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Memorial Day Events around Des Moines

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember all our veterans who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  The Des Moines area has many Memorial Day events taking place for you to attend on May 29th:

Des Moines- Memorial Day Service on the State Capital grounds, starting at 10:00 am.

Adel- The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Memorial Day Ceremony take place at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at 8:00 am.

Blue Grass- The Blue Grass American Legion Post 711 Memorial Day Ceremony takes place at 10:00 am.

Mitchellville- A Memorial Day service will be held at the Mitchellville Cemetery starting at 9:45 am.

Johnston- Starting at 5:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge.

Wishing all our Veterans and Active Military Members a safe & Happy Memorial Day!


Local Events - Dont forget to Check Them Out

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

The State Historical Museum has opened an exhibition that shares the stories of the Iowa residents who had supported the First World War. "Iowa and the Great War" is open every day through May 1, 2017 with more than 100,000 men and women from across Iowa who served in the military during the war. 

May Day is a a local event that celebrates the arrival of beautiful weather with a short hike through Brown's Woods. During the hike, many residents bring a May Day basket and look for spring wildflowers to take home with them. 

Local farm sites may seem mundane, but Living History Farms has changed it up. Engage in each of the working farms around the area, with a blacksmith, general store, print shop, and see the Flynn Mansion and Barn, both historic places. Open May 1 through August 27, Monday through Saturday. 


Celebrate with a Great Easter Brunch in Des Moines!

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

Easter Weekend is fast approaching, make sure to plan for some local activities. This year, Easter Sunday will fall on April 16th, 2017. Make sure to check out the following list of the most popular local events for a nice family brunch:

  • 801 Chophouse (801 Grand Ave, #200, Des Moines) from 10:30am to 3:00pm
    • Price: $10 to $65
  • Blank Park Zoo’s Feast with the Beasts (7401 S.W. Ninth St.) from 9:45am to 2:15pm
    • Price: $24 nonmembers, $22 members, $12 for 12 and under, Free for 3 and under
  • Cozy Café (8385 Birchwood Court, Johnston) from 10:30am to 3:00pm
    • Price: $11 to $21
  • HoQ (303 E. Fifth St., Des Moines) from 10:00am to 2:00pm
    • Price: $10 to $19
  • Hotel Pattee (112 Willis Ave, Perry) from 10:30am to 1:00pm
    • Price: $10.95 to $24.95 (Price based on age)
  • Johnny’s Italian Steak House (6800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines) from 10:00am to 3:00pm
    • Price: $26 Adults, $13 Kids, Free for 4 and under
  • Le Jardin (2815 Beaver Ave, Des Moines) from 9:00am to 1:30pm
    • Price from $10 to $25

For Family events such as Easter Egg Hunt, see the following link: Events

We all know this time of year means candy candy candy. Make sure to get you and your family out and about, and stay healthy! Des Moines & the surrounding communities have many parks & events that offer great outdoor activities to make sure you stay on your feet coming into a beautiful spring. 

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Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, SRES, SFR
Iowa Realty
3521 Beaver Ave.
Des Moines IA 50310
Fax: 515-453-6404



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