Aug
17
11:00am11:00am

Herbal Book Club

Each month we read that focuses on a different aspect of herbalism. Some we'll take a part at a time, and others well read the whole thing. Sack lunches are encouraged. We meet every third Thursday of the month (holidays may change that up a bit, so check the Facebook event) from 11am - 12:30pm. 

August we are reading one book and a chapter of another. 
The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines for Life on Earth by Stephen Harrod Buhner
AND
Chapter One of Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body by Pip Waller

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Aug
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

Pub Fiction

Pub Fiction is a literary pub crawl to benefit the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation. Participants will dress as literary characters and enjoy exclusive drink specials, prizes and fun at five host drinking establishments.

The crawl will end at London Underground!

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Aug
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Summer Friday Fun Ride

Ok, let's try this again, and hopefully the cooler weather will stick around! 😉 🚲 We will update with food truck information once we hear back from Torrent & Alluvial. 
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Back by popular demand! Ames Bicycle Coalition and Ames Velo are joining forces to host a casual ride between Torrent Brewing Company and Alluvial Brewing Company

LIGHTS (front & rear) required by law after dark
HELMETS strongly encouraged
*We are waiting on food truck confirmation and will update as soon as possible*

We will depart Torrent and Alluvial as a group at the times listed below. People may ride on their own schedule if they so choose. If you ride with the group, we will not leave anyone behind, but you should be comfortable riding in the roadway and as part of a group. 

6:30 p.m. - Depart Torrent as a group
8:30 p.m. - Depart Alluvial as a group

You don't have to be 21 to ride, but you do have to be 21 to enter the breweries and consume beers. If you're under 18, please have an adult parent or guardian riding with you. You are responsible for your own way home if you overconsume and cannot safely operate your bicycle!

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Aug
19
5:30pm 5:30pm

Paws, Paint & Sip Night

It is time for another PAWS, PAINT & SIP NIGHT! Join us and The Social Studio as we paint "Field Of Daisies" on Saturday, August 19th at 5:30. Cost is $35 and includes all supplies needed for the painting and a paw print wine glass to take home. Appetizers and beverage (wine, soda, or coffee) will be served. This is a 12 x 16 painting and can be done with or without a pet image. Likewise, it can be done in bolder colors. Class size is limited to 8. Please stop in to prepay and reserve your spot!

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Aug
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

DG's Comedy Showcase

Hey Ames cuties check this out! Shane Lucas Price is rolling through DG's on his summer tour and is gonna be accompanied by some of our favorite people. Dark priestess and all around Glamazon warrior Mara Spooner will be hosting! Keep your eyes peeled and hold on to yo butts it's gonna be a party!

Featuring!
Hannah Tighe
Molly McDonald
Mark Moore
Jua Rudison

Doors: 6 PM
Showtime: 7 PM
Tickets: $5
21+

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Aug
24
to Aug 25

Lydia Can't Breathe // Hazer // Line of Departure

Today, rock music and metal music seem to have been masked, manipulated, and drawn with every characterization possible. With genres of stagnate duplications and pools of curiously aggressive music addicts, the looming fans looking for an outlet have come to find Florida quartet Lydia Can’t Breathe. Over the past few years they have made a lot of noise in the metal scene. While constructing a sound unique to the usual genre classifications, this metal/rock band from Florida defies the normal sound with an exciting mixture of growling vocals, natural vocals, driving an over tone of heavy break downs with catchy progressions.

Come check out this fantastic touring act with Iowa natives Hazer and Line of Departure getting things started right!

Doors: 8 PM
Showtime: 9 PM
Tickets: $5
21+

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Aug
25
5:30pm 5:30pm

Barbecue & Beer with Matt Woods

The second installment of the soon to be infamous Barbecue & Beer Event Series, a collaboration between Alluvial Brewing, Cornbred Barbecue and great central iowa musicians. 

Featuring the AMAZING Blues/American Roots music of Story County's own Matt Woods. Opening for Mr Woods is Chris Meyers

Alluvial doors open @ 4
Cornbred window opens @ ~5:30
Music begins at 6

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Aug
26
10:00am10:00am

Yoga & Brews

Get your body and mind ready for the weekend by joining us for Yoga in an awesome brewery setting! Followed by a sampling of refreshing locally made beverages. Doors open at 9:50 am.

Cost: $15/ (Cash Only, no signup)

Location: Torrent Brewing Company, 504 Burnett Avenue

Please bring your own mat!

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Aug
26
2:00pm 2:00pm

Community Game Day

Come join us in the auditorium at Ames Public Library for an all ages community game day!

Play Games Ames is a fun and social environment for people to interact with others in the Ames community through friendly competition. There will be a wide variety of games that people of all ages can enjoy. Feel free to bring along a favorite game to share with others!

Come to play, come to chat, or come just to see what we're all about. Whatever your reason, there's bound to be some friendly folks you can connect with!

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Aug
26
5:30pm 5:30pm

Annual Benefit Dinner

Ames Historical Society invites you to share in an evening of celebrating Ames History at our annual fundraising benefit dinner.

Local theater professor and historian Jane Cox will produce a staged reading of World War II experiences from her book, Heroes Among Us. 

We will also present our annual Farwell T. Brown Award and have a live auction of community experiences.

This is a 1940s themed evening so WWII-era costumes are encouraged!

Date: Saturday, August 26th
Time: Social- 5:30
Dinner- 6:00
Program and auction to follow
Place: City Church, 2400 Oakwood Rd, Ames

COST: $60 per person
Alll WWII veterans from Story County will be admitted for FREE!

Please RSVP by August 14th

Can RSVP and Pay by online, email, calling, or mail.

Contact:
info@ameshistory.org
515-232-2148
www.ameshistory.org
http://www.ameshistory.org/content/2017-benefit-dinner-reply

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Aug
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

World War II History Talk:

Location: Ames Public Library Auditorium

Presented by Dr. Lisa Payne Ossian
The home front contributions of Iowans and Americans divided into four historical fronts: the farm front, the production front, the community front, and the kitchen front. Food for Freedom directed American farmers in the all-out production needed for the war effort and the Allies’ relief, and Iowa farmers led the nation in crop and livestock production. Iowa’s small businesses and industries such as Maytag added to the “Arsenal of Democracy” by filling many military sub-contract orders while the two newly constructed ordnance plants in Burlington and Ankeny produced thousands of bombs and millions of machine gun bullets. Iowa’s small towns and cities matched and exceeded records in the eight War Bond Drives as well as the numerous scrap drives for iron, paper, rubber, and tin, and Iowa’s women met the rationing and production requirements demanded from the federal government in all home kitchens. Presented in partnership with the Ames Public Library. Supported by the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program. Made possible by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

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Main Street Cultural District Oktoberfest
Sep
16
1:00pm 1:00pm

Main Street Cultural District Oktoberfest

Join us Saturday, September 16, 2017, in downtown Ames for the 5th Annual Main Street Oktoberfest celebration presented by First National Bank of Ames!  Enjoy live polka music, dancing, great German Food, "Guten Tag" games, and much more!  Under 21 must be accompanied by parent.

Beer will be sold by the glass from 1-10pm with a special craft beer sampling from 10 Iowa breweries 2-5pm. 

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Sep
24
10:00am10:00am

Octagon Art Festival 2017

Join us for the 47th Annual Octagon Art Festival! Stroll lovely downtown Ames while you check out the live music, food trucks, and a children's art area. The star of the show is the original artwork of over 100 artists from across the Midwest! This is the perfect place to find a gift or treat yourself -- you'll discover high quality pottery, jewelry, paintings, fiber arts, photography, sculpture, mixed media and more. Admission is free. The Festival is held outdoors on pavement, rain or shine, in the Main Street Cultural District in downtown Ames. The Festival is brought to you by the Octagon Center for the Arts, a non-profit community arts center located in downtown Ames. For more information, visit https://www.octagonarts.org/

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Sep
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

World War II Talk: Working With The Enemy: German, Italian, Japanese, Prisoners in Iowa of the Second World War

Location: Ames Public Library Auditorium

Presented by Dr. Chad W. Timm
As part of a relatively quiet and underpublicized government program, thousands of enemy soldiers invaded Iowa in 1943. With the hugely successful 1942 Allied campaign against Adolf Hitler’s vaunted Afrika Corps in North Africa, the number of enemy prisoners of war (POW) needing interment grew dramatically. Great Britain, no longer able to accommodate the increasing number of POWs, looked to the United States for help. Helping with the detainment of enemy POWs made sense, as American cargo vessels were returning home after delivering war materials with empty hulls. What began as an experiment in isolated locations in the south and southwest eventually led to more than 500 camps and 400,000 enemy soldiers interned in the United States, including two camps in the state of Iowa. Due to a severe shortage of agricultural laborers coupled with increased War Food Administration quotas for farm goods, Iowa’s farmers needed help doing their part to assist the United States in winning the war. This talk will focus on the creation of two POW camps in Iowa during the Second World War: one in the Northern Iowa town of Algona and one in the Southwestern Iowa town of Clarinda. Some of the topics discussed will be life in a prisoner of war camp, community relations, the POW labor program, branch camps in more than 30 Iowa communities, and the arrival of Japanese prisoners at Camp Clarinda in early 1945. Camp Clarinda was one of only two camps in the country to house Japanese soldiers. The story of POW interment in Iowa is a fascinating story of Iowans being confronted by the enemy; an enemy they not only needed to help them meet their wartime goals, but that also challenged them to find the humanity in the eyes of the enemy. Presented in partnership with the Ames Public Library. Supported by the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program. Made possible by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

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Oct
14
to Oct 15

Ames Pridefest

Join Ames Pride for the first annual Pridefest in Ames, Iowa! There will be entertainment, resources, vendors and great food. Join us in building community for all LGBTQIA+ in the Ames area. All ages welcome!

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Main Street Trick - or - Treat
Oct
27
10:00am10:00am

Main Street Trick - or - Treat

Are you a fan of trick-or-treating? Or maybe your kids are! Trick-or-Treating in Downtown Ames is always a fun, family-friendly event. Babies, toddlers, kids and parents... everyone is encouraged to dress up! 

Our friendly businesses in Downtown Ames enjoy a fun afternoon with the kids and in getting to know our community. We're excited to see your funny and creative Halloween costumes! 

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Snow Magic Kickoff
Nov
10
5:00pm 5:00pm

Snow Magic Kickoff

The Snow Magic begins in November with the community Tree Lighting ceremony and holiday season kick-off events. Small Business Saturday is a promotion that reminds the community and visitors of the local benefits of shopping small. 

Downtown Ames is a festive area to spend time during Holiday season!

Come experience the Snow Magic of the holiday season at our Downtown Businesses from 5-8 pm! Free carriage rides will take you around Downtown throughout the evening.  At 6 pm, Mayor Ann Campbell will light the official Snow Magic Christmas Tree in Tom Evans Park. We will then have our official Light Up Downtown Kickoff for the stream of lights atop the Main Street buildings.

Octagon Center for the Arts will host Santa and kick off their annual Festival of Trees.

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Small Business Saturday
Nov
25
9:00am 9:00am

Small Business Saturday

Celebrate all that is unique about the small businesses of Ames by shopping "Small" on the Saturday after Thanksgiving on Main Street!   There will also be special events including:

*Many businesses open at 9am
*Free swag bags for the first 200 shoppers
*Cookies & Milk with Santa (Depot Deli) 10am-Noon

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Aug
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

New Script Series: August Edition

Announcing our August Edition of the New Script Series, featuring readings of Two Slushies and 200,000 Years of Human History, a ten-minute by Ben Sulzberger and Off the Rail, a ten-minute by Hannah Rublaitus. This first performance of our August event will be at DG's Tap House, following a 7 p.m. edition of Story Up (theme for stories is Dog Days)! It will feature a talkback with Ben Sulzberger. 

Don't miss our second performance on Sunday, August 20th, at 2 p.m. in the Danfoss Room at Ames Public Library. We will feature the same plays but will also include a talkback with Iowa City playwright, Hannah Rublaitus.

Please join us for both events! They are free and open to the public!

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Aug
15
6:30pm 6:30pm

Resilience Film Screening and Discussion

RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS & THE SCIENCE OF HOPE chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians,
therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge
brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction
and disease.

“The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”
The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed
the most important public health findings of a generation.
RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into
the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the
birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress.
Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything
from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and
depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can
alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health
and behavior.
However, as experts and practitioners profiled in RESILIENCE
are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians,
educators, social workers and communities are daring
to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect. And
they’re using cutting edge science to help the next generation
break the cycles of adversity and disease.

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Aug
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

Gin Tasting

SOLD OUT!!!
Whilst sampling different gins you will learn about the different flavour styles, the huge variety of botanicals used This is the perfect experience for the gin enthusiast who wants to learn more about the different styles and huge variety of botanicals that are used to create the fantastic artisan gins on the market today.

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Aug
14
11:00am11:00am

Enemy Planes w/ Mountain Eats Mountain and Condor & Jaybird

Join us for some great indie rock n’ roll with a psychedelic bend to it.

Enemy Planes

The music of ENEMY PLANES drifts effortlessly between melancholy and menace, hypnotic and hysteric, heartache and euphoria. A stirring blend of haunting vocals, dense instrumentation, and driving beats yield a “tripnotic” sound that is distinctly their own. Conceived in 2012 somewhere between Minneapolis, MN and Lexington, KY, ENEMY PLANES took to the road early on and hasn’t looked back, maintaining an ambitious touring schedule nationwide. 

Mountain Eats Mountain

A band trapped in a man’s head. He plays 3 instruments to get it out, at least in public.

Condor & Jaybird

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Aug
11
5:30pm 5:30pm

Barbecue & Beer

A kick-off event for the Cornbread Barbecue Foodtruck, with delicious Alluvial Beer to wash it all down. 

Featuring the One Man Traveling Front Porch Show, Aaron Earl Short.

Alluvial Doors open at 4
Cornbred Window Opens at 5:30
Aaron Earl Short begins playing at 6:30

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Aug
11
4:30pm 4:30pm

Unite: Nasty Woman Strong Ale - Beer Release

Iowa's Pink Boot Society celebrates all that women do in Iowa's brewing industry. Our very own Hannah is a member of this orginazation and serves a duel role at the brewery as a Celler Woman & Beertender so needless to say she's one busy woman! The result of this years IPBS Big Boots brew day is Unite:Nasty Woman Strong Ale. "Unite" is an American Ale aged in Templeton Rye barrels and also utilizes molasses, yarrow, English malts and hops along with an American yeast. The beer has an assertive whiskey nose that gives way to both caramel and vanilla flavors that pair well with fuggle hops. Come and celebrate beer, women and all they do for breweries in Iowa! Plus the Pink Camo Ida's Food Truck will be parked out front.

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Aug
5
11:00am11:00am

Yoga & Brews

Bring your own mat and join us for craft brews, kombuchas or coffee included with your fee!

Cost: $15 at the door, no pre-registration. Cash only.

Location: Alluvial Brewing Company, 3715 West 190th St.

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Aug
5
10:00am10:00am

Local & Loving Breastfeeding Support

Our 3rd World Breastfeeding Week/Big Latch On Event!
Everyone is welcome - pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, members of the community, family & friends!
Registration starts at 10am. 
All breastfeeding/pumping mothers can particpate in The Big Latch On which is promtly at 10:30am. 

Celebrate local breastfeeding mothers and their partners, learn how to support breastfeeding, find out what breastfeeding support is available in the Ames area, and meet other breastfeeding mothers in the community. We will also be recognizing some local breastfeeding supporters!

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Foodies and Brew
Aug
4
6:00pm 6:00pm

Foodies and Brew

Join us on Friday, August 4th from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm in Downtown Ames for Foodies & Brew – a special evening event that features local cuisine and regional craft beer sampling! 

Local restaurateurs and chefs will showcase their talents by providing samples of unique food creations. Event attendees will be encouraged to visit each station and vote for the People’s Choice Award. A selection of craft beers will also be available for sampling, and each attendee will receive a souvenir glass. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of the event.  

• 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

• Music by Ben Shrag and the Cautionaries, Sean Huston Combo and Evan Campbell. 

• Corner of Douglas and Main in Downtown Ames

• Tickets are $30 in advance ($35 day of the event) Click the link below to buy now!  

Foodies & Brew is a fundraiser for the Main Street Cultural District to support beautification and growth of the downtown business district.   

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Aug
2
5:00pm 5:00pm

Ames Area Running Social

AARC SOCIAL AARC SOCIAL AARC SOCIAL

SAVE THE DATE/TIME
WHEN--WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2
TIME-----5-8PM
WHERE--TORRENT BREWING COMPANY, 504 BURNETT AVENUE

Bring the whole family AND A GUEST. Join us for a short walk/run {if you wish} at 5PM. Bring a snack and/or treat for a buffet and order one of Torrent's great brews or a sampler of brews. Torrent also has an excellent root beer available. No guest speakers--just a lot of fun socializing!!! Vardo's are welcome. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Beth Henriksen
Don Muff
Roman Lynch
Ron Skrdla
Galen Wilke

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Aug
1
6:30pm 6:30pm

Craft Beer Bottle Share

Soooo there might be some beer from Belgium to share...

I'm positive I had this out before but it somehow got misplaced 😑

Another delicious, craft beer bottle share at Della Viti...AND we just got back from Europe, so you can imagine what Paul brought back.
6:30pm
Be there.

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Aug
1
5:00pm 5:00pm

National Night Out 2017

Come join the Ames Police Department for a national night of community and fun. Come see local emergency vehicles, local celebrities in the dunk tank, door prizes and inflatables for the kids. Sam's Club will also be providing food for the event! Did we mention it is all for FREE!!! This is a great event for the community to come together and hang out!

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