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This four-day workweek is going by faster than I expected. We're getting closer to Winefest and a number of food festivals happening across Iowa, including the Greek Food Fair at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, 1110 35th St. Festival hours are 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, but you can purchase a $16 ticket for food and drinks. In addition to that, the Principal Charity Classic starts tomorrow. You can join in on the fun at the 54-hole tournament at the Wakonda Club, 3915 Fleur Dr., for $20 for one day or $60 for the weeklong package. I've done enough talking about events. Let's chat about what else is happening around the city ...

JETHRONI PEPPERONI

We're used to seeing the "Jethro's" name associated with barbecue, but this Jethroni Pepperoni specializes in Italian dishes. You can find a mix of pizza, pasta, soups, sandwiches, beer, wine and more on the menu. Appetizer options include Italian nachos, fried cheese, spinach dip or a pepperoni roll. One of our reporters went with the pepperoni roll ($9.95) and six-cheese manicotti ($12.95). Tell us if you give the restaurant a try!

WINE BAR + ANKENY = YAAAAS

Did you hear about District 36 Wine Bar and Grille opening in Ankeny? The address is 1375 S.W. Vintage Parkway and is referred to as a modern version of the Urban Grill, with more steak and seafood menu items.  Appetizers include lobster stuffed deviled eggs, Kung Pao calamari and Buffalo chicken egg rolls. AND THERE'S A PATIO! Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. You can call 515-261-2502 and visit www.district36winebar.com for more information.

GRAB A BREW

There are 46 craft breweries in Iowa, which produce 43,310 barrels of beer per year. With so many of them, where does a craft beer connessieur go for a drink? Well, don't worry. We've got you covered. From New American Brewery Co. in Ankeny to Madhouse Brewing Co. right in town, we've got an essential list for you to use at your leisure.

MAKE BETTER $$$ CHOICES...

Learning about how to properly manage your money as an adult can be stressful for a number of reasons but don’t worry. We spoke with Brandon Bennett, the assistant vice president business banking relationship manager for U.S. Bank, about how to make better financial choices as a working professional. One of the most common money mistakes that Bennett sees is not setting up a budget. When creating a budget, Bennett advises adding up your expenses and when they are due so you always have a good handle on where your money is going. As you write out your expenses, he suggests making a list of your debt from the smallest to the highest amounts. Usually your smaller debts might have higher interest rates and it would be better for you to get those out of the way sooner rather than later. Also: Remember to put something away for a rainy day. "Treat your savings as a bill," he says. Another tip for managing your money well is to have separate checking and savings accounts.

On the market for a new home? Here are some tips for getting started in the process:

  • Check your credit score and look for any blemishes that might be on your credit report.
  • Build up six months of reserves (i.e. monthly income).
  • Be sure to also put aside money for taxes, insurance and the other added expenses, including your down payment.

Do you have any career tips or life advice that you want to share in the next newsletter? Email arasheed@dmreg.com about getting a possible feature.

I'M IN LOVE WITH ...

- Ameena, Juice

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