Dino’s Congratulates Paws & Effect

Paws & Effect has just opened its new facility at 2629 Beaver Ave. in the Beaverdale neighborhood of Des Moines as it celebrates nine years of training service, therapy and othe animals. The new space features an office, training space, a community blackboard wall and a reading room and lending library for both pets and handlers.

PawsEffect2Established in 2006, Paws & Effect is a Des Moines, Iowa-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises, trains and places service dogs with military veterans and children diagnosed with medical needs. The group also registers therapy animals through Pet Partners, and regularly hosts NADAC-sanctioned dog-agility events for fun and fund raising.

“As we gallop toward our 10th anniversary next year, establishing our own training and meet-up space was the next natural milestone for our organization,” says Nicole Shumate, executive director for Paws & Effect. “We’re building and sustaining our communities – puppy-raisers, dog trainers, Pet Partners, Dog Scouts, military veterans, allies and others – people and animals working together, for our mutual good.”

We provide Pet Partners for animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy. Our pet partner programs include our Abilities Through Agility Program at ChildServe. This program integrates dog agility with physical, occupational, and speech therapy in a group environment.

Dino’s Storage is proud to be a partner in Paws & Effect’s programs across Iowa.

The organization has Pet Partner programs at facilities across the state and is the host of Dog Scouts Troop 232 in southeast Iowa and Missouri.

For more information about Paws & Effect, you can write them at:
Paws & Effect
P.O. Box 41442
Des Moines, Iowa 50311

Or you can contact Nicole Shumate at:
nicoleshumate@paws-effect.org or by phone at (515) 822-5285.

And, of course, for your storage needs, Dino’s has locations in Omaha, Winnipeg and at these three Des Moines metro locations:

Southeast Des Moines
5327 SE 14th Street
Des Moines IA 50320

Des Moines North
2725 2nd Avenue
Des Moines IA 50313

411 Brick Street SE
Bondurant IA 50035

Omaha Is ‘Berkshire Hathaway’ City This Weekend

Berkshire Hathaway, the giant conglomerate of American consumer goods, is celebrating its 50th stockholders meeting in Omaha this weekend. Some 40,000 people are expected in town to hear the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffet, expound on the company and the stock market and the economy in general.

And those swarms of folks are filling area hotels to capacity. Dozens of homes are masquerading as B&Bs through Airbnb this weekend at Buffet’s request. He reached out to the community to help alleviate the lack of available hotel rooms.

BerkshireMeetingThe stockholders come to this Woodstock for capitalists every year, but this time the crowds are even larger than usual. So much so that shopping and window shopping Berkshire Hathaway companies at the CenturyLink Center has been expanded to a two-day affair for the first time.

Exhibitors from the family of Berkshire companies range from Acme Brick Company to World Book and include, to name a few, Coca-Cola, BNSF Railway, H.J. Heinz, Geico, Fruit of the Loom, Dairy Queen, Justin Brands, Mars/Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., Netjets, Oriental Trading, The Pampered Shef, Wells Fargo and See’s Candies.

Berkshire’s Nebraska Furniture Mart brought extra staff in from the Kansas City store to help handle the huge crowds. There are planned events at the Furniture Mart and at Berkshire’s Borsheims store at Regency Court in addition to Saturday’s stockholders meeting at CenturyLink. The events include a giant cocktail reception at Regency Court on Friday, a picnic at the Furniture Mart on Saturday evening, and brunch at Borsheim’s on Sunday.

Shareholder also can take advantages of discounts the Furniture Mart in Omaha and at Borsheims.

Omaha’s restaurants, hotels, drinking establishments, rental car companies, and scores of other businesses will reap millions of dollars in sales during the annual event.

Dino’s Storage joins with all of Omaha in welcoming the stockholders and congratulating Berkshire Hathaway on its 50 years of profitable partnership.

Winnipeg Folk Fest July 9-12

“It’s a meeting of old friends and new friends, the peaceful ambiance of the place … A community of like-minded people who enjoy having fun and being nice to each other.”

WinnipegLogoAnd it’s time to make your plans to be in attendance at Winnipeg’s ever-popular summer festival. Folks from across Canada and from the States will be there. You should be to.

“It introduces me to new music every year, which is why I keep coming back. What the Folk Fest means to me is world-class music, wonderful music!”

It’s the moment you walk down the forested path and see Snowberry Stage. It’s dancing with your toes in the soft grass. It’s kicking back on your tarp with your hat tipped over your eyes, listening to the music while the sun warms your cheeks. It’s running into old friends and making new ones. It’s discussing the music, in-depth and openly. It’s taking the time to enjoy each other’s company and appreciate the things that are truly important in life.

“It’s in my heart; it’s in my soul; it’s part of my life. I don’t know what I’d do without my dose of folkiness in the summertime.” ~ Jane Graham, Volunteer

Here’s the lineup of folk and fan favorites for this summer’s festival at Birds Hill Provincial Park: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Wilco, José González and Jenny Lewis will lead the new folk revival, while classic favourites including Arlo Guthrie and famed folk-rock band Steeleye Span will take their place as Folk Fest legends.

“With this lineup, we are honoring folk music by embracing the evolution of folk while staying true to the traditions of Folk Fest,” said Artistic Director Chris Frayer. “Modern folk artists are playing with the genre and pushing it in new directions and this lineup will be an exciting representation of that.”

2015 Main Stage highlights include:
Psychedelic indie-folk ensemble Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (Los Angeles, CA) – led by Golden Globe-winner Alex Ebert – draws on a wide breadth of genres including roots and gospel.

Soulful singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis (Los Angeles, CA) will share her timeless vocals, which fans first heard during her stint in popular indie bands, Rilo Kiley and The Postal Service.

Grammy Award-winning experimental folk group Wilco (Chicago, IL), led by festival favourite Jeff Tweedy, will bring their gritty sound to the Main Stage for the first time as a full band.

Guitar virtuoso José González (Sweden), will showcase music from his first solo album in seven years, which was released in February to great fanfare.

Hot on the heels of his sold out Winnipeg show, Bahamas will be returning to the festival with his new album.

Multi award-winner Jason Isbell will play his achingly beautiful Americana music, including songs from his much-lauded album, Southeastern.

Renowned for its one-of-a-kind workshops and concerts, Folk Fest kicks it up a notch for 2015. The great Arlo Guthrie will be doing a special performance of the iconic 18-minute and 34-second monologue “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” for its 50th anniversary. Another not-to-be-missed performance will see legendary English troubadour Robyn Hitchcock join Canada’s premier roots-rock band The Sadies and other special guests to perform The Band’s Stage Fright album, in honor of the anniversary of its 1970 release.

World music will be as diverse as ever at this summer’s festival. World-music collective and activists Nahko and Medicine For The People (OR/HI), Tuareg blues masters Tamikrest (Mali), the incandescent voices of Dehli’s Barmer Boys (India), and the musical brilliance of Söndörgo (Hungary) will have audiences on their feet throughout the weekend. One of the world’s only double violinists Gingger Shankar (Los Angeles, CA), who scored the feature film Passion of the Christ and toured with the Smashing Pumpkins on their 20th anniversary tour, will bring her unique Indian electronica music to the festival stages.

The landscape of Manitoban music will also be richly represented on the nine Folk Fest stages; featuring the genre-bending Royal Canoe, the Mexican stylings of The Mariachi Ghost, one-man band The Reverend Rambler, Anishinaabe ‘rez poet’ Leonard Sumner and singer-songwriter Slow Leaves.