DSM 411: October 9th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in October, 2019. Updates include firefighters, nine galleries, hockey, yoga opportunities, more restaurant stalking, frightening events, a wholesome festival and puppets. Check out the list below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

Family Friendly

WDMFD Pancake Breakfast & Open House
This Saturday morning, head to West Des Moines to join the West Des Moines Fire Department in their annual pancake breakfast fundraiser and Open House. For $5 per adult and $3 for kids over 3, you can join firefighters for breakfast at the firehouse between 7-11am on Railroad St in Valley Junction. In addition to the pancakes, there will be tours of the fire station, and the kids can get up close and personal with the firetrucks and the firefighters.
Where: 1401 Railroad Ave, WDM
When: Saturday, October 12th from 7-11am
Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for children over 3
Link to more information


Valley Junction Fall Gallery Night
Let’s stick around Valley Junction for this next update, because the night before the pancake breakfast, you should head to Historic Valley Junction on 5th St in West Des Moines to enjoy their annual Fall Gallery Night. This Friday from 5-9pm, you can walk through nine galleries there, including traditional art galleries like Kavanaugh and Olson-Larson Galleries, as well as more modern offerings like Bozz Prints and the Side Garage. The Gallery Night is free, but the art is not.
Where: Historic Valley Junction, WDM
When: Friday, October 11th from 5-9pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information


Iowa Wild vs Texas Stars
Just a reminder that the Iowa Wild’s season is officially off and skating. They have two home games this weekend– Friday at 7pm is Stranger Things Night, featuring a fanny pack giveaway and $2 beers, and Saturday, they’ll kick things off at 5:30 with a pre-game concert at 5:30. The game Saturday also starts at 7, and there will be a Hoptoberfest theme sponsored by Confluence Brewing. This is all happening at Wells Fargo Arena and tickets range from $12-45.
Where: Wells Fargo Arena
When: Friday, October 11th at 7pm, and Saturday, October 12th at 7pm
Cost: Tickets are $12-45
Link to more information

Get Active

I love yoga, and I’ve heard from multiple people who listen to this podcast that they like hearing about yoga opportunities too! I have two yoga updates for you today:

Yoga & Co
First, Yoga & Co, was started by instructor Lindsay Bordwell more than a year ago, in a mostly nomadic fashion– holding pop-up yoga sessions in a dance studio, at SmashPark, at Breweries. But Yoga and Co has officially put down roots by opening a permanent studio location just a couple doors down from Mars Cafe in Dogtown. You can sign up for unlimited monthly classes, buy 5 or 10-packs of classses, or just drop in when it works for you. Check out the website at yogaandcodsm.com for a list of weekly classes, pricing and specials.
Link to more information

Yoga + Gallery Dialogue 
This Saturday, October 12th, head to the Des Moines Art Museum at 8:45am to experience their Yoga and Gallery Dialogue event. Ben Spellman will be leading this 60-minute yoga session, which will be followed by a 20-minute gallery dialogue with an art center docent. Registration is required, bring your own mat, and it’s only $5 for non-members.
Where: Des Moines Art Center
When: Saturday, October 12th at 8:45am
Cost: $5 for non-members, free for members
Link to more information and registration


Restaurant Scene

Bartender’s Handshake
Another restaurant/bar situation I’m following closely is the Bartender’s Handshake, which is opening hopefully this month in the old Zimm’s location on Ingersoll. Their site says they’ll be serving craft cocktails, unique wines and beer, along with homemade bites. 
Where: 3619 Ingersoll
When: Hopefully in October
Link to more information

Daiquiri Party at Bellhop
They’re not open yet, however, you can get a preview of some of their drink offerings at an event next Tuesday, October 15th at Bellhop. From 7-11pm that night, Bellhop is hosting a Daiquiri Party, and Bartender’s Handshake will be serving their take on a fall variation of the daiquiri, along with 5 other bars.
Tuesday, October 15th from 7-11pm
Link to more information

Lua, Purveyor, Clyde’s– still on the way.

The Thing You Know About

Salisbury House Halloween Events
Halloween is coming, so for the month of October I’m going to talk about Halloween inspired events each week. This week– I’m focusing on the Salisbury House, because their events tend to sell out quickly. Here’s a quick rundown of spooky things happening at the Salisbury House this month:
Saturday, October 19th: The Ghoulish Gala is a 21+ event that will kick-off with cocktails at 6:30, followed by dinner at 8, and then dancing at an after-party in the Historic Garage. Tickets are $175 and are still available as of 10/8. Stylish macabre attire is required.
Saturday, October 26th: Mysteries of the Castle Children’s Halloween Party Kids can come in costume to the House to enjoy trick-or-treating, face painting, storytelling and many other activities. It’s only $5 per person over 2, and you should definitely register ahead of time.

Link to the Salisbury House event page

The Thing You Don’t Know About & Worth the Drive

Madison County Covered Bridges Festival
This weekend, head 40 minutes south of Des Moines to Winterset for their Madison County Covered Bridges Festival. This two-day event is packed with activities and events– starting at 6am and running throughout the day. Highlights include the ribbon cutting and re-dedication of the Cedar Bridge at 5pm on Saturday at the Cedar Bridge Park, and a parade on Sunday at 2pm through downtown Winterset. This festival is truly packed and has something for everyone, so be sure to check out their full schedule of events.
Where: Winterset Courthouse Square and other spots around Madison County
When: October 12th-13th 9am-5pm
Cost: $2, Children 11 and under are free
Link to more information

Looking Ahead

Jeff Dunham
Jeff Dunham is bringing his international tour to Wells Fargo arena next April 1st. Tickets went on sale on Monday. There is still good availability, and it looks like they’re all priced the same– $50.50 per ticket.
Where: Wells Fargo Arena
When: April 1st, 2020 at 7pm
Cost: Tickets are $50.50
Link to more information

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