Fourth Annual CIMC Bowling Bash

Join us on Sunday February 25 at The Great Escape, 655 NE 56th Street in Pleasant Hill from 2 – 4PM. This is a block south of East University, just west of the Highway 65 East University exit. For those that went to our last Ice Cream drive last year it’s right next to Over the Top.

Who’s ready? Skills or not, everyone can join in the fun.
$10 per person gets you 2 hours of bowling and shoe rental.
RSVP on our Facebook page or to Laura at
with the number of bowlers by midnight Feb 21.

CIMC January Lunch and 2018 Board of Directors Election

Your presence is requested on Sunday January 21 at the  Wig and Pen Pizza Pub, 2005 S Ankeny Blvd in Ankeny, Iowa at 1:00 PM to partake in a very important meeting to elect the 2018 CIMC Board Members. Of course there will be socializing and good food too. And one never knows what else…

If you didn’t receive an email with details of the nominees, and other club info, then you need to go to our website and request to join the group:

RSVP’s are needed by Midnight, Wednesday, January 17. Please respond on our Facebook page or by emailing Laura at


Central Iowa MINI Lunch and Meeting – November 11

Please join us Saturday November 11 at Noon at the Wig and Pen Pizza Pub, 2005 S Ankeny Blvd (Hwy 69) in Ankeny, just east of DMACC.

You won’t want to miss this because we have lots on the agenda, including a raffle or two. Elections for board members will be in January so your input is needed for nominations or to volunteer….be thinking! There’s been chatter about Winter Club apparel so the clothing catalog with be there if you’re interested in ordering. There’s more in store so come enjoy some excellent food and fun with fellow MINIacs. Club merchandise will be available.
RSVP’s to Laura at needed by midnight, Wed, Nov 8th, please and thank you.
Looking forward to seeing everyone!

15th Annual Fall Colors Drive – Update

It’s time for our last grand driving event for 2017. As we have for 15 years we’ll be joining up with the Eastern Iowa MINIs for a day of entertaining driving. We’ll be departing at 8 AM sharp from SE Polk High School, 7945 NE University Ave, and heading to the Casey’s in Pella, 414 S. Clark Street (Exit 42 off Hwy 163 then north). Here we’ll meet up with the Eastern Iowa MINIs and at 9:30 AM we’ll all head out for a motoring adventure through the beautiful Iowa countryside. After a couple stops along the way we’ll have lunch in Eldon and end our drive near Iowa City around 3:30-4:00 PM.

So get your club shirt washed and ready to go, make sure MINI’s tank is full, and don’t forget your name badge and FRS/GMRS radio (Channel 7, subchannel 21). We’ll need an accurate head count for lunch so please RSVP with the number in your party by this Wednesday, October 11th. If you’re not able to go the full day please feel free to join us for as long as you can. And if Pella is closer to your home feel free to meet us there.

Kari’s MINIs at the Drive-In – DATE CHANGE – September 23!

In 2015, Kari Saunders, an enthusiastic Central Iowa MINI Club member, planned a fun night at the Valle Drive-In Movie Theater in Newton. It was such a success we did it again last year, despite the threat of rain. Although Kari passed away this year her spirit lives on and in her honor we’ll carry on with MINIs at the Drive-In. Rain or shine, despite what movie is playing, we’ll head to Newton for dinner at Moo’s BBQ and Blues then on to the show!

We’ve changed the date to Saturday September 23 in hopes of avoiding an all R rated bill as was the case on our original date.

We’ll first meet at the east parking lot of the Hy-Vee Food Store at 108 8th Street SW in Altoona around 3:30 and we plan on departing as a convoy from there at 4 PM sharp! If you miss us there you can catch up with us at Moo’s, it’s just north of I-80 off Exit 164. Additional details and the featured movies (does it really matter?) will be announced as the date approaches. Let’s inundate the Drive-In with MINIs!!

Dinner at the Drive In – August 29

This Drive In Run isn’t for movies; it’s for FOOD as we take over the iconic George the Chili King on August 29.The Chili King has been a Des Moines staple since 1952 and is the last remaining classic car hop drive-in in the metro. In the 50’s and 60’s it was the epicenter of the hot rod scene in Des Moines and more recently was featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” with host Guy Fieri getting one on one with George himself.  You can view the episode at . We’ll gather at 6:30 PM and plan on filling the drive in slots with MINIs! This should be a fun evening for socializing and basking in the vintage vibe.

WHEN: Tuesday August 29, 6:30PM 
WHERE: 5722 Hickman Road (SE Corner of Hickman, Merle Hay and Merklin Way)

Fourth Annual Barbecue – Sunday July 16 – Update!

Plan on joining us on Sunday July 16 for our Fourth Annual Central Iowa MINI Club Barbecue Party. We’re changing things up a bit this year with a new location at Cottonwood Recreation Area, and a new food provider, our own Wizard of the Weber Mike Gilbert.
This year the festivities will be happening at Site #9 in Cottonwood Recreation Area, just south of Saylorville Dam, on Sunday, July 16th, from 11 AM to 4 PM. Be aware of construction in the area, although it shouldn’t be too bad on a Sunday. We secured a nice big shelter by the river, with a volleyball court and a large open area for badminton, tossing around a football, little bean bags or whatever. Modern bathrooms are just a short walk down the road.
As luck would have it our At-Large Board of Directors member, Mike, likes to dabble in BBQ’ing so he’s graciously volunteered to cook us up some beef and pork. Who would want to miss that? Club merchandise will be available; t-shirts (sorry, no 3XL), grille badges and window clings. And one never knows if we’ll have some swag for you too! Oh yeah, the treasurer will be on hand if you’d like to ‘officially’ join the club ($20/family). If you are not a paid member and don’t know yet if you want to be, please feel free to join us anyway, it’ll only cost you $5 a person.

Direct link to Site #9 info, which includes directions from I-35 and GPS info too!

Please RSVP no later than midnight on Sunday, July 9th.
If you RSVP on Facebook be sure to include the number in your party. You are always welcome to reply and/or direct any questions to me via email
(Laura Rettig

What: CIMCs 4th Annual BBQ
Where: Cottonwood Recreation Area, Site 9
When: Sunday, July 16th from 11 AM – 4 PM
We’ll Provide: BBQ Beef & Pork on slider buns, Homemade BBQ sauce, Mac n Cheese, Baked Beans, & Assorted Fruit, Dessert, Water, & Table Service.
You Bring: Yourself and whomever, a lawn chair (if so desired), and something to drink if you prefer something other than water. If you have a yard game you’d like to bring please feel free. And if you’re not a paid member it’ll cost you $5.
Questions??? Shoot Laura Rettig an email at
Don’t forget to RSVP so we have enough grub.
See you soon and motor safely!

Ice Cream Drives

As most of you know we host monthly Ice Cream Drives in the warmer part of the year. We’ve now added a page to this website to give you a peek ahead as to where we are going, and details as they are announced. Just click on Ice Cream in the main menu and get ready for some of the best ice cream central Iowa has to offer!

Burma Shave Sign Drive – June 4

OK MINIacs get ready to tour the countryside looking for Burma Shave signs, America’s classic roadside advertising poetry!

Driver’s meeting will be at MINI Of Des Moines at 12:30pm on Sunday June 4. Then we’re off to Menlo, Bridgewater and St. Charles to check out 3 sets of signs. We’ll stop in Dexter at Drew’s Chocolates, in business since 1927! Another stop on the way into St. Charles at the beautiful Winterset Winery and then our last set of signs. Get your 2-ways and camera’s charged and ready to go! Don’t forget to RSVP. It’s going to be a spectacular motoring adventure. See you Sunday!