12-year-olds await their cue at Kwanzaa event

From left, Jade Rodriguez, 12; Qualeashai Robinson, 12; and Sierra Thomas, 12, wait for their performance to start at the Kwanzaa celebration held at Douglass High School on Saturday. The group is a part of Fun City Youth Academy and performed to the Michael Jackson song "Will You Be There."

Nia Imani lights the Kwanzaa candles

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.

Clark plays up as a freshman for Hickman

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 makes appearance at namesake event

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.

Freshman Clark makes debut for Hickman boys basketball

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.

David Johnson coaches first game for Hickman since early 1990s

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.

Moberly defeats Hickman 43-26

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 falls to Moberly

Hickman's Paige Nelson defends Tierney Seifert in the Kewpies 43-26 loss to Moberly on Saturday.

Leis drives for Columbia College

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 tries a new style of play

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.

A Grinch at the Living Windows

The Grinch entertains passerbys with her Jim Carrey impressions Friday at the Living Windows event.

MU volleyball player Brittney Brimmage vs. Northern Iowa

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.

At the home care workshop

Michael Goldschmidt leads the city's Homeworks Home Maintenance Training workshop on Saturday.

Fred Schmidt

Tree Lighting

Sophia White, 4, explores an evergreen tree Friday night at Columbia College.

Crowd celebrating at Thompson Center

The crowd celebrates after the ribbon cutting at the Thompson Center on Friday. The $5 million renovation of the facility will provide patients with greater access to doctors through high-tech innovations such as Telehealth units.

Thompson Center ribbon cutting

Gov. Jay Nixon and William Thompson cut the ribbon to signify the opening of the Thompson Center on Friday. The 26,000-square-foot facility specializes in treating and researching autism and is equipped with more cameras and space to better help the visitors. "The technology is overwhelming, but it has been very convenient for the providers and families," Clinical Assistant Professor Elena Drewel said.

MU basketball player Marcus Denmon vs. Oregon

Missouri guard Marcus Denmon drives to the basket against Oregon's Jay-R Strowbridge (55) and E.J. Singler, right. "We came out with the W, and that’s the most important thing,” Denmon said of the 83-80 victory.

Rock Bridge player Lindsey Cunningham vs. Rolla

Rock Bridge junior point guard Lindsey Cunningham scored 14 points Thursday night in Rock Bridge’s 63-43 win over visiting Rolla. “As a point guard, she’s the coach’s right-hand person,” Bruins coach Jill Nagel said. “She sets the tone for us.”

Hickman girls basketball player Aqua Corpening vs. Helias

Hickman senior Aqua Corpening drives for a layup Thursday against visiting Helias. Corpening scored a game-high 26 points to help the Kewpies come back from a slow first half.