Events Around Town

We're here to keep you connected to other events happening in our community & plug all the amazing things going on that you can join. If we missed something or you have an upcoming event we can share in August, please contact us to get it added. 

July 1. On Saturday, July 1st, people of all walks of life, ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientations will rise up together across the nation for the world’s largest running/walking event, the Rise Up 5K- Des Moines. With a collective voice of footsteps, runners will move to the cadence of liberty, freedom, and justice for all. Read more information and buy tickets here. Can’t participate on July 1st? Support the cause by registering for the Rise Up 5K-National Virtual Run!

July 2. If you believe the right to stable housing in a community where families/kids have meaningful connection is key to a strong and vibrant city, then SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice - DM Chapt) invites you to attend this kickoff meeting to begin strategizing actions to push our DSM elected leadership and real estate companies to see housing as an issue of ethics, public health, safety and well-being. Basic steps and opportunities are being missed in DSM that would help ensure families have a right to housing. The meeting will be held at 6pm at Medbury Hall on Drake's Campus. Free childcare provided. 

July 6. Food Still Matters is hosting a monthly Vegan Potluck at the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines on the first Thursday of every month. The potluck begins at 6pm. Please bring a vegan dish (no meat, dairy, eggs, honey, other animal ingredients) with ingredients list or recipe.

July 8. Want to cut the carbon emissions in your personal food practices? Participate in Food • Faith • Climate: Connecting the Dots, hosted by Iowa Interfaith Power and Light at Valley UMC on July 8th from 10am-12pm. When we sit down to dinner, we may not think about global warming, but as much as one third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are connected to our food system. During the workshop, participants will look at how our food practices contribute to climate change, how our faith traditions call us to respond with practical solutions, and create a plan for more climate-friendly action. It’s a free event, but be sure to register here today!

July 8. Volunteers of all ages are needed at Second Saturday Stewardship, at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge! Participants will assist with planting seeds and transplanting prairie plants indoors. This effort will help the refuge prepare for a busy planting season this spring. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Please call the Refuge at (515) 994-3400 or email to RSVP.

July 15. Support Orchard Place and enjoy an after-dark bike ride at the 6th annual 2017 Moonlight Classic. This 13 mile non-competitive bike ride will take riders past some of the most iconic locations in downtown Des Moines, including the Iowa State Capitol, Water Works Park, Gray's Lake and Pappajohn Sculpture Garden. The ride starts and ends at The Iowa Taproom. Register here!

July 15. CCI Action will host Revolution Iowa: From Protest to Power: A day when everyday Iowans from across the state will gather to build a future that works for all Iowans for generations to come. An energizing, uplifting, and powerful day that will take the resistance of today to the political revolution for tomorrow. Hosted at the Iowa Events Center from 9am-5pm. Get your tickets here.

July 18. Overwhelmed by extra produce? Want to learn how to preserve fruits and vegetables safely at home? Preserving foods isn’t difficult, but requires following research-based recipes. Even if you have been a home food preserver for years, come learn the latest recommendations at the Des Moines Botanical Garden with Mary Krisco, Human Sciences Specialist, Nutrition and Health, Iowa State University Extension. Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non members. 

July 19. Every third Wednesday of the month from 5-7pm is Women's Shop Night at the Des Moines Bicycle Collective, a night for female-identifying cyclists to come work on their bikes and learn specific bike maintenance skills at the Des Moines Bicycle Collective. Have specific maintenance questions? Bring your bike in or learn on one of the shop's bikes! Staff will also be on hand to give tours of the shop. Women's Shop Night is hosted by Women Rolling Collectively, an initiative of the Des Moines Bicycle Collective to get more women on bikes in Des Moines.

July 20. Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Blank Park Zoo, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, and Trees Forever invite you to be an UpCycle Steward this summer! Help restore Gray’s Lake’s woodlands, provide browse for the Zoo’s animals, and connect with your community at this unique event. No experience necessary! Volunteers will remove invasive species to creates space for native plants and feed Blank Park animals. Events will be held the third Thursday of each month June - August, from 5:30-7:30 pm.

July 21. The South Suburban YMCA is hosting Yoga Under The Moon, a free event for all community member ages 8 and older. Class will be held in the grassy area behind the South Suburban YMCA on July 21st from 7:30-8:30pm. In the event of rain, call the YMCA at (515) 285-0444 for cancellation information.

July 25. Join Eat Greater Des Moines for their July Meetup as they head to DMACC's Urban Food Forest to check out their bees! Melanie Sadeghpour, Professor/Program Chair, Environmental Science at DMACC, will share what she learned (and learned not to do) when having bees at your garden or orchard. Melaine will also be doing a honey tasting!  The goal of these meet ups is to help area garden leaders connect, share resources, and ensure volunteer gardens are successful for years to come. 

July 30. The Food Bank of Iowa works to provide food for Iowa children, families, and seniors to lead full and active lives, strengthening the communities where they live. Join the Food Bank of Iowa’s work and attend the second annual Smoke Out Hunger, on Sunday, July 30th from 12-3pm at Brenton Skating Plaza in Downtown Des Moines. Smoke Out Hunger will raise awareness of food insecurity in Iowa and funds to help the Food Bank of Iowa accomplish its vision of a hunger-free Iowa. The event’s centerpiece is barbeque, prepared by chefs and restaurants from Central Iowa, complemented by live music and complimentary beer, wine, soda, and water, providing a one-of-a-kind urban riverside BBQ! Buy your tickets here.

July 31. Come meet current Junior League members to learn more about membership at the Junior League of Des Moines’ Recruitment Social, July 31st from 6-8pm at Della Viti Des Moines. The Junior League of Des Moines is an organization that is committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.