Plus, Oak Street saved in new Royals stadium design.
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74º | 2% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 7:06 a.m. | Sunset 7:39 p.m.

🐰 Our rabbit-friendly guide to Kansas City
My rabbit Gazpacho — a queen presiding over her castle, aka her tunnel. | Photo by KCtoday
Editor Maddie here. In a world built for cats + dogs, finding resources for less common fur babies can be tricky... but my rabbit Gazpacho and I plan to change that.

DYK, rabbits are the third most popular pets in the United States, right after cats and dogs? Sadly, they are also the third most abandoned — in part due to well-meaning people gifting them for Easter, without realizing rabbits have unique care needs.

So whether you’re considering a new companion or already have a bun-dle of love, let KCtoday set you on the right track with local rabbit resources.

Hop-tions for adoption

Rabbits can live for 10+ years, need lots of space to run around (read: no tiny cages), and require daily stimulation — meaning these are anything but starter pets.

Still down for bunny ownership? Check out the KC Pet Project’s rabbit page, or turn to the region’s foremost authority: the Missouri House Rabbit Society of Kansas City.

The metro’s one-stop shop

If you’re already a rabbit owner, MOHRS needs no introduction. This local branch of the House Rabbit Society offers more than just rescue, fostering + adoption services.

Need to go out of town? Try one of its bunny sitters. Trouble finding an exotic pet doc? Check out MOHRS’ registry (acupuncturists + energy healers included). Want to meet other KC rabbit lovers? Attend a monthly meet up at Lakeside Nature Center’s Lodge.

While there might not be places to hang out with our critters in the city, a la Bar K (or any of these dog-friendly spots), pet owners are always paving the way for new experiences and resources in KC.

In the meantime, I might just stop by the Plaza’s iconic rabbit statues if I’m ever missing my bun while out and about.
Friday, March 29
  • Golden Girls The Laughs Continue | Friday, March 29 | 8 p.m. | Kauffman Center, KCMO | $55-$61 | Miami’s sassiest seniors have returned for one more hurrah in this drag comedy show.
  • Friday Night Smash | Friday, March 29 | 8-11 p.m. | SERV, 9051 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS | $10 | Sip, snack, and socialize with friends at this 21+ pickleball party.
Saturday, March 30
  • Caffeine and Chrome | Saturday, March 30 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Gateway Classic Cars of Kansas City, 1202 S. Lone Elm Rd., Olathe, KS | Free | Pets and people can cruise by and admire classic cars of all kinds.
  • Women’s/Zombie Game 3 | Saturday, March 30 | 5-9 p.m. | Olahrama 28, 13903 E. Noland Ct., Independence, MO | $15 | Get your skate on and pick up a few drinks, too.
Sunday, March 31
  • Easter Egg Hunt on the Farm | Sunday, March 31 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Colonial Gardens, 27610 E. Wyatt Rd., Blue Springs, MO | $8 | Play games, compete in relay races, and embark on an epic egg hunt that promises surprises for all.
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News Notes
  • The Kansas City Council passed the largest budget in city history yesterday — to the tune of $2.3 billion. Highlighted in the budget are street and sidewalk repair, affordable housing, climate initiatives, and opportunities for reliable zero-fare bus service. Read the fine print.

  • Oak Street is staying open. After talks with Mayor Q, the Royals agreed to change the design of the proposed Crossroads stadium to allow car, bike + pedestrian use of Oak between Truman Road and East 17th Street. Previous plans included permanent closure of the two-block stretch. (Kansas City Star)
  • Midwest Living named three metro spots on its Best of the Midwest list for 2024: Vine Street Brewing Co., Sobela Ocean Aquarium, and Wild Child. City Hall needs to start looking into trophy rooms...
  • The Kansas City Title and Trust Building at 929 Walnut St. is getting more than just a facelift. The $11.1 million renovation project — which will result in 57 new apartment units at the historic office building — was just awarded a 10-year 80% tax abatement by the city. (Kansas City Business Journal)
  • Mexican vendor Chilakillers is the latest name to hit the stalls at Lenexa Public Market. Originally a food truck, the local biz will start serving up items like tacos, tamales, and arroz con leche this spring. (Kansas City Star)
  • The Chiefs’ latest signing? European rugby star Louis Rees-Zammit, a potential running back or wide receiver. The NFL expanded each team’s practice squad, allowing a spot specifically for international players. (ESPN)
  • Mo’ Bettahs has closed its south Overland Park location (12005 Metcalf Ave.) and shifted operations to a digital kitchen at the Crossroads Food Stop. The Hawaiian Chain still has dine-in and drive-thru locations in Olathe, Overland Park, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, and Liberty. (Johnson County Post)
  • Get the No. 1 best-selling smart display — the Echo Show 8 — while it’s 33% off through the weekend. We love: controlling smart home devices from one hub.*
🌸 For your warm weather-planning pleasure
Hop on over to these local egg hunts + seasonal events.| Gif by Giphy
Trying to enjoy springtime bliss in the city, or looking for family-friendly fun this holiday weekend? We’ve got a few events lined up for Saturday, March 30 to keep your calendars hopping.
  • The Hunt Is On | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Big 11 Lake, 1310 N. 10th St., KCK | Free | This 10,000-egg hunt is for serious scavengers only — as long as you’re 10 years old or younger.
  • Spring Local Flower Arrangement Workshop | 12-2 p.m. | Serendipity Farm & Vine, 4674 W. 183rd St., Stilwell, KS | $115 | Craft with local flowers while learning techniques from ikebana, a Japanese style of flower arranging.
  • Chicken N Pickle Easter Event | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | 5901 W. 135th St., Overland Park, KS | Free entry | Grown-ups can look for treats at the mimosa bar while the kids go head-to-head with a pickleball-playing Easter bunny.
  • Easter Egg 5K, 10K & Lil’ Bunny Fun Run | 8 a.m. | 7200 132nd St., Overland Park, KS | $12-$39 | This is for any family who wakes up at 6 a.m. to Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving... you amaze us all.
The Buy
The handy dandy jar opener you never knew you needed. Mount it under a kitchen cabinet and easily twist open jars and bottles with one hand. Bonus: The jar opener was designed to be easy to use for older adults and those with carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis.
Yesterday we asked “What’s your patio preference?” and here’s what you said:

A blue string-lit patio with cushioned booths, flowers, and a view of a fountain on the Plaza.

Drinks, views, and outdoor dining — the perfect trio at Cafe Trio. | Photo by @cafetriokc

Al fresco it is. Our readers overwhelmingly want to take their meals outside — rooftop, patio, deck, doesn’t matter, according to 90% of participants.

Perhaps it’s Kansas City’s penchant for the outdoor art of barbecue that makes us so ready to eat out in the open...
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