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Friday, May 13


6:30 PM - 6:30 PM


Bedford, Iowa


Wednesday, May 18

Community Clothes Closet

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Every Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 pm, the Friendship Center located at 1526 MLK Jr Pwky, in Des Moines will offer a free clothing closet to the community. Participants can come as often as needed and pick up Coats, Shoes, Clothes, and Diapers if available. From time to time, furniture and other household items may be available as well. Free to all and No ID required.

Friendship Center


Thursday, May 19

Empty Cradle Support Group

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Empty Cradle program at Pella Regional provides care, support, and resources to families who have experienced the death of a baby due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or early infant death. Our goal is to offer bereaved families support through monthly meetings. The support group is in partnership with Awakening Grace ministries. All are welcome to attend. When: 12:00-1:00pm on the third Thursday of every month Where: Lower Level of the Comfort House located at 505 Union Street in Pella Contact: Leah Garland, Bereavement Coordinator - 641-620-5050

Comfort House


Friday, May 20

Steps of Hope - Overdose Awareness Walk

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Please join us at the DMACC Ankeny Campus on May 20th, where we will take Steps of HOPE for Overdose Awareness. We will meet at the gazebo, on the south side of DMACC Ankeny campus to walk around the pond. One loop around is 1.182 miles. There will be tables set up with free information to share and narcan training is available as well. Everyone is somebody's someone. Daniel is my son, and his battle with substance use disorder ended November 1st, 2020. His fight has always been my fight! The stigma surrounding addiction must stop. It is hurting so many and hinders recovery! My son had gone through treatment and had been clean over 6 months. It felt like we were standing on a mountain top, we finally made it. I was so proud of him. For the 1st time in his life, he was proud of himself!! Then on 11/01/20, the sheriff pulled into my driveway and delivered the absolute worse news any parent could receive, they were dispatched to a local hotel and upon arrival they found my son deceased from an accidental overdose. My whole heart shattered into a million pieces. This is not how our story was supposed to end!! Daniel always said that I should do an outreach. He said that I should help people like him. So, I honor my son by hosting this walk to help others. My son's death is Not in Vain! He is my son! He is a brother! He is a Dad!! No more shame!! No more stigma!! It can happen to anyone. Daniel should be turning 31, but instead, he is Forever 29. The desire is not to raise funds, the desire is to raise awareness, show support to so many others who "get it" and help others to gain an understanding. Educate, advocate and show every person effected by substance use that nobody walks alone! TALKING ABOUT OVERDOSE CAN SAVE A LIFE!!! TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!! NOBODY WALKS ALONE!!!

Ankeny DMACC Campus


Saturday, May 21

Rummage Sale

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Faith Fellowship Church in Osceola, Iowa, is having a Rummage Sale/Garage Sale on May 21st from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Items include clothing, furniture, toys, books, and much, much more! All proceeds to benefit youth programs.

Faith Fellowship Church

Categories: Fundraiser

Bloom Women's Conference Featuring The Cheese Ball Chick

9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Southeast Polk Family Church Women's Ministry is hosting this exciting FREE multi-church women's event Saturday May 21st, featuring Molly Sanborn, AKA The Cheese Ball Chick! Join us for praise and worship, lunch, and inspirational messages from Molly. SEATING IS FREE BUT LIMITED TO THE FIRST 150 TO REGISTER. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity, sign up now at http://SEPolkFamilyChurch.com/Bloom! SCHEDULE: 9:00am Doors Open 9:30am Introduction and Worship Time 10:30am MOLLY 11:30am Lunch 12:30am Worship Time 1:00pm MOLLY 2:15pm Closing Worship Time Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/414783380104203

Southeast Polk Family Church

Categories: Conference

Food Drive

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Help the Urbandale American Legion, Boy Scout Troops 43 & 98, and the VFW Post 9668 as they do a food drive to support Urbandale Food Pantry. They are looking for donations of:

  • canned fruit, vegetables, and meat
  • peanut butter
  • cereal
  • pasta sauce
  • toilet paper
  • shampoo, body wash, hand soap
  • toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • diapers and wipes
It will be curbside drop off and monetary donations will also be accepted.

Urbandale American Legion


Sunday, May 22

No Foot Too Small - Angels in the Outfield Event

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate Angels. Unite Families. Build Birthing and Bereavement Suites. No Foot Too Small (NFTS), founded by Robin and Ryan Boudreau, was inspired by the loss of their son Beau in 2013. NFTS was founded out of a desire to draw awareness to pregnancy loss + infant mortality while encouraging the celebration of angels. In just seven years, thousands have gathered for the annual events to honor babies who’ve lost their lives too soon. NFTS is headquartered in Iowa City and serves families across the state of Iowa and beyond. The organization hosts many events including local Mom's Groups and Dad's Social Clubs in the Des Moines and Ames areas. Angels in the Outfield is a family-friendly celebration of angels! Join us at the ball park to enjoy a day of celebration, fun activities and baseball! Registration for the Game Day Event includes: 🎟Ticket to the I-Cubs game at 1:08pm in NFTS's reserved section seating (Kids age 3 and younger are free) Access to NFTS Tailgate with family fun activities from 10am - Noon - 🌭🥤🍿Ballpark food - 🦋🎨🖌Face Painting - 🎈🐩🌼Balloon Artist If you've experienced pregnancy and infant loss, know someone who has, or just want to support the cause, come enjoy some baseball with us⚾💙🧡 We can't wait to help you celebrate the special angel in your life.

Principal Park

Categories: Family, Fundraiser

5K For Food

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Two 8th grade cross country friends partnered to raise healthy packaged food for Waukee Area Christian Services. A few months ago, our school partnered with WACS (Waukee Area Christian Services) to provide packaged food for kids in low-income families in public schools. These kids qualify for federally assisted meal programs at their school and don't get food over the weekend because they don't have school. WACS provides packaged food for these schools to give to those students. The only problem with this solution is that the packaged food is not always very healthy. Kira and I got to know each other through cross country this fall, and so this problem touched our hearts when we heard that these children were not getting the nutritious snacks through the weekend that they need. As athletes, our goal is to fuel our bodies to be as healthy and fast as they can be. As our Take Action project for Civics class, we decided to provide WACS with healthy packaged food, such as That's It fruit bars, whole wheat crackers, rice cakes, beef jerky, etc. We are holding a walk/run on May 22nd @ 2 PM @ Raccoon River Park to run a 5K around the trail to raise food for WACS.

Raccoon River Park

Categories: Fundraiser

The Stepfamily: It's Complicated

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Creating community for those in blended families by offering encouragement, friendship and support. We get it - stepfamilies are complicated! Whether you are dating, engaged, or remarried with young or grown-up kids, or a grandparent with step-grandchildren - this community is for you. This group offers a fun place to connect and discuss topics related to remarriage, stepparenting, co-parenting and the unique challenges of blended families. This free small group will enjoy light snacks, meet new people, learn a few things, and have fun. Weekly meetings are on Sundays from 4:30 - 6:00 PM starting APRIL 10, 2022. Questions or looking for information about child care? Call or text us at (515) 229-9928.

Valley Community Center

Categories: Class/Study, Family

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