Julie Pedigo and Erin Wendt joined us in the studio just after 8:30 to talk about the Festival of Trees & Lights going on this weekend at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. What a fantastic way to get into the Christmas spirit! The festival gets underway today from 11AM-7PM...with a special adult Festival After Dark starting at 6:30 tonite. They will also be open tomorrow (Thanksgiving Day) from 1-7PM, Friday and Saturday from 11AM-7PM and Sunday 11AM-5PM. There are 80 large hand-decorated trees and about 20 silent auction trees...lots of kids activities too. All proceeds from thee Festival of Trees & Lights benefit Blank Children's Hospital.
Leslie Schaffer of the Red Cross and Darin Hirl of Hy-Vee joined us in the studio just after the 7:30 news. The Hy-Vee Heroes football game is this Friday (Iowa vs. Nebraska). This year's heroes that will be honored during the game are Mike Klemmensen, a firefighter for Sioux City and Hinton, Iowa. Mike noticed his neighbor's house on fire and went into the burning house to rescue all six in the house...then ran to the fire department, got his gear and went back to fight the fire for 7 hours! Caleb Edmundson is the Nebraska hero. Caleb rescued a driver whose pick-up, boat and trailer had gone under in the lake. For more information, go to www.RedCross.org.
A big "thank-you" to Dan and Linda of Green's Appliance Heating and Cooling for the "Thanksgiving Breakfast". Linda came in a little after 6:30 with a breakfast casserole, pumpkin muffins and cranberry almond thins. Suddenly our studio became the popular place to be!
Tomorrow on Van & Bonnie...it's our Easy Bake Oven Thanksgiving from 7-8AM! Plus visitors from Disney on Ice at 6:30 and a special deal for our listeners from our good friend Jim Moehler at Serenity Music!
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!
What a wonderful morning with Gus & Michelle Childs and their beautiful family....Gus, Jr. and Maddy, 8 year-old twins...Thomas who is 5...Joey who is 4...and Luke who is 10 months old! It was kind of funny, the two youngest of the family were the first to get out of bed, then the oldest two and the middle child was the last to rise. Michelle & Gus told us he had to be dressed for the occasion before he came down....Thomas came down dressed as Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears! He will make my husband so jealous...he had an autographed picture of the Chicago Bears with Brian Urlacher right in the front!
Thank you to Robbi and Jackson of Boesen The Florist for doing a fabulous job of decorating their home on the inside...and of course thank you to Tom Boesen who did an excellent job of "supervising"! Thank you to Jason of Wright Outdoor Solutions for the impressive lighting on the outside of the home! For your decorating needs, you can contact Boesen's at 515-244-ROSE or www.Boesen.com and you can contact Wright Outdoor Solutions at 515-987-0800 or www.WrightOutdoorSolutions.com. Miriam Erickson and Kim Peter of Anderson Erickson out did themselves with a wonderful breakfast...upside down eggnog french toast, an apple salad and breakfast casserole. You can find the recipes at www.aedairy.com/recipes.
Tomorrow on Van and Bonnie...it's another, "Is it Bob or is it Elvis" for your chance to win tickets to see Elvis Lives at the Des Moines Civic Center. That also qualifies you to win the grand prize of a trip for two to Graceland! Good luck!
Enjoy your daay!
Click Here for the pictures from our home decorating this morning with Wright Outdoor Solutions and Boesen the Florist!
Congratulations to Kendra Daley on her induction into the Van & Bonnie/Iowa Hall of Pride Hall of Heroes! Kendra has organized the Bravo Gala the last 4 years. It is a huge undertaking and Kendra pulls off a wonderful event for the benefit of the Bravo Organization which does so much good for so many organizations in central Iowa. Next year's Bravo Gala will be February 1st at Hy-Vee Hall. Watch for more information to come! The audio of the interview can be found on our Hall of Heroes page. Also, if there is someone you wish to nominate, you can do that on the Hall of Heroes page as well.
Van and I will be playing Elvis clips all week for your chance to win tickets to see "Elvis Lives" coming to the Des Moines Civic Center, as well as a chance at the grand prize of a trip to Graceland! You just need to know...is it Elvis, or is it Bob (Quinn)? We'll even be playing on Thanksgiving and the day after, so be listening!
Tomorrow morning we will be broadcasting live from the home of Gus Childs and his family....decorating the inside and outside of his home for Christmas! Boesen The Florist will be doing the inside, Wright Outdoor Solutions will bee doing the outside....and all are appreciative of the Egg Nog Breakfast provided by Anderson Erickson! Tune in for the fun!
Have a "warm" day!
Van and Bonnie want to smell the aromas you smell as Thanksgiving dinner is being prepared...so we invited those of you with Easy Bake Ovens to come into the studio on Thanksgiving morning and prepare a dish for our Thanksgiving dinner! Congratulations to Rob Fisher who will be preparing our turkey dish; Kathy Korte who will be preparing the potatoes; Connie Barbaglia whoo will be baking our dinner rolls; Erin Hefner who is making the dressing; Lynda Smith who will be making the green bean casserole and for dessert...Marlene Vols will be baking a pumpkin pie! What a wonderful, fun morning it will be! Tune in for all the fun from 7-8AM on Thanksgiving morning!
Next week on Van & Bonnie, be sure to be tuned in to hear the Elvis clip...is it Elvis or is it Bob (Quinn)? The correct answer gets you a pair of tickets to Elvis Live coming to the Des Moines Civic Center on January 22nd! Van says it's so close, you may have to hear it twice!
Have a wonderful weekend...try to stay warm!
Carolyn Jenison of Ballet Des Moines joined us in the studio this morning just after 8:30AM. Ballet Des Moines' Nutcracker will be performed at Hoyt Sherman Place December 12th thru the 15th. Take the whole family! There is a special Nutcracker Tea for little girls and their dolls on the Friday after Thanksgiving at 2PM. For more information, go to www.BalletDesMoines.org.
Join us this afternoon at the Tassel Ridge Winery just off Highway 163 between Pella and Oskaloosa. Just look for the Tassel Ridge Winery sign and exit off highway 163 at 220th Street and turn right if you're coming from Pella or Des Moines....turn left if you're coming from Oskaloosa. Among other goodies, we have two pair of Disney On Ice tickets to give away and some movie passes! Be listening to the radio for your chance to win!
Tomorrow is Friday!!! We'll have one last pair of tickets to give away to the Nutcracker!
It's dreary outside, but put on your happy face and make someone's daay today!!!
Our special guest this morning was Becky Beach on behalf of the Puppy Jake Foundation, Operation Ginger Bread House, the Iowa Barnstormers and the USS Iowa! She's one busy lady! Van and I will be broadcasting live on behalf of all these organizations on black Friday (Nov. 29th) at Valley West Mall, Center Court, in front of J.C. Penney. The Iowa Barnstormers will have fantastic black Friday specials...you can purchase USS Iowa caps for Christmas gifts...donate to the Puppy Jake Foundation (service dogs for returning military service people)...see the fabulous Ginger Bread Houses and perhaps purchase one. We'll be there from 5-9AM...see you there!
Tomorrow on Van & Bonnie, we'll have more Ballet Des Moines Nutcracker tickets to give away and we'll haave a guest from Ballet Des Moines joining us in the studio! Van's going to learn how to dance on his toes!!!!
Have a wonderful day!
Van and Bonnie have been talking about how to feed the birds without feeding the squirrels and listeners have been telling them about all sorts of contraptions to help. But listener Brent sent us this video from a guy that actually trained a squirrell around such gizmos.
Kelly Foss of the Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market joined us in the studio this morning just after the 8:30 news. Yes, the regular Farmers Market downtown on Saturday mornings is done for the season...however, there is a special Winter Farmers Market this weekend downtown in Capital Square and the Kaleidoscope Mall on Friday from 11AM-2PM and Saturday from 9AM-1PM. Over 130 vendors will be involved with all sorts of homemade food products, crafts and Christmas decorations! There will be another Winter Farmers Market on December 13th and 14th in the same locations....so Mark Your Calendaars!
Join us tomorrow morning for more Ballet Iowa Nutcracker tickets!
Have a great day!