Events Around Town

We're here to keep you connected to other events happening in our community & plug all the amazing things going that you can join. If we missed something or you have an upcoming event we can share in November, please email us at!

October 4. All are welcome to join VegLife at a monthly vegan potluck hosted the first Thursday of the month! The event is free and open to the public. While there is a theme each month, it is optional to bring a dish in keeping with the theme - don't let it hinder you from coming! It's a way to explore new things and have some fun. October's theme is chili and soup! As the weather turns crisp let's warm up with a warm meal and joyful community. Don't forget all dishes must be vegan - no animal products including meat, dairy, eggs, honey.

October 5. Register for this training featuring national speaker Deepa Iyer, a senior fellow with Race Forward, that will provide participants with an understanding of concepts and practices related to equity, inclusion, and solidarity through an anti-racism framework. It will also enable participants to identify ways to take action to shape equitable and inclusive communities. The two-hour session is tailored towards people in various sectors including education, religion, business, labor, government, and social justice advocates. There is no cost for the training and it is open to the public. Free, ample parking is available. Seating is limited; RSVPs are necessary.

October 6. Strap on your boots or waders and get muddy with the Conservation team! In an effort to improve water quality, they will be sweeping Four Mile Creek for tires and other debris as well as clean up litter in and around Mally’s Park. Meet at Mally’s Park at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. Registration is required, learn more here.

October 8. Join Deidre and other special guests for a town hall to learn about when to vote, where to vote, and how to vote in the 2018 election! Take this opportunity to ask candidates questions about the election and see how their race affects YOU! Come ready to register to vote, fill out your vote by mail forms, listen to some tunes, and eat some grub! Learn more here.

October 9. Join the Des Moines Ikes for a presentation by Todd Bogenschutz of the Iowa DNR on 2018 Pheasant Population Trends! With the beginning of pheasant season in October this will be a great opportunity to learn what to expect this year before you begin your hunt. Admission is free and open to the public and with dinner available at member prices, and a cash bar. Doors open at 5:30, and the program begins at 7.

October 14. Join the Des Moines Register and expert panel for a discussion with Iowa's candidates for governor on how to fill the gaps in Iowa's mental health system. Governor Kim Reynolds, Democratic candidate Fred Hubbell and Libertarian candidate Jake Porter will appear on-stage individually to speak on the topics of mental health and substance abuse. The Des Moines Register is hosting this event in partnership with Des Moines University. It will be moderated by Register opinion editor Kathie Obradovich. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Program runs 3 to 4:30 p.m.

October 20. Join Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Polk County Conservation for our 3rd annual Moonlight Seed Harvest! Hand harvest native prairie with friends under the near-full Hunter's Moon and end the night with a bonfire and s'mores at the nearby Youth Camp Area. The seed collected at this event will be used to diversify and expand the prairie at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, a ten-mile nature preserve north of Des Moines.

October 21. Trees Forever is looking for volunteers who want to be active in their community and are interested in learning the basics of fruit and nut tree care. Fruit TreeKeepers is a group of trained volunteers who take care of local fruit orchards, and the newest recruits will be trained at Trees Forever’s Fruit TreeKeeper course.