1 Run for the Raptors fundraiser – Friends of Lakeside Nature Center are hosting their second annual trail run on Saturday, at Camp Lake of the Woods in Swope Park, 7304 Oakwood Drive, Kansas City. You'll experience a challenging and beautiful 5K walk, 5K run and 6.7 mile run set in the wooded dirt single track of the Swope Trails. During the run, you'll encounter limestone rocky outcroppings while meandering through a mature Oak/Hickory forest while having a chance to explore one of the nicest trail systems in the city. A Lakeside Nature Center naturalist will have a few of their resident raptors at the run so you can meet them up close. Register at runsignup.com, and for more information, call 513-8960.
2 Free concert – The Phantastics will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, on the Kansas City Museum grounds, 3218 Gladstone Blvd., Kansas City. The Phantastics are a nine-member band from Kansas City specializing in tantalizing, genre-blending dance floor activators. In 2015, the music group was crowned “Kansas City’s best party band” by the Kansas City Star. But “party” doesn’t encompass the range in which The Phantastics reign. Musicianship and diversity are at the core of their success. Expect to hear Rock, Rap, Dance, Funk, Jazz, and Soul all incorporated into a seamless, winding river of music. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic and enjoy an evening of music. Dogs are allowed in a designated area. For more information, visit kansascitymuseum.org.
3 Free food demonstration – National Farmers Market Week is Aug. 6 through 12, and Saturday is the perfect time to see what the Independence Farmers and Crafters Market has to offer when it comes to fresh, local and healthy foods. Stop by for a free event from 9 to 11 a.m. at the corner of Walnut and Liberty streets. There will be a food demonstration by a local dietitian, photo opportunities and activities for the kids. Also, the first 100 people to pick up a market passport from the Health Department table, fill it out by visiting six vendors, and return it to the Health Department table, will receive $5 vouchers to be used at the market that day. The market is open from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday through October, and offers fruits, vegetables, eggs, honey, baked goods, homemade crafts and more. For questions, call 325-7185 or visit www.independencemofarmersmarket.com.
4 Swope Park Rangers Day – The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum will host a free day of family fun with Swope Park Rangers Day at the Library on Saturday. There will be free activities on the lawn throughout the day, including a futsal field, soccer goal, bounce house, meet the Swope Park Rangers mascot, Hat Trick Harry, enjoy free shaved ice from noon to 3 p.m., and hot dogs for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Special Sports Themed Tours of the Library will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (free with museum admission or free for Truman Library Institute members.) Later that evening, the Swope Park Rangers host Truman Night when they face off against Orange County SC, at 7:30 p.m. at the Children's Mercy Victory Field, in the Swope Soccer Village, 6310 Lewis Road, Kansas City (tickets are $14 for Truman Library Institute members or $20 for the general public. Tickets are also available for the Presidential Package, which includes access to a hospitality tent with buffet dinner and exclusive seating at the game for $40, call 913-951-3562 to purchase tickets.) The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free limited edition Harry and Bess Truman bobblehead. All tickets include admission to the Truman Library and also a donation to the Truman Library Institute's campaign to install a statue of Harry Truman in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
5 Reserve your spot for TEDxKC watch party – TEDxKC will take place Aug. 18 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. This year, tickets for the live program sold out in four minutes. To meet the high demand, several watch parties will be hosted at the following locations: North Independence Branch Library, 317 W. U.S. 24, Independence; Colbern Road Branch Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit; Sprint Accelerator (Crossroads), 210 W. 19th Terrace, Kansas City; and Woodneath Library Center (Northland), 8900 N.E. Flintlock Road, Kansas City. A $10 ticket includes a TEDxKC T-shirt, refreshments and a live simulcast of the program. Watch party tickets can be purchased at TEDxKC.org.
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