Star Gazing at the Iowa Arboretum

On Saturday, Oct. 14, from 7:30–10 p.m., join the Ames Area Amateur Astronomers for a guided tour of the fall night sky. You’ll have a chance to trace out the constellations, as well as see colorful double stars, nebulae, galaxies and possibly a planet or two. We will have several large telescopes and binoculars on site. The event is open to all ages and snacks will be provided. No charge. Rain date —Oct. 28.

Legion Fish Fry

The Community is invited to the American Legion in Nevada for their monthly Fish Fry, held every second Friday of each month. This Friday, Oct. 13, an alternate choice will be grilled pork steak. Serving is from 5-7:30. Bring your families and friends and enjoy a delicious meal while supporting our veterans.

Genealogy Plus!

Dennis Allen will lead this month’s Genealogy Plus! program on genealogy source evaluation, “Introduction to Source Evaluation: Is it Reliable, Maybe a Good Hint, Or?,” on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., and is free and open to the public.. Find out not only the difference between primary and secondary sources, but what other types of sources there are and how reliable these sources are, also what to do if the information in these sources conflict with each other.

Dennis Allen lives in Des Moines and his passion is genealogy. He is widely known for his knowledge of genealogy-related technology-software and designing innovative databases. He has developed an expertise in cemeteries and has created a website devoted to this area, “Genealogical Treasures” at