1. Public input requested – The Missouri Department of Conservation welcomes public comment on long-range management plans for the Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs. MDC in May invited suggestions from the public for aiding staff in updating plans for the area as a hiking and wildlife viewing destination. An initial draft is now complete. You may view the plan and provide comment through Aug. 31 by visiting http://mdc.mo.gov/areaplans. This plan focuses on management of the forest, woodland, restored native grasslands, and hiking trails on the area. The Nature Center building and educational programs are not part of this area management plan.
2. Harry S. Truman: Soldier from Independence – Dennis Giangreco, author of “The Soldier from Independence: A Military Biography of Harry Truman,” will examine how the pivotal decisions of the young soldier's life influenced his later political career. Truman entered World War I as a struggling farmer, but he left with the leadership skills and a personal network of friends that launched him into a lifetime of public service that culminated with him becoming one of the greatest presidents of the United States. This program is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at the National World War I Museum, Kansas City. This is a free event, but reservations are required. Visit www.trumanlibrary.org.
3. Women of the Santa Fe Trail Lecture – Join the Friends of the National Frontier Trails Museum and the Santa Fe Trails Association Missouri River Outfitters Chapter for a lecture by historian Dr. Leo Oliva, at 2 p.m. Saturday, at NFTM, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Dr. Oliva, the author of several historical works, will be exploring female writers on the Santa Fe Trail. Admission is $5; free for members of the Missouri River Outfitters, Friends of NFTM, SFTA, KCAHTA and OCTA. For questions, call 325-7575.
4. Family Safety Fair – This free event, hosted by St. Michael's Episcopal Church, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the church, 4000 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. There will be a large number of emergency services and giveaways, plus Independence Fire trucks, police cars, K-9 unit, Missouri Highway Patrol crash car, Missouri Search and Rescue dogs, the Red Cross, Kansas City Storm Chasers and more. The search and rescue dogs will give demonstrations, the Red Cross will have smoke alarms available and the Kansas City Crime Commission will have gun locks for those who need them. Students from Chrisman High School will have an anti-bullying display and the Child Identification Program will be on hand.
5. Adaptive ice skating – Come out to Centerpoint Medical Center Community Ice at 2:15 p.m. Saturday for the Learn-to-Skate and sled hockey programs. These programs are designed for athletes who have an intellectual and/or physical disability and would like to learn to ice skate, play hockey or play sled hockey for free. Centerpoint Community Ice Rink is located in the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. This program is possible through support from Variety KC, Kansas City Mavericks, Midwest Adaptive Sports, City of Independence Parks, Recreation and Tourism, and Centerpoint Medical Center Community Ice. For questions, call 325-7843.
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