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Westside Cross Country Sign Ups

Date
Sep. 4 - 6:00 pm
Location
Valley Southwoods, east soccer field
Event For
grades K-8
Cost
$65
Organization
Westside Track Club
Contact
Chris Owen
Information
We will be hosting formal cross country sign ups. If unable to attend, we will continue to sign up new runners through October.

Wild Night Life Hike

Date
Aug. 31 - 8:00 pm
Location
Jester Park, Camp Area 5
Event For
all ages
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Sit around the campfire as we discuss the wild night life in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal creatures. Pre-registration required; deadline is Aug. 24.

Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing

Date
Aug. 23 - 6:00 pm
Location
Thomas Mitchell Park, Shelter #2
Event For
ages 12 and older
Cost
$15
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Explore the ancient healing path of Shinrin Yoku, or Japanese forest bathing, with Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, Integrative Medicine physician. This mindful walk will invite you to use your senses to enhance your well-being. Pre-registration required; deadline is Aug. 17.

Grounding—Barefoot Walk in Nature

Date
Aug. 23 - 3:00 pm
Location
Thomas Mitchell Park, Shelter #2
Event For
teens and adults
Cost
$15
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Teens and adults on the autism spectrum along with a support person are invited to join us for a barefoot, mindful walk in nature led by Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, Integrative Medicine physician. Event co-sponsored with Autism Society of Iowa. Pre-registration required; deadline is Aug. 17.

Nature Hike

Date
Aug. 18 - 10:00 am
Location
Brown's Woods
Event For
Public
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Explore an Iowa woodland with a naturalist and learn what makes this woodland unique. No registration required.

Submit a Film to the Kiwanis Club 2018 Teen Film Festival

Date
Oct. 7 - 5:00 pm
Location
Staplin Performing Arts Center
Event For
grades 9-12
Cost
$20
Organization
West Des Moines Kiwanis Club
Contact
Ed Simmons
Phone
515-720-1091
Information
The West Des Moines Kiwanis Club is starting and sponsoring a Central Iowa High School Teen Film Festival. Submit your film by 5 p.m. CDT, Friday, Sept. 14! The festival will take place Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Staplin Performing Arts Center. Film screenings will run from 1:30-4:30 p.m., with the awards presentation at 5 p.m. There will be prizes for short films in three categories and an overall “Best of Festival” prize. Find out more at facebook.com/WDMKiwanisFilmFest.

Walnut Creek YMCA Youth Flag Football

Date
Sep. 8
Location
Valley Stadium
Event For
grades PK (age 3 and older)-8
Cost
$65-85
Organization
Walnut Creek YMCA
Contact
Ryan Westerkamp
Phone
515-224-1888
Information
Boys and girls are invited to join us for YMCA Youth Flag Football! As the nation’s leading nonprofit for youth development and healthy living, the Y provides kids, families and communities the vital support and opportunities to learn, connect, and thrive. Flag Football is just one example of how our youth, volunteers, and staff come together to better our community and provide positive experiences for our youth. We believe that kids who have fun playing sports build a lifetime love of healthy competition.

Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading

Date
Oct. 27
Location
Valley Community Center
Event For
grades K-6
Cost
$95
Organization
Valley Community Center
Contact
Gabe Carlson
Phone
515-327-6000
Information
Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading will develop your athlete's character, confidence, faith, and sportsmanship during their personal athletic journey.

Camp Fire Summer Camps

Date
Aug. 17
Location
Camp Hantesa in Boone, IA, and various day camp locations in Des Moines, IA
Event For
Grades 1-8
Organization
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
Contact
Arika Graybill
Phone
515-274-1501
Information
Camp Fire offers day camps, overnight camps, environment education, and short-term trip programs. At camp, youth from different backgrounds develop important skills, such as self-reliance and problem-solving, while interacting with natural surroundings and enjoying fun activities!

Birthday Party at Courage League Sports

Date
Sep. 3
Location
4405 121st St., Urbandale, IA
Event For
all students
Cost
$185 for non-members
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4022
Information
Enjoy a birthday party at Courage League Sports. We will work with you to customize activities for your child's party. Food and beverages are NOT provided, but you may bring your own pizza, snacks, and birthday treats.