Calendar

Jul
22
Mon
Southridge Mall Farmers Market @ Southridge Mall
Jul 22 @ 3:00 pm

The Southridge Farmers Market features homemade and homegrown items in the North parking lot of Sears every Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Pleasant Hill Farmers Market @ Berean Assembly of God Church
Jul 22 @ 4:00 pm

Support local farmers, crafters, organizations and companies in Iowa by visiting the Pleasant Hill Farmers Market. 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

Visit their Facebook Page for aditional info.

Half-Price Admission Nights @ Des Moines Swimming Pools & Aquatic Centers
Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm

Make a splash at the pool Monday-Thursday from 5:00 to 6:30 pm throughout the summer. (Half price daily admission applies.)

Locations:
Ashworth Memorial Swimming Pool – 101 SW 45th Street
Birdland Swimming Pool – 300 Holcomb Avenue
Nahas Family Aquatic Center – 1101 Porter Avenue
Northwest Family Aquatic Center – 4915 Madison Avenue
Teachout Family Aquatic Center – 2601 Hubbell Avenue

Half Price Evenings @ Valley View Aquatic Center
Jul 22 @ 6:30 pm

Half Price Evenings
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 6:30-8:30pm

Daily Admission Prices:

Under 3 Years Old
3-12 Years Old
13 Years and Older
Senior Citizens
FREE
$5
$8
$6

 

Jul
23
Tue
Sculpting Our Community – Call for Entry @ Des Moines Art Center
Jul 23 @ 8:00 am

CALL FOR ENTRY

The Des Moines Art Center invites you to participate in Sculpting Our Community, a showcase of your artwork, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. All are encouraged to create art in any media inspired by the sculptures. To participate, please follow these five steps:

  1. Go to the Pappajohn Sculpture Park* or scroll through the photos of sculptures on the website.
  2. Create your original artwork inspired by a sculpture.
  3. Scan your artwork or stage a digital photograph with good lighting of your artwork.
  4. Upload the highest resolution image to the form below.
  5. View a printed photograph of your art on display.

Images will be printed and on display (weather permitting) at a free community celebration for participants, guests, and supporters on September 7, 2019 from 4 – 7 pm at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

*If you create art at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, please observe the no touching rule.

FAQS

What are we looking for?

  • Artwork will be inspired by sculptures in the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. It can be abstract or realistic, but at least one sculpture must be incorporated. Sorry, but we are not looking for portrait photography, wedding photography, or animal portraits. The sculpture should be the starring role.
  • Art can be any media and any size, pending there is a digital photo of your artwork uploaded to our website.

Who can submit artwork?

  • All ages are encouraged to enter.
  • Anyone from any state or country is welcome to participate.

What is not allowed?

All photos must be of original work and must NOT contain material which:

  • violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights, or constitutes copyright infringement
  • has watermarks or trademarks of photography businesses
  • is inappropriate or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age
  • is in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where the photo is created

The Call for Entry is open for submission through August 1, 2019. Limit one image per person. Please email kfedje@desmoinesartcenter.org or call 515.271.0349 with any questions.

IMPORTANT DATES

Entries Due Online: Thursday, August 1, 2019

Sculpting Our Community and Pappajohn Sculpture Park Celebration: Saturday, September 7 / 4 – 7 pm

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION ONLINE

  • Images must be sized properly or they will not upload. The printed size will be no larger than 11 x 17 inches with a printed resolution of 300-600 dpi.
  • All layers must be flattened.
  • Save images as a jpeg or pdf using the highest quality that keeps the file size between 1 MB and 5 MB.
  • Name your file as follows LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_TITLE
Tour DM Parks @ Des Moines Parks
Jul 23 @ 8:00 am

Tour Des Moines Parks – Starts July 1 and ends July 31st!

Once again, Des Moines Park and Recreation is celebrating National Parks and Recreation Month i by inviting residents to get out and to take a tour of our parks,trails and facilities.

There are 31 locations for contestants to find, they must document their visit with a photo and share it on any or all of our social media networks (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) with the official contest hashtag #tourdmparks.  Participants who visit the most spots are then eligible to compete to win a grand prize of $1,000 CASH courtesy of the Friends of Des Moines Parks.

Find the tour itenerary and other info. at: https://www.dmgov.org/Departments/Parks/Pages/tourdmparks.aspx.

 

Bookwalk @ Des Moines Parks
Jul 23 @ 10:00 am

Bookwalk, the collaborative program with the Des Moines Public Library will return this summer. You don’t have to sit down to enjoy a good book; read along while enjoying a different book each month at a different park.

May: Waveland Trail “Planting a Rainbow”
June: Evelyn K. Davis Park “Growing Vegetable Soup”
July:  Gray’s Lake Park “One Duck Stuck”
August: Sargent Park “In the Small Small Pond”

 

Splash Park – FREE @ Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center
Jul 23 @ 10:00 am

2019 Season: May 28 – TBD. Closing schedule will be determined by staffing levels and the 2019-2020 Ankeny school calendar.

Monday – Friday – 10-11:45 a.m.-  Free

Free entry to the splash park is valid only until 11:45 a.m. Patrons wishing to re-enter the facility during open swim will need to pay daily admission or use a season pass.

Story Time in Colby Park @ Colby Park
Jul 23 @ 10:00 am

The City of Windsor Heights is excited to introduce a new and fun opportunity for you and your child.  Join your children, as interactive books are read aloud in Colby Park.  We will be celebrating individual creativity and personal expression, through craft projects, fun movement joyful rhythm and the exploration of new friendships.  While the books will be geared to the 3-6 year old age group,   ALL age groups are welcome.  Our goal is to create a warm and friendly atmosphere, where kids can be kids and you can enjoy quality time with your children, as they explore new experiences.

Where: Colby Park – Meet near the picnic benches
When:  Tuesday mornings:  June and July
Time:    10:00am

What to bring: Blanket or towel to sit on / a drink if it is hot. A book will be read and then we will create a fun craft or play a game, complementing the theme of the story.  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Picnic in the Park @ Doanes Park
Jul 23 @ 10:30 am
Grandparents, parents and caregivers of young children are invited to join us for Picnic in the Park. This free play group is a great opportunity for children to socialize and burn off energy, and adults to socialize and relax. Bring your own picnic lunch and join us for unstructured open play!
10:30 am to 12:00 noon
*Weather Permitting*
Capitol Complex Farmers’ Market @ Iowa Capitol Grounds
Jul 23 @ 11:00 am

Every Tuesday, June 18 to September 24, 2019 (no market week of July 4)

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm

Where: E. 13th St. between E. Walnut St. and E. Grand Ave.

Eat healthy and support Iowa farmers and vendors selling their homegrown and homemade products.

Johnston Farmers’ Market @ City Hall Parking Lot
Jul 23 @ 3:30 pm

The first market of 2019 will happen on Tuesday, May 21 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.  The Farmers’ Market will be held every Tuesday afternoon in the City Hall parking lot through early October.  Come check out our brand new vendors and a wide selection of locally-grown produce, beautiful art, household items, garden accessories and delicious baked goods! Johnston City Hall is located at 6221 Merle Hay Road. See you there!

Beaverdale Farmers’ Market @ Beaverdale Farmers' Market
Jul 23 @ 4:00 pm

GREAT VENDORS – LIVE MUSIC – FUN STUFF – GOOD FOOD – FRIENDS, FAMILY & NEIGHBORS

When:  Tuesdays from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: 4100-4200 Urbandale Ave. (between Beaver Ave. & 42nd St.)Contact:  Jane at 515-238-3245 or info@beaverdalefarmersmarket.org

The Beaverdale Farmers’ Market is in the heart of the Beaverdale neighborhood on Urbandale Avenue, with accessible areas to park, walk and sit. The market features vendors, entertainers, and consumers who value fresh, local food. Vendors offer fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted items and prepared meals that can be enjoyed in the seating areas..

Half-Price Admission Nights @ Des Moines Swimming Pools & Aquatic Centers
Jul 23 @ 5:00 pm

Make a splash at the pool Monday-Thursday from 5:00 to 6:30 pm throughout the summer. (Half price daily admission applies.)

Locations:
Ashworth Memorial Swimming Pool – 101 SW 45th Street
Birdland Swimming Pool – 300 Holcomb Avenue
Nahas Family Aquatic Center – 1101 Porter Avenue
Northwest Family Aquatic Center – 4915 Madison Avenue
Teachout Family Aquatic Center – 2601 Hubbell Avenue

Stand Up Paddleboard with the Naturalist @ Gray's Lake
Jul 23 @ 5:30 pm

Join the Des Moines Environmental Educator for an evening paddle on Gray’s Lake to learn more about the history of the lake, how it functions and the wildlife that lives there. Starting at 5:30 from the peninsula next to the swimming beach, we will paddle in search of wildlife that lives in and around the lake and discuss what we find along the way. This is registration for the June 18th paddle. There will other SUP’s on June 27, July 17, July 23, Aug. 13, and Aug. 27. Registration for this event is limited and includes the stand-up board and gear. The fee is $10. All ages welcome. If you have your own board and gear feel free to join us.

Archery “Give it a Shot” @ Raccoon River Park Archery Facility
Jul 23 @ 5:45 pm

Have you thought about trying archery, but you don’t have any equipment? These family events are planned just for you! Come to the archery facility at Raccoon River Park to give it a try. We will provide the bows, arrows and instruction for you to try this exciting sport. This activity is free, but registration is required and limited to 35 people. (Children must be 7 years of age or older.)

Children’s Art in the Garden @ Enabling Gardens - Learning Center
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm

Come join us at the Enabling Garden for free children’s art and craft activities.

6pm – 8pm

Half Price Evenings @ Valley View Aquatic Center
Jul 23 @ 6:30 pm

Half Price Evenings
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 6:30-8:30pm

Daily Admission Prices:

Under 3 Years Old
3-12 Years Old
13 Years and Older
Senior Citizens
FREE
$5
$8
$6

 

Nature Friends @ Multiple Parks
Jul 23 @ 6:30 pm

Nature Class for children ages 3-5 with an adult
We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. Participate in a Park Passport Program. Attend five different programs, each located at a different park and receive a Nature Friend Explorer pack. Participants must record program name, location and date with the speaker’s initials on their passport. Turn the passport in at the office at Jester Park or Raccoon River Nature Lodge to receive your Nature Friend Explorer pack. One Nature Friend Explorer pack per child please.

Spring & Summer 2019 Schedule

Mon May 6 Wiggly Squiggly Animals at Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge
Tues May 21 Silly Salamanders at Jester Park Nature Center
Mon June 3 Fishing at Raccoon River Park Fishing Pier
Tues June 11 Birds of a Feather at Brown’s Woods
Mon July 8 Super Snakes at Fairmeadows Park Shelter
Tues July 23 Animal Homes at FDM Shelter 3
Mon Aug 5 Tricky Tracks at Quail Cove Park
Tues Aug 13 Busy Bees at Easter Lake Park

These programs are co-sponsored by the Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, Polk County Conservation, and West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. To register for Nature Friends, please call the West Des Moines Parks and Recreation office.

Jul
24
Wed
Sculpting Our Community – Call for Entry @ Des Moines Art Center
Jul 24 @ 8:00 am

CALL FOR ENTRY

The Des Moines Art Center invites you to participate in Sculpting Our Community, a showcase of your artwork, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. All are encouraged to create art in any media inspired by the sculptures. To participate, please follow these five steps:

  1. Go to the Pappajohn Sculpture Park* or scroll through the photos of sculptures on the website.
  2. Create your original artwork inspired by a sculpture.
  3. Scan your artwork or stage a digital photograph with good lighting of your artwork.
  4. Upload the highest resolution image to the form below.
  5. View a printed photograph of your art on display.

Images will be printed and on display (weather permitting) at a free community celebration for participants, guests, and supporters on September 7, 2019 from 4 – 7 pm at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

*If you create art at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, please observe the no touching rule.

FAQS

What are we looking for?

  • Artwork will be inspired by sculptures in the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. It can be abstract or realistic, but at least one sculpture must be incorporated. Sorry, but we are not looking for portrait photography, wedding photography, or animal portraits. The sculpture should be the starring role.
  • Art can be any media and any size, pending there is a digital photo of your artwork uploaded to our website.

Who can submit artwork?

  • All ages are encouraged to enter.
  • Anyone from any state or country is welcome to participate.

What is not allowed?

All photos must be of original work and must NOT contain material which:

  • violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights, or constitutes copyright infringement
  • has watermarks or trademarks of photography businesses
  • is inappropriate or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age
  • is in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where the photo is created

The Call for Entry is open for submission through August 1, 2019. Limit one image per person. Please email kfedje@desmoinesartcenter.org or call 515.271.0349 with any questions.

IMPORTANT DATES

Entries Due Online: Thursday, August 1, 2019

Sculpting Our Community and Pappajohn Sculpture Park Celebration: Saturday, September 7 / 4 – 7 pm

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION ONLINE

  • Images must be sized properly or they will not upload. The printed size will be no larger than 11 x 17 inches with a printed resolution of 300-600 dpi.
  • All layers must be flattened.
  • Save images as a jpeg or pdf using the highest quality that keeps the file size between 1 MB and 5 MB.
  • Name your file as follows LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_TITLE