Columbia, MO Real Estate News

By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
When the husband of a friend from our local MOMS Club group was deployed she had two little ones at home and a third on the way.  She didn't have family that lived locally but our group does what we can to support each other.  We carpooled to school and helped with what we could.  One thing we struggled providing was help with yard care.  She a two year old in the house and was far along in a pregnancy so trying to spend the afternoon on a riding mower was pretty much impossible.  I called so many different organizations trying to locate help and I learned of a project today which would have been a blessing to my friend at the time and may be something she'll need look at in the future! GreenCare for Troops is a nationwide outreach program coordinated by Project EverGreen.  GreenCare fo...
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
The Maplewood Barn Theater and Nifong Park will be location of the annual Heritage Festival during the 3rd week in September, 10am - 5pm. Free and open to the public! Parking is available.  The Heritage Festival showcases vendors and artists who demonstrate their skills and trades and sell their creations.  In 2004, the event featured an 1859 town, cowboys and their chuck wagons, American Indian tepees and a Lewis & Clark Camp. Great music and entertainment on four stages, crafts, children's activities, storytelling, hay rides, kettle corn and more make this a fun family event. My kids have a blast each year!  It is very interactive and supports their imagination. 
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
Just Between Friends Friday, September 5-6, 2008Boone County FairgroundsOff Route 63Columbia, MO I've signed up to consign at this sale for the second time.  Each sale gets better as word of mouth grows so there are more shopping!!   Description: There is no need to shop overpriced mall and department stores, and no more running from garage sale-to-garage sale. Just Between Friends puts it all under one roof! The best in "gently-used" children's, juniors and maternity clothing, as well as baby equipment, nursery and maternity items, outside playground equipment, books, kids movies, shoes and toys, toys, toys! See linke:     http://columbia.jbfsale.com/
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Mark your calendars because on September 27 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, the mid-Missouri community is invited to the South Farm Showcase sponsored by the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station. "Families with young children have responded with compliments about how much they enjoy the educational activities," said John Poehlmann, AES assistant director. "We offer a glimpse of agriculture that is unique to our community and our faculty and staff do a fantastic job of bringing the complex issues to our visitors, both young and old." Advertised activities include: a farm animal petting zoo, a corn maze, cockroach races and running the bases on the MU "Field of Dreams." Other attractions include live music and ...
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By Shawn Von Talge
(Flat Branch Mortgage, Inc.)
Now more than ever our industry needs true professionals to take the bull by the horns and step up and make a name for themselves. So in light of this I wanted to share with our readers some of the highlights and educational designations I have achieved over the past couple of months.1) Lending Integrity Seal of Approval: I recently completed the requirements for this designation and hopefully any day now will be recognized by the NAMB (National Association of Mortgage Brokers) as an individual with a higher ethics and educational standard.2) Nominated for the MAMB (Missouri Association of Mortgage Brokers) Board of Directors: Ken Louks the former President of MAMB has nominated myself as a future board member. I am greatly looking forward to getting involved in the governmental affair ...
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
Columbia, Missouri scored the number 10 spot in Outside magazines "Best Towns" spot in August 2008 issue.  Some of the reasons noted were alternative travel options (mostly cycling) and beautiful, natural surroundings that residents enjoy and maintain in a sustainable way.   Another reason for the popularity is the revitalization of downtown Columbia.  Downtown restaurants, shopping and local festivals add to the allure this area provides to the residents of our city and county.  Welcome to Columbia!
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By Columbia Board of Realtors
(Columbia Board of REALTORS®)
During the past few months, the Columbia real estate market made an impact on the federal level. The Columbia Board of REALTORS® set out to change the definition of a "declining market" after Boone County found itself on the list. The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) requires the two Government Sponsored Enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to require a higher percentage down for mortgages in declining market locations. Carol Van Gorp, CEO of the Columbia Board of REALTORS®, led the effort for the change in designation. She learned earlier this week that OFHEO eased the requirements for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to require the maximum loan-to-value ratio for a loan by five percentage points in declining markets. "This is wonderful for first time homebuyers, wh...
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Each summer, Columbia Parks and Recreation hosts a series of movies in the park called the Outdoor Cinema Series. The Outdoor Cinema Series will continue this year at its new location at Stephens Lake Park, moving from its original location at Flat Branch Park. Movies are shown on a giant inflatable screen and resemble a drive-in with out cars. Bring a blanket or low lawn chair and enjoy this night of entertainment under the stars. Friday, May 9 at 8:45 pm enjoy the Bee Movie (G) There are no rain dates for the movie and the cost is $3 per person; children 6 and under are free. The Outdoor Cinema Series is sponsored by Flat Branch Pub and Brewing and US Cellular, and presented by Columbia Parks and Crecreation, Columbia Daily Tribue, the Convention & Visitors Bureau and Ragtag Cinema.
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
Welcome to the YouZeum! My kids, teachers and friends have been waiting and the time is finally here! On Thursday, May 1 at 10:00 am the long anticipated YouZeum of Columbia, Missouri will OPEN to the public! The YouZeum is destined to improve personal, family and community health by exposing the community and visitors to an engaging approach to health education. Through education and interactive exhibits it will show that achieving and maintaining good health is the key to a happy and productive life. Some of the exhibits include: Cycle Challenge- Ride your bike along this virtual replica of Columbia’s Hinkson Creek Trail. Are You Ready?- Think you’re ready for parenthood? Listen to this baby who reminds you of the joys and trials of parent Virtual Obstacle Course- Your own image is pr...
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
Yoga Kids Summer Camp Columbia MissouriFor those that actually read my Blog, you know I'm always looking for fun, interesting and educational opportunities for my kids.  I found this today and know my kids would be very excited!alleyCat Yoga and Instructor Susan Cooperstock will be hosting a summer program for kids ages 3 - 10.  Each class has a special theme and you can register for one class or all six!  The themes range from "Once Upon a Time" to Colorful Creations.Classes for kids ages 3-6 will be on Tuesdays June 10 - July 16.Classes for kids ages 6-10 will be on Wednesdays June 11 - July 17.Tuition is June or July (3) Sessions $70June-July (6) Sessions $135Single Session $25For more information contact Susan Copperstock at 864-4132 or at susan@yogatogrow.com
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
Recycle your Cycle in Columbia MissouriToday's newspaper contained some information that made me contemplate the contents of my garage and my old bike from college that has been sitting unused for longer than I will admit.Get About Columbia is asking local residents to recycle your bicycle.  Do you have a gently-used bicycle that is taking up space in your garage, on your porch or in your basement?  Donate it to GetAbout Columbia.  They will fix it up and pass it along to families in Columbia who could really use the bicycle.  What a wonderful impact this gift can have on our community.Donated bikes can be dropped off at the GetAbout Columbia office at 101 N. Seventh Street.For more information on our local program, please visit http://www.getaboutcolumbia.com/
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
In celebration of National Arbor Day April 26, the Tree Keeper volunteers will sponsor their annual tree give away at the ARC parking lot at 1701 West Ash Street.  The giveaway will be from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, or when quantities are out.  The public can select from six types of saplings:  bald cypress, pin oak, tulip poplar, Norway spruce, pitch loblolly and redbud.  To learn more about the program and the tree giveaway you can visit GoColumbiaMO.com!  Get there early, by the time we made it last year, they were all gone!
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
Apparently there is a theme to my blog lately!!  I have put some focus on the variety of activites available for the children in Boone County this summer!  I'm a "planner" by nature and it is time to register!   I know I'm not the only mom looking for ideas of activites to share with the kids.Do you have a young artist at home who has ever wanted to explore their creativity? If this sounds like the sort of thing your young artist would like to do this summer, then read on and sign them up for the Columbia Art League's Young Artists' Summer Art Camp . Classes cost $175 per child per week and classes will be capped at 12 children to allow all young artists plenty of one-on-one time with their teachers. There is no limit to how many camps a child may apply for. Young artists should bring a...
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
I'm sure that I am not the only parent looking at the multitude of summer opportunities for my school age children.  I have my lists of options that range from a summer enrichment classes offered by our local school district to day camps offered through Parks and Recreation.  Sports camps are always a popular choice among parents and children.  The University of Missouri offers sports camps that focus specifically on one area.  In my previous life, I worked directly with some of the coaches on these camps and can tell you first hand how much time is spent planning activities and preparing to provide this opportunity for your children.For more information on sports specific camps sponsored by the University of Missouri- Columbia I'm including a link.http://mutigers.cstv.com/camps/miss-ca...
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
Thursday, April 10 - Saturday, April 13 from 9:00 - 7:00 pmJust Between Friends Boone County FairgroundsOff Route 63Columbia, MOhttp://columbia.jbfsale.com/Just Between Friends is a consignment sale where you can participant as either a buyer or a seller.  There is no need to shop overpriced mall and department stores, and no more running from garage sale-to-garage sale.  Just Between Friends puts is all under one roof!  It is the best in gently used childrens and maternity clothing, as well as baby equipment, nursery and maternity items, outside playground equipment, books, kids movies, shoes and toys, toys, toys!As a consigner, what a great way to clean out no longer needed items and earn some money.  You tag your items and JBF sells them for you for a small commission.I have signed u...
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It's that time when parents look at all the options our children have over the summer months for activities.  Following is the summer camp schedule for athletics at Columbia College.  The coaches e-mails are attached and they would be happy to send you additional information!  Register soon, spots go fast!  2008 COLUMBIA COLLEGE COUGAR SUMMER CAMPSCOUGAR BASKETBALL ACADEMYGrades 4-8 June 9-12 8 a.m. - Noon Grades K-3 June 9-12 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Grades 4-8 June 23-26 8 a.m. - Noon Grades K-3 June 23-26 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Grades 4-8 June 30 - July 1-3 8 a.m. - Noon Grades K-3 June 30 - July 1-3 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.For more information please contact Cindy Fotti - cnfotti@ccis.edu  COUGAR SOCCER CAMPAges 4-5 June 9-12 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Ages 6-14 June 16-20 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. * Ages 6-14 July 21-25 9 a...
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
Carousel Playschool Indoor Garage SaleSaturday, March 8 at 7:00 amBroadway Christian Church  at 2601 W. BroadwayColumbia, MissouriCarousel Playschool is hosting their Annual Indoor Garage Sale on March 8, 2008 at 7:00 am.  There is always a great selection of clothes, household, appliances, toys, etc.  Special deals can be had around noon and your tax deductible donations are welcome and appreciated!  You can drop off donated items on Friday in the Fellowship Hall.Carousel Playschool is a non-profit parent co-operative preschool.
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On Saturday, March 1, the Hickman High School Marching Band Booster Club will be hosting a Luau.  It's a Luau!  The Hickman High School Marching Band Booster Club will be sponsoring a Luau on Saturday, March 1 from 4:30 - 7:30 pm in the Hickman Commons.  Enjoy catering by Jack's Restaurant and Entertainment by Norm Ruebling. Adults:  $10.00Seniors:  $9.00Students/Child:  $8.00Come enjoy great food, entertainment and help fund the bands trip to Hawaii in June of 2008.  For more information, contact Sue Ross at 573-214-3005.
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
  This weekend, THE entertainment in Columbia will be the nonfiction film festival, the True/False Film Festival.  Films from Sundance, Toronto and other festivals will be showcased in a boutique festival with a down-home flea market flair.  True/False continues to bring together smart, impassioned and forward-thinking filmmakers with the best audiences in the world. All of the venues are within blocks of each other and all events take place in the heart of downtown Columbia. The main venues are the Blue Note, the soon-to-open, two-screen Ragtag Cinema, the Forrest Theater at the Tiger Ballroom, as well as Stephens College's Macklanburg Playhouse, Windsor Auditorium and its little sister theater, The Den (normally called Charters Auditorium). Once again, Cherry St. Artisan serves as the...
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
The planning committee for the planned new high school in Columbia, Missouri is asking for input on the conceptual drawings that have been completed.  The new school will be located on the north side of St. Charles Road between the Lake of the Woods Golf Course and Route Z.  Phase 1 of the project is expected to be complete by August of 2010.  Follow this link to review the conceptual drawings and give your input:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=5zLzz2JNxGas7EUXC9gBow_3d_3dOr, go to http://www.columbia.k12.mo.us/
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