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A guide to Ames activities through Labor Day weekend

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Joseph Dicklin
Visitors to the Ames Farmers’ Market can support small businesses by buying local.

With a three-day weekend quickly approaching, students are growing restless for things to do that don’t involve homework. Here are the remaining events at Iowa State University and in the Ames community for the rest of the week.

Wednesday

ClubFest is a once-a-semester opportunity for students to learn how to get involved with campus clubs and organizations. It will go from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union.

Rhonda Scott will lead an acrylic paint pouring class in the Workspace from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday evening. Each canvas is $16.

Thursday

Cyclone Cinema will show “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” this week in Carver room 101. The movie will be shown through Sunday and starts at 7 p.m. every night. Admission is free, with snacks and drinks priced at $1 and $2.

Friday

The Cardinal Swing Society will host their Down & Dirty Swing Dance from 8-11 p.m. on the Memorial Union’s West Terrace. A free dance lesson will be provided at 8 p.m., and the dance will start at 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Ames-based musical duo Doomed Pioneers will perform at Wheatsfield Co-op from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the store’s Summer Tiny Deck Concert series. The event is free and attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs.

Saturday

The Ames Farmers’ Market will be held on Main Street from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visitors can buy from local farmers, craftspeople and vendors while enjoying food from Ames restaurants and listening to free music.

Sunday 

The monthly Beautiful Land Market will be set up in the downtown Fareway parking lot at 619 Burnett Ave. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can listen to free music, enjoy local food and support small businesses. The first 100 visitors will receive free market bags.

Week-long

The Workspace will be hosting two drop-in-crafts all week. Students can paint their own ramen bowls or create air plant terrariums. Both crafts are available as take-home kits for an extra charge. The Workspace is open from 2-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

If students would prefer to view art instead of making it, they can stop into the Memorial Union Art Gallery, located in the basement of the building, and view Alexandra Ackerman’s work. Multimedia pieces detail the artist’s search for harmony and order in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The art gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

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