Chocolate Rush 5K
Chocolate and strenuous exercise may seem strange partners, but that’s the concept behind the Chocolate Rush. All manners of sweets are available at this 5K and half-marathon event, as is a drawing for a diamond necklace from Noble House Jewelry — a perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Fees for both events include complimentary T-shirts. Registration is also available for a virtual run for those unable to attend in person.7:30 a.m., Feb. 8. Prairie Life Fitness Center, 10351 Barkley. chocolaterush.org. $30-$50.
Willie Mays Aikens book signing
Willie Mays Aikens was a key component of the Kansas City Royals glory years, hitting two homers in games one and four of the 1980 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. But the first baseman eventually became better known for his off-field activities, which led to 16 years in prison for drug convictions. Aikens will speak about his successes and failures, then sign copies of his biography “Safe at Home” (written by Gregory Jordan).1 p.m., Feb. 18. The Carlsen Center’s Polsky Theatre, Johnson County Community College. jccc.edu. Free.
Kansas City Golf Show
Mark Twain said, “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” Golfers will find plenty of ways to spoil future walks by attending the Kansas City Golf Show. A huge selection of items are on display, including clubs, apparel and accessories. Seminars featuring pro golfers help the avid player through instruction and training techniques. Patrons can also indulge in a driving and putting competition.11 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 21; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 22 and 23. Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd. kansascitygolfshow.com. $9-$11.
North Dakota musician Jonny Lang scored his first record deal at age 15, impressing the industry with his soulful voice and killer guitar licks. Tours with The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Buddy Guy and Sting ensued. Now at the venerable age of 32, the Grammy winner is touring on his seventh CD, “Fight for My Soul,” which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Blues Album charts. Kansas City blues favorite Samantha Fish opens the show.7 p.m., Feb. 23. One Block South, 7300 W. 119th St. oneblocksouthkc.com. $26.
An Evening With Rachel Kodanaz
Author Rachel Kodanaz began addressing life-changing topics after losing her husband in 1992, leaving the corporate manager widowed with a 2-year-old. She began to assist companies who had employees going through similar circumstances, leading to her debut effort “Grief in the Workplace.” Kodanaz is discussing her latest book, “Living with Loss, One Day at a Time,” which offers 365 lessons that impart hope, introspection, self-discovery and renewal.7 p.m., Feb. 27. Barnes Noble at Town Center Plaza, 4751 West 117th St. barnesandnoble.com. Free.