1 Start collecting now to “Fill Those Trucks” – The Youth Advisory Council at the Truman Heartland Community Foundation have organized an 8-hour food drive to benefit residents of their communities. The students have the goal of collecting 10,000 donated items at each location and filling a box truck in 8 hours. If they meet this goal, they will relieve hunger in our communities for 4 days. This event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 22, at the following locations Hy-Vee locations: 4545 S. Noland Road, Independence (benefitting Community Services League); 625 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs (benefiting Community Services League); 9400 E. Missouri 350, Raytown (benefiting Raytown Emergency Assistance Program); 310 S. W. Ward Road, Lee’s Summit (benefiting Lee’s Summit Social Services.)
2 Learn how Jackson County’s history relates to American history – Jackson County has been significantly impacting American history for nearly 200 years, from the trails that led people west to the life and times of Harry S Truman. Join local historian David W. Jackson as he discusses Jackson County history and how we are all helping shape history today at 7 p.m. this evening at the South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. This is a free presentation, but registration is required, call 461-2050.
3 Historic cemetery bus tour – Visit some of the earliest cemeteries in Jackson County, dating from the early 1800s, and learn about some of its famous interments from a knowledgeable historian who will serve as your guide. The tour will start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Fort Osage Education Center, 107 Osage St., Sibley. The $25 cost includes lunch. To register, call 229-8980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4 Come fly a kite – The Flights of Fancy Mega Kite Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Metropolitan Community Colleges-Longview campus in Lee's Summit. The kites of Great American Kites & Events will take flight over the lawn of the picturesque campus in the heart of kite month, with awe-inspiring mega kites, power kites, stunt kites, and more, including the world’s largest windsock – three stories high and 200 feet long. Especially for the kids, there will be an inflatable maze, face painting, a balloon artist and a candy drop. For more information, visit Facebook.com/MCCflightsoffancy.
5 Learn how to throw an atlatl – Blue Springs Parks and Recreation is offering this class from 6 to 7 p.m. April 20, at Baumgardner Park, 2401 N.W. Ashton Drive. Atlatls are ancient weapons that preceded the bow and arrow and are one of humankind's first mechanical inventions. This class is for those 7 and older, and the cost is $7 per person. The registration deadline is Tuesday. Call 228-0137 to register.
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