Events Around Town

May the Fourth be with you – but seriously it may take Star Wars level force to get you to all the awesome events that are happening this month on the fourth and afterwards! Be sure to check out our Facebook page for an up to date list of Urban Ambassadors and partner events. If we missed something or you have an upcoming event we can share, please email us at info@urbanambassadors.org!
 
May 3. Bike Month’s largest event is back! Join the Street Collective of Greater Des Moines for opening night of the PedalArt Poster Show, a celebration of local artists and their love of cycling. Thirty original bike-themed posters created by central-Iowa artists will be on display for sale, proceeds benefiting the artists and the Collective’s programming. Quantities are limited, so be sure to grab a friend, grab a Confluence beer, and grab one of these limited-edition posters while you can! This event will be occurring alongside Confluence’s Handlebar Happy Hour and Bike Month Kickoff. During this time $1 of each pint sold will go back to the Collective for community programming and Bike Giveaway fundraising.

May 4. The wait is almost over - opening day at the Des Moines' Downtown Farmers’ Market is here! The Market is held Downtown Des Moines’ Historic Court District every Saturday morning, May through October. The Market brings urban and rural communities together, supporting nearly 300 entrepreneurial vendors from 50 counties across the state. Nourishing the community, The Market offers diverse products including locally-grown produce, seasonal flowers, farm fresh eggs and cheese, locally-produced wine, and fresh baked goods. It also includes ready-to-eat foods, local artists, live entertainers, special programming and learning opportunities.
 
May 4. Are you trying to raise kids in a more sustainable way? Then this event is for you! Head down to the Des Moines Children’s Museum for a Cloth Diaper Garage Sale. This event is open to buyers, sellers, and people simply wishing to learn more about cloth diapering. Consigners can rent a “garage sale booth” for $20, and are able to keep 100% of their sales. There will be a designated area where donated diapers can be dropped off. Finally, there will be a Cloth 101 table to see all the different styles of cloth diapers, ask questions, and practice changing diapers on teddy bears and dolls. Bonus: consigners will be able to let their kiddos play at the museum free of charge and shoppers will have a $4.50 admission to the museum for kids ages 1-10. Infants under age 1 and anyone over age 10 are free.
 
May 4 - 5. Dogpatch Urban Gardens is working in collaboration with Goode Greenhouse to offer a wide variety of vegetable, herb, perennial, and annual plants at their first annual Plant Sale. Along with purchasing your plants for the season, you can also shap the FarmStand and be the first to enjoy items from Dogpatch’s NEW Grab & Go cooler. There will be fresh salads and sandwiches to enjoy!
 
May 9. We need your voice NOW! The Des Moines City Council is preparing to vote on what may be the first step toward implementing a climate action plan for the city. The council is considering a proposed ordinance to benchmark the energy and water use of all buildings 25,000 sq. ft. and larger. The first reading of the ordinance was on Earth Day. While there was a sense of responsibility to hear more during that reading, some council members still may not be willing to carry this ordinance through. This step towards climate action hinges on their votes, and public opinion is a huge part of how council members will decide to vote. Join us to have your voice heard at our Letters to Local Government letter writing and phone calling campaign. We will have materials including paper, envelopes, stamps, addresses, and talking points, as well as council members’ phone numbers. Do not miss this opportunity – our time frame is short and we NEED your voice!

May 14. Looking to celebrate bike month without your bike? Join Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation at their Prairie Rescue on the Great Western Bike Trail. Bike or carpool down to Cumming to help remove unwanted species from a remnant prairie along the trail in order to help natural species flourish! We’ll celebrate after with a drink at the Cumming Tap. The Tacopoloypse food truck will also be available.
 
May 20. The City of Des Moines is taking the courageous first steps of implementing a climate action plan by reading a proposed ordinance to measure the energy and water use of large buildings above 25,000 sq. ft. Come join the Des Moines Citizen TaskForce on Sustainability, Urban Ambassadors, and other environmental advocates in encouraging Council Members to adopt this policy, which would put Des Moines on the map as a leader is sustainability planning, create jobs, and help the City reach toward its goal of lowering GHG emission 28% by 2025.

May 23. In celebration of National Trails Day, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation 
has partnered with Peace Tree Brewing Co., REI, and Polk County Conservation to bring you the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Re-launch of Iowa Trail Ale! Each pint of Iowa Trail Ale goes towards supporting and maintaining trails in Iowa. A portion also goes towards National Trails Day at Jester Park on June 1, 2019. There will be door prizes presented by REI, Polk County Conservation and Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. All three organizations will be at Peace Tree to answer any of your questions in regard to the National trails Day and can get you signed up for the volunteer event on June 1.