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Music, free, outdoors? I’m in!

I love live music, LOVE sittin’ outside in the summer time but don’t like spending a lot of money. When you combine all those elements, you get the following lineup of FREE outdoor music events this summer in Des Moines & surrounding areas: To enjoy some wine while soaking up the sunshine, check out this […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Weekend plans?

Last weekend was PERFECT for the downtown farmers’ market and I saw a lot of DMU faces there. Plan to hit it up if you haven’t yet this year. If I get time I’m gonna drive west….from 2 til 5 on Sunday, you can enjoy The Melodie Proffit Band for FREE at Penoach Winery in […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fun stuff for tomorrow

Tomorrow (Saturday, May 15) there’s a few cool events I didn’t know about earlier to give you a heads up. But if your day is still unplanned, check these out! You can check in at 9 a.m. for a 10 a.m. walk at the West Glen Town Center to raise money for the National Kidney […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DSM: healthy & safe

A new Gallup & Healthways survey scored 187 metro areas and rated the Des Moines/West Des Moines area at #3 on the top ten safe & healthy place list. The survey factored in violent and property crime rates, as well as access to 13 basic needs like fresh fruit and veggies, shelter, clean water and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Upcoming fun event: Trivia Night!

There’s a super cool first-time event in Des Moines called Dog-Eat-Dog Trivia Night happening May 20 at People’s downtown. (full & complete disclaimer: I’m on the board of The Pet Project Midwest, the charity putting it on. But I’d totally blog about it even if I weren’t cuz it’s going to be fun & it’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free assessments, treatments @ OMM Community Night May 13

The public is invited to experience first-hand the benefits of osteopathic medicine at Des Moines University’s OMM Community Night on May 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. In the Student Education Center, 3300 Grand Avenue, D.O. students will provide free full-body structural and muscular assessments and, if necessary, manual treatments, part of osteopathic manual medicine […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

It’s the 5th of May and that means it’s time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Contrary to what many think, Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day. It’s actually a celebration of The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. Here’s some history. It’s primarily celebrated in the Puebla area of Mexico. And of course the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Plan to enjoy August 14 Run-Day-Voo near DMU!

(Des Moines, IA) – You are invited to join Des Moines University (DMU) students, faculty, alumni and staff for a 5k through the beautiful south of Grand neighborhood around DMU. The August 14 race, called DMU Run-Day-Voo, will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the circle drive in front of the Des Moines University Academic Center […]

— Courtney Tompkins

CelebrAsian!

The annual Asian heritage festival is coming up soon! Check out CelebrAsian on May 15, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the state capitol complex. There’ll be music, dancing, food and cool exhibitions. PLUS it’s free to get in! You can find out more about it on Facebook or the event website. They do need volunteer help […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Tulip time!

Not only does this upcoming weekend include mother’s day, it’s also Tulip Time! For those of you new to the area, Tulip Time is an annual festival in Pella (about 45 minutes to the east of Des Moines) celebrating the city’s Dutch heritage. The entire city is covered in gorgeous tulips of every color, plus […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Annual DMU memorial service May 21 for body donors free, open to public

(Des Moines, IA) – On Friday, May 21, Des Moines University (DMU) will honor 65 Iowans who donated their bodies to further medical education. The family of each donor, the DMU community and the public is invited to remember and recognize each generous gift. The non-denominational service will begin at 1 p.m. in the Student […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Nitefall on the river lineup!

What’s better than live tunes outdoors in a beautiful spot? Not much! That’s why I think Nitefall On The River is so cool! The schedule for this year was just announced. The fun begins May 27 (my birthday) with the Bodeans, then continues each Thursday through July 29. After the first show it’s Tonic, Ryan […]

— Courtney Tompkins

I scream for ice cream!

I love ice cream, I love getting a deal and I love helping others. Put all three together and I’m a BIG FAN. If you are too, check out Baskin-Robbins on Wednesday, April 28! Between 5 & 10 p.m., you can get a scoop of ANY flavor for 31 CENTS! Yep, for real!! Get 3 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DO something!!

I know our students & staff already work hard and give back to the community all the time. BUT I found this cool website called www.DOsomething.org that can connect you to projects in your local area. It might come in handy when you’re in a new town for rotation or residency and want to volunteer.

— Courtney Tompkins

A spot of cuteness for your day!

As you might know, DMU is not far away from Drake University (& even have a joint dual degree program!) and Drake hosts the relays every year. To kick off relays & celebrate their bulldog mascot, they hold an annual “Beautiful bulldog contest” and we enjoyed it Monday. Here’s a few cute photos I shot […]

— Courtney Tompkins

The Bodies exhibit!

The human body is a beautiful, amazing thing! I’m always interested to learn more about how it works and what it really all  looks like under the skin. For that reason I’m excited to hear the “BODIES” exhibition is coming to Omaha, which isn’t that far away. It’s an exhibit of real human bodies preserved […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU honored by Iowa Psychological Association

Des Moines University (DMU) was recently chosen as the 2010 Iowa Psychologically Healthy Workplace by the Iowa Psychological Association (IPA). The IPA will present the award in October at their annual fall conference. Their criteria includes workplace practices that involve employee involvement, health, safety, growth, recognition and a healthy work-life balance. They highlighted DMU’s “longstanding […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Help our local shelters!

Saturday has been designated “Shelter Awareness Day” by Iowa’s first lady. This day is designed to remind us all of the constant help needed by our shelters that do so much good. You can sign up to volunteer to help in various ways at VolunteerIowa.com.

— Courtney Tompkins