DSM 411: February 26th, 2020

Next week, the podcast’s 50th episode will mark the 1-year anniversary of the weekly DSM 411 podcast episodes. I am happy and proud to have made it to this milestone and have come to recognize that the listenership numbers haven’t grown enough to encourage me to continue past my goal of the 1-year mark. So, after next week — for now — I am taking a permanent hiatus from these weekly episodes.

That said, I DO get a lot of personal enjoyment out of researching what’s happening around Des Moines and then actually participating in those things. I’m actually getting out there — the process has worked! At least for me. So, I’m planning to continue that work to some degree. One space that may make more sense for my weekly updates is Instagram. The updates I highlight in the podcast more so suit the medium there. If you don’t follow me on social media yet, be sure to do that. Updates should dramatically increase in those spaces.

In the meantime, we still have two episodes left, so let’s talk through our highlights for this week, which cover 7 categories.

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in February 2020. Updates include more live theater, a book festival, dude yoga, another bike ride, baseball tickets, bacon, art, basketball, and Sesame Street. 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

Des Moines Playhouse 102nd Season Announced
The Des Moines Playhouse has just announced the show lineup for their 102nd season, beginning next September 2020 with Chicago. Other very family friendly shows in the season include Annie Jr., Charlotte’s Web, The Sound of Music, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Where: Des Moines Playhouse
When: Season tickets on sale March 17th for 2020-21 season
Link to more information



DSM Book Festival
The Des Moines Partnership is once again hosting the DSM Book Festival at Capital Square on March 28th. This event was a big hit last year, and it’s promising to deliver again with bestselling authors, fun programming, food, music and more. The event runs all day, from 9am to 7pm, and is totally free to attend.
Where: Capital Square, Downtown
When: March 28th from 9am – 7pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information


Get Active

Dude Yoga
Yoga and Co., located in Dogtown, is hosting Dude Yoga, tomorrow, February 27th from 6-7pm. The drop-in class is $15 and is especially targeted towards men that are uncertain if yoga is for them. However, all skill levels are welcome, and the event is BYOB.
Yoga & Co in Dogtown
Thursday, February 27th from 6 – 7pm
Link to more information

Mayor’s Annual Ride & Run
This annual event raises funds for the continued progress of the Des Moines River Trail. There is a free breakfast provided by Hy-Vee from 8:30-10a.
Where: The race starts and ends at Principal Park
When: Saturday, April 18th
5K and 1-mi family fun walk start at 9am
Ride starts at 10am
Cost: $35 for the Ride OR Walk before April 18th, $50 after
$5 additional to do both
Link to more information and registration



Even though their first home game isn’t until April 14th, you can start buying tickets for Iowa Cubs games next Sunday, March 1st.
Where: Principal Park
When: Tickets on sale Sunday, March 1st
Cost: $5 – 30
Link to more information


The Thing You Know About

Blue Ribbon Bacon Fest
The 13th annual Blue-Ribbon Bacon Fest is switching things up this year. The event has been moved to the Horizon Events Center and will be much smaller– only 5000 tickets will be sold. What hasn’t changed is that there will be a LOT of bacon– more than 10,000 slices– and a lot of bacon-centered sampling, lectures, contests and awards. If you are a bacon aficionado, there’s still time to grab a $30 ticket to attend this 21 and over event. It’s happening Saturday, March 7th at 11am, again, at the Horizon Events Center in Clive.
Where: Horizon Events Center
When: Saturday, March 7th at 11am
Cost: $30 -$50
Link to more information


The Thing You Don’t Know About

Des Moines Art Fest REVEAL
It may be around 120 days to the Des Moines Art Festival, but if you’re interested in supporting it and getting a sneak peek at what’s coming to the festival, you’ll want to attend the Des Moines Art Fest REVEAL party, February 27th from 5 to 9. The $125 ticket will include food, specialty cocktails, and interactive art experiences, including watching film shorts, getting dance instruction and making your own masterpiece. The evening ends with the big highlight– the 180 participating artists will be revealed.
Where: Franklin Jr High
When: Thursday, February 27th from 5-9pm
Cost: $125 per ticket
Link to more information


Looking Ahead

March at the Well

Girls State Basketball Tournament: March 2nd – 7th  Information and tickets
Boys State Basketball Tournament: March 9th – 13th  Information and tickets
Iowa Wolves: March 8th, 21st, 23rd, 25th  Tickets
Iowa Wild: March 15th, 18th, 20th, 27th, 28th  Tickets

Other Events
MercyMe: March 26th at 7pm  Information and tickets
Sesame Street Live: March 30th-31st  Information and tickets

Link to more information

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