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Free stress relief

It seems like nothing is free these days. Well, at least not until now. The Des Moines Park and Recreation Department invites you to enjoy your Saturday morning by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray’s Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga next to the water’s edge at the […]

— Nicole Branstad

Drive-in and enjoy

I grew up watching movies where the characters within those movies went to the movies at a drive-in. Whew, that was a mouth full. How many of you have ever been to a drive-in theater to watch a flick? The number I’m sure is dwindling because they have been disappearing over the last couple of […]

— Nicole Branstad

Get the wheels turnin’

  Tomorrow is official bike to work day, so dust off those spokes, pump up those tires and put on your padded shorts. Celebrate the nationally recognized day with bagels, coffee and juice at Nollen Plaza in downtown Des Moines from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. With the help of Urban Ambassadors, this will be […]

— Nicole Branstad

Family friendly fests

With warmer weather ahead, now is the time to get outdoors before summer sets in and the rising temps are unbearable. Des Moines offers many fun kid-friendly events throughout the spring and summer, but I thought I would give you a heads up on a few events that are happening this weekend that would be […]

— Nicole Branstad

Under your skin

Ever wonder what your body looks like with no skin? Well, you’re in luck because the Science Center of Iowa is hosting the lauded BODY WORLDS Vital traveling exhibit starting this Saturday, May 7. Real donated human bodies are preserved through plastination and will be on display for guests to get a glimpse at what […]

— Nicole Branstad

Grandstanding at the fair

I can’t wait for the corn dogs, butter cow sculpture and people watching, but many others head to the Iowa State Fair for the show-stopping concerts.  This year is no different, and the Iowa State Fair Grandstand act tickets go on sale this Saturday, April 30th. Get ‘em while they’re hot!   Grandstand line-up: Thursday, August […]

— Nicole Branstad

Bust out the bike

With warmer months ahead of us, and a long cold spell behind us, it’s time to hit the trails! It is now easier than ever to get to a local bike trail here in Des Moines and make your way to a number of different destinations. New maps of the central Iowa trail system have recently […]

— Nicole Branstad

Friday recipe: grilled shrimp & black beans

It’s so nice out I imagine some folks will be pulling out the grill this weekend. Here’s a yummy-sounding fresh recipe from Good Housekeeping for shrimp on the grill. Grilled Shrimp with Black Beans Prep Time: 15 min.Cook Time: 3 min Ingredients 1  lime 2 can(s) (15-19 oz each) black beans, rinsed & drained 2  ripe […]

— Nicole Branstad