Top Eight Actually Useful Classes that Should be Taught in School

School can teach many, many important things for one’s life but it more often than not can be lacking in teaching even the most basic of skills. The following are classes that aren’t traditional in what they teach their students but the skills the students will learn will help them for the rest of their…

Top Ten Reasons to Go to the Extreme Sunday at the Iowa State Fair

  Admission is cheaper-$9 for adults and $5 for ages 5-11.  Admission is $3 off the adult admission if you bring in 3 canned food items so clean out your cabinets and save a little money in the process. The lines will be a bit shorter since everyone who is hard core about the fair are going…

Top Ten Tips for Traveling Overseas

Everyone should at some point in their lifetime travel overseas.You’ll get firsthand experience in a different culture and you’ll gain an appreciation of our country. The following are tips to help make traveling outside of America a little easier. Get at least $100 of that country’s equivalent before you go. That amount will at least pay for…

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Your First Ragbrai

  Ragbrai started in 1973 as the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa and has become one of the oldest and longest bicycle tours in the world. The following are tips to help those who are new to the race which this year will be July 21st-27th and to bicycling long distances in…

Quirky Des Moines #17- Breaking Bread in Des Moines

The sign was probably more famous than the bread itself, at least to those who have ever driven down University Avenue.  Though the factory closed in 2000, the sign lived on to become a treasured local landmark. The Win M. Campbell Corporation was started in 1925 by Winfield Campbell in Kansas City with the intention of…

6 Reasons to go to 80/35 this year

80/35 is a yearly 2 day music festival held downtown Des Moines at the Western Gateway Park and it will be held on July 12-13th this year. With both free and paid stages, you’ll easily find something you’ll enjoy. The following are reasons for those who have never been to 80/35 to consider giving it…

Top Ten 4th of July Fireworks Displays

Des Moines and it’s surrounding neighborhoods have plenty of options to see great firework displays to celebrate our country’s independence. The following are the best way to celebrate the 4th of July without having to drive too far out of town to do so though check the dates on each one since they’re not all…

Top Five Reasons to go to the Des Moines Arts Festival

The Des Moines Arts festival rivals festivals held in much larger cities. The following are reasons why you should make a point of visiting it this year. It’s Family Friendly- the festival is very family friendly unlike a lot of festivals that strive for more of an adult atmosphere. The Creative Family zone features activities/projects like…