Native plant sale – The Missouri Prairie Foundation will hold a native plant sale from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City. A variety of native plants suitable for shade, partial shade, sun, dry, or moist conditions from several vendors will be available. Many species of plants, both host and nectar plants, for pollinators, including monarch butterflies, will be available. Vendors donate a portion of their proceeds to benefit the conservation work of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Some vendors accept credit cards; others only cash or check.
City celebrates Public Works – The Blue Springs Public Works Department will kick-off its fifth annual public works celebration on Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Public Works facility, 500 S.E. Sunnyside School Road. It's free. Families can participate in an array of activities throughout the evening, including balloon characters, games, free food, prize drawings and demonstrations of the equipment the city uses to provide vital services such as maintaining streets and the water supply. This event is held to celebrate National Public Works Week. For more information, call 228-0195.
Party Like It's 1843: Come celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Great Migration on the Oregon Trail. Friday: Westward Ho! Down, 6:30-9 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum lawn. This event that will showcase pioneer dancing and music. Beer and wine served, as well as appetizers. Tickets are $20. Saturday: Live Action Oregon Trail Game, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Hiram Young Park, 215 E. Lexington Ave. Teams of 4 will try their luck on 10 stops along the trail, each with its own activity (team registration is $20); 1843 Lexington Avenue, stroll down Lexington as it would have been in 1843. There will be craft making supplies for kids, a photo booth and costumes for pictures for a small fee; Bringing History to Life, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. First person interpreters will help bring the 1840s to life. Pioneer Trails Adventures will also offer free wagon rides from the Truman Courthouse and the Log Cabin Courthouse to the National Frontier Trails Museum; Oregon Trail Lecture Series, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Brady Courtroom, 112 W. Lexington Ave. Learn all about the history on the Oregon Trail at this free event (reservations needed); Pioneer Fashion Show, 5:30 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave. Learn about the fashions on the Oregon Trail with a narrated fashion show (tickets are $15). Sunday: Oregon Trail Soundtrack performance, 2 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Tickets are $10 and are available at partylikeits1843.org. For ticketed activities, visit partylikeits1843.org.
Vaile Mansion Architecture Tour: The tour will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday and will focus on the architecture of the famous mansion, considered one of the best examples of Second Empire/Victorian French Renaissance Revival-style architecture in Missouri. It's at 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, with all proceeds benefitting the Vaile Victorian Society.
Paranormal investigations – The 10th Dimension Paranormal Group gives a guided search for spirits throughout the Fort Osage National Historic Site. Sessions are from 7 to 9 p.m. and 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The search will include the historic fort’s factory building and the Sibley Cemetery, one of the oldest in Jackson County. The cost is $20, and advance registration is required. Minors ages 12-17 must be accompanied by a parent. The investigation requires walking distances up to one-quarter mile. Individuals needing additional assistance must notify the Fort Osage staff at the time of reservation. For reservations, visit makeyourdayhere.com/events or call Jonathan Klusmeyer at 229-8980, ext. 103.
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