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Good morning, Iowa!

I know that I've asked this before, but where has the time gone? June is almost over with and we're gearing up for July. Time really flies. Here's a list of over 16 events happeneing across Iowa in July. Last week I spent my time writing some hard-hitting pieces about deep-fried liquor not being at the Iowa State Fair, Bieber lip syncing at his Des Moines show and what Bieber actually looks like lip syncing. Check those out and take a look at what people are talking about this week in Des Moines...

"YOU'RE NEVER ALONE, GRANDMA."

With June being Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, my colleague Aaron Young gave us an honest look into the relationship of a relative battling dementia and all that it entails. In his own words:

It's difficult getting her to eat. It's tough trying to convince her she needs to do some form of physical activity. It's even more taxing trying to communicate with her. Her voice has become so fragile and frail. But my family senses she still knows us, even if she can't make out our faces when we walk into her room. She has a bulletin board pinned with our photos serving not only as a reminder, but by continuing to live with hope no matter what condition.

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LET'S TAKE A TRIP

Music fans, this one is for you. Iowa has plenty of entertaining music festivals, but what if you wanted to take a road trip? Try out these five music festivals on for size. These are worth your time: Summerfest, Pitchfork Music FestivalMaha Music FestivalLoufest and Riot Fest.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Enjoy the great outdoors in Iowa with a weekend camping trip. Whether you want to kick it in a camper or go the more outdoorsy route in a tent, here are seven of the best campsite options for you.

Yankee Doodle Pops...

Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops, in its twenty-third year, is Iowa’s largest single-day concert event. The free patriotic concert, featuring Broadway baritone Hugh Panaro, takes place on the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol. Bring the whole family and pack a picnic or buy treats from one of the many vendors. The event is free. A concert prelude featuring the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra begins at 6:30 p.m., with Yankee Doodle Pops following at 8:30. Afterward, stick around for the amazing fireworks display over the Des Moines skyline.

I'M IN LOVE WITH...

  • Our Things to Do app! Don’t have your tickets to 515 Alive, yet? We’ve got you covered.  Download our Things to Do app (for FREE) and enter to win 2 VIP Passes to see Zeds Dead, Machine Gun Kelly and more July 22 and 23 at Western Gateway Park. iPhone app | Android app
  • VIP Passes include: 515 Alive T-shirt, pin, festival poster, sunglasses, shaded VIP viewing area (w/ main stage view and seats), souvenir mug (with drink specials), drawstring bag, cloth VIP wristband and separate bar w/ top shelf.

- Ameena, Juice

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