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Special Events

Field trips and events outside of the normal member meetings

Want to see the carved wood panels in the Iowa Supreme Court chambers up close? 

Ever wondered how to paint wood to look like marble? 

Curious about the different woods used in the construction of the Capitol?

Tour 2022 Capitol Staircase

Tour 2022 Capitol Staircase

Tour 2022 Capitol ZacharyBunkersIf so, join us for a Historic tour of architectural woodwork and restoration painting at the Capitol led by Zachary Bunkers, Head of Restoration Painting at the Iowa Capitol.

RSVP if you'd like to attend:

Current Des Moines Woodworkers Association Members and their guests are welcome!

The Capitol tour is free. Lunch is optional and you'll need to buy your own. 
(lunch is not being provided by DMWA)

RSVP is REQUIRED: Fill out the Google Form by Friday, July 15th at https://forms.gle/Ge6hZb7LoQvM4JyG8
Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

After the tour, optional lunch at Zombie Burger + Drink Lab (opens at 11 AM) : 

300 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines (a few blocks west of the Capitol). 

To park at Zombie Burger, you can use metered parking on the street or the city parking garage one block west of the restaurant on Grand.

Parking at the Capitol: 

Tour 2022 Capitol PARKING

The parking garage at Pennsylvania and Grand has free visitor parking. The green lots are available for visitor parking (see Lot 6,7,15). You may find on street parking spots as well.

When you arrive at the Capitol, enter on ground floor from south or west side of building.  Gather at the crossing area on the cafeteria floor (Same floor as visitor entrance and security check-in).

Event Date July 16, 2022, 9:00 am
Event End Date July 16, 2022, 11:00 am
Capacity 50
Registered 0
Available place 50
Cut off date July 15, 2022, 5:00 pm
Individual Price The Capitol tour is free. Optional lunch is buy-your-own.
Categories Special Events

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Once again the Woodcarvers, Wood Turners, and Woodworkers Association are coming together to decorate a Christmas tree in the annual Festival of Trees and Lights fundraiser for Blank Children’s Hospital programs. The handcrafted wooden ornament tree consistently raises several thousand dollars for Blank each year; overall the Festival has raised $12 million since 1984.

We ask all woodworkers to once again consider donating high quality, hand-made ornaments to the fundraiser. A schedule is outlined below, we also ask for volunteers to help prepare the ornaments for hanging, and to help decorate the tree.

A note - for the last several years Charlene Shellabarger has donated nicely made hand-crafted tree skirts. I don’t have good contact information for her this year, let me know of anyone who has Charlene’s contact information, or who is interested in making a tree skirt this year.

We’re also looking for someone or a group to make or provide a tree topper, designed to be easily removed for transport to its final home.

If you are interested, contact Greg Alberts at 515-314-7389 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

From the event site at https://www.unitypoint.org/blankchildrens/about-festival-of-trees.aspx :

Festival of Trees & Lights is a three-day public event that is the main fundraiser for Blank Children's Hospital. This annual event is the largest fundraiser for Blank Children's Hospital and is a central Iowa tradition to kick off the holiday season. The 39th Annual Festival of Trees & Lights will feature: beautifully decorated trees, special performances from local music and dance groups, the opportunity to take a photo with Santa, a scavenger hunt, fun crafts and activities, and the chance to read impactful stories of children cared for at Blank Children's. In addition, visitors can shop the Holiday Gift Shop to purchase specialty bakery items and more!

 

Your attendance means you are supporting valuable programs at Blank Children's Hospital. Programs that would not be possible without the generous support of our community.

 

We invite you to attend Festival, volunteer at Festival or support Festival by making a contribution, decorating a tree or donating books.

Event Date November 25, 2022, 11:00 am
Event End Date November 25, 2022, 7:00 pm
Individual Price $5 at event
Categories Special Events

Once again the Woodcarvers, Wood Turners, and Woodworkers Association are coming together to decorate a Christmas tree in the annual Festival of Trees and Lights fundraiser for Blank Children’s Hospital programs. The handcrafted wooden ornament tree consistently raises several thousand dollars for Blank each year; overall the Festival has raised $12 million since 1984.

We ask all woodworkers to once again consider donating high quality, hand-made ornaments to the fundraiser. A schedule is outlined below, we also ask for volunteers to help prepare the ornaments for hanging, and to help decorate the tree.

A note - for the last several years Charlene Shellabarger has donated nicely made hand-crafted tree skirts. I don’t have good contact information for her this year, let me know of anyone who has Charlene’s contact information, or who is interested in making a tree skirt this year.

We’re also looking for someone or a group to make or provide a tree topper, designed to be easily removed for transport to its final home.

If you are interested, contact Greg Alberts at 515-314-7389 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

From the event site at https://www.unitypoint.org/blankchildrens/about-festival-of-trees.aspx :

Festival of Trees & Lights is a three-day public event that is the main fundraiser for Blank Children's Hospital. This annual event is the largest fundraiser for Blank Children's Hospital and is a central Iowa tradition to kick off the holiday season. The 39th Annual Festival of Trees & Lights will feature: beautifully decorated trees, special performances from local music and dance groups, the opportunity to take a photo with Santa, a scavenger hunt, fun crafts and activities, and the chance to read impactful stories of children cared for at Blank Children's. In addition, visitors can shop the Holiday Gift Shop to purchase specialty bakery items and more!

 

Your attendance means you are supporting valuable programs at Blank Children's Hospital. Programs that would not be possible without the generous support of our community.

 

We invite you to attend Festival, volunteer at Festival or support Festival by making a contribution, decorating a tree or donating books.

Event Date November 26, 2022, 11:00 am
Event End Date November 26, 2022, 7:00 pm
Individual Price $5 at event
Categories Special Events

Once again the Woodcarvers, Wood Turners, and Woodworkers Association are coming together to decorate a Christmas tree in the annual Festival of Trees and Lights fundraiser for Blank Children’s Hospital programs. The handcrafted wooden ornament tree consistently raises several thousand dollars for Blank each year; overall the Festival has raised $12 million since 1984.

We ask all woodworkers to once again consider donating high quality, hand-made ornaments to the fundraiser. A schedule is outlined below, we also ask for volunteers to help prepare the ornaments for hanging, and to help decorate the tree.

A note - for the last several years Charlene Shellabarger has donated nicely made hand-crafted tree skirts. I don’t have good contact information for her this year, let me know of anyone who has Charlene’s contact information, or who is interested in making a tree skirt this year.

We’re also looking for someone or a group to make or provide a tree topper, designed to be easily removed for transport to its final home.

If you are interested, contact Greg Alberts at 515-314-7389 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

From the event site at https://www.unitypoint.org/blankchildrens/about-festival-of-trees.aspx :

Festival of Trees & Lights is a three-day public event that is the main fundraiser for Blank Children's Hospital. This annual event is the largest fundraiser for Blank Children's Hospital and is a central Iowa tradition to kick off the holiday season. The 39th Annual Festival of Trees & Lights will feature: beautifully decorated trees, special performances from local music and dance groups, the opportunity to take a photo with Santa, a scavenger hunt, fun crafts and activities, and the chance to read impactful stories of children cared for at Blank Children's. In addition, visitors can shop the Holiday Gift Shop to purchase specialty bakery items and more!

 

Your attendance means you are supporting valuable programs at Blank Children's Hospital. Programs that would not be possible without the generous support of our community.

 

We invite you to attend Festival, volunteer at Festival or support Festival by making a contribution, decorating a tree or donating books.

Event Date November 27, 2022, 11:00 am
Event End Date November 27, 2022, 5:00 pm
Individual Price $5 at event
Categories Special Events