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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A call from a boy…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A call from a boy…

By Dave Markwell At 4:30 this morning my phone rang. Being familiar with phone calls at this hour, I knew it was probably not good news. It wasn’t. My caller ID said, “Aden”, my son. “Hi, buddy”,... [Read more]

Saltwater Music Series at Des Moines United Methodist Church Saturday

Saltwater Music Series at Des Moines United Methodist Church Saturday

The Saltwater Music Series will be held at Des Moines United Methodist Church this Saturday, Jan. 20, starting at 7 p.m. Composer/pianist Steven Luksan will perform musical styles of the last 400 years... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: We’ll see…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: We’ll see…

By Dave Markwell Last weekend, my daughter informed me that she was going to see a movie with her friend, “Becky”, and would need a ride Saturday evening. Now, the only surprising element of this... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD NEW YEAR: Still can…

FEEL GOOD NEW YEAR: Still can…

By Dave Markwell A few weeks ago, I was at my old buddy, Scott’s, house catching up a bit following the memorial service for his dad. It was one of those simple, beautiful moments of life and friendship... [Read more]

Jack Kniskern – the man who helped design Des Moines – has passed at 91

Jack Kniskern – the man who helped design Des Moines – has passed at 91

Sadly, longtime Des Moines resident and local icon Jack Kniskern passed away at the age of 91 on Dec. 21. A memorial is planned for Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Des Moines United Methodist Church. Jack... [Read more]

Christmas Eve worship will be Sunday at Des Moines United Methodist Church

Christmas Eve worship will be Sunday at Des Moines United Methodist Church

Christmas Eve worship will be this Sunday, Dec. 24, at Des Moines United Methodist Church: 9:30 a.m.: Regular morning worship. 7:00 p.m.: Harvest Band choir, Candlelight. 11:00 p.m.: Bell & Chancel... [Read more]

COMMENTARY: South King Media would not exist if not for Michael Brunk

COMMENTARY: South King Media would not exist if not for Michael Brunk

Michael Brunk By Scott Schaefer Founder/Publisher Michael Brunk is one of the most impressive, creative and talented media professionals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with. As we... [Read more]

Boeing Employees Choir will perform FREE concert in Des Moines Sat., Dec. 9

Boeing Employees Choir will perform FREE concert in Des Moines Sat., Dec. 9

Boeing Employees Choir will perform a FREE concert at Des Moines United Methodist Church this Saturday, Dec. 9. The free event will begin at 7 p.m. “Bring your friends for an inspirational beginning... [Read more]

Christmas Ship Festival will sail from Des Moines Marina this Wednesday, Dec. 6

Christmas Ship Festival will sail from Des Moines Marina this Wednesday, Dec. 6

This year’s Christmas Ship™ Festival sailing departs from the Des Moines Marina this Wednesday, Dec. 6 and sails southbound from 7 – 9:30 p.m. This appears to be the only sailing from Des... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Breezes.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Breezes.

By Dave Markwell Returning home to my dogs after a fine Thanksgiving meal, I was feeling especially gracious – even more so by the exceptionally low standards I have set for my dogs. As I delicately... [Read more]

REMINDER: Tree Lighting is this Friday night at Big Catch Plaza!

REMINDER: Tree Lighting is this Friday night at Big Catch Plaza!

REMINDER: Kick-off the Holiday Season at the annual Destination Des Moines Tree Lighting event at Big Catch Plaza this Friday, Dec. 1, from 6 – 7:30 p.m.! The Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park... [Read more]

Free Sancta Lucia Pageant will be at Grace Fellowship Hall this Sunday

Free Sancta Lucia Pageant will be at Grace Fellowship Hall this Sunday

Come see and learn the wonder of the free Sancta Lucia Pageant at the Grace Fellowship Hall at Grace Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. This special candlelight pageant includes great... [Read more]

Des Moines United Methodist Church’s Children’s Christmas Fun Day is Dec. 2

Des Moines United Methodist Church’s Children’s Christmas Fun Day is Dec. 2

Children’s Christmas Fun Day at Des Moines United Methodist Church will be this Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., downstairs in Fellowship Hall. Fun, crafts, games, story time…and... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Steps.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Steps.

By Dave Markwell Throughout our lives, we take many steps. Some are forward. Some are sideways. Some are backwards. These steps move us through life. I recall my own first steps into a kindergarten classroom.... [Read more]

Taproot Theatre will present ‘The Gift of the Magi’ in Des Moines on Nov. 29

Taproot Theatre will present ‘The Gift of the Magi’ in Des Moines on Nov. 29

TAPROOT THEATRE PRESENTS “THE GIFT OF THE MAGI” – NOVEMBER 29, 2017 Taproot Theatre’s Touring Company will be presenting a stage adaptation of O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” at Resurrection... [Read more]

Destination Des Moines Tree Lighting will be at Big Catch Plaza Friday, Dec. 1

Destination Des Moines Tree Lighting will be at Big Catch Plaza Friday, Dec. 1

Join in the kick-off of the Holiday Season at the annual Destination Des Moines Tree Lighting event at Big Catch Plaza on Friday, Dec. 1, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. The Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park,... [Read more]

A blatant Ad to sell you Dave Markwell’s new ‘A Feel Good Life’ book

A blatant Ad to sell you Dave Markwell’s new ‘A Feel Good Life’ book

And now…a blatant Ad from Waterland Blog Columnist Dave Markwell: My daughter was playing Christmas music on her phone while eating her Fruit Loops this morning. I shook my head in admonishment... [Read more]

Normandy Park’s ‘Winterfest’ holiday events will be Saturday, Dec. 2

Normandy Park’s ‘Winterfest’ holiday events will be Saturday, Dec. 2

Normandy Park’s ‘Winterfest’ holiday events will be held in two locations on Saturday, Dec. 2: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Manhattan Village – lots of fun including: Santa, the Silverbells... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Death of a coffee machine.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Death of a coffee machine.

By Dave Markwell A couple of days ago, my coffee maker croaked. I took it apart to see if any glaring issues stood out. After maxing out my appliance repair knowledge in about 12 seconds, I determined... [Read more]

Haunted Highline: Where to find ‘Real’ local Ghosts and Hauntings

Haunted Highline: Where to find ‘Real’ local Ghosts and Hauntings

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a rerun of a story originally posted in in 2010: By Joanne Dyer You know random and creepy bits of trivia about buildings you’ve never been in. You’re dying to see George... [Read more]