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YV to celebrate annual Soiree
The Young Variety’s seventh annual “Soiree” will be Friday, Feb. 5 at the Wakonda Golf and Country Club, 3915 Fleur Drive. The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m., and the evening will include drinks, hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions, music and dancing. To purchase tickets, call 243-4600 or visit www.yviowa.org. Proceeds benefit Variety – The Children’s Charity. E-mail susan.hatten@sigler.com.


DMACC to offer free tax income help
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Urban Campus is offering free income tax help each Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through April 15. The service offers free tax assistance to those with low-to-moderate incomes (less than $49,000 in annual personal income). Participants should bring their W-2 forms, interest statements from banks (1099 forms), copies of last year’s federal and Iowa tax returns and social security cards for all family members. Call 248-7248.


DMPS budget meetings scheduled
Des Moines Public Schools will hold a series of community forums to discuss next year’s budget beginning Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Central Campus Boardroom, 1800 Grand Ave. Other forum dates include Feb. 11, 18, 23 and 25. The public is encouraged to attend to talk with district representatives and school board members about concerns. For a complete schedule call 242-7603 or visit www.dmps.k12.ia.us.


Wine and dine tropically
The Heart of Iowa Wine Trail will host its second annual Tropical Wine Festival on Feb. 12 at the Des Moines Botanical Center, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive. The evening runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and includes hors d’oeuvres, prize drawings and 90 different wines to sample. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Purchase tickets at all Heart of Iowa Trail Wineries, Ingersoll Wine and Spirits, Ingersoll Wine Merchants, Iowa’s Wine Cellar in Ames or visit www.heartofiowawinetrails.com. Call 270-6299 or e-mail iowawines@fullspectrumcom.com. CV


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