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Runners Preparing for the Bear Creek Half Marathon

A fan-favorite mid-Missouri race is returning on the Bear Creek Trail in Columbia this weekend. Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, runners will take part in The Bear Creek Half Marathon. The 13.1-mile race starts and finishes at Albert-Oakland Park, at 1900 Blue Ridge Road. Runners must register before the race for $65. Participants can pick up […]

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The Arcade District Hosting a Halloween Spooktacular

This Saturday, celebrate Halloween in the Arcade District at the free Halloween Spooktacular event! Several spooky events are planned for the event starting at 3 p.m. From 3-6:30 p.m. enjoy pumpkin painting, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. enjoy spooky songs for kids at B Side Records, also from 3:30-4:30 p.m. take part in Halloween trivia at Six […]


Multiple Bars Downtown Hosting Heaven and Hell Parties this Weekend

Get ready to experience the ultimate contrast – Heaven and Hell Parties are coming to FieldHouse and Harpo’s Bar and Grill. Whether you’re an angel or a devil, join for two epic nights of Halloween fun. Start the party at FieldHouse for its 8th annual Heaven and Hell party tonight. FieldHouse opens at 5 p.m. […]

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Black & Gold Tavern Hosting a Halloween Party

It’s that time of year again for the annual Black & Gold Halloween Party. From 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday, The Black & Gold Tavern is hosting a spooky, grand celebration that promises a night of unforgettable fun at 2102 Business Loop 70 E. Black & Gold invites you to embrace your inner ghoul, dress in […]

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MizzouRec Opens New Outdoor Fitness Space

The MizzouRec Complex has officially opened its new outdoor fitness facility. On Oct. 18, MizzouRec hosted a grand opening for the new fitness space with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a reception in the aquatic classroom. There were several guest speakers at the grand opening party, including Dr. Stephen Byrd, MizzouRec’s director; Dr. Angela King […]

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Celebrate Halloween in The District

Join the spooktacular fun at Halloweenie in The District, Columbia’s biggest family-friendly trick-or-treating event. From 4-6 p.m. Friday, The District businesses will hand out candy (or until they run out). So, bring your little ghouls and goblins to trick or treat, shop local and even meet Rexy and Luna Blue from Show-Me Dinosaurs at various […]

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Crawl Through Columbia During the Zombie Pub-ocalypse

Let out your inner zombie to close the week at the Zombie Pub Crawl 2023. Starting at 6 p.m. Friday and running until bars close, join in for the creepiest crawl in Columbia. A $10 wristband will get you free entry and the option to try exclusive drink/food specials at more than 15 participating bars. […]


FearFest Hosting Family Fall Festival

FearFest Haunted House is organizing a Family Fall Festival for this weekend. From noon-4 p.m. Saturday, dress up in a costume and enjoy music, movies, bonfires, candy, food, face painting, photo opportunities, pumpkin decorating, crafts and a no-scare walk-through of the haunted house. While admission is free, there will be a small charge for food, […]


The Monster Bike Bash Returns for a Spine-Chilling Adventure

Bikers are preparing to reunite for a Halloween bike ride at Flat Branch Park this weekend as The Monster Bike Bash returns to Columbia. Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, come dressed in your best costume and get ready to ride and dance if you dare along the trail. Bikers will have the option to bike […]

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Bamboo Terrace Taking a Brief Vacation

Bamboo Terrace, which offers Chinese cuisine in Columbia, is temporarily closing starting next month. According to a post on Facebook, the establishment, located at 26 S. 9th St., is going on vacation starting on Nov. 1. “Sorry for any inconvenience,” the post says. “Happy Holidays!” Bamboo Terrace plans to open back up to the public […]

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Pizza Tree Celebrating Nine Years of Delicious Slices

Celebrate nine years of Pizza Tree this weekend from in the alley next to Pizza Tree! From 5-8 p.m. Sunday, people are welcome to attend, costumes optional, and enjoy a tie-dye station, karaoke, beers, sodas, hot dogs, food from neighboring restaurants, a fire pit, s’mores, guided tours inside Pizza Tree at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. […]

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Lean Kitchen Company Closing in Columbia

Lean Kitchen Company announced on Facebook it’s officially closing its doors. “We are saddened to announce our last day open will be when we run out of meals or Wednesday, Oct. 25,” the post says. According to an employee, the kitchen is closing because “business has not been going well,” the employee says. The Lean […]

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Leading with Integrity: Former Mizzou Quarterback Cheers Others On

Photos by L.G. Patterson After his final game as a University of Missouri quarterback, Alex Demczak started the exciting part of his life. Leaving behind the roaring crowds, the game he loved and the thrill of being on an SEC-winning team, he girded him- self for greater challenges ahead of him. Today, at age 31, […]


Celebrating a Century: Columbia Business Stands the Test of Time

How many businesses make it to 100 years old? According to a 2021 online article published by Family Capital, approximately 1,000 businesses, or less than one-half of 1% of all businesses in the United States have survived more than 100 years. In Columbia, Booches comes to mind. And up on Broadway, a 150th birthday bash […]

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Sisters Open New Bar Targeted at Post-College Young Adults

When you think of the downtown scene in Columbia, you might not think of a relaxing young adult atmosphere because, let’s all admit, during the school year, the college kids have the run of downtown. But Greta and Ava Gunderson, a dynamic duo from Omaha, Nebraska, have set their sights on redefining the bar experience […]

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Family Christmas Cookie Recipe Evokes Memories of Past Holidays

Photos by L.G. Patterson This year, maybe more than any other, I am craving holiday comfort. I want my favorite Christmas movies and the carols you sing in the car, loudly and badly, with mispronounced words that the children wove into the song so many years ago that we don’t remember who actually said “mamger” […]

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Krystal Martin Creates Luxurious, Plant-Based Skin Care Solutions

Photos by L.G. Patterson There are so many products that are used in homes and on your skin that could contain harmful ingredients. Whether it’s your lotion, the holiday-scented candles burning in your home or even the soap you clean your body with, many mainstream products can contain parabens, triclosan, benzophenone, phthalates, formaldehyde, sulfates, petroleum, […]

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Set Yourself up for Wellness Success this Holiday Season

Photo by L.G. Patterson When I think about the holiday season approaching, I like to think of it as a time to set myself up for wellness success. I’m sure most of you have the holiday routines down for decorating, traveling, gift giving and annual holiday events, and if not, there are plenty of tips […]

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Make Wishes Come True Through The Giving Tree Program

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with current dates and times. Details: What: The Giving Tree Where: Columbia Mall When: Nov. 25-Dec. 10 Website: There’s nothing more magical than waking up on Christmas morning and scurrying to the tree to see your name on a present from Santa Claus. To make this a […]

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Mint Mochatini Encompasses the Best Flavors of Christmas

Photos by L.G. Patterson When I think about Christmas, I think about dessert — sweet flavors, chocolates, mints and candy canes.  So, we decided to create a dessert martini. At 9th Street Public House, we don’t serve food, so we like to think of people coming in after dinner. That’s why we added coffee and […]