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THUR 5/8

Give a green thumbs-up to the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens' plant sale (a half-mile west of 179th and U.S. Highway 69). The sale highlights native plants but includes annuals, perennials and veggies. "You won't find the normal Home Depot, Kmart varieties here," says Collyn Peterson, chair of Friends of the Arboretum, the nonprofit group sponsoring the event. Master gardeners answer landscaping questions and, on Saturday only, Audubon Society members will lead a 7 a.m. bird watch and hike through the 300-acre sanctuary. After that, the first 400 visitors can eat a free pancake breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. The Thursday sale is for members only (membership costs $35), from 4 to 7 p.m. The sale is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Full tours start at 10 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, then again at 2 and 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call the arboretum at 913-685-3604 or Friends of the Arboretum at 913-895-6390.--Joanna Miller

Walk For A Cure

SAT 5/10

Celebrate your own health and help others cure their ailments with the MS Walk, a 3-mile to 6-mile excursion through Swope Park. Organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the event raises money for research. Teams of at least four people should call 913-432-3926 or 1-800-344-4867 to register; there is no fee, but participants should show up with a few pledges. Walkers who raise $125 get a nifty T-shirt. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at Starlight Theatre (6601 Swope Parkway), and the walk begins at 9. Snacks and drinks are provided along the way, and lunch is served at the finish line. -- Sarah Smarsh

Amateur Night

FRI-SAT

We forgot the first rule of fight club, so we'll speak freely. Amateur boxers compete in the Golden Gloves semifinals on Friday night, then in the finals on Saturday night. Golden Gloves has been holding amateur boxing tournaments since 1923. That first tournament was sponsored by The Chicago Tribune after the paper ran an editorial challenging anti-boxing laws in Illinois. The first inter-city tournament was in 1928, between the amateur champs of Chicago and those duking it out in New York. In 1963, when the Tribune discontinued its sponsorship of the Golden Gloves program, the 32 franchises of the organization nationwide banded together to form the Golden Gloves Association of America Inc. -- which fights to this day. This weekend's matches start at 7 p.m. Friday at the Ararat Shrine Auditorium (5100 Ararat Drive). For information, call 816-353-8200. -- Gina Kaufmann

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