Technically, the tomato is a fruit, not a vegetable, which has always confused us. Would we eat something traditionally made with fruit, like a pie, if it were made of tomatoes? No. Tomato-flavored jelly beans? Never. But biting into a summer-fresh tomato as if it were an apple or a pear is something we await all year, and there’s no better place to sample the merchandise than Saturday’s Brookside Tomato Festival at the Farmers’ Community Market (at Border Star School at the corner of 63rd Street and Wornall). There we’ll find organic and locally grown heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, such as Dr. Carolyn’s White Cherry, an ivory cherry tomato that’s sweet and mild, or the sexy-sounding Missouri Love Apple, a spicy and sweet pink tomato. Just don’t ask us why this vegetable isn’t one. — Rebecca Braverman
Ski to Shining Ski
This club’s already dreaming of a white Christmas.
The Kansas City Ski Club capitalizes on sticky summer sweat with a promise of crisp, white snow. Its annual membership-drive picnic is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Wyandotte County Lake (91st Street and Leavenworth Road). Bring $5 for food, games and a sneak peak at the upcoming season’s trip schedule, but first see www.kcskiclub.org to check out all the rules. (Do bring friends; don’t bring pets. Alcohol is allowed but not in glass bottles.) New members’ dues are $65 for individuals and $85 for couples; call Pat Coffman at 816-358-6024 for more information. — Annie Fischer
Get the KC sports scoop from the man who knows.
Will the Sprint Center attract an NBA or NHL franchise, or will it remain the world’s fanciest Arena Football venue? Whither the Wizards? What will happen when the Truman Sports Complex’s leases expire? Can the Chiefs contend? Kansas City Sports Commission President Kevin Gray may not be an authority regarding the AFC West playoff picture, but he will be pivotal in any plans to lure a tenant to the downtown arena while keeping the other pro teams in town. Gray also champions causes such as improved facilities for youth soccer leagues, so he’ll be open to inquiries from citizens more concerned with their communities’ children than the playing-field arrangements of highly paid athletes. He speaks from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday over lunch at Hillcrest Country Club (8200 Hillcrest Road). For more information, call 816-523-8601. —Andrew Miller