Jill Erzen, author of Paisley Poof! Tom Formaro, author of The Broken Heart Diet. David Mackaman, author of Dogmatic Slumber. Dave Makin, author Cosmic Irony and Kimberly Shursen, author of Itsy Bitsy Spider, Hush and Lottery.
In a kingdom far, far away, things get ugly when an ogre, not a handsome prince, shows up to rescue a feisty Princess. Throw in a wisecracking Donkey, a villain with a short temper, a Gingerbread Man with attitude, and other fairy tale misfits, and you've got a mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily there’s one on hand, and his name is Shrek. Shrek is part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and all irreverent fun. dmplayhouse.com for more information
Grab your dog and batter up for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa’s Dog Days of Summer Tuesday, August 12th at Principal Park! The Iowa Cubs will be battling the Las Vegas 51s as baseball fans and their dogs come out to support their favorite team. Dogs attend free with paid human admission (field box tickets only). Each dog will receive a bandana and a chance to be involved in the dog parade on the field before the game begins. Game Night Schedule Gates open - 5:05pm Line up for the dog parade - 6:00pm Dog parade starts - 6:15pm Game begins - 6:35pm Print and sign your waiver ahead of time – you will need to turn this in at the gate. Tickets are available for purchase online, register for this event today (number of tickets are limited)! *All dogs participating must be current on their vaccinations (including rabies) and must be four months of age or older. No female dogs in heat will be allowed and no retractable leashes will be allowed.
The 77th Dayton Championship Rodeo in Dayton Iowa. Over 10,000 people attended last years rodeo and experienced all the fast paced action during each performance. Advanced tickets can be purchased online at daytonrodeo.com. Carnival, flea market and Labor Day parade are all part of the great weekend of family fun and entertainment.
Why Islamic radicals America and the West will be discussed at Lifetree Café, 10 a.m., Sunday, August 10, and at 7 p.m., Thursday, August 14, at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church, 720 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, Iowa. The program, titled “Why Do They Hate Us? Understanding Radical Islam,” features filmed with Middle East experts Carl Medearis and Gregory Johnsen, along with Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down and The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden. “There are 1.7 billion Muslims in the world and far less than one percent might be radical enough to become terrorists,” says Medearis, an advisor on Arab affairs to members of the U. S. Congress. Medearis, who lived for a dozen years in Beirut, identifies key forces that lead to radicalizing Muslims and suggests how common ground might be found. Admission to the 60-minute events are free. Snacks and beverages are available. To get to the West Des Moines United Methodist Church, located in the western part of the Des Moines, Iowa, area, take Interstate-235 to the 73rd Street/8th Street exit (Exit 3). Go south on 8th Street to Grand Avenue. The West Des Moines United Methodist Church is on the southeast corner of 8th and Grand Avenue. Parking is available behind the church building. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation on life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. For questions about Lifetree may be directed to Paige Chapman at 515-279-0826 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at Lifetreecafe.com.
SUPPORT THE ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI CATHOLIC CHURCH PARISH HALL, 7075 ASHWORTH RD., WEST DES MOINES, IA 515-224-9002
SUPPORT THE BOONE COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE AT THE FELLOWSHIP HALL, 803 GREENE AT., BOONE, IA 515-432-3540
Do you and your dog need to beat the summer heat? We have just the event for you; bring your pup for a swim at the Altoona Aquatics Park. Come splash around! $10 per pooch (includes 2 humans) $5 per additional person ~ $2 for children under 14 Dogs must be current on their vaccinations (including rabies); must be 6 months of age or older; no female dogs in heat allowed. No prong collars or choke chains. Dogs must be accompanied by an adult handler age 18 or above. (Register at website link provided below)