1 Vintage Glass Show and Sale – The Heart of America Glass Collectors are hosting this event from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. The event features Depression glass, elegant glass, Cambridge, Fenton, Fostoria, Heisey, Imperial, Morgantown, Seneca, Tiffin, Fiesta, Franciscan, Hall, Metlox and much more. Admission is $4.50 (good for both days.) Register to win a door prize or an hourly prize. For questions, contact David Hollingshead at 913-636-7825 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hoagc.org.
2 Naturescaping Workshop – The Missouri Department of Conservation’s Burr Oak Woods Nature Center is hosting a free Naturescaping Workshop from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday. Participants will learn how to utilize native plants, shrubs and trees in lawn and garden settings. Native plants offer beauty and also benefit natural life. Native plants are adapted to local soil conditions and weather patterns, and thoughtful use of them can reduce maintenance time and expense. All attendees will receive a free shrub or tree from MDC’s George O. White State Nursery, complimentary coffee and light snacks will also be provided. A native plant sale will be offered to workshop participants from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., and will be open to the general public from 1:15 to 4 p.m. To register for the workshop, call 228-3766.
3 Hike the Rock Creek Trail: Signs of Spring Hike – Meet at the Country Club Park entrance at 1 p.m. Saturday, 2930 S. Norton, Independence. You'll hike from Country Club Park to Rotary Park and then back, a little less than 3 miles. The hike takes about 1 1/2 hours. The trail is easy, level and gravel-paved. For questions, call 325-7115.
4 Calling All Entrepreneurs – The Blue Springs Business Resource Network is hosting their sixth “How to Open and Grow a Business in Blue Springs” Expo from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, at the Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 NW Hunter Drive. Participants will meet with professional coaches and discuss their business plan, speak with financial institutions, connect with local resources, and business mentors, exporting, market research, government grants and more. Expo representatives include: City of Blue Springs; Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce; Blue Springs Economic Development Council; Mid-Continent Public Library; Blue Springs Downtown Alive and SCORE. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Kim Nakahodo at 655-0497 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/startbusiness.
5 Make reservations now for the Derby Spring Tea – Last year due to conflicts with Palm Sunday and Easter, The Vaile Mansion was forced to cancel plans for their annual spring tea. This year they are gearing up for a spectacular event on March 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. Southern food and drink will be the fare of the day; and if you're so inclined, get out your spring hat, put a decoration on it (or not) and enter the hat contest. The Mansion is located at 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Tickets are $35 each and may be purchased by calling Waunita Moore at 478-3334.
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