Wine, Cheese, Chocolate Affair

Jan. 19-20/DES MOINES – 6-9 p.m. at the West End Architectural Salvage. Indulge yourself in the opportunity to enjoy generous pours of wine paired with artisan cheeses and decadent chocolates. Tickets are $35 in advance and include a commemorative wine glass, wine, chocolate, cheese and musical entertainment provided by Mike Aceto (Friday) and Bruce Day (Saturday). Indulge is a 21 and over event. Tickets can be purchased from Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door if any tickets remain. >MORE

Winter Festival

Jan. 20/MASON CITY – 1-4 p.m. at the Lime Creek Nature Center. Beat the winter blahs with an adventure packed afternoon at Lime Creek! Enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoe hikers, a winter scavenger hunt, crafts, games, woodcarving demonstrations and marshmallow/hot dog roasting over a campfire. Free admission for members, however, registration is required. $3 for guests. – call 641.423-5309 to register. Call 641-423-5309 for more information or to register.


Jan. 27/AMANA COLONIES – Break out the winter coat for a day of family fun! Games, homemade chili, snow sculpting, 5K run/walk, music, and wine walk. Activities around town all day. Indoor and outdoor wintertime fun! Breakfast in a communal kitchen, fireside chili, and seasonal competitions. Kids activities include a winterfest scavenger hunt, ice rink, cookie decorating and make your own snowman Marshmallow Roast. Activities are weather-dependent. >MORE