Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention

Dec 10
Monday 10:30 am
Join us at the East Side Library for a Tai Chi class with instructor Paul Black. This class will specialize in arthritis and falls prevention, and can be done standing or seated. The program is beginner friendly and requires no experience with Tai Chi.

Tai Chi is a holistic form of exercise that promotes flowing movements and mind/body harmony. Tai Chi is sometimes called a "moving meditation"; as participants concentrate on doing the movements they often forget about their normal, every day concerns. Tai Chi is a slower paced, non-contact martial arts movements.

Japanese Cooking Basics

Jan 22
Tuesday 6:30 pm

The Japan America Society of Iowa returns to the Franklin Avenue Library to help you try your hand on Japanese cooking. Instructors will demonstrate how to make okonomiyaki, a savory Japanese pancake. After that, they’ll help attendees prepare homemade gyoza, a skillet cooked dumpling. Registration is required. Our class last August was popular, so this program will likely fill up fast. Register by calling 283-4152 ext. 3 or by going to and finding this event on the events page.

Chili and a Movie

Jan 19
Saturday 1:00 pm

Come in from the cold and enjoy a warm bowl of chili and a heart-warming movie. This month, we’ll be showing the documentary Batkid Begins. The film tells the story of a five-year-old with cancer, his dream of becoming Batman’s sidekick for a day, and how a community came together. Rated PG.

Foundation Directory Online Workshop

Jan 16
Wednesday 1:00 pm
Find funders and resources for your nonprofit! Learn how to use the Des Moines Public Library’s comprehensive funding research tool, Foundation Directory Online. As a tool of the nationally recognized Foundation Center, the Foundation Directory online has in-depth information on nearly one million grant opportunities from around 140,000 grant makers. This session provides a basic introduction to the Foundation Directory Online, including how to search for grants and related resources for nonprofit organizations.

Forest Flicks-Crazy Rich Asians

Jan 12
Saturday 2:00 pm
When Rachel travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family, she’s expecting to meet parents that are like Nick – focused, academic, and casual. Instead, she discovers a world of vast wealth – and a family full of suspicion and betrayal. Can their relationship stand up to treachery and jealousy? The film is based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan. Rated PG-13. Parents strongly cautioned: material may be unsuitable for children under 13.


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