Tuesday, January 14th 2014 - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm at Metro West Learning Center
2555 Berkshire Parkway Suite B
MetroWestLearningCenter is offering a computer programming class for youth on the Autism Spectrum, with ADHD and other related disorders, ages 14 and up. Teenagers will learn the basics of coding and various other computer science curricula during this three-month session. As students progress through the class, they will get to interact with professionals working in the technology field. Learning to code contains similar problem-solving skills applied in
everyday life. Allowing a teenager to identify a problem and solution in the most efficient way possible can help develop their decision-making skills in the future. “Our computer class gives them the opportunity to do just that,” said Toni Fuller-Merfeld, MetroWestLearningCenter director. “Students will work on a project with a beginning, middle and end point, bond with a peer group that shares similar interests, teach and learn from others, and acquire skills that could translate to future job opportunities.” Learning to code helps youth understand the technology shaping their world and gives them the necessary tools to: Make their own website Become a programmer Start a business Classes will meet on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 with a tentative start date of Jan. 14-April 1.
Thursday, January 30th 2014 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at Pioneer Columbus Community Center
2100 SE 5th Street
This program focuses on enhancing your little ones confidence, balance & eye hand coordination. Participants learn how to be a better listener, improve motor skills & concentration. Children with the aid of their adult companion learn together. It’s for anyone 3 years & older that would benefit from developing better balance, rhythm, muscle coordination, social interaction, listening skills, patience & learning with new friends. Parents, grandparents, siblings, guardians are invited to bring their child to learn with others. Participants will use the following equipment balance beam, climbing wall, parachutes, tumbling mats, agility equipment, Imagination playground equipment (extra large sized tinker toys coated foam shapes), nerf balls, etc. Banana Splits offers a great opportunity for developing your little ones life skills, in a fun & safe environment. Together you & your child will participate in structured 15 minute intervals of learning. You will see improvements in self confidence, patience, listening skills and coordination. Parents, grandparents, Home schooled, babysitters, day cares, etc bring their children to “Banana Splits”. The last Thursday of the month participate in making your own Banana Split treat at noon. Participants must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Tuesday, March 4th 2014 - 12:00 am at Urbandale Police Department
3740 86th Street
Basic Self Defense Class for women & teenage girls taught by police officers that teaches self-defense, threat awareness, risk awareness, risk reduction, risk recognition & risk avoidance.
Friday, March 7th 2014 - All Day at Iowa State Fairgrounds – Varied Industries Building
E 30th Street & E University Avenue
Adults $5; 5 & Under Free
This is your best place to meet Central Iowa’s building and remodeling experts.
Saturday, March 8th 2014 - All Day at Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut Street
$17 – $55
Saturday, March 8th 2014 - 8:00 am at Grace United Methodist Church
37th & Cottage Grove
A great breakfast, various entertainment, and a quilt and bake sale. Also included will be a silent auction featuring many items from around central Iowa.
Saturday, March 8th 2014 - 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Road
Sample several Iowa micro-brewed beers along with fresh artisan breads and other goodies. Explore the art of home brewing with local experts. Tickets are $20/person, $16/LHF member.
Saturday, March 8th 2014 - 6:00 pm at Wooly’s
504 E. Locust, Historic East Village
Iowa Rock’n'Roll Music Association and Iowa Blues Hall of Famer Bob Dorr and The Blue Band headline Colon Cancer Fundraiser!