DSM 411: September 4th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in September, 2019. Updates include a jamboree, free events for kids, rare playoff games, a bike ride for good, sculptures, a questionable world event that will still be delicious, and a walk down memory lane. Check out the list below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

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Fall Antique Jamboree
The annual Antique Jamboree is happening this Sunday, September 8th in historic Valley Junction, and it is one of the largest outdoor antique shows in the Midwest. The event will run from 8am to 4pm and will include over 100 antique vendors, as well as food vendors. Many of the surrounding shops, stores and restaurants will be open as well. There is no cost to attend the Jamboree, and parking, although sometimes tricky, is also free.
Where: Historic Valley Junction
When: Sunday, September 8th from 8am-4pm
Cost: Free to attend
Link to more information


Spike’s Kids Club at Drake
Drake University offers a program for kids called Spike’s Kids Club. In the past, a small fee would get kids into the club, which would then get them into various sporting events throughout the school year. Great news– sponsorship by Mercy hospital is making this program completely free for all kids 8th grade and under. Register your kids in the Kids Club, (I did this yesterday– it took about 2 minutes) and they will get free admission to a list of games for every sport, including the football game on October 26th vs Morehead State and the volleyball game on November 15th vs UNI. Entry in the club will also include special ticket offers (so the adults can get reduced ticket prices) and exclusive giveaways at selected events.
Where: Various sporting events at Drake University
When: Throughout the school year
Cost: Free
Link to more information


Iowa Cubs
We have to talk about the Cubs again, because in case you haven’t heard– they did it! They made it into the playoffs for the first time since 2008. This means that they will begin post season games tomorrow vs Round Rock Express, which is the farm team for the Houston Astros. There will be at least three more home games– they’ll play Round Rock this Friday and Saturday at 7pm, and this Sunday at noon.
Where: Principal Park
When: Friday, September 7th through Sunday, September 8th
Cost: Tickets range from $8-30
Link to more information and tickets

Get Active & Give Back

Tour de Fur Bike Ride
You can Get Active and Give back this Sunday, September 8th by riding in the 5th annual Furry Friends Refuge Tour de Fur. The ride will begin at 12:30pm at Fox Brewing Company, and will include five stops along the route before returning to Fox Brewing. All of the proceeds go to support the Furry Friends non-profit, which is Iowa’s first no-kill animal adoption center.
Where: Starts and ends at Fox Brewing Company
When: Sunday, September 8th at 12:30pm
Cost: $25 for registration beforehand, $30 day of registration
Link to more information and to register

The Thing You Know About

Pappajohn Sculpture Park- 10th Anniversary
Here’s an event you should know about– because I told you about it back in June! Here it is– the Des Moines Art Center’s celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park will be held this Saturday, September 7th from 4-7pm in the Western Gateway Park. The free community event will include food trucks, live music, tours of the sculptures, a kid zone, light refreshments and a cash bar.
Where: Western Gateway Park
When: Saturday, September 7th from 4-7pm
Cost: Free to attend
Link to more information

The Thing You Don’t Know About

ICS World Champion Chili Cook-off
It’s fall, it’s football season, and to me– that means we’re getting into prime time for chili. This weekend, head to the town square in the District in Ankeny to experience a chili-lover’s dream come true: the 53rd annual World Championship Chili Cookoff. Kids 10 and under are free, and online tickets can be purchased for $7, which includes four free chili tastes. There are VIP and two-day passes available as well. The event will also include two stages with 17 bands and musicians, food trucks, eight bars, kids activities, artisans and vendors. There is free parking and shuttles from the DMACC Ankeny campus and Ankeny High School.
Where: The District in Ankeny
When: Saturday, September 7th and Sunday September 8th at 11am
Cost: 10 and under free, $7 for one day ticket online, $10 at the door
Link to more information and tickets

Looking Ahead

Boyz II Men & the Civic Center
Alright– let’s start with a question that’s actually a good icebreaker if you ever need one: What was your very first concert? Mine was 1995. Ames, Iowa. Boyz II Men. There was Motownphilly, they were down On Bended Knee, there was an actual waterfall across the stage during Water Runs Dry. It was magical.
This walk down memory lane is thanks to Des Moines Performing Arts, who is bringing Boyz II Men to the Civic Center on Tuesday, October 1st. Tickets are still available from $58-79.
Where: The Civic Center
When: Tuesday, October 1st at 7:30pm
Cost: Tickets are still available from $58-79
Link to more information and tickets

One last thing while we’re talking about the Civic Center: If you don’t have season tickets to the Willis Broadway Series, now would be a good time to buy tickets to Mean Girls, which will be running from October 15th to 20th.

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