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December 23, 2010

Hoop it up

The Polk County Convention Complex, 501 Grand Ave., will host the Skywalk Madness – AAU Basketball Tournament from Monday, Dec. 27 to Wednesday, Dec. 29. Each team will play a minimum of three games and have the chance to play in Wells Fargo Arena. Entry to the tournament is $225 per team. All participants must be registered with the AAU. To register, visit http://aausports.org. Visit www.iowaeventscenter.org.


See Duane and Floppy

The State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust St., will host the second annual Duane & Floppy Film Festival from Tuesday, Dec. 28 to Thursday, Dec. 30. The three-day event will give visitors the opportunity to watch the “Floppy Show.” Showtimes are 1 and 7 p.m. each day and will feature one-hour episodes compiled by the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting. Tickets are only available one hour prior to showtime, at the door. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and younger and individuals over age 65. Visit www.iowahistory.org.


Take a hike

Jester Park, 11407 N.W. Jester Park Drive, will host a Night Hike on Tuesday, Dec. 28. The hike takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. as Polk County Conservation naturalists will speak and lead activities. Participants should meet at camp area No. 5. Admission is free, and the event is intended for all ages. Visit www.leadingyououtdoors.org.


Learn sign language

The Deaf Action Center of Iowa, 2525 E. Euclid Ave., Suite 100, will begin a new series of American Sign Language classes for six weeks starting Jan. 25, 2011. Classes are scheduled for Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $45. To register or for more information, call 266-5105 or e-mail asl4dm@aol.com.


Celebrate the New Year

Des Moines’ premier non-alcoholic family New Year’s Eve Celebration, GuideOne ImaginEve, will be held Dec. 31. The event will take place at Hy-Vee Hall, 730 Third St., and runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Ring in the New Year with inflatables, clowns, entertainment, fireworks and more. Admission is free. Visit www.downtowndesmoines.com. CV




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