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This section has been amended to reflect the correct kick-off time for the Rose Bowl game. We apologize for the error.

And the countdown begins... to the Rose Bowl! And to NYE, of course. So while you wait for that 4 p.m. CT kickoff, treat yo’self with a multi-course meal at 14 Des Moines restaurants, then pop yourself some classy champagne at one of 27 rockin’ bashes. Prefer to rest up before the big game? Here are 6 fun things to do that aren’t parties.

I SMELL ROSES…

It’s no secret the Hawkeyes know how to party. And now that they’re playing in the Rose Bowl after 25 years, well… let’s just say there’s no party like a Pasadena party. Even in the olden days. I mean, between smooching starlets and party-hearty-ing till the liquor runs dry, these old playas might just be cooler than you. Think we can top ‘em? Hit up these 7 watch parties in Des Moines tomorrow night.

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DO YOU REALLY KNOW DSM?

Yeah, right. Mental Floss released an article this week that will have you questioning where the heck you’ve been all this time. Among the post's highlights of Des Moines: Facebook’s third U.S. data center is located in Altoona. Rob Lowe played in a celebrity golf tournament in WDM and his golf ball killed a goldfinch, our state bird. And up until 2009, it was illegal to dance between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m. Yeah, #craycray.

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UM, HORRIBLE

Did you hear the one about the stolen cow who was cut in half? ‘Cause it happened. In Menlo, Iowa. According to this, the police are still searching for suspects and if found, could be charged for trespassing, livestock abuse, felony theft and criminal mischief.

More weird news: Des Moines Police seek man who stole Christmas gifts

I’M KINDA BUZZED AND IT’S ALL BECAUSE…

  • Why we’re jazzed about Des Moines’ classy new bar: Noce

  • Hey, Sk8ter Bois! In 2016, the Des Moines Regional Skatepark Committee aims to break ground on one of America’s largest skate parks, right here in downtown DSM.

  • Mouth watering for Lucca thanks to this. TIP: go for lunch, it’s far cheaper and just as delish!

Andrea, Juice

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