# Calendar

Events coming up this weekend and next week

Today is the last day to submit a public comment to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources urging them not to downgrade protections for more than 400 stream segments. Click the link for background and information on submitting a comment.

Thanks to favorable spring weather, the downtown Des Moines farmer’s market will open for the season tomorrow morning. Local farmers have plenty of produce ready for market now, and I’m looking forward to fresh spring greens.

Also on May 1, the three Republican candidates for governor debate for the second time. The Iowa Broadcast News Association is sponsoring the debate. You can watch live at 3:30 pm on IPTV WORLD (statewide on IPTV.3 or Mediacom channel 119). I’ll be watching the rebroadcast on Iowa Public Television Saturday night at 8 p.m.

Any fans of the Huffington Post should consider coming to hear Arianna Huffington speak at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines next Tuesday.

Follow me after the jump for details on those and many other events taking place in the next week and a half. If you know of other events I’ve left out, please post a comment or e-mail me (desmoinesdem AT yahoo.com). Democratic candidates, please put me to your press lists so I can add your public events to my calendar.

Congratulations are in order to Sarah Brown Wessling, an English teacher for Johnston High School who received the National Teacher of the Year award yesterday. Lynda Waddington has more here about Brown Wessling and the award.

UPDATE: I was sad to learn that “the real dean of American journalism” is retiring. From Iowa CCI:

Friday, April 30, 2010, Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) will be the focus of a twenty-minute segment during the final broadcast of the national television news program Bill Moyers Journal tonight at 9pm on Iowa Public Television. The show will focus on the power of organized people standing up to organized money (corporate power) and will feature interviews and protest footage with Iowa CCI members and leaders.

Bill Moyers Journal is a nationally broadcast, weekly public affairs series that features interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy. Tonight will be Moyers’ last broadcast before retiring after decades as an award-winning television news journalist.

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Events coming up this week

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Monday, June 2:

Ed Fallon will be on the 98.3 WOW FM radio station’s show Mac’s World, beginning at 1:30 pm.

Tuesday, June 3:

Get out and vote in the Democratic primary!

Leonard Boswell’s election night party will be at the Hotel Fort Des Moines, Wedgewood Room, 1000 Walnut St in Des Moines, beginning at 8:30 pm. This seems to be open to the public, as I received a mass-mailed postcard invitation.

Ed Fallon’s election night party will be right next door at the Raccoon River Brewery, 10th and Mulberry in Des Moines, beginning at 9 pm.

Wednesday, June 4:

One Iowa is holding its last volunteer workshop where you can sign up for shifts at Pride this June. There will be a quick overview and training session to let you know about what the different volunteer needs and roles will be, where to check in and check out during Pride, and how this process will work.  Immediately following will be a chance for you to ask any questions you may have and to sign up for volunteer shifts. The workshop will be at 6 pm, and you can RSVP here:


For questions, please contact One Iowa at (515)288-4019, or you can visit our web site at www.oneiowa.org.

Thursday, June 5:

Immigration in Iowa will be the topic of a forum at the DMACC Urban Campus (1100 7th St. in Des Moines) from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Confirmed panelists include: Alicia Claypool of the Iowa Immigration Education Coalition; David Roederer, executive director of the Iowa Chamber Alliance (representing 16 chambers of commerce in Iowa); James Benzoni, a Des Moines attorney specializing in immigration law and an adjunct faculty member of the Drake Law School in Des Moines; and state Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames. The event, sponsored by IowaPolitics.com, DMACC and Mediacom, is free and open to the public, but reservations are required as lunches will be provided to the first 50 people who sign up to attend. For reservations call 515.226.8774 or e-mail Julie Rutz at rutz@IowaPolitics.com. Doors at DMACC Urban Campus will open at 10:30 a.m. Free parking will be available at the DMACC Urban Campus. The panel discussion will also be televised to a statewide audience on the Mediacom Connections Channel and will be available for On Demand viewing from Mediacom on Channel 1.

Derek Maurer invites anyone interested in peak oil to join him for a discussion of the topic Thursday, June 5, at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room E of the Iowa City Public Library. This will be an opportunity to learn more or share what you know about peak oil. Many Iowans are becoming more informed about the peak oil phenomenon, with its implication that the era of abundant and relatively cheap energy is drawing to a close. What can we do as a community to respond to the likelihood of this drastic change in the basis of our economy and society?

Friday, June 6:

The Matthew Shepard Scholarship Committee cordially invites you to Iowa’s 2008 Matthew Shepard Scholarship Awards Dinner. Featuring music by members of the Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus, a keynote address by Iowa Board of Regents President David Miles, and presenting Iowa’s 2008 Matthew Shepard Scholarship Recipients.

Friday, June 6, 2007

5:30 PM Reception (Cash Bar)

6:45 PM Dinner and Program

$55.00 per Ticket

Hy-Vee Conference Center

5820 Westown Parkway

West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

Register here:


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Events coming up this week

Please put up a comment if you know of an event I’ve missed, or e-mail me to let me know about upcoming events: desmoinesdem AT yahoo.com.

A bunch of meetups and other events are listed on William Meyers’ website (http://www.meyersforhouse.com/home.html), but I couldn’t find details about the time or location for any of those.

I listed the central Iowa events for Bike to Work week, but there are also events taking place in Iowa City and the Quad Cities. Go here to find a link to those event schedules:


Monday, May 12:

Bike with Congressman Leonard Boswell, 7:45 a.m., 39th and Grand Avenue, ride to 300 E. Locust in Des Moines. Federal, state, and city policy makers will ride to kick off the work week. The number of riders demonstrates to them how many of us are watching and listening and demanding safer bicycle facilities.

Becky Greenwald, a Democratic candidate in the IA-04 primary, will be in Decorah from 7-8 p.m. at the Oaks Restaurant to meet and talk with Democratic activists in Winneshiek County.

Tuesday, May 13:

Bike Kollective Breakfast, 6:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. • 617 Grand Avenue in Des Moines. Stop down, grab a bite and check out the new space called the Des Moines Bike Kollective (while supplies last).

The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Annual Award Dinner, Reception at 6 pm, Dinner at 7 pm, Hotel Fort Des Moines, 1000 Walnut Street, Des Moines. The Keynote Speaker will be The Right Reverend Jane Holmes Dixon, retired Episcopal Bishop of Washington; second woman in the United States to be elevated to the office of Bishop. The Interfaith Award will be presented to Rekha Basu. The Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus will perform. Individual reservations are $50. Although reservations for this event were due by May 8, you may be able to squeeze in. For more information, email tiaiowa@dwx.com or call (515) 279-8715.

One Iowa “Happy Hour/Coffee House” at Ritual Cafe, 13th St. between Grand and Locust in downtown Des Moines, 5 pm to 6:45 pm. This is a time to meet like-minded friends and relax in a welcoming atmosphere. If you have never attended, the Happy Hour crowd will put you right at ease. If you are a regular or have attended in the past, we want you to come see how we have grown! On Tuesday, One Iowa has the honor to host Mathew Skuya, one of One Iowa’s Regional Organizers at Ritual; he will talk about the all of the Pride events happening around Des Moines and throughout Iowa in June, and discuss how you can become more involved.  Matt’s presentation will start at 5:30pm. Ritual Cafe is an LGBT-operated coffee shop and cafe offering “really great coffee and food” in an open and affirming place.

State Representative District 16 Forum and local Democratic candidates, 7 pm at the Decorah City Hall, Council Chambers. For further info contact Lyle Otte, 563-382-3137

House party for Jerry Sullivan, candidate in House district 59, at the home of Kerry Bowen in Windsor Heights, starting at 6:30 pm. Call 274-1877 to RSVP and get address details.

Wednesday, May 14:

This is the last day of the current reporting period for candidates seeking state offices in Iowa. Donate to one or more Democrats facing a tough House or Senate race!

“Helmet Hair Specials” are available at participating businesses all over the state as part of Bike to Work Week. Coffee shops all over the metro are offering those who bike and shop great deals. Show your support, because these businesses support us! After the jump I’ve put the full list of Des Moines-area businesses offering discounts to bicyclists on Wednesday.

Thursday, May 15:

If you need maintenance done on your bicycle, this is the day to take it to a participating bike shop. Many of them are offering deals on maintenance items as well as maintenance classes on this day. Call your local bike shops for details.

Friday, May 16:

It’s the official Bike to Work Day. Go to biketowork.bikeiowa.com for a list of free breakfasts, showers and staging locations. Staging locations are for camaraderie, commuting with friends, and creating a group of cyclists for visibility. Today one lucky registered rider will win the grand CASH prize! Awards will also be announced for the top Two Bicycle Clubs and Employers with the most registered riders.

“Potluck” Commuter breakfast in Ames, 6:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m., Skunk River Cycles. Coffee, juice, and some bagels/bakery goods will be provided. Free to bring something to share with others that stop in. While supplies last.

Afterwork drop-in following Bike to Work day, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the Stomping Grounds in Ames (303 Welch Avenue in Campustown). Stop and share stories of the day and put your name in the drawing for prizes.

Crossroads Luncheon organized by The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa.The Crossroads speaker is Rev. Dr. Jim Ryan, Executive Director of Colorado Council of Churches (formerly Executive Director of Ecumenical Ministries of Iowa & senior minister at First Christian Church, Des Moines). The concept of his new book Doing Justice in a Purple Congregation and of the conversation at Crossroads is there really are no red or blue congregations but a mixture (making purple).  Yet, how do purple congregations really “do” social justice to create change?  It is a very relevant conversation in these times and at the intersection of religion and politics.  Reservations are due by noon this Tuesday, May 13. For more information, email tiaiowa@dwx.com or call (515) 279-8715.

Handlebar Happy Hour celebrating Bike to Work week starts at 5 pm at the El Bait Shop, 200 SW 2nd St, Des Moines. Ed Fallon will ride his bike down to the event and play his accordian.

Saturday, May 17:

Pancake breakfast for Windsor Heights Firefighters, 8 am to 1 pm at the Windsor Heights City Hall (a block south of University on 66th St.). Windsor Heights Mayor Jerry Sullivan, candidate for House district 59, will be there. It’s a fun event for families–kids can see and even touch a real fire truck! $5 per person or $10 per family.

The Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club is having a fundraiser for its Political Action Committee at the Des Moines Botanical Center, 909 Robert D Ray Dr., May 17, 2008 from 3-5 PM. Refreshments will be served. The cost is $50. A presentation by Ty Smeades, nature photographer, called “Things Worth Saving” combines, wildflowers, wildlife, and Iowa scenes, into a 17 minute show set to music. Ty says, “I truly went the quality route with this show”. Contact Debbie Neustadt at debbieneu AT earthlink.net if you plan to attend.

Sunday, May 18:

Fourth Congressional District Democratic candidate Forum:

1:00-2:00 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, Waukon

2:30-4:00 p.m. at The Oaks Steakhouse, Highway 9 in Decorah

5:00-6:00 p.m. at Mabe’s Pizza, Cresco

For further info contact Barb Ettleson 563-382-1469

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Events coming up this week

It’s a very busy week. Please put up a comment if you know of anything important going on that I’ve left out.

Tuesday, April 29:

IowaPolitics.com and Drake University are hosting a forum at which top leaders from Iowa’s House and Senate will discuss the 2008 session and election year. The forum will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Levitt Hall in Old Main at 2507 University Ave. on the Drake University campus. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. More details about the event and how to reserve a spot are after the jump.

The DNR will convene a stakeholders meeting at 1 pm and a public meeting at 6:30 pm in the Scott County Administrative Center, 600 W. 4th St in Davenport, to discuss air pollution in Scott County. A recent DNR report showed that fine particulate matter air pollutant levels in Scott County have exceeded Clean Air Act standards from 2005 through 2007. More background and details are after the jump.

Ed Fallon will appear on Mac’s World Radio Show, 98.3 WOW.FM (show starts at 2:45 pm)

Metro Arts Alliance of Greater Des Moines and other hosts present a reception to honor the artists selected for the City of Des Moines 2007 Performance Report, Following Your Lead: The Road Ahead, 5-7 pm 800 19th Street (corner of 19th and Center) in Des Moines

Sierra Club, Iowa Global Warming Campaign and I-RENEW present the Everyday is Earth Day event, featuring a free film screening of “Global Warming: the Signs and the Science,” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cedar Falls Public Library, 524 Main St. in Cedar Falls (more details about this event are after the jump)

Wednesday, April 30:

The DNR will hold a stakeholders meeting at 1 pm and a public meeting at 6:30 pm to discuss air pollution in Muscatine County (more background after the jump). The meetings will be at the Muscatine County Conservation Board Environmental Learning Center, 3300 Cedar Street in Muscatine.

Tom Henderson, chairman of Polk County Democrats (live) and Comedian Jeff Kreisler (via phone) will appear on Mac’s World, 98.3 WOW-FM, 3 pm to 4 pm.

Thursday, May 1:

One Iowa presents May Day Mayhem–Free Food, Cheap Drinks with other LGBT and progressive professionals. Special guest Evan Wolfson from Freedom to Marry. Star Bar, 2811 Ingersoll in Des Moines, from 5 pm to 7 pm. Light appetizers, cash bar, and a chance to mingle with other LGBTA Professionals. Please RSVP by April 30th (288-4019).

Ed Fallon will be at Green Drinks, Saints Rest Cafe, 919 Broad St. in Grinnell, beginning at 7 pm

Friday, May 2:

Ed Fallon will be at the Eastside Senior Center, 1231 E. 26th St. in Des Moines, beginning at 11:45 am

Comedian Jeff Kreisler will do a show for the Polk County Democrats, Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines. Dinner will be served at 5:30 P.M., program begins at 6:30 P.M. Cash bar available. Regular tickets – $25.00 per person (Dinner and show only) 5:30 P.M. Host Reception with Elected Officials and Jeff Kreisler – $75.00 per person (includes dinner and drink tickets). Tickets are available by calling 515-285-1800; for $27.50 at the Val Air box office or through any Ticketmaster outlet.

Saturday, May 3:

Iowa Citizen Action Network 2008 annual convention, 10 am to 5 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, 8600 North Park Drive in Johnston (suburb of Des Moines). Jim Hightower will be the keynote speaker. More details about the day’s workshops are after the jump, or you can see a flier for this event at


Iowa Corridor’s second annual Hike to Help Refugees in Iowa City (more details are after the jump)

Maifest parade in the Amana Colonies, starting at 10 am

I-RENEW is hosting a tour of the Clipper Turbine Works, the largest wind turbine manufacturer in the U.S., in Cedar Rapids at 1 pm. At 3 pm, Brian Crowe from Iowa’s Office of Energy Independence will speak about the agency’s activities at the Coffee Talk Café, located off Kirkwood Avenue down the road from Clipper. More details about these events are after the jump.

The Tulip festival in Pella runs from May 1 to May 3 as well.

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Tuesday, April 22:

Trash Pick-Up on the Downtown Streetscapes & Trails in Des Moines, 1-4 pm. This clean-up event is organized by Operation Downtown, Des Moines Parks and Recreation, and Riverfront Development Authority. For more information on how you can make a difference or to request a reservation form, email ParksVolunteer@dmgov.org or call (515) 208- 0277.

Earthapalooza at the Iowa City Public Library, 6 pm to 9 pm (Details are at the end of this post.)

Grinnell College student rally at the South Forum Lounge, 7 pm (Ed Fallon will be there.)

Wednesday, April 23:

Democracy for America brings back “Night School”:

Join us as we kick off the 2008 semester with Writing a Field Plan on Wednesday April 23 starting at 8:30pm Eastern.

Our special guest trainer will be Helen Strain, from the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood. Helen will provide expert advice and answer your questions as we outline how to write a campaign blueprint for victory: The Field Plan.

RSVP now: www.dfalink.com/fieldplan

I’ve put more details about that event after the jump.

Thursday, April 24:

Green drinks at the Mars Cafe, 2318 University Avenue in Des Moines, starting at 5:30 pm (Ed Fallon will be there.)

House party for Ed Fallon at Chet’s Firestation, 1041 8th St. in Des Moines, starting at 7 pm. “If you want to join us, call or email Jamie at jamie@fallonforcongress or (515) 822-4284.”

Saturday, April 26:

Sustainable Ecological Economic Development (S.E.E.D.) Mid-Term Conference at North High School in Davenport, 9 am to 4 pm. I’ve put the press release about this event after the jump.

House party for Ed Fallon at the home of Rachel Tone and Bob Schulte, 726 Polk Blvd Des Moines, 5 pm to 7:30 pm. “Come join us for live piano music with Sam Salamone and wine/cheese. Also for every $50 donation you will get a raffle ticket and a chance to win door prizes of the hosts’ art and jewelry! RSVP Jamie at (515) 822-4284.”

Note: I can’t find details about house parties or other campaign appearances on Boswell’s campaign website, but if someone can point me to a place where I can find those, I will start including them in my posts about upcoming events.  

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Please add other events I may not know about in the comments.

Tuesday, March 11:

You are invited to One Iowa ‘s “Happy Hour” at Ritual Cafe, a time to meet like-minded friends and relax in a welcoming atmosphere. If you have never attended, you will be put right at ease by the Happy Hour crowd. If you are a regular or have attended in the past, we want you to come see how we have grown!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 – 5:00-6:45pm

Ritual Cafe – 13th Street in Des Moines

At One Iowa , we believe all families should have equal protections and responsibilities; the best way to achieve this is through marriage.  As we continue our work toward Marriage Equality, one of our outreach goals, is our story telling project, this project is at the forefront and to kick off this effort, we have invited these women to share their stories, in hopes that others will find their voice and share their stories with us.

This month One Iowa has the honor to host Laura Fefchak and her partner Nancy Robinson at Ritual, these women have agreed to come and “share their story.”  Please come and hear their experiences of raising two children, having married in Canada and the everyday life experiences of being a lesbian couple in 2008 in Iowa .  Their presentation will start at 5:30pm.  After the main presentation we will have laptops available so others can start sharing their stories.

Ritual Cafe, located on 13th Street between Grand and Locust in downtown Des Moines, is an LGBT-operated coffee shop and cafe offering “really great coffee and food” in an open and affirming place.

For questions, please contact One Iowa at (515)288-4019, or you can visit our web site at www.oneiowa.org.

Wednesday, March 12:


Democratic Candidate for Iowa House District 27


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Suite 106

Econolodge at the Fairgrounds

410 E. 30th Street, Des Moines

Join us afterwards for DUBUQUE NIGHT in DES MOINES

6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Diamond Jack’s at the Fairgrounds / No admission charge

Charles Isenhart


P.O. Box 3353

Dubuque, IA  52004-3353



Chad Cox, treasurer

2742 Tiffany Court

Dubuque, IA  52001

Also on Wednesday, March 12, Ed Fallon will hold the following events:

Des Moines Town Hall Meeting

9:00 to 10:00 am

Fair World Market

116 5th St.

West Des Moines

Newton Town Hall Meeting

11:30 to 12:30 pm

Uncle Nancy’s Coffeehouse and Eatery

114 N. 2nd Ave West,


Knoxville Town Hall Meeting

2:00 to 3:00 pm

The Swampbox Pub and Grill

116 N. 2nd St.


Friday, March 14:

ICSW Policy Lunch & Learn #3

Friday, March 14

12 noon – 1 p.m.

Legislative Dining Room * State Capitol

Free and open to the public * Bring your lunch and join us!

Protecting Iowa’s Families: Child Support and Domestic Violence

Join experts to discuss what legislation is moving forward to keep Iowa families safe and economically stable.

March 14th speakers:

·        Jerry McKim, Division of Community Action Agencies

·        Kristi Lohmeier , Iowa Policy Project

·        Jeanne Nesbit, Department of Human Services

·        Nancy Robertson , Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Panel moderated by Lori SchraderBachar, Iowa Commission on the Status of Women

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