Winter Farmers Market

Columbia Farmers Market will be open on Saturdays from 9 AM to 12 PM at its winter location at Parkade Center through March 30. I had a chance to visit a few weeks ago and loaded up on eggs, veggies and beef. And pumpkin seeds. It feels odd to me to go market shopping without the sun on my back and the wind in my hair, but I’m delighted to be able to get my fresh farm goods during the winter months.


CoMo Family: Miniature World!

On Saturday, we happened upon Miniature World, created by Patti Doyle and set up for a very short time in the basement of the Stephens College Assembly Hall.  It is a perfect place to spend an hour with children, gazing into the miniature worlds of cavemen, knights, pilgrims, cowboys, miners, construction workers, farmers and more…and then traveling the world to see such sights as the pyramids, the Great Wall of China, the Rhine River and Stonehenge.

The Terracotta Army in China.

The scale varies: This free exhibit is more about fun than about accuracy.  One of the added bonuses is being able to take the roofs off several buildings to see what is going on inside.  The exhibit will be open for the last time this year on Wednesday, December 19th, from 1 to 5 PM.  Ms Doyle, a delightful and entertaining hostess, will be on hand to answer questions and explain her creations.


The circus!

There is a horse show going on in this building, complete with organ music.

Stephens College Assembly Hall (sometimes called the Dorsey Street Auditorium or gym) is on Dorsey Street, south of Broadway.  Walk down a short flight of steps in the center of the north side of the building and look for the Miniature World sign on the door.


The Ruins of Us, Christmas Shopping and Columbia Independent School

by Keija ParssinenYou might wonder how the The Ruins of Us by local author Keija Parssinen, Christmas shopping and Columbia Independent School connect?  The answer is brilliant and simple!  Barnes and Nobles has provided readers in Columbia with a chance to meet Keija Parssinen while attending a reading of her novel, The Ruins of Us. In addition to this fabulous opportunity, Barnes and Nobles is donating a portion of the proceeds from sales made during the event to the school of Keija’s choice, Columbia Independent School.  To help support the school, stop by the table to meet Keija and receive a voucher that tells the cashier to donate a portion of your purchase to the school.

This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet a local author, published by HarperCollins and shop for those avid or budding readers on your list.  The perk? Your purchases help support an institution on our community.  What could be better than meeting a talented, best-selling author and enjoying a reading from The Ruins of Us, all while supporting an educational institution while Christmas shopping?

Join us on Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Barnes and Nobles in the Columbia Mall. The reading will take place at 5 p.m. We hope to see you there.

CoMo Family Kids: Library Book Sale

What will you find?

If you missed the annual children’s book sale at the library today, have no fear, there’s still tomorrow!  The Daniel Boone Regional Library host an annual book sale that focuses on children’s literature and raises money for the library.  Inside the sale are fabulous and frugal finds.  With hardbacks selling for .50 cents a book and paperbacks for .25 cents a book, families can stock up and save!

If you have busy little readers – like I do – this sale is perfect for your family.  Each year my children are set free to explore the piles of books available for purchase, enabling me to teach them money saving techniques, money management – they each have a pre-set limit- and best of all, instills a love and excitement of reading.  If you have children and missed the opening day of the sale, you can still head out tomorrow and browse the many available titles left on the shelves.

The book sale will continue on Sunday, October 14, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  If you don’t have children or you simply want to help children in Boone County, consider attending the sale and donating your purchase to one of the many elementary school libraries or organizations such as Granny’s House or Rainbow House.  It’s just one way you can make a difference in the life of a child or give back to our community.  Happy Shopping!

CoMo Family : Where the Wild Things Are… At Orr Street Studios

Calling All Kids!

Join the artists at Orr Street studios for the Second Saturday for Kids event.
This month’s theme is Where the Wild Things Are.

Celebrate your inner wild creature by making costumes, books, and bookmarks. There will also be music by Sutu Forté’s THE PIANO IMPROVISERS!


COST: $0

Catherine Parke at 573-289-0825 (cell) ,

CoMo Family : CPS Transportation Discussion

Columbia parents and guardian are invited to attend a community discussion on bus transportation and school start times. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 10th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Stoney Creek Inn. If you are interested in attending or have questions, please contact the Community Relations Department at (573) 214-3960 or send an electronic RSVP to

“World Café : A community conversation on bus transportation & school start times In Columbia Public Schools
We Need Your Input!
Please join us in small group discussions
at our Community Meeting (World Café-Style) as you travel the room to different tables to discuss topics related to Bus Transportation & School Start Times
October 10, 2012
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Stoney Creek Inn
(2601 S. Providence Road)
Please RSVP to Molly Delgado, (573)214-3960 or e-mail
Walk-Ins Welcome!”

Wordless Wednesday: Artrageous Friday & Summerfest

(all photos taken on a Nikon D300 with 35mm 1.8 lens)


CoMo Family: Family Fun Fests

On the third Wednesday of every summer month, Columbia, Missouri’s Flatbranch Park is the home of Family Fun Fest.
Much as the title implies, this event is an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy special time together from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Each month there is a central theme and staple activities such as a bounce house, face painting, musical entertainment and a variety of community booths selected due to their relevance to the theme.
In my experience, the lines can be daunting. For us, I need to prep my young kids that we might not get to do EVERYTHING, but we will get to do lots of great stuff. Then I need to engage them at the booths rather then just getting sucked into the bounce house line.
June’s theme is Explore Outdoors!

My friend Amy, a Fun Fest frequent flyer, reported, “June was our favorite last year.”
She also recommends getting to the park as close to 6 pm as possible to reduce the need to wait in long lines.
Upcoming themes:
July 18 – Around The World
August 15 – It’s A Circus
September 19 – Creative Kids

As you can see, she thought it was well worth it to wait in the face-painting line.

Flatbranch Park, 101, S. 4th St., Columbia, Missouri


Nature Detectives – Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

The annual free program, Nature Detectives, kicks off this week at Columbia, Missouri’s own Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.
Hosted by Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, this program is designed to entice families with kids between the ages of 3 and 6 to get out and enjoy nature.

Each hour long session includes a hike and exploration, discussion and a craft.

June’s theme is “Who Lives Under That Log?”
Saturday, June 9th
9:30 or 11:30 (These sessions are already full but you can join the waiting list.)
Wednesday, June 13th
9:30 or 11:30

July’s theme is “Connor Cave and the Bats Who Live There.”
Wednesday, July 11th
9:30 or 11:30
Saturday, July 14th
9:30 or 11:30

August’s theme is “Who Lives In The Stream?”
Wednesday, August 1
9:30 or 11:30

These programs are free but registration is required as space is limited.
You can register by email or by calling 573-443-0104.

Last week we were scared out of the woods by ticks, so I am highly recommending using bug spray with deet and wearing light colored clothing (pants and long-sleeves if it is not too hot but at the very least white socks pulled up to the knees like a 1980’s NBA player.)


Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

5901 South Highway 163

Columbia, MO 65203-8195

Art in the Park 2012

Perfect weather. Color everywhere. Great food. That sums up our day at Art in the Park.










***Photographs by Isabelle Heintz and Susan Heintz.