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Number of food vendors that will participate at the eighth annual World Food Festival
Sept. 21-23 in the East Village downtown. They’ll offer specialties from places as varied as Ethiopia, France, India, Ecuador and Russia. The festival also will feature cooking demonstrations, a marketplace and live entertainment.


Average number of visitors per day to Greater Des Moines.


The number of stars Charity Navigator, the largest independent evaluator of nonprofit organizations, has awarded to United Way of Central Iowa. Four is the highest rating; only 2 percent of the 5,500 charities rated are awarded this distinction.


Number of weekends ArtStop will take place this year, up from one weekend in previous years. The event will showcase two cultural districts on three consecutive weekends: the East Village and Court District Sept. 14-15; Valley Junction and the Roosevelt neighborhood Sept. 21-22; and Ingersoll Avenue and Western Gateway Sept. 28-29. Each neighborhood’s museums, galleries, performing arts venues and artist studios will host tours, lectures, exhibits, demonstrations, performances and special events.

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