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Happy Tuesday! It's Ameena. First, can we talk about how this past weekend's rain really tried to stop me from being great? Rainy weekends are so disrespectful, but I managed to get out of the house and enjoy myself anyways. No weather formed against me shall prosper. For now, I'm keeping this handy list of five ways to enjoy spring weather in Des Moines. You know, for whenever the sunshine wants to return to us on a more consistent basis. Hopefully soon, because #MarchMadness has hit the city of Des Moines and we want people to get a good first impression of our city. Speaking of college hoops…

LET'S DANCE

The NCAA men's basketball tournament is rolling through Des Moines and there's plenty to do. To be exact, there are 64 things to do. Ticket prices are ridiculously high, but don't worry. You can enjoy some game-time fun by hitting up one of these eight essential sports bars. Meet Kentucky, Indiana and the rest of the teams playing this week.

Iowa Nice Guy: So your team is playing in Des Moines?

DES MOINES HITS THE D-LIST

Comedian and D-List celebrity Kathy Griffin is bringing the laughs to Des Moines. Griffin will be performing at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., on May 19 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices start at $47.50 and go on pre-sale on Thursday at 10 a.m. and on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday. For tickets, go to Ticketmaster or call 800-745-3000.

ICYMI: The 8 stages of trying to buy Garth Brooks tickets in Iowa

NOM. NOM. NOM.

Have a dining dilemma? We've got the answer for all of your questions. Where should you eat breakfast, lunch, dinner or brunch? Or where should you eat if you're only in town for one weekend a year? The Register published a list of the 50 essential restaurants you must try in Des Moines. From 801 ChopHouse to Zombie Burger, there's a little bit of something on the list for us all.

New: Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, a Midwest specialty grocer, will open its first Iowa store

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

Ameena, Juice

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