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Best bets of the week: May 20-26

YNPN evening at Jasper Winery

Thursday: Young Nonprofit Professionals Network is getting together at Jasper Winery's Summer Concert Series from 6-9 p.m. at Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway. Local band Brother Trucker will be performing. The YNPN will meet on the northeast side of the property. Free. Go to


Friday-Saturday: Iowa Asian Alliance hosts its annual CelebrAsian festival from 2-9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday in Western Gateway Park downtown. The event features villages representing Asian communities in Des Moines, sports and martial arts demonstrations, music and so much food. Free. Go to

Des Moines Menace

Saturday: The Des Moines Menace men's and women's soccer teams have back to back games at Valley Stadium, 4440 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines. The women play the Minnesota TwinStars at 4:30 p.m., with the men taking on WSA Winnipeg at 7:30 p.m. $9. Go to

Smokin' in the Junction

Saturday-Sunday: The seventh annual Smokin' in the Junction barbecue contest is held noon-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday in Fifth Street in Valley Junction, West Des Moines. There's music by Randy Burk & The Prisoners, The Blue Band and others, a beverage garden, food vendors and more. Free. Go to

Des Moines Symphony

Saturday-Sunday: The Des Moines Symphony closes out its season with "Appalachian Spring," a Memorial Day weekend show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. The show features the Simpson College Choir and Chamber Singers and the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble joining the symphony on several pieces, including works by John Williams from "Saving Private Ryan," "Lincoln" and "The Patriot." Go to