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Best bets this week: July 22-28

National Balloon Classic

Friday through Aug. 1: The National Balloon Classic returns to the Indianola Balloon Grounds, 1601 N. Jefferson Way, Indianola, starting at 5 a.m. Friday and running for nine days. There are daily flights, music by The Nadas, Damon Dotson, Bonne Finken and others, food vendors and more. Free for morning sessions, $5 after 4 p.m. Go to

Italian-American Heritage Festival of Iowa

Friday-Saturday: The Italian-American Heritage Festival opens its gates at 11 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday in Western Gateway Park downtown. The weekend features folk dancers, cooking demonstrations, cannoli and pasta eating competitions and live music by Steve Augeri of Journey, Sons of Gladys Kravitz, The Snacks, Final Mix and others. Free before 5 p.m., $5 after 5 p.m. Friday, $10 after 5 p.m. Saturday. Go to

Morning Moose Underwear Run

Saturday: Lazer 103.3 hosts the third annual Morning Moose Underwear Run starting at 10 a.m. at el Bait Shop, 200 S.W. Second St. The 1.5 mile run is done in boxers, bras and briefs, with proceeds benefiting the Children’s Cancer Connection. $23 if registered by July 23, $25 day of race. Go to

Iowa School of Burlesque Class of 2015 Show & Tell

Saturday: The Iowa School of Burlesque will showcase its fourth graduating class with a 2015 Show & Tell performance at 9 p.m. at Lefty’s, 2307 University Ave. Performers include Captain Jack Hardness, Dirty Pearl Wreckless, Bennie Boop and others with alumni and special guests also performing. $10. Go to