Events News and Updates

Rain, rain, go away!

Come again some other day, preferably not anytime soon!  This week has been a sloppy wet mess! I’ve heard people with kids lamenting that they can’t play outside. So what do you do when it’s rainy or (I know it’s not fun to think about yet) snowy and you can NOT play one more board […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Lunch event TODAY, Thursday!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE fan of Summerfield’s cafeteria, especially with all their fancy new updates & entree options. BUT sometimes it’s nice to get away over lunch & today is such a day…. Luckily for you there is a cool event downtown you should go to TODAY (Thursday, 9/16). It’s called “Destination […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Mark the calendar…

Some cool stuff coming up, peeps. Get out your dayplanner… The Latino Heritage Festival is Sept. 4-5 at Southridge Mall. Admission is $5 and the event includes music, entertainment, food & more! A benefit for African predators at the Blank Park Zoo on Sept 11. (You’ll even get a discounted ticket with student ID!) Register […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Go ride a bike!

Des Moines is making headlines again, this time with the launch of Bcycle. Right now the only other two cities with this are Denver and Chicago. Way to go Des Moines for embracing bike culture early on! The business model is based on the idea of  bike sharing. You can rent a bike from convenient […]

— Andrea Cooley

Some deals & steals!

I love to get good deals & be as thrifty as possible and I’m sure you do too so I had to share some new finds…. Restaurant.com – here’s a site I am GLAD finally has some Des Moines participants! I always heard of folks using it but there weren’t enough good local places participating […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Street party!

Tomorrow (Saturday) is Ingersoll Live! A FREE annual event just a few blocks away from DMU, this block party runs 2-11 on Saturday and includes all kinds of family activities. Food, artists with goods for sale, inflatables and games for the kids, bands and even a performance by the Isiserettes drill & drump corp! So […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Get your runnin’ shoes on for a cause!

Walk/run the 5k or 10k for Shoes That Fit on Aug. 28. On Sept. 12 you can Step Out to Fight Diabetes at Gray’s Lake Park. (There’s even a DMU Podiatry team already!) Look for the DMU team providing first aid! American Lung Association’s Lung Walk 5k on Sept. 18 at the Blank Park Zoo. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

So wrong & yet so right….

It was wrong…it was scandalous…it may or may not have been some incarnation of evil itself. And yet, I still couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try it. On one hand, it was the most diabolical creation in all of the culinary arts, and it might single-handedly oppose all that I work for as a […]

— Nathan McConkey

Des Moines dining

If you consider yourself a foodie or just love a good deal, you won’t want to miss Des Moines’ 3rd annual restaurant week, August 20-29. Chefs at 39 local restaurants are offering fixed menu dinners or two lunches for $25 featuring special menus. This is a great excuse to try a new restaurant or order […]

— Andrea Cooley

Busy, busy weekend!

You have NO excuse for not having fun this weekend. There’s tons to do around town PLUS Saturday is the 5k at DMU. You can show up early & sign up if you don’t get a chance to do it online. Sunday is my favoritest day ever — DMU day at the Iowa State Fair. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

It’s an extreme race!!!

If you’re looking for a fun afternoon out & about in Des Moines, check out the eXtreme race Aug. 27 @ 1. (I know many of you new students will be enjoying family weekend so plan to do this another year!) You can sign up as a team of 4 for the DMU student rate […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Run-Day-Voo!!!

Don’t forget to RSVP soon for the great DMU Run-Day-Voo! The fun begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 14, in front of the Academic Center. It’s only $20 (which includes a tee) if you register online or $30 at the door. Not only will you be rubbing elbows with fellow students, staff & grads, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

515 Alive

Saturday, 12-12, is the annual urban music & art party known as 515 Alive. 60+ performers, 7 stages & lots of fun. Check it out! Big names this year include Shock G, Craze & DJ Scene. Here’s a whole schedule [link no longer exists] so you don’t miss your fave act! You can buy tickets online [link […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Walk to raise awareness about epilepsy

In a few weeks on Aug. 28, the Iowa Walk for Epilepsy will kick off at 8 a.m. at Merle Hay Mall. You should sign up, organize a team, donate or spread the word! DMU is a proud sponsor of the event and hopes it brings awareness to the struggle many people with epilepsy have. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Up, up & away!

Friday kicks off the national Hot Air Balloon Classic in Indianola, (a short hop south of Des Moines). This is such a fun, unique event. And if the weather is right, a great thing to do in the evening! It’s only $3 per adult and free for kids 12 or younger. OR bring a whole […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Summer bucket list

Summer is FLYING by way too fast, as it always does. At the start of the season, the best co-workers ever (my buddies here in the marketing department) & I started a “summer bucket list” on our office whiteboard so we would get outdoors a bit, try new places and spend more time together. It’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Our mobile clinic

Have you seen the big green machine? It’s our new mobile clinic! It’s yet another way we’re providing health outreach to our community. Our Homeless Camp Outreach group uses it and our friends at Free Clinics of Iowa use it as well. Read more in today’s Register! You will see it on Saturday at the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Long weekend continues

If you drive by & notice our campus looks quiet today, that’s because we’re closed for an extended holiday weekend. WOOHOO!!! Offices are closed. The Clinic is closed. (If you have an emergency, visit your local ER) Even the Wellness Center is closed. Cya tomorrow! Enjoy this glorious summer day.

— Courtney Tompkins

For the fourth….

There is SO MUCH GOING ON. How to decide what plans to make? Here’s some fun ideas to add to your list: Head to the ballpark to witness a citizenship ceremony, I-Cubs game & fireworks on Sunday, July 4. Yankee Doodle Pops is a huge annual tradition in Des Moines. This year it’s on the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Art attack!

One of my all-time favorite Des Moines festivals (& I pretty much love ‘em all) is the Des Moines Arts Festival and it’s THIS WEEKEND! The festival runs Friday: 4-10 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. downtown near the sculpture garden. Street parking is free. Browsing is free. There’ll be […]

— Courtney Tompkins