Events Rob Lumbard playing at last year's Jazz in July event.

Rob Lumbard playing at last year's Jazz in July event.

Weekend planner: Color Run, RAGBRAI Flash Mob, Jazz in July and more

Published on July 11th, 2013 | by Ameena Rasheed


 Iowa Shakespeare Experience: The Iowa Shakespeare Experience features a few weeks of Shakespeare at multiple locations. The Rollins Mansion Rose Garden, 2801 Fleur Drive, hosts “ShakeScenes and Sonnets,” highlighting some of Shakespeare’s best work at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. $10. At 8 p.m. Saturday “Starry Starry Nite: Ballet, Belin and The Bard” features the Belin String Quartet, Ballet Des Moines and ISE actors at 8 p.m. at Simon Estes Amphitheater, 75 E. Locust St. Free. Events continue July 19-21. Go to

Jazz it up: The Jazz in July series continues with a performance by Roxi Copland at 8 p.m. in Greenwood Park, 45th Street and Grand Avenue. Free.

Legally Blonde: The Musical: The Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., presents “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” the musical theater version of Reese Witherspoon’s hit film, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Tony Award-winner tells the story of sorority sister Elle Woods who charms her way into Harvard Law School. Performances continue through Aug. 4. $21-$36. Go to

RAGBRAI Flash Mob Training. Gather all your friends and come to our flash mob training sessions to learn the routine to be performed at the West Des Moines/Valley Junction RAGBRAI stop. All are invited to participate. Meet in the Roundhouse. 6 p.m., Lincoln High School, 2600 S.W. Nionth St. 777-7163


Ioway Culture Day. Explore the tools and technology of this Native American culture which gave Iowa its name. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale. 278-5286, $13 adults; $12 ages 60+ and Military; $7.50 ages 3-12, under 3 and Members free.

Corn Dog Kickoff: The Iowa State Fair is still a month away, but you can satisfy your corn dog craving now at the fundraising Corndog Kickoff, 6:30 p.m. at the Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds, East 30th Street and University Avenue. The event features live entertainment, fair food grazing and silent auctions. $100. Go to

The Color Run: Pick out your whitest whites and get them covered in crazy colors during The Color Run 5K races starting at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the state Capitol, 1007 E. Grand Ave. After each kilometer, racers will run through a color station, adding a new section to their own personal rainbow. $50. Go to


Garden Art Fair. An opportunity for artists to share their garden-inspired art with garden-inspired art with the public. Visitors can browse more than 60 eclectic booths, and buy products. 9 a.m.-4p.m., Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd., Ames. 51-294-2710, Free for members. Reduced admission for the general public.

Run, White and Blue 5K. 5K race and kids fun run. Price of registration includes entrance to the race, a tailgate, and an Iowa Cubs baseball game. 8:30 a.m., Principal Park, 1 Line Drive. 564-5758. Register online. Kid’s Fun Run $15 until June 30. 5K Individual Run/Walk $35 until June 30.

Swap instruments: The House of Bricks, 525 E. Grand Ave., hosts the Musicians Swap Meet from 5 to 8 p.m. Anyone is welcome to bring guitars, amps and more to trade or sell. Free.

Live at the Creek with Final Mix. Enjoy live music from the amphitheater or from one of five lakeside patio restaurants, Pop Pops Kettle Korn and a beer and wine garden by Wine Experience next to the amphitheater. 5-8 p.m., Amphitheater at Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines. 224-5000,

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Ameena is Online Editor for Juice Magazine. E-mail her at or follow her updates on Twitter @AmeenaRasheed.

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