What's Happening

WCC Events


TED Talks

Meet Up

Retirees Lunch

It Takes
a Village

Tuesday Night Eat Out

WCC Monthly Event

WCC traditionally hosts an event on the fourth Saturday each month, but there are many exceptions, so check the calendar carefully.

WCC Potluck/Grill Out & Viewing Party

Sunday, September 3, 2017, 1:00pm
Pamela and Cindy, 5817 Pine Ct, Johnston, IA 50131

BYOB, Bring something to grill if you wish and a dish to share.

We will be showing: WE HAVE TO STOP NOW, featuring: Cathy DeBuono, Jill Bennett & Suzanne Westenhoefer

Lesbian therapists Kit and Dyna have it all: they’re a power couple, they each have a thriving practice, and they’ve published a best-selling book called How to Succeed in Marriage Without Even Trying. 

But Kit and Dyna also have a problem: right before the book came out, their relationship started falling apart. Naturally, they don t want anyone to know. They are secretly in couples counseling, and so far, it’s not going well. And life is about to get a lot more complicated: Kit’s flaky sister has parked herself on their couch for the indefinite future, and a film crew has arrived to document their perfect marriage.

Questions or need for directions call Kate at 515-447-8284.

Friday TED Talks

Watch "inspiring" Ted Talks lectures, and discuss with snacks. First Friday of the month usually at Sandy and Kathy's house at 7:30 pm. Contact: Kathy M at kathythemarean@gmail.com

We will take the summer off and start Ted Talks again on Sept. 1, 2017.

Meetup for WCC

This is a new way for WCC members to ‘meet up’ for activities of their choosing, sometimes at the last- minute. So, if you want to go roller-skating (hopefully not through a buffalo herd), or check out a canoe class, or invite WCCers to take a walk or attend non-WCC events, this is the way to get the word out.

Each member has to sign up, and it only works if a lot of us actually DO sign up. The only personal information needed is an email or phone number, plus a public name, which is how the events will be sent to you.

Every member is able to post their own event(s). The posts must include details of when, where, and any costs involved. And, of course, the event must be open to all WCCers. If you’re okay with people bringing a friend, state that, as well.

We intend this to be a safe environment for our members, so all members of this Meetup will be filtered – starting with WCC paid members first - but adding people known to members, who are lesbian-friendly and safe.  Members will be filtered by Cindy, with Nancy and Kate helping.

Cindy has graciously donated the first 6 months of dues ($12/month).  It is an experiment that will work best if we all jump in together, so please take a moment to sign up.

WCC’s meetup group is called:  WCC Social Central Iowa 

To join:

  • Sign up for MEETUP at http://www.meetup.com/
  • Part of signing up is choosing whether to be notified via phone or email
  • Choose WCC Social Central Iowa as your group!!


  • It's an option for WCC members, not required, so opt in if you'd like, not if you don't like.
  • Non WCC members are filtered by Kate, Nancy, and Cindy - first to see if anyone knows them, and second if no-one knows them, an email conversation will be started. 
  • Members can post events within the Meetup parameters READ HERE:  http://help.meetup.com/customer/portal/articles/865536-meetup-s-community-guidelines 
  • Non-members (after approval) are able to be invited to events and respond, but not create events. 
  • If someone becomes a problem (ie: stalker, etc.) they will be removed from our list. 
  • Cindy will include a summary of this on the landing page so people know it's 'a process' to join the site. 

We already have a few events posted, so hope to see you there!

You can try this link: http://www.meetup.com/WCC-Social-Central-Iowa-Meetup/?gj=ej4&a=ti1_lm1

Retirees Lunch

Retirees & others who are free meet monthly for lunch. If you need transportation assistance, contact Chris B. at tallpine5@aol.com or call 515-278-2483. Next lunch:

Friday, September 22 , 2017, 11:30 am
Bakers Square, 1310 NW 114th St, Clive, IA 50325

Wednesdays are free pie day at Baker's Square!


It Takes a Village

A fairly sizable group of WCCers get together to talk about “supporting our village as we age.”
For more information, contact Lon O. at 515-201-6648.

“Intentional Living” Subgroup

Possible living spaces and thoughts to consider:

  • Accessible living space needed for those with mobility issues.
  • Multi-plex units that are one-story are ideal
  • Many properties are being divested from non-profit companies that had been subsidized by the USDA. Government is getting out of the business of subsidized living.
  • Barb says multi-plex units all come with community rooms.
  • Other considerations such as on a bus line, close to groceries; etc.
  • We could work with a management company to find available properties.
  • Carol C. mentioned a lot of duplexes are available near the Scottish Rite area. They are 2 bed-room with only 1 step but laundry is downstairs.
  • Accessible homes may need remodeling. Need things like roll in showers, etc.
  • Another option would be a large house with efficiency apartments, community room. Or, old schools that need renovation; they would have wider halls, elevators, etc.
  • It takes about 5 years to identify land, gather funding, funding resources are available through places like the Iowa Finance Authority.
  • Building new may be the most economical way to go rather than renovating an old space.
  • The group likes the idea of staying close to Des Moines for medical resources, the convenience of shopping and bus lines, etc.

Why we want this: being close to our chosen family, taking care of each other when needs arise but not just crisis management, having fun, having others around to do activities with, for community living. If you want to go for a walk, watch foot-ball together, do puzzles, card games, meal sharing, whatever, intentional living helps us from being lonely and to prevent isolation.


Tuesday Night Eat Out

Join us for informal conversation 6:30 pm. NO reservations required.
On the first Tuesday of each month, we meet at Jason’s Deli, 3910 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA.

MAY 2017 at 6:30 pm

2…Jason’s Deli, 3910 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA

9… Spice, 402 Main St, Ames, IA

16… Gusto, 1905 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA

23… Gilroy's, 1238 8th St, West Des Moines, IA

30… Quinton's, 506 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA

JUNE CHANGES to 6:00 pm for all future Tuesday Dinners


13...Wellman's Pub, 2920 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA

20...Noodle Zoo, 8705 Chambery Blvd., Johnston, IA

27...The Radish, 722 E 1st St, Grimes, IA


4...To be determined....Maybe a potluck somewhere

11...Streetcar 209, 525 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA

18...El Azteca, 1520 S Dayton Ave, Ames, IA

25...Baker's Square, 1310 NW 114 th St, Clive, IA



8...Cool Basil, 1250 86 th St, Clive, IA

15...El Barco, 8801 Hickman Ave, Urbandale, IA

22...Baratta's, 2320 South Union St, Des Moines, IA

29...Old Main Brewing Company, 316 Main St, Ames, IA



12...Royal Mile, 210 4th St, Des Moines, IA

19...Corn Patch, 309 W 1st St, Grimes, IA

26...Fawn's Asian Cuisine, 1107 E University Ave, Des Moines, IA



10...Viva La Bamba, 6101 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA

17...Main Street Cafe and Bakery, 2310 SW White Birch Drive, Ankeny, IA

24...Mandarin Grill, 1250 128th St, Clive, IA

31...Nacho Tequila, 1945 86th St, Clive, IA



14...Felix and Oscar's, 4050 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA

21...Shanghai, 33 Carefree Lane, Waukee, IA

28...The Beer House, 4810 86th St, Urbandale, IA



12... Cozy Cafe, 8385 Birchwood Ct, Johnston, IA

19...Buzzard Billy's, 615 3rd St, Des Moines, IA

26...El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant, 7420 Douglas Ave, Urbandale, IA