Thursday Feb 22 @ 9:30 AM
Healthcare Lobby Day - Part II
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement – Remember Gov. Reynolds' promise about Medicaid that "we will make this right" during her Condition of the State? The first legislative funnel has come and NOT ONE SINGLE bill that would fix Iowa's Medicaid mess for tens of thousands of families advance to stay alive. Not even the Republican-introduced bill SSB 3094 saw any movement - the "Medicaid carve-out" bill to protect the most vulnerable Iowans who depend on care for the rest of their lives - saw any movement. Are you ok with that? We're not. Join us next Thursday, February 22 at the Statehouse to demand they make it right! CCI Action members aren't ones to stand by and just let things happen. These bills may be stalled in committee, but Majority Leader Sen. Bill Dix and Speaker of the House Rep. Linda Upmeyer have the power to move them forward. RSVP for our Healthcare Showdown Lobby Day now Together we'll bring this issue directly to our individual legislators, lobby House and Senate leadership, and pay a visit Gov. Reynolds' office. Will you join us? Where: Iowa State Capitol When: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Why: We need to fix Iowa's Medicaid privatization mess, we need healthcare for all, our lives are on the line. RSVP here
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 9:30 AM
Signs & Songs Story Time
Ankeny Public Library – Start learning some American Sign Language in a fun and engaging way! Register by calling the Children's Reference Desk at 965-6460, option 4.
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 4:00 PM
Z’mariks Fundraiser
YMCA of Greater Des Moines – Join us at Z’mariks and 50% of the sale will go to support the Walnut Creek Family YMCA!
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 5:30 PM
Mammoth Grinder w/ Closet Witch, Idolist, & Blood Spell at VM
Vaudeville Mews – Mammoth Grinder Closet Witch Idolist BLOOD SPELL Thursday, February 22nd at Vaudeville Mews 5:30 doors // 6pm show // $10 // ALL AGES Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of genre-bashing Texan trio MAMMOTH GRINDER. Formed in 2006 in Austin, TX, and consisting of members of Power Trip and Iron Reagan, MAMMOTH GRINDER combine primitive, punk-inflected death metal with the most manic elements of hardcore, crust and grindcore. The band has released three full-lengths and numerous splits and EPs since forming over a decade ago. After a brief hiatus in 2014, MAMMOTH GRINDER have returned and entered the studio earlier this week to record their fourth full-length album. Entitled Cosmic Crypt, the new album will consist of 11 tracks recorded to analog / tape at Trax East in South River, NJ. More info and shows at
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 5:30 PM
History Made Up - Live!
Des Moines Social Club – The Basement // Doors 5PM // Show 5:30PM // $5 Your favorite local podcast will be recording LIVE at The Basement! History Made Up with Will Frazier is an informative improvised podcast. Will takes audience suggestions to tell a true story from history, then performs comedic monologues based on that true story. It is the show of information and improvisation! This special edition of History Made Up will be recorded for submission to the contest4improv4humans, a national improv competition.
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 6:00 PM
ARL Chicken Seminar
Animal Rescue League of Iowa – Learn all about chickens at this seminar. We'll be discussing local ordinances, chicken care, chicks, and chicken illnesses. The event will be held in the Mapes Auditorium at ARL Main. This seminar is free, but registration is required so we know how many people to expect. Special thanks to Bomgaars for sponsoring this event.
    Thursday Feb 22 - Feb 23 @ 6:00 PM
2018 Engaged Citizen Conference
Drake University – The 2018 Engaged Citizen Conference, titled "Nourishing (Feeding) the World," challenges students and community members to embrace agriculture as a vital realm of civic engagement. The conference is free and open to the public and will feature panel discussions by a high-profile set of industry representatives, scholars, and policymakers, including a keynote presentation by former Ambassador Darci Vetter, one of the nation’s leading experts on international trade and agriculture. Drake faculty members, students and community members will lead breakout sessions on topics including agriculture and global health; agricultural labor issues; agriculture, food and the media; and environmental sustainability in Iowa’s agricultural sector. There will also be a film screening that kicks off a film series, accompanied by a panel discussion with the filmmaker. All events are in Drake's Olmsted Center. A complete schedule and registration information is available at:
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 6:00 PM
Cooking with Cass: Intro to Sushi
Des Moines Social Club – REGISTER HERE: A class on sushi! A favorite treat to many of us here in Des Moines. You will learn how to make your own sushi rolls from scratch including Tuna rolls, Salmon rolls, Tempura rolls, and Sashimi. We will also be making many of the favorite sauces too. This is a hands on class and everyone will have a chance to get involved and roll their own sushi. Menu: - Tuna rolls - Salmon Roll - Tempura Rolls - Sashimi About the Artist: Cassandra lived in New York City from 2006-2013. This is where she discovered her passion for the many different cuisines from around the world. She graduated from the Iowa Culinary Institute at DMACC in 2015. She is personal Chef for many small businesses in the Des Moines area. Her favorite cuisine to cook at home is Traditional Sichuan Cuisine from North Western China.
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 6:00 PM
Fly Tying Meetup!
Bass Pro Shops – Once a month you can pull up a chair, watch, learn, even try your hand at fly tying! Come hang out with us and members of the Trout Unlimited - North Bear Chapter as they tie flies in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. We'll be in the Fly Shop from 6-8 p.m.
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 6:00 PM
LOSST Town Hall Meeting
City of Urbandale, Iowa – Polk County Local Option Sales & Services Tax (LOSST) The Local Option Sales and Services Tax (LOSST) is often used as a way to raise funds for specific local or area projects. The LOSST was recently approved in the Dallas County portion of Urbandale. The Iowa sales tax rate is 6% statewide. Polk County voters have the opportunity to approve a 1% LOSST, which would result in a 7% sales tax rate. The 1% LOSST is approved by voters at the city or county level and is only collected on items that are currently subject to sales tax. This map shows the counties where voters have approved the LOSST. More than 90% of Iowa has LOSST and every year visitors to Polk County would generate additional LOSST revenue for Urbandale. If approved, 50% of the LOSST revenue would support property tax relief. Each year the City will report how property tax relief was achieved. The other 50% would be used for a variety of capital improvement projects–including public safety facilities, street improvements, aquatic center, park and trail improvements, storm water improvements, and related debt retirement. Important Dates February 22 - LOSST Town Hall informational meeting from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at City Hall, 3600 86th St, Urbandale, IA 50322. February 28 - LOSST Town Hall informational meeting from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Giovannetti Community Shelter, 9000 Douglas Ave, Urbandale, IA 50322 March 6 - Polk County LOSST election voting is open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The voting location for Urbandale residents in Polk County can be found here. Frequent Asked Questions 1. Why is the Local Option Sales Tax appearing on the ballot? With the passing of LOSST in Dallas County in November 2017, numerous cities in Polk County have supported placing the LOSST measure on the Polk County ballot. All together those cities represent more than 50 percent of Polk County's population and this was enough to trigger a local-option sales tax election by Iowa law. 2. What language will appear on the ballot? A sample ballot can be found here: A local sales and service tax shall be the rate of one percent (1%) to be effective July 1, 2018. Revenues from the sales and services tax shall be allocated as follows: Fifty percent (50%) for property tax relief. The specific purpose for which the revenue shall otherwise be expended is: 1. Fifty percent (50%) capital improvement projects which may include, but is not limited to, public safety facilities, aquatic center, street improvements, park and trail improvements, storm water improvements, and related debt retirement. 3. Are there any other questions on this March ballot? No. However, the Urbandale Community School District will have a separate bond referendum vote on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 to provide funds to build two new elementary schools. For more information visit: 4. Does this have to pass in every city or just county-wide? The contiguous cities of the Polk County vote together as a block and must approve it together for it to be implemented in the Polk County portions of these cities. Throughout the rest of Polk County, non-contiguous cities vote individually as well as unincorporated Polk County. The contiguous cities include Urbandale, Altoona, Johnston, Grimes, Clive, Windsor Heights, West Des Moines, Des Moines, and Pleasant Hill. This means, for example, that the contiguous cities could approve the Local Option Sales Tax, but the rest of Polk County could not approve it and the revenue would be collected and distributed only in those contiguous cities. 5. Who can participate in the election? Any eligible voter in the Polk County portion of Urbandale may participate on or before March 6th. 6. When is the election and where do I vote? Election Day Tuesday, March 6th. Polls are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm. Visit for more information. 7. Can I vote at home in this election or at a satellite location? At this time, satellite locations have not been announced. Please reference voter information at for information about voting. 8. Does it require support of greater than 50% to pass? Yes, for Urbandale the Polk County LOSST referendum requires support of 50% plus one vote of the votes cast in the contiguous cities as noted above. 9. Will this vote impact my property taxes? This vote will not increase your property taxes, but would provide property tax relief as stated in the ballot language. 10. Who pays the additional sales tax? The Local Option Sales Tax is paid based on point of delivery retail sales in Polk County. That means a resident of Polk County, or any visitor from outside the area, would pay this tax at retail establishments in Polk County. Examples include purchases (excluding vehicles), services such as electrical or plumbing work, and delivery of goods such as furniture. 11. Do any other communities in Iowa have a Local Option Sales Tax? Yes, according to the Iowa Department of Revenue 1,277 out of 1,373 (93 percent) communities in Iowa have a Local Option Sales Tax. This means Polk County residents are already paying Local Option Sales Tax in many communities that they visit across the state. 12. Has this issue been on the ballot before in Polk County? Yes, the last time a Local Option Sales Tax vote was held in Polk County was in 2007. 13. Will the Local Option Sales Tax increase only be paid by Polk County residents? No, any visitor to Polk County retail and service businesses that charge sales tax would also be charged the 1% Local Option Sales Tax if approved. Currently, Urbandale residents pay a Local Option Sales Tax when visiting many other Iowa cities. 14. Why is the Dallas County portion of Urbandale not voting on Local Option Sales Tax? Dallas county citizen already passed Local Option Sales Tax last November and therefore they are not voting on this again. 15. If approved, when would the Local Option Sales Tax be implemented? If approved, the Local Option Sales Tax would become effective starting July 1, 2018.
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 7:00 PM
AT CAPACITY: Free Preview of Hedwig and the Angry Inch for LGBTQ Community
The Garden Nightclub – Doors open at 7 p.m.; show begins at 7:30 p.m. Kata Klysmic Productions has generously made the preview night of their latest production, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, free to 75 members of the LGBTQ community. "I think Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a very important show for people who are not defined by 'regular' standards. There's a lot of people who feel, even people who may not seem like they would feel outside of the norm, like an other individual and it's really important to have these over-the-top characters to say, 'I feel that way' or 'That feels like me.' We have this opportunity to have a live performance of a rock band but you're in the middle of this play. I think it's really special, something you don't see a lot." -Director, Emily Davis Reserve your spot here: This special event/performance is intended to give LGBTQ Iowans the chance to experience this production if buying tickets is outside their means. One Iowa will be facilitating a talkback session after this preview. Hedwig and the Angry Inch runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from February 23rd to March 4th. Tickets may be purchased here:
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 7:00 PM
Book Worms
Polk County Conservation – Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Pre-registration required; deadline is February 19. Fee: $5.
    Thursday Feb 22 - Mar 23 @ 7:00 PM
T.H.E. Box Tour:: The Party Everyone Gets to Crash
lululemon Des Moines – It doesn't matter if you're a beast or new to the sport of exercise- you're invited to join us! We'll be out at a few of our favorite local boxes to celebrate and cheer you on. Bonus: we're bringing a special team sale discount on core product + the option to have it screen printed with your gyms logo. What's new this year? We know the CrossFit community in Des Moines is special and one of a kind. CrossFit in Des Moines is a BIG deal and it crosses over age, gender and ability levels to include everyone. It maintains that small town feel, while being in a large city. To celebrate you, we've curated a special tank/tee to celebrate the CrossFit community of Des Moines, complete with all the gyms we'll be touring. You'll be able to take these home with you the night of the event. T.H.E. Box Tour Schedule:: 2.22 Max Oxygen CrossFit Downtown 2.23 CrossFit 515 3.2 CrossFit West Des Moines 3.3 CrossFit 8035 3.8 CrossFit Merle Hay 3.9 CrossFit Unorthodox 3.16 CrossFit Akeso 3.23 CrossFit Waukee/ Des Moines/ North Ankeny @ CF Waukee
    Thursday Feb 22 - Feb 23 @ 9:00 PM
Andy Cohen
Lefty's Live Music – Andy Cohen ANDY COHEN IS A VIRTUOSO FINGER-STYLE GUITARIST WHO HAS been described as “a walking, talking folk-blues-roots music encyclopedia.” He grew up in a home with a piano and lots of Dixieland Jazz records. During the Sixties Folk Revival, he got hooked on the music of Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. When Andy was 16, he heard South Carolina’s Rev. Gary Davis perform and the effect on him was profound. He has devoted his life to studying, performing, and promoting traditional blues and folk music of the pre World War II era. Andy toured with Martin, Bogan, and Armstrong, John Jackson, Rev. Gary Davis, Brother Daniel Womack, Rev. Dan Smith, Jim Brewer and Honeyboy Edwards. He also worked extensively with Walt and Ethel Phelps, Big Joe Duskin, Pigmeat Jarrett, Etta Baker, Big Boy Henry, and Son Thomas. Andy has helped to support a number of his mentors and younger players, by organizing festivals and other venues for them to play in. He has written about several of the old masters and studied their work in a systematic way. Many of his students are now professional touring musicians. The Country Blues says “One thing is for sure, the boy can play. There are few people around today who had a chance to pick it all up from the old generations, get this good at it and continue to cherish and preserve the old traditions.” He has been assiduous in sharing his expertise in classes, camps, and anywhere people are making music. Andy Cohen has more than a dozen recordings to his credit, including Oh Glory, How Happy I Am: The Sacred Songs of Rev. Gary Davis and Andrew M. Cohen: Dolceola Favorites. An enthusiastic proponent of the dolceola, Andy says he “never leaves home without it.” Described by some as a “miniature piano,” the dolceola has a keyboard, but the strings are struck with wooden mallets. Along the way, Andy earned a Master’s Degree in anthropology. His passions come together in his essay on “The Hands of Blues Guitarists,” published in Ramblin’ On My Mind: New Perspectives On the Blues, edited by David Evans (2 0 08). At an Andy Cohen concert, expect to hear blues rooted in Mississippi, the Piedmont, Memphis, and Chicago, as well as some ragtime, gospel, and original tunes. In 2011 Andy received the Eisteddfod Award from The Eisteddfod Traditional Music Festival. Festival Director Dr. Jerome Epstein said, “We decided to give the award to Andy, one of this year’s performers, because of his outstanding contributions to the field of traditional music, as a performer, collector, and advocate.” In 2012 Andy received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Autoharp Gathering. Website - 21 & Over Doors at 9pm $5 Adv / $8 at the Door
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 10:00 PM
Kitchen Dwellers at Vaudeville Mews
Vaudeville Mews – Kitchen Dwellers at Vaudeville Mews
    Friday Feb 23 @ 5:15 AM
Infinity Training Center – Will it be burpees or pop squats? It’s all left up to the flip of a coin in this fast paced fun-filled workout. $10 Drop In, free to TEAM Members.
    Friday Feb 23 @ 12:00 PM
Rally with Senator Bernie Sanders and Pete D'Alessandro
Bernie Sanders – RSVP here to attend >>>> Please join Team Pete with a joint rally with Senator Bernie Sanders and Pete D'Alessandro in Des Moines. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served. ** Doors open at 11am **
    Friday Feb 23 - Feb 24 @ 2:00 PM
BMAI 6th Annual Des Moines Area Bluegrass Festival
Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa
    Friday Feb 23 - Mar 4 @ 4:00 PM
A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller
Des Moines Social Club – Set in 1950s New York in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, this searing and timely modern tragedy follows Eddie Carbone and his wife Beatrice, who shelter Beatrice's orphaned niece Catherine as she studies to become a stenographer - at least, until two of Beatrice's male cousins from Italy move in. Illegal immigration, unsanctioned love affairs, and the liberty to pursue individual happiness all come under fire; and before it is over, the entire immigrant neighborhood will be hurt in unimaginable climax. Arthur Miller's unequaled ability to show the triumphs and pitfalls of the common man shine through clearly: loyalty to community and family, fear of the unfamiliar, and the need to recognize, understand, and control our impulsive urges. Cast:? Louis - Michael Clinkscales Mike - Tom Geraty* Alfieri - James Serpento* Eddie - Shawn Wilson*+ Catherine - Abigail Feldman Beatrice - Kerry Skram* Marco - Bryan Vaughn Rodolpho - Michael Harris* First Immigration Officer - Chris Williams Second Immigration Officer - John Audlehelm Mr. Lipari - Jim Meade Mrs. Lipari - Donna Scarfe* Tony/Submarine 1 - Jack Davidson Submarine 2 - Johnny Kroll Directed by Matt McIver* *Company Member +Cloris Award Winner
    Friday Feb 23 @ 4:00 PM
Botanical Garden: Bulb Beauties
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden – During the coldest time of year, learn all about bulbs and how to force them into bloom. Plant and take home your very own crocus bulb to make Spring come early. K-5. Children in grades K-2 should have an accompanying adult to assist them. Preregister to guarantee supplies. Location:Imagination Station.