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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for November 6-8.

Friday

Enjoy the last First Friday before temperatures drop with a stop by ArtsKC’s gallery to see Sharon Reeber’s artwork and color crowns in celebration of the Royals’ World Series win accompanied by music from Diles Mavis Group. Or shop holiday cards at Hammerpress for 20 percent off (the offer is also good online through Nov. 8 with code HOLIDAY2015). The store is also hosting a trunk show featuring KC-based Maker Goods and Shine Co. and free Boulevard Pale Ale.

Empty Bowls Kansas City’s event tonight at ArtsTech provides a simple but powerful reminder of all the empty bowls in our community. Guests make a donation, choose from one of the nearly 1,000 bowls donated from artists across KC, have a simple meal of soup provided from Extra Virgin, Michael Smith, NARA, Seasi and others, then take the dish home. Refreshments are provided by KC Bier Co. and the evening also includes a live auction of donated artwork. Proceeds benefit Harvesters and other local charities.

If your Royals’ World Series champions gear and selfie at Tuesday’s celebration parade don’t satisfy your need to commemorate the team’s 2015 season, how about a piece of World Series turf? From 3-7 p.m. at the Royals Authentic store at Kauffman Stadium, fans can purchase 6-by-6-inch hexagonal pieces of the World Series logos painted on the field at The K for $30 ($40 for one of a limited number sold with a hard plastic holder).

Saturday

Although it shares the same source material as “The Little Mermaid,” don’t show up to Lyric Opera’s production of “Rusalka” expecting Ariel and her seashell bra. The grown-up opera features a haunting libretto matched with a lush score telling the story of a lovelorn mermaid who wants to become human and learns that what we desire can destroy us.

Drink up at BeerKC’s annual ode to bold ales, the Strong Ale Festival. This year features more than 70 strong brews from 30 plus craft breweries around the world 1-5 p.m. in the street outside of McCoy’s Public House. Attendees receive a commemorative tasting glass and an opportunity to mingle with the brewers, not to mention unlimited beer sampling. And although Halloween was last weekend, festival goers are encouraged to dress up to match the event’s 2015 theme: spaghetti western.

Get in the holiday spirit with a host of season open houses happening today. Friday and Saturday, Nell Hill’s offers inspiration and fun finds for your home, and the rest of the Village at Briarcliff gets in on the action with today’s Holiday Sip and Shop, letting you imbibe hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps, hot cider with caramel vodka, eggnog, mulled wine and other treats while shopping. Downtown Lee’s Summit merchants are also itching to help you find the perfect holiday gift during the neighborhood’s open house this weekend, where shoppers have the chance to win a $100 gift card.

Sunday

Another sign the holiday season is officially upon us? The Crown Center Ice Terrace opens for business this weekend. Lace up your skates (rent them for $3 or bring your own) and enjoy before the weather turns as icy as the outdoor rink.

Burn off some calories in anticipation of your Thanksgiving feast later this month at the 19th Annual Gobbler Grind. The race at Corporate Woods includes three distances—5K, half marathon and marathon—and benefits the Supporting Kids Foundation, which helps offset the financial burdens of local families who have a child diagnosed with cancer.

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum gets a jump on celebrating Veterans Day at the Fourth Annual Ike Skelton Veterans Day Ceremony. The opening ceremony at 12:30 p.m. includes a performance of  “The Star Spangled Banner” by Janine Stange, who made history last year by singing the national anthem in all 50 states, and a flyover by the Heart of America Commemorative Air Force. The day’s keynote will be delivered at 3 p.m. by Joseph L. Galloway, author of “We Were Soldiers Once…and Young.” Museum admission and all events are free. See the full schedule online here.

Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!