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Keep the parks safe
Thrivent Builds Neighborhood Pride, Perception and Safety Committee will host the first-ever Safe Summer Kick Off in Evelyn Davis Park, 1400 Forest Ave., on Thursday, May 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. The evening will include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and golf baseball game. Representatives from the Des Moines Police Department and Fire Department will be present to distribute information on how to keep the local parks safe. The event is free. Visit www.dmneighborhoodresources.org or call 280-1807.


Visit the Junction
The second annual Smokin’ in the Junction will be held Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30 in Valley Junction. The two-day festival includes food, barbeque competition, live entertainment and a beer garden. The event runs Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Visit www.valleyjunction.com or call 222-3642.


Wet the line at Easter Lake
Senior Services of Polk County and the Polk County Conservation will host a fishing derby for individuals ages 60 and older on Friday, June 4 at Easter Lake, 2830 Easter Lake Drive. The derby begins at 9 a.m., and fishing poles and bait will be provided. Register for the derby by Friday, May 28. Prizes will be awarded. A box lunch will be served to all registered participants. Visit www.conservationboard.org or call 286-3536.


Celebrate Memorial Day
The Greater Des Moines Community Band will present a red, white and blue concert on Monday, May 31 beginning at 12:30 p.m. The concert will be held at the World War II Memorial at the State Capitol Grounds, East Ninth Street and Grand Avenue. The memorial program starts at 2 p.m. Call 987-3701.


Volunteer for RLF
The 2010 Polk County Relay for Life is seeking volunteers to help with the event that will be held July 16 and 17 at the Hoover High School Track, 4800 Aurora Ave. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and will include a Survivor’s Lap, a Luminaria Ceremony and a Fight Back Ceremony. Call 710-1698 or e-mail rebeccalynh@mchsi.com. For more information or to register at team, visit www.relayforlifeofpolkcounty.com. CV

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