Posts by Courtney Tompkins

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

Happy birthday to A.T. Still!

Today marks A.T. Still’s 182nd birthday. He is known as the father of osteopathic medicine. Osteopathy is a whole body approach to health that recognizes the integral role in wellbeing played by the musculoskeletal system. We are very proud to be the second oldest osteopathic medical schools in the United States. Learn more about what […]

— Courtney Tompkins

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

Do the zoo brew!

The Blank Park Zoo has a little fun planned just for grownups… Wednesday kicks off their summer series, Zoo Brew, with music and drinks. A 21+ event, there’s a different beverage each week and the grill will cook up complimenting eats. The doors open at 5:30, show stars at 6. It’s $10.95 a person each […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Des Moines University student earns American Lung Association volunteer award

(Des Moines, IA) – The American Lung Association in Iowa has presented its 2011 Volunteer Award to Laura Hoffman, an osteopathic medicine student at Des Moines University, in recognition of her commitment to see people live tobacco-free. She is the daughter of Linda and Robert Hoffman of Columbia City. Hoffman has been a volunteer with […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Annual DMU memorial service for body donors free, open to public

(Des Moines, IA) – On Friday, May 20, Des Moines University (DMU) will honor 57 Iowans who donated their bodies in the past year to further medical education. The family of each donor, the DMU community and the public are invited to remember and recognize each generous gift. The non-denominational service will begin at 1 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Adventure days at the zoo

New this year, Adventure Days at Blank Park Zoo will focus on different themes as they relate to children, families, and animals. Adventure Days will provide activities for families, as well as costume characters and much more. Dates and themes are listed below. All activities will take place during Zoo hours, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, May […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: spring asparagus angel hair pasta

Tomorrow is opening day for one of my favorite Des Moines events: the Downtown Farmers’ Market! Held every Saturday through October 29, the market is a big social event, drawing thousands of people to the Court Avenue district. It’s a terrific treat for the senses with its sights, sounds (including live music), smells and textures. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Git yer cowboy hat out!

For the Big Country Bash! It’s not ’til June 26 but if you want to see Trace Adkins and Dierks Bentley, along with quite a few other country stars, you’ll want to get your tickets soon! It’s outdoors with lots of stars and makes for a really great time, from what I’ve heard!

— Courtney Tompkins

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

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

Friday recipe: no-oil cornbread

Today you’re getting a cornbread recipe for no reason other than cornbread sounds really good to me today! Random, I know. As a kid I thought cornbread was disgusting. Now I think it’s so yummy and I follow my mom’s habit of adding a yellow cake mix. NOT healthy. So here’s a healthier version. I […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Foot & Ankle symposium

In one month – one day, DMU will begin hosting the Foot & Ankle Symposium again. This is SUCH a great event for our students and grads. The course directors are grads as are many of the Symposium speakers — it’s a great time to see classmates and colleagues, learn about new treatments and network. […]

— Courtney Tompkins