May 082017
 

Enjoy the great weather and check out a fun outdoor activity this evening! The Columbia Public Library has been hosting fun and interesting cemetery tours, and the next one will be tonight from 6-7:30 pm. The location for this Cemetery Walking Tour is Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church (5350 E Bonne Femme Church Rd). This event is for all ages, and participants age 12 or younger need to have an adult with them.

Meet at the cemetery for an atmospheric evening walking tour and learn about the history and art of the Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church cemetery, including the customs and symbols. You will also learn about the evolution of American cemeteries. It is recommended that participants wear comfortable shoes. While this event will be canceled if raining, the forecast is for temperatures in the low 80s and mostly sunny. Sunset is at 8:08 pm—after the event is over.

Registration is not required, so just show up and enjoy!

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Tonight 8pm: See the movie Loving at Mizzou

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Feb 012017
 

LovingDuring the fall and spring semesters, when classes are in session, the University of Missouri (MU) MSA/GPC student films committee offers free movies on Wednesdays. These movies are open to the public, and shown in Wrench Auditorium, which is in Memorial Union South (518 Hitt St). Street parking will be free at this time. Most MU lots and garages nearby are free after 6 pm, but it is a good idea to check the entrance sign to be sure because the restricted times have been changing lately.

Tonight, you can see Loving (2016) [PG-13 (for thematic elements)] [2:03]. Description from RottenTomatoes: From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.

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Tomatoes and peppers and salsas, oh my! It’s time for Tomato Fest!

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Aug 312016
 

Tomato Festival - MU Bradford CenterYou can taste, and rate, tomatoes, tomatillos, sweet peppers, hot peppers, and salsa, and more at the 12th Tomato Festival tomorrow: Thursday, September 1, 2016, 4-7 pm, at the University of Missouri (MU) Bradford Research Center. Allow up to 30 minutes for driving—it is a bit out of town (directions and links below) and it is worth it!

Note: The previous superintendent of Bradford Center retired, so this year the festival is under “new management”. Overall, we expect the festival to remain the same, with a few changes. For instance, there has been no mention of a maze this year. Fewer details are available, and we are looking forward to checking it out!

Tip: Get there as early as you can; there will be lots of people. There is a parking lot by the building, some additional parking areas are arranged in the grass around the building, and cars will also end up parking all along the long driveway. If you go after work, say about 5:30 pm, it is worth driving all the way up to look for open spots closer to the building.

What you can enjoy:

  • Tastings: There will be 250 varieties of tomatoes, peppers, and tomatillos to sample—all grown at Bradford Research Center Farm. Rate them if you like, and if you are curious, see the results from last years’ tastings.
  • More Tasting: In the main building: local chefs and restaurants will bring their salsas and related dishes for everyone to try. In the past, this was also a cook-off contest where visitors voted for their favorites.
  • Kids Corner with games and activities for children, including a big tire full of soybeans and corn to play in and different flavors of Shatto Milk to try. Note: We checked the Shatto milk last year, and some of the milks have artificial ingredients and/or corn syrup. If this matters to you, you may wish to check the ingredients.
  • Presentations on the hour. Talks on growing better tomatoes—titles have not been provided this year.
  • New! Tomato sales
  • Features from previous years (which may, or may not, be available this year):
    • Wine tasting, courtesy of the Missouri Wine Board (age 21+).
    • Tomato and pepper plots open for viewing.

The event is held at the MU Bradford Research Center, 4968 Rangeline Rd, Columbia MO  65201-8973 (573-884-7945) [http://bradford.cafnr.org/].

For most people, the simplest way to get there is to

  • take the AC exit from Highway 63
  • go east on E New Haven Road
  • follow E New Haven Road about 5 miles, until it ends at S Rangeline Road
  • turn right on S Rangeline Rd and go about 1.3 miles to the farm entrance on the right
  • Parking: It is free, but gets crowded. There is a parking lot around the main building; if that is full, people find parking nearby on the grass or along the long driveway to the building.

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Happy Arbor Day!

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Apr 012016
 

https://i1.wp.com/www.arborday.org/media/graphics/highres_new/familyPlantDeciduous.jpg?resize=251%2C200Arbor Day in Missouri is today—the first Friday in April. Our state tree is the Flowering Dogwood, and if you would like to know more about Arbor Day or Arbor Day in Missouri, click on the image or above link.

Check out the following related events: If you know of more, please share in the comments below!

Tomorrow, Sat Apr 2, starting at 8 am, the City of Columbia will host its annual Arbor Day Tree Giveaway in the parking lot of the ARC (Activity and Recreation Center, 1701 W Ash St). Nearly 1,000 bare-root seedlings will be given away until all the trees are gone. Tip: Get there early if you want a tree!

On Sat Apr 23, from 10 am to 12:30 pm, the Columbia Public Library will host Plant a Tree for Arbor Day. In the Friends Room, pick up a free seedling from the Missouri Department of Conservation, then get tips on planting it from horticulturalist Alan Helland.

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Tue Mar 15: Election and Tornado Drill

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Mar 142016
 

First of all, remember to vote on Tuesday! This election includes the Presidential Primary and Columbia rollcart issue. If you need to check the issues and/or where to vote, check the Boone County Clerk site: https://www.showmeboone.com/clerk/. Note: There is also a Municipal Election scheduled for April 5, 2016.

Also on Tuesday, the State of Missouri will be conducting a Statewide Tornado Drill at 1:30 pm, which means the outdoor warning sirens will sound at that time. While schools are likely to participate, polling places will not—just continue with voting if you are at the polls.

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