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Des Moines, we're days away from the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. The Register's offering a last-minute way to get involved with its final pre-caucus "Give A Damn' event, scheduled for Jan. 31. Join host Iowa Nice Guy for a political fashion show with food and beer at the Des Moines Social Club. Don't let your caucus fever stop there: Brush up on caucus history with the Register's Three Tickets podcast

BACON ME, PLEASE.

Is it possible to be bonkers for bacon and still be ... healthy? Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival co-founder Brooks Reynolds is investigating through a program he calls the "Body by Bacon Challenge." This year's Blue Ribbon fest goes down Feb. 20 at the Iowa Events Center.

Still hungry? Datebook Diner: Making lunch a religious experience at Maccabee's Kosher Deli

THE ONION STRIKES AGAIN

Satirical news staple The Onion is causing trouble in Iowa again. Its latest report jokes that 68 percent of Iowans are "turned on" by the whole nation watching the state during caucus season. Read the full story for a good laugh.

More political humor: A clear winner: 'Caucus! The Musical'

MUSIC, MUSIC EVERYWHERE

Need a once-a-week spot to catch a taste of the blues? How about a go-to jazz show in the middle of the week? We made a list for that: 5 must-see recurring shows in Des Moines. If those entertainment options aren't enough to fill your social hunger, check out the Register's "Things To Do" calendar. Pro tip: The calendar also comes in mobile app form.

Slappin' the bass: Huckabee jams hits with country star Josh Turner

I'M KINDA BUZZED AND IT'S ALL BECAUSE ...

- Matt, Juice

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