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LEARNwest Opportunities

Date
December 14 (all day)
Organization
WDMCS Community Education
Contact
Andrea Piekarczyk
Phone
515-633-5021
Information
LEARNwest offers a wide range of classes for adults who want to expand their skills, make everyday life better, and try something new. LEARNwest classes are offered evenings and weekends. Learn more at http://commed.wdmcs.org/programs/adults/learnwest/.

Lunch N Laughs: “Winnie the Pooh: Piglet Takes A Bath”

Date
December 15 - 11:00 a.m.
Location
CAP Theatre 201 1st Ave S Altoona, IA 50009
Event For
Preschool to Elementary
Cost
$16 adults, $10 children
Organization
CAP Theatre
Contact
CAP Theatre
Phone
515-967-7950
Information
Join us for lunch and performances of "Winnie-the-Pooh: Piglet Takes A Bath" three Saturdays in December: Dec. 1, 8, and 15, 2018. Suggested ages are 4 year olds to adults! Tickets just $10 for children and $16 for adults. Doors open at 11:00 am. Lunch starts at 11:20 am. Performance at noon and done by one!

Light the Night

Date
December 21 - 12:33 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Celebrate winter’s official arrival and the longest night of the year! We will take a short hike along the Discovery Trail lit with luminaries, enjoy a fire under the stars, and share a cup of hot cocoa.

Air Rifle Target Shooting

Date
December 27 - 12:33 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Outdoor Rec & Wellness Center
Event For
ages 12 and up
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Target shooting is a lifelong sport and can be practiced for most at an early age and continue through adulthood. Learn the basics of air rifle target shooting from PCC naturalists certified from the Student Air Rifle Program. Equipment provided.

Courage League Sports—Merry Fit-Mas Camp

Date
December 28 (all day)
Location
4405 121st St., Urbandale, IA 50323
Event For
all students
Cost
Members - FREE; Non-Members - $20
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4022
Information
When kids are out of school for winter break, it can be a recipe for going stir crazy! CLS is here to help! Come to our two-day holiday clinic offering a variety of large movement activities for toddlers to teenagers.

Matinees at the Museum

Date
December 28 (all day)
Location
State Historical Museum of Iowa
Event For
Grades K-12
Cost
Free
Organization
State Historical Museum of Iowa
Contact
Jeff Morgan
Phone
515-281-5111
Information
Warm up this winter break at the State Historical Museum of Iowa with free films from two Iowa directors and tours of the "Hollywood in the Heartland" exhibition. The fun begins Dec. 27 with the screening of "Big Hero 6" (PG) and continues Dec. 28 with "Avengers: Infinity War" (PG-13).

Winter Hike

Date
December 28 - 12:33 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
all ages
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Take a hike with a naturalist and discover the wonder of the forest in the winter.

Noon Year’s Eve

Date
December 31 - 9:45 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
all ages
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Come celebrate the New Year with Mother Nature. Activities will include a short nature hike, noisemaker craft, animal-themed snack, and a countdown to "midnight."

New Year’s Eve Overnight

Date
December 31 - 4:30 p.m.
Location
Drop off location: 5615 Hickman Rd Des Moines, IA 50310
Event For
Grades K-12
Cost
$70 per child for the overnight only OR $95 per child for day camp and the overnight
Organization
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
Contact
Arika Graybill
Phone
515-274-1501
Information
Come party with us this New Year's Eve! We will be bringing in 2019 in style at Camp Hantesa! Stay up late, dance, play games, and much more. (Meals and snacks provided.) Drop off at our Des Moines location between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., and pick up on Jan. 1 at 10:30 a.m.

Courage League Sports—Chaamps Basketball

Date
January 12 (all day)
Location
4405 121st Street, Urbandale, IA 50323
Event For
ages 7 and older
Cost
Members - FREE; Non-Members - $79
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4022
Information
Has your child with high functioning ADHD, Autism or Asperger Syndrome been sidelined from games? Discouraged they can't play at a normal pace in competitive sports leagues? At CLS, our Ch.A.A.M.P.S. League provides your child with a competitive sports program designed specifically for them.

Kidsfest

Date
January 19 (all day)
Location
Iowa State Fairgrounds Varied Industries Building
Event For
all ages
Cost
$7.50
Organization
Children and Families of Iowa
Phone
515-697-7961
Information
Children & Families of Iowa's Kidsfest, presented by Veridian Credit Union, is about families, fun, and building bright futures for Iowa kids. Enjoy superheroes, kid-friendly exhibitors, free entertainment, and activities.

Heartland Youth Choir Open Rehearsals

Date
January 22 (all day)
Location
Windsor Heights Lutheran Church - 1240 66th St, Windsor Heights, Iowa
Event For
grades K-12
Organization
Heartland Youth Choir
Contact
Kim Novy
Phone
515-221-3922
Information
Heartland Youth Choir is holding open rehearsals for singers in grades K-12. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in exploring their love of music beyond the school setting. Please see the attached flyer for dates and times!

Middle School Ski Trip!

Date
February 23 - 6:00 p.m.
Location
Drop off location: 5615 Hickman Rd Des Moines, IA 50310
Event For
grades 5-10
Cost
$85 per child
Organization
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
Contact
Arika Graybill
Phone
515-274-1501
Information
Join us for an overnight trip up to Seven Oaks Recreation for the Outrageous Ski Trip! Price includes transportation, rental fees, meals, and snacks. Cost does not include helmet rental. Campers may bring additional money to spend at concessions.

West Des Moines Soccer Club Spring Recreational League

Date
February 28 (all day)
Location
Raccoon River Soccer Fields
Event For
all ages
Organization
West Des Moines Soccer Club
Contact
Traci Froehlich
Information
Join one of our recreational soccer leagues for players born between 2004 and 2015. Register for 4U Mini-Kickers, 5U/6U Cubs, 7U/8U Pre-Academy, and 9U - 15U Recreational teams! No 16U+ teams available in spring.

West Des Moines Soccer Club—Spring 2019 Season

Date
March 1 (all day)
Event For
Ages 3 to 15
Cost
$75-$275
Organization
West Des Moines Soccer Club
Information
The West Des Moines Soccer Club offers playing opportunities for children ages 3 – 14 this Spring and welcomes all skill levels. Our specialized player development program focuses on educating each player while fostering a greater love for the sport of soccer.

Camp Fire Winter Programs

Date
March 1 (all day)
Location
Drop off location: 5615 Hickman Rd 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
Arika Graybill
Phone
515-274-1501
Information
Camp Fire is an all inclusive, youth development non-profit. We run programs for youth of all ages. With overnights, day camps, middle school programs, and a ski trip, we have something for everybody! Please consider the flyer to see the many programs that we are offering this winter!

Courage League Sports – Paint Pals

Date
March 5 - 5:30 p.m.
Location
4405 121st St., Urbandale, IA 50323
Event For
third grade and older
Cost
$5 per person per session
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4022
Information
Do you love to paint? Not quite sure where to begin? Join us for step-by-step instructions to create a masterpiece!

Lifeguard Certification Course

Date
March 30 (all day)
Location
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Event For
High School
Organization
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Contact
Ann Peterson
Phone
515-471-8509
Information
Multiple courses offered to earn a lifeguard certification or recertify existing lifeguards.

Des Moines Community Playhouse School Year Classes and Camps

Date
May 18 (all day)
Location
Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For
Preschool, elementary, and middle school students
Cost
Variable
Organization
Des Moines Community Playhouse
Contact
Robin Heldt Spahr
Phone
515-974-5365
Information
The Des Moines Community Playhouse offers theatre classes and camps for students, preschool through middle school.

Valley Tigers Boys Summer Soccer Camp

Date
July 9 - 9:00 a.m.
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.

CASA Volunteer Opportunity

Date
August 14 (all day)
Location
Polk County
Organization
Iowa Child Advocacy Board-CASA
Contact
Carrie Phelps
Phone
866-469-2522
Information
The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Polk County is in desperate need of advocates for children in juvenile court. CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for the best interest of abused or neglected children under the court’s jurisdiction.