1 Hummingbird trail and festival – George Owens Nature Park's Hummingbird Trail will be open throughout the fall migration, which is now through Sept. 30, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. The trail has more than 50 feeders to draw in them in. Hummingbird facts: They got their name from flapping their wings about 80 times per second, which makes a humming noise; they can fly right, left, up, down, backwards and upsidedown; they hover by flapping their wings in a figure-8 pattern; and their feet are used for perching only, not for hopping or walking. George Owens will also be holding its annual Hummingbird Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9. They'll have information on all aspects of hummingbirds, including behavior, how to attract them and what plants to use. Hummingbird plants will be sold at the festival, plus the kids will enjoy doing hummingbird crafts and other activities. This is a free event. If you have questions, call 325-7115.
2 Farmers markets – Why not visit one of our area farmers markets each Saturday through October and take home some fresh fruits, vegetables and much more. Independence locations: Drumm Farm Market, 8 a.m. to noon, 3210 Lee's Summit Road; Farmers & Craft Market, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., Walnut and Liberty streets, just off the Square (spend $1 of your SNAP benefits and receive $2 to spend on produce, also open on Wednesdays); Blue Springs Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to noon, 11th and Main streets; Lee's Summit Farmers Market, 7 a.m. until sold out, Second and Douglas streets (open through November.)
3 Pooch Paddle – Bring your canine friends to Summit Waves between 5:30 and 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, for their chance to dive in and splash to their heart's content! Small dogs (25 pounds and under) swim from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and big dogs (more than 25 pounds) swim from 6:15 to 7:15. The cost is $5 per dog. Summit Waves is located at 120 S.W. Blue Pkwy., Lee's Summit.
4 An evening with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick – KCPT is presenting an exclusive evening with award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick for a first look at their upcoming documentary series, The Vietnam War. Purchase your tickets now for this Sept. 8 event, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City. During the screening you’ll see select clips from the epic 18-hour series, which Burns calls the most ambitious project they’ve ever done. Two local veterans who are part of the documentary will join Burns and Novick on stage for a conversation about the war and its impact. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.midlandkc.com/events/detail/337876 or by calling the box office at 283-9921. Your ticket purchase will directly support the storytelling and engagement efforts at Kansas City PBS.
5 Make plans now for the Buzz Beach Ball – 96.5 The Buzz presents Buzz Beach Ball on Sept. 8 and 9, at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, 633 N 130th St, Bonner Springs, Kan. The entertainment on Sept. 8: Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, Spoon, Marian Hill, K.Flay, Toadies, Hippo Campus Irontom, Middle Kids, Lolo, Local H and The Sluts. On Sept. 9: Weezer – Run the Jewels, Gogol Bordello, Bishop Briggs, Bob Moses, Pvris, Chicano Batman, The Score, Beach Slang and Yes You Are. Single day tickets start at $19.65, with tickets for the weekend starting at $30. Save the most money by taking advantage of the lawn 4-packs. Purchase your tickets now at BeachBallKC.comor Ticketmaster.com.
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