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The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the ’52 Chev, Part III

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the ’52 Chev, Part III

In which the author learns to never buy a car that is older than he is… and that has blue flames. by Mike Smith My old flame had another interesting modification. I’m not sure why, but the... [Read more]

Blues & Brews Delivers Again — Fine Beer, Rockin’ Music, a Good Cause

Blues & Brews Delivers Again — Fine Beer, Rockin’ Music, a Good Cause

by Jesiah Dorpat As a partaker and lover of all things beer and music (and of course the lovely Des Moines people), my stomach, ears and my sweet bluesy soul were filled by this event to the uttermost. Sax... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bifocals.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bifocals.

by Dave Markwell This morning a couple of my favorite CrossFit members bought me a coffee. Tanya and Roxane had finished their workout and, per their Friday ritual, traveled down the street for a coffee... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn – <i>Sin City: A Dame to Kill For</i>

Past the Popcorn – Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

by Jeff Walls Based on the popular graphic novels by Frank Miller, the 2005 movie Sin City was something of a revelation in cinema.  Director Robert Rodriguez had his actors perform in front of a green... [Read more]

Friends of the Des Moines Library holding Book Sale on Friday, Sept. 12

Friends of the Des Moines Library holding Book Sale on Friday, Sept. 12

The Friends of the Des Moines Library will be holding a Book Sale on Friday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Book donations may be left at the library. Proceeds... [Read more]

Wanolitto’s Musings for this Saturday’s Des Moines Farmers Market

Wanolitto’s Musings for this Saturday’s Des Moines Farmers Market

More comments from shoppers about how friendly our market is and this is true of the vendors themselves. Witnessed last Saturday, a jewelry vendor’s canopy broke while she was putting it up. Her competitor... [Read more]

Sound and Fury Morris Dancers to delight at St. Luke’s English Fete Sept. 13

Sound and Fury Morris Dancers to delight at St. Luke’s English Fete Sept. 13

Part Steampunk, part Renaissance Faire – Morris Dancing is a staple of Country Village fetes (rhymes with plates) or fairs all over England. Some have called it “organized chaos,” with its... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the ’52 Chev, Part II

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the ’52 Chev, Part II

In which the author learns to never buy a car that is older than he is… and that has blue flames. by Mike Smith In addition to the missing hand brake (and muffler), the trunk on the ’52 Chev... [Read more]

Des Moines house that ‘exploded’ Aug. 15 now classified as Arson

Des Moines house that ‘exploded’ Aug. 15 now classified as Arson

A house in the 2000 block of South 232nd Street that “exploded” on Aug. 15 has now been classified as an Arson. The original report was that a man was thrown from the roof of the home while... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>When the Game Stands Tall</i>

Past the Popcorn: When the Game Stands Tall

by Jeff Walls If I were to tell you that they were making a movie about a team that won 151 consecutive football games, you might assume that the movie would be about how this team came together to accomplish... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

by Greg Wright “I believe television will change more in the next five years than in the last fifty,” Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in a recent Business Week interview. So far, so good. “This... [Read more]

Camp KHAOS campers learn about ‘Pool Safely Day’ at Mount Rainier Pool

Camp KHAOS campers learn about ‘Pool Safely Day’ at Mount Rainier Pool

Contents of Pool Safely Day bags given to kids. Andy Beal teaching front float to Camp KHAOS kids. Dryland lesson – “Which floats, the rock or the beach ball?” During a regularly scheduled visit... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the ’52 Chev, Part I

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the ’52 Chev, Part I

In which the author learns to never buy a car that is older than he is… and that has blue flames. by Mike Smith Cars are like catnip to high school boys. Perhaps to girls too, but I’ve never... [Read more]

Carmen Scott honored at Des Moines City Council meeting Thursday night

Carmen Scott honored at Des Moines City Council meeting Thursday night

At Thursday night’s Des Moines City Council meeting, Mayor Dave Kaplan read Resolution No. 14-153-A into the record books, and now the paved trail running from 200th to the Pier is named for Carmen Scott…

Ribbon cut, ground broken for Des Moines Creek Business Park Thursday

Ribbon cut, ground broken for Des Moines Creek Business Park Thursday

The Port of Seattle and the City of Des Moines held a ribbon cutting and groundbreaking ceremony with Panattoni Development Company for the new 87-acrew Des Moines Creek Business Park on Thursday, Aug.... [Read more]

Normandy Park Ale House opens with a packed house, great beer & food choices

Normandy Park Ale House opens with a packed house, great beer & food choices

by Judy Schwanke Six weeks after announcing their ownership, Normandy Park Ale House has opened their doors to bring a new face to the Normandy Park Towne Center. Following a “soft launch”... [Read more]

Around 500 free backpacks and other goodies given out at ‘Back to School Fair’

Around 500 free backpacks and other goodies given out at ‘Back to School Fair’

A “Back-to-School Fair” was held at Steven J. Underwood Park in Des Moines on Thursday, Aug. 7, where some 500 free backpacks were given out to local, low-income students. The backpacks were filled... [Read more]

Frank Ferrante returns from Australia with more of Groucho Marx

Frank Ferrante returns from Australia with more of Groucho Marx

by T.M. Sell Frank Ferrante was afraid. Every actor with a pulse is a little afraid before going on stage, but it’s a kind of fear and excitement and adrenaline that most use to drive their performances.... [Read more]