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10-20-2014

Special Events

Book Discussion: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

October 20, 2014
  • Venue: East Side Library
  • 2559 Hubbell Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Pick up a copy of Joe Hill's book, NOS4A2, at our Information Desk. Then join a discussion at the East Side Library. Treats provided!

Book Discussion: The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

October 20, 2014
  • Venue: Forest Avenue Library
  • 1326 Forest Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Come to the Forest Avenue Library to share your thoughts about Edward Kelsey Moore's book, The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat. Pick up a copy at our Information Desk.

Fix The Process Workshop & Chili Contest

October 20, 2014
  • Location: Adio Chiropractic Clinic
  • 2925 Ingersoll Avenue, 2nd Floor
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-255-3021
  • Email

75% of Americans believe that obesity is lifestyle related, but nearly half of us drink at least one soda a day. When it comes to the problem of processed and toxic food, we understand the need for change, but don't know how to make it happen. Learn the dangers of processed foods that make up a majority of diets in our culture and take part in an exciting chili contest using th...

Johnnyswim

October 20, 2014
  • Venue: Wooly's
  • Historic East Village
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $20 - $22 @ ticketfly.com

Keys to Excellence Concert with George Lepauw

October 20, 2014
  • Venue: Drake University - Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main
  • 2507 University Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Phone: 515-321-5947
  • Email

International Beethoven Project founder George Lepauw will perform as part of the Keys to Excellence Piano Series, created to raise awareness of Drake's fundraising efforts for the purpose of 70 brand new Yamaha pianos for the music department. Keys to Excellence features internationally acclaimed artists performing on the magnificent Yamaha CFX concert grand. Sponsored by Yama...

Luther College Trumpet Choir

October 20, 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

The Luther College Trumpet Choir, one of the brass ensembles which represent the music program of Luther College, will give a performance at 7 p.m.  The ensemble, under the direction of Dr. John Cord, professor of music at Luther College, plays a variety of instrumental music from baroque to the contemporary. “Imagine multitudes of glorious trumpets in an energetic p...

Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit

October 10, 2014 to April 12, 2015

Starting October 10, a new "Ultimate Dinosaurs" exhibit opens 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. &qu...

On-Going Events

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

Capitall Riders' Run with the Animals

April 21, 2014 to October 20, 2014 (Every Monday)
  • Location: McVay Trail Head Shelter
  • 300 Block of East 5th Street
  • Indianola,
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: N/A
  • Phone: 515-979-7751

Beginning Runner's Group -  A FREE running group for learning the basics of training and racing for all levels of runners. We run rain or shine, cold or heat - but we will wait for a storm to pass. If there is lightning, we will not run. Everyone who enjoys running. This will be a great way for new runners to learn from experienced runners in a safe and guided enviro...

Cooper Exhibition

October 02, 2014 to November 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Ankeny Art Center
  • 1520 SW Ordnance Road
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: Tues - Fri 9 - 1 p.m.; Thurs 4 - 7 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - Noon
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-965-0940
  • Email | Website

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 2, 5 - 7pm. The Ankeny Art Center gallery and receptions are free and open to the public Wine and appetizers will be served Bob creates traditional and contemporary functional woodworking & sculpture. Woodworking was a natural career choice for Bob, whose love of art and woodworking proved to be a rewarding combination. As a result ...

FarmHer: Photographs by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

October 03, 2014 to November 02, 2014
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 900 Mulberry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Museum hours; Opening Reception on 10/3: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

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...

Local Hero Month

October 01, 2014 to October 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

We thank those who risk their lives to protect us! October is our Local Hero Discount month! Members of law enforcement, fire, and emergency response receive a 10% discount on regular priced merchandise purchased in the store. Some exclusions apply. Must show ID to receive discount!

MONSTERS! Art Show

October 09, 2014 to October 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Urbandale Public Library
  • 3520 86th Streeet
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Library hours
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Fifteen artsts working in a variety of media creating Monsters from cute to creepy! Monsters from myths, legends, literature, pop culture and some never before seen! Monsters everywhere and just in time for Halloween!

Pioneer in Foil Imaging: The Art of Kimberlee Rocca Exhibit

September 15, 2014 to October 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Polk County Heritage Gallery
  • 111 Court Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-286-2242
  • Website

Reception will take place on Sunday, September 21, from 2 - 5 p.m. at the gallery. Exhibit will be up from September 15 - October 30. For more information: www.polkcountyheritagegallery.org.

Polk County Master Gardener Art Show

September 16, 2014 to November 16, 2014 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

If you garden or appreciate the bounty from a garden, whether it is vegetable, herb, flower or foliage, you probably realize that there is an artist’s hand at work. The Master Gardener Art Show is the product of that experience, perspective, gratitude and sense of wonder. The intent is to show the creativity of gardeners and contribute to the education and enjoyment of th...

Schaefer & Engler Exhibit

October 02, 2014 to November 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Ankeny Art Center
  • 1520 SW Ordnance Road
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: Tues - Fri 9 - 1 p.m.; Thurs 4 - 7 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - Noon
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-965-0940
  • Email | Website

Exhibition Showing: October 2nd- November 26th Opening Reception: Thursday, October 2nd 5:00pm to 7:00pm The Side By Side exhibit is collaboration between two artists, one using graphite and ink drawings, one using black and white and color photos. These dual images may well lead viewers to a broader appreciation of a subject because of its being shown by more than one medium. ...

USS Iowa Panels made by Sticks, Inc.

September 18, 2014 to December 01, 2014

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 thr...

10-21-2014

Special Events

A Hotdogs and Hamburgers Comedy Tour

October 21, 2014
  • Location: House of Bricks
  • 525 East Grand Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 830 p.m.
  • Admission: n/a
  • Phone: 414-988-6968
  • Email | Website

If only there was a way to fill yourself with laughter & your taste for BBQ. Lucky for you, there is the Hotdogs and Hamburgers Comedy Tour! It’s a collection of four comedians who all have strong cravings to make people laugh & hitting the road for their first Midwest tour as a group. Each show will include a pre-show cookout to meet fans, local comedians...

All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes & Bake Sale

October 21, 2014
  • Location: Plymouth Congregational Church - Waveland Hall
  • 4126 Ingersoll Ave.
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $10; Ages 12 & Under $5 at Door
  • Phone: 515-262-8312
  • Email | Website

On October 21, Iowa Youth Chorus is hosting a Pancake Supper featuring the Des Moines metro choirs. The event will be held at Waveland Hall in Plymouth Congregational Church, 42nd and Ingersoll. The event will support both the general fund of the organization, as well as go towards lowering the cost of upcoming tours for all participants. The entertaining Chris Cakes wi...

Brew Your Own Beer

October 21, 2014

Learn from the Iowa Brewers Union how to mix up a batch of beer at home. Then sample a home brew! Preregister online at www.dmpl.org and join us in Meeting Room Three.

Hell Towers Haunt

October 21, 2014 to November 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Hell Towers
  • 600 Holcomb Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50009
  • Times: October 21-November 2 7pm-Midnight Nightly
  • Admission: $35
  • Phone: 866-828-2845
  • Email | Website

For the first time ever the renowned haunted house will delve into local fear elements unlocking every place of darkness your heart fears exist in your own city. Well uncover bigger than life super rats, spiders and gargoyles of all time.

Jim McCaughan, Indraneel Karlekar & Robert Blecker: Panel Discussion on Trade

October 21, 2014
  • Venue: Drake University - Olmstead Center
  • 2875 University Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Jim McCaughan is CEO of Principal Global Investors. He also serves as president of global asset management for the Principal Financial Group. Jim graduated with a degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) & is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. His career began in 1974 as an actuary with Lane Clark & Peacock, London.  Cur...

Lead with Moxie Monthly Meeting: Don't Let Your Goals Scare YOU!

October 21, 2014
  • Venue: Hoyt Sherman Place
  • 1501 Woodland Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free for "Kick the Tires" Attendees
  • Phone: 515-202-1396
  • Email | Website

It's October and I promise I won't start a countdown to Christmas. It's not too late to wrap up your yearly goals with action or to set some goals for the coming holiday season. Or just commit to making time for yourself. Looking for a group to share ideas and opportunities? Be supported by great women who are juggling and succeeding just like you. If you or someone you know is...

Pumpkin Express

October 21, 2014

Come and ride the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad's Pumpkin Train! ?Ride the train across two bridges to the valley floor. ?Each child gets to select their very own pumpkin. ?The ride is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes in length, depending upon how long it takes children to select their pumpkins. ?Seating is very limited. ?Tickets are on sale now. ?Fare (per...

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