With heat indexes pushing 100 degrees, high temperatures are expected to remain in the 90s for at least the next two weeks.
All that heat is uncomfortable, and let’s face it: bumping up the AC may feel good in the moment, but it’s not great for the environmentor the wallet.
To help you through the next, oh, three months or so, here are seven tips for saving energy during the summer.
Middle of June? Cue Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves.” | Photo by @em1.sam
Free: Turn up the thermostat while you’re away
The Department of Energy estimates setting your thermostat 7-10 degrees hotter when you leave the house can save as much as 10% of your energy bill per year. Note: If you have pets, make sure you’re still keeping temperatures in a safe range.
JFS Wipe Out Open House | Thurs., June 16 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | JFS Brookside East, 425 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, MO | Free | Bring your toilet paper donations and view a TP-tower while enjoying ice cream and live music. 🍦
Anime Dance Night | Fri., June 17 | 10 p.m | $10 | Sidekicks Saloon, 3707 Main St., Kansas City, MO | Enjoy a night of anime-themed drinks and music.
Grilling with Dad | Sun., June 19 | 3-6 p.m. | The Culinary Center of Kansas City, 7920 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, KS | $75 | You and your dad will be all fired up for this Father’s Day grilling class.
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Raise your glasses. This toast is dedicated to Kansas City’s beverage industry, from morning iced lattes to afternoon power smoothies and evening specialty cocktails. We appreciate what makes our local drink scene unique.
National Drink Up Week is July 25-31. | Photo by KCtoday
And to kick off our National Drink Up Week, July 25-31, we want to partner with local coffee shops, wineries, bars, restaurants, distilleries + more to shine a spotlight on our local beverage tastemakers. Find out more below.
Shop Local KC, a marketplace of local creatives, is planning to open a new location in July 2022 — at 3510 W. 95th St, Leawood, KS. This store follows its flagship location in KC’s Midtown, selling florals + hand-crafted gifts. 🛍️
Independence leaders are planning to spend $3.3 million to upgrade the downtown square with lighting, landscaping, and bike accommodations. The effort is part of the “Truman Connected” plan. Most of the cost is paid by federal funds and other grants. (FOX4)
Developers are moving in on a grassy lot downtown — at 12th Street + Oak Street. The former KC Public Schools headquarters was demolished in 2020. Hunt Midwest just bought into a partnership with Copaken Brooks. Leaders want to build dense + tall, identifying potential for residential, office, and retail. 🛠️ (Kansas City Business Journal)
KCK Mayor Tyrone Garner halted a plan to turn the Jack Reardon Convention Center into new housing + retail. While the Lanier Project had been previously approved, Garner said he wants to keep a convention center in the county. His admin suggested the project move to a different location. (Kansas City Star)
You game? Up-Down Kansas City, an arcade + video game bar, is celebrating summer with a June and Juice Cocktail Party. Expect a special menu of tropical cocktails, summer tunes, and beach decor (extra points for wearing beach attire) on Sat., June 18 — at 101 Southwest Blvd., KCMO. Free to enter.
The KC Comets are hosting their first ever Footgolf Tournament, and you’re invited. Confused? Think soccer balls on golf courses with giant holes. The fun kicks off on Sat., Aug. 6 at Heart of America Golf Course. Registration is $50 per person + includes T-shirts, player access, and lunch. ⛳
Clutch, an American rock band known for songs like “Electric Worry” and “The Regulator,” is coming to Uptown Theatre on Fri., Oct 14. The band will perform with Quicksand, Helmet + JD Pinku. Tickets go on sale Fri., June 17.
Project EdlerCool is working to help those at risk of heat-related health problems, one air conditioner at a time. The program, under the Bishop Sullivan Center, installs window units for qualifying individuals — even providing a utility credit to those who would struggle with their bills. Here’s where you can donate. 🌡️ (Northeast News)
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Rollin’ fast. Gas stations pass, and I’m bridge-bound. This photo by the Missouri Department of Transportation shows a girder (read: big metal beam) the length of the Sinclair gas station lot in the Crossroads on its way to the Buck O’Neil Bridge construction project. If you were wondering how a bridge gets built, the answer is one piece at a time.
Bonus:This tweet shows the loading zone, where giant, rolling crane frames (we don’t know the technical term for it) pick up the girders one piece at a time and drop them onto the two-part truck platforms.
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