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Courage League Sports Saturday Leagues

Nov 23, 8:00 am
Location:
Various community buildings
Event For:
Age 7+
Cost:
$45 for 4 week session
Organization:
Courage League Sports
Contact:
Porshia Perkins
Email:
porshia@courageleaguesports.com
Phone:
(515) 421-4021
Summer is over and Team Sports and ChAAMPS are BACK! This fall we will be offering our popular soccer programs in Ankeny, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Indianola. We are excited to announce our brand new flag football program for our ChAAMPS league only hoping to expand to Team Sports in the future

Animal Winter Survival

Nov 23, 10:30 am
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
How do animals survive the winter? Learn the different strategies animals use to survive a long cold Iowa winter.

Day Camps, Overnights, Horse Riding, and more with Camp Fire!

Nov 27 (all day)
Location:
Drop off location: 5615 Hickman Rd Des Moines, IA 50310
Event For:
Grades K-9
Cost:
$37/day for School Day Off programs (other prices vary)
Organization:
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
Contact:
Marilyn Bagley
Email:
campfire@campfireiowa.org
Phone:
(515) 274-1501
Join us for "Out of School" Days this fall! Drop your child off at one of our convenient drop locations and let them experience a day of excitement and learning at Camp Hantesa! Under the supervision of our trained staff, campers make new friends and interact with old ones through engaging programs!

Child Abduction Prevention Drop In Class

Nov 27, 4:30 pm
Location:
Fully Focused Sports and Fitness
Event For:
5 to 12 years of age
Cost:
$10.00
Organization:
C.O.B.R.A. Self Defense Des Moines
Contact:
Dave Nelson
Email:
cobracapiowa@gmail.com
Phone:
(515) 249-0031
Parents! Wanted to let you all know that Every Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30 pm we are having a drop in Child Abduction Prevention Class at The Focus Office. 2425 Hubble Ave in Des Moines, Iowa 50317. We will work with your child, ages 5 to 12, teaching them life-saving skills for an hour. (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

Courage League Sports Volunteering

Nov 28 (all day)
Event For:
Age 14+
Organization:
Courage League Sports
Contact:
Porshia Perkins
Email:
porshia@courageleaguesports.com
Phone:
(515) 421-4022
If you are motivate and willing to donate your time, we have opportunities for you! Be a teammate, lead as a coach or be a teacher! Whether you are a student needing service hours or simply enjoy working with the special needs population, we have fun and unique opportunities for you! (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

#OptOutside Hike

Nov 29, 1:00 pm
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Choose to #OptOutside on Black Friday with your friends and family. We’ll reconnect you with nature on a hike through Jester Park.

Iowa Elite AAU Basketball

Dec 1 (all day)
Location:
IEBT Sports Facility
Event For:
2nd-8th grade families
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Iowa Elite Basketball
Contact:
Larry Mason
Email:
Iowaelite@gmail.com
Phone:
(515) 537-5594
Central Iowa’s premier AAU Basketball Organization has a few remaining roster spots open! Come to a practice in our new, state of the art facility and try us out! It’s not to late to sign up for the winter season. Come be a part of the Iowa Elite Family!

Build a Birdhouse

Dec 7, 9:00 am
Location:
Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
$20
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Attract some of our beautiful feathered friends to your yard by building a birdhouse. We will also take some time to artistically decorate them, turning them into a great gift to give during the holiday season. All materials, tools, and art supplies provided.

Christmas for Kids

Dec 7, 10:30 am
Location:
Lincoln Heights Lutheran Church, 1217 Watrous Ave
Event For:
Preschool - 5th Grade
Audience Location:
Southside Des Moines
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Lincoln Heights Lutheran Church
Contact:
Matt Pfeifer
Email:
pastor@lhelc.org
Phone:
(515) 288-3013
A fun morning of the Christmas story with songs, crafts and a meal for the whole family at Noon. No cost to attend. Same day registration (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

Indoor Live Nativity

Dec 8, 1:00 pm
Location:
5128 Meredith Drive, Des Moines 50310
Event For:
Families
Cost:
FREE
Organization:
Meredith Drive Reformed Church
Contact:
Ann Bailey
Email:
annbailey@meredithdrive.org
Phone:
(515) 276-4901
Meredith Drive Reformed Church invites your family to experience the sights and sounds of the night Jesus was born at their Indoor Live Nativity on Sun., Dec. 8, from 1-5 PM! Families can make crafts, feed and pet the animals, and visit the shops in Bethlehem. Free and open to the public. (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

Hike and Hot Cocoa

Dec 13, 4:00 pm
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
A cold December day is the perfect time to make yourself a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy National Cocoa Day. We’ll start the program with a brisk walk around Discovery Pond and end by enjoying a mug of hot cocoa around a fire.

$5 Family Night @ Science Center

Dec 13, 5:00 pm
Location:
401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309
Event For:
All ages
Cost:
$5.00/person
Organization:
Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
Contact:
Hannah Little
Email:
hannah.little@sciowa.org
Phone:
(515) 274-6868
The second Friday of each month from 5:00–8:00 pm, explore SCI with your family. Admission is just $5 per person! No need to grab dinner first... our Food Chain Cafe is open until 7:30 pm. (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

FAMILY FUN NIGHT

Dec 13, 5:00 pm
Location:
John R Grubb YMCA
Event For:
ALL AGES
Cost:
Free
Organization:
YMCA of Des Moines
Contact:
Margaret M Kessler
Email:
margaret.kessler@dmymca.org
Phone:
(515) 490-7058
Fun night is for all families to come and meet new friends and tour the John R Grubb YMCA. (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

Decorate a Tree for Wildlife

Dec 14, 10:30 am
Location:
Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
$5
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Decorating a tree for our feathered friends and other wildlife is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Join us for this hands-on event. Each registered participant will take home a variety of treats to decorate their backyard.

Parents Night Out

Dec 20, 6:00 pm
Location:
John R Grubb YMCA 1611 11th Street DSM, IA
Event For:
2-9 years of age
Cost:
Free with family membership or $15 for nonmembers
Organization:
John R GRubb YMCA
Contact:
Margaret Kessler
Email:
margaret.kessler@dmymca.org
Phone:
(515) 490-7058
Parent's night out is for parents to be able to do something for themselves while their child or children are watched by trained Y staff members. A healthy dinner will provided. (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

Light the Night

Dec 21, 5:00 pm
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
$5
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Celebrate winter’s official arrival and the longest night of the year! We will take a short hike along the Discovery Trail lit with luminaries, enjoy a fire under the stars and share a cup of cocoa. Three sessions: 5:00, 6:30 & 8:00 PM.

Tracks and Scat

Dec 26, 1:00 pm
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Tracks and scat give us lots of clues about the animals that live around us. Even if we don’t see them, we can learn a lot about them by what they leave behind.

Rock Me

Dec 27, 10:30 am
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Come learn the basics of geology. We will discuss what rocks are made of, how they form and three basic rock categories. A large rock and mineral collection will be on display as well and other interesting geological items.

Winter Hike

Dec 29, 1:30 pm
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Join the Naturalist for a hike in the winter wonderland looking for animal signs. Dress for the weather.

Critter Club

Dec 30, 10:00 am
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Come visit Jester Park Nature Center’s resident turtles, snakes, and salamanders to learn about these misunderstood animals. You may even get to touch a turtle or snake. This is an open house program, so come anytime between 10-11:30.

Owl Pellet Dissection

Dec 30, 1:00 pm
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
$5
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Come learn about owls of Iowa and their adaptations as predators and their role in the food web. The presentation will be followed by a pellet dissection and analysis.

Winterbreak Afternoon

Dec 30, 1:00 pm
Location:
John R Grubb YMCA 1611 11th Str DSM, IA
Event For:
2-9 years of age
Audience Location:
John R Grubb YMCA 1611 11th Str DSM, IA
Cost:
free with family membership or $5.00 for nonmembers
Organization:
John R GRubb YMCA
Contact:
Margaret Kessler
Email:
margaret.kessler@dmymca.org
Phone:
(515) 490-7058
Giving the children a chance to do something fun on their winter break. Special crafts and fun. A healthy midafternoon snack will be provided. (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

TutorHeroes: Homework Help

Dec 31 (all day)
Location:
Evelyn K. Davis Center, 1171 7th Street
Event For:
7th - 12th
Audience Location:
Metrowide
Organization:
Evelyn K. Davis Center
Contact:
Joy Esposito
Email:
jnesposito@dmacc.edu
Phone:
(515) 697-7736
TutorHeroes is comprised of volunteer college students who provide academic assistance in areas such as Math, English, Social Studies, Science, and Spanish. (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

Secrets of the Sun

Dec 31, 10:30 am
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Through interactive activities and games, we’ll learn about the characteristics of our Sun and how it compares to other stars in the universe. We’ll also take a look at the Sun through a telescope with a special solar viewing filter.

The Salvation Army Youth Basketball League

Jan 1, 10:00 am
Location:
1216 E. 25th Court, Des Moines, IA 50317
Event For:
1st -6th Grade
Cost:
$70
Organization:
The Salvation Army
Contact:
Jessica Reeser
Email:
jessica.reeser@usc.salvationarmy.org
Phone:
(515) 266-3156
Registration fee: $70 per player. We offer payment plans. This is a coed league. Grades 1st-2nd play end of September-beginning of December. Grades 3rd-4th & 5th-6th play beginning of December– end of February. Weekly evening practices and Saturday games.

Junior Menace

Feb 24, 5:30 pm
Location:
Wellmark YMCA, Ignit Sports and Fitness, MVP Sports Center
Event For:
3-9 year olds
Cost:
$50/3-4 year olds, $100/5-9 year olds
Organization:
Junior Menace
Contact:
Sydney Tatam
Email:
sydney.tatam@menacesoccer.com
Phone:
(515) 457-6367
Junior Menace is a soccer program for BOYS and GIRLS, ages 3 to 9. It is designed for all ability levels and we definitely encourage beginners! This is a great program to learn basic soccer skills if your child has never played before. (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

DM Parks & Rec Fall/Winter Program Guide

Feb 28 (all day)
Location:
Des Moines
Event For:
All Ages
Organization:
Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Contact:
Jennifer Fletcher
Email:
jmfletcher@dmgov.org
Phone:
(515) 237-1386
The new Fall/Winter Program guide is here! Check out all that we have to offer straight through until spring. This includes: • Athletics • Cemeteries • Community Recreation Centers • Nature Programs • Special Events • Volunteers (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

Courage League Sports Winter Programming

Mar 31 (all day)
Location:
Various community buildings
Event For:
All Students
Cost:
$45 for 4 week session
Organization:
Courage League Sports
Contact:
Porshia Perkins
Email:
porshia@courageleaguesports.com
Phone:
(515) 421-4021
CLS offers adapted sports and recreational opportunities for kids living with a special need. All classes are adapted for each participant and their ability.

Lifeguard Certification Courses

Apr 1 (all day)
Location:
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Event For:
High School
Cost:
$200.00
Organization:
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Contact:
Ann Peterson
Email:
ann.peterson@dmymca.org
Phone:
(515) 471-8509
Lifeguard certification course to prepare students for employment at a pool. Classes 5 New Certification classes and 4 Review classes January-March 2020.

Build My Future

Apr 15, 8:00 am
Location:
Iowa State Fairgrounds Varied Industry Building
Event For:
13-18
Audience Location:
All schools welcome
Cost:
FREE
Organization:
Iowa Skilled Trades
Contact:
Brandon Patterson
Email:
brandon@dsmhba.com
Phone:
(515) 270-8500
Build My Future is an immersive hands on event that allows participants to see multiple career paths available in Iowa. Participants will be able to get their hands on many careers in urgent need of a skilled workforce. Find more information at www.iowaskilledtrades.com .

Des Moines Community Playhouse Winter & Spring Classes & Camps

May 16 (all day)
Location:
Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For:
Preschool, elementary, and middle school students
Cost:
Variable
Organization:
Des Moines Community Playhouse
Contact:
Robin Heldt Spahr
Email:
rspahr@dmplayhouse.com
Phone:
(515) 974-5365
The Des Moines Community Playhouse offers weekly classes and camps during breaks during the winter and spring months.

Court Appointed Special Advocate

May 29 (all day)
Location:
Polk County
Event For:
18+
Organization:
Iowa Child Advocacy Board-CASA
Contact:
Carrie Phelps
Email:
carrie.phelps@dia.iowa.gov
Phone:
(866) 469-2522
CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for the best interest of abused or neglected children under the court's jurisdiction.