1 Keith Kavanaugh exhibition – His exhibition of encaustic landscape paintings will run through Jan. 13 at Primary Colors, 109 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. Drawing inspiration from the area around his home in rural Jackson County, Kavanaugh began his creative pursuits as a musician, completing a degree in Jazz Performance at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. It was at the Museum of Fine Arts that he realized a connection between the spontaneity of improvisation and the act of painting. He returned to Kansas City in 1987 to play music and began studying visual art in 1988, finishing an Art degree in 1990. He began working as an illustrator, graphic designer and art director in the magazine publishing business, eventually forming BauWau Design. While he never put down the brush during those years, he returned seriously to painting in 2001. A longtime interest in the natural world led Kavanaugh to the genre of landscape painting and to the unique medium of encaustic, or pigmented beeswax.
2 WinterFest – Holiday cheer rings out at Worlds of Fun during its inaugural WinterFest celebration. Thousands of sparkling lights transform the park with an inviting glow that warms the heart and lifts the spirit. Witness 10 live shows, meet more than 16 iconic holiday characters, join 9 holiday activities like ice skating and cookie decorating and ride select park attractions. This holiday celebration takes place through Dec. 30; closed Dec. 24 and 25. Hours – Sunday-Friday: 3:30 p.m. parking lot opens (metal detection begins); 4 p.m. turnstiles open for entry to International Plaza and Das Eishaus Ice Skating; 5 to 10 p.m. full park opens. Saturdays: 3 p.m. parking lot opens; 3:30 p.m. metal detection begins and turnstiles open for entry to International Plaza and Das Eishaus Ice Skating; 4 to 10 p.m. full park opens. Tickets start as low as $25, plus applicable taxes and fees, when bought online at https://www.worldsoffun.com/tickets-passes/winterfest. Admission is free for 2017 Gold and Platinum Passholders.
3 Truce Tournament – Sporting Kansas City, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, The Soccer Lot, and the soccer community are taking part in the fifth annual Truce Tournament commemorating the Christmas Truce in World War I. On Tuesday, teams will compete in The Truce 3v3 soccer tournament played on Memorial Hill. Schedule: Group stage, 9 a.m.-noon; quarterfinals, 12:30 p.m.; semi-finals, 1:15 p.m.; finals, 2 p.m. Come inside the Museum and join KC's largest Boxing Day English Premier League Watch Party. Enjoy all the day's games in a British pub-theme atmosphere with an optional all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink beer/bloody Mary bar for $25; or, enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet for $20.
4 Winter Wiz Kids – Help your kids shake off their cabin fever and have some fun out of the house! Blue Springs Parks and Recreation is offering something different for the kids to do from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 27 through 29, at the Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Each day features a different them with games, crafts, guest speakers, creative play and more. The cost is $35 per child per day, or sign up for all three days for $90. Registration is required by Thursday. To register, call 228-0137 or online at www.bluespringsgov.com/parks and use online code 4250301.
5 Last minute gift ideas – Celebrate this year’s holiday season by supporting conservation and tree planting with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation. (1) Give-A-Tree cards offer conservation benefits that will endure for generations. These cards can be purchased individually and with customized text and are $5.95. (2) The Foundation’s coffee, a part of the Rain Forest Rescue program, is shade-grown under the canopy of Latin American rain forests, and each bag helps preserve 2 feet of rain forest. Cost, $13.49 per bag, including shipping. (3) The Trees in Celebration program allows the giver to honor loved ones while supporting crucial conservation efforts. For each dollar donated, one tree is planted in a high-need forest, and recipients are given a certificate showing them where the trees were planted. (4) Give the gift of membership and recipients will be sent 10 free trees, which will be shipped at the right time of year for planting. Membership levels begin at $10. To purchase holiday gifts that give back to the planet, visit arborday.org
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