There’s plenty to do in Ankeny in the days ahead, and if you want to travel into to Des Moines and around the metro, there’s plenty to do there, too.
Here are some selected events, with a full list of Des Moines metro events available here.
Hawks, Backpack Buddies Team Up Against Child Hunger: Bring a non-perishable food item to Friday night's home basketball game, when the Hawks and the Hawkettes take on Des Moines Roosevelt, and it will be donated to the Food Bank of Iowa to support Backpack Buddies, a supplementary food program implemented in the district in March 2012 for chronically hungry elementary students. The girls play at 6:15, with the boys game following at 7:45 p.m.
The Book of Mormon: Nine 2011 Tony Awards® say it's the Best Musical of the Year. Vogue says, "It's the funniest musical of all time." And The New York Times says, "It's the best musical of this century." It's THE BOOK OF MORMON, the Broadway phenomenon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez. The Daily Show's Jon Stewart calls it "So good, it makes me angry." Contains explicit language.
Civic Center, 221 Walnut St, Des Moines
Jan. 24- Feb. 3
Cost: $40- $125
Iowa Energy Basketball: The Iowa Energy play the Springfield Armor.
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines
Feb. 1 and 2, 7:00pm
Cost: $8-$20 Buy Tickets
Fleetwood Mac Tickets: Tickets for the seventies super group’s "Fleetwood Mac Live 2013" tour stop in the metro this summer go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. The group will be at Wells Fargo Arena on June 26.
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines. Feb. 2, 10 a.m
High Life Lounge Celebrates Groundhog Day: The High Life Lounge holds its ninth annual Groundhog Day Grand Opening Celebration Saturday morning. Polk County Paula will look for her shadow at 7:30 a.m. and make her prediction about when winter ends. Free Miller High Life will be given out from 6 to 8 a.m. and Mr. Baber’s Neighbors performs at 10 a.m. Breakfast specials will be served until 11 a.m., including biscuits and gravy ($4), Quiche Paula ($4) and all-you-can-eat-pancakes ($5).
High Life Lounge, 200 S.W. Second St. in Des Moines
Saturday, 6 a.m.
Free admission. Go to www.thehighlifelounge.com.
Bike Ride to Rippey: The 24-mile round trip takes riders from Perry to Rippey and back, and is held no matter what the weather conditions are. The new Raccoon River Bike Shop, next door to the Hotel Pattee in Perry, will have its grand opening Saturday.
Hotel Pattee, 1112 Willis Ave., Perry
Saturday, 10 a.m.
Cost: $17 to $27 in advance; $5 more day of ride; go to www.bikeiowa.com.
“Completeness”: In the romantic comedy a computer scientist hooks up with a molecular biologist by blinding her with science When Elliot builds a computer program to help Molly with her research project, the variables in their evolving relationship shift as rapidly as the terms of their experiment.
Des Moines Playhouse, 831 42nd St.
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $23 adults, $20 students. Go towww.dmplayhouse.com.
Skywalk Golf Classic: Mini golf returns to downtown with tee times starting at 8 a.m. in the Kaleidoscope at the Hub, 555 Walnut St. The tournament has two courses and is open to singles, doubles and foursomes. Prizes are awarded with each hole-in-one.
Downtown Des Moines Skywalk system
Saturday, 8 a.m.
Cost: $35. Go towww.skywalkgolf.com.
Des Moines Home and Garden Show: The Des Moines Home and Garden Show features over 400 exhibitors, 1,000 experts, amazing feature gardens, national and local celebrities. Find innovative products, new ideas, practical advice and great deals in remodeling, home improvement and gardening with hundreds of experts all under one roof.
Hy-Vee Hall and Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Des Moines
Feb. 7-10, noon to 9 p.m. Feb. 7; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 8; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 9; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 10
Cost: $4 for kids 7-12; $11 for teens and adults Buy Tickets
Garth Fagan Dance: Garth Fagan Dance is "unfailingly original" deemed The New York Times, which also named the Company's piece, Mudan 175/39, third of the top six dance watching moments of 2009. Tony award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan's dancers communicate with energy the depth, precision and grace of his work.
Des Moines Civic Center
Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.
The Second City: Laughing Matters: Founded in Chicago in 1959, The Second City has become the premier training ground for the comedy world's best and brightest. Their alumni list includes: Joan Rivers, Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. No topic or subject matter is off limits for The Second City.
Des Moines Civic Center
Feb. 20-March 3
Miranda Lambert: Locked and Re-Loaded tour stops in Ames with Dierks Bentley and Lee Brice.
Hilton Coliseum in Ames
7:30 p.m. Feb. 21
Tickets on sale
Jon Bon Jovi: The New Jersey rocker and his band will return to Des Moines on April 14 with the "Because We Can" Tour at the Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines. Ticket prices start at $19.50; tickets for the Iowa show went on sale Dec. 3 through dahlstickets.com.
Taylor Swift: Country star Taylor Swift returns to Wells Fargo Arena on Aug. 1. No word yet on ticket prices or an on-sale date. The event is listed on Swift's website but is not listed on Ticketmaster or its partner website. In nearby Kansas City, MO tickets range from $30 to $85.
Justin Bieber: Pop star Justin Bieber will also make an appearance at the Wells Fargo Arena on July 7. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets range from $40 to $95.