Can you walk a mile?

Walk for your health! The Independence Health Department is again presenting “The Mile Starts Here” events.

On Wednesday the mile starts at McCoy Park, 800 N. Bess Truman Pkwy. (Delaware St. and U.S. 24) This and all other walks begin at 9 a.m.

If you have questions, call the Independence Health Department, 325-7185.

Other upcoming walks: July 16, from the Independence Athletic Complex, 17800 E. Salisbury Road; July 23, on the Rotary Park Trail, 10615 E. 24th St. (south of east 23rd St. and south of Westport Road); July 30, at the Missouri Department Conservation Trail/Santa Fe Trail, east side of Santa Fe Park, 2900 S. Santa Fe Road.

Independence Project Shine needs volunteers

The 7th annual Project Shine event will take place rain or shine at Bryant Elementary, Fairmount Elementary, Sugar Creek Elementary, Pioneer Ridge Middle School and William Chrisman High School next Saturday, July 12, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

One day each year the Independence School District leads volunteer-based projects at designated schools to clean, paint and update.

Volunteers can either help all day or anytime during the event’s hours and must be 16 years of age or older.

To donate for the cause, make checks payable to “ISD Foundation” and mail to Project SHine, 201 N. Forest Avenue, Independence, MO 64050. Or you can visit  .

Visit the Nelson to see restored Jain shrine

A large, elaborately carved Jain shrine has been restored to brilliant beauty by a conservation team at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Purchased in 1932 before the museum opened, the elaborate shrine has never been displayed until now.

Using sophisticated tests, conservators discovered that the shrine dates to the 16th century and was repainted sometime after 1814. Analytical work for the shrine was supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Jainism is an ancient religion from India. Jains practice non-violent behaviors to work toward individual perfection. Their ultimate goal is liberation from rebirth. Jain practice requires daily veneration of an image of the Jina, either at a community temple or at a home shrine. Domestic shrines were frequently constructed in wood and decorated with paint and relief carvings.

The Nelson-Atkins is at 45th and Oak streets in Kansas City. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday/Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For information, call 816-751-1278 or visit .

– From staff reports