Plus, vote for a KC skateboarding team in the Red Bull Ensemble.
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Today’s Forecast

90º | 24% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 5:52 a.m. | Sunset 8:42 p.m.

🍄 Mushroom mania is coming to KC
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A few of the treasures you can find on the hunt. | Photos by @wallflowerclayworks +
Are you mystified by mycellium? Siked about spores? Well do we have some news for you — the international Game of Shrooms is returning to the metro on Saturday, June 8.

During this global scavenger hunt, local creatives hide mushroom-themed art in their area and give clues to its whereabouts on social media.

This year, several Kansas City artists have signed up to spread the fun-gi including:
  • Héctor Casanova
  • First City Creatives
  • Kait Krochet
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These spores are popping up all over. | Screenshot via Game of Shrooms

Works will start spore-ratically sprouting up around town after midnight on Saturday. Those on the hunt can find helpful hints on participating artists’ social media, just check the interactive map for details.

Once found, these mushrooms caps are all yours. Just be sure to tag or message the artist to let them know.

Interested in sharing some art of your own? Sign ups are still open.
Which local mushroom variety is not edible?

A. Chanterelles
B. False Morels
C. Oyster Mushrooms
D. Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
Friday, June 7
  • KC PrideFest | Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 9 | Times vary | Theis Park, 4800 Oak St., KCMO | $0-$5 | Two stages with local acts, national recording artists, vendors, food trucks, family activities, a parade... what more could you ask for?
  • Jazzoo | Friday, June 7 | 6:30 p.m.-12 a.m. | Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium, KCMO | $250 | Wear your creative black tie attire and get your groove on at the zoo.
Saturday, June 8
  • Summer Workout Series | Saturday, June 8 | 9-10 a.m. | Legends Outlets, 1865 Village West Pkwy., KCK | Free | Elevate your fitness routine with a free yoga class on the lawn.
  • 18th Annual Wine Festival | Saturday, June 8 | 2-8 p.m. | Downtown Excelsior Springs, 201 E. Broadway Ave., Excelsior Springs, MO | $10-$55 | Sip wine while bumping elbows with fellow wineauxs.
Sunday, June 9
  • Future Stages Festival | Sunday, June 9 | 12-5 p.m. | Kauffman Center, KCMO | Free | Support KC’s talented youth, complete family-friendly crafts, and indulge in food truck offerings.
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Meet your new dinner date: Purple Carrot plant-based meals
A green caraf and glass, plate of vegetarian noodles, and plate of limes on a green table.
Purple Carrot’s nutritious meals are loaded with flavor. | Photo by Purple Carrot
Introducing your secret weapon against boring, tasteless meals: Purple Carrot.

Purple Carrot offers chef-prepared, fully plant-based meals that are ready to eat in under two minutes. Prefer to cook yourself? Opt for meal kits or shop plant-based grocery items from a fully stocked “plantry.”

This spring, Purple Carrot is ushering in the warm weather with vibrant, seasonal meals like Roasted Red Pepper Farro Bowls with chickpeas and mint (yum).
News Notes
  • Mill Creek Park Fountain has officially run dry. The iconic Plaza fixture is awaiting repairs, specifically a new pump motor, before it can flow again. A re-opening date is TBA. (Kansas City Star)
  • The Chiefs have signed a one-year contract with WR Mecole Hardman — and we couldn’t be happier. After Hardman caught the game winning touchtown in Super Bowl LVIII, KCtoday got to party with the rest of the city. (FOX4)
  • Downtown’s historic Aladdin Hotel will soon offer apartment living. Developers bought the former 193-room hotel at an online auction last month, intending to transform the nearly century-old building into residential + mixed use property. A timeline is TBA. (Kansas City Business Journal)
  • Mark your calendars — The KC Mavericks have announced their 2024-25 schedule. Catch the home opener on Saturday Oct. 19, as the Mavs take on the Wichita Thunder. Not done with this season? Watch Game 4 of the Kelly Cup Finals tonight at 6:30 p.m.
  • We’re cheesing big with the opening of Green Dirt on Oak’s Daytime Cafe. The cheese store + restaurant is now offering lunch and brunch Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reserve your plate now.
Plan Ahead
  • Older Lenexa homeowners may have a little relief coming their way. The city is launching a pilot property tax rebate program to the tune of $100,000, aimed at reducing the burden from rising home values. Applications will be released in July. (Johnson County Post)
  • Raise the woof, Kansas City: CITYDOGs is hosting a grand opening celebration today, Friday, June 7. Head to 2401 Summit St. to enjoy food trucks, vendors, and a dog gone good time with your furry friend from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bonus: KC Wolf will be on-site.*
🛹 May the best boarder win
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Does anyone else see Tetris? | Photo via Red Bull Ensemble
A Kansas City skateboarding team is shredding and ready to win — but they need your help.

Enter Red Bull Ensemble. Earlier this spring, eight teams of four descended on an empty storefront in Minneapolis, MN. Their task? Create their own features — ramps, railings, etc. — out of blocky geometric shapes, film it, and turn the resulting skate sesh into a short, sweet, and sick 60-second clip.

KC skaters Weston Sparks, Lucas Delao, Hunter Gonzales, and Dawson Drier did just that. After 10 days of editing, the videos (and voting) are now live on the Red Bull Ensemble website.

Want Kansas City to take home the ultimate prize? Cast your vote for the People’s Choice Champion before it closes tomorrow, Saturday, June 8.
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The clear bag you need to go hands-free at any concerts, games, or events this summer (it’s stadium-approved).
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