PHOTO GALLERY: Visitors spelunk through Devil's Icebox Cave to see endangered bats

Fifty registered guests were able to see endangered gray bats fly out of Devil’s Icebox Cave on Friday night. The park hosted the event that included exploring Connor’s Cave and information about the white nose syndrome, a disease that affects bats. The event was free, but participants had to register. The same program will take place Saturday evening at Rock Bridge State Park.

PHOTO GALLERY: The Urge rocks Ninth Street Summerfest

The Blue Note hosted Ninth Street Summerfest on Friday night in downtown Columbia with headliner The Urge. Crowds gathered for the free show on the street and in the top floors of nearby buildings to watch the show.

PHOTO GALLERY: Muslim families fast, celebrate Ramadan together

After the evening prayer at about 8:40 p.m., the Gumati and Abdul families, who have known each other for years, broke the first fast of Ramadan with dates and milk at the Gumatis' house in Columbia. Ramadan is a month-long Muslim holiday within which participants fast from sunrise until sunset.

PHOTO GALLERY: Patton Lions Club sponsors lawn mower races

The Patton Lions Club has been sponsoring lawn mower races every other Saturday on a track at the Patton Saddle Club.

PHOTO GALLERY: Christmas in July event offers respite for low income families

The Voluntary Action Center held a Christmas in July event at Missouri United Methodist Church on Thursday in downtown Columbia. Visitors received a free meal, spent time with Santa and could get their hands painted.

PHOTO GALLERY: Friends, family gather for Welliver memorial

Ruth Welliver celebrated her 96th birthday Thursday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the creation of a memorial space at Stephens Lake Park in honor of her daughter Christy Welliver. Friends and family members attended the event.

PHOTO GALLERY: Artist donates work to library

Ben Cameron sits with his painting "Big Band" outside his office Tuesday at Columbia College. The oil painting was chosen from among hundreds of Cameron's work to be donated to the Columbia Public Library.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia residents beat heat index of 100 degrees

Columbia residents make their way to parks and pools Tuesday to help find relief from the heat. The heat index reached 100 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri School for the Deaf takes field trip

Students from the Missouri School for the Deaf took a field trip to The Mud Room on Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU, Duke reinvents toilet to use less water

MU and Duke University have partnered to create a toilet that uses less water as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.

PHOTO GALLERY: Blaise Brazos, Susan Kitchen work on daylily garden

Blaise Brazos and Susan Kitchen work on Brazos' garden filled with daylilies Sunday. The duo removed daylilies so they could spray pesticide that will kill trumpet vines and separated some of the clumps of daylilies. Brazos cross-pollinates his flowers to produce blooms that have the physical characteristics he wants. He named one breed "rounded orange."

PHOTO GALLERY: Winter wheat harvest

Ronnie Flatt is harvesting his wheat about a week later than usual because of a wet spring, but he is hopeful his 1,300 acres produced a good crop.

PHOTO GALLERY: Theater workshops involve both children, parents

Children and parents participate in a theater workshop held by the Theater Reaching Young People & Schools Children's Theater at the Columbia Public Library on Saturday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Children compete in Show Me Conference Championship

More than 300 children swam in the Show Me Swim Conference Championship on Saturday at the Missouri Athletic Center Sports Complex. Swimmers could compete in individual or team races and in between, some danced to music.

PHOTO GALLERY: Vonda and Chester Edwards share 51 years of love

Vonda and Chester Edwards married on June 17, 1962, in Plainville (Ind.) Christian Church following Chester's college graduation.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fire in the Sky event caps Columbia's 61st Fourth of July celebration

Fireworks entertain residents who came out to enjoy the Fire in the Sky event Thursday at Peace and Flat Branch parks. Beforehand, patrons experienced food and live music.

PHOTO GALLERY: Residents, business employees find time to celebrate July Fourth

Residents, students and even business employees find time to celebrate July Fourth.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m.

Fireworks in downtown Columbia will start at about 9:15 p.m. from the top of the Sixth and Cherry streets parking garage.

PHOTO GALLERY: Demonstrators gather at Rally for Freedom

Demonstrators gathered downtown to support whistleblowers, such as Bradley Manning, at the Mid-Missouri Peace Coalition Rally for Freedom.

PHOTO GALLERY: Children learn art skills at camp

The Columbia Art League's "Who Am I" summer day camp for children between the ages of 10 and 13 ran for its second day Wednesday at the Calvary Episcopal Church. The budding artists completed several projects throughout the day that dealt with identity and expression.