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Sunflower Fest & Other Weekend Possibilities

Bar K opened earlier this month in the Berkley Riverfront Park. (Contributed | Hai Chen)
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After more than 50 years operating as a chili parlor, Fritz’s Chili (6737 W. 75th St., Overland Park, Kansas) closes this Friday. It was originally a Dixon’s Chili parlor that opened in 1966. Three years later, the Fritz family purchased the business and later renamed it Fritz’s Chili. The dining room is lined with counter stools, and Fritz’s serves ground beef chili that can be ordered with beans or without. You can then spruce it up with shredded cheese, dill pickles, onions, ketchup, vinegar or the restaurant’s own chili spice.

The Flying Horse Taproom (600 E. 63rd St., #100) opened this Wednesday. The sister spot to Brookside Wine & Spirits — the two businesses share a parking lot — has flatbreads, pretzels from KC Pretzel Boys and Glacé ice cream. Behind the bar made from whiskey staves, it has 20 beer taps, seven wine taps, a Lucky Elixir kombucha tap and Second Best cold brew on tap.

Mi Casa Es Su Casa, a concert to raise funds for organizations involved with family reunification efforts, is from 5 to 9 p.m. at recordBar (1520 Grand Blvd.) on Saturday. There’s also an after party at the Foundation Event Space (1221 Union Ave.) that starts at 10 p.m., with food from Pirate’s Bone, Krokstrom Klubb and Bay Boys, along with Torn Label beer.

Crafts and sunflowers converge this weekend in Olathe, Kansas. The KC Wine Co. is hosting the Sunflower Fest (13875 Gardner Road, Olathe, Kansas) from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Catch sunflowers in bloom, grab a wine slushie, listen to live music or sit down with lunch from a food truck. Admission is $10 and includes a glass of Sunflower red wine (or soda). Strawberry Swing will be hosting its Summer Swing, featuring local artists and crafters, at the same time. Admission is free for the craft fair.

You finally have a place to celebrate National Dog Day, which is this Sunday, Aug. 26. Bar K Dog Bar (501 Berkley Parkway) opened earlier this month at Berkley Riverfront Park. The dog park, restaurant and bar has cocktails featuring J. Rieger & Co. spirits (the KC Bulldog is a frozen blend of Caffe Amaro, wheat vodka, root beer, cold brew coffee and cream) and plenty of options for pups (a wading pool, climbing wall, jungle gym and fenced space to run). Bar K is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Crane Brewing Co. (6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri) is also celebrating National Dog Day on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gus’s Fried Chicken will hand out free fried chicken at noon (as long as supplies last), Beer Paws will have dog biscuits made from spent grain, and Midwest Animal ResQ will bring dogs that you can adopt at 2 p.m.

Fetch (1101 Mulberry St.), a paper goods shop in the West Bottoms, is hosting Leather & Whiskey from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Blacksheep Fire Leather will be on hand to teach folks how to stitch a journal out of leather. The class ($45) also includes a Field Notes notebook and a whiskey cocktail.

India Fest is at the Overland Park Convention Center (6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kansas) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The India Association of Kansas City is hosting the festival that will feature crafts, a fashion show, dancing and Indian cuisine. Admission is free.

If you feel like we’ve got a lot of new donut shops, you are correct. Hurts Donuts Co. opened last week in the restaurant pavilion attached to the Ward Parkway Center, Duck Donuts arrived in Leawood, Kansas, earlier this summer, and just a few miles down 95th Street is Marrio’s Donut Shop (8930 W. 95th St., Overland Park, Kansas). The breakfast spot does the classics (sprinkles, glazed and long johns), and also serves biscuits and gravy, pie, cinnamon rolls and sausage rolls. Marrio’s is open from 5:30 a.m. to noon. Tuesday through Friday, and 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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