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2014 Komen Iowa Race for the Cure

October 4, 2014 - 7:00 am - 11:30 am at State of Iowa Capitol Grounds
1007 E Grand Avenue

Race for the Cure is an emotionally impactful event with images that can stay with you forever.  From the powerful visual impression of nearly 15,000 people at the start of the Race moving as one body for a single cause, to the emotion that you feel as fellow survivors greet each other after another successful year in battling their disease together, it is impossible to attend Race for the Cure without feeling moved.  This is an event where we all come together as a community to fight this terrible disease, and help put an end to breast cancer forever. www.komeniowa.org.

Ultimate Dinosaurs

October 10, 2014 - April 12, 2015 - All Day at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Millions of years ago, the super-continent 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!

$5 Family Night

October 10, 2014 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

The second Friday of each month, explore SCI with your family with $5 general admission, documentary IMAX films and Food Chain Cafe specials! Kick off your weekend by building a rocket, traveling through outer space in one of SCI’s dynamic experience platforms or experiencing a larger-than-life IMAX film with extended hours until 8:00 pm!

Pajama Party: An Almost Overnight

October 11, 2014 - 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 West Martin Luther King Junior Parkway

Girls ages 8-15 are invited to a fun late-night adventure at SCI! Activities will include an IMAX film, pizza dinner, team challenges, hands-on activities and local women from STEM fields sharing their stories and discussing their careers. By the time you go home to bed, you’ll be dreaming big about how science can be a part of your future!

Cost is $5 per person. Register online at www.sciowa.org/buytickets or call 515-274-6868 ext. 222

The Science of Embalming

October 14, 2014 - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Des Moines Community College
2006 South Ankeny Boulevard

Presenter: Travis L. Carrico, Professor of Mortuary Science, Des Moines Community College

Location: 2006 South Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny, IA 50023

From the times of the ancient Egyptians, embalming has been practiced in various forms in many different cultures. Join us to take a closer look at the embalming process and explore the various scientific aspects of the process, including instrumentation, anatomical considerations and the chemistry of embalming.

Iowa LEGO Users Group Meet-Up

October 19, 2014 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Join the Iowa LEGO Users Group (IowaLUG) from 2:00-4:00 pm on third Sunday of every month for some free building and LEGO discussion!

What is LUG? A LEGO Users Group is simply a community of LEGO enthusiasts who meet up regularly to be social, share ideas, trade parts, build on collaborative projects, plan awesome events and generally share in the hobby. The Iowa LEGO Users Group (IowaLUG) aims to create such a community locally and to act as a resource for people who are interested in LEGO as a hobby at any level.

Classical Conversations

October 22, 2014 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Temple for Performing Arts
1011 Locust Street

Join Dr. Eric Saylor for an informal and enjoyable class that introduces you to the music the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra will perform during the 2014-2015 season! This class is intended for anyone who enjoys music — from long-time Symphony-goers to those interested in attending their first concert. Enjoy the company of fellow music-lovers, a little wine and cheese and enlightening conversations. Tickets are $15 and available to those 21 and over.  For more information, please contact Joshua Barlage at joshua@dmsymphony.org.

Solar Eclipse Event

October 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Join staff from SCI and the Des Moines Astronomical Society to view the annular solar eclipse! SCI will have telescopes with solar filters for you to safely view the eclipse.

solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. We will view 66% obscuration in Iowa – two-thirds of the Sun will be covered by the Moon. This is the last solar eclipse visible from Iowa until 2014 when we will only see 44% obscuration.  This event is in partnership with the Des Moines Astronomical Society.

Spooky Science

October 25, 2014 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 West Martin Luther King Junior Parkway

Hair-raising experiments, bubbling potions and visual illusions abound during Spooky Science at the Science Center of Iowa! Dust the cobwebs off of your costume and join us the Saturday before Halloween (October 25) to trick-or-treat your way throughout the building and experience themed programming!
 
Spooky Science activities are included with general admission to SCI; always free for members!

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Celebrity Chef Alton Brown

October 29, 2014 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm at Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut Street

Des Moines Performing Arts is pleased to welcome ALTON BROWN LIVE! THE EDIBLE INEVITABLE to the Des Moines Civic Center on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to ALTON BROWN LIVE! THE EDIBLE INEVITABLE TOUR will be on sale June 6 at DesMoinesPerformingArts.org, the Civic Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

Renowned foodist and television personality Alton Brown recently announced the return of the ALTON BROWN LIVE! THE EDIBLE INEVITABLE TOUR, on the heels of the successful inaugural run to 46 US cities.  Over 100,000 tickets were sold for the Food Network star’s show, featuring a pinch of comedy, talk show antics, a multimedia lecture, live music (he sings!) and a dash of “extreme” food experimentation (ponchos are provided for those in the first few rows), and of course…puppets.  Enthusiastic fans and critics have raved about the interactive component where Brown invites audience members on stage to serve as his assistant.

“We have combined science, music, food, and a few other things no one in his right mind would allow me to do on TV, into a two hour extravaganza that’s fun for the whole family,” says Brown.  He has been cultivating the show’s material for about a decade and wrote most of the musical numbers which all take a comedic look at food.

Brown, author of seven books including the James Beard award winning “I’m Just Here for the Food” and New York Times bestselling sequence “Good Eats,” has hosted numerous food series including “Iron Chef America.”  He currently serves as host on the game show “Cutthroat Kitchen” and as a mentor/judge on “Food Network Star,” which premieres its 10th season on June 1st.  Brown created, produced and hosted the Peabody award winning series “Good Eats” for 13 years on Food Network, which still can be seen on the Cooking Channel.

Those craving Brownian wit and wisdom from its truest source can find additional show and ticketing information at www.altonbrowntour.com

$5 Family Night

November 14, 2014 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

The second Friday of each month, explore SCI with your family with $5 general admission, documentary IMAX films and Food Chain Cafe specials! Kick off your weekend by building a rocket, traveling through outer space in one of SCI’s dynamic experience platforms or experiencing a larger-than-life IMAX film with extended hours until 8:00 pm!

Iowa LEGO Users Group Meet-Up

November 16, 2014 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Join the Iowa LEGO Users Group (IowaLUG) from 2:00-4:00 pm on third Sunday of every month for some free building and LEGO discussion!

What is LUG? A LEGO Users Group is simply a community of LEGO enthusiasts who meet up regularly to be social, share ideas, trade parts, build on collaborative projects, plan awesome events and generally share in the hobby. The Iowa LEGO Users Group (IowaLUG) aims to create such a community locally and to act as a resource for people who are interested in LEGO as a hobby at any level.

Star Party at Ewing Park

December 13, 2014 - 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm at Ewing Park
5300 Indianola Road

Location: Ewing Park, 5300 Indianola Road, Des Moines

Experience the Out-of-this-World-Space-Observation – SCI is having a Star Party!  Join SCI staff at Ewing Park and observe the Moon, planets and other celestial objects! SCI staff will set up several telescopes for you to use. This event is free to the public.  This event is in partnership with City of Des Moines Park and Recreation the Des Moines Astronomical Society (DMAS).

Iowa LEGO Users Group Meet-Up

December 21, 2014 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Join the Iowa LEGO Users Group (IowaLUG) from 2:00-4:00 pm on third Sunday of every month for some free building and LEGO discussion!

What is LUG? A LEGO Users Group is simply a community of LEGO enthusiasts who meet up regularly to be social, share ideas, trade parts, build on collaborative projects, plan awesome events and generally share in the hobby. The Iowa LEGO Users Group (IowaLUG) aims to create such a community locally and to act as a resource for people who are interested in LEGO as a hobby at any level.

Classical Conversations

February 4, 2015 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Temple for Performing Arts
1011 Locust Street

Join Dr. Eric Saylor for an informal and enjoyable class that introduces you to the music the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra will perform during the 2014-2015 season! This class is intended for anyone who enjoys music — from long-time Symphony-goers to those interested in attending their first concert. Enjoy the company of fellow music-lovers, a little wine and cheese and enlightening conversations. Tickets are $15 and available to those 21 and over.  For more information, please contact Joshua Barlage at joshua@dmsymphony.org.

Classical Conversations

April 15, 2015 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Temple for Performing Arts
1011 Locust Street

Join Dr. Eric Saylor for an informal and enjoyable class that introduces you to the music the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra will perform during the 2014-2015 season! This class is intended for anyone who enjoys music — from long-time Symphony-goers to those interested in attending their first concert. Enjoy the company of fellow music-lovers, a little wine and cheese and enlightening conversations. Tickets are $15 and available to those 21 and over.  For more information, please contact Joshua Barlage at joshua@dmsymphony.org.

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