up front

June 30, 2011 |

Hear music, watch fireworks


The 17th annual Yankee Doodle Pops takes place on Friday, July 1. This free event takes place on the west terrace of the Iowa State Capitol building. At 6:30 p.m., Orquesta Alto Maiz performs and at 8:30 p.m., the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra performs with Metropolitan Opera tenor, Eduardo Villa. Following the performance, a massive fireworks display will take place. Attendees who donate at least two non-perishable food items will receive a buy-one-get-one-free coupon to a Des Moines Symphony 2011-2012 Season Masterworks Concert. Families are encouraged to arrive early and bring blankets and lawn chairs. For more information, visit http://www.dmsymphony.org


Support a family in need


A benefit for the family of Chad Wells, who was killed in a car accident on April 7, will be held on Saturday, July 2 at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, 4051 Dean Ave., from noon to 9 p.m. Eight local bands will perform along with a silent auction and numerous raffles taking place throughout the day. Sleepy Hollow will also be open, with a portion of admission going to the family. The event costs $5 (12 and under free) and parking is $1 with all proceeds going to the family. The rain date will be Aug. 6. For more information or to donate, contact the Pleasant Hill Chamber office at 261-0466.

Huge car show


Goodguys Rod & Custom Association takes over the Iowa State Fair grounds for
its 20th Heartland Nationals, Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 3. Admission is $18 for adults, $6 for kids (ages 7-12) and free for kids under six. More than 3,500 rods, customs and classics through 1972 will be on display as well as a swap meet, Goodguys Street Challenge AutoCross, a Saturday night fireworks show, live entertainment, seminars, vendors, a Goodgals gallery and a model/pedal car show. For more information, visit http://www.good-guys.com or http://www.heartlandnats.com.

Enjoy some folk art


"Duality in One Face," a folk art exhibit, will take place on Thursday, June 30 at The Freemont, 1030 E. 9th St. The event, which runs from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., features a number of artists from various backgrounds. The event is free and open to anyone 21 and older. CV


Send news of your upcoming events, noble, nefarious or lost causes; as well as generally weird happenings to matt@dmcityview.com.