Kick 2016 to the curb and start your new year with a dose of Your Morning Juice. Here's a look at what's going on around Des Moines this week. 

New year, new ... town square? 

A new hotel is coming to Ankeny's Prairie Trail, marking a project that will help create a 'long-sought' town square in the suburban development. The hotel, a Residence Inn, will be the first in Prairie Trail and plans to feature a street-level retail space and possibly a fountain of public art. Read about the project in full here.

A winter full of fun. 

Juice's winter arts and entertainment preview is jam-packed with comedy, theater and music events taking place across central Iowa. Get details on when to see acts the likes of Adam Devine, Eric Church, Eddie George (appearing in "Chicago"), Kristin Chenoweth and more by reading the guide here.

Happy hour highlight: 

  • Peace Tree Brewing opened its new location in Des Moines' East Village on New Year's Day. Learn all about the brewery's owner in her interview with Juice

Three ways to start the new year:

  • Friday: Catch Des Moines-based songwriter Courtney Krause at Vaudeville Mews. $5. 10 p.m. More information at
  • Saturday: Coined a performance of comedy meets science and psychedelics, performer Shane Mauss brings his show to the Des Moines Social Club. $10-$15. 8 p.m. More information at  
  • Saturday: Jason Reed and Kerosene takes to the Wooly's stage with support on the bill coming from The Other Brothers. Free. 8 p.m. More information at
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