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DSM 411: February 12th, 2020

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in February 2020. Updates include mascots, swans (again), so many kittens, two hockey games, a mansion, love songs, storytelling, mothers and sons, and Hinterland. Check out the details of each update below, listen with the embedded player, or better yet, subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions.

Family Friendly

Mascot Skate Event
If you haven’t yet made it to Brenton Skating Plaza this winter, this Saturday morning would be a great time to go with the kids. At noon on Saturday, they will be holding their annual Mascot Skate event, where mascots from around the metro will be on the ice. This includes mascots from sporting events, from local businesses, as well as some popular characters such as Spider-Man and Anna & Elsa.
Where: Brenton Skating Plaza
When: Saturday, February 15th from 12pm – 1:30pm
Cost: Regular admission and skate rental fees
Link to more information


Update: Central Iowa Trumpeter Swan Soiree
The Iowa DNR’s Trumpeter Swan Soiree was moved to February 15th due to bad weather in January. The event will still run from 11am-1:30pm, and will include indoor and outdoor programs, highlighting the estimated 120 Trumpeter swans that are wintering in the area. They will also have hot chocolate, hot cider, hot dogs, cookies, and other snacks free of charge, although donations will be accepted.
Where: Walnut Woods State Park
When: Saturday, February 15th from 11-1:30
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Get Active

Cats ‘N Mats: Yoga with Kittens
How can you improve on a relaxing yoga flow? By adding kittens, of course! This Saturday, February 15th, the Animal Rescue League is holding two yoga classes called, Cats ‘N Mats. For a $15 fee, you will get an hour-long class surrounded by kittens, followed by a Meow-mosa afterward for those 21 and up. The kittens at the class will all be adoptable, so bring a carrier as well as your mat, if there is any chance a kitten will be coming home with you. The class is only for those 14 and above, registration is required, and space is limited.
Where: ARL, 5452 NE 22nd St, DSM
When: Saturday, February 15th from 10-11am, 11:30-12:30pm
Cost: $15
Link to more information


The next two updates are going to be more ideas about what to do for Valentine’s Day. Last week I talked about an event happening at Mainframe Studios, so here’s another reminder to check that out.

Here’s another fun activity for Valentine’s Day that’s not a traditional flowers and dinner date: Hockey! There are two different hockey games happening in Des Moines this Friday night:

Des Moines Buccaneers
The Des Moines Buccaneers will be playing the Chicago Steel on Friday at 7pm.
Where: Buccaneer Arena
When: Friday, February 14th at 7pm
Cost: GA $9, prices go up to $21 at ice level

Iowa Wild
The Iowa Wild will be playing the San Diego Gulls on Friday at 7pm
Where: Wells Fargo Arena
When: Friday, February 14th at 7pm
Cost: $10 – $45

The Thing You Know About

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Dinner at Rollins Mansion
If you’ve ever taken Fleur Drive down to the airport, you’ve passed by the Rollins Mansion on the way. The mansion has recently started a marketing campaign to get the word out that they are open to host events. Included in their lineup of events is a Valentine’s Dinner, this Friday. A four-course meal will begin at 7pm, followed by dancing at 8:30.
Where: Rollins Mansion
When: Friday, February 14th at 6:30pm
Cost: $180 per couple
Link to more information

Cupid’s Lounge @ Vaudeville Mews
For something a little less formal, head to the Vaudeville Mews this Friday for an all ages Valentine’s musical variety show called Cupid’s Lounge. Over 20 Iowa music artists will be performing covers of love songs. The doors open at 5:30.
Where: Vaudeville Mews
When: Friday, February 14th at 5:30pm
Cost: $8 GA, $65 VIP
Link to more information

The Thing You Don’t Know About

Buzzed History 
Have you ever seen an episode of Drunk History? It’s a show that reenacts an event from history, as it’s told by a drunk historian. It is hilarious and informative, and I’m happy to report, that xBk, the live music venue in Dogtown is hosting an event next Wednesday the 19th called Buzzed History. The theme of the night is ‘Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History’, and ANYONE can sign up to tell a story!
Where: xBk
When: Wednesday, February 19th from 6:30-9pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Looking Ahead

Mother/Son Fun Night
February is a month for Father/Daughter dances, so I just wanted to give you a heads up about a Mother/Son event on the horizon, hosted by Des Moines Parks & Rec. A Mother/Son Fun Night is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, March 7th at the Pioneer Columbus Recreation Center, which is just south of Wells Fargo Arena. For $10 per person, the event will include animals from Blank Park Zoo, a video gaming truck, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, a fire truck and laser tag. There will also be pizza and drinks. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 and you must register in advance.
Where: Pioneer Columbus Recreation Center
When: Saturday, March 7th from 6:30 – 8:30pm
Cost: $10 per person
Link to more information

Last quick update– Hinterland confirmed their dates for this summer! The annual 3-day music festival down in St. Charles hosts up to 18,000 people for music and camping and is scheduled for July 31st through August 2nd. 
Avenue of the Saints, 
July 31 – August 2
Link to more information

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