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Ultimate Dinosaurs      3/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
515-274-6868 x222
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines
Millions of years ago, the supercontinent Pangaea broke apart, and dinosaurs became passengers on these drifting land masses. The result? Dinosaurs with unusual - and sometimes bizarre - features that are different from the ones we know and love. Based on new, groundbreaking research from scientists around the world, Ultimate Dinosaurs reveals a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa and Madagascar. From the tiny Buitreraptor to the massive Giganotosaurus (T. rex's bigger, badder cousin), Ultimate Dinosaurs is a fascinating study of species you may not have met before. See Ultimate Dinosaurs October 12, 2014, through April 12, 2015, at SCI!
BusinessLaunch! Classes      3/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
8345 University Blvd, Clive
In-depth foundation for new entrepreneurs and those in the planning stages. Students will determine feasibility, start-up needs, timeline, and pricing. They will also build skills in financial management, marketing. The instructor will assist the students in writing the business plan. The final product is a business plan draft. Business owners already operating are welcome to take the class and encouraged to do so. Class runs twelve sessions, meeting every Tuesday and Thursday evening for 6 weeks. Class facilitator and primary instructor is Danielle Oldson, MA. Industry experts will teach specific sessions. The total cost is $350 and includes the "Business Planning Guide". Scholarships are available. Please do not register for this class here. You must first take BusinessPrep, which you can register for on our Events page. Thank you!
Exhibit: New work by Chris Vance      3/29/2015 10:00:00 AM
2921 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines
New work by Chris Vance
221 Walnut Street, Des Moines
Joseph Giunta conducts Mozart’s sunny and brilliant “Haffner” Symphony, and he has invited his latest discovery, the sixteen-year-old award-winning Chinese pianist Jia Cheng Xiong, to make his Iowa debut in Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto. The program also features Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony, and concludes with the most popular of Liszt’s symphonic poems, the majestic Les Préludes. This program is presented by The Healthcare Circle. Tickets are $15-$55 for adults, and $7.50-$27.50 for students. For more information, please visit or call 1.800.745.3000.
Sheslow Auditorium, Des Moines
One of New York's best new big bands is conducted by Ryan Truesdell. Voted the #1 Rising Star Big Band by the Downbeat Critic's Poll.Trusdell's new CD, Centennial Project, delves into the work of Toronto-born composer Gill Evans, who was Miles Davis's collaborator on albums such at Birth of the Cool, Sketches of Spain, and Porgy & Bess.
Exhibit: New work by Chris Vance      3/30/2015 10:00:00 AM
2921 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines
New work by Chris Vance
Des Moines
Board members have a fiduciary responsibility to the organizations they serve, including being fully informed about the organization’s financial status and trends. This session will help board members gain a meaningful understanding of the nonprofit organizations they serve by learning to appraise and evaluate financial statements. This understanding will assist board members in communicating confidently with the chief executive about the financial performance of the organization and provide the framework necessary for financial oversight and sound decision making. Join us for this interactive session with Karla Jones-Weber, CPA, CFO & Vice-President of Finance and Administration at the Community Foundation and Kris Pete-Swanson, Controller at the Community Foundation. You will leave with a basic and solid understanding of the separate financial oversight roles of the board and administration, learn key financial terminology, analyze financial statements using key financial ratios and learn about annual audit requirements to enable you to fulfill your fiduciary role as a board member.

Film: The Good Lie      3/30/2015 7:00:00 PM
Drake University, Olmsted Center, Des Moines
The Good Lie stars Witherspoon as a U.S. resettlement employee helping Sudanese Lost Boys relocate. A discussion with caseworkers and refugees will follow. Co-sponsors: Drake’s Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship and U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.
Exhibit: New work by Chris Vance      3/31/2015 10:00:00 AM
2921 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines
New work by Chris Vance
King Pong - Table Tennis League      3/31/2015 7:00:00 PM
Des Moines Social Club, Des Moines
Tuesday’s from 7-10PM. Open play from 7PM-8:30PM. The league tournament starts at (or right around) 8:30PM. You don’t have to be a member of the league to play in the tournament! Open play resume’s after the tournament is over. We try our best to keep one table open for walk-in’s.
Team Trivia      3/31/2015 7:30:00 PM
Gas Lamp, Des Moines
Every Tuesday Night at 7:30pm at Gas Lamp - 1501 Grand Avenue Bring a team of 2-6 people for great drinks and 8 rounds of trivia! Rounds contain 5 questions with links hinting at each previous question's answer. Also, occasional theme rounds to spice things up!

Office Manager      4/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona
2015 Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence Governor's Celebration & Conference at Prairie Meadows Conference Center, Altoona The 5 IRPE award winning applicants will be receiving their awards including Gold by Genesis Health Systems & Mary Greeley Medical Center, Silver award to Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations & Bronze awards to Urbandale Community School District & Iowa Donor Network. The conference will feature break out sessions by all of the award winning applicants. The keynote speaker, JoAnn Sternke, Superintendent from Pewaukee, WI school district who was the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner.
7th Annual Women Mean Business Summit      4/1/2015 7:30:00 AM
The Meadows Conference Center, Altoona
Full day of educational and networking opportunities for women business owners
HIlton Garden Inn - Boardroom, Johnston

A four-month program for men and women who want to strengthen their leadership skills and create a plan for development. This program includes eight group meetings, four one-on-one coaching sessions, and a 360-degree leadership assessment. Cost: $1550  This group is facilitated by Ginny Wilson-Peters, President & Owner of Integrity Integrated. For more information, visit: DMLDPSpring2015. To register, please call Shari or Amy at 563-359-1099.

Prairie Meadows Conference Center, Altoona
NAWBO Iowa, the state chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, holds its annual signature educational and networking event, its Women Mean Business® Summit, on April 1 at the Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona. The “Clarify-Collaborate-Contribute-Celebrate” Summit features ten women presenters as well as networking opportunities throughout the day, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The program includes leadership lessons from keynoters Miriam Erickson Brown, CEO of Anderson Erickson Dairy in Des Moines, and Dawn Ainger, CEO of Genova Technologies in Cedar Rapids. Workshop sessions are scheduled on personal branding, business growth through succession, navigating tough moments, and roadblocks to organizational performance. Those seminars will be presented by Deborah Rinner Godwin of Tero International, Lana Pol and Tiffany Van Zante of Geetings, Inc. and G.I. Warehouse Corporation, Sinikka Waugh of Your Clear Next Step, and Dr. T. Waldmann-Williams of TWW Consulting. “The day is designed for women business owners but is applicable for any business or professional person interested in career growth and achieving success,” said Kristen Hall, owner of KH Mediation and chair of the NAWBO Iowa Summit. “The Summit also provides companies that target ambitious and influential Iowa women with an opportunity to reach them as sponsors and exhibitors. We expect more than 300 attendees, and registration is discounted through March 6.” For the seventh time the Summit will include a woman business owner panel, with successful business leaders sharing their personal and professional experiences through presentations as well as dialogue with each other. This year’s panel members are Megan McKay of McKay Insurance and Peachtree Brewery in Knoxville, Lisa Gran of Splashlight Solutions in West Des Moines and Dr. Susan Wood of Vida Diagnostics in Coralville. Moderator is Laura Scott of Morgan Stanley in Davenport. A silent auction will be included to benefit professional development for women through NAWBO, as well. To register or for complete details, visit The first 100 people registering for the full day receive a fashionable bag and matching wallet. The full-day fee is $150 for NAWBO Iowa members, $175 for nonmembers. Fees increase $25 on March 7. The half-day fee that includes lunch is $110.
Exhibit: New work by Chris Vance      4/1/2015 10:00:00 AM
2921 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines
New work by Chris Vance
Urbandale High School, Urbandale
Join the students of the Iowa Prayer Breakfast Committee for the Teacher and Student Seminar Featuring Author and Speaker Dr. Os Guinness. Teachers are welcome to arrive at 6 p.m. for a complimentary light dinner.Free Admission
Iowa Prayer Breakfast      4/2/2015 7:00:00 AM
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Ballroom, Formerly known as Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Des Moines
The Iowa Prayer Breakfast…A long-standing tradition where Iowa’s Governor, legislators, and community and religious leaders ask God’s direction and blessing upon our state. …The reading of the Scriptures, local musicians, an inspiring message from Os Guinness, and prayer for our state. His forthcoming book Fool's Talk – The recovery of Christian Persuasion will be published by InterVarsity Press in June, 2015. …A hearty breakfast, the company of friends, and a beginning of the Easter weekend celebration. Adults $20, Students $10: RSVP by March 24, 2015
Exhibit: New work by Chris Vance      4/2/2015 10:00:00 AM
2921 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines
New work by Chris Vance
Exhibit: New work by Chris Vance      4/3/2015 10:00:00 AM
2921 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines
New work by Chris Vance
Mixology Night: Science of Light      4/3/2015 5:30:00 PM
515-274-6868 x222
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines
Mixology Night: Science of Light Music: Dan Tedesco Mix. Mingle. Music. Science. Mix your Friday night up with drinks, mingling, science and entertainment! 21+ crowd: This night is exclusively for you! The first Friday of every month from 5:30 – 9:00 pm, experience all that the Science Center of Iowa has to offer – minus the kids. Grab a cocktail and enjoy live music from local bands and adult-themed presentations and programming! Admission: General admission is $5; free for SCI Members A valid driver’s license is required for admission and must be presented at the SCI Box Office.
Exhibit: New work by Chris Vance      4/4/2015 10:00:00 AM
2921 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines
New work by Chris Vance
Pony Express Ride Day      4/4/2015 12:00:00 PM
4, Des Moines
More than 300 riders bring donations to Camp Sunnyside on horseback. Pony Express Riders of Iowa have raised more than $9.4 million in their 47-year history for Easter Seals Iowa Camp Sunnyside.
Bunny Hop      4/4/2015 12:00:00 PM
208 3rd Street, Des Moines
Hey, EveryBunny! Do the Bunny Hop on April 4. We will be hopping around the downtown/Court Avenue area to enjoy specials from local establishments, all in support of homeless pets! Registration is $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Grab your bunny costume, invite your bunny friends and join us starting at noon at The Stuffed Olive! Must be 21 or older.
One Iowa 6th Annual Gala      4/4/2015 6:30:00 PM
515-288-4019 x211
Temple for the Performing Arts, Des Moines
On April 4, 2015, One Iowa will host our biggest event of the year celebrating equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Iowans. This year's Keynote Speaker will be author and AIDS activist Sean Strub. Sean currently serves as the executive director of The Sero Project, a network of people with HIV fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice. One Iowa has expanded its focus each every aspect of the LGBT community, young and old, "from cradle to grave." We invite you to join us in this celebration of our work even as we recognize how much further we have to go.

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