One of our town's more benevolent traditions, the AIDS Walk/Run Kansas City, steps off Saturday at Mill Creek Park on the northeast end of the Country Club Plaza. Teams of at least ten walkers raise money by collecting pledges from sponsors prior to the walk; registration for runners is $25. All of the money stays in Kansas City and supports various AIDS service organizations. The event has collected nearly $4 million over the past 16 years. Registration opens at 7 a.m. The run begins at 8, and the walk starts at 9:30. Call the AIDS Walk office at 816-931-0959 for more information. -- Annie Fischer
Hippies hit the greens at Swope Park.
The vegan seed-cake contingent should be out in force with copious right ons as the links get jammed for the World's Biggest Disc Golf Weekend at Swope Park, 6900 Elmwood Avenue. The weekend presents many varieties of disc golf: a closest-to-the-pin "putting" contest, laid-back open-play action and a taste of more intense competitive play -- plus some tasty jam nugs on Sunday afternoon.
Over the years, disc golf's popularity has swelled like a Grateful Dead crescendo. This event, a collaboration between the Central Plains Jam Band Society and the Kansas City Flying Disc Club, is as organic as a $1 grilled cheesy in the parking lot. "There's just a symbiotic relationship between the two groups," says organizer Jack Lowe. "We share the same mindset."
Entry fees range from $20 to $30 and include plenty of swag. For more information, call 913-485-5123. -- Scott Hartley
The last fight we attended at Municipal Auditorium (301 West 13th Street) was harsh. At the beginning of every bout, as the fighters shadowboxed and stretched their necks in anticipation of cranial abuse, everyone in our party took one look at the pugilists and picked a favorite. The idea was that whoever picked the loser got to pick up the next round of overpriced beer, too. To our chagrin, we all chose the same winner for every fight. We weren't supposed to agree; we were there to gamble for drinks, damn it! Maybe the 2004 National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions will provide matchups more conducive to wagering. The tournament runs for six days, with preliminary and semifinal rounds Monday through Thursday and the final rounds on Saturday. General-admission ticket prices start at $5, but the six-day pass for $40 is the best bet. For details and tickets, call 800-821-7060. -- Michael Vennard