PHOTO GALLERY: Members of Society of Creative Anachronism gather at MU

The Kingdom of Calontir, a regional branch of Society for Creative Anachronism, had more than 100 members present for an event Saturday at Peace Park.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture hosts Garden Cruise bike tour

Participants of the Community Garden Coalitionand Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's "Garden Cruise" were able to ride their own bicycles around gardens. The tour made stops at five local gardens. Each stop featured a tour of the garden with an expert giving tips about starting a garden plot and cultivating food.

PHOTO GALLERY: Steven Sapp retires from the Columbia Fire Department after more than 22 years' service Friday

Steven Sapp, the former battalion chief of the Columbia Fire Department, has a retirement reception Friday. Sapp has served the community for more than 22 years since 1989.

PHOTO GALLERY: Extreme June heat brings little relief

People across the country have been feeling the effects of the excessive June heat.

PHOTO GALLERY: Texas Hold 'em charity tournament attracts 17 players

A charity Texas Hold 'em poker game was held to benefit the Missouri Hepatitis C Alliance Thursday at Pem's Place.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia quilting groups help member prepare to open quilting store

Marilyn Wine is preparing to open a quilting shop in north Columbia's Vanderveen Plaza. The store is set to open at 10 a.m. Saturday, but in the meantime, members of Wine's quilting group have been meeting there to work on projects together and enjoy each other's company.

PHOTO GALLERY: People in mid-Missouri find ways to cool off as temperatures break records

People found ways to cool off on Thursday as the temperature reached 107 degrees.

PHOTO GALLERY: Laurence Bowers works with Columbia youth at basketball skills camp

Although sidelined by a torn ACL, Laurence Bowers didn't waste time moping about his injury. The Missouri forward has made a commitment to give back to the community and spent the past week helping coach Columbia youth at a basketball skills camp similar to the ones he attended growing up in Memphis. Bowers will return for his senior season with the Tigers this fall.

PHOTO GALLERY: Summer Film Series offers free outdoor movies at MU

The Missouri Students Association, Graduate Professional Council and the Department of Student Life puts on the Summer Film Series during the summer for students. This is the second year they have shown movies during the summer. Wrath of the Titans played Wednesday at MU's Lowry Mall.

PHOTO GALLERY: Donation, changes announced for MU athletics department

MU Athletics Director Mike Alden announced a $30 million donation from the Kansas City Sports Trust to help fund the athletics department's master plan. The donation would be the second largest single donation to MU, exceeded only by a $31 million donation by the Reynolds Foundation to the School of Journalism.

PHOTO GALLERY: Around Columbia during the warm weather

Looking around Columbia to see how heat has affected the wildlife. Sunday temperatures at Columbia Regional Airport reached 100 degrees, the hottest day of the year so far. Forecasts for Thursday predict a high of 103 degrees.

PHOTO GALLERY: Final beam is lifted at 4 World Trade Center

In the southeast corner facing the 9/11 memorial, the 72-story tower that was topped off Monday is to open for business in the fall of 2013 — the first occupied high-rise at the new trade center site since the Sept. 11 attacks.

PHOTO GALLERY: Major League Eating competitors consume boneless Buffalo wings

Competitors in the Major League Eating Boneless Buffalo Wings Eating Contest scarfed down nearly 100 pounds of boneless chicken Saturday before a winner was declared.

PHOTO GALLERY: Radio-controlled aviation offers cheaper, alternative ways to enjoy a hobby

Members from the Mid-Missouri Radio Control Association take their hobby to the skies as they enjoy a cheaper, alternative way to experience aviation through radio-controlled planes and helicopters.

PHOTO GALLERY: Competitors race radio-controlled trucks at Missouri Rock Crawlers State Championship

A group of 19 men competed for the Missouri Rock Crawlers State Championship in Capen Park on Saturday. The competitors raced the clock as they navigated their handmade radio-controlled trucks over rocky terrain.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students graduate Summer Expeditions

Summer Expeditions, a program which encourages the pursuit of higher education in "high-risk" students, celebrated the graduation of its summer program Friday afternoon at Columbia College's Atkins-Holman Student Commons. Approximately 20 students graduated from the program.

PHOTO GALLERY: Refugees lay down roots in local garden

The Columbia Refugee Garden at Broadway Christian Church has between 40 and 50 plots for refugees to grow food.

PHOTO GALLERY: Firework sales begin in Missouri despite drought conditions

Friday marked the beginning of Missouri's period for selling fireworks. Vendors' permits will expire July 10.

PHOTO GALLERY: Chronic wasting disease impacts hunters in Macon County

Chronic wasting disease has been discovered in the wild deer population in Macon County, and residents are concerned about how it will affect the hunting industry in the region.

PHOTO GALLERY: Family Fun Fest at Flat Branch Park

Families enjoyed entertainment and activities and interacted with animals Wednesday at the Family Fun Fest at Flat Branch Park in Columbia.