cocktail Hour 6:30 - 8PM Dinner* 8 - 9PM Live Auction 9-11PM Live Music & Cocktails Adoptable animals available to cuddle

Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Spring Kick Off

April 25, 2015
  • Location: Point of Grace Church
  • 305 NE Dartmoor Drive
  • Waukee, IA
  • Times: Doors open 3:30 p.m.; Event 5 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free - must register http://www.eventbrite.com/e/iowa-faith-freedom-coalition-2015-spring-kick-off-tickets-15537245319?aff=eac2

This weekend Iowa will see a stream of potential and declared Republican presidential candidates. Saturday is the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Spring Kick Off in Waukee. Nine of the speakers are either in the race or thinking of joining the race for the White House. Declared candidates include Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz. The potential candidates include Rick Perry...

Last Saturday Strolls

April 25, 2015

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to join Botanical Garden Horticulture Manager Kelly Norris on the last Saturday of every month for a roving lecture through the newly opened outdoor gardens. Each lecture will highlight plants of interest and how to grow them successfully, while giving an insider’s scoop on the gardens as they evolve. Preregistration is required...

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