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Top picks for March 4-10

LeVar Burton

Thursday: LeVar Burton boldly goes where no Starship Enterprise crew member has gone before: DMACC. He's the keynote speaker at the college's Celebrate! Innovation Week at 1:30 p.m. at the DMACC West Campus, 5959 Grand Ave., West Des Moines. In addition to his "Star Trek" work, Burton was the longtime host of "Reading Rainbow," which he recently revived using an app, funded by one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns in history. Free. Go to

Jason Mraz

Tuesday: Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz kicks off the U.S. leg of his intimate "Yes!" tour at 8 p.m. at Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State University, Ames. Mraz will be backed by the band "Raining Jane," performing songs off his latest album, "Yes!," as well as hits like "I'm Yours" and "The Remedy." $25-$75. Go to


Friday: The 20th PechaKucha event is set for 7 p.m. at Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway. PechaKucha is a presentation style, with varying speakers discussing a topic using 20 slides that display for 20 seconds each. Free. Go to

Orchard Place Spelling Bee

Thursday: Adults put their own spin on misspelling words at the annual Orchard Place Spelling Bee at 5:30 p.m. at Wooly's, 504 E. Locust St. Teams will compete, with prizes for best spellers, best costumes and more $10. Go to

Iowa Deer Classic

Thursday-Saturday: The annual Iowa Deer Classic takes place Thursday through Saturday at the Iowa Events Center, 833 Fifth Ave. Hunters from around the Midwest will converge for hunting seminars, exhibitions, archery demonstrations and more. $12. Go to