Indoor events, Huckleberry Park Ramp Park opening scheduled for weekend

The National Weather Service may be calling for snow in the area beginning Saturday evening, but America's Hometown is ready to reopen a warm weather destination at Huckleberry Park, and indoor events are set for cozy opportunities as temperatures are predicted to remain frigid.

Huckleberry Park Ramp Park opening

The Hannibal Ramp Park has been closed for the winter, but the 2019 season is set to begin at noon Saturday, March 2. Bicyclists, scooters and skateboarders are welcome to ride the park's features, including six-foot drop-ins, banks, spines, rollers, a grind block and a handrail.

All participants are required to wear a helmet and file a signed waiver and release of liability. Weather permitting, the park will be open from noon to dusk on weekends. The park will also open on weekdays beginning Monday April 1 from 3:45 p.m. to dusk. Admission is $2 on weekdays and $3 on weekends, and season passes are $35. For more information, call Hannibal Parks and Recreation at 573-221-0154 or visithannibalparks.org.

Hannibal Public Library Book Lover's Sale

The Hannibal Free Public Library has rows of literature and other materials lined up for their annual book sale, which takes place today from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the library's third floor in the Woman's Club Room.

The sale will not be extended into the following week this year.

Library Director Hallie Yundt-Silver said the sale will include various affordable materials. “Used and gently used materials are available for sale. It’s a nice assortment,” she said. “We have books, magazines and audiovisuals for the entire family. Most items are under a dollar.”

For more information, visit the library at 200 South 5th St., or call 573-221-0222.

Hannibal American Legion Auxiliary meeting

Members of the Hannibal American Legion Auxiliary will gather for their monthly meeting at 10 a.m. at the American Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post #55, at 3819 Highway MM. All members are encouraged to attend, and the meeting is also open to anyone interested in the American Legion Auxiliary. For more information, call the Post at 572-221-9698.

Photography Channel, various exhibits open at Hannibal Arts Council

Since the Hannibal Arts Council (HAC) opened its doors for the season in February, a constant array of exhibits have been highlighted the 105 S. Main St. gallery. A new series of March exhibits will be unveiled from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, with an Artist Talk session at 6 p.m.

The Photography Channel Exhibit will feature images submitted by area residents to HAC displayed on a 55-inch 3D television. For the first time, the Photography Channel will include Featured Photographers Laura Good Buffalo and James Hubbard during the exhibit from March 2-23. Nora Creason and Don Metcalf loaned their collection to HAC for an exhibit featuring paintings from the late Hannibal-born sculptor, writer and retail display designer.

Accompanying exhibits include Springfield, Illinois, artist Christy Stark's, who uses coffee stains and watercolor; Hannibal photographer Donnie Dryden's macro liquid art images; the Best of Missouri Hands On the Road exhibit, featuring alcohol ink paper and jewelry creations by Glencoe artist Nancy Koebler; and sculptures created by Hannibal native and recent Central Missouri University graduate Weston G. David.

HAC gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The HAC gallery is closed Tuesdays and Sundays. For more information on the current exhibits or other HAC programs, contact the Hannibal Arts Council at findit@hannibalarts.com, 573-221-6545 or visit them on the web athannibalarts.com.

trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com