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VIDEO: How DesMoinesArts Inc. plans to transform the art scene

DesMoinesArts Inc. President Justin Mandlebaum gives us his presentation explaining his effort to transform the local art scene by providing permanent affordable workspace to artists.

Sages Over 70 Nominations 2015

At dsm, we honor our city’s veteran achievers and leaders with our annual “Sages Over 70” award. And we’d like your help in choosing them! To nominate someone you know, submit the form below by June 26. The nominee needs to be age 70 or older and should fit several of the following criteria: *Has […]

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2015 Passport to Prosperity Awards

The Iowa International Center has announced the recipients of the 2015 Passport to Prosperity Awards. The awards recognize immigrants and refugees who make Iowa a better place to live through their contributions to the community. Congratulations to Mone Aye, a refugee of Burma, a bilingual community outreach worker with the Des Moines Public Schools, and board chair and co-founder […]

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Summer Refreshment from Vom Fass

By Wini Moranville Anyone who has ever appreciated a glass of lemonade, a Campari and soda or a citrusy sauvignon blanc on a hot summer day understands just how refreshing those sour and bitter flavors can be as the temperature climbs. That’s why in summer, I always lay in a supply of vinegars from Vom […]

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A Step in the Right Direction

Junior League of Des Moines recently started a two-year project to build and sustain a recovery house for survivors of human trafficking. The organization is providing volunteers and funding to develop a large garden and chicken coop. Proceeds from the garden will be used to establish funds for each survivor as she prepares for independent […]

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P.S. You Heard It Here First

In April we broke the news of Art Week Des Moines, the new multiday festival June 22-28 celebrating local artists. Since then, we’ve heard from co-creators David Safris and Liz Adelman that the event, which leads up to the annual Des Moines Arts Festival, is shaping up nicely. The schedule of activities is growing by the day, […]

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You’re Invited

Please join us as we unveil the July/August issue of dsm magazine on June 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. (short program at 6 p.m.) at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (909 Robert D. Ray Drive). Guests are invited to enjoy a cocktail and appetizers on the veranda and in the gardens. We look forward […]

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Austrian Chef Presents Iowa Wine Dinner

By Wini Moranville Austrian-born chef Michael Leo of Strudl Haus is pairing six courses with wines from Indianola’s Summerset Winery on June 18. Many courses feature Iowa-sourced products. But really. What does a chef from Europe–where winemaking stretches back millennia–think of Iowa’s relatively new wine industry? “We all know that Iowa wines are not French wines,” […]

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