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This week in Ames: Oct. 11-17

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AMES THIS WEEK (Oct. 11-17)? A lot! So, let’s get started.

On Thursday night, the band RIVVRS performs at the M-Shop at 8 p.m. RIVVRS has just released Start Living, a raw, vulnerable collection of alternative folk songs about the struggles that come with addiction, mental health, and sober recovery.

ISU Theatre performs Corner’s Grove, a story about “growing up, hometown, friendships, and drinking in parking lots,” Thursday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 17 at Fisher Theater. The play, a reverent nod to Our Town, follows a group of young people in the town of Corner’s Grove from high school into adulthood as they deal with leaving home, falling in love, gender identity, and the death of Whitney Houston.

Want something lighter? On Friday night, Stephens Auditorium presents Whose Live Anyway?, 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and songs all based on audience suggestions. Bring your best ideas and prepare to participate.

Your weekend looks scary, with Ames Haunted Forest offering chills and thrills Friday and Saturday night, and Reiman Gardens’ popular Spirits in the Gardens providing a more kid-friendly experience Friday through Sunday, Oct. 15-17. The Gardens’ annual Spirits in the Garden event features more than 1,000 carved Jack-o-lanterns, candy, entertainment, and more. Bring the kids in costume! Ames Haunted Forest, on the other hand, is not for the faint of heart. Check it out weekends throughout the month of October…if you dare!

If spooks and spirits are not your thing, head to Downtown Ames on Saturday morning for one LAST (sob!) Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market of the season. Scoop up pumpkins, mums, apples, other fall produce, and baked goods while you can. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Runners will want to check out Fletcher’s 5K from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at Ada Hayden Heritage Park. The event is sponsored by Mary Greeley Medical Center’s Birthways Unit and supports The Fletcher Foundation, whose mission is to support families who have experienced miscarriage or stillbirth.

Also on Saturday and Sunday, the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad continues its popular Pumpkin Express runs. Bring the kids!

On Sunday, you have two more opportunities to get outdoors. The 35th Run for the Roses begins Sunday morning at 9 a.m. at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. This fun event benefits arthritis research grants. Later that day, grab your mountain bike and saddle up for an exploration of the Skunk River greenbelt with Story County Conservation’s Bike the Greenbelt event.

Also on Sunday, Iowa’s poet laureate Debra Marquart offers a free afternoon of music and readings from her new essay collection, “The Night We Landed on the Moon: Essays Between Exile & Belonging,” at Ames Public Library. A book signing will be held afterwards at Dog-Eared Books on Main Street.

Sunday also kicks off Iowa State University’s Homecoming celebration. Head downtown for the annual parade, featuring floats, music, and much more.

Finally, take in a performance of Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s renowned Latino dance organization and one of America’s cultural treasures. Ballet Hispánico will take the stage Sunday night at 7 p.m. at Stephens Auditorium.

Have a great week!

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