Community Events


Congrats! – Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Achieves Destination Marketing Accreditation

The Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau has been awarded accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP). DMAP is an international accreditation program developed by the Washington, DC based Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI). In earning the DMAP accreditation, destination marketing organizations (DMOs) communicate to their community, buyers and potential visitors that their DMO has attained a significant measure of excellence.

Read more here!

10/12/13 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm

missing chick

Linda Waters will be singing her new children’s book in our store on October 12th from 1-3pm. “The Case of  the Missing Chick” features a character by the the name of Lucy. Lucy has never spent time away from home or her mama. So when the opportunity arises to attend a summer camp for girls, Lucy is very reluctant to go. Prompted by her mama’s assurances of fun and new friends, Lucy boards the bus that will take her to the summer camp.

But when Lucy experiences homesickness during her first day at camp, she feels that her only alternative for returning home is by running away from the camp. Lucy not only encounters unforeseen problems on her venture, but a few unlikely friends! Will Lucy be able to find her way home? Or will she decide to stay at the summer camp?

8/3/13 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Local author Jackie Haley is coming to Stam August 3rd for a book signing and wine tasting. Jackie resides with her husband, Christian, in Nevada Iowa. She is cyclone, having received her degree in communications from Iowa State University. Her recent release at the end of 2012, Crystal Beach, is an exciting novel filed with intrigue, adventure, and of course love.

Read a full book description here!

Crystal Beach

7/18/13 – 3:00pm

Meet and greet with some great American military personnel who served our country and are now competing on America’s Got Talent!  They are coming to Zylstra Harley Davidson in Ames on July 18, 3 pm!!  Be there to meet and support them!

July 15th

7/4/13 – 9:00am – 2:00pm

Doc Anderson

Chocolaterie Stam in Downtown Ames is hosting a free family event in their downtown store from 9am to 2pm on Thursday July 4th featuring professional magician Doc Anderson.

Doc Anderson is one of Iowa’s premier magicians specializing in close up magic, a specialized form of sleight of hand made popular by magicians like David Blaine and Criss Angel.

“Close up magic is much more difficult than stage magic because it happens right under the audience’s nose and often right in their own hands” says Anderson, “A stage magician is far away from the audience, but when it’s up close, there is literally nowhere to hide. And because the audience can see everything, close up magic some of the most powerful performance magic possible for young and old alike. You really have to see it to believe it.”

In addition to close up magic, Doc will also demonstrate some of the classic Old-West cheats and swindles such as the shell game, the three card monte and deck stacking up close and personal.

“When you see how it’s done” says Anderson, “it’s easy to see how a fool and his money were lucky to get together in the first place.

Anderson’s performance, as well as face painting at Chocolaterie Stam, is part of the Downtown Ames July 4th festivitiies.
Willy Wonka
5/23/13 – Willy Wonka came to Stam the other day to visit.  They chose Stam’s delightful atmosphere for a photo shoot for the upcoming Story Theater Company’s production of “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.”!


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