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Friday recipe: honoring Latino heritage

This weekend, in addition to enjoying the Beaverdale Fall Festival, you can relish the great cultural, artistic and even culinary offerings of Iowa’s ninth annual Latino Heritage Festival,this Saturday and Sunday downtown on the Locust and Walnut street bridges. Explore the diversity and rich cultural nuances of Latin American countries in the festival’s cultural booths, […]

— Barb Boose


One of our neighboring neighborhoods (say that 10 times fast) is having a festival this weekend, and I think you should go! Now, I may be a bit biased since this was the neighborhood I grew up in, but I highly recommend you check out the Beaverdale Fall Festival. Things kick off tomorrow evening with […]

— Nicole Branstad

Let Des Moines entertain you

I hope that all DMU students and employees will celebrate Labor Day by remembering the social and economic contributions of American workers while also taking a little break from textbooks and labs. But don’t forget to have some fun, too: Des Moines offers a wide variety of fall activities that will enlighten, entertain and energize […]

— Barb Boose

The bazaar is back!

East Village Sunday Bazaar returns this weekend on September 4 for nine weeks! The kick-off this weekend will coincide with the HyVee Triathlon and will be from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Take a stroll down East 5th and you’ll find that special treasure you’ve been looking for. Listen to live music, enjoy food from fabulous […]

— Nicole Branstad

Even more fresh local food

Starting tomorrow Downtown Des Moines will have a new way to spend their lunch hour when the Downtown Farmers’ Market – Wednesday Market opens. The new six-week market will be held on Wednesdays, Aug. 31 – Oct. 5, 2011 in Western Gateway on Thirteenth Street, between Grand Avenue and Locust Street, in Downtown Des Moines. […]

— Nicole Branstad

Ingersoll Live

Des Moines University is sponsoring this weekend’s street festival, Ingersoll Live! Bring the whole family out to celebrate Your Ingersoll this Saturday, August 27th 2 p.m. – 11 p.m. All of the fun is located between 28-29th Street on Ingersoll and activities include: 2:00 pm Isiserettes 2:30-8:00 pm Family activities, inflatables, small rides, Dahl’s Kids Zone, […]

— Nicole Branstad

Dig in – it’s Restaurant Week!

Thirty-six local restaurants are participating in the fourth annual Restaurant Week, Aug. 19-28. The metro area’s top chefs will create special fixed-price menus for the week; you’ll pay only $25 for two lunches or one three-course dinner. For the list of restaurants, head on over to DsM Magazine. You’ll not only feast on some delish dishes, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Need inspiration? Here’s just the ticket

Among the bravest people in the world are those who endeavor to reach the top of Mount Everest and those who battle cancer. An event in Des Moines this Thursday, Aug. 18, will feature the amazing stories of both. In 2010, Charlie Wittmack launched the World Triathlon, in which he swam the English Channel, bicycled […]

— Barb Boose

Nothing compares

It’s that time of year again – time for the greatest state fair around! Of course I am talking about the Iowa State Fair – what else? Today marks the start of the fair and it runs until Sunday, August 21. Fondly known as one of the 1,000 places you must see before you die, […]

— Nicole Branstad

Devour Des Moines

Even though the registration period is over for the race this Saturday, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write about this crazy event that will be taking place downtown. Devour Des Moinesis an eating/triathlon event to raise awareness for buying local food and living an active lifestyle. All proceeds will go to the […]

— Nicole Branstad

Up, up and away

“Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you long to return.” - Leonardo da Vinci   Take flight at the 42nd annual Indianola Balloon Classic, July 29- August 6. Events kick off on Friday evening with a 5k road race followed by […]

— Nicole Branstad

Feast in the wild!

This is a fun event at the Blank Park Zoo this weekend – a food festival amongst their adorable animals! Feast in the Wild is a family event and is included with zoo admission price or free to zoo members, only cost is food and drinks. Come get your eat on!

— Courtney Tompkins

One more reason Des Moines rocks

I know it’s Wordless Wednesday here at Dose of DMU, but news today deserves comment: Forbes has declared our fine city the best place in the nation for young professionals. Forbes columnist Morgan Brennan states, “The Iowa state capital has a higher concentration of big businesses (1 for every 568 residents) than any other city […]

— Barb Boose

The final summer

As we come down to the last med-school-free week of our summer, my fellow DO’14s and I will soon resume our busy lives as second-year medical students. With boards awaiting us at the end of this coming year, it’s a distinct possibility that this will have been our last truly free summer before starting our […]

— Nathan McConkey

Get jazzed in July!

Ahh, July: It brings hot temperatures and, in the Des Moines metro, hot music. The city’s Metro Arts Alliance every year brings to the city “Jazz in July,” a family-friendly festival that celebrates jazz and art with free outdoor concerts almost every day of the month. Food vendors, visual artists and children’s activities add to […]

— Barb Boose

Movies under the stars

If you can’t make it out to the drive in, check out one of these parks showing outdoor movies this summer. Des Moines Art Center’s Free Flix: Summer-time’s Free Flix at the Des Moines Art Center is back! Free films will be shown on the Art Center lawn the first Thursday of July, August, and September […]

— Nicole Branstad

Fireworks for the Fourth

List of all fireworks displays & events in Des Moines and surrounding areas: Des Moines: Yankee Doodle Pops will be held tomorrow, Friday, July 1 at 6:30 pm by the Des Moines Symphony at the Iowa State Capitol Grounds. Enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth at Living History Farms this holiday weekend from 11 a.m. to 5 […]

— Nicole Branstad

Jazz in July

Metro Arts Jazz in July is a month-long festival that celebrates jazz and art with free outdoor concerts across Greater Des Moines. Each year, interested jazz musicians apply to be a part of the series. The selected list includes returning musicians from Central Iowa and national acts with Iowa ties. Each concert is a mini-festival […]

— Nicole Branstad

One painterly professor

You read in the blog about this weekend’s Des Moines Arts Festival, a veritable visual feast not to be missed. Making the festival even better is “the other art show,” the ArtFest Midwest, also this weekend in the air-conditioned Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. ArtFest Midwest is especially special to DMU, because […]

— Barb Boose