WEEKEND PREVIEW: Missouri spring football, Kite Flying Day, folk festival

Friday, April 13, 2012 | 6:39 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA— This weekend is packed with events, and the weekend forecast reveals an increasing chance of rain as the weekend goes on.

  • Saturday: High of 76, low of 62, with 90 percent chance of precipitation.
  • Sunday: High of 75, low of 50, with 60 percent chance of storms and strong winds.

Two of the events are the Scout-O-Rama and the Kite Flying Day at Douglass Park.


Missouri spring football game

What: Black and Gold spring game, which marks the end of spring practice.

Where: Faurot Field

When: Saturday: Fan Zone opens at 11:30 a.m. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

Cost: Tickets go on sale at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $3 or three canned goods to benefit the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

Extra Info: Before the game, a Fan Zone will be open with interactive games and activities, including photos with Truman the Tiger, and will continue until kickoff.

The new Nike uniforms for football, men and women's basketball, soccer, and volleyball will be revealed at halftime.

MU softball game

What: A three-game series against Texas Tech.

Where: University Field

When: Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at noon

Cost: Free

Cleanup Columbia

What: City-wide trash pickup

Where: Equipment pickup is at Rock Quarry House at Rock Quarry Park, located at 2002 Grindstone Parkway. Volunteers or volunteer groups are assigned a location for trash pickup when they pick up their supplies.

When: Supply pickup is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers have been asked to begin trash pickup no later than 10 a.m.

Cost: Free

If you go: Register in advance to be assigned a pickup location and supplies. Supplies provided include trash bags, gloves and safety vests if needed.  

Marching Mizzou Sean and Jeremy Memorial 5K

What: A 5K in memory of Marching Mizzou members Sean Radcliff and Jeremy Porter, who died in a car accident in June 2011.

Where: The course is around the MU campus, beginning at the MU Student Center

When: Saturday: Check-in and T-shirt pickup begins at 7 a.m. The 5K begins at 9 a.m.

Cost: $15 if registered by Friday; $20 for day-of registration

7th Annual Robotics Design Challenge 

What: Elementary and middle school-aged children can build LEGO robots with different types of sensors and then program them to accomplish a task. It is designed to spark interest in science and engineering, according to the MU Computational Neurobiology Center. Groups can register prior to the event.

Where: Engineering Building West at MU

When: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

St. Baldrick's annual head shaving event 

What: Individuals will be shaving their heads to raise money for St. Baldrick's and to help fight childhood cancer. Attendees can come as an observer or donor or sign up to have their heads shaven. 

Where: Bleu Restaurant, at 811 E. Walnut St.

When: Saturday at 5 p.m.

Cost: The event is free. Donations are welcome. A portion of the proceeds from drinks bought at Shot Bar from noon to 1o p.m. will be donated to the event as well.


What: A collection of 10 speakers from the Columbia community are each giving a talk on an "idea worth sharing." The theme for the independent MU event is "Collaboration through Innovation."

Where: Tickets are sold out to the event in the Fred W. Smith Forum in MU's Reynolds Journalism Institute, but there will also be live-streaming watch parties at The Shack, located in the MU Student Center; the Museao Building, located at 3500 Buttonwood Drive; and at the Daniel Boone City Building, located at 701 E. Broadway. 

When: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Red Shoe Run

What: 5K to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri

Where: Gordon Shelter at Stephens Lake Park 

When: Saturday: Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; the 5K begins at 9 a.m.

Cost: $35 entry fee (T-shirt and gift bag included)

Lew Stroerker Boulder Dedication

What: Friends of Rock Bridge State Park is hosting a dedication ceremony for a memorial boulder to Lew Stoerker, a key figure in acquiring land for the park.

Where: Devil's Icebox trailhead at Rock Bridge State Park

When: Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Extra info: Refreshments will be offered following the ceremony at the Rock Bridge Mills Shelter.

Big Muddy Folk Festival

What: A 21st annual folk festival featuring acts such as the SkirtLifters and Swing DeVille.

Where: Thespian Hall, located at 522 Main St., Boonville

When: Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Cost: $22 per evening; $39 for both nights

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