NOVEMBER 15, 2016



Iconic local signs inspired these mugs, from Bozz Prints, available at Market Day.

LOCAL FOCUS WITH A TASTE OF FRANCE 
 
Like shopping local? It doesn't get more local than this, dealing with product makers, service providers and shop owners at two Thanksgiving weekend events:
     * Black Friday Market Day, Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Capital Square.
     * Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26, marked by a series of special events
       from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Shops at Roosevelt complex on 42nd Street. 

The Black Friday event involves more than 60 artists, artisans, crafters and other   creators of handmade gifts--everything from clothes to art to toys in the Capital Square atrium.

The next day, the Shops at Roosevelt will be adding festivities to holiday bargains. For families, Five Monkeys will offer crafts, the Des Moines Community Playhouse will have story times, and Santa and Willy Wonka will be available for photos. Participating stores will also offer complimentary cider, cocoa, cookies and more.

Get personalized shopping ideas from store owners, including cheese and wine pairing suggestions from experts at The Cheese Shop. Strolling musicians add to the holiday spirit. And on the subject of spirits, we're intrigued by the "Husband Day Care" offered by Vom Fass, where guests can sample whiskies while their spouses shop throughout the area.

Also, join dsm magazine's food writer, Wini Moranville, at Vom Fass from noon to 2 p.m. as she demonstrates (and offers samples of)  true-to-France crêpes featuring dessert sauces starring Vom Fass liqueurs. 
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Public radio conversationalist Krista Tippett will speak this evening at Drake University.

WISE UP WITH KRISTA TIPPET 
 
Krista Tippett, host of public radio's thoughtful "On Being" program, will speak this evening (Tuesday, Nov. 15) at 7 p.m. at Drake University's Knapp Center. The free presentation is part of Drake's Martin Bucksbaum lecture series. Her topic: "Becoming Wise." 
 
Tippett's Peabody Award-winning radio program traces the mysteries of human existence in conversations with theologians and diverse dignitaries, including the 14th Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou, Desmond Tutu and Yo-Yo Ma.
 
Tippett previously was a reporter for The New York Times, Newsweek and the BBC, among others. She earned a Master of Divinity from Yale University in 1994 and created the radio program "Speaking of Faith," which later became "On Being," in 2003 to provide intelligent journalistic coverage of religion. Her program airs on Iowa Public Radio Sundays at 6 a.m.
Providing rides is just one of some 150 volunteer opportunities identified by United Way.

WANT TO FEEL GOOD? DO GOOD 
 
Being a community volunteer has never been easier: United Way of Central Iowa has written the book on helpful opportunities, just in time for the holidays.

Whether you'd like to make meaningful donations or get more personally involved in helping with holiday events, services or programs, you can find something that feels right to you. Browse volunteer opportunities by clicking here, or download United Way's local Holiday Helping Hand Guide with a click here to view local organizations that would welcome your help.

If you have questions about the guide, contact rtalbott@unitedwaydm.org
Actress Kim Chelf-Hames stars as a wounded war veteran who returns to her hometown.

FIND BEAUTY IN 'UGLY LIES THE BONE' 
 
StageWest Theater Company's production of the critically acclaimed drama "Ugly Lies the Bone" continues tomorrow through Sunday (Nov. 16-20) at the Des Moines Social Club's Kum & Go Theater.

The play, which has garnered praise from patrons locally, portrays a recently discharged soldier's return to her hometown with painful scars and vivid memories. Through virtual-reality therapy, she builds a breathtaking new world while restoring her relationships and her life.

Show times and prices vary. For more information and tickets, click here

It's beginning to look a lot like ... Holiday Promenade in Des Moines' Historic East Village.

PUT SOME SPARKLE IN YOUR WEEKEND 
 
The East Village neighborhood will sparkle with holiday lights and echo with the clopping of hooves on pavement Friday, Nov. 18, as the traditional Holiday Promenade returns from 5 to 9 p.m.

Shops will have extended hours and treats for holiday shoppers. Carolers will stroll the streets, while ice sculpting and a tree lighting are planned at Brenton Skating Plaza. Santa will be there from 5 to 6:30 p.m., then at LifeServe Blood Center until 8 p.m. Free horse-drawn trolley rides roll from 5:30 until 8 p.m.    

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