Holiday Lights Drive ’n Dine – Saturday, December 4, 4:30 PM


Reminder – The Iowa Chapter BMW CCA is having its Holiday Lights drive this Saturday, December 4th, meeting at BMW of Des Moines between 4:30 and 4:45pm.

Following the approximate 1 hour drive, we’ll all meet at Steamboat Boys in Clive for some BBQ.  What…you say, that’s the night of the Big Ten Championship Football game between Iowa and Michigan at 7pm?

No worries…Steamboat Boys has a large television in our separate dining room so what could be better than telling stories about getting lost driving in the dark, eating some BBQ and enjoying the friendship of fellow club members before the holidays (and perhaps staying a bit longer to watch the Hawkeyes?)

Please let either  Fred Bell ( or Rick Talbot ( know if you’re planning to attend so we can have appropriate route maps ready for you…and to alert the restaurant of our massive group size!

Hope to see you all this Saturday!

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We’ll meet between 4:30 & 4:45 pm at BMW of Des Moines, sign the requisite waiver forms

and then have a short meeting to distribute a guide sheet of some of the most notable holiday light decorations in several neighborhoods. Participants will be free to travel independently or as a group. You might find your favorite car or phone-based map program helpful to guide you on your own adventures.

Our holiday lights event this year will benefit the Adopt A Family program.  Event attendees are encouraged to participate through BMW of Des Moines, who has been paired up with a local family as the beneficiary.  Due to the family’s financial situation, the gifts the family will receive this year from the program may well be the only gifts that family will have.  Here’s how it works:

  1. CHOOSE a “GIFT TAG” from the BMW HOLIDAY TREE in the SERVICE Department
  2. Look at the back of TAG to see the gift that is needed.
  3. Please GIFT WRAP whatever you purchase.
  4. TAPE the TAG ONTO THE GIFT, so the family can identify who the gift is for.
  5. Bring the gift to the dealership and place into the ADOPT A FAMILY box.

Contributors may either stop by BMW of Des Moines ahead of the event to choose a Gift Tag and bring the gift to the Holiday Lights Drive, or pick up a tag when we’re at the dealership for the event and bring the gift in later.  Deadline for all gifts to be delivered to the dealership is Thursday Dec. 16.

After an appropriate time allowed for “seeing the sights”, we will gather at

Steamboat Boys BBQ ( ), 1301 NW 114th St, Clive for a bit of pre-holiday dining and chatter. Steamboat Boys has a room reserved for us, so we’ll be able to have our whole group together (not an easy thing to do on a Saturday night during the holiday season!).

Those who intend to come please let Fred or Rick know by e-mail so we can get an idea whom to expect.  E-mail to or


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