Let the Friday celebrations continue. Downtown Overland Park has Local Life — Third Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. Vinyl Renaissance will be hosting free wine tasting from OP’s Aubrey Vineyards and The Tasteful Olive will have samples from Somerset Ridge. The Upper Crust is doing flights of pie (yup, flights…of…pie) and Mysteryscape is pairing Irish mysteries and beers. There’s shopping, art and live jazz. [The full list of events is here].
Border Brewing Company (406 E 18th Street) will reopen Friday at 4 p.m. with all six of its brews (including Campfire Porter and Chocolate Milk Stout) on tap.
It’s a little too early to plant most things, but it’s never too early to get geeked up about gardening. Think about your garden or your dream kitchen at the Greater Kansas City Home Show Friday through Sunday at Bartle Hall (301 W 13th Street). Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
If you want to get some gardening advice, Powell Gardens (1609 NW US Highway 50, Kingsville, Missouri) is hosting the latest in its Fresh Bites series. Hot Potatoes: If You Dig Them, Grow Them, on Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. During a session in the Missouri Barn, Heartland Harvest Garden interpreter Barbara Fetchenhier will teach attendees how to properly plant and cultivate potatoes. They’ve also got a spring butterfly exhibit, Morphos in March, that runs through the end of March.
Need some more inspiration to get out in the fields? Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery (16905 Jowler Creek Road, Platte City, Missouri) is hosting a grapevine pruning class at 1 p.m. Sunday as part of its Farmstead Ed Series. Vineyard manager Colleen Gerke will give a pruning demonstration followed by a sampling of five of Jowler Creek’s wines. Tickets are $19, which include a take home glass. Reservations are required. Call 816-858-5528.
There’s no shame in admitting that you’ve got a ceiling when it comes to barbecue intake. KC Barbecue Tours now has a Riblet Tour ($40) — a shorter version of its original tour — with stops at two Kansas City barbecue spots over a span of two-and-a-half hours. There are tickets available for this Saturday. The tours meet up at Union Station and depart at 10:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.[Image via Facebook: Upper Crust Bakery]