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Don't Forget the 2015 Parade of Homes!

If you are thinking about purchasing a new home, building a home, or just enjoy seeing the newest trends in residential homes, we invite you to join us for the 2015 Parade of Homes. The tour, which is put on by the Ames Home Builders Association (ABHA), will feature 8 new construction homes in a variety of price points and neighborhoods.

2015 Show Homes

  1. Integrity Construction - 5406 Harvest Road
  2. Prestige Builders - 5210 Harvest Road
  3. Bella Homes - 3652 Bella Circle
  4. Happe Homes - 2902 Weston Drive
  5. Dreamscape Homebuilders - 4027 Brighton Circle
  6. HCS Builders - 4307 Timber Ridge Drive
  7. Geisinger Construction, Inc. - 400 Ash Avenue (remodel)
  8. Tasteful Homes - 2711 Coyote Drive
The Parade of Homes schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, June 3: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, June 4: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Friday, June 5: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, June 6: 12pm to 6pm
Sunday, June 7: 12pm to 6pm

Tickets for the event are $5.00 each, and are good for all 8 homes on all 5 days. Tickets will be available on or before the days of the Parade of Homes at the First National Bank, downtown location in Ames, as well as the Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® office at 105 South 16th Street. A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit the AHBA Scholarship fund and other community projects. Ames Home Builders Association (ABHA)

Thinking about a larger home? The time is NOW to make the move!

HomeSalesUp.png People are buying homes! Sales in 2015 for single family homes in Ames are up 25% for the same time period of 2014. In Ankeny, sales for single family homes are up 32% over the same time period.

Have you thought about moving up to a larger home? Maybe a home with a larger kitchen or one more bedroom? Maybe a different neighborhood? There is a great selection of homes to choose from in the $250,000 - $500,000 range. Worried that you would need to sell your current home? If it is in the price range of $250,000 or less, those homes are in demand. In Ames, there are only 22 single family homes for sale priced $125,000-$250,000. If your home is around that price point, we have buyers looking, but have not found what they want - or have missed out because someone else bought it. This is a great opportunity for you to move up - mortgage rates are good and people are buying.


Backyard Barbecue Tips & Tricks

BackyardBBQ.png Barbecue, the oldest cooking method, is also a huge American pastime and tradition. Now that summer is here, it's time to clean up the grill and start moving social gatherings outside. We have a few tips and tricks for a successful season full of backyard barbecues.

  • Consider picking a theme - Whether you grill fish for tacos on Mexican night, or serve up a hotdog bar for an all American feast, a theme is a fun way to plan your event.
  • Prep in advance - Almost everything but the grilled meat can be prepared in advance. Doing so will free up your time so that you can spend your evening socializing instead of chopping and baking.
  • Let your guests help - Most people are more than willing to bring a dish. Take guests up on their offer or even consider a pot luck style party.
  • Invest in a digital thermometer - They are inexpensive and will save you from the guess work.
  • Practice - It's a good idea to get to know your grill before the night of the big party. They all differ slightly so do a few trial runs before the guests come over.
  • Bring on the games - Volleyball, croquet, badminton and so many more. Choose games that will work for all ages.
  • Make extra food - Prepare and cook more food that you think you need. It's always good to have too much than too little. You can always send leftovers home with your guests.
  • Keeps pests away - Get rid of standing water, light some citronella candles and have bug spray available.
  • Think about seating and lighting - As the evening progresses you will want to make sure you have plenty of both.
  • Keep the kids entertained - Have some bubbles and sidewalk chalk on hand or turn on the sprinkler to keep the kids occupied.
Click here for more backyard barbeque tips.

Barbecue Recipes


It's there is anything better than firing up the grill and enjoying this beautiful season with family, friends and food? We've found some amazing recipes that may make your backyard barbecue even more delicious!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers

BBQ Hot Dog & Potato Packs

BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

Shrimp Kebab

Carrot and Apple Slaw

Parmesan Pasta Salad

Zucchini Boats on the Grill

Raspberry Peach Sangria

16 New Ways To Make S'Mores
Grilled Quesadillas

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Hot Dogs

Philly Cheeseburgers

Spiced Salmon Kebabs

Grilled BBQ Cabbage

Spiced-Up Grilled Tater Wedges/a>

Blue Cheese Portobello Burgers

Mango-Peach Fizz

Mini Pear Crisps

June Area Events

ScandinavianDaysLogo.jpg Scandinavian Days
June 5, 6 8, & 7
Story City

June 5
Downtown, Ames

Ames on the Half Shell
Fridays in June from 5pm-8pm
Bandshell Park, Ames

Celebrate Waukee
June 5th and 6th
Waukee Area

Shrek the Musical
Performances throughout June
Actors, 120 Abraham Dr., Ames

Family Friendly 20th Anniversary Celebration at Reiman Gardens
June 6 starting at 10am
Reiman Gardens, ISU, Ames

Midwest British Motor Show
June 6 from 9am-3pm
Skunk River Restorations, Ames

Summerfest in Campustown
June 6 from 3pm-9pm
200 block of Welch Ave., Campustown, Ames

Classic Car Day
June 7 from 12pm-3pm
Iowa Arboretum, Madrid

Hands-on Fun: Living History Farms
Daily, June 8-August 9
10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm
Living History Farms, Urbandale

Community Ice Cream Social
June 13 from 12pm-3pm
Ames History Center, 416 Douglas Ave., Ames

Summer Antique Jamboree
June 14 at 8am
Valley Junction, West Des Moines

American Ethanol 200: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
June 19 & 20
Iowa Speedway, Newton

Hope Run for Hospice
June 20, race at 8am
Ames Middle School, Ames

Green Days Festival
June 18-21
6700 Merle Hay Road, Johnston

June 20
71 mile Loop on the Raccoon River Valley Trail

Mud Run
June 20 beginning at 9:30am
James W. Cownie Soccer Park, Des Moines

Iowa Craft Brew Festival
June 20 from 1pm-5pm
Court Ave. bridge, downtown Des Moines

Veenker's 2 Player Bestshot
June 21 at 8am
Veenker Memorial Golf Course, Ames
Des Moines Arts Festival
June 26-28
Western Gateway Park, Des Moines

Nevada Kiwanis Rockin' Country BBQ Fest
June 27 & 28
Story County Fairgrounds, Nevada

River Bank Bash
June 27 at 10am, first act at 1pm
Water Works Park, Des Moines

Lost Ladybug Project
June 27 at 2pm
McFarland Park, Ames

Sing-Along, Dance-Along, Do-Along Concert
June 29 from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Ames Public Library, Ames

Goodguys 24th Heartland Nationals
July 3-5
Iowa Stae Fairgrounds, Des Moines