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Tunes on the river

Tomorrow kicks off the annual Nitefall on the River concert series. They’re held at Simon Estes Amphitheater (Yep, named after Simon Estes, one of our adjunct profs!) which is a perfect spot to kick back, kick off your shoes and listen to live music. This year’s lineup includes: Slightly Stoopid & the Meat Puppets (May […]

— Courtney Tompkins

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

Easter fun!

On Saturday, 9-12, there’s a free Easter egg hunt downtown in Gateway Park with inflatables, face painting and other fun! Beginning at 9 AM on Saturday, there will be a nature egg hunt at Four Mile Community Center. Look-a-like eggs found in nature will be hidden amongst colored eggs and nature themed prizes will be […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Earth Day every day

Earth day is coming up this Friday, April 22 – how do you plan on celebrating? Here are a few ideas for you: Give back to the environment by cleaning up a public area, and celebrate the many benefits of trees by assisting the Polk County Conservation staff plant trees in Easter Lake Park. They […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Art that’s good for you

Art can be fun, beautiful, shocking, educational and enlightening. According to the Society for the Arts in Health Care, art is also good for our health – so inject some into your world by catching the art sale at Drake University today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Pomerantz Stage in Olmsted Center, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Bring on the popcorn & peanuts!

Tomorrow is opening day for the Iowa Cubs! YAY! Bring on the ballpark eats and sunshine, I’m ready for some baseball! The game is at 7:05 p.m., gates open at 5:30 and the first 1000 fans get a free magnet schedule. They’re planning post-game fireworks too. The I-Cubs is such a fun DSM tradition and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

It’s been great…

I love DMU and have enjoyed my 5+ years here but tomorrow* is my last day here! I’m off to a new challenge and I’m very excited. I’ll be the social media/PR manager for NatraTurf and I’m really excited about the opportunity. But I will, of course, miss all of you, my lovely readers and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Spring cleaning and buying

Got some stuff to get rid of this season? I found this amazing blog that lists where your goods can go, for the good of someone else. My favorite places are usually the Salvation Army or a local place I volunteer at, the Catholic Worker House, depending on the stuff I’m getting rid of. There […]

— Tea Nguyen

Day on the hill

Tomorrow some of our students will be providing blood pressure and BMI screenings at the state capitol, 1-4:30 p.m. They’ll be in the Rotunda on level one. At 1 p.m. they’ll get to chat with Gov. Branstad. The visit coincides with this week’s “D.O. Day on Capitol Hill,” a national movement to educate policymakers about […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Tunes at the Temple

Have you been to a show at the Temple for Performing Arts downtown? It’s gorgeous and such a great venue for a concert! The Civic Center has a series running there right now you should check out. Live at the Temple has a variety of artists lined up through May. There’s three more this year, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: healthy banana bread

One of my fave blogs had this healthified banana bread recipe recently and I’m looking forward to trying it: High Protein Banana Bread by Espresso&Cream 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed 5 tablespoons butter, melted 1/3 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt 35-40 grams vanilla-flavored protein powder 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cub brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Can you run a mile?

One of our PA students is a finalist in Wellmark’s Whip It 180 challenge! Angela Nelson is now training with Rebecca Meyer from “The Biggest Loser” to get yourself on a healthy track. She wants to get herself in shape so she can help her future patients live healthful lives. We support her and know […]

— Courtney Tompkins

LACE UP: It’s walk/run season!

As the flowers peek through, the calendar starts to fill up. There are SO many fun outdoor activities. Here’s a few coming up for great causes…. April 2, DMU is the host site of the annual AIDS Project’s 5k walk/run. Be warned, it’s hilly! April 2, this isn’t a run/walk but sounds fun…  Couture for […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: roasted asparagus

Spring is here and that means it’s time for fresh veggies! Yay! The first you’ll be seeing at farmers’ markets or local gardens is probably asparagus. This is an easy way to cook them: The Barefoot Contessa’s roasted asparagus - from 2 pounds fresh asparagus Good olive oil Kosher salt, plus extra for sprinkling […]

— Courtney Tompkins

43 days…

until the first downtown farmers’ market!! That means warmer weather, flowers and fresh produce ahead! May 7 is the first one and I’ll be there! What’s your favorite feature of spring or summer?

— Courtney Tompkins