Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for April 25 – 27.
Put on your favorite red dress and get to Go Red for Women Half Day for Your Heart. The event at the Overland Park Convention Center kicks off at 10 a.m. and features a luncheon and silent auction to raise money for cardiovascular research and services for women.
Head to Studio Dan Meiners to enjoy food, drinks, an auction and a shaving ceremony. Confused? We’re talking about Shave to Save, an annual fundraiser where volunteers shave their heads to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge of Kansas City, a place where patients and their families can stay free of charge during treatment. (So far participants have raised more than $112,000.) Gary Lezak will be on hand to emcee the 17 most dramatic public haircuts you’ll probably ever see.
Hoping to tie the knot soon (or just in the mood to look at jaw-droppingly gorgeous rings)? Tivol at Hawthorne Plaza is hosting a bridal event Friday and Saturday where you can get up to 50 percent off on select engagement rings and 20 percent off the entire collection of wedding bands. Come by between 4 and 7 p.m. tonight for happy hour, and see a some of the options available here.
Help raise money for the fight against AIDS with two great events. Start the morning at the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City’s annual walk. Then DIFFA KC presents Dining by Design at The Gallery from noon to 3 p.m., where you’ll walk away with terrific table decorating tips at Conversations on Dining, a panel that includes HGTV Design Star’s Jennifer Bertrand, Master Sommelier Doug Frost and Kristopher Dabner of The Greensman and is emceed by our very own executive editor, Katie Van Luchene. Tickets are $20, with proceeds supporting AIDS awareness and programs in Kansas City.
If you’re feeling thirsty, vino will be flowing like water at the Power and Light District’s 14th St. Wine Walk. From 3 to 6 p.m., experience wines and tasting plates from the likes of Bar Louie, The Kill Devil Club, Drunken Fish, Garment District and Maker’s Mark Bourbon Lounge, among others. A $25 ticket buys you a wine tasting and small plate at each venue as well as a souvenir glass. If you’re more in the mood to sample food or beer, check out Taste of Park Place for even more delicious plates from local restaurants or keep imbibing at the Parkville Microbrew Fest.
Find inspiration for your next home improvement project at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Kansas City Chapter’s Remodeled Homes Tour on Saturday and Sunday. Get a sneak peek at the stunning before and after photos of the 22 homes, which include projects from decks to basements to bathrooms, then plan your visit. NARI contractors will be on hand and tickets are only $10, with a portion of proceeds benefiting The Children’s Place, a local organization that helps children who have been abused.
A fast course cruising past a beautiful part of the city, and a fun post-race After-Bash: no wonder the Trolley Run has become the country’s largest timed, 4-mile run in the nation and the largest annual fundraiser for the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) The race begins at 75th and Wornall, winds through Waldo and Brookside neighborhoods and ends on the Country Club Plaza. The first wave of runners starts at 7:45 a.m. The Kids’ Trolley Run (for 10 and under) starts at 10:15 a.m. at Mill Creek Park on the Plaza rain or shine.
Grab the kids and help make the Kansas City Museum a bit brighter at this year’s Chalk Walk. The free event in the tradition of European 16th-century street painting aims to transforms the gray concrete sidewalks surrounding the museum into colorful pathways thanks to the artistic talents of local families and artists. The museum will be hosting entertainment and additional activities.
Don’t miss the last weekend to see a colorful, creative selection of 40 bras currently on display at Legends Outlets Kansas City. The bras, which can be viewed in the window across from the Brooks Brothers Factory store, aim to raise breast cancer awareness and interest in Art Bra KC’s main fundraiser on Friday, May 2.