Trunk Show

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Our childhood tree house involved a few two-by-fours and some plywood nailed to an old sycamore. We painted it with a camouflage design and used Dad’s old T-shirts for curtains. Powell Gardens (1609 Northwest U.S. Highway 50 in Kingsville) has something else in mind with Treemendous Treehouses, an exhibit opening Saturday and running through the summer. Ten custom-designed tree houses reconceive the ramshackle origins of arbor dwellings. These imaginative, surreal designs are the winners of a regional competition among artists and architects who went way beyond our humble weekend project. The Hobbit House features an aluminum spiral staircase and two chimneys; Shiver Me Timbers has a broken “ship” wrapping around two tree “masts”; Kiderpillar Cocoon is a 15-foot-high chamber housing a caterpillar made of Osage orange wood. (The winning designs aim to inform visitors about conservation.) Powell Gardens, located about 30 miles east of Kansas City, is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Adult admission costs $7; children, $3. For more information, call 816-697-2600.— Sarah Smarsh

A Plus

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When Jim Spawn and one of his old Army buddies found a rusted Model A Ford in a South Dakota field several years ago, they used it as a makeshift tank to hunt enemy jack rabbits on the northern plains. Spawn, whose violent days with that vehicle are over, now owns three Model A pickups. Even though Ford stopped producing them in 1931, he says the cars are “tough as nails.” On Saturday, 100 owners of the antique autos converge on Main Street in Parkville for Model A Appreciation Day, sponsored by the Heart of America Model A Ford Club. Appreciation Day, also a benefit for the Parkville Animal Shelter, begins at 6:30 a.m. with a $5 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at English Landing Park (a block south of Main Street), followed by the Flapper Girl’s All-Star Charleston Parade, with dancing women in ’20s and ’30s clothing. For more information, e-mail Spawn at jspawn321@aol.com. — Neil Mulka

Wolff Call

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The Kansas City Wizards‘ Josh Wolff, a 28-year-old U.S. National Team and World Cup veteran (and MLS Player of the Week back on May 15), is one of the best reasons in town to watch soccer — when he’s not hurt, that is. We hope the Golden Boy can remain injury-free for the rest of the season … or at least until Saturday’s 7 p.m. game against the San Jose Earthquakes at Arrowhead Stadium (Two Arrowhead Drive), when the Wizards’ special Memorial Weekend ticket package includes two replica Wolff jersey T-shirts and two sideline reserve tickets for $25. See www.ticketmaster.com. — Annie Fischer

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