Hot Chocolate Happy Hour begins tonight in the Kansas City Live Block in the Power & Light District. Hot cocoa is free from 4 to 6 p.m. (while supplies last), but you may want to consider making a night of it. They offer S’mores with Santa for $5 a head or $20 a family (4-6 people, maybe wear matching sweaters with your friends?) and holiday movies on the big screen. Tonight is Elf and tomorrow is Miracle on 34th Street. They’ll be running the series on Fridays and Saturdays through December 19.
The Barley Bus — a new tour of local microbreweries — is holding a launch party at Ollie’s Local (3044 Gillham Road) tonight from 5 to 10 p.m. They’ll be offering free rides from Martini Corner to the breweries in the Crossroads (those rides are limited).
On First Friday, one always enjoys the chance to sip and shop. Do both at 8183 Studio. They’re hosting a Sip & Shop (1735 Oak Street) tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. Pick up goods from Wood + Salt, Kansas City Canning Co., CatCoq and Hello Happiness Card Company. You can also sip and shop at Hammerpress (500 Southwest Boulevard) from 6 to 9:30 p.m. tonight. Fiber & Clay will have ceramic pieces and Oddly Correct’s Gregory Kolsto will be on hand preparing pourover coffee.
The Lawrence Craft Collective is holding a Handmade Market on Saturday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sunday (12 to 5 p.m.) at Abe & Jake’s Landing in Lawrence. There will be more than 25 local craftspersons along with chalk paint workshops. A $5 donation (that goes to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County) is suggested for entry.
The Friends of the Kansas City Public Library are holding their ninth annual pre-owned cookbook sale Saturday. It’s at the Plaza branch (4801 Main Street) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are weird and usual finds and you can get a good start on a collection for under $20.
The StoryCenter is holding its second annual Local Author Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Woodneath Library Center (8900 N Flintock Road, Kansas City). Come get a signed copy of Cookies & Beer or Stock, Broth & Bowl from Jonathan Bender, KC Ale Trail from Pete Dulin, or find another title from among the 45 books written by local authors.
Sometimes it pays to be a drinker. The Flying Saucer (101 E 13th Street) is holding its annual Beerknurd Appreciation Party on Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. Flying Saucer will tap some fun brews, including 2014 Avery Rumpkin, Perennial Abraxas, and Oersop Wild at Heart. They’ll be accepting canned goods or donations for Harvesters in exchange for raffle tickets.