Yappy Hour and other weekend possibilities

Swap seeds, extend your good wishes to apple trees and have a glass of wine.

Swap seeds, extend your good wishes to apple trees and have a glass of wine.

We’ve got a little bit of sunshine and a little bit of warmth. Now let’s get out there and eat, Kansas City.

We’re a sucker for well-named events. Yappy Hour, a benefit for the Friends of KC Animals, is tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Amigoni Urban Winery (1505 Genessee Street). You can try five wines for a $10 donation.

Spin reopens at 4950 Main Street today after a 10-day remodel. The pizza and salad spot also added barrel wine and a larger craft beer selection.

Kansas City Restaurant Week starts today and runs through next Sunday, January 25. We’ve been running a series of sponsored posts (Sweet-Talkers, Heat-Seekers) to help guide you through the KCRW menus.

Two words: Burp potion. Mad Science of Kansas City will be hosting Fire and Ice tonight at the Plaza Branch (4801 Main Street) of the Kansas City Public Library. There will be dry ice storms, giant beach balls and burp potion. The event, part of the Family Fun Night Series, at the library starts at 6:30 p.m.

You can swap seeds like baseball cards at the 3rd annual Winter Non-GMO Seed Exchange at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center (4750 Troost) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event, organized by Seed Savers KC, will feature door prizes and plenty of fellow gardeners with tips to share. In years past, folks have brought kombucha starters, organic eggs and herbal soaps and oils. The event is free, but there’s a suggested donation of $2 to $5.

Running is all about having the right incentive. One race this weekends comes with a commemorative mug, coffee and hot chocolate from The Roasterie and chocolates from Christopher Elbow. The Battle of the Bean 5K starts and ends at Foo’s Fabulous Custard(9421 Mission Road) in Leawood on Saturday at 8 a.m. You can pick up your packet and buy an individual entry tomorrow for $40.

The apple trees need your help. Powell Gardens is holding a Wassail — which blends imbibing and encouraging the trees to have a productive apple harvest — Saturday at 5 p.m. After a walk through the Apple Spiral in the Heartland Harvest Garden, you’ll sit down for a country dinner in the Grand Hall. And, of course, they’ll be plenty of (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) wassail. Tickets are $45. Reservations are required.

[Seed shot via Flickr: Nomadic Lass, apple shot via Facebook: Powell Gardens, chandelier shot via Facebook: Amigoni]

Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of The Recommended Daily.

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