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March 15, 2012
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Get ready for spring

The Iowa Flower, Lawn & Garden show takes place Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Varied Industries Building. More than 300 booths will be offering flowers for sale as well as ideas for your lawn and garden including landscaping, decks, fencing, spas, sunrooms, walkways, trees, plants, herbs and more. Along with the booths, there will seminars from garden expert Jerry Kluver and celebrity landscaper and host of HGTV and DIY Network’s hit show “Yard Crashers,” Ahmed Hassan. Hours are 1 to 8 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $6.95 for adults, $5.95 for seniors, and kids 12 and under are free. For more information, visit

Barnstormers season opener

The Iowa Barnstormers will hold its home season opener on Saturday, March 17 against the Utah Blaze at Wells Fargo Arena, 730 3rd St., starting at 7:05 p.m. Season tickets start as low as $117, with single-game tickets going for $15 to $45. For more information, visit

Have a few laughs

Comedian/actor Jim Gaffigan brings his hilarious stand-up to the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., on Sunday, March 18 at 7 p.m. Gaffigan will be promoting his newest comedy special, “Mr. Universe.” He is following in the footsteps of Louie C.K. by releasing it for $5 on his website starting in April. Admission is $39.75 to $49.75.

Discuss the Civil War

The Franklin Avenue Des Moines Public Library, 5000 Franklin Ave., will host a five-part reading and discussion about the Civil War on Thursday nights starting at 6:30 p.m. throughout the month of March. Some of the readings will include “March,” by Geraldine Brooks; “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam,” by James McPherson; and “America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries” edited by Edward L. Ayers. Simpson College history professor Nick Proctor will lead the free discussions. To register, contact Kate Young at, and for more information, visit CV

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