DSM 411: June 5th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in June, 2019. Updates include Iowa’s free fishing weekend, an astronomy lecture series, a haunted spot, a volunteer opportunity, another St. Kilda update, Pride Fest, a Wallace House event and an expensive fundraiser. Check out the list of events below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

Family Friendly

Free Fishing Weekend
Kids under 16 can fish free all year long– join them this coming weekend for the Iowa DNR’s annual Free Fishing Weekend. There are 70 lakes and ponds in the Des Moines metro that are stocked with fish — use the DNRs handy lists and maps to find one near you!
Where: Iowa’s lakes, rivers and ponds
When: June 7th, 8th and 9th
Cost: Free
Link to more information
First Fish submission
10 Tips for Taking your Kids Fishing for the First Time


Drake Observatory Summer Lecture Series
Starting this Friday, June 7th, and the following 5 Fridays after that, there will be a free astronomy lecture series at the Drake Observatory, which is located at the east end of Waveland Golf Course. The observatory was built in 1921, includes a telescope, a lecture room that seats 100 people, and a planetarium. The lectures begin at 8pm, and the sky viewing begins around 9:45 when the sky is clear. You access the observatory off of Polk Boulevard, on the aptly named, Observatory Road.
Where: Drake Observatory– on the east side of Waveland Golf Course– enter from Polk Blvd
When: June 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, July 5th, and 12th, 8pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Give Back

Anawim Clean-up Day
This Friday, June 7th, join Anawim Housing in their annual clean-up day. Anawim is a non-profit that is focused on serving the traditionally underserved communities, including those who are homeless, frail elderly people and those that are victims of domestic violence. Anawim does this by being directly involved in housing development projects, by managing various properties around Des Moines, and by providing programs and services to these underserved communities.

From 1-4pm this Friday, all ages and skill levels are invited to make a direct and immediate difference in Des Moines by cleaning up some properties and playgrounds just in time for summer. Projects could include refilling and spreading mulch or rocks at playgrounds, picking up trash, some landscaping– general beautifying for those that deserve some beauty.
Where: RSVP for details
When: Friday, June 7th from 1-4pm
Link to sign up to volunteer

Restaurant Scene

St. Kilda
St. Kilda’s third location opened on Friday, May 31st. They are located in the Temple for Performing Arts and will serve the same menu found at the original location.
Where: 1013 Locust St
Link to their website

The Thing You Know About

2019 Pride Fest
This weekend, head to the East Village to celebrate and support LGBTQA people and culture with the 2019 Pride Fest. There is a whole slew of events including a street festival, a pet parade, a fun run and of course, the Pride Fest Parade, which is this Sunday, June 9th, at noon.
Where: East Village
When: June 7th, 8th and 9th
Cost: Most events are free to attend
Link to more information

The Thing You Don’t Know About

Know Your Farmer Dinner
The Wallace House, located in Sherman Hill, is offering a four-course ‘Know Your Farmer’ dinner that will highlight various cheeses from Milton Creamery, which is located in Milton, Iowa. You can meet the owners of the creamery at the dinner. It is $55 per person and BYOB.
Where: The Wallace House, 756 16th St.
When: Thursday, June 6th, 6pm
Cost: $55
Link to more information and tickets

Looking Ahead

Polo on the Green
Variety, the Children’s Charity, is holding their 23rd annual fundraiser, called Polo on the Green on Saturday, July 13th.
Where: Powder River Ranch, 7988 Adams St., Cumming
When: Saturday, July 13th
Cost: $375 per ticket
Link to more information and tickets

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