Enjoy The Real MainStream’s monthly “look-ahead” at progressive events happening throughout Iowa. Find special events through early February in the categories of LGBTQ, people of color, women, spirituality, personal development, and being active.


Sat., Jan.4-25, Q-munity Yoga, Life-affirming yoga with other queer, radical, gender creative, and otherwise non-conforming folk. All levels welcome. 11 am – 12:15 pm, $5-$15, Heartland Yoga, 221 E College St # 213, Iowa City

Sun., Jan. 12, One Iowa Night on Broadway, Support LGBTQ Iowans and enjoy showtunes performed by local LGBTQ performers, allies, and One Iowa staff! All proceeds from ticket sales benefit One Iowa’s work preserving and advancing equality for LGBTQ Iowans. 5-9 pm, $25-$400, Noce, 1326 Walnut St, Des Moines

Thurs., Jan. 30, LGBTQ Safe Zone: Phase 1, Phase I introduces basic LGBTQ terms and concepts, helps participants develop an appreciation for the experiences of LGBTQ people, and brings an overall awareness of LGBTQ issues. 2-4 pm, 2750 Training Room University Capitol Centre, 200 S Capitol St., Iowa City


Fri., Jan. 31, Imagining the Latina/o/x Midwest, Three speakers examine the potentials and pitfalls of imagining Latinidades. 9 am, Iowa City Public Library, 123 S Linn St., Iowa City

Sun., Jan. 26, I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa, Iowa’s premier African American festival includes cultural events with performances by Iowa’s most talented jazz, gospel, classic, blues and R&B artists, dinner, dancing and black history. 11 am – 6 pm, Iowa Events Center, 730 Third St., Des Moines

Sat.-Sun. Feb. 8-9, Black Arts & Music Festival, Celebrate and promote greater awareness and appreciation of the artistic and cultural contributions of African and African American visual and performing artists in the community. Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames


Mon., Jan. 13- Feb.3, Women’s Think SAFE Self-Defense: Level One, 4-Week Seminar, Self-defense skills while standing, or on your feet. 6:15 – 7:15 pm, $99, Think SAFE Self-Defense, 2023 NW 92nd Ct., Ste A, Clive

Fri. Jan. 17, Escape and Accelerate: a productivity day for women, disguised as a retreat, Discuss how to prioritize busy schedules, 9 am – 4:30 pm, $75-$95, Prairiewoods, 120 Boyson Rd., Hiawatha

Tues., Jan. 21, When Women Ruled the World, Look at a time in ancient history often neglected in the history books when women ruled despite a patriarchal Egyptian society. 7:30 pm, $15-$48, Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines

Tues., Jan. 21, Women on the Water, Women of all backgrounds, experience levels, and ages welcome for discussion and learning about kayaking/paddling Iowa’s rivers. 6 – 7:30 pm, $7-$10, Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids


Sat. Jan. 11, Shaman Class 2020 – Introduction, Noelle Holmes, practitioner of modern Shamanism, navigates the Medicine Wheel and affiliated teachings. 1 – 4 pm, $25, Illuminations, 329 10th Ave. SE #115, Cedar Rapids

Sun., Jan. 26, Hoodoo Magic. Introduction to hoodoo white magic. $20 per person, 2-4 pm, ReAlive Metaphysical 1060 7th Ave., Marion.


Thurs., Jan. 9, Halotherapy Sound Meditation, Relaxing sound vibrations and meditation. 6:30 – 7:30 pm, $45, Total Rejuvenation, 1501 51st St. Northeast, Ste B, Cedar Rapids


Fri., Jan. 10, Full Moon Snowshoe Hike, 12 am, City of Des Moines Parks & Recreation Department, 1551 E M.L.K. Jr Pkwy., Des Moines

Sun., Jan. 12, Chronic Pain & Yoga Intervention, Education about pain, how our brain adapts to pain, and how to use yoga as an intervention specific to an individual’s needs. 1:30 – 3:30 pm, registration required, Bliss Yoga Studio, 780 Community Dr., Suite 7, North Liberty

Sat., Jan. 18, Owls of Iowa with Screech Owl, Dress for the weather for a short hike in search of wild live owls in the park. Make a nesting box for a Screech Owl, to take home or donate back to Parks and Recreation. 6 – 7:30 pm, free – $15, Des Moines Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 1551 E Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy., Des Moines

Sat., Jan. 18, Rent-a-Bench, Work on your own bike with the space and tools to do so. Volunteers will be around to answer basic questions. Free to $5/hr, 10 am – 3 pm, Iowa City Bike Library, 700 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City

Fri., Jan. 31, Believe You Are More: Yoga Therapy Group Treatment, Special session focused on physical challenges, post-surgery, and pregnancy. 5:30 – 7:30 pm, $15, Illuminations, 329 10th Ave. SE #115, Cedar Rapids

Do you have an event you’d like to be featured in our monthly Best Bets round-up? Please email them to Cheryl Weatherford at cheryl@therealmainstream.com.