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 reply to this email!

October 1. Check out Farm Crawl 2017 from 11am-5pm!! Seven independent family farm operations, all within an easy drive of each other in south-central Iowa, are jointly hosting open houses. The seven farms include: Blue Gate Farm, Coyote Run Farm, Crooked Gap Farm, Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch, Schneider Orchard, White Breast Pottery and Weaving, and Trojan Iron Works. See website for directions and further information.

October 4. Have you ever wanted to vacation on your bike? Join The Des Moines Bicycle Collective for the next Cycle Series- Plan a Bike Vacation to learn all you'll need to plan the most adventurous vacation around. Attendees will discuss and learn how to plan a route, what to pack, what gear you'll need, the best places to go. Hear from local cyclists about their local and international vacations and what they learned along the way.

October 5. Join the Iowa Environmental Council for their annual conference, an exploration of local solutions including local food initiatives, sustainable housing, community-based watershed projects, grassroots energy ventures and much more. The conference is from 8am-4pm at the DMACC FFA Enrichment Center,1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy, Ankeny, IA 50023. Register here and stop by the Urban Ambassadors table during the breaks and say hi!

October 5. 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.

October 6. It’s that time of year again! It’s the fantastic Walnut Creek Watershed Festival! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and help keep the watershed clean. From 1pm to 4pm there will be Conservation Projects Demonstrations,  Creek clean-up, An Invasive Species Removal: "Goat vs Sheep". From 4pm to 7pm have fun networking with conservation groups & exhibits (including us!), listen to music, and enjoy refreshments from local food trucks. The event will be held at the Clive Aquatic Swimming Center.

October 7. Day 2 of the Walnut Creek Watershed Festival is being held at Colby Park in Windsor Heights from 11am-7pm.  Check out the full day schedule at this link.

October 14. In celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a stewardship opportunity for you and/or your group. From 9am to noon, you’ll collect native prairie seeds for the purpose of restoring prairie habitat at the Refuge. A FREE lunch will be provided by the Friends of Neal Smith NWR. Pre-registration is required. Call 515-994-3400 to register or email

October 16. Join The World Food Prize for the 11th Annual Iowa Hunger Summit on Monday, October 16th, at the Downtown Marriott. The Iowa Hunger Summit gathers leaders from across Iowa representing community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, social agencies, churches and religious communities, schools and universities, and other individuals and groups that lead or participate in projects to confront hunger. The Iowa Hunger Summit is FREE and open to the public, along with a free luncheon. Register here.

October 16. Join the Easter Lake Area Neighborhood Association and the Easter Lake Park Homeowners Association for a presentation and update from 7-8pm about the Easter Lake Watershed Project. Project Coordinator, Julie Perreault will provide background and motivations for the project, information on completed projects, and what is on the horizon for Easter Lake and how you can get involved. Keep an eye on the Facebook event for updates on the location.

October 17. Join the Easter Lake Watershed Project and Des Moines Parks and Recreation at the Easter Lake Park shop and learn to build your very own rain barrel to collect and use runoff at home! This Rain Barrel Workshop will take place October 17th from 6:30-7:30pm. Get your ticket here!

October 18. The South Suburban YMCA is hosting a Harvest Party & Community Garden Fall Cleanup on Wednesday, October 18th from 4-6pm. Join volunteers for an evening of cleaning up garden plots and exploring the Y’s garden and orchard! All are welcome at this family friendly event.

October 18. 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.

October 28. Celebrate International Observe the Moon Night at the Star Party at Ewing Park! Join the Science Center of Iowa just after dark for a Spooky Stars program at 8:00 pm, and learn more about the not-so-scary stories of our constellations. Participants will also enjoy an up-close views of our gorgeous Moon and Saturn.