DSM 411: May 29th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in May and June, 2019. Updates include events at the Central Library, a speaking engagement with Art Cullen, the Greek Food Fair, Dam to DSM, Tour Le Brew, USA Track and Field, Winefest, a show at the playhouse, and events at Wells Fargo Arena. Check out the list of events below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

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Bilingual Paleta Party
School is out for most of the Des Moines metro this Thursday, so you can celebrate the start of summer at the downtown Central Library with a paleta party. There will be plenty of the Mexican popsicles, as well as activities to learn Spanish words, listen to stories, and decorate crafts. The program will be held outside by the Miffy fountain, and will be moved inside if there’s rain. Registration is required.
Where: Central Library
When: Friday, May 31st, 4pm
Cost: Free to attend
Link to more information and registration


Art Cullen: Pulitzer Prize Winner
In 2017, Art Cullen won the Pulitzer Prize for his Editorial Writing in the Storm Lake Times. Art has since written a book, and on Thursday, May 30th, he will be speaking at Central Presbyterian Church at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Where: Central Presbyterian Church, 3829 Grand Ave
When: Thursday, May 30th from 79pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Greek Food Fair
This annual food fair is a celebration of Greek culture and heritage held at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George on 35th St. It will include many Greek specialties, as well as traditional dancing, which will happen along 35th and Cottage Grove, which will both be closed for the occasion.
Where: Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, 1110 35th St.
When: Friday, May 31st from 5-9,
Saturday, June 1st from 11-8, and
Sunday, June 2nd from 11-3
Cost: Free to attend, food can be purchased with tickets or cash
Link to more information 
Link to the menu

Get Active

Reminder: DAM to DSM
There are still spots available in this 20k run, which will be held this Saturday, June 1st. It begins in Saylorville, and will end in downtown Des Moines.
Link to more information and registration

Tour Le Brew
This Saturday, June 1st, join your love of cycling and beer for the Tour le Brew, which is an annual bike ride that includes stops at four local breweries. Park near Grey’s Lake and Water Works Park and bike over to Confluence Brewery between 11 and noon to get your wristband and your first beer. The ride will continue up to 515 Brewing, then back downtown to Exile, and finally over to Madhouse. Registration is required, and costs $35 for those drinking beer along the way, and $20 for those not drinking.
Where: Starts at Confluence Brewery
When: Saturday, June 1st, at 11am, ride leaves at noon
Cost: $35 or $20
Link to more information and registration

Give Back

USA Track & Field Volunteers Needed
The USA Track & Field Outdoor Championship is coming to Drake on July 25th- 28th and Catch Des Moines is putting out the word that they are looking for volunteers to make the event a success. You can sign up to be on the Javelin or Long Jump crew, participate in security or drug testing, or even on ice and water duty. Many more ways you can help.
Where: Drake Stadium
When: July 25th – 28th, times vary
Link to sign up to volunteer

The Thing You Know About

The 17th annual Winefest begins its’ eight days of events this Saturday, June 1st with the Meredith Saturday Sessions, which are opportunities to learn about food and wine with some amazing chefs. The Iowa Pork Lawn Party is on Sunday at Jasper Winery from 12-3. Activities continue throughout next week, with the culmination of the event at the causal Sips in the City event on Friday, June 7th, and the formal Willis Grand Tasting event on Saturday, June 8th.
Where: Various locations throughout Des Moines
When: Saturday, June 1st through Saturday, June 8th
Cost: Varies by event
Link to more information

The Thing You Don’t Know About

Silent Sky at the Des Moines Playhouse
Have you ever heard of Henrietta Leavitt? She was a 19th-century American astronomer who made discoveries that still are used today. Learn about Henrietta, her life and her contributions to science through the Playhouse’s latest production: Silent Sky.
Where: Des Moines Community Playhouse
When: May 31st – June 16th
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2pm
Cost: $29
Link to more information and tickets

Looking Ahead

June at the Well

New Kids on the Block will perform on June 9th at 7:30 $30-171
Steve Miller Band will play on June 13th at 7pm $35-125
Shawn Mendes will have a show on June 22nd at 7:30pm $20-90

Iowa Barnstormers have home games on June 8th and 15th
The Register’s Sports Awards will be held on June 21st at 7pm

Link to more information and tickets

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