Cop on Top for Special Olympics Iowa

Sunday, May 29th 2016 - All Day
at Altoona, Ankeny, Des Moines
Altoona, Ankeny, Des Moines

Through Cop on Top help and support Special Olympics Iowa athletes May 29,2016 in Altoona, Ankeny, and Des Moines. Law enforcement officers and volunteers will be stationed outside of popular retail or grocery stores.

Plane Pull for Special Olympics Iowa

Saturday, June 4th 2016 - All Day
at Des Moines International Airport
5800 Fleur Dr

Put your strength to the test against a UPS 757 airplane weighing more than 120,000 pounds. Team awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Fastest Pull (in each of the five divisions)
  • Grand Champion
  • Top Fundraising Team
  • Best Team Costume

For more information call 515-986-5520 or register at

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Teen Arts Fest

Saturday, June 4th 2016 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
at Freedom for Youth Ministries – Des Moines
2301 Hickman Road

It’s time for our 2016 Freedom for Youth Ministries (FFYM) Teen Arts Fest, which will be held on Saturday, June 4th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Shop unique and handmade goods made by local youth from FFYM’s programs. Items for sale will include metal works, woodworking, a variety of crafts, and baked goods. Our fair trade and on-site roasted Freedom Blend Coffee will also be for sale. Teen Arts Fest will bring something for the whole family: purchasable food items, performances, campus tours, and fellowship with others who want to see Des Moines youth break bondages, discover their God-given talents, and lead transformed lives. The festival will take place at 2301 Hickman Road. Bring your family and friends to enjoy some fun and fellowship free of cost!

Wonder of Words Festival

Saturday, June 18th 2016 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
at Western Gateway Park, Downtown Des Moines
1000 Grand Avenue

The Wonder of Words Festival is a celebration of the written word in the heart of Downtown Des Moines! This outdoor festival will feature writers’ workshops, book sale and signings, discussion panels, literary exhibitors, children’s entertainment/activities and food trucks.

Authors include:
— Craig Johnson – The Walt Longmire Mystery Series
— Charlotte Rogan – The Lifeboat
— Jerry Nelson – Dear County Agent Guy
— Jocelyn Delk Adams – Grandbaby Cakes
— Summer Miller – New Prairie Kitchen
— And many more!

The Wonder of Words Festival is produced by the Downtown Community Alliance, which is a pillar of the Greater Des Moines Partnership.  For more information, visit

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