DSM 411: November 13th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in November and December, 2019. Updates include an Olympian, two skating highlights, a way to support small farms, an opportunity to get a big jump on holiday shopping, an opportunity to salsa, and someday, you’ll be able to boat downtown Des Moines. Check out the details of each update below, listen to the podcast in the link above, and subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

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Brenton Skating Plaza Opening Day
This Friday, November 15th is opening day for ice skating at Brenton Skating Plaza. The season opens at noon on Friday. The plaza will be open Monday-Thursday from 5-9pm, Friday & Saturday from noon-11pm, Sunday from noon-6pm.
Brenton Skating Plaza
Friday, November 15th from 12-11pm
Adults $9, Kids 5-12 $5.50, Skate rental $5, Shoe Check $1
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Megan Rapinoe– Bucksbaum Lecture Series
Just a reminder that next week’s Bucksbaum Lecture at Drake University, which is featuring Megan Rapinoe, has been moved to Tuesday, November 19th. The free lecture will take place at Drake’s Knapp Center at 7pm. Tickets are not required for this event.
Where: Knapp Center
Tuesday, November 19th at 7pm
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Get Active

Learn to Skate Classes
The Central Iowa Figure Skating Club is offering skating classes this winter at Buccaneer Arena on Hickman. The sessions typically last 6 weeks, which will set you back $110. They are also offering a mini-session in December that will only run 4 weeks for $80. 
Where: Buccaneer Arena, 7201 Hickman Road, Urbandale
When: Mini session starts on December 7th, Next 6-week session starts January 8th
Cost: Six week sessions are $110, Four week sessions are $80
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Give Back

Foodie Fest ’19 — SILT
There is an organization called SILT, which stands for Sustainable Iowa Land Trust. The mission of the organization is to save and protect small, diverse, clean farms that feed Iowans. Check out their website to learn more about this mission– and if you’d like to support them, one way you can do that is by attending their second annual Foodie Fest, next Thursday, November 21st at Embassy Suites downtown. The event will include a locally sourced three-course dinner, a silent auction and a guest speaker. Tickets are on sale now for $75.
Where: Embassy Suites Downtown Des Moines
When: Thursday, November 21, at 6pm
Cost: $75 general admission
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The Thing You Know About

Iowa’s Largest Arts & Crafts Show
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping this weekend at Iowa’s Largest Arts & Crafts Show happening out at the Varied Industries building at the Fairgrounds. There will be more than 300 exhibitors selling everything from handcrafted furniture, pottery, jewelry, clothing, food items, garden art and more.
Where: Varied Industries Building, Iowa Fairgrounds
Friday, November 15th through 17th
Cost: $7 for adults and kids 11 and over
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The Thing You Don’t Know About 

Salsa Des Moines’ Masquerade Ball
Salsa Des Moines is celebrating 10 years in Des Moines with their annual Masquerade Ball this Saturday, November 16th at 8pm. The night will start in the ballroom at Mainframe Studios with a dance lesson at 8:15, followed by a night of dancing to live music from the Parranderos Latin Combo. 
Where: Mainframe Studios, 900 Keo Way
Saturday, November 16th from 8pm-1am
Advance tickets are $15, $20 at the door
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Looking Ahead

Water Trails Project
The Des Moines MPO, Metropolitan Planning Organization, has been developing an initiative to turn the waterways that flow through Des Moines and central Iowa into a recreational hot spot. It’s called the Water Trails Project, and it’s been in development for more than 4 years. The MPO anounced last week that the project has received a huge boost with a $25m grant from the US Dept of Transportation. The initiative includes 86 separate projects that will impact waterways. The centerpiece of the entire project is a whitewater course along the Des Moines and Racoon rivers downtown Des Moines. The federal grant will allow this portion of the plan to move forward. The timeline is unclear– we’re likely years away– but you can look forward to increasing opportunities to fish, boat, and even white-water kayak downtown as this plan continues to gain steam.
150 miles of waterways in Des Moines and central Iowa
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