Highlights for the week of Nov 26-Dec 2, 2018. As always, events are regularly added and updated, so check back for more, and details for all of the events are in the notes section of the calendar. Remember, if you need more info, use the links and contact info for the event—sometimes details change before we can catch them.

Mon, Nov 26

7-8:30 pm: Radio Theater performance in the Friends Room at the Columbia Public Library. For teens and adults. Before television, families gathered around the radio to hear thrilling stories brought to life without the help of visual aids — only dialogue and sound effects. Experience that old magic with a live performance of a classic radio program in cooperation with Maplewood Barn Radio Theater. The show will include the pieces “The Voice on the Wire” and “Fibber’s Closet.”

Tue, Nov 27

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5:30-7 pm: The DiverCity BASH (Business and Social Hour) next to Gamestop in Columbia Mall. Supporting its mission to spotlight central Missouri diversity, KOPN community radio  introduces this monthly business networking event that focuses on supporting and connecting small and minority-owned businesses. This is an opportunity for local business professionals to meet in a social setting to discuss ideas to better their business and expand their business opportunities, get to know other people, have a lot of fun! Free food and drink provided by local businesses, including The Wine Cellar & Bistro and Al and Lena’s Catering & Togo Plate Services. There will also be music, so bring your dancing shoes and lots of business cards.

Wed, Nov 28

2-4 pm: Movie – Faces Places (2017) [PG (for brief nude images and thematic elements)] [1:30] at 148 Mizzou North. Continuing the Museum of Art and Archaeology Ad Hoc Film Series, this movie is a documentary featuring two artists (she’s 80; he’s 30) who collaborate to put large murals on walls in the French countryside.

5:30-7:30 pm: Climate Action and Adaptation Planning (CAAP) Community Forum at City Hall. City staff and the Mayor’s Task Force for Climate Action and Adaptation Planning members will review and discuss some of the actions being considered, and gather feedback from the community on how to invest in and prioritize these actions.
5:30 pm – Presentations  in the Council Chambers from Mayor’s Task Force, City staff and project consultants regarding progress to date
6:00 pm – Breakout groups based on sector areas / areas of interest: Built Environment, Energy and Waste, Natural Resources, and Health, Safety and Well-being. Speak one-on-one and provide feedback for actions being considered under each sector.

Thu, Nov 29

4:30-6:30 pm: COMO Living Magazine – Launch Party: Arts & Culture Issue in the Montminy Gallery, Walters-Boone Co Historical Museum and Galleries. This event includes the reception and opening for the What is Columbia? Photography Show.

Photo: Magic Tree in the Village of Cherry Hill, Columbia, Missouri.

Magic Tree Festival from 5-8 pm on Thu, Nov 29, in the Village of Cherry Hill.

5-8 pm: Magic Tree Festival at Focus On Health Chiropractic in the Village of Cherry Hill. Lots of activities for kids including Santa, face painting, balloon animals, and crafts.

5:30-7 pm: 53rd Christmas Tree Lighting at Shelter Insurance. Festivities will begin at 5:30 pm and the tree will be lit around 6:00 pm. There will also be holiday music by the West Middle School Concert Choir, goodies for the kids, and music by the West Middle School 8th Grade Concert Band.

Fri, Nov 30

3-4 pm: Geology Seminar – On the Eve of Cambrian Explosion by Dr. Shuhai Xiao, Virginia Tech, in 108 Geology Building at the University of Missouri. The sudden appearance of abundant and diverse animal fossils in the geological record about 540 million years ago is colloquially known as the Cambrian explosion. This remarkable evolutionary event was first highlighted by Charles Darwin as a scientific puzzle. To explore what led to the Cambrian explosion, scientists have investigated the Ediacaran Period (635-540 million years ago) in order to better understand the environmental and biological evolution at the transition. The speaker will showcase recent progress in Ediacaran paleobiological and paleoenvironmental studies, discuss the challenges in phylogenetic interpretations, and examine the potential roles of oxygenation in early animal evolution on the eve of the Cambrian explosion.

5-8 pm: Wine Sampling With Endless Summer Winery at Macadoodles. Age 21+.

Sat, Dec 1

1-3 pm: Book Launch Party – Iconic Restaurants of Columbia at the Boone County History and Culture Center. Kerri Linder, as well as some of the featured owners of restaurants, will be sharing stories about some of Columbia’s favorite iconic restaurants dating back to the taverns along the Boonslick Trail. A unique opportunity to interact with several of the restaurant owners.

Sun, Dec 2

4-6:30 pm: The Columbia Community Band – Sounds of the Season Concert in the Auditorium at Hickman High School. There will be a reception with cookies and punch immediately following the concert.

Do you know of any other fun, free events going on this week? Please share the details in the comments, so that everyone can benefit!

Have a wonderful week!

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