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Feb 2, 2012
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Hit the open road

The 2012 RV Camping Show will take place Feb. 2-5 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Varied Industries Building, East 30th Street and East University Avenue. The show will feature seven dealers from central Iowa offering their newest models and floor plans. Admission is $6 (adults), $5 (seniors) and $2 (kids 2-12). For more information, visit

Warm up with wine

The Heart of Iowa Wine Trail will host its Fourth Annual Tropical Wine Festival on Friday, Feb. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Des Moines Botanical Center, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive. The Tropical Wine Festival will allow attendees to escape the winter inside the lush surroundings of the Botanical center while sampling wines from 15 central Iowa wineries. Hors d’ouevres will be available along with prize drawings and live music from Tropical Steel. Guests will receive a commemorative wine glass and are encouraged to wear their favorite tropical attire. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. For more information, visit

“An American Salute”

The Des Moines Symphony presents its newest concert, “An American Salute,” on Saturday, Feb. 4 and Sunday, Feb. 5 at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St. One of America’s most sought-after female conductors, Sarah Hicks, will make her Des Moines debut conducting an American program. She’ll lead the orchestra in some of the country’s most celebrated works including Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and Aaron Copland’s “Billy the Kid.” Tickets are $15-$55. For more information, visit

Art in Motion

The Des Moines Social Club will present “Art In Motion,” an event to showcase art and people in motion, on Friday, Feb. 3 from 6 to 11 p.m. The event will include kinetic sculptures by local artist Gabriel Luedersand as well as other art that moves or depicts movement. Along with the art, King Pong, a Des Moines Table Tennis League, will feature two tournaments including a celebratory tournament. Celebrities participating include John Bachman, The Round Guy, Bill Stowe, Rick Clark and Mike Pace. A pro tournament will follow. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the celebrity tournament starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, visit

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