1 Million Cups
Schedule: Wed, 9-10 am
Location: Small Business & Technology Development Centers (SBTDC, University of Missouri)/Regional Economic Development, Inc. (REDI), 500 E Walnut Ste 102-103, Columbia MO 65201
Info: 573-882-7096
1 Million Cups is an entrepreneur pitch program of Kauffman Labs and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation that engages the Kansas City startup community through a weekly educational meetup. SBTDC will be streaming Kansas City’s event until they begin their own. Free of charge and open to the public. Hashtag – #1MComoCups

After School Recreation
Ages: 8 and older
Schedule: Mon-Fri,  2:30-7 pm, during the school year
Location: Armory Sports Center, downstairs, 701 E Ash St, Columbia MO 65201
Come  play basketball, work on simple arts & crafts projects and use the computer lab for Internet use or homework. Or, you can try pool table, ping-pong table, foosball, shuffleboard and air hockey tables, safe darts, or just watch a movie. Quiet classroom are available on a regular basis.

Boone County Hoppers Double Dutch & Jump Rope Teamd
Ages: 7-14
Schedule: Mon and Wed, 4:30-5:30 pm
Location: Aerobic Room, Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash St, Columbia MO 65201
Info: 573-817-5077

City-Wide Flag Line
Ages: 7-18
Schedule: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm
Location: Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash St, Columbia MO 65201
Info: Mary Dewey. 573- 817-5077
Come join the Flag Line! We would like to develop a Flag Line to perform with our Drum Line in several parades and other performances throughout the year. Dance experience preferred but not required. Great opportunity to get in shape, make new friends and have fun!

Coffee and Conversation (Stephens College Graduate Admissions)
Schedule: Thursdays, 7:30-9 am (Jun 19, through July 2014) (drop in)
Locations: Kaldi’s (two locations) – Kaldi’s Coffee Bar at Schnucks, 1400 Forum Blvd (Forum and Stadium) and Kaldi’s Coffeehouse, 29 S 9th St, Columbia MO 65201
Info: 800-876-7207, [email protected]
Planning to pursue a college degree and not sure where to start? Join Stephens College Admissions representative(s) for a cup of coffee and conversation to learn about their top-ranked graduate, online, and career-enhancing programs.
“We want to learn more about you and your goals, and then explain how one of our graduate programs in Strategic Leadership, Education (Counseling or Curriculum & Instruction) or Healthcare (Pre-Health Professions or Health Information Administration) may help you achieve those goals. This isn’t an interview, but we want to understand your needs to help you in selecting the program that best fits your needs, as well as to guide you in our admissions process.”

Connor’s Cave Tours
Ages: Recommended for ages 5+
Schedule: Sat & Sun, 1-4 pm (Jun 14 – Aug 31, 2014, call 573-449-7400 to confirm)
Location: Devil’s Icebox parking lot, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, 5901 South Highway 163, Columbia MO
Info: 573-449-7402
During “Weekends on the Boardwalk,” you can enjoy a free guided tour of Connor’s Cave using park lights and helmets. Walk the Devil’s Icebox Trail on your own until you reach Devil’s Icebox, where park volunteers will assist you. Learn about caves and bats. Tours last about 15 minutes. Expect to get your feet wet. Tours will be offered on most Saturday and Sunday afternoons June 14 through August 31. Because cave tours will not be offered when we lack naturalists or the weather is inclement, call 573-449-7400 to learn about specific dates.  Reservations are not required. You may arrive anytime between 1 pm and 4 pm.

Evening Recreation in Douglass High School Gym
Ages: 8+
Schedule: Mon-Thu, 6:30-9 pm
Location: Douglass High School Gym, 310 N Providence Rd, Columbia MO
Info: Community Recreation, Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash St, Columbia MO. 573-817-5077
Take part in activities such as basketball and volleyball and special events such as talent shows, community programs, also held in this facility. Staff will help you with fundamentals of basketball to sharpen your game.
Open recreation basketball and team play opportunities are available. Contact staff at the above number if you are interested in trying out for one of the teams.

Fish Feeding Demo
Schedule: Sat & Sun, 2:00 pm
Location: Bass Pro Shops, 3101 Bass Pro Dr, Columbia MO 65202
Info: 573-886-7100
Learn about the fish that Bass Pro has in their 11,000 gallon aquarium and see how the fish react to different baits and live bait. Fun and educational for the entire family.

Game Room Drop-In
Ages: 7-17
Schedule: Sat, 9 am-1 pm
Location: Downstairs Recreation Room, Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash St, Columbia MO 65201
Info: 573-874-7460
Bored on Saturday mornings and afternoons? Come to the Armory to play pool, ping-pong, foosball, shuffleboard, air hockey,  XBOX360, safe darts, arcade games or just watch a movie.

Historic Costume Gallery
Schedule: Call for hours
Location: Costume Museum & Research Library, Stephens College, 1200 E Broadway, Columbia MO 65215
Info: 573-876-7233; [email protected]
Two public exhibits are held in the Historic Costume Gallery (on the mezzanine floor of Lela Raney Wood Hall, 6 N College Ave) throughout the year. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

Late Night Teen Recreation
Ages: 12-17 (no adults allowed)
Schedule: drop-in, Fri and Sat 7-11 pm,  June 12-Aug 8, 2015, except July 3-4, 17, and 24,
Location: Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash St, Columbia MO 65201
Activities: Pick-up basketball, and volleyball available
Get together with friends in a fun, supervised environment during the summer.

Laws Observatory
Schedule: Wed, 8-10 pm (weather permitting, closed holiday evenings)
Location: Physics Bldg, University of Missouri, 701 S College Ave, Columbia, MO 65211
map: http://map.missouri.edu/?bldg=37078
Central Missouri Astronomical Association:
Parking recommended at Virginia Avenue Garage: http://map.missouri.edu/?bldg=37131

Little Gymmers
Ages: 2-6, with accompanying adult(s)
Cost : $1 for each child and adult, no ARC membership required
Schedule: Mon and Fri (not on holidays), 10-11 am
Location: ARC gymnasium, 1701 W Ash St, Columbia MO 65203
Info: 573-874-7700
Come enjoy children’s activities in the ARC gymnasium reserved for children and an adult playmate. Activities will include parachute games, 8-foot basketball, beach ball volleyball, and others.

Little Swimmers
Ages: 8 and under, with accompanying adult(s) (age 16+)
Cost : $1 for each child and adult, no ARC membership required
Schedule: Mar 11-Nov 23, Mon-Thu (not on holidays), 11 am-12 pm
Location: ARC Water Zone, 1701 W Ash St, Columbia MO 65203
Info: 573-874-7700
Come enjoy the water play structure, zero-depth area and the lazy river of the ARC Water Zone during a time specifically reserved for the little ones and an adult playmate.

Meditation (Unity of Columbia)
Schedule: Wed, 12:15-12:45 pm & 6-6:30 pm
Location: Prayer Chapel, Unity of Columbia, 1600 W Broadway, Columbia MO 65203
Guided, silent meditation. All levels of experience welcome. Please, no speaking when entering the chapel.

Meditation (University of Missouri, Law School)
Schedule: Tue, 1:30-2 pm (Sep 16-Dec 2, 2014)
Location: Law School Library Computer Lab (Meditation and Yoga Room), 120B Hulston Hall, University of Missouri, 820 Conley Ave, Columbia MO 65211
Guided, silent meditation plus instruction. All levels of experience welcome. Does not meet on MU holidays.

Meditation (University of Missouri, Mindfulness Practice Center)
Schedule: Mon, 12:15-12:45 pm
Location: 266 Heinkel Bldg, University of Missouri, 201 S 7th St, Columbia MO 65211
Contact: Lynn Rossy, PhD, [email protected]
Guided, silent meditation. All levels of experience welcome. Meets year-round, except on MU holidays.

Meditation (University of Missouri, Student Health Center)
Schedule: Mon-Fri, 12:15-12:45 pm (when classes are in session—MU Academic Calendar)
Location: Contemplative Practice Center, Newman Center (lower level),  602 Turner Ave, Columbia MO 65201
Contact: Lynn Rossy, PhD, [email protected]
Experience a variety of 30-minute meditation practices led by experienced practitioners. Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome. Does not meet on MU holidays. While this program is created for students, sitting is open to the community.

New City Hoops
Ages: 6-17
Schedule: Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm
Location: Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash St, Columbia MO 65201
Come in Tuesday after school to get better at the game you love! Staff will work with you on some of the basics and will also give you tips to get an edge on the competition. This is for all school-aged youth.

Nook Night
Schedule: last Tue of the month, 6:30-7:30 pm
Location: Barnes & Noble, 2208 Bernadette Dr, Columbia MO 65203 (Columbia Mall)
Info: 573-445-4080
Whether you are a seasoned NOOK enthusiast or just curious, come for an instructional demo and a variety of events designed to teach, entertain, and inspire about the use of a NOOK.

Poker Night
Ages: 21+
Schedule: Thurs, 7 & 10 pm
Location: Thirsty Turtle, 916 Bus Loop 70E, Columbia MO 65201
Info: 573-442-6696
Thursday Poker Night! 2 games of Texas Hold ’em, 7 & 10 pm. Free entry, fun prizes.

Ages: 18+
Schedule: Tue and Thu, 8:30-9:30 am
Location: Downstairs, Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash St, Columbia MO 65201
Info: 573-874-6378

Reflections Poetry Society
Ages: Teen and Adult (age 13+)
Schedule: drop-in, 1st and 3rd Wed of the month, 6-7 pm
Location: Main Floor Classroom, Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash St, Columbia MO 65201
Info: 573-874-6378, [email protected]
* Write, critique, and hold discussion groups.
* Read/perform poetry during jam sessions.
* No experience required—only a desire to explore the written word as expression.

Sho-Me Sho-Stoppers Hip Hop Dance Squad
Ages: 8-14
Schedule: Tue and Thu, 5:30-7 pm
Location: Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash St, Columbia MO 65201
Info: 573-817-5077
Click here for Registration Form. Group learns and practices modern dance steps, with opportunities to perform.

Silver and Gold Seniors Club
Ages:  Adults (age 55+)
Schedule: drop-in, Tues, 2-4:30 pm
Location: Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash St, Columbia MO 65201
Info: 573-874-6379
A mature adults group that meets to enjoy each other’s company.  If you are interested in fun and interesting activities such as ceramics, bingo, quilting, pokeno, card games, arts & crafts, field trips, park walks or movies, then join us.

Singer/Songwriter Jam
Schedule: Wed, 5-8 pm
Location: Cooper’s Landing, Port of Nashville, 11505 Smith Hatchery Rd, Columbia MO 65203
Info: 573-657-2544
Cooper’s Landing is a gathering place for artists, singers, and local musicians, featuring local musicians performing original music. All events are free to the public. Generally the music is low key and perfect for a relaxed atmosphere. A secure and peaceful environment is considered important to the families who bring their children and their grandparents to enjoy the unique view and atmosphere.  Not allowed: cussing and excessive drinking, dogs, or carry-in food or drinks.

Speak Up, Be Heard Youth Journalism
Ages: 10-17
Schedule: Thu, 4:30-6 pm
Location: Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash St, Columbia MO 65201
Info: 573-817-5077
This is a Columbia  Website giving youth and teens a chance to tell their story through print, audio, video and photography. We are looking to raise a group of young journalists, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable experiences through this new website. Those that choose to join us can choose: teen issues, local, food, movies, music, politics, cartoonists, sports, fashion, celebrities, places to go and much more. Adults are welcome to help by volunteering.

Stitch ‘N Bitch
Schedule: Wed, 4-6 pm (when MU classes are in session)
Location: Women’s Center, G108 Student Center (basement), University of Missouri (MU), Columbia MO 65211
Info: 573-882-6621
[email protected]
This tongue-in-cheek national movement creates an environment to reclaim undervalued “women’s work” while having fun and discussing relevant topics. Everyone is welcome to meet every Wednesday to knit and crochet while enjoying great company and conversation. We provide the supplies and know-how to start a project or bring one you’re already working on. It’s open-house-style so stop by for a little bit or stay for the entire two hours. No matter if you’re a beginner or expert, all will enjoy this comfortable circle. For more information about this national program, please visit stitchnbitch.org.

Tai Chi
Ages: 18+
Schedule: Mon/Wed/Fri, 8:30-9:30 am;  Sat 9:00-10:00 am
Location: Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash St, Columbia MO 65201
Info: 573-874-6379, [email protected]
Tai Chi, as it is practiced in the West today, can be best thought of as a moving form of yoga and meditation combined. There are a number of forms, called sets, which consist of a sequence of movements. Many of the movements are derived from the martial arts, and perhaps even more ancestrally than that, from the natural movements of animals and birds. Tai Chi movements are performed slowly, softly and gracefully with smooth even transitions.

Tea Dance, featuring the OAK House Band
Ages: Aimed at 50+, but all ages welcome
Schedule: 4th Wed of the month, 1-3 pm
Location: Stephens Lake Activity Center, 2311 E Walnut, Columbia MO
Info: 573‑874‑7475
Park and enter through rear building entrance. Bringing a snack is encouraged.

The As Yet Unnamed Comedy Show
Ages: 21+
Schedule: Tue, 10 pm-12:30 am
Location: Eastside Tavern, 1016 E Broadway, Columbia MO 65201-4908
Check the Facebook page to confirm and see the lineup.

Travel Club
Ages: Aimed at 18+
Schedule: 2nd Wed of the month, 2 pm
Location: Club Room at Columbia #2 Hy-Vee (Rock Bridge), 405 E Nifong Blvd
The Travel Club is an open forum and agenda for sharing travel tips, travel tales, travel opportunities, travel photos, travel destinations and travel deals. We’ve had presentations on extended living in a foreign country, purchasing the right camera, and the merits of traveling alone or in a group. If any of this sounds enticing, join the Travel Club at their monthly meetings. They meet in the Club Room (on the second floor) of the Hy-Vee at Nifong and Providence. Please share your email address with [email protected] and she’ll add you to the mailing list for reminders and minutes of the topics and Web resources discussed.

Tutoring for Teenagers
Ages: 14-18
Schedule: Mon-Thu, 3-5 pm (after public school days)
Location: C.A.R.E. office, 2nd floor, Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash St, Columbia MO 65201
Sponsors: University of Missouri Office of Service Learning and C.A.R.E.
Contact C.A.R.E. for more information or to set up a  tutoring interview.
C.A.R.E. Office: Mon-Fri, 9 am–5 pm, 573-874-6300 / 573-874-6377

V.E.N.T. Teen Anti-Violence Activism Group
Ages: 13-18
Schedule: drop-in, Mon, 6-7 pm
Location: Downstairs Classroom, Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash St, Columbia MO 65201
Info: Matt, 573-875-0503, [email protected]
Interested in community involvement and social movements? Parks & Recreation and True North would like you to join V.E.NT. This is a campaign that educates on the issue of gender violence, and empowers teens to make a difference in Columbia. Help define how violence affects us all, and become part of an effort to create a safer community.

Welcome to Our World (W.O.W.) Youth Online Newspaper
Ages: 13-17
Schedule: drop-in, Thu, 4:30-6 pm
Location: Computer Lab, Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash St, Columbia MO 65201
Info: 573-874-6378, [email protected]
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. This is Columbia’s newest website giving youth and teens a chance to tell their story through print, audio, video and photography. Those that choose to join us can choose: teen issues, local, food, movies, music, politics, cartoonists, sports, fashion, celebrities, places to go, and much more. Parents and other members of the community are welcome to
help by volunteering.

Wilbur R. Enns Entomology Museum
Schedule: Mon through Fri, 8:30 am-5 pm, except University of Missouri holidays (call first)
Location: 3-38 Agriculture Bldg (2nd floor), University of Missouri, 700 Hitt St, Columbia MO 65211
Contact: Kristin Simpson, 573-882-2410; [email protected]
Enns Entomology Museum is generally open on weekdays during business hours. The museum is a small room packed with wonderful insect displays and live specimens. Call first to confirm that the room is open. Group tours need to be scheduled.

Wine 101 / Beer 101
Age: 21+
Schedule: 3rd Wed of the month, 7-8 pm
Location: Macadoodles, 455 E Green Meadows Rd, Columbia MO 65201
Contact: 573-443-1825
Wine and/or beer tastings and tips.

Wine & Beer Tastings
Age: 21+
Schedule: Fri, 4-6 pm
Location: Spirits Department, Lucky’s Market, 111 S Providence Rd, Columbia MO 65203
Contact: 573-442-2128, [email protected]
A selection of wine and/or beer is available for sampling at the counter. The samples will be different each day. This event is generally scheduled as above, with Friday nights taking priority over Saturday afternoon tastings. During slower times such as between fall and spring college semesters, or during MU home football Saturdays, tastings may not occur. If in doubt, call the store to confirm.

Gardens and Parks

Shelter Insurance Gardens
Location: 1817 W Broadway, Columbia MO  65218
Hours: Daily, 8 am to dusk. Closed Christmas Day. Sometimes closed in icy or inclement winter weather.
Info: 573-214-4595; https://www.shelterinsurance.com/aboutshelter/sheltergardens/
On the property of the Shelter Insurance corporate office is Shelter Insurance Gardens. A mid-America arboretum and public gardens: Beyond the stone-and-wrought-iron gates are five acres containing over 300 varieties of trees and shrubs and more than 15,000 annuals and perennials.
Anyone is welcome, including students, scientists, and school groups—even small weddings. Visitors use the gardens as a picnic spot, a space for relaxation, an ideal place to take a stroll, and a beautiful photography location.
Shelter Gardens are frequented by horticulture and forestry students from schools and universities in the Columbia area. Elementary students also visit on class trips to gather specimens for leaf collections. A representative of every variety of plant life in the gardens has botanical information listed for the species, including its scientific and common names.
Local bands fill the air with live music during “Concerts in the Gardens” on Sunday evenings in June and July, attracting crowds of local music lovers to the garden’s cedar gazebo.
The Shelter Gardens contain 14 features, including a waterfall, rock garden, Vietnam veterans’ memorial, replica 19th century one-room school house, and garden for the blind.