1 Calling all princesses – The City of Independence will hold its annual Little Princess Ball on Sept. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Young ladies ages 4 to 10 may dress in their prettiest gowns and attend with their favored knight (father figure) and enjoy a special night of music, dancing, dinner and general merry-making. Tickets are $30 per couple; and each additional participant is $15. The registration deadline is 9 p.m. Tuesday. To register, call Independence Parks & Recreation at 325-7843.
2 Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival – This annual event, which takes place in downtown Blue Springs, will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be live entertainment, food, craft and vendor booths, a carnival, beer and wine garden and much more. A Mardi Gras-themed parade will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday. The main stage is inside the Wine and Beer Garden. You must be 21 to enter and there is a cover charge. Fridays lineup: Red Velvet Crush, 6 to 7 p.m.; Damien Gunn, 7:30 to 9 p.m.; Casi Joy, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturdays lineup: Red Velvet Crush, 3 to 5 p.m.; Sean McNown, 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Dirt Road Addiction, 7:30 to 9 p.m.; Damien Gunn, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. (families may view the concert free on bleachers outside the garden fence.) A car and bike show will be held Sunday in the Beer and Wine Garden. Gates open to presenters at 9 a.m. and to the general public at 10 a.m. Carnival hours: Friday, noon to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shuttles will run from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, from Side Pockets and Office Depot. Buses will run from these locations to Security Station 8 at 8th and East Main Street. For more detailed information, visit www.bluespringsfallfestival.com.
3 Veterans Salute: Honoring the veterans of all wars – The Midwest Genealogy Center is honoring the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I with a free event for veterans and the community from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Activities: Opening ceremony and speakers at 9 a.m. with Dr. James Willbanks, General of the Army George C. Marshall Chair of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth; view clips from the PBS documentary “The Vietnam War”; 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., face painters, balloon artists, and appearances by area sports team mascots; meet military collectors and learn about their displays of hundreds of historic artifacts; 1:30 p.m., veterans recognition ceremony with commemorative pin for all attending veterans. There will also be Food Truck fare from Coffeecake KC, Jazzy B’s, and more from 9 a.m. until sold out. For more information, visit mymcpl.org/veterans-salute or call 252-7228.
4 March of Dimes “Bikers for Babies” – This one day charity motorcycle ride takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, at Kansas Speedway. Join thousands of riders from across the Midwest and help give every baby a healthy start in life. In 2016, more than 4,000 riders raised more than $600,000, bringing the funds raised in the past 22 years to more than $8.6 million. Since its inception in 1995 with 130 participants, Kansas City Bikers for Babies continues to be one of the premier Midwest motorcycle rides. Donate or ride to help fund the March of Dimes mission through community programs, advocacy, research, education and support. Every rider must have a valid motorcycle license in order to participate in the ride. Find out more at www.bikersforbabieskc.org.
5 Juried show and sale of fine-scale miniature art – The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, in partnership with the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, presents Miniature Masterworks. The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the Museum, 5235 Oak St., Kansas City. More than 60 international artists will participate in the show. You'll be able to tour the collection, meet the artists, attend gallery talks, and view the works submitted for the Barbara Marshall Award for Artistic Achievement. Miniature Masterworks is included with museum admission. Admission is $5 for ages 5 and up, and free for ages 4 and under, museum members, UMKC faculty, staff, and students, and active duty military and their families. For information, visit toyandminiaturemuseum.org/masterworks
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