Well, we sure do have an exciting lineup of events in April, including the first party at the firehouse, Food for Thought.

Food for Thought
Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 5:00pm-9:00pm
Des Moines Social Club Courtyard at the Firehouse, 900 Mulberry St.
http://desmoinessocialclub.org/events/food-for-thought

Get a sneak peek of the firehouse at Food for Thought, an annual fundraising party, presented by Adventureland and Beal | Derkenne Construction. Help the Des Moines Social Club celebrate the first party at their new home before construction begins in April. Food for Thought features two parties in the courtyard, music by Cashes Rivers, DJ 810, The River Monks, & Jordan Mayland, guided firehouse tours, slide down the fire pole, paint a collaborative mural, and more. Special news about the firehouse will be released at the event.

– Formal Dinner – $100/person, $1,000/Table, $1,700/VIP Table. Includes a three-course meal and wine pairings. Tables seat 10.
– BBQ & Brews Party – $20/person. Includes free BBQ and beer. – SOLD OUT

Page to Stage
Monday, April 8 at 7:00pm
Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut St., Des Moines
Free
https://www.facebook.com/events/521437077902215/ 

Page to Stage is the Des Moines Social Club’s monthly play reading series. Generally the first Wednesday of the month we present a staged reading of a new play—either brand new, an obscure old find, or something new to Des Moines.

Dance Baby Dance
Saturday, April 6 from 10:00am-12:00pm
Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut St., Des Moines
$5/person or $12/family, Children under 1 are FREE!
https://www.facebook.com/DMSCkids

You come, you dance, you play, you laugh. Participate in group activities or do your own thing. Go to the lobby and take a breather from the action, maybe read some books. Come back in, dance it out.

Special guest or activity starts at 11:00 and lasts about 30 minutes. Just right for all attention spans. What? Your kid doesn’t sit still? No problem. Group activities will be geared toward crowd in attendance including activities for older kids like limbo and group dances AND for younger kids like follow the leader and freeze dance.

Story Mob
Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut Street, Des Moines
$5
https://www.facebook.com/events/499915646711986/ 

Des Moines creatives come together for at the Des Moines Social Club for the quarterly, Story Mob. Join us to share your story for a chance to win or just come to listen to a mob of Des Moines storytellers!

Everyone is invited to come tell a five-minute story surrounding a particular prop. Listeners rate stories with the first prize winner receiving $100 and second place wins $50. Story Mob is a partnership between CULTUREALL, Chad Cox, Hillyard Industries and Des Moines Social Club.

April Story Mob Prop: Umbrella. Attendees are asked to bring umbrellas to be donated to local charities.

Simple Songs Simple Feelings
Fridays at 10am from April 12-May 17
Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut St., Des Moines
http://www.facebook.com/simplesongssimplefeelings

Simple Songs Simple Feelings is a child and family based music program created by Kat Darling. Guided in a group setting, children are able to become aware of their own abilities, giving them the opportunity to lose self-consciousness. Dancing, singing & playing allows kids to freely express themselves creatively. The program is 30-40 minutes long and is for children ages 2-6.

Rex Manning Day
Friday, April 19 at 9:30pm
Vaudeville Mews, 212 4th Street, Des Moines
$5
https://www.facebook.com/events/508597812537471/ 

Join the Des Moines Social Club and Hill Vintage and Knits for a night dedicated to all the things you loved / hoped you’d forget about the 90’s. Featuring ’90s cover sets by: Anna Gebhardt, Jordan Mayland, Kevin the Robot, Derek Lambert, and others; and a ’90s-only DJ set by Is Home Is. $5 at the door, free orange m&ms all night.

RTI Presents THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON
April 19 – May 5 (April 19, 20, 25-27, May 2-4 at 7:30pm and April 21, 28, May 5 at 2:00pm)
Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut St.
$7-$22 at midwestix.com
http://www.rtiowa.com/?p=2013

Repertory Theater of Iowa presents That Championship Season. A 2011 Broadway revival, this 1973 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner is a powerful portrait of morally bankrupt men reliving their glory days as high-school basketball champions. We discover that none of their lives have turned out as they had hoped. These middle-aged “champions” are haunted by broken dreams and disillusionment. And in one explosive, often hilarious evening, their illusions are stripped away and they are left facing the unvarnished truth.

Weekly Programming
Team Trivia
Every Tuesday at 7:30pm
Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave., Des Moines
Free
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-Trivia/118047861600673

Show off your knowledge of stuff! Des Moines Social Club’s Team Trivia is every Tuesday night at 7:30pm at the Gas Lamp. Bring a team of 2-6 people for great drink specials and 8 rounds of trivia! Rounds contain 5 questions with links hinting at each previous question’s answer. Also, occasional theme rounds to spice things up! Each weekly winner gets to pick the first category for the next week’s trivia as well as bragging rights. Monthly winners receive fabulous prizes!

King Pong
Every Tuesday, 7:00pm-10:00pm
Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut St., Des Moines
$5 suggested donation
https://www.facebook.com/pages/KING-PONG/100555193353479

Come play table tennis with all skill levels, have fun, meet new people and win (or lose) at one of the best sports in the world at the DMSC. Tuesdays from 7-10pm. Open play from 7-8:30pm. The league tournament starts at (or right around) 8:30pm. You don’t have to be a member of the league to play in the tournament! $5 suggested donation.

Open Circus
Every Thursday, 9:00pm-12:00am
4th Street Theater, 214 4th St., Des Moines
Free
https://www.facebook.com/OpenCircus

Open Circus is Des Moines’ Open Variety Show that provides anyone wanting to perform a stage and a mic. This is a place for expression, creativity and experimentation. Bring your guitar, drums, voice, words… comedy, drama, poetry, rock, world beat… bring yourself, and share whatever it is you’re best in sharing. A weekly artist or two will be featured to start out and push the night along, along with a rotating crew of improvised comedy performers to keep the laughs rolling all night. Come one come all, grab a seat, a beer, a mic and get a glimpse of the up-and-coming talent in Des Moines.

Systema: Russian Martial Art
Every Sunday at 11:30am
Antana Yoga Studio, 2815 Beaver Ave, Des Moines
$10

Systema is a Russian martial art. It is designed to be highly adaptive and practical, training using drills and sparring. It focuses mainly on controlling the six body levers (elbows, neck, knees, waist, ankles, and shoulders) through pressure point application, striking and weapon applications.

Volunteer Opportunities
View volunteer opportunities with the Des Moines Social Club at http://dmsc.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer.