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West Des Moines Soccer Club Spring Soccer League

Date
Mar. 1
Event For
all ages
Organization
West Des Moines Soccer Club
Contact
Traci Froehlich
Phone
515-222-0079
Information
Register for West Des Moines Soccer Club's Spring 2018 Recreational Soccer League!

Full Moon Hike

Date
Mar. 1 - 6:30 pm
Location
Fort Des Moines Park, Shelter #3, 7200 SE 5th St., Des Moines
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5339
Information
Explore the wonder and beauty of Fort Des Moines Park at night under a full moon. No registration required.

Valley High School Dance Team 2018-19 Tryouts

Date
Mar. 2 - 4:30 pm
Location
Valley High School Field House
Event For
Grades 9-12 (2018-19 school year)
Organization
Valley Dance Team
Contact
Coach Paige Meredith
Information
Interested in joining Valley Dance Team for the 2018-19 school year? Attend the information meeting Feb. 25, the mandatory clinic March 1, and tryouts March 2. The clinic will include a warm-up, pom/jazz routine, and review of required technical skills. Tryout Attire: solid black tank, black shorts, hair in bun, and jazz shoes.

Indoor Archery

Date
Mar. 3 - 10:00 am
Location
Jester Park Equestrian Center, 11171 NW 103 Court, Granger
Event For
ages 12 and older
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5339
Information
Class will focus on form and safety, giving participants basics that will get them safely shooting and offer a general feel for archery with a compound bow. The class will cover archery safety rules, equipment, and proper shooting techniques. The class is suitable for those with no experience.

Ice Fishing

Date
Mar. 3 - 1:00 pm
Location
Jester Park, meet at Shelter #5, 11407 NW Jester Park Drive, Granger
Event For
all ages
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5339
Information
Learn the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience. Bait and poles will be provided. No registration required. Participants over the age of 16 need a valid fishing license.

Valley Tiger Baseball Clinic for Ages 5-9

Date
Mar. 3 - 1:15 pm
Location
Valley Southwoods Freshman High School Gymnasium, 625 S. 35th St., West Des Moines, IA
Event For
ages 5-9
Cost
$40
Organization
Valley Tiger Baseball
Contact
Ryan Cooley
Phone
515-633-4106
Information
This clinic will support young West Des Moines Community Schools players who want to learn and improve their fundamental baseball skills necessary to become better players.

Class Act Productions Presents “The Sound of Music”

Date
Mar. 4 - 2:45 pm
Location
Class Act Productions Community Theatre, 201 1st Ave. S., Altoona, IA 50009
Cost
$10 students, $15 adults, $12 seniors
Organization
CAP Theatre
Contact
Melissa Grooters, Board President
Phone
515-967-7950
Information
Performances Feb. 16-18, 23-25, March 2-4. The first three notes are DO-RE-MI… Escape to the mountains and the wonderful story of Maria, the Captain, and the precious von Trapp children. The cast of 28 actors from age 7 to 16 bring to life the inspirational musical for families of all ages!

Art Club—Illustration Inspiration

Date
Mar. 5 - 4:15 pm
Location
Western Hills Elementary, Room 1410
Event For
Grades K-2
Cost
$42
Organization
WDMCS Community Education Adventures
Contact
Sue Otte
Phone
515-633-5001
Information
Join us as we look at an assortment of picture books and study their varying illustration styles. We’ll then create fun artwork inspired by the illustrations! Class taught by Laura Axman. Supervision will be provided between school dismissal and the start of the class. No class on Feb. 19 and Feb. 26.)

West Des Moines Girls Softball Spring 2018 Recreational League

Date
Mar. 9
Location
Holiday Park—West Des Moines
Event For
Grades PK-10
Cost
varies by age group
Organization
West Des Moines Girls Softball Association
Contact
Tina Finn
Phone
847-347-1369
Information
West Des Moines Girls Softball holds a recreational league each spring at Holiday Park in West Des Moines to teach the game of softball, as well as other sportsmanship and teamwork skills.

Fencing—Grades 6-12

Date
Mar. 12 - 7:30 pm
Location
Westridge Elementary Community Room
Event For
Grades 6-12
Cost
$116
Organization
WDMCS Community Education and Youth Enrichment League
Contact
Sue Otte
Phone
515-633-5001
Information
Fencing is one of the fastest-growing sports in the USA and Youth Enrichment League. (YEL) fencing continues to evolve to match that pace. Olympic Coach Ro Sobalvarro heads up YELs curriculum, ongoing instructor training, and tournament consultation.

Survivor Camp

Date
Mar. 13 - 9:00 am
Location
Jester Park Equestrian Center, 11171 NW 103 Court, Granger
Event For
Ages 10-12
Cost
$30
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5339
Information
Spend a day having fun and staying active. We will try archery, geocaching, and fire building! Activities will take place indoors and outdoors. Pre-registration required; deadline is March 6.

Wild Night Life and Hike

Date
Mar. 15 - 7:30 pm
Location
Jester Park, meet at Camp Area 5, 11407 NW Jester Park Drive, Granger
Event For
all ages
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5339
Information
Join us for a campfire program about the wild night life in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal animals. Pre-registration required; deadline March 12.

Choreography Workshop: Elements of Dance, Composition, and Production

Date
Mar. 16 - 9:00 am
Location
Des Moines Onstage, 2124 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For
middle school students
Cost
$65
Organization
Tandem Theatre and Dance
Contact
Benjamin Rethmeier
Phone
515-979-4655
Information
If you make up your own dances and want to perform, then listen! Whether you are an experienced dancer or someone who only recently considered a dance class, this experience offers you a chance to practice making interesting and meaningful dances in a playful and curious way!

Fencing—Grades 2-5

Date
Mar. 19 - 6:15 pm
Location
Westridge Elementary Community Room
Event For
Grades 2-5
Cost
$90
Organization
WDMCS Community Education and Youth Enrichment League
Contact
Sue Otte
Phone
515-633-5001
Information
Fencing is one of the fastest-growing sports in the USA and Youth Enrichment League. (YEL) fencing continues to evolve to match that pace. Olympic Coach Ro Sobalvarro heads up YELs curriculum, ongoing instructor training, and tournament consultation.

Special Egg Event

Date
Mar. 24 - 3:00 pm
Location
Valley Stadium, 4440 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines
Event For
students with special needs and their families
Cost
Free
Organization
Journey Church
Contact
Annie Novak Clough
Phone
515-865-2928
Information
The Special Egg Event is a free Easter egg hunt for children with special needs and their families. Join us at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. Enjoy food, carnival games, activity areas, and egg hunts that are designed for your child on March 24 at 3 p.m. Register early and get a T-shirt!

Des Moines Community Playhouse Winter and Spring Classes

Date
Mar. 26
Location
Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For
Preschool, elementary, and middle school students
Organization
Des Moines Community Playhouse
Contact
Robin Spahr
Phone
515-974-5365
Information
Theatre classes for preschool through middle school at the Des Moines Playhouse.

Join the Iowa Youth Chorus

Date
Apr. 1 - 11:30 am
Event For
Grades K-12
Cost
$190-$400 for the semester (scholarships available)
Organization
Iowa Youth Chorus
Contact
John Cook
Phone
515-262-8312
Information
The Iowa Youth Chorus has over 35 years of experience making choral music with the kids of Central Iowa. Singers of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds are encouraged to join us! We have multiple sites on multiple nights so you can choose the one that works best for your family. All are welcome!

Skate with Central Iowa Figure Skating Club

Date
Apr. 7 - 11:15 am
Location
Buccaneer Arena, 7201 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50322.
Event For
all ages
Cost
$100 per session
Organization
Central Iowa Figure Skating Club
Contact
Elena Tobiash
Phone
515-490-5148
Information
Classes are targeted on developing skills for figure skating and ice hockey. Sessions include 30-minute group lessons followed by 30 minutes of practice time. Classes are available for all ages and all skill levels! Each participant is invited to perform in spring and winter shows.

Des Moines Swimming Federation—Long Course Season

Date
Apr. 9
Location
Valley High School
Event For
ages 6 and older
Organization
Des Moines Swimming Federation
Contact
Coach Greg Temple
Phone
515-556-9729
Information
DMSF is a competitive swim team based in the Des Moines metro. Established in 1982, the program was designed to give athletes the opportunity to develop and perform at their highest level. We have training groups available for swimmers age 6 & up. Long course season runs from March/April-July.

West Des Moines Writes: A Community Poetry Contest and Reading

Date
Apr. 12
Location
West Des Moines Library
Event For
All ages
Organization
West Des Moines Library
Contact
Jenna Ehler
Phone
515-222-3415
Information
A poetry contest culminating in a live reading at the library. Submissions accepted February 1-28; winners will be invited to read their work at the library on April 12.

Adventures: After School and Weekend Classes for Grades K-6

Date
Apr. 30
Location
Please see class description.
Event For
Elementary Students, Grades K-6
Cost
Please see class description.
Organization
WDMCS Community Education
Contact
Sue Otte
Phone
515-633-5007
Information
WDMCS Community Education offers fun and enriching Adventures classes for students after school, in the evenings, and on the weekends. All Adventures opportunities can be found online at bit.ly/adventures-wdmcs.

Camp Fire Spring Programs

Date
May. 15
Location
5615 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50310
Event For
Grades K-12
Cost
$37/day for school day off programs (other prices vary)
Organization
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
Contact
Marilyn Bagley
Phone
515-274-1501
Information
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa is a local youth development organization. Camp Fire runs programs for kids any time that school is not in session, including days off and all breaks. At Camp Fire, kids discover who they are, lift their voice, and find their spark.

Seeds of Faith 2018-19 Preschool Enrollment

Date
May. 31
Location
10395 University Ave., Clive, IA
Event For
Families with children ages 2-5
Cost
$70-100 (registration fee, secures a spot in a class)
Organization
Seeds of Faith Early Learning Center
Contact
Heidi LaBounty
Phone
(515) 689-8334
Information
Seeds of Faith is a quality half-day preschool program for children ages 2-5. We invite families to register for the 2018-19 preschool classes.

Des Moines Art Center 2018 Summer Programming

Date
Jun. 6
Location
4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For
ages 5-15
Organization
Des Moines Art Center
Information
Students will get creative in a collaborative, fun environment. Museum visits are incorporated into the curriculum to ensure a comprehensive educational experience.

Tiger Football Camp—Grades 4-8

Date
Jun. 11 - 10:00 am
Location
Tiger Field at Valley High School
Event For
Grades 4-8
Cost
$90
Organization
Valley Tiger Football
Contact
Gary Swenson
Information
This is a non-contact skills camp that teaches the fundamentals of football. Coaches are from Valley High School, Valley Southwoods Freshman High School, Stilwell Junior High, and Indian Hills Junior High.

Valley Tigers Girls Tennis Camp

Date
Jun. 11 - 11:00 am
Location
Valley Southwoods Tennis Courts
Event For
Grades 1-12
Cost
$175
Organization
Valley Girls Tennis
Contact
Mike Conlon
Phone
515-360-9196
Information
The Valley girls tennis camp is for players of all ability levels. Starting with incoming first-grade girls, players will attend sessions based on their age bracket. Once in session, players will be grouped based on their ability levels, within their age group. The goal of our camp is to help improve players skills through a combination of drills as well as match play. The camp will be five weeks long, and will meet on a M-W-F basis starting Monday, June 11, and finishing on Friday, July 13. If you want to play on the Valley Girls High School tennis team, it will be valuable for you to attend this camp and improve your skills.

Riptide Summer Swimming Lessons

Date
Jul. 9
Location
Mark Crouch Pool
Event For
Elementary Students
Cost
$75-100
Organization
Riptide
Contact
Ann Peterson
Phone
515-339-1201
Information
Summer swimming lessons for children ages 4 and older.

SummerSongs! Summer Camp

Date
Jul. 13
Location
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
Event For
Grades 4-8
Cost
$300
Organization
Heartland Youth Choir
Contact
Kim Novy
Phone
515-221-3922
Information
Come spend a week with Heartland Youth Choir and experience full choir rehearsals, musicianship training, musical theater, movement activities, and daily excursions. See flyer for more information!

SummerTunes! Choir Camp

Date
Jul. 13
Location
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
Event For
Grades K-3
Cost
$110
Organization
Heartland Youth Choir
Contact
Kim Novy
Phone
515-221-3922
Information
Join Heartland Youth Choir for a week of fun experiencing full choir rehearsal, musicianship training, folk games, and movement activities. See flyer for more information!

Future CEO Camps

Date
Jul. 13 - 8:30 am
Location
Iowa Center for Higher Education
Event For
Grades 5-9
Cost
$250
Organization
Jacobson Institute
Contact
Jacobson Institute
Phone
319-335-2204
Information
Upper elementary and middle school students are invited to participate in the Jacobson Institute's entrepreneurship day camps, held each summer in Iowa. Register by March 21, 2018, for the early bird discount.

Tiger Football Camp—Grades 9-12

Date
Jul. 30 - 4:00 pm
Location
Tiger Field at Valley High School
Event For
Grades 4-8
Cost
$90
Organization
Valley Tiger Footbal
Contact
Gary Swenson
Information
This is a non-contact skills camp that teaches the fundamentals of football. Coaches from Valley High School, and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School give the camp an experienced teaching staff.

Living History Farms Day Camps

Date
Aug. 10
Location
Living History Farms
Event For
Grades K-8
Cost
varies by camp
Organization
Living History Farms
Contact
Christa Kirsh-Paulson
Phone
515-278-5286
Information
Living History Farms, offering summer day camps for children focusing on history, science, outdoors, and fun; allowing campers to fill their days with hands-on activities, a creek walk, and visits to Living History Farms’ historic sites.

Courage League Sports Summer Break Camp

Date
Aug. 10
Location
4405 121st St., Urbandale, IA
Event For
ages 2 and older
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4022
Information
During the summer months, Courage League Sports will offer 10 weeks of camps to keep all kids movin' and groovin'.

YMCA Summer Day Camps and Sports Clinics

Date
Aug. 17
Location
West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Event For
Grades PK-6
Organization
Walnut Creek Family YMCA
Contact
Joanna Gilmore
Phone
515-224-1888
Information
Registration has begun for 2018 summer day camp, specialty camps, and sports clinics. For more information, go online to view our complete camp guide.

Valley Tigers Boys Summer Soccer Camp

Date
Jul. 9 - 9:00 am
Location
Valley Stadium
Event For
Grades 1-12
Cost
$90/session
Organization
Valley Tiger Boys' Soccer
Contact
Aziz Haffar
Phone
515-975-2727
Information
This camp will focus on the basics and foundations of the game. The camp experience will benefit both beginning and seasoned players. Coaches will touch on the physical, technical, tactical and physiologi- cal aspects of the game. Campers will have a balance of games, drills, and fun.