The Earth’s Corps
The camouflage-clad Army men periodically stationed in the halls of our high school terrified us. They approached scrappy, short-haired wrestlers and untroubled loners with pinpoint accuracy. We imagine that Clara Morris might be less intimidating. Though she’s also a recruiter — explaining application processes, answering questions about safety and security — we’re pretty sure members of the Peace Corps don’t carry guns. Morris holds an informational meeting from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the West Wyandotte Branch Library (1737 North 82nd Street in Kansas City, Kansas, 913-596-5800). — Annie Fischer
Looking for a good time, gearheads?
Building a custom car is a job. Bringing the perfect automotive dream roaring into the real world takes considerable time and cash. Taking a break from their torqued engines, more than 3,000 builders and owners will be at the Kansas Speedway (400 Speedway Boulevard) starting Friday to show off — and sell off — the objects of their affection. The Goodguys 4th Annual Mid-Western Nationals features acres of pre-1972 muscle cars, street machines and hot rods in competition and also offers workshops and seminars. But the event also features kids’ areas, rides around the track in souped-up race cars and oldies spun by Rockin’ DJ Dave and performed live by Passion. Those looking to pick up a custom car should hit the Cars 4 Sale Corral; the more reverential can attend a Sunday church service held by the Christian Rodders Association. Tickets are $15; call 913-328-3300 for details. — Christopher Sebela
So what’s in this season? Sweaters? Slacks? Embroidered ass-length pashminas? Tomboy Design Studios (1817 McGee, 816-472-6200) answers all these questions when it holds its third annual fashion show Saturday night. Sure, models and fashionistas will be in attendance, but we also expect a wide variety of clothes to suit basically anybody’s body — and anybody’s taste. The festivities showcase fall and holiday clothing by local designers Brooke Poirier, Christopher Leitch, Tabbetha McCale and Kate Kistler, and Tomboy owner Laura McGrew shows off her own couture collection. McGrew gives customers plenty of options — evening gowns, blue jeans, tailored shirts — off the rack or made to order. Shows are at 7 and 9 p.m., with a reception in between, in case attendees want to mingle with the makers of their new fall wardrobes. We’re particularly excited about retiring our tank tops and flip-flops. — Colin Torre