DSM 411: September 11th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in September, 2019. Updates include honoring 9/11, monarchs, the big game, a run, some charity golf, two new places to eat, a phoenix rising from the ashes, a little ditty, and cats. Check out the list below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

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Monarch Madness
Have you seen any monarch butterflies flying around town? They are officially on their way south, and if you or your kids love monarchs, and/or consider yourselves citizen scientists, there is an opportunity this Saturday to join other likeminded individuals out at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. This Saturday from 8:30am to 11am, they are looking for volunteers to help capture, tag and release monarchs. Tagging the butterflies will help scientists learn about the migration and movements of the dwindling monarchs. It’s free to participate, and pre-registration is required.
Where: Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge
When: Saturday, September 14th from 8:30am-11am
Cost: Free to attend
Link to more information


Walk to the Capitol
Today is 9/11, and one way that you can honor the day and those that were lost is to join the memorial walk called March to the Capitol. This will be the 4th annual march in Des Moines. A non-political event lead by two Des Moines firefighters, it is a 21-mile walk that begins at 9:11am in Centennial Park in Waukee, and ends at the Iowa Capitol building. If this is the first you’re hearing about it, it could be a little late to join in, but you can join at any point along the route for as long or little as you can, including joining them at the Capitol around 6:30 tonight, at the end of the walk for a memorial presentation. The event is free to participate in, and American flags are encouraged.
Where: From Waukee to the Capitol
When: Wednesday, September 11th from 9:11am to 6:45pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information


Cy-Hawk Game Day
Of course, this Saturday is the highlight of many Iowan’s year: the Cy-Hawk game. It will be held in Ames, and you’ve probably heard that the ESPN Game Day show will be hosting from outside Jack Trice. If you don’t have tickets to the game, but you still want to enjoy it with a crowd, there are many spots around the metro hosting big game-day watch events. Check out the link below to the full list from the Register, but of note:
-The Iowa Craft Beer Tent is hosting the Touchdown Tailgate at Cowles Commons beginning at 11am. Game time is at 3pm, and the all-ages event will include beverages, food vendors, and two jumbotrons to watch the game. Free admission– just bring your own chairs and be sure to wear your appropriate school colors.
Where: Cowles Commons
When: Saturday, September 14th from 11am-8pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Get Active

DSM Monumont Mile
The Des Moines Marathon is still more than a month away– that will happen on October 20th, but the fall-racing season is being kicked off next Thursday, September 19th with the IMT Monument Mile. It is a 1-mile course along Walnut St., from the Capitol to Cowles Commons. This event is designed for both competitive racers, as well as runners of all ages and abilities, and the funds raised from the event go towards repairing monuments around the Capitol building. It is $25 to join the race for the first person in a household– $10 for every additional person from the same household. There will be live entertainment before and after the race.  
Where: Starts and ends at Fox Brewing Company
When: Thursday, September 19th at 5:30pm
Cost: $25 for registration, $10 for each additional racer in the same household
Link to more information and to register

Give Back

Disc Golf at Principal Park
Next Friday, September 20th, you can Give Back by participating in the Disc Golf at Principal Park event. This is a disc golf fundraiser for Orchard Place, and the $30 ticket will include a 9-hole course throughout Principal Park- including on the field. There will also be a home run derby, and an after party following the event. It runs from 1-7pm on Friday the 20th, it is open to the public for viewing, and you must be registered by this Sunday to participate. 
Where: Principal Park
When: Friday, September 20th from 1-7pm
Cost: $30-50
Link to more information

Restaurant Scene

Blue Sushi Sake Grill
Blue Sushi Sake Grill is now open on Court Avenue downtown. Their claim is that they responsibly source their seafood, and along with the sushi offerings you expect to see, they also offer substantial vegan and gluten free menus.
Where: 316 Court Avenue, Downtown
When: Open M-Th 11-10, F-Sa 11-11:30, Su 12-9 
Link to more information

The Thing You Know About

Public Market in Des Moines Social Club
It’s not been a very well-kept secret that the Des Moines Social Club has been in financial duress for some time now. They’ve created an incredible facility at Firehouse No. 1 with so much potential, and now a new group has emerged to run with that potential. Among other groups, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the City of Des Moines and Drake University have announced that they will begin work to bring a year-round public market to Firehouse No. 1. They still need to raise $5-7M to make this vision a reality– and I’ll let you know when that happens.
Where: 900 Mulberry St., Downtown
When: TBD
Link to more information

The Thing You Don’t Know About

If you love live music and supporting local artists, you should check out HomeDitty. It is a Des Moines-based company that is a few years old, and it is an easy way to match local musicians with people who own homes or spaces that could host a private concert. The concert can be paid for by the host, or more commonly, it is crowd funded, and paid for by the people who attend the concert. It’s usually a BYOB and potluck situation, with an amazing private performance included. 
Where: Your home?
Cost: Depends on the artist, location and time
Link to more information

Looking Ahead

Cat Cafes coming to DSM
This one is for the cat lovers– especially people who love cats, but can’t or don’t want to own one! A new coffee shop is coming to Valley Junction, and it will be called Coffee Cats. One one side of the shop, there will be coffee and pastries, on the other– cats. You will be able to pay by the hour to hang out and play with adoptable cats– on loan from various shelters in Des Moines. Plans are to have it up and running by next summer– I’ll let you know when it does!
Where: 312 Fifth St., WDM
When: Summer 2020
Cost: TBD
Link to more information

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