As the dragon perches on his previous prey [Photo]

A bearded dragon enjoys the sun at the Columbia Pet Center on Tuesday. Josh Hendren, who works at the store, said the lizard hails from Australia's outback and is no stranger to temperature extremes. "There, it's as hot as can be during the day, and as cold as can be during the night," he said.

How to train your dragon [Photo]

Beth Kiburz lifts a bearded dragon at Columbia Pet Center on Tuesday. Kiburz said she enjoys reptiles like the four-year-old dragon because they have a lot of personality.

Turtles go swimming [Photo]

A rescued red-eared slider turtle warms up on a rock at the Columbia Pet Center on Tuesday. Beth Kiburz, an employee at CPC, said the turtles are native to Missouri. "The heat's part of their digestive process," Kiburz said. "But when it's this hot they'll get back in the water to cool off."

Even bikes need shade [Photo]

A motorcycle sits in the shade across from the historic J.W. "Blind" Boone home at Fourth Street and Broadway on Tuesday.

Hot Day band [Photo]

Rosie Robinson, Nathan Smith, Joe Holloway, and Will Roberts of the Hickman Drum Line practice in the shade outside Hickman High School on Tuesday. Holloway said the drum line is having daily practice from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the next two weeks to prepare for the upcoming school year. "We're doing as much as possible in this hellish heat," he said.

People hold signs about Prop C outside polling place [Photo]

Eli and Lily Tinker-Fortel hold signs outside the Columbia Public Library urging people to vote against Proposition C in the Missouri primary election on Tuesday. "People don't really know what the proposition means," Lily Tinker-Fortel said of why she and her brother were motivated to display the signs in the heat. "But people get that there's something wrong with the health care system," Eli Tinker-Fortel said. The Columbia Public Library is one of the county's polling places listed on the Boone County Clerk's website.

Bringing the grandson to the polls [Photo]

Columbia resident John Ball brought his grandson James Bloss, 4, when he came to vote in the August 3 primary at the Tiger Shrine Club. According to Jery Darnell, an election worker, the turnout was still very light by 11:30 a.m.

Voting 'not real rushed' [Photo]

The Tiger Shrine Club is one of many polling locations for the August 3 primary election. "Three precincts are voting here today," said Vernon Wade, an election worker of six years. "But it's been fairly slow, not real rushed," he said.

Voting is a family event [Photo]

Erin Miller, left, turned voting in the August 3 primary into a family event by bringing her three children, including her 1-year-old son Andrew, to the polling place at the Tiger Shrine Club.

Bikers arriving [Photo]

Boone County Sheriff’s Detective Tom O'Sullivan and Deputy Tony Perking direct motorcyclists down East Starke Avenue toward the Boone County Fairgrounds entrance after they exited off U.S. 63 at Brown School Road on Tuesday. Traffic has been slow and steady entering the National Bikers Roundup at the fairgrounds, with no major traffic problems being reported.

Van catches fire [Photo]

An automotive parts van caught fire Tuesday morning after 8 a.m. on I-70 near the Lake of the Woods exit. The driver realized the van was on fire after he got out to change a tire.

Cooking bread [Photo]

Jaden Lewis, 8, and Myke Gemkow work to create a bread batter at the Young Skillet Summer Camp, which has run each summer since 2008. Gemkow, the program's leader, describes the process as "experience learning." "Instead of just saying 'here, we're going to make bread today and eggs tomorrow,' we give these kids the opportunity to work with some of the same foods every day."

Cooking on tape [Photo]

Armed with video cameras, children in the Young Skillet Summer Camp were given the chance to show their experiences through their eyes. Here, William Campbell, 12, conducts an interview with Janylah Thomas, 11. At the end of the two-week camp, they will have created enough footage to produce a children's cooking show, which will air on local public television.

Churning butter [Photo]

As E'monnie Minor, 10, makes butter, others prepare fruits, vegetables, and breads from raw ingredients at the HyVee on East Nifong, Wednesday, July 21.

Orange Juice Young Skillet [Photo]

Wheat and flour become bread, melons and toothpicks become kabobs, and oranges and lemons become juice, as Lamont Minor and others at the Young Skillet Summer Camp discovered on Wednesday, June 21. Myke Gemkow, the program's director, said that this camp is the result of his past employment as a chef and his current position directing the Community Montessori school. The children begin each day with raw ingredients and finish with a full lunch; "all the crazy stuff in between produced the food they eat," Gemkow said.

Chefs at work [Photo]

Clean hands and tables are no match for the handiwork of Sammie Christian, 8, and E'monnie Minor, 10, as they ready their flatbread to be cooked in an oven at the third annual Young Skillet Summer Camp, on Wednesday, July 21. The camp was started by Myke Gemkow, who directs the first-ward Community Montessori school, and provides free cooking lessons for young children who live in the First Ward.

Ham breakfast at Boone County Fair raises money for Missouri 4-H [Slideshow]

Approximately 700 guests attended the annual ham breakfast at the Boone County Fair on Saturday morning. Railroad worker Philip Schopp showed up much earlier; he spent most of the night cooking ham in preparation for the Missouri 4-H fundraiser.

More trash on the curbs after moving-day weekend [Photo]

Trash lines the curbs on Wilson Avenue on Monday, after moving-day weekend for many rental tenants.

Extra trash after moving-day weekend [Photo]

From left, Billy Palmer and Dillon Rice gather other people's cast-off belongings and throw them into the garbage truck. Because many leases ended July 31, there was far more trash than normal on Monday. "We're only supposed to be on the clock until 4, but we'll be out here until 6, easily," Rice said.

Proposal would ban alchohol in two downtown parks [Document]

A Columbia Police Department officer wrote a proposal that would ban alcohol in three downtown parks. The proposed ordinance comes after a group of Columbia residents filed complaints. Currently, there is no part of city code prohibiting alcohol in parks.