Here’s a look at Johnson County happenings in October.
By JON NICCUM
Special to The Star
Think pink! Breast Cancer Awareness Month kicks off with Menorah Medical Center’s annual Pink Party. In addition to pink drinks and hors d’oeuvres, guests can enjoy hand and foot massages, pink hair extensions and nail art. Walk-in mammograms are offered, as are bra fittings. At 5:45 p.m., those who have been personally touched by cancer are encouraged to take part in an inspirational pink balloon release. 4-6 p.m., Oct. 1. Menorah Medical Center, 5721 West 119th St. MenorahMedicalCenter.com. Free.
Spiegelau Beer Tasting
There is much more to beer drinking than merely popping the tab on an aluminum can. The Spiegelau Beer Tasting presents a seminar on appreciating why aroma, clarity, color, effervescence and temperature are all keys to getting the best from a brew and how the right glassware can accentuate that aspect. Each ticket includes a four-glass connoisseur tasting kit (valued at $49) to bring home — and plenty of pretzels. The event benefits the Arts and Recreation Foundation of Overland Park. 7-9 p.m., Oct. 4. Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center, 6100 College Blvd. www.artsandrec-op.org. $65.
Kansas City Renaissance Festival — Harvest Huzzah
As the Olde English exclamation implies, the Harvest Huzzah is the equivalent of a last hurrah for this year’s Kansas City Renaissance Festival. In addition to the customary assortment of brave knights, cheeky jugglers and bawdy wenches reveling in the lifestyles of 16th-century England, patrons can enjoy various special events, including Ladies Shopping Day, Military Appreciation Day, Service Industry Day, Costume Contest, Romance Contest and a Living History Tour. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Oct. 14. 633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs. kcrenfest.com. $10.95-$209.95, free for children 4 and under.
Lenexa Chili Challenge
Nothing implies winter is right around the corner like a hot and spicy bowl of chili. The Lenexa Chili Challenge recruits nearly 200 teams each year to compete in two divisions: Chili Appreciation Society International and Home Style Chili. A salsa and hot wing contest also is offered. Live rock music by The Shanks, fireworks and children’s activities accompany the soupy victuals. Winners are announced at 4:30 p.m., Saturday. 6-10 p.m., Oct. 18; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 19. Old Town Lenexa, Santa Fe Trail Dr. and Pflumm Road. lenexa.com. Free.
Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby
Kentucky country musician and Virginia pop keyboardist Bruce Hornsby first collaborated six years ago on a Bill Monroe tribute album. This led to the sensibly titled “Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby” record, best known for its wacky bluegrass version of Rick James’ “Super Freak.” The duo — which boasts a combined 15 Grammy awards — reveals a multi-instrument mastery and a penchant for crowd-pleasing improvisational excursions. 8 p.m., Oct. 25. Johnson County Community College’s Yardley Hall, 12345 College Blvd. jccc.edu. $42-$125.