Events News and Updates

Happy summer!

Today is officially the first day of summer! June 21 is the summer solstice, the day when the earth is tilted closest to the sun. That means it is also the longest day of the year with 15 hours of daylight. To kick off the next 3 months here’s a list of 10 things to […]

— Andrea Cooley

On the road

Whether you are a long-time runner or have a goal to run your first 5K this summer, Des Moines and the surrounding areas have plenty of road races to choose–including DMU’s 3rd annual Run-Day-Voo, August 14. Here are some of our favorites. For a complete list of races, check out Fitness Sports (visit the store […]

— Andrea Cooley

Take a spin around the Des Moines

Now you don’t have to own a bike to enjoy the trails throughout the city. This summer for the first time, Des Moines Parks and Recreation teamed up with Bike World to offer bike rentals at the concession stand at Gray’s Lake Park. You can choose from hybrid, mountain or road bikes in adult and […]

— Andrea Cooley

Another awesome survey

We know many of our students don’t choose a school alone and we know they have to find a place that’s right for their spouse and kids too. So great news: Forbes magazine picked the best places to raise a family. Des Moines is #1. That’s pretty darn awesome! It was based on living costs, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fun, free stuff in Ankeny

Now that our glorious sunshine-y summer is here, catch some free flicks under the stars at the Ankeny bandshell! That’s better than a drive-in! Beginning this Friday, June 4, they’ll show a movie at dusk. This week it’s “Monsters vs. Aliens” and next week it is “Little Giants.” Bring the kids, some lawnchairs or blankets […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Health & medical book sale

Get thee to the State Library on Thursday or Friday (June 3-4)! The state medical library closed in March and they’re selling medical books and journals! The state library is in the Miller Building, 1112 E. Grand Ave., and is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Visitor parking just north of the building and one block east. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Gyros, kabobs, music & more!

From 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on June 5, you can pretend to be Greek. It’s Greek Food Fair time! It’s held at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. Admission & tours are free. Food is ala carte or $14 at the door for the whole meal. And it’s YUMMMMY!

— Courtney Tompkins

Take time to remember

Today DMU is closed in honor of Memorial Day. While everyone loves a long weekend to spend with family & friends, make sure you don’t forget why we all have the day off! Memorial Day is a time to remember our American military members who died in service. According to my good friend Wikipedia, the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Great outlook for Des Moines!

Kiplinger picked Des Moines for their “10 best cities for the next decade” list which is pretty awesome. So rest assured, the next 10 years in Des Moines are guaranteed to rock. As if there were any doubt!

— Courtney Tompkins

Congrats, grads!!

Today is the big day! Congrats to all of you who will lay claim to a new degree today! Amongst the nine programs, DMU bestowed 466 degrees (some of you got more than one, you crazy cats!) and you will all take that next step into the world. Congrats on this huge mile marker! You […]

— Courtney Tompkins

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

Farmers market roundup

In Des Moines, we love  a good farmers market. The downtown market is a favorite (26,000 people showed up for opening day!), but you can buy fresh produce any day of the week at these local markets across the city. I can’t wait to check out the Ingersoll Market when it opens in June. What’s […]

— Andrea Cooley

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

Upcoming CHS Alumni Association events

We have many ways for you to get involved with the CHS Alumni Association if you haven’t already joined us for one of the past activities. Here are just some of the upcoming events: graduation activities at the end of May, the annual alumni reunion in August (which has many, many activities for all ages) […]

— CHS Alumni Association

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

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

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

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

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