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BusinessLaunch! Classes      3/3/2015 6:00:00 PM
8345 University Blvd, Clive
In-depth foundation for new entrepreneurs and those in the planning stages. Students will determine feasibility, start-up needs, timeline, and pricing. They will also build skills in financial management, marketing. The instructor will assist the students in writing the business plan. The final product is a business plan draft. Business owners already operating are welcome to take the class and encouraged to do so. Class runs twelve sessions, meeting every Tuesday and Thursday evening for 6 weeks. Class facilitator and primary instructor is Danielle Oldson, MA. Industry experts will teach specific sessions. The total cost is $350 and includes the "Business Planning Guide". Scholarships are available. Please do not register for this class here. You must first take BusinessPrep, which you can register for on our Events page. Thank you!
Iowa State Fairgrounds Varied Industries Building, Des Moines
Children & Families of Iowa’s Kidsfest is all about families having fun while helping at-risk families in need. Kidsfest is a kid-centered festival full of fun activities, games and entertainment for kids and their families. Come out and enjoy inflatables, stages shows, and so much more at Iowa’s largest children’s festival! Proceeds will benefit CFI programs.
Health and Wellness Fair      3/7/2015 9:00:00 AM
3200 Grand Ave., Des Moines
Join us March 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at Des Moines University for a free health and wellness fair. • Des Moines University medical students will provide free health screenings. • Free podiatric screenings and general wellness screenings such as BMI and blood pressure checks will also be available. • Dozens of community partners will provide information about health and well-being. • Find information for both children and adults. Kids can bring their stuffed animals for a Stuffed Animal Checkup station! • Grab a free toothbrush and toothpaste. • Enjoy free snacks. • Register for door prizes. The Health and Wellness Fair is presented by Easter Seals Iowa and hosted by Des Moines University. The fair is located in the Olsen Center at Des Moines University, 3200 Grand Avenue in Des Moines. Contact Meghan Klier with questions at 515-309-2607 or
BUBB Event Director      3/7/2015 6:00:00 PM
Des Moines
Iowa Blues Challenge Winners featured at Colon Cancer Fundraiser Bottoms Up Blues Bash in March Des Moines, Iowa – January 19, 2015 - The Bottoms Up Blues Bash on March 7th, 2015, features The Candymakers, The Heath Alan Band ft Matt Woods & Justin Appel, and Dylan Boyle. The 6pm event at Wooly's in the East Village is a collaboration of The Central Iowa Blues Society and Colon Cancer Foundation of Iowa. This family friendly event is a celebration of colon cancer awareness month and fund raiser to help fight the disease in communities across the state. There will be a special Blues in the Schools (BITS) presentation for the kids presented by “Freight Train” Frank Strong and Hoover High School students. The Central Iowa Blues Society in partnership with the Colon Cancer Foundation serves a dual purpose, supporting local Blues musicians with an important fundraising cause in the community. The music line-up features the 2010 Iowa Blues Challenge – duo winner Dylan Boyle, the 2011 band category winners The Candymakers and the 2012 & 2013 band category winner (member of The Painkillers & The Rock Island Rollers) Heath Alan featuring the 2007 band winner (Matt Woods & The Thunderbolts) & 2012 solo winner Matt Woods. "Blue is the color representing colon cancer awareness," says David McCluskey, colon cancer survivor and founder of Colon Cancer Foundation of Iowa, a local nonprofit fighting colon cancer. "We’re celebrating with soulful blues music, music that comes from the heart, to raise awareness and funds to fight colon cancer in Iowa communities." 1,700 Iowans are diagnosed with colon cancer each year. While it’s the fourth most frequently diagnosed cancer in Iowa, it is the second leading cancer killer in the state, and the most preventable. Colon cancer is 90 percent preventable with proper screening. During David McCluskey's cancer battle in 2007 he was inspired by the strength and positive spirit of colon cancer patient David Kinman, who survived two years beyond his diagnosis, but died at age 37. Thus, Davids Fight reflects the disease's impact on both men. McCluskey is the organizer of central Iowa’s annual Get You Rear in Gear run/walk, set for August 23rd this year. For more information and tickets visit Wooly’s website,, or Tickets for the Bottoms Up Blues Bash are on sale for $20 prior to the show and $25 on March 7, children 12 and under FREE, through Wooly's website, and at their location, 504 East Locust, Des Moines. Contact: Cherish Anderson 515/979-3950 David McCluskey 515/559-4789 Bullet Points: What: Bottoms Up Blues Bash, A Celebration/Fundraiser for Colon Cancer Awareness Month When: Saturday, March 7th, 2015; Doors at 6 pm, BITS program 6:30 pm, Music starts at 7:00pm Who: The Candymakers The Heath Alan band ft. Matt Woods & Justin Appel Dylan Boyle Special presentation by Blues in the Schools (BITS) with “Freight Train” Frank Strong Where: Wooly's - 504 E. Locust, Des Moines - In the East Village Ticket Info: $20 In advance, $25 day of show (12 & Under Free), Tickets on sale at Wooly's, 504 E. Locust or through their website,

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