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Upcoming Events

    East Side Mash-Up

    Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 4:00 pm at East Side Library
    2559 Hubbell Avenue

    Celebrate the joys of duct tape with your friends. Join us at the East Side Library on the fourth Tuesday of every month. There’s always a wide variety of things to do, including snacks, arts and crafts, games, and other random fun.

    Talent on Parade Midwest Regional Competition

    Wednesday, March 25th 2015 - All Day at Hy-Vee Hall at Iowa Events Center
    730 3rd Street

    Talent On Parade is a National Dance Competition celebrating its 18th season!
    Open to the Public

    Greater Iowa RV and Boat Show

    Friday, March 27th 2015 - All Day at William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds
    3000 East Grand

    Boats – cruisers, pontoons & fishing! Camper trailers, 5th wheel trailers, motor homes class A & C, diesel pushers, rental units all on display!
    Fri & Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    $6 Adults & Seniors; $4 Seniors FRIDAY ONLY; 12 & Under Free

    Jazz Happy Hour

    Friday, March 27th 2015 - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Des Moines Social Club Kum & Go Theater
    900 Mulberry St

    Jazz Happy Hour Every second and fourth Friday. The best in local and regional Jazz in a funky basement club reminiscent of Greenwich Village circa 1960. Catered food and no cover. Donations are accepted. All Ages.

    Independence – Tallgrass’ Second Annual Dream Project

    Friday, March 27th 2015 - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm at Rex Mathes Auditorium
    1401 Vine Street


    Des Moines Symphony Masterworks 5: Giunta conducts Mozart, Chopin & Les Preludes

    Saturday, March 28th 2015 - All Day at Des Moines Civic Center
    221 Walnut Street

    Joseph Giunta conducts Mozart’s sunny and brilliant “Haffner” Symphony, and the sixteen-year-old award-winning Chinese pianist Jia Cheng Xiong, as they make their Iowa debut in Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto. The program concludes with the most popular of Liszt’s symphonic poems, the majestic Les Préludes. Concert Prelude Talks begin 45 minutes prior to each Masterworks concert in the Prairie Meadows (East) Lobby.
    Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
    Season ticket subscriptions are available

    Flea Market

    Saturday, March 28th 2015 - 12:00 am at Iowa State Fairgrounds – 4-H Exhibits Building
    E 30th Street & E University Avenue

    Free event.

    String ‘Em Up! Old-Time Music Hangout

    Saturday, March 28th 2015 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Java Joe’s
    214 4th Street

    Join Flying Pig Fiddle & Banjo for a slow jam romp in the living tradition of southern Appalachian Old-time music played by ear.
    $7 at the door

    Friendly Sons of St. Patrick 5K & 10K Run/Walk

    Sunday, March 29th 2015 - 9:30 am at Sully’s
    110 Grand Ave

    The Friendly Sons are hosting their 32nd Annual Run/Walk. Gather at Sully’s at 9:30 am for a warm-up drink & any last-minute registrations. Make Check payable to Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.
    $25 through 3/22, $30 through 3/29

    Geocaching 101

    Sunday, March 29th 2015 - 1:00 pm at Annett Nature Center
    15565 118th Ave

    Free and open to the public.
    Geocaching 101.

    Sunday Tunes @ Summerset Winery

    Sunday, March 29th 2015 - 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Summerset Winery
    15101 Fairfax Street

    $3 per person or $10 car load. FREE to Case Club Members (must show card). Featuring the Bobcats.

    Iowa’s Own Monuments Man: George Stout

    Monday, March 30th 2015 - 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Central Library
    1000 Grand Avenue

    Historian Nancy Trask will present slides about the Monuments Men, focusing on George Stout, who was born and raised in Winterset. George Clooney’s character in the movie was based on Stout. Nancy’s slides were collected from correspondence with George Stout’s granddaughter, Winterset resources, and various publications.
    Free event.

    Second Annual Give Hope Gala: A Toast to St. Jude

    Thursday, April 23rd 2015 - 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm at The Embassy Club West
    520 Market St

    The Second Annual Give Hope Gala: A Toast to St. Jude is a celebration of support benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Guests will enjoy a social hour, premier silent auction, giving tree, and an inspiring dinner program featuring the courageous stories of local St. Jude patient families. For tickets or more information, please visit

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