Katy Trail turns 20

Sherry Cass darts through a kaleidoscope of fall colors on Oct. 29, 2007. This week marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Katy Trail. Early opponents to the trail worried about trash, noise and public encroachment onto their land. These days, merchants in towns such as Augusta, Dutzow, Hermann and Marthasville meet regularly to discuss ways to further boost tourism along the trail. "The Katy Trail is a success," said Brent Hugh, executive director of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation. " All of the horrible things that were supposed to happen didn't."

Learning new languages at MU church

Hong Liang, a Chinese visiting scholar at the MU environmental engineering department, gestures during a conversation lab at International Community Church in Columbia. The church was originally created to serve the international community at MU regardless of nationalities. Now, this includes international students, scholars, faculties and other residents in Columbia area. Besides services, the church also focuses on assisting the international congregations with English language skills by providing a speaking and writing lab.

Michael Burden

Michael Burden is a journalism graduate student at MU, a graduate instructor and the MU campus representative for the Peace Corps.

Nacho Brothers porch performance

Dylan Spruance, Rock Gremillion, and Kurt Heine play music on East Campus.

Showing their support

Rex Hainey, far left, and Jill Hainey joke while showing their support for Missouri senior Jana Hainey, who was pitching Sunday against Baylor. David Young, far right, also came out to support the Tigers.

Connecting for a home run

Missouri freshman Nicole Hudson hits a three-run home run in the fourth inning Saturday against Baylor at University Field. The Tigers trailed by two going into the fourth inning.

Learning at Earth Day

Teagan Witzig, 4, plays with a magnifying glass while doing crafts made with twigs, seeds and other natural components at the Earth Day festival in Peace Park.

Making a splash on Earth Day

Children explore in the creek that runs through Peace Park on Sunday during Earth Day Celebrations. The event had been postponed a week due to rain, but had a large turnout.

Gardens for sale at Earth Day

Summerfield's garden booth at the Earth Day celebrations in Peace Park on May 2. Vendors set up shop to sell everything from organic coffee to glass jewelry.

Celebrating Earth Day in Peace Park

The Peace Park Stage of the Earth Day festivities was host to more than a dozen performers throughout the afternoon on Sunday. People gathered on the grass to enjoy the jazz musicians and dancers.

Mixed breed puppies available for adoption

Mixed breed puppies nap in the sun during Earth Day celebrations in Peace Park on Sunday. The puppies are eight weeks old and waiting to be adopted.

Daisy Scouts enjoy their flower garden

Daisy Girl Scout Troop No. 60016 member Kelsey Boyce sits on the edge of a raised flower bed and signs a thank you card to the Friends of the Garden who donated $20 for new plants and flowers at Field Elementary School in Springfield, Mo.

Daisy Scouts examine their flower beds

Daisy Scouts examine the flower garden they built outside their school in Springfield, Mo.

Daisy Scouts sit in their garden

Members of the Daisy Girl Scout Troop No. 60016 proudly display a raised flower bed they adopted in the summer of 2009 at Field Elementary School in Springfield, Mo.

Testing out the bike from Cycle Recycle

Two-year-old Mattias Keller rides his new bike with help from his mother Diana Keller at the Cycle Recycle on Sunday at the Get About Columbia office. The event provided free bikes to over a more than 60 people as part of the Bike, Walk & Wheel Week 2010.

Marston fielding

MU freshman shortstop Jenna Marston looks to field a ball.

Hudson's home run

MU freshman Nicole Hudson hits a home run in the fourth inning against the Bears.

Hainey pitches

MU senior Jana Hainey pitched one of her best games of the season against Baylor on Saturday at University Field.

Hainey supporters

Rex Hainey, left, and Jill Hainey show their support for MU senior pitcher Jana Hainey. David Young, right, also came out to support the Tigers in their game against Baylor on Saturday at University Field.

Working together for the Humane Society

Millie Rambis, front, facilitator for the Central Missouri Humane Society Friends for the Animals, and Alan Allert, the executive director of the Humane Society, work together to remove blinds at the old Mid-City Lumber building on Saturday. The building is the temporary location for Humane Society adoptions during the renovations funded by winning the ZooToo renovation contest.