Mason Bee workshop – During this hands-on experience, participants will learn about the important work the Mason Bees do and make their own bee habitat. In recent years, concerns have mounted over the environmental impacts of pollinator decline, giving rise to focused conservation efforts by average families to protect, enhance, and foster agricultural pollination through beekeeping. The workshop will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at The Gardens at Unity Village, located 1/4 mile west of the Douglas Street and Colbern Road intersection in Lee's Summit. All materials will be provided. The cost is $10 for adults and ages 10 and older. Registration is required, call 769-0259. 

“Little Red Hen” – The Independence Young Matrons have been presenting their annual Children’s Theatre performance to the community this past week at Independence preschools, community groups and Independence School District children as a free gift to the community. “The Little Red Hen,” written and directed by Ray Ettinger, tells the story of cooperation between the Hen and her Chicks, the Witch and Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Rumpelstiltskin, and Jack in the Beanstalk. Their final performance at 7 p.m. Thursday is open to the public and will be performed at the William Chrisman High School Auditorium, U.S. 24 and Noland Road, Independence. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. 


Special performance of “Oliver Twist” – Beginning in 1837, a serialized novel depicting the adventures of a vulnerable orphan boy surprised and even shocked Victorian sensibilities with its portrayal of the injustices toward the poor; and its deeply critical depiction of London's criminal underworld. The Puppetry Arts Institute presents The Simpich Marionettes, who will bring this literary classic tale by Charles Dickens to life. The performance will be 7 p.m. Friday at the Powerhouse Theatre, located inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Admission is $15 for adults; $10 for students. For tickets, call 833-9777. 

Diamonds & Pearls – The Bingham-Waggoner Estate will be holding their annual Spring Fashion Show and Champagne Brunch on Saturday, 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. The Carriage House Boutique opens at 9:30 a.m.; the Mansion doors open at 10:30 a.m.; and brunch is served at 11 a.m. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased by calling 461-3491. 

Independence Drop-Off Depot reopens for the season – Residents can bring trash, brush (including limbs, firewood, bushes and stumps – no leaves or grass), major appliances, tires, batteries and lawnmowers between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at 875 Vista Ave. The Drop-Off Depot will be open the second Saturday of each month through November. 

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