Monday, Sheree Clark joins Sylvia DeWitt of The Juice Company for our continued conversation on developing a small business. Sheree’s business is called, Fork in The Road. She’s a nutritionist and raw food advocate who gave up her career in advertising to promote a lifestyle of healthy eating. And don't forget the business develop conference this Wednesday (see my events page for details).
Also Monday, I’m excited to have Adam Bolt join us for further conversation about the AgriSol-ISU-Tanzania triangle. Adam’s a producer and editor for Dan Rather Reports and also edited and co-wrote the Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job. Dan Rather Reports airs every Tuesday on HDNet at 7:00 pm, available in Iowa via satellite on DIRECTV (channel 306) and DISH Network (Channel 362).
Tuesday, Charles Goldman and I talk politics. One question floating around in our fertile minds is whether or not the remaining Republican presidential candidates are, in fact, happy to see gas prices rise. Will they use it as a campaign wedge issue against Obama in the general election?
Also Tuesday, we talk with Anne Dietrich of Truth in Labeling Coalition about the genetic contamination of our food supply and the push to get Iowa’s U.S. Senators and Congressmen to sign-on to the Boxer-DeFazio Congressional Letter to the FDA, asking the agency to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food. For Congressional contact information, please visit my website, and I want to thank Campbell's Nutrition for helping to sponsor the show.
Wednesday, Stephen Toothman with Occupy Des Moines discusses the campaign to expose the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its highly-partisan, right-wing agenda.
Thursday, we talk with State Rep Dan Kelley (D-Newton) about the week’s activities at the Iowa Statehouse. We also talk with attorney Jonathan Wilson about the erosion of our civil liberties. Check out his excellent commentary on the subject here.
I’d like to thank some of our business supporters, including Community CPA at 3816 Ingersoll Ave in Des Moines. With tax season here, it’d be a good idea to give Ying Sa a call at (515) 288-3188.
So, join the conversation Monday - Thursday from 7:00-8:00 pm at 98.3 FM and online. Call-in at (515) 312-0983 or toll-free at (866) 908-TALK. You can download the Fallon Forum as a podcast, too.
Thanks! -- Ed
February 29 - Small Business: Start, Grow and Succeed (Des Moines)
At Lotus Moments and Events Center, 2134 E Grand Ave from 8:45 am - 1:30 pm. Presentations and one-on-one consultations by local experts for entrepreneurs seeking help getting their business idea off the ground. No charge, but please register by Monday, February 27th. For details, visit BizSourceIowa.com/calendar.
March 1 - Drinking Liberally (Des Moines)
You don't have to be a card-carrying liberal to enjoy political conversation and excellent libations at AJ's, 419 E Court starting at 8:00 pm every Thursday. If the revolution is going to start anyplace, this is probably it. Contact email@example.com.
March 1-3 - Sufi Retreat and Introductory Talk (Des Moines)
Thursday: free informational talk at 7:00 pm at Plymouth Congregational Church, 42nd & Ingersoll. Friday and Saturday: retreat sessions with Sufi minister Mudita Sabato Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am, 2:30 pm, and 7:30 pm at Friends Meeting House, 4211 Grand Ave. Suggested donation per session of $10. Contact Munira at (515) 491-5489 or Angela at (515) 205-5494, or visit www.muditasabato.blogspot.com.
March 8 – Empowered Women Changing the Planet (Des Moines)
A free event in honor of International Women’s Day. Bring a dish to share at 5:00 pm at the Thoreau Center, 3500 Kingman Blvd. Organized by Oxfam America, Des Moines Area Sisters on the Planet Ambassadors, and League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Des Moines. Bian Li from the World Food Prize will speak about the power of investing in rural women entrepreneurs in developing countries by engaging them as business partners. Register here.
March 10 - Civic Engagement at the Library (Des Moines)
Citizens have the opportunity to discuss public issues in a moderated forum. The topic for March is The New Challenges of American Immigration: What Should We Do? It's from 9:15 am - 12:00 noon at the Central Library Meeting Room One, 1000 Grand Avenue. To participate, please register at www.dmpl.org (Online Events Calendar), or call (515) 283-4957. Limited to 25 registrants.
March 20 - Irish Jam at Open Sesame (Des Moines)
Discover the fusion of Lebanese and Celtic culture every third Tuesday of the month: belly dancing to Irish gigs and reels, Lebanese cooking washed-down with a pint of Guinness. All musicians patrons welcome, at 313 E. Locust St from 8:30-10:30 pm.
Through March 23 - Environmental Impact Awards Applications (Iowa)
The Greater Des Moines Partnership, Center on Sustainable Communities and Metro Waste Authority established the Environmental Impact Awards to recognize organizations and leaders who exemplify environmentally sustainable practices. Awards will be given to individuals, businesses (large and small), non-profit or community organizations, and for the built environment (residential and commercial). Applications available at www.desmoinesmetro.com/events. Deadline is March 23 at 3:30 pm. Winners will be recognized in an awards ceremony luncheon on May 16 at the Botanical Center.
March 31 - Bishop Dingman Peace Award Dinner (Ankeny)
Join Bishop Thomas Gumbleton (featured in Michael Moore's latest documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story) and Joshua Casteel, a US Soldier Interrogator at Abu Gharib who is now a conscientious objector and scholar. It’s at Our Ladies Immaculate Heart, 510 E. 1st St at 6:00 pm and is a fundraiser for Catholic Peace Ministry. Tickets are $35 or $280 for a table of eight. Contact Jeffrey Weiss at
or (515) 255-8114.
May 12 - Asian Festival (Des Moines)
From 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on the east side of the Iowa State Capitol. Contact Swallow Yan at