2019 Earth Month Calendar

 

In celebration of Earth Month 2019, the Office of Sustainability has compiled a number of opportunities to be sustainably engaged on campus, in the Ames community, as well as in and around Story County, during the entire month of April. These opportunities cover the three facets of sustainability -- environmental, economic and social. 

 

Facets of Sustainability Key

 

April 1-7      April 8-14      April 15-21      April 22-28      April 28-30

 


 April 1, Monday

The Craft of the Month: Doodle Lantern 
Hosted by: The Workspace
Iowa State University; Memorial Union, The Workspace
All of April, Monday-Friday 4:00 - 10:00 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Simple, fun and in season, terra cotta pots are an easy surface to paint on. Choose from small pots to start an herb garden to medium containers for indoor plants and larger pieces for outdoor flowers. Cost is $6-12 depending on the size of the pot you choose.
 

Lecture: #MeToo-Why Has It Taken So Long
Hosted by: Lecture Series Program
Memorial Union | Sun Room
Monday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Florence George Graves is an award-winning journalist and founding director of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. Her reporting helped expose the imbalance of power between women and men in Washington long before the #Metoo era.

 

Lawn Mower Service Days 
Hosted by: Agriculture Systems Technology Club
Iowa State University, West side of Sukup Hall
Monday, April 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m
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Members of the Agriculture Systems Technology Club will hold its annual lawn mower service days. This is a routine maintenance service; club members won't do repairs. Cost is $35 for push mowers, $50 for riding mower, and $15 for the weed eater. Pickup and delivery for Ames-only addresses are an additional $15 or $20 for riding mowers. Call 515-708-8672 or send an email to astservicedays@gmail.com.

Interpersonal Communication | Seminar Series part three of a six-part series. 
"Sticks an Stones Will Break My Bones and Words Will Never Hurt Me: Verbal Messages
Iowa State University, Parks Library, Room 198
Monday, April 1 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

This six-part seminar series held by the Graduate College's Center for Communication Excellence is aimed at helping you express yourself in clear, confident and responsive ways. Learn strategies for listening, communicating with professors and colleagues in academic settings, and managing conflict effectively. Register online at https://pd.grad-college.iastate.edu/event/view/619.

Shaping Our Future in the Hospitality World 
Hosted by: The National Society for Minorities in Hospitality
Iowa State University, MacKay Hall, Joan Bice UnderwoodTearoom
Monday, April 1 at 5:30 p.m.

 April 2, Tuesday

Lecture: Getting a Good Night's Sleep: Rest, Resiliency, and the Art of Digital Detox 
Hosted by: Lecture Series Program
Memorial Union | Sun Room
Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Brian Luke Seaward will outline the connections between good health and resiliency as well as the connections between stress, screen addictions,
and poor sleep. He is a faculty member at The Graduate Institute and executive director of the Paramount Wellness Institute.

Navigating Controversial Topics in the Classroom 
Hosted by: Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
Iowa State University, Morrill Hall, Rm. 2030
Tuesday, April 2 from 2:10 - 3:00 p.m. 

Many instructors consciously avoid controversial issues in the classroom because of the difficulty involved in managing heated discussions. However, controversy can be a useful, powerful, and memorable tool to promote learning. This conversation will provide instructors with resources to facilitate classroom discussion around controversial issues including the O.T.F.D. (Open The Front Door) and A.C.T.I.O.N. communication frameworks.

 

 April 3, Wednesday

Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask | Lecture 
Hosted by: American Indian Rights Organization, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, American Indian Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, History, Office of Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, United Native American Student Association, University Library, Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)
Iowa State University; Memorial Union, Great Hall
Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Anton Treuer is Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and author of 14 books, including Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask. A distinguished scholar and member of the Ojibwe tribe, he uses personal examples in clear language to alleviate misconception and bridge knowledge gaps among cultures. In addition to his work documenting the culture, history, and language of the Ojibwe, Treuer speaks frequently about issues of cultural competence and equity, education, and sovereignty for Native peoples. He has a BA from Princeton and earned MA and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Minnesota. The 2019 Richard Thompson Memorial Lecture

Grafting Class 
Hosted by: Iowa Arboretum
Iowa Arboretum; 1875 Peach Avenue, Madrid IA Ph.515-795-3216
Wednesday, April 3 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Join Patrick O’Malley, Iowa State University’s Commercial Horticulture Field Specialist, for an evening of grafting at the Iowa Arboretum.  The class is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3rd from 6 pm to 8 pm. The class will cover the following topics: What is grafting? Why graft? How to graft, Caring for grafted trees, Live demonstration of grafting techniques (whip and tongue grafts). Each participant will take home two self-grafted apple trees. Register to reserve a space; Members $30, Non-members $35

Revised Flood Hazard Information - Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Open House 
Hosted by: Story County Conservation
Administration Building, 900 6 Street, Nevada, IA
Wednesday, April 3 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Revised Flood Hazard Information - Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Open House Story County’s flood risk information is being revised by FEMA and updated flood hazard maps are available. You can view the new preliminary maps to see how flood risk may have changed and learned how they can affect building and flood insurance requirements at the following brown bag lunch and learn sessions. These meetings provide opportunities to discuss the changes to floodplain maps in the Unincorporated Areas of Story County, Iowa (outside city limits.) If you are not able to attend one of these sessions, please feel free to contact the staff directly with questions. No formal presentations are scheduled. February 6th, March 7th, April 3rd.

North Grand Farmers' Market | Indoor 
Hosted by: North Grand Farmers' Market
North Grand Mall, 2801 Grand Ave, Ames, IA
Wednesday, April 3 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Stop by and pick up some fresh baked goods, jams & jellies, honey, popcorn, Pappardelle's pasta, Amish baskets & rugs, handmade textiles, and so much more!

Sewing Lessons 
Hosted by: The Workspace
The Workspace, Memorial Union, 2229 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA
Wednesday, April 3 fro 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Instructor: Judy Lemish. Whether you are a beginner needing to learn how to operate a sewing machine or someone who needs help finishing a project in progress, this is for you. Work one-on-one with Judy and learn the skills you need to keep going on your own. Bring in your machine or borrow one of ours and begin making beautiful things, one stitch at a time. ISU $40   |   Public $50

The Architecture of Counterrevolution: Samia Henni 
Hosted by: Department of Architecture
Kocimski Auditorium, 101 College of Design, 715 Bissell Road, Ames, IA | 515-294-7428
Wednesday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m.

In this lecture, Samia Henni will introduce and discuss the arguments of her book, Architecture of Counterrevolution: The French Army in Northern Algeria (Zurich: gta Verlag, 2017). The book examines the roots and effects of French colonial spatial policies and military counterinsurgency operations in Algeria during the Algerian Revolution (1954–1962). During this bloody and protracted armed conflict, the French civil and military authorities designed and completed not only tactical destructions but also new constructions to allow for the strict control of the Algerian population and the protection of the European communities of Algeria.

Henni’s study focuses on three interrelated spatial measures: the massive forced resettlement of Algerian populations; the mass-housing programs designed for the Algerian population as part of General Charles de Gaulle’s Plan de Constantine; and the fortified administrative new town planned for the protection of the French authorities during the last months of the Algerian Revolution.

Interpersonal Communication | Seminar Series 
It's Not What You Said; It's How You Said It: Nonverbal Communication, Part four of a six-part series
Iowa State University, Parks Library, Rm 198
Wednesday, April 3 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

This six-part seminar series held by the Graduate College's Center for Communication Excellence is aimed at helping you express yourself in clear, confident and responsive ways. Learn strategies for listening, communicating with professors and colleagues in academic settings, and managing conflict effectively. Register online at https://pd.grad-college.iastate.edu/event/view/620.

Celebrating 10 Years of Marriage Equality in Iowa 
Hosted by: ISU Center for LGBTQA+ Student Success
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Room 3224
Wednesday, April 3 at 4:00 p.m.

The LGBTQA+ Faculty and Staff Association are hosting a reception open to faculty, staff and students. There will be cake!
While the reason for the celebration is Iowa's Supreme Court decision (April 3, 2009) legally recognizing same-sex marriage, the purpose also is to invite the campus LGBTQIA+ community to celebrate how far it's come as a community.


 April 4, Thursday

The 39 Steps 
Hosted by: ACTORS Inc.
ACTORS, Inc. Studio, 120 Abraham Dr., Ames, IA
Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.

A killer season! Unlike any show ACTORS has done before, this fast-paced comedic pantomime spoofs all things, Hitchcock. Laugh along as four actors play over 150 characters in this murder mystery. SHOWS April 4, 5, 6, 12, 13 @ 7:30pm   |   April 14 @ 2pm

Refugees as a Weapon of War - Johnpaul Agaba | Lecture 
Hosted by: ISU Lectures
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Great Hall
Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.

Johnpaul Agaba is a Ugandan lawyer and visiting Fulbright scholar who has worked with USAID and is a founding member of the nonprofit Refugee Advocacy for Development. He will discuss the significance of and role refugees have played in the geopolitics of East and Central Africa from pre-colonial tribal wars to the colonial era of foreign African mercenary fighters, to the current use of refugees in Uganda as spies in proxy wars in Somalia, Burundi, Rwanda, and Sudan. Agaba has over 15 years of experience working with USAID programs on HIV/AIDS, gender issues, and legal advocacy for forced migrants from the Great Lakes region of East and Central Africa. He is currently teaching global health at the College of Saint Rose, NY, and Regis College, MA.

 April 5, Friday

Hindustani Vocal Concert by Ashwini Bhide 
Hosted by: India Cultural Association of Ames, Iowa
Ames City Auditorium 502 6th St., Ames, Iowa
Friday, April 5 at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Dr. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, an outstanding Indian classical vocalist will perform in Ames on Friday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m.
She will be accompanied on the tabla by Ramdas Palsule and on the Jaltarang by Siddhesh. 

We Can End AIDS Speaker Tour 
Hosted by: Student Global AIDS Campaign
Iowa State University; Memorial Union, Pioneer Room
Friday, April 5 at 4:00 p.m.
 

The Student Global AIDS Campaign is on tour on campuses across the U.S. to bring the message that we can stop AIDS. Recent news of a second person cured of HIV has brought renewed attention to the HIV & AIDS epidemic. Four speakers, from the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, the U.S., and South Africa, will talk about how HIV and AIDS have impacted their personal lives, and why people should support the prevention of HIV.

DZ Dogs 
Hosted by: Delta Zeta
ISU Delta Zeta House; 2138 Sunset Dr., Ames, IA
Friday, April 5 at 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.

DZ Dogs is Delta Zeta's annual philanthropy event benefiting the Starkey Hearing Foundation. There will be hotdogs and condiments, cookies and chips, with all proceeds going to Starkey.

Diary of a Worm, A Spider and A Fly 
Hosted by: Stephens Auditorium Curriculum Connections
Stephens Auditorium 1900 Center Drive, Ames Iowa 
Friday, April 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Insects rule in the diaries of unlikely best friends: Worm, Spider, and Fly. Worm eats his homework, Fly believes she has superpowers, and Spider can’t wait to grow up and molt.

This production, based on the books Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly, by Doreen Cronin, promotes eco-consciousness, earth science and tolerance of others. You might just find that a bug’s life is not all that different from your own in this joyful, hip musical. Purchase tickets at the ticket office

Polar Bear Plunge 
Hosted by: Iowa State Greek Week
Iowa State University, Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center, 2508 Mortensen Rd, Ames, IA
Friday, April 5 from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The Ames Polar Bear Plunge is a signature fundraiser for Special Olympics, where members of the sorority and fraternity community support SOIA by jumping into frigid waters. Polar Plunge: The act of chilling your body and warming your heart to help raise money for over 14,000 Special Olympics Athletes and Unified Partners in the state of Iowa.

ISU Theatre production of "Godspell" 
Hosted by: ISU Theatre
Iowa State University, Fisher Theater, 1805 Center Dr., Ames, IA
Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. (April 6, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Join ISU Theatre in a celebration of community and love when it presents the musical “Godspell,” opening Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Fisher Theater in Ames. Using a wide variety of storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing, a diverse group of 21st-century college students encounters Jesus, who leads them through stories inspired by parables in the Bible’s book of Matthew.

The musical’s setting takes place in modern-day Fisher Theater, as the performer's journey from a discordant group of individuals into a community.  The music features inspiring and entertaining songs ranging from pop and rock to vaudeville. Contact the ticket office for tickets.

Anecdotes in Applied Machine Learning - Brian McClendon | Lecture 
Hosted by: ISU Lectures
Iowa State University, Howe Hall, Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium
Friday, April 5 at 4:00 p.m.


ISU Innovation Prize Weekend - Brian McClendon, a former Vice President at Google, will discuss how machine learning has become a bigger and more important factor in nearly every business and share examples of potential applications in the future. McClendon spent two years at Uber leading its Maps and Business Platform efforts. Prior to that, McClendon was a vice president with Google and led its Geo business unit, including Google Maps, Street View, and Google Earth. He spent 8 years at Silicon Graphics, designing 3D graphics workstations. McClendon was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2015 and holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas, where he is currently a research professor.

Paint Your Own Pottery: Unicorns vs Dinosaurs 
Hosted by: The Workspace
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, The Workspace
Friday, April 5 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Incorporate a terrestrial vertebrate or mythical creature into your design, or paint one of our figurines. We will show you the basics of painting your piece and fire it within a week. Studio fee is $4 for ISU and $5 for the public to attend plus the cost of the bisque you select. Walk in during open hours or drop in on Friday evenings between 4 & 8 p.m. for theme nights. Open to all ages if accompanied by an adult.

Teal Ribbon Day 
Hosted by: ISU Office of Equal Opportunity
Iowa State University, Sloss House Lawn
Friday, April 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Volunteers will distribute teal ribbons and information about consent and
bystander intervention. 

ISU Innovation Prize 
Hosted by: Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, Agricultural Entrepreneurship Iniatitive, and Ag Startup Engine
Iowa State University, ISU Economic Development Core Facility; 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames, IA
Friday, April 5 from 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 6 from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

The ISU INNOVATION PRIZE is a new incentive competition at Iowa State University on the weekend of April 5-6, 2019.  The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative are co-hosting the event.  It will be held at the ISU Economic Development Core Facility in ISU Research Park. (4:00 p.m. begins with the Keynote speaker, located in Howe Hall - Alliant Energy/Lee Liu Auditorium.)

 April 6, Saturday 

Stash the Trash 
Hosted by: Campustown Action Association, City of Ames, Iowa Home Consulting Hauling and Disposal, ISU Live! Green, ISU Facilities Planning & Management, ISU Student Activities Center, Keep Iowa State Beautiful, Reiman Gardens, CyServe Council and Volunteer Center of Story County.
Check in at Reiman Gardens; 1407 University Blvd, Ames, IA
Saturday, April 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stash the Trash is a volunteer effort that brings together the ISU campus community and Ames community members to help clean up Ames after the winter to make the city a more beautiful place to live and work. Volunteers have the option to clean up a neighborhood, park or campus.
All volunteers will check in at Reiman Gardens, where trash bags and gloves will be available, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. A free lunch (11:30-1 p.m.) and free admission to Reiman Gardens will also be offered to all volunteers. Sign up to volunteer. New opportunities this year! Recycling Teams and Plogging. 

Natural Skincare with Botanicals 
Hosted by: Reiman Gardens
Reiman Gardens 1407 University Blvd, Ames, IA
Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Learn how to use plants and flowers along with infused oils to create natural skin care products. We'll talk about lip balms, body butter, scrubs and more. You'll create items to take with you along with many ideas for planning your skin care garden.
Preregistration with prepayment is required by Thursday, April 4. $48 Members, $60 General Public, $40.80 ISU Students.

Morel Mushroom Certification | Workshop 
Hosted by: ISU Extension and Outreach
Iowa State University, 1302 Advanced Teaching, and Research Building, Ames, IA
Saturday, April 6 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

To legally sell morel mushrooms in Iowa, sellers must complete a certification workshop that covers identifying morels and false morels. People can be poisoned by eating mushrooms that are misidentified as morels. By the end of the workshop, participants will recognize true morels from false morels. Register online. $50

Spring Garden Symposium 
Hosted by: Iowa Arboretum
Iowa Arboretum; 1875 Peach Avenue; Madrid, IA; Ph.515-795-3216
Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Join David Culp, author and garden designer, for a captivating day of gardening talks. David will discuss practical and aesthetic considerations
on how the design, installation, and management of meadows complement the sites on which they exist. Lunch is provided in ticket cost; Register online Member $55, Non-Member $65.

Iowa Odyssey of the Mind State Finals 
Hosted by: Odyssey of the Mind
Iowa State Center, Scheman Building,1805 Centre Drive, Ames, IA
Saturday, April 6, All Day

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas
to come to life in an exciting, productive environment. Participants build self-confidence, develop life skills, create new friendships, and are able to recognize and explore their true potential. OotM proves that students can have fun while they learn. State Finals will be held on the Iowa State University Campus on Saturday, April  6, 2019. Competitions will run throughout the day with the awards being announced in the late afternoon. Champions will be extended an invitations to represent the State of Iowa at World Finals.

Transforming Gender and Society Conference 
Hosted by: Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at ISU
Iowa State University, Memorial Union
Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The conference is open to undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities across Iowa. Presentations will include research, creative work, pedagogy, activism, and thematic pieces. More Information

Iowa State Block & Bridle Club's Animal Learning Day 
Hosted by: ISU Block & Bridle
Iowa State University; Hansen Ag Student Learning Center, 2508 Mortensen Rd, Ames, IA
Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join us for Animal Learning Day, one of our largest events and it's free to the public! There are many opportunities to have fun, like seeing live farm animals, enjoying the photo booth, trying food by Taste of Iowa and getting a free lunch. There is something for everyone to enjoy at this year’s Animal Learning Day. For more information, check us out on Facebook at Iowa State Block and Bridle Animal Learning Day.
Block and Bridle are one of the largest clubs on the ISU campus and we stay extremely active throughout the year. We focus on the animal industry and pride ourselves in advocating for the agricultural industry through various shows, activities and other events.

African Night 2019 
Hosted by: African Students Association
Iowa State University; Memorial Union, South Ball Room and Great Hall
Saturday, April 6 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

African Night is the African Students Association at Iowa State University’s biggest event in each academic school year. African Night is completely planned by students on campus coming from diverse backgrounds. African Night traditionally consists of complimentary appetizers* preceding the main event, which includes a play, musical performances, dance performances, speakers, and fashion show. African Night allows students to come together and showcase the diversity of Africa. For food tickets.

Bouquets and Boutonnieres 
Hosted by: Reiman Gardens
Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd., Ames, IA
Saturday, April 6 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Bouquets, Boutonnieres, and more! Learn from West HyVee Floral Manager Marical Greenwood how to create stylish floral accents for weddings,
dances, and other formal events. Supplies will be provided and all workshop participants will leave with their very own hand-made bouquet, one
or two boutonnieres, AND the knowledge to make more! Pre-registration with payment is required by Thursday, March 28 to order materials
in advance.
$40 Members  |  $50 General Public  |  $34 ISU Students

Sunset BBQ Dinner Train 
Hosted by: Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad
Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad, 225 10 Street, Boone, IA
Saturday, April 6 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday evenings during the month of April climb aboard one of our Sunset BBQ Dinner Trains. Tickets are only $40 per person, and include a two-hour ride and your choice of the following entrees: Sliced Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Smoked Chicken, or a Grilled Portobello Mushroom topped with grilled vegetables. Meals are served with baked beans (vegetarian baked beans served with the Grilled Portobello Mushroom), potato salad, a fresh cornbread muffin, and the Chef’s choice of dessert. $40. Fight the ol’ cabin fever and join us for some great BBQ and a beautiful sunset while you travel in the climate-controlled comfort of our historic 1950’s streamliners.

Ayreheart, Lutes and Voice 
Hosted by: Ames Town and Gown
Iowa State University, Music Hall, Tye Recital Hall
Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.

A Renaissance evening with Ronn McFarlane’s lute/percussion trio and soprano Sarah Pillow.

The Magic Flute 
Hosted by: Ames Chapter of The Des Moines Metro Opera Guild
Ames City Auditorium, 520 6 Street, Ames, IA 
Saturday, April 6 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Come along as Tamino and Papageno embark on a quest to save the kidnapped Princess Pamina at the command of the evil Queen of the Night. With the help of a magical flute and set of bells, their journey leads them to Sarastro's temple where a series of trials and tests await them. This 90-minute family-friendly production is sung in English and full of some of Mozart's most famous tunes! This is a FREE event!!

DACA 5K Walk 
Hosted by: Latinx Student Leaders Council
Iowa State University; ISU Campanile (Check-in)
Saturday, April 6 at 8:00 a.m.

A first of its kind fundraising event will be at Iowa State University to help support students impacted by the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Presented by the Latinx Student Leaders Council, the event, called 5K for DACA, will be at 8 a.m. on Saturday on the ISU campus, and all of the proceeds from the run — along with donations and sponsorships for the event — will go toward creating a brand-new DACA Scholarship award for ISU students navigating residency issues.

ISU Innovation Prize  
Hosted by: Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, Agricultural Entrepreneurship Iniatitive, and Ag Startup Engine
Iowa State University, ISU Economic Development Core Facility; 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames, IA
Saturday, April 6 from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

The ISU INNOVATION PRIZE is a new incentive competition at Iowa State University on the weekend of April 5-6, 2019.  The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative are co-hosting the event.  It will be held at the ISU Economic Development Core Facility in ISU Research Park. 

Families for Families Spring Give-away 
Hosted by Collegaite United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation
Collegaite United Methodist Church, 2622 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA
Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Spring cleaning? Let us help! Please consider saving your gently used children's items for our Spring Giveaway. Share the event with others who are able to donate or who may benefit from attending. Watch for updates in the upcoming bulletins and weekly emails. Donations will ONLY be accepted in the days just prior to the event, but if you have things that need to go before April, please contact familiesgiveaway@gmail.com

Donations for the giveaway can be dropped off at C/W Wesley Hall: Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.. Thursday, April 4, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 5, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Sign up here to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0544a9ab2caafb6-families3.

All Ages Drag Show
Hosted by: Ames Pride
Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, IA
Saturday, April 6 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Drag is for everyone! Grab your best friend, your preschooler or grandmother, your dad or your neighbor (and your neighbor's kids), roommate, bandmates, or that cool kid that sits next to you in math class and check out Free all age-friendly performances by professional and amateur drag performers. (And eat some snacks!) Stay tuned for lineup!

 April 7, Sunday

Kakes for Kids 
Hosted by: Kappa Kappa Gamma
Kappa Kappa Gamma, 120 Lynn Ave., Ames, IA
Sunday, April 7 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Kappa Kappa Gamma is hosting a pancake feed to support the Children's Miracle Network. $6 at the door on April 7. 
 

Animal Learning Day 
Hosted by: Iowa State Block and Bridle
Iowa State University, Hansen Ag Learning Center, 258 Mortensen Rd., Ames, IA
Saturday, April 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Learn about animal agriculture with hands-on activities, live animals, Taste of Iowa sampling, displays, demonstrations and more.

ISU Campus and Concert Band Performance
Hosted by: ISU Music School
Ames City Auditorium, 520 6 St., Ames IA
Sunday, April 7 at 3:00 p.m.

April concert presented by ISU Bands. $7/$5 Admission - tickets sold at the door or 149 Music Hall on ISU campus.

 


 April 8, Monday

First Amendment Workshop 
Hosted by: Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
Iowa State University; Memorial Union, Campanile Room
Monday, April 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Celebrate your five First Amendment Rights with the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication April 8-12 during the college’s annual First Amendment Days celebration. To learn more about the week-long events, visit the celebration’s online schedule.

Why I Wear My Denim: Shifting the Stigma
Hosted by: Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
Iowa State University; Hamilton Hall, Rm 169
Monday, April 8 12:10 -1 p.m.  Facebook Live event 

Learn about how media shapes and adapts the message of sexual violence. Collaboration with Greenlee School of Journalism and the
Iowa State Daily Voices section.

Common Ground: Talking About Belief 
Hosted by: Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
Iowa State University; Memorial Union, Sun Room 
Monday, April 8 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Explore freedom of religion as we talk about belief and unbelief in a facilitated discussion.

Documentary and Discussion: Gridshock: A Film about Sex Trafficking in Iowa  
Hosted by: ISU Lectures and Iowa State University Green Dot
Iowa State University; Memorial Union, Great Hall
Monday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month - Filmmaker Vanessa McNeal, a graduate of Iowa State, will screen her fourth and most recent film, Gridshock, a documentary exposing the hidden and disturbing reality behind sex trafficking in Iowa and the often-overlooked reality about why the industry thrives - because there is a demand for it. This film is 55 minutes, and a discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Vanessa McNeal will immediately follow the screening. She will be joined by Steffani Simbric, Human Trafficking Instructor for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy; Karen Gale, FBI victim specialist; and a staff member from the YSS Teens Against Human Trafficking. McNeal’s film features survivors of sex trafficking, local and federal law enforcement, advocates, politicians, and a recovering sex addict. What you think you know about sex trafficking will be challenged. 

Interpersonal Communication | Seminar Series 
It Takes Two: Conflict Management | Part five of a six-part series
Iowa State University, Parks Library, Rm. 198
Monday, April 8 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

This six-part seminar series held by the Graduate College's Center for Communication Excellence is aimed at helping you express yourself in clear, confident and responsive ways. Learn strategies for listening, communicating with professors and colleagues in academic settings, and managing conflict effectively. Register online at https://pd.grad-college.iastate.edu/event/view/621.

ISU Jazz Concert 
Hosted by: ISU School of Music
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, M-Shop
Monday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m.

The Stories We Tell and Why We Tell Them - Playwright Kira Obolensky | Lecture 
Hosted by: ISU Lectures
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Pioneer Room
Monday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m.

Kira Obolensky is currently a Mellon Foundation Playwright-in-Residence with Ten Thousand Things, an award-winning theatre company based in Minneapolis. Obolensky has co-created and written seven plays for Ten Thousand Things that have been performed for audiences in prisons, shelters, community centers in rural and urban areas, psychiatric wards, immigrant and adult education programs, as well as to paying audiences in the Twin Cities. She will discuss her work with the company and share some techniques for thinking about stories as a way to engage collective imaginations. Obolensky attended Juilliard’s Playwriting Program and teaches at the University of Minnesota.

Building Your Profile: An Introduction to Nationally Competitive Awards 
Hosted by: University Honors Program, Study Abroad Center and Center for Communication Excellence, Graduate College
Iowa State University, Parks Library, Rm. 031
Monday, April 8 at 5:00 p.m.

Please join us the week of April 8th to learn more about national-level fellowships, scholarships, and other awards that may be a fit for you! Presentations will take place from
5  pm - 6 pm in Parks Library Room 031. 

Forever True, For Iowa State Week Celebration 
Hosted by: Forever True, For Iowa State
Iowa State University, College of Design, 715 Bissell Rd. Ames, IA
Monday, April 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Don't miss your chance to learn more about the Forever True, For Iowa State Campaign. Cy is excited about the campaign and Forever True Week. See how he is letting people across campus know about the celebration.  

 April 9, Tuesday

Building a Rain Garden | Garden Series 
Hosted by: Reiman Gardens 
Reiman Gardens; 1407 University Blvd., Ames, IA 
Tuesday, April 9 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Learn how to protect local water sources while adding beautiful plants to your garden from horticulturist Jessie Liebenguth.
She will provide steps and resources to create your own rain garden. Pre-register by April 7. Cost: $16 for members;
$20 for the general public; $13.60 for students

TEDX Iowa State University 
Hosted by: Iowa State Student Activities Center
Iowa State University; Memorial Union, M-Shop
Tuesday, April 9 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The mission of TEDxIowaStateUniversity is to share knowledge that will make Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, as well as the world, a better place. The TEDxIowaStateUniversity chapter focuses on spreading the ideas of science, technology, and human creativity in the hopes of creating a more inclusive and equitable society, seeking thought-leaders who want to start conversations, make connections and empower the community.
Register today!

The Role of the U.S. in the Global Food and Agriculture Marketplace - Ken Isley | Lecture 
Hosted by: Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture
Iowa State University; Dolezal Auditorium, 127 Curtiss Hall
Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture - Ken Isley heads the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service, where he leads offices around the world in expanding trade and export opportunities for American agriculture.

Isley also chairs USDA’s Intra-Departmental Coordination Committee on International Affairs. Previously, Isley worked for Dow AgroSciences, where he held various senior leadership roles, including vice president, general counsel, and head of the company’s global legal department. Most recently he was special adviser for Corteva Agriscience. Isley holds a BS degree from Iowa State University and a JD from the University of Iowa. He grew up on his family’s farm in Iowa and continues to own and manage grain and livestock operations.

A Name Worth Fighting For: How Being Asian Got Me in Trouble | Lecture 
Hosted by: Greenlee School of Journalism
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Great Hall
Tuesday, April 9 at 8:15 p.m.


First Amendment Days - Simon Tam, founder, and bassist of The Slants talk frankly about racism, his experiences as a musician, and how this Asian American dance rock band unintentionally revived a longstanding battle over trademarks and racial slurs. Tam will discuss how the nearly eight-year-long legal battle over the band’s name came about, their ultimate victory for free speech, as well as the unintended consequences the Supreme Court decision, had for other civil rights legal organizations. His book, Slanted: How Being Asian Got Me Into Trouble, will be published this spring.

Women Making It Work: You and Your Money 
Hosted by: United Way of Story County Women United
Roland-Story Elementary, 900 Hillcrest Dr., Story City, IA  | Ph. 515-268-5142
Tuesday, April 9 from 5:30 - 7:45 p.m.

Enjoy a FREE women’s night out focusing on personal money management. Learn alongside other women who are there to provide you with support and encouragement. Build confidence by learning how to: Identify your financial goals, Create a personal spending plan, Use a bank to meet your needs, Find ways to save money, Use credit wisely, Reduce debt, Rebuild credit. 

Spring Design Class: "Girl's Night Out Spring Wreath Makeover" 
Hosted by: Coes Floral and Gifts
Coes Floral and Gifts, 2619 Northridge Parkway, Ames, IA | Ph. 515-292-5432
Tuesday, April 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Have a wreath that needs to be refreshed? Bring it in and let our designers help you transform it. Shop from our large selection of quality silk greenery and flowers. Add a bow if you wish and you’re all set! $25.00 due at sign-up (cost of supplies will vary depending on your choices). Bring your girlfriends! Bring your own libations! Snacks provided.

ADPies 
Hosted by: Alpha Dela Pi
Alpha Delta Pi, 2125 Greeley St, Ames, IA
Tuesday, April 9 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Mixed Match: A Docufilm 
Hosted by: ISU Lectures
Iowa State University, Carver Hall, Rm 101
Tuesday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m.

Mixed Match is an important human story told from the perspective of mixed race blood cancer patients who are forced to reflect on their multiracial identities & complex genetics as they struggle with a nearly impossible search to find bone marrow donors, all while exploring what role race plays
in medicine.

What I Was Wearing | Exhibit 
Hosted by: The Office of Equal Opportunity
Iowa State University, Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity
Tuesday, April 9 from 5 - 8 p.m. 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. "What I Was Wearing" Exhibit, provides stories from survivors of sexual assault to provoke thought and conversation around sexual assault and prevention. 

Meet Simon Tam 
Hosted by: Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
Iowa State University; Hamilton Hall, Rm. 169
Tuesday, April 9 at 
8:45 a.m. 

A meet and greet with Simon Tam. Light refreshments will be offered.

Lunch with Simon Tam 
Hosted by: Asian Student Union
Iowa State University; Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equality
Tuesday, April 9 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Asian Student Union, enjoy lunch with Simon Tam. Limited space is available.

Graduate School Funding Opportunities 
Hosted by: University Honors Program, Study Abroad Center and Center for Communication Excellence, Graduate College
Iowa State University, Parks Library, Rm. 031
Monday, April 9 at 5:00 p.m.

Please join us the week of April 8th to learn more about national-level fellowships, scholarships, and other awards that may be a fit for you! Presentations will take place from
5 pm - 6 pm in Parks Library Room 031. 

Forever True, For Iowa State Week Celebration 
Hosted by: Forever True, For Iowa State
Iowa State University, Catt Hall, 2224 Osborn Dr., Ames, IA
Tuesday, April 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Don't miss your chance to learn more about the Forever True, For Iowa State campaign. Cy is excited about the campaign and Forever True Week. See how he is letting people across campus know about the celebration.  

 

 April 10, Wednesday

Eco-Feminism & Sustainable Communities 
Hosted by: The Green Umbrella
Iowa State University, Pearson 2158, Ames, IA
Wednesday, April 10 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

Learn more about eco-feminism and the sustainable community initiative at The Green Umbrella’s next general meeting. Danielle Wirth,
adjunct professor of environmental science and sustainability, and Carolyn Myers from Ames Progressive Alliance will be speaking. Cost: free

Smoke Out Arthritis 
Hosted by: Alpha Omicron Pi
Alpha Omicron Pi, 2007 Greeley St., Ames, IA 50014
Wednesday, April 10 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Interpersonal Communication | Seminar Series 
Small Talk That Takes You Big Places: Social Communication | Part six of a six-part series
Iowa State University, Parks Library, Rm 198
Wednesday, April 10 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

This six-part seminar series held by the Graduate College's Center for Communication Excellence is aimed at helping you express yourself in clear, confident and responsive ways. Learn strategies for listening, communicating with professors and colleagues in academic settings, and managing conflict effectively. Register online at https://pd.grad-college.iastate.edu/event/view/621.

Human Mating Strategies - David Buss | Lecture 
Hosted by: ISU Lectures
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Sun Room
Wednesday, April 10 at 600 p.m.

Graduate & Professional Student Research Conference Keynote - David M. Buss is a professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and a pioneer in the field of evolutionary psychology. David Buss is well known for his research on how the human sexes differ in their selection of a mate but have researched a number of topics ranging from prestige to stalking. His many books include The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating; The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind is Designed to Kill; The Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy Is as Necessary as Love and Sex; and Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind, the first textbook in the field, now in its 6th edition.

Art Reception for Current Exhibits 
Hosted by: Art in the MU
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Gallery, and Pioneer Room 
Wednesday, April 10 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Meet the artists and award winners in the Focus Exhibit in the Pioneer Room and the Apex Exhibit in the Gallery.

Wearables Design Show 
Hosted by: The College of Design
Iowa State University, College of Design, Lightfoot Forum
Wednesday, April 10 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.


First-year students in the Design Studies 102 studio will investigate how their work can interact with and be designed for the human body and explore materials and fabrication processes, kinetic behavior and more. They will showcase their wearables in a runway-style show with DJ, judges, and awards. Attendees can interact with the models and their wearables in a reception after the show.

Truth Wins: How the Daily Times Herald Defeated a Libel Claim 
Hosted by: Greenlee School of Journalism
Iowa State University; Hamilton Hall, Rm. 169
Wednesday, April 10 at 
12 p.m. 

In 2017, a former Carroll police officer filed a libel lawsuit against the Carroll newspaper and reporter Jared Strong. In 2018, the case was dismissed. In this Depth and Dialogue session, Jared and the newspaper's co-owner Doug Burns will share how they successfully defended a libel suit and scored a victory for the free press. Reception with light refreshments to follow in 172 Hamilton Hall.

Free-Range Speech: The Paradoxical Policies for Public Presentation at ISU 
Hosted by: Greenlee School of Journalism
Iowa State University; George Washington Carver Plaza (Between Carver and Beardshear)
Wednesday, April 10 at 
4 p.m. 
A walking tour covering the history of the Edward S. Allen Area of Free Debate from its establishment to the present day. Subjects touched on will include locations for free speech, restrictions and limitations, and a summary of benefits and drawbacks to campus policies regarding the agora.

"Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press" 
Hosted by: Greenlee School of Journalism
Iowa State University; Parks LIbrary, Rm. 198
Wednesday, April 10 from 
4 - 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a free showing of the 2017 Netflix documentary Nobody Speak, which was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film explores the Hulk Hogan "sex tapes" case against Gawker Media and examines the threat of big money to a free press. Snacks will be provided during the showing. An informal discussion with members of the First Amendment Committee will follow.

ISU Dining Customer Appreciation Event 
Hosted by ISU Dining
Iowa State University, Central Campus
Wednesday, April 10 from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Culinary staff will compete in a Top Chef challenge, where teams create a special dish visitors can sample, then vote for a favorite. Visitors can enter a drawing for prizes that include a dinner for 10 prepared by ISU chefs, Fitbit watch, wireless speaker, Bluetooth headphones and Nintendo Switch Kit with Super Mario.

Research-Based Funding Opportunities 
Hosted by: University Honors Program, Study Abroad Center and Center for Communication Excellence, Graduate College
Iowa State University, Parks Library, Rm. 031
Monday, April 10 at 5:00 p.m.

Please join us the week of April 8th to learn more about national-level fellowships, scholarships, and other awards that may be a fit for you! Presentations will take place from
5 pm - 6 pm in Parks Library Room 031. 

Forever True, For Iowa State Week Celebration 
Hosted by: Forever True, For Iowa State
Iowa State University, Richardson Court and Veterinary Medicine Gentle Doctor Cafe, 1809 S. Riverside Dr., Ames, IA
Wednesday, April 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Don't miss your chance to learn more about the Forever True, For Iowa State campaign. Cy is excited about the campaign and Forever True Week. See how he is letting people across campus know about the celebration.  

1 Million Cups 
Hosted by: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 
American Legion Family of Ames, 225 Main St, Ames, IA
Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 a.m. | Presentation begins at 8:00 a.m.

We are back in Downtown Ames for #1MCAmes this week! Drop into the reception hall at American Legion Family of Ames, IA Post 37 for a presentation from Continuum Ag ... coffee is on at 7:30 a.m., presentation begins at 8 a.m.!

 April 11, Thursday

Civil Encounters: Exploring "Other" Urbanisms 
Hosted by: Urban Design Colloquium | Spring 2019
Iowa State University; 130 College of Design
Thursday, April 11 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. 

Michael Martin, a Milwaukee-based planner and adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will offer insights into the history of urbanization in Cuba and describe how Havana's social housing experiments aim to improve dignity and self-respect among those with the greatest need. This is the final session in the Spring 2019 Urban Design Colloquium: Questions of Civility.

Vans: Empowering Youth Culture | Lecture 
Hosted by: The Fashion Show 2019 and ISU Lectures
Iowa State University; Memorial Union, Sun Room
Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m.

The Fashion Show 2019 is proud to host Vans ® as its Guest Company Designer. Since 1966, the Vans ® brand has created action-focused footwear, apparel and accessories for skateboarders, surfers, BMX riders and snowboarders across the world with a goal of promoting creative expression and inspiring youth culture. Members of their team will speak about the company’s culture, history, and the success of the iconic California brand. They will discuss how the company structure and business strategies have evolved to maintain its "Off the Wall" mission. 
Presenters include company recruiter Katie Essex; apparel merchandiser Lynda Castillo; apparel designer James McCahon, and footwear designers Jerod Harmon and Derek Huenecke, who are both graduates of Iowa State’s industrial design program.

KD Krepes 
Hosted by: Kappa Delta
Kappa Delta, 2102 Sunset Dr., Ames, IA
Thursday, April 11 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Teaching Playful Communication: Inspiration from a Visual Studio Classroom | April Katz 
Hosted by: Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching | Award-Winning Faculty Series
Iowa State University, Morrill Hall, Rm 2030
Thursday, April 11 from 12:10 - 1:30 p.m.

In this interactive workshop, Morrill Professor April Katz, Art and Visual Culture, shares how she helps learners discover and explore their own unique artistic voices and evoke varied responses. Participants in this session will leave with ideas for refining their own assignments to develop communication skills across a broad range of disciplines--assignments which reinforce and ensure basic skill acquisition, but also incorporate both playful engagement and creative thinking.

Robert Stafford Lecture on Banking 
Hosted by: Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business
Iowa State University, Gerdin Business Building, Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall
Thursday, April 11 at 12:40 p.m.

Robert DeYoung, Koch Foundation Distinguished Professor in Business Economics and Harold Otto Chair in Economics at the University of Kansas School of Business, will present "Unpacking the U.S. Economy." Prior to joining the KU faculty in 2007, DeYoung worked as an associate director of research at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, economic advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and senior economist at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Treasury. DeYoung's research and commentaries have appeared widely in academic journals, policy publications, and the financial press. He frequently is invited to speak at foreign central banks and bank regulatory authorities and twice has testified before the United States Senate Banking Committee.

Get A Yes 
Hosted by the Office of Equal Opportunity
Iowa State University, Parks Library South Lawn
Thursday, April 11 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. In an effort to raise awareness, Iowa State police officers will distribute "Get a Yes" magnets and 29-Alert magnets (promoting the 24-hour crisis line and 24-hour advocacy line for sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking survivors). This event will promote learning about the university's sexual misconduct policy and the definition and importance of affirmative consent.

Democalpyse March 
Hosted by: Greenlee School of Journalism
Iowa State University; Central Campus, First Amendment Tent
Thursday, April 11 from 
10 a.m. 
Experience firsthand what it's like to live in a society without the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Feast on the First 
Hosted by: Greenlee School of Journalism
Iowa State University; Central Campus, First Amendment Tent
Thursday, April 11 from 
11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Enjoy FREE food, fun, and demonstrations of the five freedoms.

"Express Yourself" Live Art Demo with Timmy Ham (@iamsloth) 
Hosted by: Greenlee School of Journalism
Iowa State University; Central Campus, First Amendment Tent
Thursday, April 11 from 
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (art demonstration), 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. (Q&A)

Phoenix-based “visual wizard” Timmy Ham spreads positivity and inspiration through design and adventure. Watch a live demonstration of his unique urban artistry as he creates a street art-inspired mural to commemorate First Amendment Days 2019. Students will have a chance to express themselves with a chalk mural under the tent.

International and Study Abroad Funding Opportunites
 

Research-Based Funding Opportunities 
Hosted by: University Honors Program, Study Abroad Center and Center for Communication Excellence, Graduate College
Iowa State University, Parks Library, Rm. 031
Monday, April 11 at 5:00 p.m.

Please join us the week of April 8th to learn more about national-level fellowships, scholarships, and other awards that may be a fit for you! Presentations will take place from
5 pm - 6 pm in Parks Library Room 031. 

Forever True, For Iowa State Week Celebration 
Hosted by: Forever True, For Iowa State
Iowa State University, Gerdin Business Building, 2167 Union Dr., Ames, IA
Thursday, April 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Don't miss your chance to learn more about the Forever True, For Iowa State campaign. Cy is excited about the campaign and Forever True Week. See how he is letting people across campus know about the celebration.  

 April 12, Friday

Wellness Design Evaluation Tool for Users' Experience in Healthcare Settings 
Hosted by: Iowa State University College of Design
Iowa State University, College of Design, Rm. 130
Friday, April 12 from 12:10 - 1:00 p.m.

Yongyeon Cho, a new assistant professor of interior design, will explore an Excel-based real-time assessment tool to evaluate users' interior design experience in healthcare settings and provide focus on wellness design elements in the visual and narrative form. Part of the IDRO Friday Research Seminar Series.

Paint Your Own Pottery | Gnome Gnight 
Hosted by: The Workspace
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, The Workspace
Friday, April 12 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.


From three-inch inch minis to a foot-tall "Ginormagnome," we've got a cast of characters that are fun to decorate and add to your indoor or outdoor space. We will show you the basics of painting your piece and fire it within a week. Studio fee is $4 for ISU and $5 for the public to attend plus the cost of the bisque you select. Walk in during open hours or drop in on Friday evenings between 4 & 8 p.m. for theme nights. Open to all ages if accompanied by an adult.

First Amendment Workshop 
Hosted by: Greenlee School of Journalism
Iowa State University; ISU Daily Office, Ames 
Friday, April 12 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Expert training for First Amendment champions. Open to students, media advisers, teachers, faculty and administrators, librarians, media professionals, community activists. The workshop is free but registration is required. Space is limited.

Forever True, For Iowa State Week Celebration 
Hosted by: Forever True, For Iowa State
Iowa State University, Kildee Hall, 806 Stange Rd., Ames, IA
Friday, April 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Don't miss your chance to learn more about the Forever True, For Iowa State campaign. Cy is excited about the campaign and Forever True Week. See how he is letting people across campus know about the celebration.  

Fish Fry Basket Night 
Hosted by: American Legion Post No. 37
American Legion, 225 Main St., Ames, IA
Friday, April 12 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Come join us for our last fish fry of the season. Fried cod, french fries, coleslaw and hushpuppies for just $8

 April 13, Saturday

Iowa Butterfly Survey Network Training 
Hosted by: Reiman Gardens
Reiman Gardens 1407 University Blvd., Ames Iowa
Saturday, April 13 from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Take an active role in conservation through the Iowa Butterfly Survey Network and get trained to monitor butterfly populations. ISBN will
teach how to identify potential threats, show effectiveness of habitat restoration efforts and more. Pre-registration is required. Cost: free,
no admission fee.

Get to Know Your Succulent Class 
Hosted by: Iowa Arboretum and Salama Greenhouse (Boone)
Iowa Arboretum; 1875 Peach Avenue, Madrid, IA | Ph. 515-795-3216
Saturday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m.

It is the latest craze! Come to the Iowa Arboretum to learn everything you need to know to grow a beautiful succulent container. 
They will provide a unique pot or you can bring your own small container. All other materials will be provided. Think outside the box perhaps
an old shoe, coffee mug, or Mason jar. You will learn how to care for succulents while learning about the Iowa Arboretum. Themed snacks and drinks will be provided. Admission fee is $5 per person.

Campus Service Day 2019 
Hosted by:  Campus Service Crew, Project Linus, Overflow Thrift Shop and Reiman Gardens
Iowa State University, Carver Hall
Saturday, April 13 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This is a day of service where we bring together various volunteer opportunities with different Ames organizations. This Spring semester Campus Service day is on Saturday, April 13th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sign up for the organization you want to work with and drop in for as little or long as you can - anywhere from 1 hour to all day! Sign up to volunteer.

Chinese Tea Class and Tasting 
Hosted by: Wheatsfield Co-op
Wheatsfield Co-op, 413 Northwestern Ave, Ames, IA
Saturday, April 13 at 10:00 a.m.

Originating in China, tea is also an essential part of Chinese life and cultural tradition. The core message of tea is delivered in the Chinese word for tea, the integration of both nature and nurture. Tea also embodies the ancient Chinese philosophy of living in harmony with nature. We welcome you to join our one-hour session on Chinese Tea, to learn the stories of tea, where it is grown, how it is picked and processed, different types of Chinese tea ware, and most importantly, to taste a few varieties of Chinese tea and observe the Chinese tea ritual. RSVPs required. Member-Owners and Student Members: $8, Non-Members: $10.

Weekend Canoeing Trip 
Hosted by: ISU Rec services
Rec Services, State Gym, 2642 Union Dr., Ames, IA
Depart Saturday April 13 at 11:00 a.m. -  Return Sunday,  April 14 at 4:00 p.m.

Canoeing on the Des Moines in the spring can be a fun and relaxing time. This trip will start out in the late morning and we will travel down the river and stop on a sand bar along the way and set-up camp. A BBQ Dinner will be prepared on the beach that night. This will be a great introduction for you on what it is like to travel and camp along the river. Last day to register is April 8/ Pre-Trip meeting April 9 at 6:00 p.m. | Pass Holder $51,
Non-Pass holder $86.

Hoots and Howls 
Hosted by: Story County Conservation
Story County Conservation Center, 56461 180 Street, Ames, IA | Ph. 515-232-2516
Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Hoot like an owl. Howl like a coyote. Moo like a frog?! Through activities, experiments, and lots of silly sounds, we'll explore how and why animals communicate. All participants are welcome, but activities are targeted to school-aged children. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress to be outside for part of the program. This program is free, but registration is required by Monday, April 8.

Doughnut Run 5K 
Brookside Park 1325 6 Street, Ames, IA
Saturday, April 13 start time 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


The Doughnut Run 5K is the only race around where you are rewarded for eating doughnuts! Each doughnut you eat at one of the aid stations along the course takes additional time off of your finishing time.

The race starts at 9 a.m.! Same day registration and packet pick-up open at 8 a.m.! 5K course around Brookside Park in Ames, IA (see event website for course map) Parking at Brookside Park. Bring running gear and dress appropriately for the weather!  Race number must be worn on the outer most layer of your clothes and be visible to the eye. Make sure to come with an empty stomach and an appetite for Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Watercolor Quotes from RENT the Musical | Walk-in Craft 
Hosted by: The Workspace
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, The Workspace
Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

La Vie Boheme! Make your favorite quote from RENT into a work of art using resist with a watercolor wash. After drying you can remove the resist to reveal the white, contrasting lettering and slide it into the 8"x10" frame provided. Enter our drawing for tickets to RENT at Stephens Auditorium on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. ISU & Public: $10; Give yourself an hour. 

Farm House Museum and Christia Petersen Art Museum Open to Public 
Hosted by: University Museums
Iowa State University, Farm House Museum, 601 Farm House Ln., Ames, IA
Saturday, April 13 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

 Both the Farm House Museum and Christian Petersen Art Museum will be open to the public. During the weekend, visit the Christian Petersen Art Museum and Textile and Clothing Museum joint exhibition Designed for a Modern Life: Decorative Arts & Fashion in the Mid-century in Morrill Hall for an open house before the. Then continue your adventure across campus to the Farm House Museum to see the exhibition Timeless: Love and Romance in the Victorian Era. All the museums are free and open to the public. Parking available on campus in non-reserved spaces.

Mustard Seed Community Farm Planting Days
Hosted by: Mustard Seed Community Farm 
Mustard Seed Community Farm, 366 W Ave. Ames, IA 
Saturday, April 13 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Mustard Seed Community Farm is dedicated to sustainable, simple living, love of our neighbor, and creating a community in which everyone can participate in growing and eating delicious, healthy, locally produced food.  (it's always good to RSVP to Alice (text is best) 978-471-8414, and to check the website, to see if anything has changed because of weather)


 April 14, Sunday

International Food Fair 2019 
Hosted by: ISU International Student Council
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Great Hall
Sunday, April 14 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


International student organizations will share food items from their home cultures. Food tickets, 50 cents each, may be purchased at the event. Food items range from 3-10 tickets. Purchase admission tickets from the International Student Council Office in the West Student Office Space in the lower level of the Memorial Union. Cash is the only accepted form of payment.

Trailgate Party: Celebrating Water Trails 
Hosted by: Story County Conservation
Story County Conservation Center, 56461 180 Street, Ames, IA | Ph. 515-232-2516
Sunday, April 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Celebrate spring trail season at this trailgate party honoring water trails. Dr. Elizabeth Andre, Associate Professor of Outdoor Education at Northland College, an ISU alumni, and an Ames native will share the history of rivers as highways before roads. Hear about a trip she led through multiple watersheds with Northland College students and get updates on Story County trails. This program is free, and registration is not required.

Dollar Day at the Ames Pool 
Hosted by: Ames City
Ames Municipal Pool, 1925 Ames High Dr., Ames, IA
Sunday, April 14 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Everyone swims for $1 on Dollar Day.

Ames Parks and Recreation Dance and Gymnastics Recital 
Hosted by: Ames Parks and Recreation
Ames City Auditorium, 520 6 St., Ames, IA
Sunday, April 14 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Dance and gymnastics recital for spring Parks and Recreation participants.

Cancer Sucks 5K Run/Walk 
Hosted by: ISU Colleges Against Cancer
Iowa State University, Central Campus, North of Campanile
Sunday, April 14 at 12:30 p.m. 

Cancer sucks. Running sucks. But running to end cancer makes both suck less.
Both runners and walkers are welcome, as you may go at your own pace. Registration for the 5K is $20, which includes a race bib, a T-shirt (only guaranteed if you register by April 4th), and our gratitude for joining our life-saving team! Benefits from this 5K will go to the American Cancer Society as well as the Iowa Marrow Donor Program, allowing them to continue to get healthy, committed adults to join the Be The Match Registry, saving patients' lives worldwide. Check-in is from 12:30-1:30 pm, the race begins at 2:00 pm. This is a rain, snow, or shine event. There will be no refunds. We hope to see as many of you as possible out there!Link to Sign Uphttp://bit.ly/cancersucks5k

 

Mustard Seed Community Farm Planting Days
Hosted by: Mustard Seed Community Farm 
Mustard Seed Community Farm, 366 W Ave. Ames, IA 
Sunday, April 14 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Mustard Seed Community Farm is dedicated to sustainable, simple living, love of our neighbor, and creating a community in which everyone can participate in growing and eating delicious, healthy, locally produced food.  (it's always good to RSVP to Alice (text is best) 978-471-8414, and to check the website, to see if anything has changed because of weather)
 

 April 15, Monday

 

Sketching from the "Mental Camera Roll" | Workshop 
Hosted by: Terris, landscape architecture graduate program, Department of Landscape Architecture, Department of Art and Visual Culture, College of Design, National Organization of Minority Architecture Students and Student Activities Center.
The Stomping Grounds, 303 Welch Ave, Ste 105, Ames, IA 
Monday, April 15 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 16 at 9:00 a.m. 

Guest Artist, Richard Alomar will lead a workshop from 9 a.m.–noon Monday, April 15, and Tuesday, April 16, leaving from Stomping Grounds Café. He will begin the workshop with a brief introduction to his background as an artist and educator, then lead participants on a sketch crawl through Campustown and the Iowa State campus. Those interested should sign up for this free event by emailing Taylor Danger, public relations/social chair for the (ab)Terris Graduate Landscape Architecture Club.

“Sketching: The Mental Camera Roll” Richard Alomar | Lecture 
Hosted by: Terris, landscape architecture graduate program, Department of Landscape Architecture, Department of Art and Visual Culture, College of Design, National Organization of Minority Architecture Students and Student Activities Center.
Iowa State University, College of Design, Kocimski Auditorium, Rm 101 
Monday, April 15 at 6 p.m.

Richard Alomar uses the terms “drawing” and “sketching” interchangeably to mean “the action of recording ideas and observations with marks, lines and words.” He describes sketching for students as a form of design notation and communication — a way in which ideas from the “mental camera roll” develop into forms and spaces and eventually, built space.

In this lecture, he will review the use of sketchbooks and journals as mediums for data collection, present examples of studio sketching exercises and discuss ways in which students can develop a practice of sketching to record their experience on the landscape.

Grad Cap Decorating | Walk-in Craft 
Hosted by: The Workspace
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, The Workspace
Monday, April 15 from 2:00 - 10:00 p.m.


Mortarboards are perfect blank canvases for a positive affirmation, a thank you to parents or a good laugh. Designs will be made on a board that will attach to your grad hat, so you don't have to bring yours in. We will have design ideas and a table full of supplies so you will stand out in the sea of ISU graduates! Drop in but give yourself an hour. ISU & Public: $10; Monday - Wednesday, April 15-17 from 2-10pm.


 April 16, Tuesday

Vegetable Gardening Best Practices 
Hosted by: Reiman Gardens
Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd., Ames, IA
Tuesday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Month by getting a head start on your own summer vegetable garden, with a discussion on best practices by Reiman Gardens' own expert vegetable gardener, Horticulturist Sharon Rink. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Monday, April 15, Members $10, Non-Members $12.50, ISU Students $8.

Delta Delta Detla/Tau Kappa Epsilon Mac Attack 
Hosted by: Delta Delta Delta and Tau Kappa Epsilon
Delta Delta Delta, 302 Ash Ave, Ames, IA
Tuesday, April 16 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Intern and Job Fair for Creatives 
Hosted by: The Workspace
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Campanile Room
Tuesday, April 16 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 


Open interviews for current students interested in creating jobs and internships for summer and fall 2019. Positions available at The Workspace, Memorial Union Marketing, The Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames Community Arts Council & Reiman Gardens. Bring a few copies of your resume and meet with supervisors to find your fit.

Ring Around The Rosies: Wreaths | Floral Design 
Hosted by: Reiman Gardens
Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd., Ames, IA
Tuesday, April 16 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Welcome spring with a fresh floral wreath featuring roses amidst various flowers that will dry nicely. Registration with pre-payment is required one week in advance. $44 Members, $55 General Public, $38 ISU Students.

Understanding Second Language Speakers: What Really Matters? | Lecture 
Hosted by: ISU Lectures
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Sun Room
Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m.

The Quentin Johnson Lecture in Linguistics - Tracey Derwing, a Professor Emeritus of TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta, has extensively researched second language fluency and pronunciation, especially the relationships among intelligibility, comprehensibility, and accent. She will discuss what research tells us both the second language speaker and the native listener can do to improve their mutual communication. Derwing is presently an adjunct professor in linguistics at Simon Fraser University and has for eleven years served as co-director of the Prairie Metropolis Centre, a consortium of Canadian university research centers involved in immigration and integration research.

Beyond Consent: How Reclaiming Sexuality Combats Sexual Violence | Lecture 
Hosted by the Office of Equal Opportunity
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Great Hall
Tuesday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Jaclyn Friedman, writer, performer and activist will share her knowledge on the topic of Sexual Assault awareness and prevention. What You Really Want: The Smart Girl's Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety, is the latest book published in November by Friedman. 

Five Dollar Dinner 
Hosted by: Wheatsfield Co-op 
Wheatsfield Co-op, 413 Northwestern Ave, Ames, IA
Tuesday, April 16 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy Grass-Fed Beef Sloppy Joes or Tofu Sloppy Joes, Potato Salad, Corn Medley, (gluten-free buns provided on request, vegan & no-gluten options) for five dollars. 

Women Making It Work: You and Your Money 
Hosted by: United Way of Story County Women United
Roland-Story Elementary, 900 Hillcrest Dr., Story City, IA  | Ph. 515-268-5142
Tuesday, April 16 from 5:30 - 7:45 p.m.

Enjoy a FREE women’s night out focusing on personal money management. Learn alongside other women who are there to provide you with support and encouragement. Build confidence by learning how to: Identify your financial goals, Create a personal spending plan, Use a bank to meet your needs, Find ways to save money, Use credit wisely, Reduce debt, Rebuild credit. For registration and questions.

Gathering of Artists 
Hosted by: Ames Community Arts Council
Northcrest Community, 1801 20th St., Ames, IA
Tuesday, April 16 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Artists and art enthusiasts of all types are invited to meet other artists, get feedback, get inspired and have fun. The events are free and open to all. Refreshments will be provided.

Bingo Night 
Hosted by: American Legion Post No. 48 (Nevada)
American Legion, 1331 Sixth St., Nevada, IA
Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m.

A light meal and refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the game starting at 7 p.m. A package is $5 and money support the Nevada High School Scholarships program. 

 

 April 17, Wednesday

CANCELED: Renewing Reciprocity: Indigenous Food Systems and the Honorable Harvest | Lecture 
Hosted by: American Indian Studies Program, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Diversity Programs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Environmental Studies Program, Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writer Series, STEM Scholars Program, Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, Sustainable Agriculture Student Association, University Library, World Languages and Cultures, Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government). 
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Sun Room
Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a plant scientist, writer, professor, mother and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of two award-winning books, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. Kemmerer will discuss the philosophy of reciprocal relationships in indigenous food systems and how the practice of the Honorable Harvest can serve as a model for sustainable agriculture. She is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the State University of New York in Syracuse and the founder and director of SUNY's Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Sustainable Agriculture Symposium Keynote, A poster session, and reception will precede the lecture, 5:30-7: 00 pm.


Pi Beta Pasta 
Hosted by: Pi Beta Phi
Phi Beta Phi, 208 Ash Ave. Ames, IA
Wednesday, April 17 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

 

Behind the Scenes: Greenhouse production 
Hosted by: Reiman Gardens
Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd., Ames, IA
Wednesday, April 17 at 11:00 a.m.

Scoop the loop of the various greenhouses and the headhouse handling area with Jessie Liebenguth, for an up-close look at our back-end growing and plant maintenance practices.

Art Walk: An Artful Meal 
Hosted by: University Museums
Iowa State University, Friley Hall
Wednesday, April 17 at 12:00 p.m.

Join University Museums' in Friley Hall's Windows cafeteria to learn more about the newest art installations. University Museums first welcomed Susan Chrysler White's incredible art into the Art on Campus Collection with Zoopsia in 2015. Since then, White has added remarkable installations into two newly renovated dining spaces. Friley Hall's Windows cafeteria welcomed Our House is a Very Very Very Fine House when it reopened in 2017. The Hub's Roasterie and Heaping Plato will welcome White's most recent work of art this spring. Join University Museums' in Friley Hall's Windows cafeteria at 12:00 pm to start the tasty tour.

Reboot to Business: Vets and Ag 
Hosted by: ISU Veterans Center
Iowa State University, Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center, 2508 Mortensen Rd., Ames, IA
Wednesday, April 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Boots to Business Reboot is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Veterans of all eras, Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), and spouses are eligible to participate. During Reboot, participants are introduced to the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to launch a business, including steps for developing business concepts, how to develop a business plan, and information on SBA resources available to help. The program is facilitated by subject matter experts from the SBA and their extensive network of skilled business advisors. This event will have a focus on Agriculture. Register here.

Clothesline Project 
Hosted by: The Office of Equal Opportunity
Iowa State University, Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity
Wednesday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. In efforts to raise awareness of sexual assault and prevention, a display of t-shirts designed by survivors of violence and family members or friends of survivors will be on display. Participants will have the opportunity to create a t-shirt during the event in the Sloss House. 

These Hands Don't Hurt 
Hosted by: The Office of Equal Opportunity
Iowa State University, Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity
Wednesday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. In efforts to raise awareness of sexual assault and prevention, participants will be invited to imprint their hand on a large canvas as a show of their pledge to not commit acts of violence against others. 

Earth Day Rally
Hosted by: ISU Climate Reality
Iowa State University, Parks Library, Agora
Wednesday, April 17 at 11 a.m.

The rally will include student, faculty, and community members who will speak on popular Earth Day topics such as renewable energy, minimizing our personal carbon footprints, conservation, and environmental protection. Speakers will also highlight the strides of Iowa State University and the City of Ames have made and what will come next!

Burger Basket Night 
Hosted by: American Legion Post No. 37
American Legion, 225 Main St., Ames, IA
Wednesday, April 17 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy a taste of summer during Burger Basket Night. Enjoy a great flame-broiled 1/3 pound burger with the freshest garden fare and fries for just $5. Add cheese for justs a little bit more. Proceeds support Legion-sponsored children and youth programs in the community.


 April 18, Thursday

Building Bridges or Walls: Where Do the U.S. and Mexico Go from Here? | Lecture 
Hosted by: Ames Public Library Friends Foundation, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Human Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Economics, George Gund Fund, International Studies, Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business, National Affairs, Patricia Miller Lecture Fund, Political Science, University Library, World Affairs, World Languages and Cultures, Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)
Iowa State Center, Stephens Auditorium, 1799 Center Dr, Ames, IA
Thursday, April 18 at 8:00 p.m. 

Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox is a leading voice on North American trade policy and the challenges of immigration. His most recent book, Let's Move On: Beyond Fear & False Prophets takes aim at the current state of American politics, and is a call to unity and resistance in the face of rising ethnocentric and anti-democratic sentiments. Vicente Fox is credited with playing a vital role in Mexico’s democratization and strengthening the country’s economy during his time as president from 2000 to 2006. A businessman-turned-politician, Fox worked his way up within the Mexican unit of the Coca-Cola Company and was head of its Latin American operations prior to his election as governor of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. 
Part of the World Affairs Series: The U.S. Role Abroad and the National Affairs Series: Building a Better Democracy. Free admission-General seating. 

Plant Walk: Spring Bulbs and Ephemerals 
Hosted by: Reiman Gardens
Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd., Ames, IA
Thursday, April 18 at 11:00 a.m.

What IS that plant? Get to know the works of art in our living museum from the expert herself - join Lindsey Smith, Reiman Gardens' Plant Collections Curator, for in-depth walking tours of the plants and flowers that make this place so special.

Sign up for the series, or select individual classes.
Preregistration with prepayment two days in advance is required. Walks occur rain or shine! $5 Members, ISU Students, $12 General Public, FREE for RG Tour Docents.

Gallery Night: Naturescapes 
Hosted by: Octagon Center for the Arts, Pratik Ray Images, and Gary Hoard Photography.
Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Ave. Ames IA
Thursday, April 18 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

View the beauty created when humans and nature collide through the photographs of three nature photographers, artwork from a recent Iowa State graduate and an exhibit of local elementary, middle and high school artwork. Cost: free.

Alpha Chi Quesadillas 
Hosted by: Alpha Chi Omega
Alpha Chi Omega, 828 E. Washington St, Ames, Ia
Thursday, April 18 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

CIRAS: Materials, Structures, Non-Destrictive Evaluation Lab Tour 
Hosted by: Ames Laboratory
Iowa State University, Applied Science Complex, 1519 Scholl Rd., Ames, IA
Thursday, April 18 at 9:45 a.m.

The Materials Analysis Lab, located in the Metals Development building of the Ames Laboratory, houses an assortment of analytical and test equipment to help companies solve problems and better understand the materials they work with. The lab supports project work that may include verification to the specification of metals and alloys, microstructural and compositional analysis, bulk hardness and microhardness measurements, and testing of mechanical properties. CIRAS metallurgists conduct short-term, company-driven projects often related to materials selection, corrosion, welding and joining, heat treatment, and product failures. Structural Analysis Lab: The Structural Engineering Research Laboratory is located in the Town Engineering building. As the name indicates this lab is set up to conduct structural testing. Most projects involve applying measured loads to components and measuring the resulting deflections. The load is often increased until failure occurs. Along with load and deflection, the lab has the capacity to measure strain, acceleration, and temperature. The lab has equipment for conducting fatigue testing and can also assist with field testing.  Along with conducting the testing, CIRAS Staff can assist with developing a test plan, establishing testing protocols, design testing fixtures and validating theoretical results with lab and field testing. Nondestructive Evaluation Lab: The Nondestructive Evaluation Lab is located in the Applied Sciences Complex. This lab assists company with identifying and applying nondestructive evaluation technologies for inspection of their components. The lab has the capacity to conduct x-ray, ultrasonic, magnetic particle and other types of inspection methodologies. Along with applying the technology, the lab can assist with establishing inspection protocol.

Portrait of the Land 
Hosted by: Big Bluestream Audubon and Humanities of Iowa | First in a Series
Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, IA
Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Join a continuing discussion of Iowa conservation issues. Land of contrasts! Free and open to the public.  


 April 19, Friday

Ready to Run Iowa 
Hosted by: Ames Chamber of Commerce; Dianne and Keith Bystrom, Plattsmouth, NE; League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County; Former Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson, Des Moines, IA; Amy Slagell, Ames, IA; and the late Richard and Mary Jo Stanley.
Radisson Hotel Conference Center at ISU, 2609 University Blvd. Ames, IA
Friday, April 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ready to Run Iowa is a nonpartisan campaign training program to encourage women to run for elective office, position themselves for appointive office, work on a campaign or become involved in public life as leaders in their respective communities. Registration is required $25.

Paint Your Own Pottery | Snack Bowls 
Hosted by: The Workspace
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, The Workspace
Friday, April 19 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Eat, sleep, snack, repeat! We have bowls for every snack size, from small dishes to extra-large bowls. Studio fee is $4 for ISU and $5 for the public to attend plus the cost of the bisque you select. Walk in during open hours or drop in on Friday evenings between 4 & 8 p.m. for theme nights. Open to all ages if accompanied by an adult.

Country Dance Night 
Hosted by: American Legion Post No. 37
American Legion, 225 Main St., Ames, IA
Friday, April 19 at 9:00 p.m.

It's time for another Country Dance Night. Dust off your boots and come have fun with friends!


 April 20, Saturday

Breakfast with the Bunny 
Hosted by: Reiman Gardens
Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd., Ames, IA
Saturday, April 20 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Two seating options at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. It's spring! It's spring! Come to Reiman Gardens to enjoy a hearty breakfast, say hello to the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs. Stop in and visit the Hughes Conservatory, and take a walk through the Butterfly Wing when it opens at 9:00 a.m. See what's popping up outside as we move into a new growing season, and head to Reiman Gardens' Gift Shop for help in filling up Easter baskets.
Registration and payment is required by Friday April 12, 2019. Member youth (2-12): $14/ Member adult (13+): $18; General public youth (2-12) $18
/General public adult (13+): $25.

City of Ames Eco-Fair 
Hosted by: City of Ames
Community Center; 515 Clark Avenue, Ames, IA
Saturday, April 20 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

City booths will provide information on energy conservation, efficiency, and reducing your energy bills. Booths will feature vendors, organizations that focus on sustainability, and City of Ames departments to show you the latest in energy conservation and green energy technology. New this year will be mini-talks providing a 20-minute overview on topics like food composting, bird watching, bike commuting, and more. There will be interesting displays, giveaways, drawings for door prizes, free snacks, and games for the kids.

Trio of Excellence 
Hosted by: Cooks' Emporium, Morning Bell Coffee Roasters, Little Woods Herbs and Tea and Lockwood Cafe.
Cooks' Emporium, 313 Main Street, Ames, IA
Saturday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Join Morning Bell Coffee Roasters, Little Woods Herbs & Tea and Lockwood Cafe as they provide a 20-minute presentation on what they do best.
Learn tips and tricks for your morning caffeine routine plus hear what new things to expect for 2019 with their businesses.

Ames Area Amateur Astronomers - The Aftermath of a Neutron Star Merger 
Hosted by: Story County Conservation
McFarland Park, 56461 180 Street, Ames, IA
Saturday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m.

The AAAA host monthly educational programs for the public on the 3rd Saturday of each month, except December, starting at 7:00 PM. We congregate at 7 PM for a Meet and Greet with the meeting starting at 7:30. All programs will be held at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park unless noted otherwise in the program for that month. Afterward, weather and sunset permitting, we will move to the club's Observatory located just East of the Story County Conservation Center for astronomical observing. Telescopes and binoculars will be available for your viewing pleasure. On August 17th, 2017, the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory registered tiny ripples in spacetime, produced by a pair of frantically orbiting neutron stars right before they collided (GW170817). A Gamma Ray Burst was observed at the same time from the same region of the sky. The unprecedented physics, astronomy, and cosmology coming out of these observations will be presented.

Mustard Seed Community Farm Planting Days
Hosted by: Mustard Seed Community Farm 
Mustard Seed Community Farm, 366 W Ave. Ames, IA 
Saturday, April 20 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Mustard Seed Community Farm is dedicated to sustainable, simple living, love of our neighbor, and creating a community in which everyone can participate in growing and eating delicious, healthy, locally produced food.  (it's always good to RSVP to Alice (text is best) 978-471-8414, and to check the website, to see if anything has changed because of weather)

 

 April 21, Sunday

 

 

 April 22, Monday

Earth day BiCYcle ride for all 
Hosted by: Ames Kidical Mass and the Ames Bicycle Coalition
Brookside Park, 1325 6th Street, Ames, IA
Monday, April 22, registration at 9:00 ride starts at 10:00 a.m.

Celebrate Earth day with others this year by participating in a group cycling event hosted by Ames Kidical Mass and the Ames Bicycle Coalition on April 22. The bike-riding event will be at Brookside Park and will start at 10 a.m. There will be an 8-mile route and a 10-mile route. Riders may choose to select a shorter distance. Learn more about the event online or on a flyer for the event. Questions about the event can be directed to Elizabeth Wentzel at the email ewentzel@gmail.com. All ages are welcome to participate in the event.

How to Grow Food in Iowa | Earth Week Event  
Hosted by: Wheatsfield Co-op
Wheatsfield Co-op, 413 Northwestern Ave, Ames, IA
Monday, April 22 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. 

Join Alice for this beginner’s class which will touch on what, when & how to plant a home food garden with tips on how to manage weeds & pests organically. Learn how to read a seed packet, look at Extension publications to figure out when to plant and when to harvest as well as how to prepare your garden plot. RSVPs required | FREE

Monday Monologues 
Hosted by: Iowa State University Library
Iowa State University, Parks Library, Grant wood Foyer
Monday, April 22 from 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.

"Spring, Shakespeare and the Pursuit of Happiness," Linda Shenk, associate professor of English. In his plays, Shakespeare strategically leaves "gaps" allowing each production, each reader, to fill those spaces with their own experiences, values, and questions. Gaps keep Bard's works relevant to modern audiences.

Opening Reception of the 10th annual Biorenewable Art Competition
Hosted by: Bioeconomy Institute
Iowa State University, Biorenewables Research Laboratory, 617 Bissell, Rd.
Monday, April 22 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The competition was the result of a collaboration among Jill Euken of the Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) and Ingrid Lilligren and Barb Walton, both professors in Iowa  College of Design. The student art exhibit represents the collaborative nature of the building and the research being conducted at Iowa State University. The competition began in 2010, when the BRL was opened, making 2019 the 10th annual event.

ExerCyse is Medicine Giveaway 
Hosted by: ExerCYse is Medicine and ARC Physical Therapy +
Iowa State University, Central Campus  North Campanile Lawn
Monday, April 22 at 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Join us for free stuff! Yep, it's that easy! 

 

 April 23, Tuesday

Shut Up and Dance - A Musical Celebration of the First Amendment 

Hosted by: First Amendment Day Series, Greenlee School of Journalism & Communication, Iowa State Daily, Society of Professional Journalists -
ISU Chapter, Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)
Iowa State University, Music Building, Martha Ellen Tye Recital Hall
Tuesday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m. 

“Shut Up and Dance” is an engaging and irreverent concert celebrating free speech through music. It tells the story of America's social struggles and progress through pop, rock, gospel, soul, country, and hip-hop music and illuminates for audiences the pivotal moments when artists were told to be quiet and instead spoke up. The program includes some of Nashville's finest musicians and features contemporary songs by Beyonce, Lorde, Macklemore, and Taylor Swift alongside vintage anthems by Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Loretta Lynn. First Amendment Day Series

Beginners Bike Repair | Earth Week Event  
Hosted by: Wheatsfield Co-op
Wheatsfield Co-op, 413 Northwestern Ave, Ames, IA
Tuesday, April 23 from 6:45  to 8:15 p.m. 

Want to learn how to fix a flat or to oil your chain? Some simple preventative maintenance can keep your bike working well and help you avoid costly future repairs. Join iconic Skunk River Cycles owner, Ronn Ritz, as he talks you through some of the basics of bike repair. Ronn will not have time to work on each bike in the class, but you can address specific questions if you bring your bike with you. RSVPs required, Free

Denim Day 2019 | Green Dot Sexual Assault Awareness Month 
Hosted by: ISU Green Dot and Student Wellness
Iowa State University; Sloss Center
Tuesday, April 23 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

This group is to provide a safe, private setting to share thoughts and feelings for those who have experienced primary and secondary trauma. Participants have the opportunity to connect with other survivors, share their stories and learn about the impact of trauma and healing. Dinner provided.

Breakfast at DZ 
Hosted by: Delta Zeta
Delta Zeta, 2138 Sunset Dr, Ames, IA
Tuesday, April 23 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


The Crucible 
Hosted by: Stephens Auditorium, Curriculum Connections
Iowa State University, Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Dr., Ames, IA
Tuesday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Suggested grade levels: 9-12+ No one is safe as a reign of terror rips through 1692 Salem, Massachusetts. Led by Abigail Williams, a group of girls who claim to have seen the Devil hurl out charges of witchcraft, sending those who won’t confess to the noose. When the accusing finger points to his wife, John Proctor is forced to confront his past and determine his future.

Arthur Miller’s searing drama, inspired by the McCarthy era, comes to vivid new life in the National Players’ bare-knuckle staging. A piercing look at what can happen when the truth is bent to political convenience, The Crucible is a powerful story for our time and for all time.  (90 minutes) Contact the ticket office for tickets.

Women Making It Work: You and Your Money 
Hosted by: United Way of Story County Women United
Roland-Story Elementary, 900 Hillcrest Dr., Story City, IA  | Ph. 515-268-5142
Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30 - 7:45 p.m.

Enjoy a FREE women’s night out focusing on personal money management. Learn alongside other women who are there to provide you with support and encouragement. Build confidence by learning how to: Identify your financial goals, Create a personal spending plan, Use a bank to meet your needs, Find ways to save money, Use credit wisely, Reduce debt, Rebuild credit. For registration and questions.

Namaste On Campus 
Hosted by: ExerCYse is Medicine and ARC Physical Therapy +
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Gold Room
Tuesday, April 23 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Ever thought about trying yoga in the Memorial Union? Probably not, but it can't hurt!

 April 24, Wednesday

Voorhees Supply Chain Conference  
Hosted by: Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business | Supply Chain Field
Jack Trice Stadium - Sukup End Zone Club; 1732 S. 4th St., Ames, IA 
Wednesday, April 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

The Voorhees Supply Chain Conference began as a supply chain executive-in-residence program, with distinguished leaders in the supply chain field visiting the Ivy College of Business to interact with students, faculty, and making a presentation to the university community. For its 10th anniversary in 2002, the program was expanded to a full day conference. This format continues today in its 27th year. Early bird registration is $30 (through April 9);
the registration fee changes to $40 on April 10. The registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon networking reception.

Dutch Oven Cooking Basics 
Hosted by: Story County Conservation
Story County Conservation Center, 56461 180 Street, Ames, IA | Ph. 515-232-2516
Wednesday, April 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sensational cooking is not just done in the kitchen! Discover the delicious world of Dutch oven cooking in the outdoors. Learn the basics while working in small groups to prepare a variety of dishes. We will explore diverse recipes covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Enjoy a community meal after trying your hand at baking with fire. This program is intended for ages 16 and up. A fee of $10 with registration is required by Friday, April 19.

Gendered Media Coverage of Women Presidential Candidate - Dianne Bystrom | Lecture 
Hosted by: ISU Lectures
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Sun Room
Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m.

But Is She 'Likable?' - Dianne Bystrom is director emerita of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University. Bystrom will discuss how the media has covered women running for office differently than men, and what that might mean for the 2020 presidential election, for which there is an unprecedented number of women candidates. Bystrom directed the Catt Center for 22 years before retiring in August 2018. She has edited or contributed to a number of publications on the topic, including Women in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Women as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders; An Unprecedented Election: Media, Communication, and the Electorate in the 2016 Campaign; and Gender
and Elections
.

Denim Day 2019 | Green Dot Sexual Assault Awareness Month 
Hosted by: ISU Green Dot and Student Wellness
Iowa State University; Sloss Center
Wednesday, April 24 all day

Wear jeans with a purpose, support survivors, and educate yourself and others about sexual assault. Use #ISUDenimDay and share on social media. 
Learn more about Green Dot SAAM 2019, Resources and Support.

SUSAG Colloquium and Student Poster Session 
Hosted by Iowa State University Sustainable Agriculture
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Sun Room
Wednesday, April 24 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The featured speaker is Sara Straate, Seed Historian from Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa. Her presentation will run from 3:10-4:15 with snacks and poster presentations to follow.

 


 April 25, Thursday

National Get On Board Day 
Hosted by: American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and Ames CyRide
Ames and Iowa State University, CyRide pickup locations
Thursday, April 25 all day

CyRide will offer free rides to the community on April 25. They are asking current riders to "bring a friend on board," either by riding with them or by helping plan a solo trip. 

Live Green 10 Year Finale and Earth Day Celebration 
Hosted by: The Office of Sustainability and the Live Green! Initiative 
Iowa State University, Parks library, South Lawn and Marston East Lawn
Thursday, April 25 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate with the Office of Sustainability, the 10 Year Celebration Finale event and Earth Day at Parks South Lawn and East Marston Lawn. Activities include bike and longboard tune-ups, food and sustainability-minded giveaways. The event will feature free lawn games, campus and community organizations who support sustainability; free fruit-infused water from ISU Dining and cookies and snacks; sustainability-minded giveaways -- earned through visiting the displays of participating organizations. Don't forget to bring a donation for The SHOP student food pantry and your water bottle for fruit-infused water (you can also earn one at the event). 

Zero Waste Lifestyle | Earth Week Event 
Hosted by: Wheatsfield Co-op
Wheatsfield Co-op, 413 Northwestern Ave, Ames, IA
Thursday, April 25 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. 

A Zero Waste Lifestyle (ZWL) is rewarding and economical when done right. Reducing our trash and use of packaging can help us save money, conserve our natural resources, and much more! Join Elaine Axmear to learn helpful tips and tricks for a Zero Waste Lifestyle. She will provide simple, concise handouts for attendees with references, recipes, and how-to guides. RSVPs Required | Free

The Art of Writing, with Author Margot Livesey | Lecture 
Hosted by: ISU Lectures
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Pioneer Room
Thursday, April 25 at 2:10 p.m.

Join student and faculty in the Creative Writing Program for this informal moderated craft talk. Writers will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear author Margot Livesey discuss her writing process. Margot Livesey grew up in a boys’ private school in the Scottish Highlands, where her father taught and her mother was the school nurse. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and currently teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Reading and Conversation by Author Margot Livesey | Lecture 
Hosted by: ISU Lectures
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Pioneer Room
Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Margot Livesey is the award-winning author of ten books, including a collection of stories, Learning by Heart, and eight acclaimed novels: Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, Banishing Verona, The House on Fortune Street, The Flight of Gemma Hardy, and Mercury.

Let's Eat: #foodwaste matters 
Hosted by: ISU Compost Team
Iowa State University, Town Engineering Building Rm. 280
Thursday, April 25 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

There will be a FREE homemade meal (did someone say lasagna? Yes, there will be lasagna :) ) to showcase how much food waste comes from cooking, a presentation from Amy Lodes, an ISU graduate student, on her incredible research with food waste reduction, and a celebration of sustainability impact this school year with short talks from sustainable clubs in attendance. Come hungry, leave happy (and more knowledgeable on food waste :) ) If you are interested in attending please RSVP.

 April 26, Friday

Iowa Odyssey, How We Got to Here | Performance 
Hosted by: Stephens Auditorium
Iowa State Center, Stephens Auditorium, 1799 Center Dr., Ames, IA
Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Who are we and how did we get to "here?" How does the idea of immigration connect to our community's past and present? Iowa Odyssey is a collaborative project exploring our local stories of immigration and the idea of what it means to create community. Purchase tickets at Ticketmaster or Stephens Auditorium ticket office

Reggie's Sleepout 
Hosted by: Iowa State University, YSS, Assault Care CEtner Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS) and Emergency Residence Project (ERP).
Iowa State University, Football field at the Cyclone Sports Complex; 1022 Welch Ave, Ames, IA 
Friday, April 26 starting at 5:00 p.m. 

Register to participate in Reggie’s Sleepout-Ames, where you (and 1,000 of your closest friends) will sleep under the stars on the field at the Cyclone Sports Complex at Iowa State University. The event supports three organizations working to address youth homelessness in our community: YSS, Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS) and Emergency Residence Project (ERP).

You can participate as an individual, or get a team together. Ask family, friends, and neighbors to donate to the cause. Then, bring a box, small tent (no stakes) and/or sleeping bag to set up camp for the night. There will be entertainment, activities, music, games and of course, the Boxed-In Design Contest.

Food and drinks will be served. (Outside food, snacks, gum, and beverages will not be allowed. Exceptions: Those with food allergies or special meal requirements can bring their food and snacks, which will be stored in the event’s food tent.) Online registration closes at Midnight on Thursday, April 25 and will be open for walk-up registration at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26. 

Rock Climbing in Minnesota  
Hosted by: ISU Rec services
State Gym, 2642 Union Dr., Ames, IA
Depart: Friday, April 26 at 5:00 p.m. and Return Saturday, April 23 at 8:30 p.m.

Take a break before Dead Week to de-stress with the Outdoor Recreation Program! Join us for a night of camping while you enjoy beautiful views of Minnesota’s bluffs and the Mississippi River Valley. Continue to take in the views during the scenic hike up to iconic Sugar Loaf overlooking the town of Winona. We will have a full day of sport climbing on routes range from 5.3 to 5.11 in difficulty, with the majority of routes in the 5.6 to 5.9 range, so this will be a great trip for beginners and intermediate climbers who want to practice their skills. Registration deadline April 22; Pre-Trip meeting April 23 at 6:00 p.m. | Pass holder $56.00, Non-Pass holder $95.

World Intellectual Property Day 
Hosted by: ISU Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer
Iowa State University, Parks Library South Lawn
Friday, April 26 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The event will highlight important innovations developed by Iowa State researchers and include a sampling of food products developed with ISU inventions. Participants can meet faculty who are an important part of ISU's intellectual property engine. Presented by the Iowa State University Research Foundation and the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer.

Ames Main Street Music Walk 
Hosted by Duck Worth Wearing
Main Street, Ames, IA
Friday, April 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Melodies fill the air in downtown Ames as local businesses host musicians of all genres. Stroll through downtown and enjoy the variety of talent Ames has to offer! Be sure to come hungry and enjoy dinner in one of our wonderful downtown restaurants. This is a family-friendly event, perfect for all ages.

Tenderloin Basket Night 
Hosted by: American Legion Post No. 37
American Legion, 225 Main St., Ames, IA
Friday, April 26 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Come join us for a Breaded Tenderloin sandwich and fries for just $6. This event is open to the public.

Iowa State University 2019 Arbor Day Celebration 
Hosted by: Students from Xi Sigma Pi (the Forestry Honors Society) and Forestry Club, faculty from the NREM department and Extension
Iowa State University, North-Northeast from Beardshear Hall, on Central Campus
Friday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m.

Paul Wray, Professor Emeritus, planted (and taught others how to plant) countless trees across Iowa.  He often promoted oak species, and his family suggested a bur oak would honor his memory.  Since 1961, Iowa has recognized "oak" as the state tree, given its abundance across the state and importance to wildlife and people alike.  Bur oak is arguably the most charismatic of Iowa's native oak species, occurring in a wide range of habitats that include upland hardwood forests, floodplains, and savannas.

Ames Bat Release 
Hosted by: Iowa Wildlife Center
Ames, IA, Brookside Park, 1325 6 Street, Ames, IA
Friday, April 26 from 7:30 - 8:45 p.m.

We hope the weather cooperates for the 3rd and final public bat release of the season next week! We'll release nearly 30 Big Brown Bats near the baseball diamond at Brookside: gather about 7:30 to chat about bats, give a short program about 7:50, then begin to release them about 8:15. We should have all of them released by 8:45 or so (timing depends on so much -- especially the bats!). Yes, it's a family-friendly event, but we prefer dogs were left at home. Yes, you'll get to see a few bats up close before release. Thanks to Ames Parks and Recreation and Friends of Brookside Park for their roles in making this event a success! Come wish these voracious insect-eaters good luck and goodbye!

Ames Arbor Day Tree Planting 
Hosted by: Ames Parks and Recreation Department
Moore Memorial Park, 3050 Northridge Parkway, Ames, IA 
Friday, April 26 at 10:00 a.m.

Gather at the Coneflower Shelter. 

The first Arbor Day was held in Nebraska City, Neb., through the efforts of J. Sterling Morton in 1872. More than one million trees were planted in Nebraska during the first Arbor Day. One century later, the Arbor Day Foundation was formed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Arbor Day and to carry on the mission of the tree-planters’ holiday. In 1976, the Arbor Day Foundation began its Tree City USA program. Ames has been recognized as a Tree City for more than 25 years.

“Trees are a valuable resource not only for our community but for the environment. When we plant new trees, we are keeping our eyes to the future to ensure generations to come have trees to enjoy,” said Paul Tauke, City Forester.

The Parks and Recreation Department manages 36 parks and offers approximately 180 athletic, aquatic, instructional, and wellness programs.  Indoor programs are provided year-round at the Community Center, Ames/ISU Ice Arena, and Municipal Pool.  For more information, go to the Parks and Recreation homepage at www.amesparkrec.org or call the Community Center at 515.239.5350.

 April 27, Saturday

Arbor Day Celebration 
Hosted by: Iowa Arboretum
Iowa Arboretum; 1875 Peach Avenue, Madrid, IA | 515-795-3216
Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m

The celebration of trees starts at 9 am and is free to the public. Tree climbing for children will be the highlight of the morning. Children will grab a harness and helmet and be guided by Iowa Arborist Association members as they climb arboretum trees.  A tree planting dedication along with other activities are planned for the morning.  There will be a special appearance by Smokey the Bear. Everyone receives a free tree. Join us for a fun morning at the Arboretum.

Run for the Trees 
Hosted by: Iowa Arboretum
Iowa Arboretum; 1875 Peach Avenue, Madrid, IA | 515-795-3216
Saturday, April 27 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Join the Iowa Arboretum for a beautiful scenic 5K or 1 mi. Family Walk/Run on our trails. What could be a better spring location to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate Arbor Day? A fun variety of Arbor Day activities will follow the race! Click here to register. Please note: We strive to preserve the natural elements of our woodlands; therefore, trails may be muddy due to weather. Please dress accordingly. Fees apply. 

Science Fair 
Hosted by: ISU student chapter of the American Meteorological Society
Iowa State University; Memorial Union, Pioneer and Gallery rooms
Saturday, April 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A science fair for students in grades 1-5, hosted by the ISU student chapter of the American Meteorological Society. Projects or posters can include any scientific topic, not just meteorology. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places in two age categories. Online registration is free but required. Questions may be emailed to  sciencefairams@gmail.com.

Projects will be reviewed by a panel of judges, with prizes awarded to first, second and third places. 
Schedule: 1st/2nd-grade projects: 1-2 p.m. and 3rd/4th/5th-grade projects: 2-4 p.m.

Meet-a-Scientist 
Hosted by: Reiman Gardens
Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd., Ames, IA
Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Current science gets up close and personal at this informal drop-in program. Meet up to a dozen local scientists who will share their research and knowledge with you through fun hands-on activities and conversation. This event features professionals who are Reiman Gardens' 2019 Science Communication Fellows.
No registration required. Free for Members, ISU Students and Free with admission for the General Public

Yard Waste Free Day - Includes Brush 
Hosted by: City of Ames
Chamness Technology, 400 Freel Drive, Ames, IA
Saturday, April 27 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Spring Yard Waste Free Day will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Chamness Technology, 400 Freel Drive. Residents may dispose
of yard waste, including brush, at no charge during this event.

Yard waste is not accepted at the Resource Recovery Plant (RRP).

Out of the Darkness Campus Walk 
Hosted by: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention- Iowa Chapter
Iowa State University, Central Campus
Saturday, April 27 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

The Out of the Darkness Campus Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, support, and a walk that unites campus and community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones.  Online registration closes at 12:00 p.m.on Friday, April 26. Walk-up registration is available on April 27. 

Beginners Bike Repair | Earth Week Event  
Hosted by: Wheatsfield Co-op
Wheatsfield Co-op, 413 Northwestern Ave, Ames, IA
Tuesday, April 27 from 6:45  to 8:15 p.m. 

Want to learn how to fix a flat or to oil your chain? Some simple preventative maintenance can keep your bike working well and help you avoid costly future repairs. Join iconic Skunk River Cycles owner, Ronn Ritz, as he talks you through some of the basics of bike repair. Ronn will not have time to work on each bike in the class, but you can address specific questions if you bring your bike with you. RSVPs required, Free

Smartphone Photography 101 
Hosted by: Story County Conservation
McFarland Park, 56461 180 Street, Ames, IA | Ph. 515-232-2516
Saturday, April 27 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Want to get the most out of your phone's camera? Join us in the hands-on program while Lisa Hovis, owner of PhotoSynthesis in Ames, tells you everything you need to know! We will practice our newfound skills on the wildflowers blooming in the woods at McFarland Park. Bring your phone and be dressed to head outside! This program is intended for ages 16 and up. A fee of $5 with registration is required by Wednesday, April 24.

Rent 
Hosted by: Stephens Auditorium
Iowa State Center, Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Dr., Ames, IA
Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.

The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Broadway masterpiece, RENT, will hit the stage on April 27, during its 20th Anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love. A pre-show dinner is available for this performance. Contact Ticket Office for tickets. 

Annual NAMICI Trivia Night 
Hosted by: National Alliance on Mental Illness
Ames City Church; 2600 Oakwood Rd, Ames, IA
Saturday, April 27 @ 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Doors open at 5:00 pm.  Games begin at 5:30 pm.

Organics Sale 
Hosted by: Wheatsfield Co-op
Wheatsfield Co-op, 413 Northwestern Ave, Ames, IA
Saturday, April 27 7:00 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Member-Owners and Student Members save 20% on certified organic products around the Co-op! Non-members save 10%. Save off regular prices!
Did you know that 99% of our Produce Department is organic? PLUS: We’re giving away 400 LOCAL Seed Savers Exchange Seed Packets!
Starting at 10 am, 1 Packet per Family

Ames Community Poverty Simuilation 
Hosted by: Ames Public Library, Ames Humans Relations Commission, Inclusive Ames, and The Volunteer Center of Story County
Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave, Ames IA
Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Participants in this simulation will play the roles of families "living on the edge" and attempt to provide a living for their family just above the poverty level. Afterward, there will be a facilitated discussion between service providers about the challenges in our community.

Spring Vendor Fair 
Hosted by: American Legion Post No. 37
American Legion, 225 Main St., Ames, IA
Saturday, April 27 at 9:00 a.m.

Stop by the Ames American Legion Community Room and shop all your favorite vendors to find that perfect Mother's Day gift! Lunch will be available as well as drink specials. Come enjoy a day of shopping with vendors from across the state!

SAVMA Scamper 
Hosted by: Student American Veterinary Medical Association 
Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1800 Christensen Dr., Ames, IA
Saturday, April 27 at 9:45 a.m. (Starting time for 10K), and 10:00 a.m. (Starting time for 5K)

SAVMA Scamper is an annual 5K/10K Run, promoting physical and mental health through exercise! We encourage you to train AND race with canine your companions if you have one. This year, proceeds from registration will be donated to Taysia Blue Rescue’s Huskies and Heroes program! This program reduces or eliminates the cost for Veterans to adopt a dog. For Registration ($20 ISU Student/staff; $25 Non-ISU) or more information

Mustard Seed Community Farm Planting Days 
Hosted by: Mustard Seed Community Farm 
Mustard Seed Community Farm, 366 W Ave. Ames, IA 
Saturday, April 27 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Mustard Seed Community Farm is dedicated to sustainable, simple living, love of our neighbor, and creating a community in which everyone can participate in growing and eating delicious, healthy, locally produced food.  (it's always good to RSVP to Alice (text is best) 978-471-8414, and to check the website, to see if anything has changed because of weather)

5K ExerCYse Is Medicine Ability Run and Walk 
Hosted by: ExerCYse is Medicine and ARC Physical Therapy +
Iowa State University, Central Campus Campanile
Saturday, April 27 starting at 3:00 p.m.

This year, Exercyse is Medicine is celebrating all levels of ability. All families, students, and levels of ability are welcome! Register here. $25

All proceeds will be donated directly to Wings of Hope, a respite care home in Haiti for those with physical and intellectual disabilities.

 

 April 28, Sunday

Woof Walk 
Hosted by: the Iowa Arboretum
Iowa Arboretum; 1875 Peach Avenue, Madrid, IA | 515-795-3216
Sunday, April 28 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m

Join us for our spring Woof Walk – a fun afternoon for canines and the people who love them. Bring your dog for a little socializing with others as you walk a trail of seasonal riddles, all Floppy approved and sure to make you chuckle. The official start time is 1 PM from the Hughes Education Center porch. Latecomers can join in any time until 3. Well behaved dogs on leashes are always welcome. No dog, no problem. You will still get exercise, meet new people, and smile.

Meet-a-Scientist 
Hosted by: Reiman Gardens
Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd., Ames, IA
Sunday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Current science gets up close and personal at this informal drop-in program. Meet up to a dozen local scientists who will share their research and knowledge with you through fun hands-on activities and conversation. This event features professionals who are Reiman Gardens' 2019 Science Communication Fellows.
No registration required. Free for Members, ISU Students and Free with admission for the General Public

Masterworks | Classical Concert 
Hosted by: Stephens Auditorium
Iowa State Center, Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Dr., Ames, IA
Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m.

General Admission. 

 April 29, Monday

Spring Wild Flower Walk 
Hosted by: Story County Conservation
Hertz Family Woods and Nature Preserve, 25401 Country Club Road, Nevada, IA | Ph. 515-232-2516
Monday, April 29 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Take a spring walk in the woods and learn to stop and small (and identify) the flowers with former SCC Director Steve Lekwa. Be dressed to spend time in the woods and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes you don't mind getting wet or muddy. Bring a full water bottle. This walk is co-sponsored by the Outdoor Alliance of Story County and is free. Registration is not required.

Revise, Rewrite, and Rework | Workshop 
Hosted by: Reiman Gardens
Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd., Ames, IA
Monday, April 29 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (First of three classes on consecutive Mondays)


3-week program beginning Monday, April 29, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. In a relaxed group setting, participants in this creative writing course will be introduced to an eight-point format for revising their writing, whether poetry or prose. Revising the early drafts of authors' work is the time where everything is made more vivid, more coherent, and more powerful. The work comes alive. The course is structured for both beginners and those wishing to polish their writing skills. Class members will take home a workbook of handouts and reference materials. Participants will bring to the first class samples of their current writing: no more than two pages of poetry (single spaced) or four pages of prose (double spaced). Preregistration with prepayment is required by Sunday, April 28. $40 Members, $50 General Public, $34 ISU Students.


 April 30, Tuesday

Women Making It Work: You and Your Money 
Hosted by: United Way of Story County Women United
Roland-Story Elementary, 900 Hillcrest Dr., Story City, IA | Ph. 515-268-5142
Tuesday, April 30 from 5:30 - 7:45 p.m.

Enjoy a FREE women’s night out focusing on personal money management. Learn alongside other women who are there to provide you with support and encouragement. Build confidence by learning how to: Identify your financial goals, Create a personal spending plan, Use a bank to meet your needs, Find ways to save money, Use credit wisely, Reduce debt, Rebuild credit. For registration and questions