1 First Lady Fashion: Bess Truman Birthday Commemoration – In partnership with the Independence chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Library will host guest speaker Elizabeth Way to discuss First Lady Fashion, from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. Way, Assistant Curator at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, has presented lectures about designers who have dressed former first ladies. Prominent in her research is the inspirational story of Elizabeth Keckley, a slave who bought her freedom, became a successful seamstress after moving to Washington, D.C., and caught the eye of Mary Todd Lincoln. The afternoon will include a White Glove presentation of two special pieces from Mrs. Truman's closet. It will be followed by a reception hosted by the Independence Pioneers Chapter - Daughters of the American Revolution. The cost to attend the commemoration is free with paid admission to the museum: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors; and free for Truman Library Institute members.
2 Lock Your Love – Take your valentine to Minor Park and celebrate your commitment by “locking your love” to the Old Red Bridge, on Red Bridge Road between Holmes and Blue River Road, in south Kansas City. You can lock your love anytime, but the area will be lighted from 5 to 10 p.m. on the Friday and Saturday nights before and after Valentine’s Day. After you lock your love, toss your key into special boxes that will be onsite through February. The keys will be used to create a sculpture of a Monarch Butterfly. Purchase personalized locks at www.lock-itz.com, #LoveKC, KC skyline or Old Red Bridge lock at MakeLoveLocks.com. Lovelocks are also available for purchase at the Minor Park Golf Course Pro Shop.
3 Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic – Open the door to reveal unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy and 25 of your favorite Disney characters surprise and captivate you at every turn of the knob. There will be two shows on Saturday, 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Tickets range from $23 to $53, and may be purchased at the Arena or online at silversteineyecentersarena.com.
4 Black History Month exhibit – The Lee’s Summit History Museum is presenting its Black History Month Exhibit through February. The museum is at 220 S.W. Main St. and is open from noon to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. This exhibit highlights the stories of African Americans who lived in Lee’s Summit between 1865 and 1965. The exhibit is the result of collaboration between museum docents Wanda Norton and Pat Gore, and Reggie James of the Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition. For more information call, 363-9718.
5 Nominations are being accepted for Missouri first responder awards – The Department of Public Safety is accepting nominations for 5 statewide awards honoring first responders for heroic acts or work strengthening Missouri communities, and a sixth award honors civilians who assist first responders during emergencies. Nominations are limited to acts performed from Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2017. For award purposes, public safety officers must be individuals who serve a public agency, with or without compensation, as a firefighter, law enforcement officer or emergency or emergency management personnel, including EMTs and paramedics. State and local corrections and court officers are also eligible. For more information visit http://dps.mo.gov/medal/ . The site includes nomination forms for all of the awards. All nominations must be postmarked by March 31.
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