1 Lake City Rendezvous – Join the Lake City staff and travel back to a time when beaver were plentiful and people few. Re-enactors from the mountains and the plains will rendezvous to celebrate the early 1800s from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Hunters and trappers will swap yarns while trading and selling pelts. Black powder enthusiasts will pour powder and check hammer flints for friendly shooting matches with rifles, pistols and shotguns. Rain or shine, campers will pitch canvas and set up cooking fires to take visitors back in time. Blacksmiths will use heat, honed skills and brute force to shape iron into useful tools. Events planned include axe and knife throwing, atlatl, archery, knife making, traders, wild edibles, trapping demonstrations, flintknapping, blacksmithing, primitive fire starting, period appropriate children’s games and much more. The Lake City Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is at 28505 E. Truman Road in Buckner. No registration required. For questions, call 249-3194.
2 Calling all Dead Heads – Fathom Events and Rhino Records are treating fans to a special one night event with “The Grateful Dead Movie 40th Anniversary.” The movie will be shown in movie theaters nationwide at 7 p.m., Thursday. At the event, Dead Heads will relive live performances from the band’s (Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Godchaux, and Keith Godchaux) October 1974 “farewell” run in San Francisco, and look at footage from the upcoming Grateful Dead documentary, “Long Strange Trip.” Tickets may for be purchased online at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices: AMC Independence Commons 20, 19200 E. 39th St. S.; AMC Barrywoods 24, 8101 N.W. Roanridge Road, Cinemark The Palace at the Plaza, 526 Nichols Road, and Regal Kansas City 18 Cinemas, 3200 Ameristar Drive, all in Kansas City.
3 Coalition of Historical Trekkers – Fort Osage National Historic Landmark will come alive with period-appropriate tents, historic interpreters, cooking demonstrations, wool spinning and other basic life skills used by our early American explorers who helped to shape the frontier. Expert re-enactors, clothed in attire typical of late 18th and early 19th century settlers, will share their knowledge of the skills necessary to survive in an often hostile environment, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fort, 107 Osage St., Sibley. Kids may participate in children’s games and dipping their very own candles to take home as a memento of their day. Ongoing demonstrations will allow the visitor to witness firsthand how these pioneers lived. Admission is $8, $4 for youth and senior adults. For questions, visit makeyourdayhere.com/historicsites or call Heather Campbell at 650-3452.
4 Spirit of Independence Concert Band performance – This, their 20th anniversary concert, will include patriotic music, marches, spiritual music, a bit of jazz and some original Concert Band music. The concert is at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. The band's director is Jane Hicklin and the assistant director is Jarrod Warren. There will be several guest conductors, who have been past directors of the band, as well as a special commissioned work by a recent band member. This is a free event and open to all. There will be a refreshment/donation table as you enter the auditorium.
5 Barbecue enthusiasts, start your grills – As you know, Kansas City is synonymous with sports, tailgating, and barbecue. So, to kick off National BBQ Month this May, Smithfield wants to “Get America Grilling” by attempting to set the Guinness World Records title for the Largest Grilling Lesson on April 27 at 6 p.m., at Arrowhead Stadium, Lot N. Smithfield will provide the grill, tools, food and more, all they need is 250+ grilling fans to join them. The lesson will be led by 9X World Champion pit master Chris Lilly and Weber grill master Kevin Kolman. Plus, barbecue fan Kansas City Chiefs’ Defensive End Chris Jones will be joining the pit masters to help make history. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit www.SmithfieldGetGrilling.com/GWR.
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