DSM 411: November 27th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in November and December, 2019. Updates include filthy animals, laughs for free, a festive run, long awaited beer, competitive holiday shopping, a much better idea for holiday shopping, and our monthly look at the Well. Check out the details of each update below, listen with the imbeded player here, or better yet, subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

Family Friendly

Home Alone in Concert
Here is a unique and fun, family friendly way to kick the holidays off with the Des Moines Symphony: this Saturday and Sunday, they will be showing Home Alone at the Civic Center, and the Symphony will be playing the John Williams’ score live, accompanying the movie. The performance will include a 70-voice choir made up of Des Moines Public School students.
Civic Center
Saturday, November 30th at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 1st at 1:30pm
Link to more information


TeeHee’s Update
The new comedy club downtown called TeeHee’s is officially open as of this week! They have posted a weekly schedule, which will include weekend shows with their Improv Comedy Showcase. However, I’m highlighting it in the free category because they will also host two evenings a week which have free admission: Tuesdays will be a free team trivia night, and Thursdays will have free stand up open mic night. 
Where: 1433 Walnut Street
Tuesdays, free trivia night, Thursdays, free stand up open mic night 6pm-close
Link to more information

Get Active

Des Moines Turkey Trot
Sneak in a pre-turkey workout by joining the Des Moines Turkey Trot, a 5K and 5-mile run scheduled for this Thursday morning. The race begins at 9am on Court Avenue downtown, circles around the Capitol building, and ends at Cowles Commons with an after party. You can register through that morning, with the kids’ Tot Trot costing $10, all the way up to $175 for a family of five. 
Where: Downtown
When: Thursday, November 28th, trot starts at 9am
Cost: $10-175
Link to more information

Give Back

Festival of Trees and Lights
There are many events during the holiday season that also double as fundraising events for worthy causes. One of these events for a worthy cause starts tonight, Wednesday the 27th– the 35th annual Festival of Trees and Lights, which is taking place again in the ballroom at the Iowa Events Center. For $5, you can view the room-ful of beautifully decorated trees. There’s a children’s area, food for purchase and entertainment. The proceeds of the event go to support the Child Life program and the Center for Advocacy & Outreach at Blank Children’s Hospital. As a family who has benefited from the Child Life program, this is an event I always attend and will always recommend to others. The event starts today from 11 to 7, tomorrow from 1-7, Friday and Saturday from 11-7, and Sunday from 11-5.
Where: Community Choice Credit Union at Iowa Events Center
When: Daily, Wednesday November 27th through Sunday, December 1st
Cost: $5 per person, 2 and under free
Link to more information

Restaurant Scene

Lua is OPEN
The wait is finally over– Lua Brewing offically opened yesterday in Sherman Hill. The microbrewery will be open Tuesdays through Sundays with varying hours. There will be a limited food menu through the end of the year that includes charcuiterie, salad, a burger and fries– basics to keep you nourished if you need something more than the beer you’ve probably come to Lua to experience. 
Where: 1525 High Street, Des Moines
When: Open T-Th 3pm-10pm, F-Sa 11am-11pm, Su 11am-9pm, M Closed
Link to more information

The Thing You Know About

If you’re looking for a restaurant on Thanksgving, the Register has pulled together a list of spots that will be open that day.

Traditional Black Friday Shopping
Here’s another list the Register put together, showing all of the hours for the major retailers over Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Market Day Black Friday
The Atrium at Capital Square
Friday, November 29th from 9am-5pm
Free to attend
Link to more information

The Thing You Don’t Know About 

Small Business Saturday: Legit Local Market
Support small businesses this holiday season by actively participating in Small Business Saturday, this Saturday, November 30th. Head to the East Village, to Valley Junction, or over to the Legit Local Market being held at the Val Air Ballroom, this Saturday from 8am to 4pm. The Market, led by Aly at Finding Iowa will be filled with local makers and vendors. It’s $5 at the door, $4 online, kids are free. Make a conscious decision to stay out of big national businesses on Saturday– support local makers and small businesses instead.
Where: All over Des Moines
Saturday, November 30th
Legit Local Market information

Looking Ahead

December at the Well

Iowa Wolves Basketball:
December 2nd, 13th, 14th & 17th
Iowa Wild Hockey:
 December 7th, 10th, 20th & 21st

Other Events
Dec 8: Christmas with Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant – 7pm  $27-77
Dec 15: Five Finger Death Punch – 6:30pm  $40-80
Dec 16: WWE Monday Night RAW – 5:45pm  $17-112

Link to more information and tickets

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