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01-29-2015

Special Events

Athletic Training Room (ATR) Runner's Club

January 05, 2015 to March 26, 2015
  • Location: The Athletic Training Room
  • 2785 N. Ankeny Blvd., #17
  • Ankeny, IA 50021
  • Times: Mondays 4:45 p.m.; Thursdays 5:15 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-964-5000
  • Website

Runners of all skill levels are invited to participate in free group running. Our goal is to motivate beginner and veteran runners of all ages to train through the harsh Iowa winters. Come train with us and enjoy running with friends and neighbors! Check for updates at: www.ATRrunnersclub.blogspot.com

Book Worms

January 29, 2015
  • Location: Cafe Diem
  • 2005 S Ankeny Blvd, Ste 800
  • Ankeny,
  • Times: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $5 includes coffee and cookies
  • Website

Join our book club with PCC Naturalist, Heidi Anderson, for an engaging discussion once a month. This month we'll be discussing Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. Pre-registration required; deadline is January 26. Fee: $5, includes coffee and cookies. Sponsored by the Great Outdoors Foundation. To register, click here.

Bridges 2 Harmony Concert

January 29, 2015
  • Location: Roosevelt High School
  • 4419 Center Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 7:00 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Come to Roosevelt High School's Bridges 2 Harmony gospel choir concert on January 29! Bridges 2 Harmony celebrates the unique & inspirational power of African-American gospel music. The 36-strong choir, under the direction of James McNear, Jr, draws on the best vocal talent at Roosevelt High School with an infectious & entertaining soulful style. Bridges 2 Harmony is de...

Coed Pee Wee Indoor Wiffleball Registration

January 20, 2015 to February 20, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Pioneer Columbus Community Center
  • 2100 SE 5th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: January 20 - February 20
  • Admission: $25
  • Phone: 515-237-1386
  • Email | Website

Coed Pee Wee Indoor Wiffleball for kids between the ages of 3-6 years old to prepare for upcoming little league season. Cost is $25 per child and play begins March 22.

Core Strength w/Pilates

January 08, 2015 to January 29, 2015
  • Venue: Des Moines University
  • 3200 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 per class; $5 for Five classes
  • Phone: 515-271-1717

A specially designed Pilates class focusing on core strengthening for wellness and improving pain. All classes are taught by a Stott-certified Pilates instructor and physical therapist. $10 per class or $45 for five classes. Drop-ins are welcome. 271-1717.

DM Oak Leafs Hockey vs DM Capitals

January 29, 2015
  • Location: Metro Ice Sports Facility
  • 5100 72nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50322
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $0-$5; students free

Guinness Blonde Sampling

January 29, 2015
  • Location: Mickeys Irish pub Waukee
  • 50 SE Laurel Street
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: No cover
  • Phone: 515-297-0037
  • Email | Website

Haven't made plans for a boring Thursday night yet, but know you must get out of the house? We have something for you to stop into the pub for. A few hours of Guinness Blonde sampling. This new lager is a fresh you'll be ordering immediately after your first sip.

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...

Iowa Pork Congress

January 28, 2015 to January 29, 2015
  • Venue: Iowa Events Center
  • 730 3rd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Wed 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thurs 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: See website
  • Website

Iowa Wild vs Grand Rapids Griffins

January 29, 2015

The Iowa Wild regular season is presented by Mercy Medical Center. Season tickets to see the Wild play at Wells Fargo Arena start at just $9 per game.  For more information on tickets, please contact the Wild ticket office by calling 515-564-8700 or go to www.iowawild.com/.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse Templeton Rye Dinner

January 29, 2015
  • 6075 Mills Civic Parkway
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 6:30 p.m.
  • Phone: 515-333-5665
  • Email | Website

Templeton Rye Dinner at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - West Des Moines

Kinky Boots: Willis Broadway Series

January 27, 2015 to February 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Tues - Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: TBA
  • Phone: 515-246-2300
  • Website

Broadway's new high-heeled hit is the winner of six Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL & Grammy® winner CYNDI LAUPER has made history with KINKY BOOTS as the first solo woman ever to receive the Tony Award for Best Score! KINKY BOOTS tells the story of Charlie Price, a man who has reluctantly inherited his father's nearly bankrupt s...

This New House Promotion

January 19, 2015 to February 27, 2015

One lucky winner will walk away with $10,000 for a home makeover! Pick up your daily entry and earn additional entries by playing throughout the promotion. Qualifier drawings every Wednesday at 7pm - must be present to win! Qualifiers have chance at cash prizes and gift cards from great stores like Lowe's and Homemakers! Grand Prize drawing Friday, Feb. 27 at ...

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce Celebration of Business

January 29, 2015

A do not miss event! A flagship event for the Urbandale Chamber, our celebration of Business event is scheduled for January 29, 2015. This event draws more top business professionals than any other event. It is at our Celebration of Business, the Chamber honors Urbandale's Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year and Connector of the year. This event draws close to 300 promi...

Women on the Go Social Run

December 18, 2014 to February 26, 2015
  • Location: Fleet Feet Sports
  • 521 E Locust
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 5:30 p.m.
  • Phone: 515-323-3338
  • Website

Girls Night Out! All levels are welcomed to come walk or run with Fleet Feet Des Moines.

On-Going Events

Banana Splits

January 01, 2015 to March 26, 2015 (Every Thursday)
  • Location: Pioneer Columbus Community Center
  • 2100 SE 5th Street
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $2.50 per child
  • Phone: 515-248-6330
  • Website

This program focuses on enhancing your little ones confidence, balance & eye hand coordination. Participants learn how to be a better listener, improve motor skills & concentration. Children with the aid of their adult companion learn together. It’s for anyone 3 years and older that would benefit from developing better balance, rhythm, muscle coordination, socia...

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...

Comedy Open Mic

November 06, 2014 to April 30, 2015 (Every Thursday)

The Last Laugh Comedy Theater's open mic night allows anyone in the audience to sign up and try their hand at comedy. Stand-up, improv, sketch comedy, funny songs or video, anything comedic is welcomed. Every Thursday, Free.

Free Meditation Classes- Sahaja Yoga

January 28, 2015 to June 25, 2015 (Every Wednesday, Thursday)
  • Location: Various Public Libraries
  • Times: 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 312-919-3801
  • Email | Website

Free meditation clases are held every saturday in alternate libraries across Des moines area. Please check the meetup link for venue

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...

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...

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...

Pirates and Princess Quest

January 08, 2015 to February 12, 2015 (Every Thursday)
  • Location: Outdoor Education Center
  • 610 NE 36th St.
  • Ankeny, IA
  • Times: See description for times
  • Admission: $48 residents; $58 for non-residents
  • Phone: 515-963-3570

Ahoy mateys and ladies. Come search for treasures with this session. Preschoolers ages 3-4 can now register. Quest is a program designed around books, crafts and activities. Two six-week sessions are offered beginning Jan. 8 and Jan. 9. An evening session on Thursday night from 6:30-7:30 p.m. or a Friday morning session from 9-10 a.m. are available. All classes are held at the ...

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