Events

Sat, May 20 – March Against Monsanto (Sioux City)
From 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Tri View Ave / 701 Gordon Ave. Participate in a Worldwide Event. In March 2015, the World Health Organization declared glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, a “probable” human carcinogen. The EPA said the same thing in 1985, but reversed its decision in 1991, under pressure from Monsanto. Monsanto’s Roundup is the most widely used agricultural chemical of all time. Click here for details.

Sat, May 20 – Des Moines Monthly Contra Dance (Des Moines)
From 7:00-10:30 p.m. at St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 3424 Forest Ave. Contra Dance (like a Barn Dance) to lively jigs and reels by Melon Farmer Stringband, and fun dance calling by Von Kaster from Ames’ Onion Creek Band. Lesson/refresher at 7:00 p.m. Dancing at 7:30 p.m. Free Parking behind church. Bring water bottle, clean sole shoes, and friends. Snack for sharing welcome. All dances taught. Beginners welcome. All ages welcome. No partner necessary. Click here for details.

Sun, May 21 – Book Release: The Art of Decay (Iowa City)
At 2:00 p.m. at Prairie Lights, 15 S Dubuque St. Special reading at 5:30 p.m. In this collection of essays, poems, and drawings from his own personal journals, author Bruce Hopkins reflects on the truth and beauty in nature, concentrating on how important it is to listen to the voices of nature, and to live our lives accordingly, from the moment of our arrival to the moment of our departure.

Wed, May 24 – Stand in Court with #NoDAPL Land Protector Heather Pearson Pleading “Not Guilty” (Rockwell City)
Date is subject to change. Check back closer to date to confirm. At 9:00 a.m. at Calhoun County Court House, 416 4th St. Land Protector Heather Pearson will appear in court in to plead “Not Guilty” to trespassing charges while participating in a Bold Iowa nonviolent action to stop Dakota Access construction. Pipeline Fighters are invited to show up in court and stand in solidarity. Click here for details.

Wed, May 24 – Press Conference After Heather’s Trial (Rockwell City)
(Note: Date is subject to change. Check back on May 23 to confirm.) After Heather Pearson’s trial, estimated at 12:00 noon or earlier, in front of the Calhoun County Courthouse, 416 4th St, join members of the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition and Bold Iowa in a press conference. Contact ed@boldiowa.org.

Thu, May 25 – Weekly Peace Vigil (Des Moines)
From 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on the northwest side of the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Join Catholic Peace Ministry and other peace groups every Thursday for a peace vigil. Bring your signs or banners for peace. Contact iowapeacenetwork@gmail.com.

Fri, May 26 – Weekly Peace Vigil (Iowa City)
From 4:30-5:00 p.m. at the intersection of Iowa Ave. & Clinton St. Members of local peace groups gather to demonstrate for peace. Contact iowapeacenetwork@gmail.com.

Fri, May 26 – Weekly Peace Vigil (Cedar Rapids)
From 4:30-5:00 p.m. at 1st Ave. and 1st St. NE, across from the old Federal Building at the Tree of Five Seasons. Members of local peace groups gather to demonstrate for peace. Contact iowapeacenetwork@gmail.com.

Sat, Jun 3 – Picnic for the People (Boone)
From 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at McHose Park Shelter House, 1215 Francis Mason Drive. Talk with Iowans who are making a difference in our community. Meet candidates who are running for local and state office. All ages welcome. Catered by Jimmy’s BBQ, $10 suggested donation. Click here for details.

Sat, Jun 10 – Working Families Summit (Ames)
From 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at ISU Campus, Scheman Building. You are invited an exciting event which will bring dozens of progressive Iowa organizations together. The Summit is still in the formation process with speakers and classes. Last time we had national speakers on various issues. We are looking for speakers that will agitate, invigorate and educate. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting day we need volunteers. The registration page will be up soon. Please contact Lance Coles at 515-262-9571 or lance@iowaaflcio.org if you are interested in being on a committee, supporting the event or want more information.

Mon-Thu, Jun 12-15 – “Let’s Talk Trash” Sustainability Day Camp for Kids (Pella)
From 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. daily at Central College, Lubbers Center. Central hosts a day camp focused on reducing, reusing, and recycling. The camp will feature field trips to a local landfill, recycling center and a commercial compost facility, plus daily crafts and activities to creatively re-purpose trash. This four-day camp will end with an art exhibit, musical performance, and auction of items hand-made from used materials. The camp is for kids ages 8-12 and costs $140 per person. Register your child(ren) for all three sustainability camps and receive a $50.00 discount off of your total registration. Includes T-shirt, meals and all activities. Camp will have pickup and drop-off in Des Moines, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Contact Brian at bcampbell@central.edu or 641-628-5178 for more info. Click here to register.

Fri, Jun 30 – Stand in Court with #NoDAPL Land Protector Mahmud Fitil Pleading “Not Guilty” (Rockwell City)
Date is subject to change. Check back closer to date to confirm. At 9:00 a.m. at Calhoun County Court House, 416 4th St. Land Protector Mahmud Fitil will appear in court in to plead “Not Guilty” to trespassing charges while participating in a Bold Iowa nonviolent action to stop Dakota Access construction. Pipeline Fighters are invited to show up in court and stand in solidarity. Click here for details.

Mon-Sun, Jul 3-9 – Peace City Summer Camp (West Branch)
Daily at Scattergood Friends School, 1951 Delta Avenue. Become a more effective activist through a week of non-violence workshops and climate change and water protector sessions, for both adults and kids. Recharge and network while on walks, making crafts, creating music, meditating, and eating organic farm-raised food. Choose dormitory housing, set up a tent or park an RV onsite. All meals, activities and camp shirt are included in the ticket price! Register for full week, weekend, or Saturday only. Full camp details, preliminary schedule and ticket links are available at PeaceCity.org. More details here.

Sat, Jul 15 – Revolution Iowa: From Protest to Power headlining Bernie Sanders (Des Moines)
From 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Iowa Events Center, 730 3rd Street. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action) host their 2017 Convention. In addition to Senator Sanders keynote speech, the convention will feature issue-focused organizing workshops, speeches from other movement leaders, and celebrations of CCI Action victories from the past year. Members of the public can register for the event here.

Mon-Fri, Jul 17-21 – “Positive Energy” Sustainability Day Camp for Kids (Pella)
From 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. daily at Central College, Roe Center. Central hosts a day camp focused on energy conservation and renewable energy. Campers will visit a wind turbine and a solar array, tour a hydroelectric dam, learn about biofuels and electric cars, and participate in hands on activities. Teams will compete to construct their own energy-efficient model homes. The camp is for kids ages 8-12 and costs $180 per person. Register your child(ren) for all three sustainability camps and receive a $50.00 discount off of your total registration. Includes T-shirt, meals and all activities. Camp will have pickup and drop-off in Des Moines, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Contact Brian at bcampbell@central.edu or 641-628-5178 for more info. Click here to register.

Wed, Jul 25 – Stand in Court with #NoDAPL Land Protector Emma Schmit Pleading “Not Guilty” (Rockwell City)
Date is subject to change. Check back closer to date to confirm. At 9:00 a.m. at Calhoun County Court House, 416 4th St. Land Protector Emma Schmit will appear in court in to plead “Not Guilty” to trespassing charges while participating in a Bold Iowa nonviolent action to stop Dakota Access construction. Pipeline Fighters are invited to show up in court and stand in solidarity. Click here for details.

Mon-Fri, Aug 7-11 – “Fun with Food” Sustainability Day Camp for Kids (Pella)
From 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. daily at Central College Campus. Central hosts a day camp to explore the world of food, cooking and community. Attendees will get to grow food in Central College’s campus garden, take field trips to meet local farmers and food producers, try new foods from around the world, and cook healthy, delicious meals each day. The week will once again culminate with a team cooking competition pairing campers with professional staff from Central College Dining. The camp is for kids ages 8-12 and costs $180 per person. Register your child(ren) for all three sustainability camps and receive a $50.00 discount off of your total registration. Includes T-shirt, meals and all activities. Camp will have pickup and drop-off in Des Moines, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Contact Brian at bcampbell@central.edu or 641-628-5178 for more info. Click here to register.

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