Just Doo It
Among the many benefits of dog ownership — cuddling, face licking, eternal love and devotion, to name a few — is a rarely discussed downside. We’re talking about the shit. It’s a dirty job, and your dog isn’t going to clean it up himself, which is where the K-9 Club comes in. This local pooch play group has adopted the off-leash dog park at Penn Valley Park (between 29th and 31st streets on Wyandotte) and organized twice-monthly cleanups to keep the grass looking less gross. Meet them at 1 p.m. Saturday near the lower gates. See www.k-9club.com for information. — Rebecca Braverman
Wheels of Fortune
A mayor on a bicycle? We’re not bluffing.
It’s not every day you get a chance to chase the mayor on a bicycle. Not legally, at least. At the Mayor’s Tour of Raytown, Sue Frank straps on a helmet for a 16-mile “poker run” bike ride. The public is invited to join her on routes ranging from 1.5 miles to 45 miles. Along the way, cyclists pick up playing cards at various rest stops; at the end of the course, riders with the best hands win sweet prizes. The event raises money for the Raytown Emergency Assistance Program, which helps folks with their daily living expenses, food and school supplies. Cyclists leave at 8 a.m. from Raytown South Middle School (8401 East 83rd Street) after paying $10 a person or $20 a family. Helmets required, people. For registration information, call 816-353-3653.— Sarah Smarsh
Throw Frisbees, not fits.
For a spectator sport, it’s hard to beat ultimate Frisbee. It combines the physical demands of soccer with the beer-drinking abandon of golf, providing a high laugh-at-the-stooges-on-the-field factor. But ultimate players are, generally speaking, out for blood. Swarms of these complicated creatures descend for the 7th Annual Mayfest Memorial Frisbee Tournament, where Kansas City Ultimate players defend their turf against teams from across the Midwest. The tournament, which starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at 122nd and Blue River Road, is free to behold — and beholders are free to bring beer. And there are social events for ultimate scene scouters pondering the open summer league: Torre’s Pizza delivers an early dinner to the field, and teams party later at Señor Oz’s funk show at the Dark Horse Tavern. For more information, see www.kcultimate.com. — Smarsh