Detail of artwork by Paula Schuette Kraemer that fills four floor-to-ceiling panels at the Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women.


Every magazine comes with stories and pictures. dsm also comes with a party! We’ll introduce our September/October issue with a meet-and-greet event Aug. 29. The location this time is the beautiful new Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women, located at 1601 N.W. 114th St., #151, in Clive. Learn more about the facility and benefactor Frank Comfort in this article from our dsm archives.

We'll be there from 5 to 7 p.m., with brief comments and the unveiling of our new issue at 6 p.m. The usual rules apply: 1) show up; 2) have fun. We'll pass out copies, make new friends and go home happy. Join us!

Save the Date: Walk through two amazing Silent Rivers’ projects!
Experience two of our recent projects during the 2017 Tour of Remodeled Homes, September 23 and 24! First, a resort-like backyard with spa, outdoor bar area and multiple decks. Then, a stunning kitchen remodel with customized cabinetry and innovative storage solutions. ... Read more»

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Dine out healhfully during Restaurant Week, snaring dishes like this baked cabbage roll at Table 128. It's vegetarian, gluten-free and sure to be delicious—created with jasmine rice, ratatouille, wild mushrooms and spiced tomato sauce.


The 10th annual edition of Restaurant Week is underway in Greater Des Moines, keeping kitchens busy and diners dazzled. Nearly 40 local restaurants are participating, through Aug. 27. This year, $28 brings you two lunches or one three-course dinner. Check out the menus here.

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Bison are at home, home on the range—or at least on the menu at Range Grill + Golf.


By Wini Moranville

This past weekend, I attended a preview of Range Grill + Golf, the new restaurant and bar opening in Urbandale today that shares a building with six golf simulators. Your trusty dsmWeekly broke the news about the one-of-a-kind spot in this article last spring.

The handsome dining room could be described as “high-end sports bar,” with tufted leather chairs, cushy booths and a pleasing geometric wall design in light and dark green, echoing the colors on golf courses. Seven large televisions, most tuned to different channels, make for a sports-viewing bonanza—or an onslaught, depending on how much you enjoy watching sports while dining.

The menu opens to an extensive selection of casual and contemporary bar-grill favorites (buffalo wings, nachos, onion rings, flatbreads, steaks, chops, pasta, sandwiches, burgers and salads). Some of these crowd-pleasing choices get a few updates—for instance, snap peas instead of celery are served with the buffalo wings, and steaks can be ordered with signature preparations, such as pecan and pimiento chimichurri or a Wisconsin blue cheese crust. Veering well off the beaten path are big-game choices such as elk tenderloin medallions and bison filets, medallions and burgers. Dinner prices range from around $13 to $33. Lunch has fewer entrees and more sandwiches.

At dinner, I reveled in the Range bison burger ($15), with a soft, flavorful patty of ground, grass-fed bison topped with caramelized onion, garlic aioli and aged cheddar and served on a tasty pretzel bun. The Cajun Heat/Iowa Sweet chicken breast entree was a splendid concept—Cajun-spiced grilled chicken breasts atop a sweet-corn cream sauce. My dining buddy wished for more kick to the Cajun-heat angle, but she admired the kitchen’s expertise in cooking the chicken to plump and juicy perfection, and the Iowa-corn sauce was indeed sweet (and unique).

We were impressed by the staff—from the hearty hello to the warm goodbye, the entire team was expert and engaged. We encountered no glitches in service, even though it was only the second night of their soft opening.

Check out Range Grill + Golf’s website at Find them at 11865 Hickman Road, Urbandale; 515-252-7500.

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Never one to blow its own horn, Metro Arts raised funds to provide free concerts and education programs.


We at dsm were saddened to hear that the 42-year-old Metro Arts Alliance is ceasing operations, the result of “financial realities that left few options,” according to board president Rick Ballinger.

Over the years, Metro Arts became best known for its annual Jazz in July, which featured free concerts at parks and other outdoor venues throughout the city. Lesser known but just as important was the organization’s commitments to various arts education programs that served thousands of children a year, including one we particularly appreciated: the “Green Art” joint initiative with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that integrated art and environmental conservation.

Given the vibrant growth of the city’s arts and cultural scene, we’ll remain optimistic that Metro Arts’ legacy will be carried forward. As Ballinger reported: "The board is focused on finding a way for the organization's experience and resources to continue to serve the community."

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Contact United Way of Central Iowa if you'd like to learn more about participating in the 2018 Graduation Walk program.


We are heartened at this time of year when dedicated volunteers devote a Saturday morning to visiting with struggling students about staying in school with a commitment to graduate. It happens again this Saturday, Aug. 26a venture of United Way of Central Iowa in cooperation with Des Moines school officials.

People who could be on the golf course or the lake choose to do this instead. They receive some training, but the message is clearly from their hearts. Volunteers are matched with educators to call on students whose grades, attendance or other factors indicate they're at risk of dropping out of school. The Graduation Walk program recognizes that dropouts are more likely to become unemployed and to earn less in their careers than high school graduates. Over the program's five years, Graduation Walk teams have visited more than 5,300 homes.

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The always-entertaining Cloris Leachman Excellence in Theatre Arts Awards program is Sunday, Aug. 27, at Hoyt Sherman Place. Starting at 6:30 p.m., this annual program celebrates outstanding contributions to locally produced theater. The program will include several musical numbers from shows produced in the past year by local theater companies. Awards are presented in a number of onstage and behind-the-scenes categories, including acting, directing and design.

 This year’s ceremony will be hosted by two local theater veterans and broadcast personalitiesMaxwell Schaeffer of KIOA radio and Jackie Schmillen of KCWI-TV. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online here.

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