All Ages

Paint the Sidewalk

Get into the spirit of the Drake Relays and help us replicate their famous street painting event! Every year, students at Drake University paint the street (and each other) in an afternoon event leading up to the world-famous Relays.

We’ll be transforming the North Side Library’s sidewalk with your fun designs! We’ll provide supplies, and you’ll bring the ideas and creativity. Consider coming in painting clothes just in case this gets a little messy!

The Art of the Taiko Drum

Apr 2
Monday 6:30 pm

Taiko is an ancient Japanese form of percussion. The artform consists of people using large drums of varying sizes and perform in festivals and musical performances around the world. Learn about the different styles of Taiko drumming and how and where the drums are used in Japan and the U.S. You may even get a chance to play the drums during this interactive, educational event for all ages!

AViD Presents: Ryan Holiday

Apr 5
Thursday 7:00 pm
Ryan Holiday is a writer, marketer, and media strategist. After dropping out of college at the age of 19, Holiday went on to become the director of marketing for American Apparel. He has since written six books, including The Daily Stoic, Ego is the Enemy, and Perennial Seller. Holiday’s creative agency, Brass Check, specializes in working with authors, media companies, and startups. Through Brass Check, Holiday has advised companies such as Google, TASER, and Complex.

Mexican Cooking

Mar 17
Saturday 12:00 pm
Get hands-on and learn about Mexican cooking traditions with CultureALL Ambassador R.J. Hernandez! Hernandez’s passion for cooking began as he watched his mother prepare Mexican dishes as a kid. During this workshop, he’ll help participants make their own flour tortillas. You’ll measure and mix ingredients, knead and roll out dough, and cook tortillas on a comal. By the time you’re done, you’ll have tortillas that would make your abuela proud! Please preregister by calling 283-4152 ext. 3, or by going to

Bad Art Night: Oceans

Join us for an evening of ocean themed bad art at the East Side Library. This all-ages event will showcase your creativity. Materials will be provided for you to make a “bad” piece of art – -use your creativity to make your best ocean themed Pinterest fail or mess-terpiece. Each team will have about 30 minutes to create their work, then each piece of art will be put into our exhibition for all to vote. Three "winners" will be chosen with fun prizes. Light refreshments will be provided. Families/Teams are encouraged to register below.

AViD Presents: Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard

May 15
Tuesday 7:00 pm
Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard both worked in the White House as social secretaries. Berman worked for President George W. Bush, while Bernard worked for President Barack Obama. As the head of the White House Social Office, the Social Secretary is responsible for all planning, coordination, and execution of official White House social functions. This includes everything from simple afternoon tea events to state dinners with hundreds of guests. Bernard was the first male and gay Social Secretary in history.


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