Sweeter by the dozen: Visit Johnson County’s independent doughnut shops

The independent doughnut shops of Johnson County are as mercurial as the very argument about which is the best. And that, in many cases, is why they are beloved. They run out of flavors. They don’t have websites. You better bring cash because credit card machines crush the margins on an 80-cent doughnut. They make you work for something you want.

83-year-old gets a tattoo reminder of her beloved, departed granddaughter

Milly Lally wills the energy to raise her voice above the deafening rattle of the wheelchair van. “Am I being crazy?” she asks her hospice aide, Terry Robertson, whom Lally calls “Pat” or “Patty” because that’s what Lally thinks she looks like. The two women have just departed NewMark Care Center north of the Missouri River and are making the half-hour bumpy jaunt to the West Bottoms so 83-year-old Lally can receive her first tattoo.

Diversions: December events

Few people grasp the Kansas City music scene like Chuck Haddix. The author, historian and radio personality has hosted the popular “Fish Fry” program on KCUR since 1985. He’s also the director of UMKC’s Marr Sound Archives, a collection of 250,000 recordings. Haddix discusses and signs his latest book, “Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker,” a biography that incorporates firsthand accounts of those who knew the saxophone legend. 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, Town Center Plaza, 4751 W. 117th St. barnesandnoble.com. Free.

Grand Street Cafe opens in Lenexa

The new Grand Street Cafe is now open in Lenexa City Center East, 8815 Renner Blvd. It has the same menu and decor as the original Grand Street Cafe, which was founded just over two decades ago.