Historic sites open on Sunday – On April 1, the historic sites in Independence will open for tours: Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific Ave. (461-3491); Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St. (325-7430); 1859 Jail & Marshal's Home Museum, 217 N. Main St. (461-1897). All three are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, and admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for ages 6-16. The Chicago & Alton Depot, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily (except Tuesday), and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, through October, 318 W. Pacific Ave. (325-7955) Donations welcome. The 1827 Log Courthouse, through October, 107 W. Kansas Ave. Open by appointment only, call 325-7890. No admission fee.
Jackson County campgrounds open in April – Jackson County offers three full-service campgounds, Lake Jacomo and Blue Springs Lake open on Friday, and Longview Lake opens April 13, and are open through Oct. 31. Each camp gound offers a unique and different camping experience. Guidelines: 14-day maximum stay permitted; advance reservations recommended at all campgrounds; maximum of five people per camp site; campground attendants are on duty from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and all on-site reservations must be completed no later than 9 p.m.; campers must possess and utilize an appropriate camping unit; and must be 21 years of age or older to purchase a permit to camp. Costs vary by site. To make reservations online, visit https://rectracweb.jacksongov.org/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/splash.html. For more information and to register by phone, call 503-4805.
Harry's Hop'n Hunt – The White House egg roll is coming to Independence on Saturday, with a free day of family of fun at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24. You're invited to an egg roll competition, two Easter egg hunts (bring your own basket) and story time on the steps throughout the morning featuring Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Indepemdence Mayor Eileen Weir and County Executive Frank White Jr. The Easter Bunny himself will also make an appearance. Event schedule: 10 a.m., story time with Mayor Weir; 10:10 a.m., race 1 egg roll; 10:35 a.m., story time with Mahomes; 10:45 a.m., egg hunt; 11 a.m., story time with White; 11:10 a.m., race 2 egg roll; 11:35 a.m., story time; 11:45 a.m., egg hunt; noon, parade of cars to the Independence Square, led by the Easter Bunny. All are invited compete in the egg roll and racers will be divided by age groups, and children 12 and under are welcome in the egg hunt. The is a free event, but reservations are requested for the egg roll, visit TrumanLibraryInstitute.org/Hop-n-Hunt. All events take place rain or shine.
Red Hot Raku and Chili Night – This event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, at 323Clay, located at 323 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Select and glaze a piece of bisque ware, then enjoy your chili dinner. Watch as your pottery is loaded into the Raku kiln and fired up. In about an hour, your red hot creation will be removed from the kiln and placed in a bin of sawdust to finish the process. After cooling in a trough of water, you can clean your piece to reveal the unpredictable colors, lusters, and patterns. No pottery experience needed. The cost is $25, and includes a chili dinner, hot dogs and drinks and one small piece of pottery to glaze and take home at the end of the night. Additional pieces may be purchased for $10 each. Raku pottery is for decorative use only and is not food safe. Tickets are available online at www.323CLAY.com. For questions, call 254-7552 or email cindy@323CLAY.com.
Summer Vegetable Gardening Success class – This class, sponsored by the St. Paul Community Garden, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 3601 S. Sterling Ave., Independence. Started in 2007, this small community garden serves as an opportunity for neighborhood residents to raise organic vegetables, herbs and flowers. All aspects of organic gardening is encouraged; permaculture is practiced. The class will be taught by University of Missouri Extension Horticulture Educator Cathy Bylinowski. This event is free and open to the public. For questions, call Sara Scheil at 356-6989.
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