Events coming up this weekend and next week

With only five days left before the Iowa primaries on June 8, many candidates have a busy weekend ahead. Event details are after the jump. Please post a comment or send an e-mail to desmoinesdem AT if you want to suggest an event for this calendar. Iowa Democratic candidates, please add me to your list for press announcements so that I can include your public appearances and fundraisers on these calendars. Also, let me know where you are having your election night parties if you would like me to add them to this post.

Although most of the competitive primaries this year are on the Republican side, please remind your friends and family to vote in the June 8 election. Democrats across the state have a choice to make in the U.S. Senate race between Roxanne Conlin, Tom Fiegen and Bob Krause. Democrats in 32 counties (the fifth Congressional district) will select either Matt Campbell or Mike Denklau to face Representative Steve “10 Worst” King. A few state legislative districts have multiple Democrats running too. County auditors’ offices are open for early voting today, tomorrow, Saturday and Monday.

Stay tuned for a Bleeding Heartland primary election prediction contest. I’ll post more details soon. As usual, no prizes will be awarded, but the winner gets bragging rights.

Most of our Democratic incumbents and challengers are out knocking on doors every weekend and often during the week. Please consider getting involved in an Iowa House or Senate race near you. Candidates for the state legislature can always use volunteer help, and summer parades and county fairs are not far off.

Thursday, June 3

U.S. Senate candidate Roxanne Conlin is holding a Story County meeting from 5 pm to 6 pm at Lucullan’s Italian Grill, 400 Main Street in Ames. She is holding a Boone County meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Historical Center, 602 Story Street in Boone.

Former First Lady Christie Vilsack will host a fundraiser in support of Anesa Kajtazovic’s campaign for Iowa House District 21. The event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at 3335 Santa Maria Drive in Waterloo.

Friday, June 4

Roxanne Conlin is holding a Cerro Gordo County meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Rose Bowl, 15079 Partridge Avenue in Mason City. She is holding a Floyd County meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 pm at the Iowa Title & Realty Office, 101 North Main Street in Charles City.

IA-05 Congressional candidate Matt Campbell will canvass in Spirit Lake before having lunch at noon at the Spirit Lake Pizza Ranch, 2003 18th Street. He will canvass in Milford, Spencer and Storm Lake before having dinner at 7 pm at the Lake Shore Family Restaurant, 1520 Lake Ave in Storm Lake.

IA-05 Congressional candidate Mike Denklau is speaking to the Woodbury Medical Society from 6pm to 8pm at the Sioux City Country Club, 4001 Jackson Street in Sioux City.

Saturday, June 5

Yoga in the Park begins and will continue every Saturday this summer at Gray’s Lake in Des Moines. The Des Moines Park and Rec team offer FREE yoga classes at 9:00 AM every Saturday morning at Gray’s Lake. No yoga experience is required and no registration is needed, just bring your mat and join in any Saturday June through September 2010. The classes are taught by Yoga Instructors from local yoga studios who have volunteered their time to offer this special opportunity to the community. If you have any questions feel free to call Tim Smith at 515-208-9216.

Roxanne Conlin is holding a Winneshiek County meeting from 9 am to 10 am at the Senior Center, 806 River Street in Decorah. She is holding a Black Hawk County meeting from 3 pm to 4 pm at Jameson’s, 310 E 5th Street in Waterloo. She is holding a Johnson County meeting from 6 pm to 7 pm at David’s Place, 100 South Linn Street in Iowa City.

Matt Campbell will canvass in Carroll, Denison, Harlan and Manning before having dinner at 6 pm at Cliff’s Place, 417 Main Street in Manning.

Sunday, June 6

Roxanne Conlin is holding a Linn County meeting from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at the IBEW Hall Local 405, 1211 Wiley Boulevard Southwest in Cedar Rapids. She is holding a Scott County meeting from 3:30 to 4:30 at the Scott County Democrats HQ

Midtown Plaza, 1706 Brady Street, Suite 205 in Davenport. She is holding a Lee County meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Ft. Madison Public Library, 1920 Avenue East in Fort Madison.

Matt Campbell is scheduled to have lunch at 12:30 pm at Creston Windrow, 102 West Taylor Street in Creston. After canvassing in Creston, he will have coffee at 3:15 in the Linden Street Coffee House, 104 S Linden Street in Lamoni.

Monday, June 7

Churches, peace organizations and individuals are invited to join a March for Peace and Social Justice at 12:00 noon at Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines, walking to Nollen Plaza (approximately four blocks). The event will include prayers for the many peace and justice issues impacting our local, national and world community as well as sharing and reflections. Contact Clint Twedt-Ball at or Eloise Cranke at

Tuesday, June 8

Primary election day; polls will be open until 9 pm. If you requested an absentee ballot and forgot to mail it in, you can bring it to your regular polling place or your county auditor’s office on election day.

Matt Campbell’s election results party will be at Buffalo Alice, 1022 4th Street in Sioux City. I will post other Democratic election party locations if campaigns send them to me.

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