DSM 411: January 22nd, 2020

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in January 2020. Updates include a circus, a festival, a WWII combat lesson, Blues in warm weather, a father/daughter tradition, cabin fever food, and a fun run for your calendar. Check out the details of each update below, listen with the imbedded player here, or better yet, subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

 

Family Friendly

Za-Ga-Zig Shrine Circus
This weekend, Friday through Sunday, you will have 6 chances to catch the only 3-ring circus coming to Des Moines this year. The 70th annual Za-Ga-Zig Shrine Circus will happen out at the Jacobson Exhibition Center at the State Fairgrounds, and will include trapeze acts, freestyle motocross, animal acts and more.
Where:
Jacobson Exhibition Center, Iowa State Fairgrounds
When:
Friday, January 24th through Sunday, January 26th — 6 show times
Cost:
$16 for adults, $8 for kids 12 and under
Link to more information

The Thing You Know About

Father/Daughter Dance at the Science Center of Iowa
Des Moines Parks and Recreation is hosting their annual Father/Daughter Dance at the Science Center on Saturday, February 1st from 6:30-8:30pm. The event will include dancing, refreshments, photos and a chocolate fondue station. Tickets are $10 per person and will not be sold at the door, so you must buy them online in advance. One more thing– any adult is welcome to attend the event with their daughter– parents, relatives and role models can come too.
Where: Science Center of Iowa
When: Saturday, February 1st from 6:30-8:30pm
Cost: $10 per person
Link to more information and tickets

The Thing You Don’t Know About 

Cabin Fever Cooking Class
If this last winter storm gave you cabin fever, I have a fun event for you– it’s a Cabin Fever Cooking Class put on by the Wallace Centers of Iowa. For $45, you can learn how to make three hearty main dishes. Yes- you’ll also get to eat, and it’s BYOB, so check that out– it will get you out of the house.
Where: The Wallace Centers of Iowa
When: Monday, January 27th from 5:30-7:30pm
Cost:
$45 per person
Link to more information

Looking Ahead

One Run DMPS Fundraiser
The second annual One Run fundraiser, supporting Des Moines Public Schools, is happening this April 25th with a 2-mile fun run. In case you don’t remember the details from last year, this unique fundraiser is completely free for those of us that participate. Each participant designates one school, and just by showing up that day to run, walk or even to cheer, corporate sponsors will cover the registration fee, and that money will go directly to the school of your choosing. 

For now, the action item is to put this date on your calendar. The registration deadline is April 13th, so I will warn you again when that date is upon us.
Where: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
When: Saturday, April 25th
Cost: Free to all participants! Participation funnels money directly to schools from corporate sponsors
Link to more information

Get Active

Self Defense: WWII Commando Style
Here’s an event that quickly caught my eye — this Friday, January 24th, for only $30, you can attend a historical combat and swordsmanship workshop called: Self Defense: WWII Commando Style. The workshop will be led by Maestro Paul McDonald visiting from Scotland and will be held from 6-9pm at the Eastview Community Center in Des Moines. For only $4, you can attend the workshop as a spectator, but no pictures or videos are allowed.
Where: Eastview Community Center
When: January 24th 
Cost: $30 to attend, $4 to watch
Link to more information

Music Scene

Sunday Winter Concert Series – Botanical Blues
Now that we’ve experienced the first major cold and snow of the year, it seems like a good time to talk about the weekly concert series at the Botanical Garden. Every Sunday, now through March, head to the Botanical Garden to get a dose of warm and humid air, and then stick around from 2-4pm to enjoy the Botanical Blues concert, which will feature a great blues act from around the Midwest. Regular admission to the Garden includes the concert, and runs from free up to $10 per adult.
Where: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
When: Sundays through March 29th, from 2-4pm
Cost: Children & Members are free, Youth (4-17) $7, Military & Senior $9, Adult $10
Link to more information

The Thing You Know About

Father/Daughter Dance at the Science Center of Iowa
Des Moines Parks and Recreation is hosting their annual Father/Daughter Dance at the Science Center on Saturday, February 1st from 6:30-8:30pm. The event will include dancing, refreshments, photos and a chocolate fondue station. Tickets are $10 per person and will not be sold at the door, so you must buy them online in advance. One more thing– any adult is welcome to attend the event with their daughter– parents, relatives and role models can come too.
Where: Science Center of Iowa
When: Saturday, February 1st from 6:30-8:30pm
Cost: $10 per person
Link to more information and tickets

The Thing You Don’t Know About 

Cabin Fever Cooking Class
If this last winter storm gave you cabin fever, I have a fun event for you– it’s a Cabin Fever Cooking Class put on by the Wallace Centers of Iowa. For $45, you can learn how to make three hearty main dishes. Yes- you’ll also get to eat, and it’s BYOB, so check that out– it will get you out of the house.
Where: The Wallace Centers of Iowa
When: Monday, January 27th from 5:30-7:30pm
Cost:
$45 per person
Link to more information

Looking Ahead

One Run DMPS Fundraiser
The second annual One Run fundraiser, supporting Des Moines Public Schools, is happening this April 25th with a 2-mile fun run. In case you don’t remember the details from last year, this unique fundraiser is completely free for those of us that participate. Each participant designates one school, and just by showing up that day to run, walk or even to cheer, corporate sponsors will cover the registration fee, and that money will go directly to the school of your choosing. 

For now, the action item is to put this date on your calendar. The registration deadline is April 13th, so I will warn you again when that date is upon us.
Where: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
When: Saturday, April 25th
Cost: Free to all participants! Participation funnels money directly to schools from corporate sponsors
Link to more information

Free

I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa
This Friday and Saturday, Iowa’s largest and longest running African American Festival is happening at the Iowa Events Center. This event, called “I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa” is celebrating their 22nd year. On Friday, there will be an Education Day for middle and high school students, and that evening, the Embracing Excellence Gala will be held from 7-11pm. Tickets are $75 for the Gala, and will include dinner, dancing, a celebrity guest and awards. On Saturday, you can attend the Annual Celebration Day from 11am-7pm. This event is free, and will include art, history and cultural exhibits, soul food, a kid’s carnival, music, presentations, and more. 
Where: Iowa Events Center
When: Saturday, January 25th from 11am -7pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Get Active

Self Defense: WWII Commando Style
Here’s an event that quickly caught my eye — this Friday, January 24th, for only $30, you can attend a historical combat and swordsmanship workshop called: Self Defense: WWII Commando Style. The workshop will be led by Maestro Paul McDonald visiting from Scotland and will be held from 6-9pm at the Eastview Community Center in Des Moines. For only $4, you can attend the workshop as a spectator, but no pictures or videos are allowed.
Where: Eastview Community Center
When: January 24th 
Cost: $30 to attend, $4 to watch
Link to more information

Music Scene

Sunday Winter Concert Series – Botanical Blues
Now that we’ve experienced the first major cold and snow of the year, it seems like a good time to talk about the weekly concert series at the Botanical Garden. Every Sunday, now through March, head to the Botanical Garden to get a dose of warm and humid air, and then stick around from 2-4pm to enjoy the Botanical Blues concert, which will feature a great blues act from around the Midwest. Regular admission to the Garden includes the concert, and runs from free up to $10 per adult.
Where: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
When: Sundays through March 29th, from 2-4pm
Cost: Children & Members are free, Youth (4-17) $7, Military & Senior $9, Adult $10
Link to more information

The Thing You Know About

Father/Daughter Dance at the Science Center of Iowa
Des Moines Parks and Recreation is hosting their annual Father/Daughter Dance at the Science Center on Saturday, February 1st from 6:30-8:30pm. The event will include dancing, refreshments, photos and a chocolate fondue station. Tickets are $10 per person and will not be sold at the door, so you must buy them online in advance. One more thing– any adult is welcome to attend the event with their daughter– parents, relatives and role models can come too.
Where: Science Center of Iowa
When: Saturday, February 1st from 6:30-8:30pm
Cost: $10 per person
Link to more information and tickets

The Thing You Don’t Know About 

Cabin Fever Cooking Class
If this last winter storm gave you cabin fever, I have a fun event for you– it’s a Cabin Fever Cooking Class put on by the Wallace Centers of Iowa. For $45, you can learn how to make three hearty main dishes. Yes- you’ll also get to eat, and it’s BYOB, so check that out– it will get you out of the house.
Where: The Wallace Centers of Iowa
When: Monday, January 27th from 5:30-7:30pm
Cost:
$45 per person
Link to more information

Looking Ahead

One Run DMPS Fundraiser
The second annual One Run fundraiser, supporting Des Moines Public Schools, is happening this April 25th with a 2-mile fun run. In case you don’t remember the details from last year, this unique fundraiser is completely free for those of us that participate. Each participant designates one school, and just by showing up that day to run, walk or even to cheer, corporate sponsors will cover the registration fee, and that money will go directly to the school of your choosing. 

For now, the action item is to put this date on your calendar. The registration deadline is April 13th, so I will warn you again when that date is upon us.
Where: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
When: Saturday, April 25th
Cost: Free to all participants! Participation funnels money directly to schools from corporate sponsors
Link to more information

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