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December 30, 2010

Laugh in the New Year

Comedy XPeriment will perform its “New Year’s Eve Extravaganza” on Friday, Dec. 31 at the Civic Center’s Stoner Theater, 221 Walnut St. Comedy XPeriment creates scenes and skits based upon suggestions from the audience. The evening kicks off at 9 p.m. with a dessert reception and the audience can meet the improvisers. The show begins at 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com. Visit www.civiccenter.org.


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.


Wine with a tropical feel

Tickets are available for the third annual Heart of Iowa Wine Trail Tropical Wine Festival, which will be held Feb. 4, 2011, at the Des Moines Botanical Center, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive. The festival runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and will feature Iowa-crafted wines, hors d’oeuvres, as well as a prize drawing. Patrons are encouraged to wear tropical outfits. Tickets can be purchased at Chocolaterie Stam in Des Moines, the Heart of Iowa Market Place in Valley Junction, Gortz Haus in Grimes, Big Sky Bread in Urbandale, any Heart of Iowa Wine Trail winery or at www.heartofiowawinetrail.com.


Audition for the choir

The Ames Children’s Choir is currently accepting singers (ages 8 to 13) into the Preparatory Choir and Chorale. Auditions for the Spring Season will be conducted Jan. 8, 2011, in Ames. All singers will participate in the Midwest Children’s Choir Festival on April 1, 2011, and the Spring Concert on May 8, 2011. For the audition, participants need to be prepared to sing a folk or patriotic song. A tuition fee will be assessed to cover the cost of instruction, music and administration. For more information or to arrange an audition time, call Shon Stephenson at 290-1422 or e-mail ameschoir@aol.com. CV


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