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August 23, 2017 - August 30, 2017
- Youth Basketball - Registration Ends 10/1
Tuesday, August 01, 2017 at 8:00:00 AM - Sunday, October 01, 2017 at 5:00:00 PM
Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools are partnering to offer youth basketball!
Separate leagues are available for boys and girls with each offering divisions for grades 1/2, 3/4, and 5-7. League play will consist of a 10-game schedule and ends with tournament play in February. Practices and games are held at area schools and community centers.
Registration is available from August 1 until October 1 and can be done as a team ($550) or individually ($60). Draft teams are formed from individual registrations. Team rosters allow for approximately 10 players. Entry fee provides a reversible jersey for each player, registered referees and game scorekeepers. Final Four of tournament play will be held at the Drake University Knapp Center.
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- Monarch Tagging
Monday, August 14, 2017 at 11:30:00 AM - Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 10:30:00 AM
Franklin Community Gardens
Throughout this fall the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation will be tagging up to 200 Monarch Butterflies at various parks and you are invited to help. At each event, participants will learn about Monarch butterfly natural history, including how their incredible migration takes them from the Des Moines city parks to the mountains of central Mexico. After a brief discussion and directions, participants will use nets to see if they can catch some Monarchs to be tagged and released. Supplies will be provided, but be prepared to hike in the tall grass while you chase Monarchs.
Joel Van Roekel 515 681 2027
- Yoga at the Plaza
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 11:30:00 AM
Brenton Skating Plaza - 520 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Dr.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during July and August and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be taught by local yoga instructors, so come join the fun and relax over your lunch break. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel. The instructor for the week will be Emily Griggs.
Classes will not take place in the event of rain. We will only post on social media if Yoga is cancelled. If nothing has been posted, please assume classes will take place. Please continue to check our Facebook and Twitter for cancellations.
- Stand Up Paddle with the Naturalist
Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 5:30:00 PM
Gray's Lake Peninsula
Join the Des Moines Environmental Educator for a Stand Up Paddle on Grays Lake to learn more about the history of the lake, how if functions and the wildlife that lives there. Starting at the peninsula next to the swimming beach, we will paddle in search for wildlife that lives in and around the lake and discuss what we find along the way. There are several dates and times to choose from. Registration for this event is limited and includes the stand-up board and gear. The fee is $10, new paddlers welcome.
Age: New SUP Paddlers welcome, under 12 years old need to have a guardian present
Joel Van Roekel 515 248-6369
- Yoga in the Park - James W. Cownie Soccer Complex
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:00:00 AM
James W. Cownie Soccer Complex - 2600 Hartford Avenue
Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.
Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Jen Bramble.
Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
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