1. 6th Annual Ike Skelton Veterans Day Salute – This event will be held on Sunday at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. The Museum is open free of charge in honor of our veterans from noon to 5 p.m., and the day will be filled with patriotic activities, including a free public program at 2 p.m. featuring Retired Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum (the program will be preceded by a free reception at 1 p.m.) Immediately following the program will be a presidential salute and wreath-laying ceremony on the Truman grave site in the courtyard, with a bagpipe procession to the courtyard and a 21-gun salute. Patriotic activities will be held throughout the Museum from noon to 3:30 p.m., including free gifts for veterans (while supplies last), a thank-a-vet card-making station and more. Activities throughout the day are free, but RSVPs are requested if you plan to attend the wreath-laying ceremony and public program featuring Brig. Gen. Mordente. RSVP by calling 816-400-1220 or at TrumanLibraryInstitute.org .
2. Veterans Day weekend – The National World War I Museum and Memorial has planned several activities this weekend. Activities – Friday-Sunday: Vietnam Era Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” Helicopter Display; Hope 22: Dark to Light Photography Exhibit, a local Kansas City photography project that is raising awareness about veterans’ suicide epidemic; Find Your World War I Connection, visitors will have access to research stations featuring Fold3.com, Ancestry.com, the Museum’s online collections database, records from the American Battlefield Monuments Commission, and the National Archives; virtually “share a poppy” through social media to honor veterans at https://www.facebook.com/theworldwar and https://twitter.com/thewwimuseum ; and view the special exhibitions. Saturday: Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m.; nearly 100 new “Walk of Honor” Bricks will be dedicated at 2 p.m.; and Hands-on History family-friendly program invites kids of all ages to handle Great War artifacts at 2 p.m. Admission is free for veterans and active-duty military personnel, and half-price for the general public.
3 Decorate a snowman – Families, groups and businesses are invited to decorate snowmen to help raise funds for Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity. You can pick up your wooden snowmen through Dec. 4, at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 505 N. Dodgion Ave., Independence. They are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Decorated snowmen can be dropped off at George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 5 or 6. They will be displayed just in time for the Winter Solstice Hike on Dec. 13 and remain through Jan. 31. Be sure and use outdoor, family appropriate decorations. Food decorations are not allowed and arms can be no longer than 24 inches. Snowmen are $10 for families, $25 for groups and $100 for businesses. Funds generated will be used to support Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity’s work in Independence. For more details and decorating guidelines, contact Lindsay Browne at 461-6551 or firstname.lastname@example.org
4 Mark your calendars for Wreaths & Wits – This event, a fundraiser for the Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders, will be held Nov. 18, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Independence. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., enjoy holiday music, heavy hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants, a cash bar and a silent auction with holiday wreaths, gift baskets and decor. Then at 7 p.m., let the wits begin with master of ceremonies Bryan Busby, KMBC Chief Meteorologist. Your table of eight to 10 will compete as a team with four rounds of trivia. Trivia categories: 1940's, Booze & Brews, Rock & Roll and Sitcoms. Individual tickets are $45. To purchase tickets, call 229-3869 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
5 Calling all Special Olympics athletes – Kansas City Parks and Recreation is now an official sponsoring host agency of Special Olympics, Missouri, and is recruiting athletes of all skill levels to compete on the inaugural KC Parks Special Olympics Basketball Team. Eligible athletes should be at least 8 years of age and have an intellectual disability. The team will travel to Belton on Jan. 6, for the annual Special Olympics Missouri Basketball Tournament. Practices leading up to the tournament will be held once-a-week, after school at Garrison Community Center, 1124 E. 5th St., Kansas City. Transportation from school to practice and to and from the tournament can be provided. Uniforms will be supplied to all athletes. Special Olympics is a registration free program. Contact Jordan Brown at 513-7567 or email@example.com
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