Founded by a husband-and-wife duo made up of a WBFF Pro Fitness model and a ACE/AFAA/FPI-certified personal trainer, the Hitch Fit training regimen transforms students' physiques and overall well-being. The complete in-studio or online program runs 12–16 weeks and focuses not only on exercise but also helps patrons to draft custom diets and eliminate negative lifestyle influences, such as guzzling milkshakes with a band of rebellious teens at the soda shop.
The workout portion of each private visit involves 60 minutes split into aerobic routines and anaerobic weightlifting. Trainers customize each program to accommodate personal goals such as weight loss, muscle building, or shaping up following a pregnancy. Meal plans are customizable as well and account for dietary concerns such as food allergies and a crippling fear of pineapples.
For more than six decades, the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City has represented enterprises from all across the wide-ranging spectrum of the home-and-garden industry and is now returning to Bartie Hall to continue the tradition. Starting out with 100 homebuilders in 1937, the association has since ballooned to include some 600 different entities, encompassing fields as diverse as architecture, heating and cooling, financial services, and landscaping. Through a slate of annual events that includes the twice-yearly Parade of Homes and a trio of home-and-garden expos, the coalition helps its member companies market themselves to the general public more effectively than mowing advertisements into clients' lawns.
Communiversity developed out of the freethinking student movements in Berkeley, California in the '60s, when All Student Association President Steve Eimer campaigned on a platform of providing accessible education to the entire community. UMKC Communiversity carries on an honorable tradition of shared experience and ideas, offering nearly 1,000 nonacademic, noncredit, pandisciplinary classes each year, suggested and taught by volunteer experts. Courses on parenting, arts and crafts, martial arts, cooking, and social development are all represented on the everchanging course roster, which reverses traditional dynamics by making leaders of students and demanding that essays be written on the sides of pencils. Now helmed by program director and official jazz guitarist Rick Mareske, Communiversity is a part of the UMKC Office of Student Involvement, and remains ever committed to, in the words of Mark Twain, not letting school get in the way of education.
Primarily focused on the ancient arts of papermaking and bookbinding, The Craft Gallery & Studio aims to share these age-old practices with curious local crafters. Inside the bright, newly renovated studio, students get to work during classes as short as a single day or as long as four weeks. Suitable for beginners, courses include a one-day Japanese bookbinding workshop, during which pupils make a hand-bound journal, and a six-week exploration of paper during Paper 101.
At Flower Classroom, instructor Christina Burton-Fox, AIFD teaches the skills needed to shape nature into colorful decorations. Flower Classroom offers an array of workshops, such as a flower-arranging class that covers basic design and color theory using varieties found within the Kansas City area.