Calendar

Sep
18
Wed
Johnston Curbside Nights! @ Terra Park
Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm

Curbside Nights are from 5- 8 pm at Terra Park on Wednesday evenings!

Featuring on a rotating basis a talented local musician each week alongside a wonderful line-up of food trucks

Bondurant Farmers Market @ Bondurant
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm

Location:  Landus Cooperative and Bike Trailhead, 102 Lincoln Street NE, Bondurant, IA 50035
Months Open: May 1 to October 9, 2019
Hours: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Sep
19
Thu
Food Truck Thursdays @ Cowles Commons
Sep 19 @ 11:30 am
June 6 – September 26, 201911:30 AM – 1:30 PMTreat yourself to lunch every Thursday with food trucks in Cowles Commons!

Lunch and Lures @ Terra Park Fishing Pier
Sep 19 @ 11:30 am

Join community members for lunch while fishing at Terra Lake on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All anglers are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult/guardian.

What: Bring your lunch to the Terra Park fishing pier, and the City of Johnston Parks and Recreation Department will have bait and fishing poles for you to “cast” away your workday for an hour of carefree catch and release fishing.
When: Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Through October. 4/25-9/26 *Weather Dependent*
Where: Terra Park Fishing Pier, just below Crown Point Community Center at 6300 Pioneer Parkway

Farmers Market/Music in the Junction @ Valley Junction
Sep 19 @ 4:00 pm

The 2019 Farmers Market/Music in the Junction series will take place May 2 through September 26.

Join us for our signature event in Historic Valley Junction – our weekly Farmers Market and Music in the Junction concert series.

Farmers Market is home to over 100 weekly vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, plants and flowers, arts and crafts and prepared foods. Join your friends and neighbors from 4:00 – 8:00 pm.

Music in the Junction is held from 5:30 – 8:30 pm, with music starting at 6:00 pm.

Festival Las Americas @ Linnan Park
Sep 19 @ 5:30 pm

All Ages
Free, No registration Required

Your library and Parks and Recreation departments are coming together to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at Linnan Park. Local food trucks, live music from Parranderos Latin Combo, craft station, and more!

Social Irrigation @ Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm

Social Irrigation is a 15-week long program of Thursday night concerts hosted by the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, featuring a new band, food, craft beer and lawn games each week. Trellis Café will be open with small plates and your favorite beverage. The variety of musical genre in the series will provide something for every musical taste. Regular cost of admission applies.

June 13: Tony Valdez and the Retro Rockets
June 20Diplomats of Solid Sound (performance will include album release)
June 27: Parranderos Latin Combo
July 11: NOLA Jazz Band
July 18Chad Elliott
July 25Gina Gedler Quartet
August 1: The Center State
August 8: Java Jews
August 15: The Maytags
August 22Moors and McCumber
August 29: Parrenderos Latin Combo
September 5Dustin Smith
September 12Kevin Burt
September 19Victor and Penny
September 26Max Wellman sings the music of Cole Porter

Sep
20
Fri
Guided Trail Rides @ Jester Park Equestrian Center
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am

Saddle up and join the Jester Park Equestrian Center a scenic horseback trail ride! Guided rides are now being offered for the season through the timber of Jester Park. Guided Trail Rides are $35 per person. Rides are 1.5 hours, which includes all check in procedures, riding instruction, and 30-45 mins of ‘saddle time’ on the trails. Reservations are required 24-hours in advance. Online registration is required.

Book your trail ride online today.

Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine! @ Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm

Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine!

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS™: THE STEAM TEAM TOUR 2019 IS PULLING INTO THE BOONE & SCENIC VALLEY RAILROAD FOR THOMAS & FRIENDS’ BIGGEST YEAR YET! THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE™ TO VISIT BOONE, IOWA ON SEPTEMBER 14-15 & 20-22, 2019 All aboard!

Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to go full steam ahead for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out with Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019.

Children can spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Boone, IA on September 14-15 & 20-22, 2019.

Day Out with Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 is presented by Mattel. This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including toy play, photo ops, and more. The tour, now in its 24th year, will make 37 stops across the U.S. and Canada and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2019.

WHO: Thomas the Tank Engine

WHAT: · 25-minute (approximate) ride with a talking Thomas the Tank Engine · Meet & Greet with Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway · Thomas & Friends Imagination Station featuring a variety of activities · A ‘Passport to Adventures’ booklet for children to track their journey at the event and receive a special prize upon completion. · Thomas & Friends-themed activities including toy play, photo ops, and more · Storytelling, video viewing, a magic show, and live music

WHEN: September 14-15 & 20-22, 2019 TIME: Departure times begin at 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM each day of the event. WHERE: 225 10th Street, Boone, IA 50036

Tickets for Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free at 866-468-7630, or by visiting www.dayoutwiththomas.com. Ticket prices are $20 plus tax for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply). For more information and directions, contact the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad at (800) 626-0319 or www.bsvrr.com. For more information about the world of Thomas & Friends please visit:
www.thomasandfriends.comwww.facebook.com/thomasandfriends and for bonus material and exclusive content www.youtube.com/user/thomasandfriends.

Contact: Danielle Fusaro Danielle_fusaro@dkcnews.com DKC Public Relations On-site: Loren Karr – loren@bsvrr.com

Beaverdale Fall Festival @ Beaverdale
Sep 20 @ 5:00 pm

Beaverdale Fall Festival is one of the oldest fall festivals in the Des Moines, Iowa metropolitan area. Held annually this fun fall event incorporates all the ingredients for an exciting family friendly happening. Complete with parade, vendors, teen dance, live music and fireworks and much, much more; Beaverdale Fall Festival has something for everyone.

 

Fishing Friday @ Terra Park Fishing Pier
Sep 20 @ 5:00 pm

Stop by Terra Park from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and fish for free. Bait and fishing poles will be provided, but they are limited. Snack and water bottle for the first 50 participants.

Individuals age 16 and older need a fishing license to fish. Registration is required.

Visit bit.ly/FishingatTerra to register, but be sure to indicate the date you will be fishing.

This event is made possible by Johnston Parks & Recreation Department, Iowa DNR and AmeriCorps.

Stargazing @ Yellow Banks Park, Shelter #1
Sep 20 @ 7:30 pm

Turn your eyes to the sky to view the autumn constellations. Local astronomers will provide telescopes.

All ages welcome

Public Night @ Drake Municipal Observatory
Sep 20 @ 8:00 pm

2019 Fall Lecture Series

As always, the lectures begin at 8:00 pm and sky viewing (if clear) are open and free to all.

Our Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Man’s Venture Off Planet continues with the Future of Manned Exploration

Beyond the Horizon, The First Steps

September 6   Our Backyard Safari

Within 25 light years of our Sun, we have an amazing collection of possible worlds to visit. The problem of time and distance.

September 13  Alternative Possibilities

A whole new world of deep space rocket propulsion is being explored which includes sending an interstellar postcard.

September 20  The Human Problem

We could mitigate almost all long term human frailty problems, except one. Guest Speaker: Dr. Athanasios N. Petridis: Drake University

September 27   Imagined Solutions 

How Hollywood solves the problems and makes it almost believable.

October 4      Getting It Wrong

The Hollywood solution often isn’t the right one. And they don’t even address the big problem.

October 11     F.T.L.

What is it and is it a solution to interstellar travel.

October 18     F.T.L. Alternatives

Possible solutions to the FTL problems that have a true historical basis.

October 25     The Wait Factor

By the time your parents get there you would have beaten them and returned.

Movies in the Park @ Centennial Park
Sep 20 @ 8:45 pm

Enjoy Hollywood’s biggest hits under the stars at Waukee’s Centennial Park!

Movies in the Park is FREE and provides an abundance of fun. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and refreshments, and get ready to make memories with family and friends.

2019 Lineup

Friday, May 31 “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul”

Wednesday, July 3 “We Bought a Zoo” (PG)

Friday, Aug. 2 “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” (PG)

Friday, Sept. 20 “Hidden Figures” (PG)

 

Sep
21
Sat
Downtown Farmers’ Market @ Court Avenue
Sep 21 @ 7:00 am

The Downtown Farmers’ Market connects urban and rural communities while supporting 300 local entrepreneurs including farmers, producers, bakers, artists and more, representing 58 counties across the state of Iowa. The Market spans nine city blocks and is held in the Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines, every Saturday morning, even holidays, from May – October.

Beaverdale Fall Festival @ Beaverdale
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am

Beaverdale Fall Festival is one of the oldest fall festivals in the Des Moines, Iowa metropolitan area. Held annually this fun fall event incorporates all the ingredients for an exciting family friendly happening. Complete with parade  (Saturday at 12:00 noon), vendors, teen dance, live music and fireworks and much, much more; Beaverdale Fall Festival has something for everyone.

 

Indianola Farmers’ Market @ Warren County Fairgrounds
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am

The Indianola Farmers’ Market runs June to October on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and features farm fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade items, flowers and plants and more.

Uptown Ankeny Farmers’ Market @ Ankeny Market & Pavilion Park
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am

The Farmer’s Market is held at Ankeny Market & Pavilion Park , 715 W 1st Street in Uptown Ankeny. 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. 

The Uptown Ankeny Farmer’s Market vendors provide a wide variety of products to the public. In the past, the market has seen everything from fresh seasonal produce, home-made baked goods, specialty food items, BBQ cooked on-site, perennial plants, hand-made items, and much more.

Please join us each week as our vendor’s products change depending on the seasonal produce available and new products.

DATES FOR 2019 FARMER’S MARKET

Saturday, May 18 to Saturday, September 28

There is no Market on Saturday, July 13th (Ankeny SummerFest)

Apple & Pumpkin Fest @ Wills Family Orchard
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am

Festival Hours

Saturdays: 9 am – 6 pm
Sundays: Noon – 6 pm

September 21 & 22
September 28 & 29
October 5 & 6
October 12 & 13
October 19 & 20
On-farm Store, u-pick apples, u-pick pumpkins, gourds, beautiful mums, apple cider donuts, orchard fresh food, music (specified weekends to be announced), & activities (hay wagon ride, corn maze and play area) are available during Festival weekends.

Our Tips for Planning a Perfect Visit
We thought we’d provide some tips on how to best enjoy the organic apple orchard and pumpkin patch located 20 minutes west of West Des Moines. Follow these suggestions and you’ll have a lovely time at Wills Family Orchard!

  • We accept Visa & Master Card.
  • We have clippers for cutting your pumpkins off the vines & wagons to carry your pumpkins.
  • Please leave all pets at home. It’s not because we don’t love dogs & other pets — we do! — it’s because we’re a working farm and want to ensure the safety of your animals as well as all of our visitors.

Fun Activities
For $7 + tax  (kiddos 2 and under are free!), you’ll be able to take part in all of the fall fun the farm has to offer: a corn maze, hay wagon rides, expanded kids play area (giant corn box, kiddie hay bale maze & duck races), toss games. Plus, our friendly barnyard animals will be there to greet you.  Enjoy tasty homemade goods, and so much more!

Apple picking and pumpkin picking is open during festival weekends!  If you only want to pick apples or pumpkins or visit our store, there is no activity fee. But why stop there when there’s so much to do at Wills Family Orchard!

Homemade Food
Fresh, handmade foods such as apple cider donuts, caramel apples, Queen’s Apple, sliced apple pie, & more.

Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine! @ Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am

Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine! DAY OUT WITH THOMAS™: THE STEAM TEAM TOUR 2019 IS PULLING INTO THE BOONE & SCENIC VALLEY RAILROAD FOR THOMAS & FRIENDS’ BIGGEST YEAR YET! THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE™ TO VISIT BOONE, IOWA ON SEPTEMBER 14-15 & 20-22, 2019 All aboard!

Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to go full steam ahead for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out with Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019.

Children can spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Boone, IA on September 14-15 & 20-22, 2019.

Day Out with Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 is presented by Mattel. This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including toy play, photo ops, and more. The tour, now in its 24th year, will make 37 stops across the U.S. and Canada and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2019.

WHO: Thomas the Tank Engine

WHAT: · 25-minute (approximate) ride with a talking Thomas the Tank Engine · Meet & Greet with Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway · Thomas & Friends Imagination Station featuring a variety of activities · A ‘Passport to Adventures’ booklet for children to track their journey at the event and receive a special prize upon completion. · Thomas & Friends-themed activities including toy play, photo ops, and more · Storytelling, video viewing, a magic show, and live music

WHEN: September 14-15 & 20-22, 2019 TIME: Departure times begin at 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM each day of the event. WHERE: 225 10th Street, Boone, IA 50036

Tickets for Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free at 866-468-7630, or by visiting www.dayoutwiththomas.com. Ticket prices are $20 plus tax for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply). For more information and directions, contact the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad at (800) 626-0319 or www.bsvrr.com. For more information about the world of Thomas & Friends please visit:
www.thomasandfriends.comwww.facebook.com/thomasandfriends and for bonus material and exclusive content www.youtube.com/user/thomasandfriends.

Contact: Danielle Fusaro Danielle_fusaro@dkcnews.com DKC Public Relations On-site: Loren Karr – loren@bsvrr.com