Cool upcoming events

December 5, 2008 —

On Saturday, buy handmade items directly from the artist/crafter/photographer at Craft Saturday on Dec. 6, noon-7, 216 4th St. in Des Moines. This is a regular event. I’ve gone and it’s really fun with great stuff. Check it out!

Enjoy 3+ miles of Christmas lights at Jolly Holiday Lights @ Water Works Park on Fleur Dr. It’s $9 per carload of people and the money goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It runs through January 1.

Take a spin on the Brenton Skating rink downtown. It’s $3 for adults Mon.-Fri. before 8 p.m. or $4.50 on Friday after 8 or on Saturday. Children rates are cheaper. You can also rent skates there for $2.50. They also sell seasonal passes if you’re really into ice skating.

For $5 on Dec. 12 or 13 at Living History Farms in Urbandale you can learn how pioneers celebrated Christmas on the prairie.


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.