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 March, please email us at info@urbanambassadors.org!

February 2. Don’t let the cold get you down. Join Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden on Saturday morning for two educational lectures. 10:30 a.m. Jenny Quiner, Dogpatch Urban Gardens -- Succession Planting for Vegetable Gardens. 11:30 a.m. Ed Lyon, Reiman Gardens -- When is a Weed Not a Weed?  Cost of admission includes both lectures. Members $6, Nonmembers $12.

February 7. Blank Park Zoo presents Hope for the Wild our 2019 Speaker Series: "Blooms, Butterflies, and Bats". The first speaker in the series is Doug Tallamy: Restoring Nature's Relationship at Home. Afternoon Session: 4:00 p.m. $15, $35 for the series. Evening Session: 6:00-7:00 p.m. cocktail hour, 7:00 p.m. presentation.

February 10. Grab some teammates and join Blank Park Zoo for animal themed trivia at Peace Tree Brewing Company. There will be prizes for first and second place as well as in between rounds. A portion of every dollar spent goes toward Blank Park Zoo's conservation efforts. Educators from the zoo will talk about what the zoo is doing to save species from right here in Iowa to around the world and how YOU can help. Tickets are $10 and include one drink ticket. Teams may have a maximum of 6 members. Pre-registration is encouraged. You are welcome to bring food or order in. Peace Tree has a parking lot and ample street parking. Come enjoy some delicious beer and support the zoo!

February 12. Join the FemCity Des Moines Market, filled with incredible local businesses owned by Fems! From jewelry to fitness, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy wine + do some shopping with your favorite friends. This event is open to the entire community!

February 13. Are you looking for a fun, yet socially responsible, way to spend your evening? Look no further than Urban Ambassadors' Pop-Up Event: "Love" Letters for Legislators! Join us at Confluence Brewing Company for a fair trade chocolate sampling paired with writing our local legislatures on issues we care about. We'll bring the chocolate and supplies for letter writing! 

February 19. The Art Terrarium welcomes Monica Owczarski of Sweet Tooth Farm to the shop to teach about herb gardening for your home! Monica will be talking about a variety of different herbs and will show us how to grow them and keep them alive outside or on your windowsill. Come and create your ideal herb garden and figure out how to have fresh delicious herbs year round! Monica will bring a variety of herbs for you to use as you curate your perfect array of mouth watering herbs to take home, including Cilantro, Rosemary, Parsley (flat leaf), Sage, Tarragon, Spearmint, Dill, Chives, Basil (Genovese, Lemondrop, Siam Queen varieties) and Lavender. Wow! Space is limited. $40/person includes a container, soil, herbs and complimentary beverages!

February 28. Join VegLife Des Moines in the kitchen as they prepare delicious Latin empanadas. In this class you’ll learn how to make empanada dough from scratch (or where to buy it locally), the versatility of empanadas with both sweet and savory plant based fillings, and how to bake the perfect empanada. Every participant will go home with 3 empanadas! They can accommodate food allergies with advance notice, please contact us at classes@veglifedesmoines.org with information or questions. Registration is required through Des Moines Public Schools Community Education. Cost $20.

February 28. Come enjoy Trivia Night with Green Iowa AmeriCorps! Bring your team of up to 6 people to test your environmental knowledge and support Green Iowa's mission! Entry is free and the winning team receives prizes. Registration will take place at the beginning of the event.