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This week in Ames

This week, don’t miss out on the popular “OrigamiintheGarden2” sculpture exhibit currently on display at Reiman Gardens. And stop by the Ames History Museum, 416 Douglas Ave., to learn about groundbreaking women from Ames in the “A Woman’s Place is Everywhere” exhibit.

On Friday, support Prairie Rivers of Iowa and enjoy a pint of craft beer at Alluvial Brewing Company. The “Butterflies, Bees & Brew” event is a fun way to support Prairie Rivers’ environmental efforts. For $25, you can try Alluvial’s specially brewed “Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Blueberry Mead” made with locally sourced honey, as well as enjoy live music, prairie walks, and food trucks. The fundraiser runs from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Alluvial Brewing Company, 3715 W. 190th Street in Ames.

This weekend:
• Head downtown for a late-summer farmers’ market on Saturday morning (8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
• Stay downtown for some back-to-school shopping…or visit North Grand Mall for kids’ apparel and accessories. While you’re there, check out the new location for Coe’s Floral, Gifts & Design; an expanded Inside Golf; and new food options: Strawberry Hills Sweets & Treats and Time to Roll ice cream and Tex-Mex.
• Enjoy an end-of-summer celebration at Bandshell Park on Saturday, sponsored by Ames Public Library. Bring a picnic dinner and listen to music by The Cherry Pickers from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
• Cap off your Saturday night with a performance by Coffeeshop Romance at Noir, 405 Kellogg.
• On Sunday, peruse more than 30 local handmade and vintage vendors at the family-friendly Beautiful Land pop-up market at the Fareway parking lot, 619 Burnett in downtown Ames, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Listen to live music by Fred Love from 12:30-2:20 p.m., and purchase delicious ice cream from the ISU Creamery from 2-4 p.m.

See the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau calendar for all the details!

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