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Eagles Lodge dinner

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Eagles Lodge

Encore 2015

7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Free State High School $7

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Off the Beaten Plate: Polenta fries at The Burger Stand
March 26, 2015
If The Burger Stand is known for one thing — aside from its burgers — it’s probably the fries.
Style Scout: John Henderson
March 25, 2015
Tell us a secret: I miss having Mizzou in the Big 12 because all that hatred goes to waste. I try to hate Iowa State, but it’s just not the same.
Style Scout: Kim Nixon
March 25, 2015
Whom do people say you look like? One of The Coreys from the ’80s before my hair was blue. I can’t remember which one.
Cooking from Scratch: Artichokes make for a hearty appetizer
March 25, 2015
You have to wonder about the first person who decided to eat an artichoke. I suppose it could have been starvation that led some ancient human to attempt to ingest this Mediterranean thistle, but I rather suspect it was a dare between two men.
Spring home and garden: Succulents can brighten interiors, exteriors
12:00 a.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:00 p.m.
With an endless array of interesting shapes and colors, and the nearly foolproof care requirements of good sun and well-drained soil, succulents are a popular choice for dressing up windowsills and sunny indoor tables. As spring warms into summer, succulent fans also have the option of using these easy plants outdoors.
Spring home and garden: Consider open shelving for kitchens
12:00 a.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 09:59 p.m.
While some prefer to keep the contents of their kitchen tucked safely behind the privacy of cabinet doors, the option of replacing traditional kitchen cabinets with open shelves that display dishes and pantry items has caught on with many.
Spring home and garden: New plants for eastern Kansas in 2015
12:00 a.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 09:59 p.m.
With hundreds of new varieties of plants released each year, gardeners looking to try something new are faced with the difficult task of discerning which varieties are really different and improved. The easiest way to avoid the guessing game is to rely on unbiased organizations that test and recommend varieties. One such organization is All-America Selections (AAS), a non-profit that performs nationwide field trials of new vegetables and annual flowers.
Spring home and garden: Add edibles to the landscape
12:00 a.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 09:58 p.m.
Raising a few veggies and herbs is a growing trend, although for new gardeners the idea of creating a garden might seem overwhelming. Space and sunlight are also limiting factors, but there are ways to work around them. They key is to think outside the box of a traditional vegetable garden.
Double Take: Teen tattoos are a lasting expression in a world of cyber communication
March 24, 2015
Kyra Haas says that in 60 years, after her texts, photos and tweets have been lost to cyberspace, she and her friends can point to their wrinkled, faded tattoos as one of the few lasting expressions of who they were and where they came from.
Fix-It Chick: Remove a whole house trap
March 22, 2015
Whole house traps were installed in most homes built before the 1940s. Originally installed to keep dangerous sewer gases (and rats) from entering the home, these u-shaped cast-iron antiquities are now virtually obsolete.
Kansas City Connection: City Market a hub for delicious ethnic food
March 21, 2015
When people ask me what neighborhoods they should check out in Kansas City, I try to find out what their goals are. If their objective is to eat a lot of different kinds of ethnic food at fairly inexpensive prices, I direct them to the City Market.
Critter Buzz: 7 essential and lifesaving reasons to spay and neuter your pet
March 21, 2015
Spring is coming and the kittens or puppies that you recently adopted may be thinking about making babies of their own. Here are some very compelling reasons to spay or neuter you pet earlier rather than later.
Garden Variety: The benefits of gardening using fabric containers
March 20, 2015
Fabric planting containers may seem like just the latest trend in the garden center, but they truly offer gardeners a better option for container gardening than the traditional plastic, clay and other pots out there.
Bite Sighs: Adapt this brownie recipe for the changing seasons
March 19, 2015
At least I know that I can heat things up in the kitchen. Nothing says “cozy” like a pan of warm, fudgy brownies, no matter what kind of foolishness the weather wants to get up to outside!
Style Scout: Mary Rice
March 18, 2015
Whom do people say you look like? My husband says that I look like Kate Middleton. I’m sure he’s just flattering me!
Style Scout: Steven Duval
March 18, 2015
Whom do people say you look like? Unfortunately, no one but ever since I lost my hair I modeled myself after Isaac Hayes.
Off the Beaten Plate: Jja Jang Myeon at O Café
March 18, 2015
At first glance, O Café’s jja jang myeon — a Chinese-derived, Korean-adopted noodle dish — looks a bit spooky.
Double Take: My young son identifies as gay; what should I do?
March 17, 2015
My child isn’t even in middle school, and he is identifying as gay. I think I’m a pretty accepting parent, but this seems more like a fad or something my child heard on TV rather than something heartfelt. How should I respond?
Daddy Rules: When in doubt, parents, just get down on the floor
March 17, 2015
The best advice I ever received as a new parent was simple: When in doubt, just get down on the floor and roll around.
Managing the crazy: Some tips on parenting 2 kids under 2
March 17, 2015
Monaco has royal parents of newborn twins, and Britain’s Kate and William will soon have a second little prince, but will parenting two kids under 2 be a soul-draining, tear-inducing experience for them like it sometimes is for the rest of us? Unlikely, but their cushy highnesses aren’t completely immune.

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