Fall Colors Drive – 2021

12 of Michigan's most dazzling fall color drives - mlive.com

Mark your calendars for the Fall Colors Drive on Sunday, September 19th, hosted by Brad Bristow.  We’ll meet at MINI of Des Moines for the drivers meeting at 12:45 PM.  Departing at 1 PM to head south to Madison County.  We’ll make a stop in the countryside and check out the Winterset Cidery at the end of the drive.  Sounds interesting.  Please RSVP on the Facebook event or emailing Laura or Brad by midnight on Tuesday, September 14.   Let’s hope this year brings lots of color and if not, it’ll be just another great day spent with fellow MINIacs.

8th Annual Photo Scavenger Hunt

Saturday April 25 2 – 5 PM
MINI of Des Moines
9900 Hickman

Jeremy, once again, has volunteered to host our yearly photo scavenger hunt.

The details of the hunt are kept under wraps until that day. Jeremy is thinking we could do this as a ‘never have to get out of your car’ event. We could dust the cobwebs off our walkies and use those! Or some other form of technology….

We’ll gather in the service drive behind MINI of Des Moines at 1:45 pm for the “No Contact” drivers meeting and proceed from there. Laura promises an awesome prize for the winner!

Remember to keep your distance, wear your mask and be very mindful of others. Stay safe MINIacs and here’s hoping to see you all for our first event of 2020!!

Seventh Annual Jolly Holiday Lights Tour

A night of food, fun and support for Make A Wish Foundation. Mark your calendars for Monday, December 2. We’ll meet for dinner at Perkins, 2621 Adventureland Drive in Altoona, at 6:00 PM and then head on over to the show. Jolly Holiday lights is a 2.5 mile cruise through over 100 holiday themed light displays. All that for a mere $20 per car! Show your support for an awesome cause and join us. Please RSVP via Facebook or email to Laura by midnight Friday, November 29.

If you’re unable to make dinner but would still like to join us for the tour meet us at the entrance to the park at 7:30 PM.

Villisca Axe Murder House Tour

Saturday October 12, 9:00 AM at HyVee, 1005 E. Hickman Road, Waukee

Join us at 9am at the Waukee Hy-Vee parking lot. We will drive to Drew’s Chocolates, down White Pole road , stop for lunch to be determined (Oinkers or Weitzel’s) then off to the Villisca murder house

The Villisca axe murders occurred between the evening of June 10, 1912, and the early morning of June 11, 1912, in the town of Villisca in southwestern Iowa. The six members of the Moore family and two house guests were found bludgeoned in the Moore residence. All eight victims, including four children, had severe head wounds from an axe. A lengthy investigation yielded several suspects, one of whom was tried twice. The first trial ended in a hung jury and the second ended in an acquittal. The crime remains unsolved. Many believe the house is still haunted by the ghosts of the victims.

January 2016 CIMC Club Meeting – January 17th at 5pm

When: Sunday Jan. 17th at 5:00 pm
Place: Wig and Pen Restaurant, 2005 South Ankeny Boulevard – it’s across US 69 from the main entrance to DMACC
Cost: Dinner will be billed on individual tickets
-Order dinner from their menu
-Board of Directors elections. We are still in need of 3 more Board member nominations. Please let me know if you want to join the Board of Directors. The Board Members will choose there own positions at their first meeting.
-Club web site
-Club events for 2016. So far we only have an event on the calendar for April.
-More Socializing
Please RSVP to me or on the Facebook event no later than 3:00 p.m. Friday, January 15th so we can let the Wig and Pen know how many they will need to seat in the meeting room.
Jeremy Moyle
President, CIMC

2015 Fall Colors Drive

fall trees

Join us on Oct. 10 & 11 as we once again embark on our annual Fall Colors Drive!

When:  Oct. 10 & 11th   Leaving at 11 am
Where:  MINI Of Des Moines

This year we are going to make this a 2 day drive with the overnight stop in Sioux City.

We will be stopping at a couple of the Freedom Rocks and for lunch on our way out to the Loess Hills.  Outbound maps was sent in the club email.

Make your reservations for the overnight stop in Sioux City.  You can choose between the Fairfield Inn (4716 Southern Hills Dr, Sioux City, IA, 51106 Phone 866-573-4235) or the Comfort Inn (4202 S. Lakeport St., Sioux City, IA, 51106 Phone 866-573-4235).  These hotels are right next to each other.

The return route will start start around 9 or 9:30 am.

Everybody should bring a FRS radio, AKA walkie-talkie, if they have one. We’ll use them to communicate hazards on the route and such. Channel to be given out at MINI of Des Moines.

I look forward to seeing you all there!

Please RSVP to me so I can have an accurate number of cars and people.

Jeremy Moyle
CIMC President

Rock n’ Pie Drive II 8/22/15


Meet at MINI of Des Moines around 8am for route information

Departure time of 8:30 am

Drive route of approximately 90 miles



Planned Points of Interest Stops:

Bonnie and Clydes hide out

The Freedom Rock

Menlo Café

Stop for lunch and homemade pie at the Menlo Café. In addition to pie the café has

great home cooked food and ginormous tenderloins (shooting to arrive between 11 and 11:30)

Return home at your leisure – approximately 40 miles back to Des Moines via I-80

RSVP by Tuesday, August 18th so we can give the pie lady a heads up on how many

additional pies she should plan for.

August Ice Cream Social

The August ice cream social is almost here!

When: August 20th 7PMice cream4

Where: Goldie’s Ice Cream Shoppe

304 W 2nd St.

Prairie City

Please respond to Kelly at the email address below with the number of those attending prior to the 14th so Kelly can give them an idea of how many and to confirm that we will be there.

Kelly Alliss
Email: kelncleo@hotmail.com