Arts & Culture
6:04 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

PHOTOS: Ugly Sweaters From Operation Breakthrough's 10th Annual Holiday Bash

After a couple years of attending Operation Breakthrough's 10th Annual Ugly Sweater Party with uninspired holiday sweaters, Dave Fisher said he decided to kick it up a notch this year with his holiday ensemble.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The warm, fuzzy memories of holiday sweaters are a cherished harbinger of holiday spirit for some. For others, they are a gaudy sign of bad taste.

But on Friday night at Operation Breakthrough’s 10th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, the Christmas sweater was celebrated in all its garish glory.

The annual event raises money and awareness for Operation Breakthrough’s mission to help children living in poverty in Kansas City. This year, organizers said they hoped to raise $20,000 for the charity.

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Small Businesses
9:00 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Local Businesses Gear Up For 'Small Business Saturday'

If you thought Black Friday and Cyber Monday were the only big holiday shopping events, think again.

Small Business Saturday started in 2010 as a marketing campaign for American Express. Last year, small businesses across the country raked in $5.7 billion in sales on that one day. And that number is expected to grow this year.

Dan Murray is the National Federation of Independent Business’s Kansas branch director. He admits he was skeptical at first, but quickly realized how the dedicated day can help visibility for such businesses.

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6:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Is Memorial Day About Grief, Glory Or Hot Dogs?

Memorial Day is celebrated by some as a day of mourning, some as a day of patriotism and some as a day to kick back and barbecue.
Credit Ben Franske-Wikimedia / CC

Memorial Day is one of America’s most confusing holidays. Depending on the celebrant, it can be a day of grief, glory — or backyard barbecues. To understand America’s "most confusing holiday," you’ve got to ponder why we get the day off in the first place.

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St. Patrick's Day 2014
11:41 am
Fri March 14, 2014

7 Lucky St. Patrick's Day Parades In And Around Kansas City

Bystanders watch a horse go by at the St. Patrick's Day parade in Brookside.
Credit Chris Prewitt / KCUR

St. Patrick's day is officially on Monday, March 17, but some of the parades start this weekend in and around Kansas City.

For optimal Irish fun, here is a list of some of the activities going on in the area:

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8:52 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Kansas City Company Pushes Holiday Light Recycling

Miles of Christmas lights could be headed out the door as more consumers look at switching from traditional holiday lights to their LED counterparts. Kansas City-based Southeast Enterprises is looking to keep the discarded strands out of landfills.

Southeast Enterprises Business Director Megan Gurera says they accept any unused or broken strands of lights.

“You know the ones you pullout, get ready to put up, and half of it works,” says Gurera.

Southeast Enterprises is a sheltered workshop, employing 160 people with development or intellectual disabilities.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Food For The Fourth

Today, we're talking about common Fourth of July food traditions.
Credit technikhil-CC

There are many traditions associated with the Fourth of July: parades, fireworks and food. Just as America is a melting pot of its people, so are the picnics and barbeques we sit down to as we mark our nation’s birth.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Parents, Teens & Eating Disorders: How To Handle A Problem

Glass of water on an empty plate
Jean Fortunet

A plump roast turkey, creamy mountains of mashed potatoes and thick wedges of pumpkin pie are what many people look forward to during the holiday season.

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Central Standard
10:14 am
Mon December 19, 2011

The Psychology of Giving

Today on Central Standard, we ask - what's the greatest gift you've ever received? What do you like about giving gifts in the first place? Dr. Bruce Liese joins us for a look at the psychology behind giving.

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Central Standard
10:58 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Holiday Party Playlist

Join Central Standard this Thursday as we enjoy a selection of nontraditional tunes, perfect for this time of the year.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Holiday Stress And Your Pets

Let’s face it, the holidays are stressful, between decorating the house, putting up the tree, throwing a party and out-of-town guests. It’s enough to push even the most well-behaved pet over the edge.  Hey, the holidays are not all about you, you know!

If your animal companion starts exhibiting unusual behavior this time of year, don’t despair. Tuesday on Up to DateDr. Wayne Hunthausen is back to discuss how to limit the negative effects of the holiday season on your pets.

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8:18 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

Secret Santa Pays Tribute to Grandview Friend

In Grandview, Mo., Secret Santa stamped the $100 bills with the name Bob Beckers, past mayor and chief of police, who died in August.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Grandview, MO – As many children await the arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, Kansas City's Secret Santa has already been busy. He's made seven "sleigh rides," and some of his elves have brought that total up to more than a dozen from coast to coast. It's a tradition stretching back more than 30 years to Larry Stewart, who gave out hundred dollar bills to strangers, those in need, every December.

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Central Standard
11:00 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Poverty on the Rise in Johnson County

The Johnson County Christmas Bureau, has opened its doors to their annual Holiday Shop at the Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe, KS. This is their 50th year creating a shopping experience for low income families around the holidays.

Director Barb McNeil says that “Poverty” and “Johnson County” aren’t words often heard in the same sentence, they should be. Though the population in Johnson County grew by 2% last year, the number of families below the poverty line grew by 64%.

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