Celebrating the bond women enjoy with animals, the Just for Her expo returns May 2-4 with a new partner, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL). A $5 ticket gets you into Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center all three days (buy in advance here), and 100 percent goes to the ARL. On May 3 at the expo, the ARL brings in pets available for adoption at a special $25 rate. A vet will be there too. On May 4, designers with Studio 7 Salon & Spa in Ames take the expo stage for “Cuts for a Cause,” offering a basic haircut and style, with proceeds going to the ARL.
The event features more than 150 exhibitors offering items for sale, beauty treatments, health information, entertainment and treats. The Handcrafted & Vintage Marketplace—think Etsy offline—is new this year. Other fun: Des Moines Social Club entertains May 2-3 with belly dancing, burlesque, circus acts and more; LaJames International College provides $6 mini-spa treatments; Skinnygirl pours drinks; and True Style Boutique presents a fashion show. Plus, you could win $1,000 diamond earrings from Christopher’s Fine Jewelry or Cher concert tickets from Clear Channel Communications.
Hours: 5-10 p.m. May 2; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 3; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4. Tickets also available at the door. For more information, visit the Just for Her website. —Kellye Crocker