1 Backyard Railroad open for visitors – John B. Carr III of Independence is holding his seventh annual Garden Railroad Show to benefit the food pantries of St. Mary's Catholic Church and St. Michael's Episcopal Church. The “JC Railway Company” will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, at John's home, 15504 E. 43rd St. S. (off Phelps Road). The railroad is G-scale and has 265 feet of track with two trains running at all times. You'll see manufacturing, farming, bridges, tunnels and more. There is no admission fee. John asks that you bring canned goods of all types and non-perishable items to support the pantries. You may also bring items for Necessity Pantries, which are not covered by the SNAP (Food Stamps) program. This includes diapers, bathroom tissue, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, detergent, etc. Last year, John collected 1,131 pounds of food and necessity supplies and a generous amount of cash. Children are welcome and the garden is handicap accessible.

2 “Harvey” – This classic, written by Mary Chase and directed by Nancy Eppert, will be performed by the City Theatre of Independence at the Powerhouse Theatre, inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. The comedy centers around Elwood P. Dowd, an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey, whom he describes as a 6-foot, 3 1/2-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. Performance dates: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and Sept. 15-16; and 2 p.m. Sept. 17. Tickets are $15, $13 for seniors. Dinner theater is Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required for dinner theater, either online or by calling 325-7367. All tickets may be purchased through their website, www.citytheatreofindependence.org.

3 Gala of the Royal Horses: Carousel of Dreams – Follow a young girl and her fairy godmother into an equine dreamland, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Brought to you by world-renowned riding master Rene Gasser, the stunning world of Carousel of Dreams immerses audiences in spectacular, tantalizing live performance, featuring the “The Royal Horses of Europe,” which includes the Lipizzaner Stallion, the Spanish Andalusian, the Friesian and the Arabian horse. Live the dream with this young girl as she explores the magic of her dreams and works to find her purpose in life. Adult tickets range from $24 to $79; and children ages 2 to 12 are $14. You may purchase tickets at the Arena box officer or at Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com

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4 Independence Uncorked Wine Festival – This event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Eastern Independence, will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, at Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. More than 2,500 are expected to attend the festival, which will feature 25 Missouri wineries offering samples of several of their wines, as well as art, music, beer, food booths and wine classes. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. The first 2,000 attendees will receive a wine glass and a four-bottle wine bag. Proceeds will go toward national and local charities supported by Rotary. Bring your lawn chair for seating. For details, go to www.independenceuncorked.com.

5 Beautification Award nominations deadline approaching – The City of Independence Beautification Commission is accepting nominations from the community for the 2017 Beautification Awards. The annual awards are presented citywide to residential, commercial or non-profit properties. Applications can be picked up at the Roger T. Sermon Community Center, 201 N. Dodgion, or submitted via the city of Independence website: www.independencemo.org/BoardsComDetails?id=15. Click on the link at the top of the page. Nominations must be received by Sept. 15.

-- HOW TO SUBMIT: Send your event and contact information to jill.ritchie@examiner.net. You can submit photos in jpg form.