The HomeShowExpo 2012’s organizers have opened a dozen fully furnished houses in Ankeny's Otter Creek development to inspire prospective homebuyers or those seeking a change of scenery. The featured homes all line NE Bellagio Circle and the NE 42nd Court cul-de-sac, with many houses neighboring one another, making it easy for visitors to walk or parkour-jump from one spot to the next. The Home Builders Association has hosted expos since 1976 to spotlight new homes, all furnished and decorated in the latest styles and in one location. The expo replaced the organization's annual Parade of Homes, which featured unfurnished dwellings wheeled through the city on papier-mâché floats.
Anytime Fitness is a busy, popular fitness chain that works to remove common obstacles to working out. At any one of the 21 locations this Groupon is valid for, clients have 24/7 access to the gym’s cardio and strength-training equipment, and some locations offer group fitness classes, such as Zumba and small group training. Certified personal trainers are available to help those looking to take their workouts to the next level, and members can finish their exercise routines with a stop off at the onsite tanning booth to add a summery glow to muscles.
Big Fun Sports outfits speed-seeking outdoorspeople with power-sports machines for every season and environment. Stocking brand names such as Sea-Doo, Polaris, and Arctic Cat, Big Fun Sports preps willing wilderness-fiends for a day of safe and high-speed sightseeing. Equipment pickup from the Ankeny facility is coordinated with a rental associate, and customers can pickup their rides the night before (if rental schedule allows) or be met as early as 6 a.m. After securing their all-terrain land- or water-chariots, Big Fun Sports will provide safety instruction before adventurers head out to punish Mother Nature's pedway.
The creators of Cornstalk DSM promise it to be a "corn-tastic time." The corn-themed event celebrates Iowa's biggest—and possibly tastiest—crop. The festival is comprised of four distinct events: Cornball, Cornmeal, Cornucopia, and Cornholio. At Cornball, VIPs enjoy gourmet corn-based dishes and beer pairings before dancing to tunes from a DJ, while at Cornmeal, guests can sample bites of corny dishes from local restaurants and catering companies as live music from The Snacks fills the room. For corn purists, Cornucopia offers live music and corny awards with an all-you-can-eat sweet-corn feast featuring flavor-infused butters, and at Cornholio, 32 teams compete in games of old-fashioned corn hole (bags) and enjoy beer from Exile Brewery. A portion of the proceeds from the three-day event go to the Food Bank of Iowa.
Cornucopia offers live music and corny awards with all you can eat sweet corn feast.
In addition to boasting years of firearms training and NRA certifications, Learn 2 Shoot Iowa's owners and instructors John McLaughlin and Frank Scaglione (a former law enforcement officer) can always tell you the weather. A well-rounded pair, each boasts achievements in the gun range as well as outside of it, which include working in the meteorology departments of TV stations, John's work with the Federal Aviation Administration, and Frank's ownership of an advertising agency. At Learn 2 Shoot Iowa, the pair brings knowledge culled from extensive firearms training to teach law-abiding adults the fundamentals of safely operating firearms. Together, they've created exclusive classes and private lessons to meet local students' needs and also teach official NRA courses for novices and experienced marksmen.
The crew at Athletes Advantage helps players and teams hone their swings and pitches in an indoor, 150'x42' facility. Batting cages and pitching lanes are equipped with mounds, and Iron Mike pitching machines lob balls at waiting batters, and both baseball and softball players throw in pitching lanes. Private instruction is overseen by experienced pros, who also oversee boot-camp classes that combine cardio and weight training.