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Ames Children’s Choirs

515.290.1422

Preparatory Choir, Chorale, and Concert Choir for boys and girls ages 7-18 with treble voices; Singers for ages 12-18 with mixed voices. Contact info@ameschildrenschoirs.org for more information.

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Ames City Auditorium & Durham Bandshell

515 Clark Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.239.5365

The beautiful Auditorium, seating for 881, is suitable for meetings, lectures, and performances. Durham Bandshell, nestled in Ames oldest park, is perfect for outdoor events.

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Ames Community Arts Council

515.233.6110

Encourages community involvement in the arts; enhances and promotes the arts through education, outreach and publicity; and provides coordination among arts organizations.

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Ames Community Theater (ACTORS, Inc.)

120 Abraham Dr
Ames, IA 50014
515.292.2073

ACTORS stages five productions annually including comedies, dramas and musicals. This community theater is open to anyone who enjoys putting on a show. Tickets are available online at actorsinc.org.

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Ames History Museum

416 Douglas Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.2148

Discover fascinating local stories, explore changing exhibits, hear engaging programs, delve into research materials, select unique Ames-related gift shop items. Open to the public six day per week.

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Ames Main Street

304 Main St
Ames, IA 50010
515.233.3472

More than 50 locally owned, specialty retail shops & restaurants. Dollar Days, ArtWalk, 4th of July Parade and Festival, MusicWalk, Summer Sidewalk Sales, Foodies & Brew, Oktoberfest and Snow Magic.

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Ames Pride

515.720.6503

Ames Pride is committed to building relationships within the LGBTQIA+ community and creating bridges with other groups in the Ames area.

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Ames Public Library

515 Douglas Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.239.5656

Ames Public Library provides books, movies, music, research tools and free reference services along with programs for all ages, meeting rooms and computer commons.

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Ames Town & Gown Chamber Music Association

515.292.3891

Ames Town & Gown presents five chamber music concerts featuring internationally renowned ensembles and brilliant emerging artists, on and off campus. Annual fundraising musicale features local talent.

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Central Iowa Symphony

A community orchestra, united by a love of music and dedication to the art of orchestral performance; providing quality performances, satisfying musical experiences, and educational & cultural growth.

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Ciccotti Art Glass

2306 258th St
Ames, IA 50014
515.231.1267

"Unique Hand-blown glass work. Demonstrations and tours. Gallery/gift shop, custom orders, glass wedding orders, memorial orders, corporate gifts and trophies. Workshops offered, register on website.

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Dancenter Dancer Company Foundation

515.296.2521

The DDCF is dedicated to providing volunteer and financial support for the education, development, and advancement of dancers while enriching our community through dance.

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Design on Main

203 Main St
Ames, IA 50010
515.708.2825

An extension of Iowa State University's College of Design, Design on Main aims to share the artistic practice generated within the university with the larger community.

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Gilger Designs

236 Main St
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.0678

Gilger's family owned art gallery is where you'll find truly unique jewelry and art that's in a league of its own. Think green and turn your old gold into attention grabbing one-of-a-kind originals.

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India Cultural Association of Central Iowa (ICA)

515.599.0422

ICA aims to promote educational and cultural activities in order to foster the cultural heritage of India and enhance friendship with people from different backgrounds.

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Iowa Arboretum

1875 Peach Ave
Madrid, IA 50156
515.795.3216

Thousands of cultivated trees, shrubs and flowers in a 160-acre public garden. Hike woodland and prairie trails. Open year-round, sunrise to sunset. $5 per person; free to members and kids 12 & under.

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Iowa State Center

1805 Center Dr
Ames, IA 50010
515.294.3347

Stephens Auditorium hosts a diverse range of events including dance, music, theater and concerts; Fisher Theater is home to ISU Theatre; Scheman Building hosts conferences, seminars and social events.

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Iowa State University Alumni Center

429 Alumni Ln
Ames, IA 50011
515.294.6525

A one-of-a-kind venue for meetings, classes, conferences, reunions, weddings, other special events. Contact our professional staff to help plan your upcoming event. Home to the ISU Alumni Association.

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Iowa State University Memorial Union

2229 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50011
515.296.6848

Located in the heart of Iowa State, The Memorial Union houses the University Book Store, food, convenience store, art studio, bowling, entertainment, parking ramp and event/meeting facilities.

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Iowa State University, University Museums

1805 Center Dr
Ames , IA 50011
515.294.3342

Brunnier Art Museum, Christian Petersen Art Museum, Farm House Museum, Art on Campus Collection and Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden.

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Iowa State University WinterFest

2229 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50014
515.294.7181

Over 5,000 people attended WinterFest 2018! WinterFest is a week long celebration for the winter season at Iowa State. It has become a tradition in the Memorial Union.

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Iowa Youth Ballet Company

319 S 17th St
Ames, IA 50010
515.233.0826

Enjoy the Iowa Youth Ballet’s dance presentations! See website and Robert Thomas Dancenter Facebook page for information on upcoming shows.

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Octagon Center for the Arts

427 Douglas Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.5331

The Octagon Center for the Arts is a community art center providing gallery exhibits, art classes for children and adults and an art shop featuring Iowa artists.

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Robert Thomas Dancenter

319 S 17th St
Ames, IA 50010
515.233.0826

Robert Thomas Dancenter offers a variety of dance classes from beginning to advanced, preschool to adult, for serious and social dancers and dance supplies, since 1978.

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Senior Variety Show

515.232.8294

A community tradition for 21 years, the Senior Variety Show cast of 100 actors and musicians (age 60+) has delighted local audiences each August, and raised over $160,000 for various senior programs.

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Story Theater Company

615 S Dayton Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.233.6980

Providing performance opportunities for children ages 6 to 18 from Ames and surrounding communities, and professionally produced shows for central Iowa audiences.