December 4, 2010
Nia Imani, president of Fun City Youth Academy, lights the seven candles in the kinara at the Kwanzaa celebration held at Douglass High School on Saturday. The seven candles represent the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
Freshman Chris Clark made his debut for Hickman on Saturday. His coach, David Johnson, said he was worried about his size against older kids but that after a win over Poplar Bluff that he thinks Clark can handle it.
Norm Stewart, former head MU basketball coach takes to the court at Columbia College the Norm Stewart Classic Saturday to request donations for the Coaches vs. Cancer charity. Stewart started a competition between cheerleaders and a group of older men to see who could collect the largest amount of money.
Hickman's Chris Clark scores two of his eight points against Poplar Bluff. The 6-1 freshman added three points and one assist and played more minutes than any other Kewpie.
Hickman head basketball coach David "DJ" Johnson instructs the Kewpies between quarters at the Norm Stewart Classic on Saturday. Johnson, who coached Hickman in the early 1990s, made his second debut coaching the Kewpies. After the game he said he was probably just as nervous as his players for their opening game.
Hickman girls basketball coach Tonya Mirts advises to her team in a break during a 43-26 loss to Moberly. Mirts' message to her team was to not let the blowout loss define them.
Hickman's Paige Nelson defends Tierney Seifert in the Kewpies 43-26 loss to Moberly on Saturday.
Columbia College Senior guard Cara Leis, right, challenges Becca Stroman of Manhattan Christian College. Leis scored 10 points for the Cougars, who won 73-47.
Stephens College coach Bill Bixon instructs his players against Manhattan Christian on Saturday. With nine freshmen, Bixon's emphasis has been on basketball concepts rather than strategy. he says he's tried to give his team more freedom and more creativity without having to worry about a playbook.
The 27th Annual Holiday Home Tour — featuring four Columbia homes — was presented Saturday by the Women’s Symphony League of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. It continues on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
On Friday, stores in "The District" put people in window displays for the holiday season. "Living Windows" is a Christmas festival where shoppers and residents can witness these holiday performances in downtown Columbia.
The Grinch entertains passerbys with her Jim Carrey impressions Friday at the Living Windows event.
A large crowd gathered outside Shelter Insurance on West Broadway on Friday to witness the annual Christmas tree lighting. West Junior High School's band and choir provided music for the event, and Santa came to take pictures with the children.
Missouri's Brittney Brimmage, left, and Lisa Henning, right, leap for a block against Northern Iowa's Beth Discher on Friday in the Tigers' first-round NCAA tournament victory in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Michael Goldschmidt leads the city's Homeworks Home Maintenance Training workshop on Saturday.
According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers on average spent more during the Black Friday Weekend this year than over that weekend in 2009. Consumers spent an estimated $45 billion throughout the weekend, 9.2 percent more than last year. Last year’s low average occurred as the nation’s November unemployment rate reached its highest mark since 1982.
Black Friday shoppers got an early start this year. More shoppers lined up for bargains between midnight and 1 a.m. on Friday this year than in the past, but the percent of their shopping lists completed when the shopping weekend was over varied little from previous years.
December 3, 2010
Sophia White, 4, explores an evergreen tree Friday night at Columbia College.
As the holiday celebrations begin in Columbia, Missourian photographers captured the holiday spirit of the Living Windows, Columbia College Tree Lighting, Cherry Hill Magic Tree celebration and the 45th Annual Shelter Insurance Christmas Tree Lighting.