Dec. 21 Mayan Apocalypse: What to Do Before the End of the World -- And After

There's plenty to do in Ames before the world ends -- and afterward, should we all still exist.

Dec. 21, 2012 marks the end of the 5,125-year Mayan calendar, which at least some people out there -- and some people way out there -- believe will mark the end of the world.

Not so, says NASA, explaining why the Mayan Apocalypse isn't going to happen as kind of scheduled.

"Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then -- just as your calendar begins again on January 1 -- another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar," the NASA website states.

You can be covered either way. Here are five things coming up in Ames. A few you can do before Dec. 21. A couple you can do on The Day and after that, if the world doesn't end.

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Since the world might end, why not take a chance and participate in Stand-up Comedy Night 9 p.m. tonight at DG's Tap House, 125 Main St, Ames, IA |

You can also check out Jim Brickman "On A Winter's Night" 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Iowa State Center

And you can take in the Family Fun Package at Perfect Games, 1320 Dickinson Ave, Ames, IA almost any time. On Friday, the end of the world, the fun begins at 11 a.m.

And if the world doesn't end well you are going to have to wrap those presents you were procrastinating buying.

Hobby Lobby can help with Gift wrapping 101 2 p.m. Saturday.

If you still have a hang over from celebrating that the world did not end head on over to Whiskey River 132 Main St, Ames, IA on Sunday for their Bloody Mary Buffet & Breakfast. It starts at 10 a.m.

Jessica Miller, Ames Patch LE, contributed to this report.


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