Missouri Department of Conservation holds its 5th annual Rendezvous – Outdoor skills and tools of the fur trade will be celebrated at the Lake City Shooting Range from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. This free event will feature black powder shooters, fur pelt displays, blacksmith demonstrations, campfire cooking and many more outdoor and camping skills. Traders will offer hand-crafted goods to visitors, and re-enactors in period dress and gear will be present and welcome visitors to their trapper camps and answer questions about gear and skills. Visitors will be able to try BB gun and archery target shooting. A root beer stand will offer refreshment, and children (and grownups too) can reap sweets from a “candy cannon” that will be fired every hour on the hour. The shooting ange is at 28505 E. Truman Road. For more information, call 249-3194 or visit http://mdc.mo.gov/lakecity.
Gaither Vocal Band – Multi-Grammy Award-winner Bill Gaither will host an evening of music, laughter and encouragement featuring the talent of the Gaither Vocal Band, at 7 p.m. Friday, at Connection Point Church, 10500 E. Missouri 350, Raytown. The band will share gospel classics and new favorites. Year after year, Joining The Gaither Vocal Band will be vocalists Charlotte Ritchie and Gene McDonald, as well as guitarist and comedian Kevin Williams. Complete information, including ticket pricing, is available by calling the church bookstore at 353-1994 or visiting www.gaither.com or www.premierproductions.com. To charge tickets, or to obtain group ticket information, call 855-484-1991. Tickets are also available at the ROC Bookstore at Connection Point Church.
Volunteers sought for Park Day – Two Civil War sites are needing volunteers on Saturday. Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield Museum Park, located off U.S. 50, half a block south of the Lone Jack exit, will begin registration at 8:30 a.m., with clean-up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chores include raking leaves and flowerbeds, and clearing limbs and brush. Inside needs include sweeping and mopping floors, washing windows and cleaning glass displays in the museum and the Cave Hotel. Volunteers receive a T-shirt, and lunch will be provided with advance sign up. Call Alinda at 805-1815. Bring gloves and dress for the weather (label all your tools.) Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, at 1101 Delaware in Lexington, is going to be spruced up between 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at the visitor center, and projects may include trash cleanup, painting and landscaping. For questions, call 660-259-4654.
Free household hazardous waste collection – Independence will hold its 21st annual household hazardous waste collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at 200 S. Liberty St., one block south of the Independence Square. This collection is free to residents. proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or city utility bill, is required. Accepted products include: Batteries; paint and paint products (including aerosol cans), varnish, stripper, thinner/turpentine; fluorescent light bulbs; garden and yard products (herbicides, pesticides, sprays, rat poison, and weed killers); automotive fluids, such as antifreeze and used motor oil; household cleaners (drain, toilet, oven); kerosene; mercury thermometers; unused, unwanted medicines, etc. Electronics, appliances, trash, yard waste, medical waste, tires, asbestos, radioactive waste, pressurized gas cylinders or commercial waste will not be accepted. If you're uncertain whether a particular waste will be accepted, call Water Pollution Control 325-7440 or visit indep.us/wpc. The Independence Police Department will be onsite with certified explosive ordnance officers to collect and dispose of old or unwanted ammunition, explosives, firearms, fireworks, etc. Call IPD at 325-7279 for more information about this type of disposal.
Free dental care – The Elks Mobile Dental Unit will visit Blue Springs April 9 through May 3, at Blue Springs Elks Lodge No. 2509, 100 N.E. Brizendine Road. The Elks Mobile Unit has been operated by the Dental Department of Truman Medical Center-Lakewood since 1962, in partnership with the Missouri Elks Benevolent Association. This special unit is a self-propelled bus-like vehicle equipped to provide a full range of dental services, such as X-rays, fillings, extractions, cleaning and other treatments. All services are provided at no cost to eligible patients. The unit is staffed by a thoroughly trained dentist and dental assistant. Individuals may be eligible for free dental care who live in the counties of Jackson and Lafayette. To see if you're eligible and to make an appointment, call the mobile unit at 573-690-6003. For questions, call 816-404-6904.
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