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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. 

 

Des Moines Holiday Events

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

Now that Thanksgiving is here, the holiday season has offically kicked off. The Des Moines Area is full of holiday events and fun for the whole family. Below are some dates and information for some of the area's best seasonal events.

  • What would the holiday season be without shopping? On November 27th, The annual Rockin' Shoppin' Eve at Jordan Creek Town Center means that stores will open at 12:01 a.m. for holiday shopping. Free coffee and live entertainment will keep you awake.
  • On December 3rd and 10th, Shops will stay open late during Valley Junction's Holiday Open House. The businesses in Historic Valley Junction and the streets will be lined with more than 150,000 twinkling lights.
  • If holiday crafts interest you then you will want to visit Adventureland from Nov. 27-29th they will host more than 100 craft vendors.
  • On Dec. 5th, West Glen Town Center hosts Sip and Shop, with a tree lighting on Nov. 21, carolers on Dec. 5 and visits from Santa and carriage rides both days.
  • It's the 18th and final year for Dutch Christmas in the Country, which features 55,000 lights and twelve structures that make up a Dutch Village. Starting Nov. 27 through Dec. 31 visit this amazing event which runs 5:15-10:30 p.m. Nov. 23-Dec. 31. To get there, take Highway 163 east to Pella, take exit 40 and follow the signs. Admission is free.
  • From Dec. 1-18 go back in time 150 years and visit Merry Christmas to All: A Thomas Nast Christmas in Ames. Celebrate the season and the timeless images of Thomas Nast, and experience an authentic founding farm Christmas. Visitors will see traditional holiday decor and hear Christmas songs from the 19th century while touring the 150 year old Farm House  Farm House Museum, Knapp-Wilson House, Iowa State University, 1810 Lincoln Way, 290 Scheman Building, Ames, IA 50011, (515) 294-3342
  • Don't forget that animals need help this season as well. The Animal Rescue League is hosting “Home for the Holidays” Open House and Frosty Paw Boutique. Visitors can explore the adoption area and meet adoptable pets ready for new homes, and shop the Frosty Paw Boutique, located in Mapes Auditorium. Everything from art work, pet supplies, makeup, jewelry and food items will be available for early holiday shopping. There will also be a raffle for a chance to win some fabulous prizes all while helping the animals at the ARL. Animal Rescue League, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA 50313
  • If theatre is your thing, mix together a batch of fruitcakes, dozens of Christmas trees, a chickenpox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an estranged old man, a runaway boy, and a Christmas hog, and youve got the recipe for a fun holiday show. This moving story of understanding and reconciliation provides a heaping helping of holiday warmth and Christmas cheer. Admission: $15  Ames Community Theaterof Recreation Service, 120 Abraham Drive, Ames, IA 50014

Local Sculpture Adds New Views

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

In an area of Des Moines that once was full of old and decaying buildings and closed up storefronts now boasts a sculpture park with works by Willem de Kooning, Louise Bourgeois and Sol Lewitt, among others.

According to an article in the New York Times, the park which is part of a redevelopment project started back in 1991. It will be named for John and Mary Pappajohn, a Des Moines venture capitalist and his wife, who have given the 24 sculptures — valued at some $40 million — to the community through the Des Moines Art Center. The enterprise is a collaboration among the Pappajohns, other private donors, the city and the center, a contemporary-art museum west of downtown.

Community leaders raised $6.5 million to create the park and finance an endowment for security and upkeep. Diana Agrest and Mario Gandelsonas, architects based in New York, designed an undulating lawn with grassy mounds and crescent-shaped cutaways to display sculptures by artistic style.

Admission to the park is free and is open from 6 a.m. to midnight. The park has  has around-the-clock security, including foot patrols, cameras, motion sensors and speakers. The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park is located between Locust Street and Grand Avenue, 13th and 15th Streets. For more information please call 515-277-4405 or click here to visit the website.

Halloween Events In Des Moines

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

Pumpkins, candy and costumes..Halloween is here! If you are looking for some spooky fun, the Des Moines area has several events for everyone. Have a safe and fun holiday!

Living History Farms

Horse-drawn wagon rides, marshmallow roast, storytellers, scarecrow and jack-o-lantern displays delight all during this non-scary family event. Children ages 12 and younger can trick-or-treat in the 1875 Town of Walnut Hill. Free pop and popcorn for everyone. Cost is $5 nonmembers, $4.50 members. For more information click here.

The Sleepy Hollow Haunted Scream Park

The Sleepy Hollow Haunted Scream Park is a way for young and old to get scared this halloween. There are a variety of scares, from the gruesome and gory to the startles and screams, our Haunted Village has something for everyone.  This year, there is are newly redesigned  haunted attractions, bringing all new scares and terrifying, mesmerizing, pantswetting, runawayscreaming fright to one of the biggest haunted attractions in the Midwest!  For the younger and more easily frightened, there aer many attractions available. The Haunted Scream Park has food vendors offering everything from corn dogs,  hot chocolate, and warm cider to buffalo burgers, brats, and pizza.  Plus all the food vendors have a free activity for your group to play.  There is also a free inflatable obstacle course where you can challenge a friend to see who can get through it the fastest.

October 9-10, 16-17, 22-25, 29-31.  7 PM nightly.

Pumpkin Decorating Workshop

Learn a little about the pumpkin's interesting history while decorating one of these scary squashes for Halloween. Each participant will get to decorate and take a pumpkin home with them.

Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Boulevard, Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-2710

The Haunted Barn

What is better than a haunted barn at Halloween? If you dare, visit The Haunted Barn which opens Oct. 23rd. Located at  4516 N.E. 78th Avenue
Bondurant, IA 50035. This new haunted house in the Ankeny area is hosted in a big barn just a couple miles east of Ankeny.  Open from 7pm-12am. Free Parking.

Home Buyer Loan Process - What You Need

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

Once you have selected the type of loan you prefer and qualify for, the lender will ask you to complete a loan application, which will require a great deal of personal and financial information, including the following:

1) Your residence history
• Your previous addresses for the past two years
• The length of time you’ve lived at each address
• If you currently rent, your landlord’s name and addresses (for past 12 months)

2) Your employment history
• The names and addresses of all your employers for the past two years
• The dates you worked at each place of employment
• If there have been any gaps in your employment, explain why

3) All outstanding loans and credit cards
• The creditor’s name(s) and address(es)
• Your account number(s)
• The current total balance you owe and the months left to pay
• The amount of the monthly payment

4) Savings, checking or investment accounts
• The names and addresses for each financial institution
• Your account numbers • The current balance or value

5) Real estate you currently own
• The property address(es)
• The estimated market value
• The outstanding loan balance
• The amount of your monthly payment (including taxes, insurance, homeowner’s association dues)
• The amount of your rental income (if applicable) 6) Personal property you own • The net cash value of your life insurance
• The make, year and value of your automobile(s)
• The value of your furniture, jewelry and other personal property 7) Tax records • Some lenders may require copies of your tax records from the previous two years

If you would like to discuss the loan process and to become a pre-qualified buyer, please call us or request a loan analysis.

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3521 Beaver Ave.
Des Moines IA 50310
515-240-2692
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