DSM 411: October 30th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in October and November, 2019. Updates include two last Halloween events, events for Dia de los Muertos, a fun new fundraiser, a new music venue, a boring but important event, a great source for art events, and an overview of what’s happening at the Well in November. Check out the list below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

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Halloween on the Hill
Sherman Hill hosts Halloween on the Hill on October 31st from 6:30-8:30pm. Bring a non-perishable food item to Hoyt Sherman Place, and you’ll receive a map that will take you to all of the elaborately decorated yards throughout the neighborhood. Last year, nearly 4700 food items were donated to DMARC, and nearly 40 houses participated in this spooky event. 
Sherman Hill, starts at Hoyt Sherman
Thursday, October 31st from 6:30-8:30pm
a non-perishable food item
Link to more information


Dia de Los Muertos
Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead is celebrated annually at the beginning of November, and is a tradition that honors and remembers loved ones who have passed on. There are many opportunities around Des Moines to celebrate this tradition, and I’m going to highlight two organizations that are holding free events you can participate in.

First, the Des Moines Public Libraries have events for kids running at five different locations throughout this week. The events will include making various crafts, including traditional sugar skulls, paper crafts and luminaries.  
Where: Des Moines Public Libraries
When: Vary by event
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Second, the Des Moines Art Center will be holding their 19th annual Day of the Dead event this Sunday, November 3rd from noon-4pm. The event includes traditional food & drinks, a Mariachi band, dancing, art activities, poetry readings and a film. The event is free, and if parking is an issue, there will be a free shuttle operating between Merrill Middle School, just up Grand Avenue, and the Art Center.
Where: Des Moines Art Center
When: Saturday, November 3rd from noon-4pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Give Back

Are You Smarter Than a Little?
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa is holding a fundraiser next month that sounds like a lot of fun– It’s called “Are You Smarter Than a Little?” and it’s bringing in prominent community members and local business leaders to team up with kids to play a version of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” This is the first year Big Brothers Big Sisters are putting on this event, so they’re hoping to attract a good size crowd to make the event fun, and to raise money to go directly to support their mentoring mission. The event will include a cocktail reception, a silent auction, the game, and a dessert reception.
Where: Franklin Jr High, Des Moines
When: Friday, November 22nd from 6-8:30pm
Cost: $60 per adult, $40 per young professional, and $15 for those under 18
Link to more information

Music Scene

xBk Live
First, the Venue:
It’s a space small enough to be intimate, but big enough to be a very useful music space in Des Moines– it holds up to 250 people, there’s a full bar, and likely a great music experience in your future there.
Where: 1159 24th St, Dogtown
Link to more information and tickets

Now for some upcoming events:

Arguably one of the hottest bands in Des Moines right now, LVVMAKING, is having a Halloween Freakout at xBk, tomorrow, October 31st at 8pm. Tickets run $7-10, and you will definitely want a costume.

Two of the members of the Nadas will be holding an aucoustic session at XBk on Friday, November 1st at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20.

The Thing You Know About

Election Day: Next Tuesday, November 5th
Election Day is next Tuesday, November 5th. Yes- it is local elections, which means there isn’t the major hype that happens when presidential candidates are on the ballot– there aren’t even statewide candidates on the ballot, but I would proffer that the decisions being made on next Tuesday’s ballot will affect Des Moines and the surrounding communities nearly as much as the national election next year. Maybe, maybe not, but there’s still time to educate yourself on what’s coming on the ballot next Tuesday and which choices you think will be the best for our community. See below for links to register, and to see your local ballot.
Where: At your polling place (Find it here!)
Tuesday, November 5th from 7am-8pm
Are you registered to vote?
Find your polling place
Election Day registration is available

Sample ballots by school district
Des Moines Mayor and City Council Overview

The Thing You Don’t Know About 

Art Beacon
There is an amazing source for things happening in the Des Moines art scene that I was recently pointed towards– The Art Beacon. It is a collection point for knowing locally who is exhibiting their art and where, as well as a place for artists to find job opportunities and future events. 
Where: Their website OR on Facebook

Looking Ahead

November at the Well

Nov 8 – Iowa Wolves Opening Night at 7pm
Nov 9, 10, 17, 19, 23, 24 – Iowa Wild at 7pm 
Nov 13, 15, 16, 20, 22 – Iowa Wolves at 7pm

Iowa Wild information and tickets
Iowa Wolves information and tickets

Nov 27 – Dec 1 — Disney on Ice — 9 shows — $23-83

Disney on Ice information and tickets

Bonus Update:

Lewis Black: It Gets Better Every Day
Hoyt Sherman Place
When: Sunday, January 26th at 7pm
Tickets on sale Friday, November 1st at 10am

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