"Supports Green Initiatives" designates a hotel's participation in an optional environmental program that includes the use of energy-efficient lighting, guestroom towel/linen re-use, and on-premise recycling. "Supports Green Initiatives" does not represent an official certification of any kind.
The Des Moines Buccaneers is a hockey team that competes in the United States Hockey League's Tier 1. The team was founded in 1980 and since its inception it has played all its home games at Buccaneer Arena in Urbandale, Iowa. Displaying an adept knack for winning games (taking home itsfirst of several Anderson Cups in 1994), the Buccaneers has served as a platform for players to go on to play in the NCAA and eventually the NHL.
Jolly Holiday Lights is a spectacular light display all in a 3.3 mile route through Water Works Park. This annual Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa fundraiser has raised millions of dollars, granting wishes to numerous children in Iowa.
Tonic Sol-fa is an all-male a cappella group originally from St. Paul, Minnesota. The guys in the band write generally uplifting music in a pop-choral style, frequent themes being in love and family. Tonic Sol-fa have released a good deal of self-produced albums including a few Christmas LPs. The group is named after the word to describe a sight-singing technique that uses hand gestures to cue tonal scales.
The Canadian-bred Nickelback, led by raspy vocalist Chad Kroeger, is an updated grunge outfit. The band combines hoarse yet passionate vocals and distorted guitars with radio-friendly hooks and catchy choruses to create a style of music that individuals who don't like to think too hard about what they're listening to tend to like. The band is often labeled as Canada's answer to Creed, another fairly successful post-grunge band, but while Creed gained popularity with a huge sound and enigmatically pious led singer, Nickelback embraces its small North American town roots with a bit more heartland-style vulnerability.
In an effort to breathe life into a style of music that is typically associated with days of yore and times when aristocrats ruled the majority of Europe, the American neo-classical group Mannheim Steamroller was formed in 1974 and has since helped introduce a new generation of fans to the wonders of symphonic music. Though the majority of the songs the group plays typically fall into the new age music category, the tracks are assembled in a way one would expect from a classical symphony. By incorporating elements of modern flair, like synthesizers and electronic drum kits, Mannheim Steamroller has pushed the boundaries of what people would typically perceive as compositionally sound music. While the outfit has always experienced marginal success since its inception, Mannheim Steamroller found its greatest critical and commercial success in 1984 when it released an album of Christmas instrumental covers.
Brenton Skating Plaza is a unique outdoor ice skating facility and family entertainment venue. The Plaza is located conveniently along The Principal Riverwalk on the Des Moines River waterfront. From November to March, the venue offers people of all ages the chance to ice skate in the open air, amid the snowflakes and under the stars.