According to Sherri Lewis of Kansas City Parks and Recreation, the event, with its origins in the bicentennial celebration, is geared toward promoting "ethnic awareness in the area." With an entrance fee of just $2 for adults and free admission for children, it's no wonder that the event has attracted more than 100,000 people in recent years. For more information, see www.eeckc.org. -- April Fleming
Goals and Aspirations
Soccer moms and dads, stop sitting on the sidelines.
In the States, soccer has always struggled in the shadow of more popular pursuits, such as watching television or napping. But as evidenced by English soccer (sorry, football) hooligans and the following of David Beckham, soccer is a sport that just might be secretly awesome. If you're one of the soccer curious, $55 and a ton of enthusiasm can get you started in Jackson County's Adult Soccer Leagues. Registration for an array of leagues (men 30 and older, coed and women's, to name a few) ends Friday. Teams can sign up for a $600 fee; those without ten friends can join teams that are short a few midfielders. League play starts Sunday, August 28. Call 816-503-4870. -- Christopher Sebela