1 Reserve your spot for Kiss & Tail – Are you tired of the usual dinner and a movie Valentine's Day? Explore love in the animal kingdom on Feb. 10 at the Kansas City Zoo. How do animals attract a mate and what happens when it's time to get romantic? See their courtship rituals hilariously played out through actors from The Living Room Theatre with an all-new show for 2018. You may blush, you will definitely laugh and you might never look at some animals the same way again! Kiss & Tail begins at 6:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and live music from Calvin Arsenia. Then the eye-opening presentation on jungle love begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by dessert. This adults-only Valentine's event is sure to heat things up! (Your birthdate cannot be after 2/10/1997.) Tickets are $40 for Friends of the Zoo members and $50 for non-members. Visit https://www.kansascityzoo.org/events/kiss-tail to register .
2 Discussion on health care in America – Insuring a future: The Affordable Care Act and American Health Care Reform will be discussed from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, at Pierson Auditorium, Atterbury Student Success Center, UMKC, 5000 Holmes St., Kansas City. A reception will precede the event at 5:30 p.m. Harry S. Truman was the first president to publicly endorse a national health insurance program. In the decades since, health care has remained a constant conversation in our nation's politics, leading to today, where the Affordable Care Act has faced constant challenges that have left many Americans confused about their health care. This program, jointly presented with the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and American Public Square, will hold a panel discussion, with Brian Ellison, host/contributor for KCUR, as moderator. This is a free event, but reservations are needed, visit https://12130.thankyou4caring.org/events/2018-insuring-a-future-panel-discussion .
3 Super Bowl Sunday concert – Organist Jan Kraybill will play the Casavant organ beginning at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for this special concert at the Community of Christ Temple, 201 S. River Blvd., Independence. Her hands and feet, both used to play the organ, will be displayed in video images in the sanctuary. She will play several songs that were originally were banned or ignored because of the social issues of the time. She plans for the audience to sing along with the hymn “This Is My Song.” For more information and a complete program, visit www.jankraybill.com/calendar . Those attending are encouraged to park behind the Temple, and use the main entrance on the horseshoe driveway. There is no charge to enter, but a freewill offering will be requested.
4 Sign up now for Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance – The dance will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9, at Adams Pointe Conference Center, 1400 NE Coronado Drive, Blue Springs. Girls and their fathers or guardian are invited to dance the night away! Girls are encouraged to dress up in their favorite dress. The evening includes entertainment, DJ music, dancing, a photo booth, a full-course dinner, plus you'll make a craft to take home. This event is recommended, but not restricted to, girls ages 4 and older. The cost is $45 per couple ($15 per additional daughter). The deadline to register is Friday. Call 228-0137.
5 National Geographic Live! – Into the Arctic Kingdom, with wildlife photographer Florian Schulz, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City. His multi-year quest to document the Arctic took him to the ends of the Earth. He camped for weeks in jarring winter conditions, accompanied traditional Inuit hunters and sailed the arctic waters, all to get an intimate look at life in the Arctic. Through breathtaking imagery, the National Geographic photographer takes audiences on a legendary journey into the Arctic Kingdom, with a special focus on the Arctic Refuge, one of the world's last great wildernesses. Tickets will be available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at 816-994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at kauffmancenter.org .
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