Events News and Updates

Free senior health fair

On Saturday, November 1, 8 a.m. – noon, Des Moines area residents 50 and older are invited to the DMU Senior Health Fair. The annual event is organized by the Geriatrics Club and will be staffed by 50+ DMU students, plus faculty & staff. It’ll be held in the Student Education Center (the new building […]

— Courtney Tompkins

OMM community night!

If you’ve ever wondered what OMM* is, have an ache or pain, or just want to see our awesome D.O. students in action, don’t miss OMM Community Night on October 16! From 6 til 9 p.m. our students will be providing free full-body structural/muscular assessments and treatments. It’ll be in the OMM lab in the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DSM – eat your heart out!

I have to admit, before moving to Des Moines I had a lot of misconceptions about the city. As a self-professed fan of all things gourmet, finding great food was definitely on my shortlist. Coming from a city (Cleveland) that’s home to an Iron Chef (Michael Symon), I had high expectations, and Des Moines hasn’t […]

— David Lay

Food, glorious food!

Everyone that knows me knows I love to eat and try new foods. That should explain to you why a festival in Des Moines this weekend is one of my favorites. It’s the World Food Festival! The street festival is held in the East Village and includes 30 locally-owned vendors with food of all ethnicities. All […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A doggone good time

This weekend you can attend the annual Des Moines Dog Shows, Obedience Trials & Rally for free at the Varied Industries Building on the state fairgrounds. The event runs today through Sunday and includes approx. 2000 dogs from 45 states+other countries!  It’s a really fun thing to watch if you’re a fan of man’s best […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Vroom, vroom.

If you love to drool over shiny chrome and see the newest sets of wheels, as my husband does, check out the open house Sept. 6 at Big Barn Harley Davidson. From 11 a.m. til 10 p.m., you can browse their bikes. There’s a BBQ from 11-2 and live music begins at 1 p.m. They’ll have […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Music, food, fun a stone’s throw from DMU!

Saturday, 4-11 p.m., is Ingersoll Live!, a mere jaunt from DMU. This is the third year for the event and while I have never been, it appears to be a street festival with live music and food/drink vendors and there’s no way that could be bad! Juice has details here. The fun is coordinated by the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Doing a Good – In DMU’s Backyard!

DMU has many opportunities for volunteering and outreach around the world, but did you know there are also plenty of opportunities right here in Des Moines? The Des Moines Art Center is a world-class, critically acclaimed art museum with two locations in Des Moines – the Main Gallery, 4700 Grand (a 5-minute walk west from […]

— David Lay

A run, a reunion and return to the fair!

This weekend is big for DMU. Big tents, big crowds, big fun! Tomorrow is the beginning of our first-ever all-classes, all-colleges unified Reunion. There’s lots of great things planned for alumni and their guests. On Saturday, bright and early,we’re holding our first 5k race, the DMU Run-Day-Voo!  Sign up by midnight tonight or in person Friday, Aug. 8, 5:30-7:30 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Sweet, sweet corn!

There actually is one annual Des Moines area event that I try to attend every year and every year have a schedule conflict. The sounds of it make my stomach growl with delight and my mouth waters uncontrollably… This event I’m describing is the Annual Adel Sweet Corn Festival. This event has a 5k run, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Hot air and hot rides

This weekend there are some really interesting things, as usual, going on in Des Moines. The National Balloon Classic will begin in Indianola today and run through Aug. 2. I saw some balloons lazily floating above Des Moines, one morning this week on my way to work and got excited for the festival. At $3 per […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Local music to m’ears

In May my little sister traveled through Italy. A waiter at a café asked where she was from and when she responded with “Iowa,” he got very excited and, with accent, proclaimed “AHH, Slipknot!” And while Slipknot is definitely a famous Iowa band, it and its brother band, Stone Sour, are not the only groups […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU RUN-DAY-VOO

How can you even try to resist saying that over & over again?  It’s such a fun name and I’m sure it’ll be a fun event! This is the first-EVER race for DMU. It’ll start and end in front of the Academic Center, 3440 Grand Ave. The Aug. 9 race begins at 6:30 a.m. (yeah, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Butter what?

It’s official, this year’s state fair butter statue has been announced!! In addition to this year’s butter cow at the fair, there will be a butter Shawn Johnson! Details here! I should back up a moment for those of you new to Iowa… We LOVE our state fair in Iowa. It’s the best state fair […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Place to go, things to do, people to see

When I was a kid I knew that saying “I’m bored” would mean a chore list from mom – maybe that’s why I’m so adept at finding things to do and never being bored as an adult! But since I tend to hear other people resort to summer boredom, here’s some fun upcoming events to […]

— Courtney Tompkins

More things to do in Des Moines!

I have been remiss, dear readers, in not blogging already about this coming weekend. There is SO much going on, I can’t wait! I will not miss the Arts Festival! Free to attend, it runs Fri-Sun, includes gorgeous displays of art, live music, fireworks, interactive activities and food vendors all over. An annual DSM event […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Ice cream addicts welcome in Iowa

I love ice cream. Other than mint chip,  I haven’t met any ice cream I dislike. If someone came up with an ice cream diet, I’d try it. My great-grandpa ran a dairy decades ago, my mom grew up eating ice cream from his freezer and we’ve joked that we have ice cream in our […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU is staying dry

Contrary to the latest CNN headline, all of Des Moines is NOT evacuating. The entire state is waist-deep in rain water (that’s not an exaggeration for some areas!) and Des Moines’ downtown is undergoing a voluntary evacuation right now. But worry not, current or prospective student, community member, alumni or friend! Des Moines University is […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Like music to my ears…

There’s a brand new event in DSM that has everyone hyped up. It’s called 80/35 (Referring to DSM being at the intersections of I-80 and I-235) and it’s a music fest that sounds amazing. Local and national acts will come together to play in a park downtown. It all goes down July 4 & 5 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Des Moines, how I love thee!

Summer is here, the flowers are in bloom and the weekends are full of cool things to do – reminding me yet again that Iowa is a great place to live. My husband and I recently traveled to a few different states on vacation. We had a blast but it also made us appreciate where […]

— Courtney Tompkins