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This week in Ames


Happy Monday! Here’s what’s happening in Ames this week:

Lecture season has begun on the Iowa State campus. This week, you can catch a lecture titled “Youth Voting and the 26th Amendment: Youth Can Make a Difference” by Bobbi Gentry on Monday night (Sept. 13) in the Memorial Union Sun Room. But Iowa State offers so many lectures that you should just take a look at the full list and mark your calendar now. Most lectures are held in the Memorial Union; some are held elsewhere on campus, and a few are virtual events. All lectures are free and open to the public.

If you’ve been waiting to go to Reiman Gardens this fall, wait no longer. The Gardens’ new signature garden space, Sycamore Falls, is having its big grand opening Wednesday, and the Gardens will be open to everyone from 3-6 p.m. at no charge. The Sycamore Falls area includes a water wall, stream, waterfalls, reflecting pool, and a tower that overlooks the site – welcoming all Ames visitors driving down University Boulevard.

Maintenance Shop concerts have also begun their season at ISU. If you’ve never been to a concert at the Memorial Union’s M-Shop, you’re missing out. The musical acts are unique, and the venue is intimate, making each concert a dynamic experience. This Thursday, you can catch Vesperteen in concert starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for the general public are just $12 in advance, or $14 at the door.

Campus is going to be a little quieter this Saturday with no football game. We’re probably headed to the Ames Downtown Farmers Market for early-fall produce, and we might hang around for shopping and some gelato. Who knows? We might even eat dinner at The Spice and then go listen to Jack Curtis at Noir starting at 7 p.m.

If you missed it last week, your kids will be happy that Thomas the Tank Engine is coming back to town. “Day Out with Thomas” is rolling back into Boone this Friday through Sunday (Sept. 17-19) with the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad’s Party Train Tour. Advance tickets are required.

This weekend provides another great excuse to go to Reiman Gardens. The Garden Quilt Show is back, from Friday through Sunday, Sept. 17-19, co-sponsored by the Iowa Quilters Guild. You’ll see garden-themed quilts created by talented Midwestern textile artists. Vendors will demonstrate, display, and sell fabric art.  While you’re there, be sure to check out the ongoing OrigamiintheGarden2 sculpture exhibit.

And, finally, Burnin’ Sensations will perform live at Prairie Moon Winery and Vineyards on Sunday from 3-6 p.m. If you haven’t been out to the winery in north Ames, what are you waiting for? It’s always a fun time!

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