DSM 411: May 15th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in May, 2019. Updates include events at Blank Park Zoo, Principal Park, Jasper Winery, Valley Junction and other spots throughout the city. Check out the list of events below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions.

Family Friendly

Baby Kamara at Blank Park Zoo
Last Saturday, the Blank Park Zoo introduced the new baby rhinoceros, Kamara, to the public for the first time. Kamara is a rare eastern black rhinoceros, the second baby born to mother Ayana in the last few years.
Where: Blank Park Zoo
When: Open daily from 9am – 5pm
Cost: $8 -$14
Link to more information

Free

Jasper Winery Summer Concert Series
Come to Jasper Winery on Thursday nights through the summer to enjoy their free concert series. Wine, sangria and beer will be available for purchase, as well as burgers and brats. Gusto Pizza Co will have their pizza truck at the event in June and July, and Chocolaterie Stam will be selling gelato each Thursday.
Where: Jasper Winery
When: Every Thursday, from May 9th through August 1st from 6-9pm
Cost: Free to attend
Link to more information and tickets

Sports

Iowa Cubs Movie Night
The Cubs are in town playing New Orleans from this Thursday May 16th through Monday, May 20th. On Saturday, May 18th, show up pre-game and bring your glove. You can play catch in the outfield from 3:20 to 3:40. Then, bring a blanket, because after the game, come back out the outfield, where they’ll be showing ‘Field of Dreams’ on the scoreboard.
Where: Principal Park
When: Saturday, May 18th
Cost: Tickets from $8 – $30
Link to more information

Give Back

Bourbon & Bowties
Blank Park Zoo and JDRF are hosting an evening of bourbon, bowties to fundraise for both great organizations. Your ticket includes liquor and beer tastings, after-hours access to the zoo, live entertainment and networking. Dress attire is casual, and although bowties are encouraged, they are not required. Wear one, and be entered in the Best Bowtie Contest. There will be a scavenger hunt, and food, beer, wine & cocktails will be available for purchase.
Where: Blank Park Zoo
When: May 22nd from 5:30 – 8pm
Cost: $15 – $30
Link to more information and tickets

Restaurant Scene

Update 1: Zimm’s is closing at the end of May. It’s on Ingersoll, and has been open for 26 years. Their last day will be May 31st.

Update 2: David Baruthio opened a new spot on Locust last month– just off the sculpture park– it’s called Bistro Nomad, and specializes in Mediterranean fare.

Update 3: This Sunday, the Chesse Bar is offering their first brunch from 10-2. They are claiming that it will be quote “one of the best brunches you’ve ever had!” They will only serve from their special brunch menu.

The Thing You Know About

Valley Junction Arts Festival
The annual Valley Junction Arts Festival includes a juried exhibition of fine arts and crafts, musical entertainment, children’s activities and art demonstrations.
Where: Valley Junction
When: Sunday, May 19th from 11am – 4pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information

The Thing You Don’t Know About

We Will Brunch You
This one-day festival at Brenton Skating Plaza will be held on Saturday, May 25th from 10am – 2pm, and will feature all-things-brunch. Your ticket in will include unlimited sampling of all of the brunch food and libations that you would expect to see at a brunch festival. In addition to all of the food and drink, there will be music and a brunch marketplace to round out the event.
Where: Brenton Skating Plaza
When: Saturday, May 25th from 10am – 2pm
Cost: $49 per ticket
Link to more information and tickets

SpicyFest
The 1st annual SpicyFest will take place June 15-16 in the Capital Square Atrium. If you love things hot, then you will enjoy this event, which will bring together spicy exhibitors, products, food creations, and contests from around the Midwest. There will be vendors, food samples, live music, spicy eating contests, games, and more.
Where: Capital Square Atrium
When: June 15th from 10a – 7pm and June 16th from 11am – 5pm
Cost: Tickets range from free for those under 12, to $10 for a 1-day ticket
Link to more information and tickets

Looking Ahead

Kids’ Summer Camp Resources
We’re down to the wire– kids will be out of school soon, and summer plans need to be made. You may not know that there are several great resources online that will help you track down options and direct you to different ideas to keep kids busy this summer.

Here are a few sites that might help:
Des Moines Moms Blog
Des Moines Parent
Best Summer Camps

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