1 Leila’s Hair Museum – Why not take the family to the only known hair museum in the world, which has more than 600 hair wreaths and more than 2,000 pieces of jewelry made of human hair. The Museum is located at 1333 S. Noland Road in Independence. Each piece of jewelry in the museum tells a story of why it was made. Sometimes it will have the name of the person, as well as their birth date and death date. Other times, it will include many names and be used as a family tree for genealogy purposes in a wreath form. The hair wreaths, many in their original frames (hand carved or made of leather), are considered pieces of art. Families built their hair wreaths in a horseshoe shape so that more could be added as the family grew. In addition to wreaths and jewelry, there are watch fobs, chains, hat pins, postcards, cuff links, bookmarks, buttons, pictures and much more made from human hair. The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $15 for adults, $7.50 for ages 65 and older and children 12 and under. For questions, call 833-2955.
2 Movies in the Park – “Surf's Up” A Major Ocean Picture, which goes behind the scenes of the high-octane world of competitive penguin surfing, will be shown on Friday at Rotary Park, 600 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Activities begin at 7:30 p.m., with the movie beginning at dusk. Enjoy a free outdoor movie and popcorn under the stars. This family-friendly movie is displayed on a huge inflatable screen with a state-of-the-art projection and sound system. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for seating.
3 Talkin' Truman: Captain Harry & the Great War – Harry Truman's service in World War I had a lasting impact on his life and political career. Join archives staff member Jim Armistead as he explores Truman's military career, including his command of Battery D and tour of duty in Europe during World War I. The program will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. The program is included with Museum admission, with seating on a first come, first served basis.
4 Donate your used books – The Children's Performing Theatre in Independence is holding its annual used book sale Sept. 8 through 10, at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. If you have any books lying around the house, this is a great way to get them moved on to a new home, and help the community theater groups at the same time. Donation barrels have been set up inside the Sermon Center, 201 N. Dodgion St., and five Mid-Continent Public Libraries, located at 6131 Raytown Road; 13700 E. 35th St. South; 317 W. U.S. 24; 850 N.W. Hunter Drive; and 2220 S. Missouri 7. Books of all types are welcome, but they ask that you don't donate any magazines or encyclopedias.
5 Just a reminder – The Susan Block Award nominations are due Aug. 18. The Susan Paxton Block distinguished Public Service Award is given each year by the City of Independence to honor excellence in public service. Anyone can nominate a city employee, volunteer or elected official who has demonstrated outstanding public service, valor, and job performance with leadership. Nomination forms are available from Cantrell Wenzel, a Junior Service League past president, call 510-8952; city department directors; and at the Chamber of Commerce, 210 W. Truman Road. Forms may also be printed from the city's website, www.independencemo.org. Completed forms should be mailed to JSL, 3122 S. Crysler Ave., Independence, MO 64055.
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