🌱 Temporary Art Installation Opens + Police Search For Witness

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First, today’s weather:

Times of clouds and sun. High: 54 Low: 36.


Here are the top four stories in Des Moines today:

  1. A new temporary art installation is now open in the East Village. LAPS: A Journey Through Time – Here and Now features six interactive giant hourglasses. The installation will be on display at 401 Robert D. Ray Drive in downtown Des Moines; this is the first stop in the US for the tour installation. (KCCI Des Moines)
  2. Des Moines police want help locating a material witness in an ongoing homicide investigation. Blake Myers, 34, was shot and killed at the beginning of March on Walker Street. Police believe 38-year-old Brian Houston knows key information about the shooting and there is an active material arrest warrant out for Houston. (KCCI Des Moines)
  3. Local High-school-aged girls, 15 to 18, will be given an opportunity to learn from local first responders with hands-on activities at the overnight camp that will take place at Camp Dodge from July 17 to 22. The application deadline for the Iowa Hero Academy is Apr. 29, 2022. The Iowa Hero Academy will feature hands-on activities that may include firearm simulations, defensive tactics, hydrant, and hose practice, and search and rescue drills. (Press Release Desk)
  4. Des Moines’ Blank Park Zoo is hosting its Wild Lights Festival, a multicolored display of various creatures created in the style of traditional Chinese lanterns. The experience officially opened Friday night and will remain in place at Blank Park Zoo through May 30. Lanterns will be lit from 7:30 to 10 pm every Wednesday through Sunday, as well as Memorial Day, the final day of the festival. (Des Moines Register)

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  • The Hope Animal Rescue of Iowa is hosting a shirt fundraiser with new merchandise from Apr. 1 to Apr. 15th. (Facebook)
  • Starting at 11 am on Friday, Apr. 8, city IT staff are implementing a software upgrade to the City’s permitting, licensing, and cashiering systems. During this scheduled outage, you will not be able to Submit permit or license applications, pay fees, upload files to the Customer Self-Service portal, or request inspections. The upgrade will be completed by 7 am on Monday, Apr. 11. (Facebook)
  • Kathleen Madigan “Do You Have Any Ranch?” Tour is coming to Des Moines on Apr. 22 at 7:30 pm at Hoyt Sherman Place. Tickets are $42.50. (Downtown Des Moines)

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