Chives Meals, Ironman, Art Week
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Good Chives Meals creates ready-to-eat food packed with produce and healthy ingredients.


Writer: Karla Walsh

Since 2017, Shauna Meany has been sharing photos of her favorite meals on her @
good.chives Instagram account. But it wasn’t until March 2021 that Meany (who has a toddler with her husband, Ross, and works full time at Meredith Corp.) officially morphed the account into a business: Good Chives Meals.

“When I would share my family meals on Instagram, specifically when it came to my weekly meal prep, people would always say, ‘I wish you could just come do my meal prep for me,’ " Meany says.

The goal of the business is to provide the benefits of meal prep without the work, similar to subscription services like Blue Apron, HelloFresh and more. But unlike those meal kits, Meany’s meals come ready to eat—no subscription required, much akin to the
Grateful Chef model. Meany releases a different menu each week, then shops, chops, cooks and cleans for her clients who can order single-serving meals on the Good Chives Meals website. When placing an order, clients choose to pick it up on the following Thursday at the Mickle Center (1620 Pleasant St.) from 5 to 6:30 p.m. or at 142nd Street and Hickman Road from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Meany finds menu inspiration all around her. Many of the items are produce-packed and often gluten- and dairy-free, like golden turmeric chickpea soup, harissa chicken bowl and cinnamon roll energy bites. “[My sources are] the new dish I tried at a local restaurant, the recipe I saw posted on my favorite food bloggers' Instagram, the beautiful produce I found at the farmers market,” she says.

Even if you don't need the convenience of Good Chives, these meals will satisfy, Meany promises: “If you like the idea of fueling your body with healthy food that actually tastes delicious, Good Chives Meals is for you.”

New menus are released weekly at Keep up with Meany on and on Instagram @good.chives.
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    The Des Moines half Ironman race is 70.3 miles, split among swimming, biking and running. Photo: Ironman Des Moines.


    Athletes from across the country will be in town to participate in the first-ever Ironman 70.3 Des Moines triathlon on Sunday. The race is 70.3 miles, half of a full triathlon, and includes a 1.2-mile swim around Gray's Lake, a 56-mile bike ride through Water Works Park and West Des Moines, and a 13.1-mile run in Gray's Lake Park and downtown Des Moines.

    Ironman will also offer qualifying slots per age group and 25 Women for Tri slots to the 2021 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in St. George, Utah. See the course map here and pick a spot to cheer on the participants.
      Larassa Kabel's "42" is a work in her "Death and the Good Life" exhibition, which opens at Moberg Gallery this weekend. Listen to our recent podcast with Kabel here. Photo: Larassa Kabel.


      Art Week Des Moines starts this Friday and features a number of virtual and in-person exhibitions, activities and more, culminating with the Des Moines Arts Festival June 25-27. Local organizations including the Des Moines Art Center, Mainframe Studios, Moberg Gallery and Olson-Larsen Galleries, among others, will participate.

      Events this weekend include an opening reception for Larassa Kabel's "Death and the Good Life" show at Moberg Gallery, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday. Olson-Larsen Galleries and Sunny Porch, which is a charity focused on mental health, will host "Beauty & Struggle" on Saturday. The exhibit will feature the art of the late Anna Marie Harrington, whose works chronicled her struggle with mental illness and addiction.

      Next week, Teehee's Comedy Club will host Leo Bird, who will display drawings in his "The Words He Cannot Say" series and talk with patrons at 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 21. Mainframe Studios will show a video about the fellows in its Iowa Creative Incubator at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, offering the opportunity to get to know each artist.

      You can find a full schedule on the Art Week Des Moines website.
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        Son Peruchos will perform at the Iowa Latino Film Festival's opening night on Friday. Photo: Son Peruchos.


        Six international films from South America and Spain, as well as live music, will take center stage at the first Iowa Latino Film Festival this weekend. Held at the new Riverview Park Amphitheater, the events are put on by the Latino Center of Iowa and the Chicago Latino Film Festival.

        Friday night will serve as the opening celebration, featuring music, food and more, beginning at 5 p.m. Son Peruchos, a local band blending the sounds of South American folk music, will play at 7:30 p.m. Film showcases start Saturday, with viewings at 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. There will also be a number of art vendors, food trucks and activities throughout the day. On Sunday, viewings are at 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., with a performance at 1:45 p.m. by Las Guitarras de México.

        Admission to the festival is free. Find the full event schedule here.
          Music Director Joseph Giunta will again conduct in front of a live audience at the Des Moines Civic Center during the Des Moines Symphony's 84th season this week. Photo: Des Moines Symphony.


          It's been more than a year since the Des Moines Symphony took the Des Moines Civic Center stage. This September, it will return. The organization announced its 84th season this week, beginning with an in-person performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony on Sept. 25 and 26.

          Beethoven is a key theme throughout the 2021-22 lineup, as the symphony celebrates the famed composer's 250th birthday. Throughout the season, the symphony will perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, along with his "Leonore" Overture No. 3, his Violin Concerto and more. The Water Works Pops series also returns, with a mix of rescheduled and new shows at Water Works Park. That series starts on Oct. 9 with "Revolution: The Music of the Beatles."

          Find the full schedule on the Des Moines Symphony website.
            Neighbor's Day, the main event as a part of Des Moines' Juneteenth celebrations, features live music, food and more. It will start at 11 a.m. Saturday at Western Gateway Park. Photo: Iowa Juneteeth.


            There are a few events lined up for Des Moines Juneteenth, an annual holiday honoring the Emancipation Proclamation, later this week.

            While the official observance is Saturday, the first event takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, featuring a speech by Cleophus Franklin Jr., an entrepreneur, author and speaker, at Drake University's Olmsted Center. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, "The Road to Justice," a documentary by Andre Robert Lee covering two civil rights groups, will be shown at the Jamie Hurd Amphitheater in West Des Moines.

            The Juneteenth celebration, Neighbor's Day, starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at Western Gateway Park. There will be music, a parade, food trucks, art showcases and more. Admission is free. Find more information online.
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