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dogs forever
Nonprofit of the Month, Philanthropy

Nonprofit of the Month: Dogs Forever

With a commitment to saving the lives of hard-to-place and homeless dogs, Cedar Rapids-based Dogs Forever is an Adoption Guarantee shelter. Here, Lisa Carrara, secretary, and Joyce Thompson, president, discuss how the pandemic has altered Dogs Forever’s day-to-day, the nonprofit’s goals for 2021 and various fundraising events that locals can enjoy this month.

Megan McDaniel
Fabulous People

Fabulous People: Megan McDaniel

Megan McDaniel is the wedding and social event executive for Iowa-based The Rewind Hotel, Hotel Renovo and Revel Hotel. “I work with our couples to help them plan, design and execute their event, helping them bring their vision for the big day to reality.”

Iowa State Fair
Family & Pets, See & Do

Iowa State Fair

After its first opening in 1854, the Iowa State Fair has become an award-winning, annual tradition–not just for Iowans, but for visitors across the globe. The fair will take place August 12 to August 22 in Des Moines with more than a million people expected in attendance.

whitney coyle
Fabulous People

Fabulous People: Whitney Coyle

Whitney Coyle is the owner of Lux Pop Up Picnics, which sets the stage for themed luxury picnics for special occasions and expands to Waterloo and surrounding areas on August 1. “This is an exciting expansion, and we can’t wait to serve Iowa.”

Food & Drink

Best Des Moines Happy Hours

Contrary to popular belief, Iowa actually has a pretty buzzy bar scene. With local eateries, hole-in-the-wall taverns, and modern restaurants galore, there’s certainly no shortage of cocktails and light bite specials to enjoy all across the state. Here’s where to go to enjoy some of the best happy hours in Des Moines.