Micaela Minner practices her swing [Photo]

Sixth-year senior Micaela Minner practices her swing on Thursday. Minner is graduating with a master's degree in health education and promotion, and hopes to find a job in medical sales.

Strongman Justin Wheeler [Photo]

The farmers walk is one of Justin Wheeler's favorite events. The task combines strength, speed and endurance as a competitor must hold the bars of weight and walk as fast as possible for a set distance that varies from competition to competition.

Missouri softball player Micaela Minner [Photo]

Sixth-year senior Micaela Minner warms-up at practice on Wednesday. Minner is graduating with a master's degree in Health Education and Promotion and hopes to find a job in medical sales.

Rock Bridge closer Travis Bittle [Photo]

Rock Bridge sophomore pitcher Travis Bittle throws during the seventh inning against Hickman on May 14, 2009. Bittle's pitching helped to secure a 5-3 win for the Bruins.

Community gardens in Columbia [Graphic]

Harbor House garden [Slideshow]

SLIDESHOW: Most of the meals at Harbor House, a residential arm of the Salvation Army, are made from donated canned goods. But this fall, residents will enjoy a menu that includes fresh tomatoes, cabbage and strawberries, thanks to a new garden the residents planted.

Maj. K. Kendall Mathews, regional coordinator for the Salvation Army, said he hopes the garden teaches residents the value of taking advantage of natural resources, as well as taking an active role in improving their physical health.

Travel Guide [Photo]

Preparing for the show [Photo]

Eric Carlson, an artist, works at the Columbia Art League on Sunday, preparing for the upcoming 'FATE Fiber Show: Seven.' In the show, which opens Thursday, clay, handmade paper and cloth have been used to create works where meaning is revealed through layers of materials and narrative. The other artists whose work will be displayed are Jenny Dowd, Jessica Forys-Cameron, Joleen Goff, Nicole Ottwell, Betsy Roe and Patti Shanks.

Meaning through medium [Photo]

Diana Moxon, left, executive director of Columbia Art League, and Education Director Amy Meyer hang artwork at the gallery on Sunday in preparation for the upcoming "FATE Fiber Show: Seven." The show opens Thursday and includes the works of seven artists who explore the metaphoric potential that medium can imbue into artworks.

Retired minister Dick Blount [Photo]

Retired minister Dick Blount runs the Open Door Ministry program at the Missouri United Methodist Church on Ninth Street.

John Cheetham conducts [Photo]

John Cheetham conducts a piece of his own work during a rehearsal of the Columbia Community Band at West Junior High School on April 29. Cheetham conducted his work as well as played euphonium on other pieces with the rest of the band.

John Cheetham [Photo]

John Cheetham takes part in a rehearsal of the Columbia Community Band at West Junior High School on April 29. Cheetham plays euphonium as well as conducts a work he has written.

Making music [Photo]

Matthew Thurman toys around with audio editing equipment in his room on May 5. Thurman is a singer, music producer and owner of his own production company.

Draft CID boundary map [Document]

A PDF showing the potential changes from the Special Business District boundaries to the new Community Improvement District boundaries.

Highlights of Meyers' travels [Graphic]

Lee Meyers at a high pass on Everest trip [Photo]

Boone County doctor Lee Meyers stands at a high pass with the Himalayas and Mount Everest behind him during a three-day driving trip to the base of Mount Everest.

Tents at Rongbuk base camp [Photo]

Tents fill the Rongbuk base camp at 17,000 feet. The tents act as homes for three months of the expedition when climbers are not too high on the mountain to use them.

Asher Kolieboi with Mallory Herrmann at Lavender Graduation [Photo]

After receiving his purple tassel, Asher Kolieboi sits with fellow graduate Mallory Herrmann as others are recognized during Lavender Graduation. The event was hosted by MU's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center and the student group Triangle Coalition. Kolieboi helped create Queer People of Color, a group at MU.

Prayers on paper tossed skyward [Photo]

During the Puja ceremony performed by the Buddist monk, small pieces of paper containing prayers are thrown skyward to ask the gods for a safe and successful journey.

Moving toward Camp 4 on Mount Everest [Photo]