Star Party 2013 is coming to Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum, 5300 Indianola Road August 10th.  The Perseids meteor shower will be at its peak August 9th thru the 14th.  Gates open at 4PM with activities beginning at 6PM.  The prime viewing of meteors will start at 2AM.  For more information, go to the "Community Events" page of

Amy Smit of Character Counts joined us in the studio just after 7:30 this morning.  The Heroes Award Banquet is this Friday evening, 6:30PM at the Hy-Vee Conference Center in West Des Moines.  While official reservations have closed, Amy said she would extend them for Van and Bonnie listeners until Noon today.  You can reach Amy at 515-271-2293.  For more information, go to

It was great to see everyone yesterday at the Comfort Suites Hotel that are going with me to Peru!  Holiday Vacations had a cake made that was "almost" too good looking to eat.  Here's a picture!

Thank you to Cindy Olinger for the picture!

Tomorrow on Van & Bonnie....more Iowa State Fair Grandstand Ticket giveaways, plus Donald Truump and Rusty Wallace!  We'll also have an interview with Mills Fleet Farm that just opened in Ankeny!

Have a wonderful day!