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Weekend Possibilities | Spring Flowers, First City Film Fest, KC Carnival Parade + Block Party Planting seeds for an excellent spring weekend

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You can get a jump on gardening season with plant and flower sales around town, party at the Crossroads Hotel or make the day trip to Leavenworth for First City Film Fest.

Friday, March 25

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. KC Blooms is marking its first anniversary and it’s celebrating all weekend with door buster prizes, giveaways, new merch and more as spring approaches. Anyone looking ahead to planting season should be sure to ask about KC Blooms’ workshops and houseplant club. The anniversary celebration is free to attend.

First City Film Festival is this weekend in Leavenworth, Kansas. The fun at Riverfront Community Center, 123 N. Esplanade St., starts Friday evening with a VIP soirée before two days of dozens of screenings across three screens. Be sure to check out the full schedule online for details on the selection of short and feature films, festival categories and filmmaker panels. VIP tickets are $50, a film pass is $25. Individual “block” tickets are $6.

Feature documentary ‘We Want The Airwaves’ is showing at First City Film Fest Saturday night at 7 p.m.

8 p.m. Love Cycles, a two-night NOMADA weekend pop-up at Crossroads Hotel, 2101 Central St., will transform the hotel space into an intimate and immersive nightlife experience, complete with live DJs spinning beats over a hi-fi sound system. On Friday, DJ THUNDERCUTZ is playing nothing but vinyl under the disco ball. Prismada and Carlo Z will take over the booth on Saturday. Tickets are $30 per night. You must be 21 years or older to attend. Guests are asked to use the “secret door” lined with pink neon on 21st Street.

Saturday, March 26

8 a.m. Shawnee is getting a “modern general store” and the grand opening is Saturday. Stop by The Sunflower Market, 5847 Merriam Drive, to check out the new space and colorful collection of tie dye threads while enjoying coffee, tea, or a bite from a local food truck. The ribbon cutting ceremony is at 7:45 a.m. The first 25 folks in the door will receive a goody bag. The Sunflower Market has plans for giveaways in-person every two hours, plus deals online.

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9 a.m. – 2 p.m. KC Farm School at Gibbs Road, 4223 Gibbs Road, kicks off its Spring Plant Sales this weekend. Several cool-season crops will be available, in addition to flowers and herbs in the season’s first sale. There will also be food and refreshments, tours, children’s activities, arts and crafts and more around the farm for the entire family. Online sales are open if this weekend’s in-person sales aren’t in the cards.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Join the city’s celebration of Caribbean culture at Saturday’s KC Carnival Parade + Block Party, 1600 Cherry St. The family-friendly parade and party in the Crossroads Arts District will provide a taste of traditional Carnival celebrations that typically take place in Brazil and Trinidad with colorful music, food, drinks and dance. Tickets to KC Carnival are $5 for adults and $3 for children.

11 p.m. A few tickets remain for Saturday’s late night performance of Clue: On Stage at The Black Box, 1060 Union Ave. The West Bottoms theater will put audience members close to the on-stage action as the twist and turns of the classic mystery unfold into the early hours of Sunday morning. Be sure to get tickets to the show in advance online.

Sunday, March 27

10 a.m. There’s a chance to watch roller derby up close and personal Sunday morning at Skate City Wyandotte, 7838 Washington Ave. That’s where the Kansas City Roller Warriors Junior squad will take on the Ad Astra Juniors in a home bout, open to the public. Tickets are $5 at the door, plus a $5 fee if you bring your own snacks. Enter to win raffle prizes and check out participating vendors during breaks in the action. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

7:30 p.m. Food television personality Alton Brown will bring his Beyond The Eats North American Tour to Kansas City and The Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, 1228 Main St., Sunday evening. Audience members can look forward to Brown’s one-of-a-kind cooking variety show featuring live demonstrations, music, comedy and audience participation. Tickets to the all-ages show are still available starting at $35.00 plus tax and fees.

Flatland contributor Clarence Dennis also is a social media manager for 90.9 The Bridge.

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