Please check event websites before traveling to make sure plans haven’t changed. Quilting for All Levels at the City Sewing Room, St. Louis /// 2nd and 4th Wednesdays Learn quilting techniques and tips from Nancy Dlugosz, a member of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild. This two-hour event is held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month and costs $30 per class. Bring your own fabric or use fabric provided by the City Sewing Room. CitySewingRoom.com First Day Hikes at Missouri State Parks /// Jan. 1 Start the new year off right by taking a guided hike through more than thirty of Missouri’s gorgeous state parks on New Year’s Day. Some require reservations, and most last around an hour and a half. MoStateParks.com/firstdayhikes Missouri Funk Fest at The Blue Note, Columbia /// Jan. 8 The Blue Note showcases a night of funk music and local craft beers in Columbia. Performers include Funky Butt Brass Band, Mobile Funk Unit, Catdaddy’s Funky Fuzz-Bunker Band, and The Fried Crawdaddies. TheBlueNote.com Kids Media Mix-Up Classes at Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph /// Tuesdays For just $12 per session, these weekly art classes held every Tuesday in January and February offer kids the chance to make fun projects ranging from paintings to sculptures. Class sizes are limited to eight participants for distancing. Albrecht-Kemper.org La Luna Splende Painting Class at Pinot’s Palette, Blue Springs /// Jan. 15 Get in touch with your inner Van Gogh—and sip a glass of wine—as you re-create a gorgeous featured painting under the guidance of an expert at Pinot’s Palette in Blue Springs. The cost for the event is $36, which includes paints, a canvas, and two to three hours of instruction from the studio’s artist. PinotsPalette.com Discovery Center’s Night at the Museum, Springfield /// Jan. 23 Explore the Discovery Center’s exhibits, conduct exciting hands-on experiments, and taste food from a variety of local vendors. DiscoveryCenter.org Cape Anime Con, Cape Girardeau /// Jan. 23 & 24 If you’re an anime fan, this is the event for you. Meet artists and creators and browse through dozens of tables full of merchandise for two days at the A.C. Brase Arena. Cape-Con.com Silverstein at The Truman, Kansas City /// Feb. 11 During their twentieth-anniversary tour, Silverstein is making a stop in Kansas City. The five-person Canadian rock band first formed in February 2000 and has since sold more than one million albums worldwide. SilversteinMusic.com Photo by Missouri State Parks