Entertainment happenings in Eastern Jackson County

International Symposium
The International Symposium: Quest for Peace in the Middle East will be held today through Sunday at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24 in Independence.
This scholarly symposium is made possible by the Truman Library, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace (Jerusalem). The symposium will bring together scholars, diplomats and government officials from Israel, the United States, Europe and the Middle East to explore the lasting impact of President Truman’s recognition of Israel.
In conjunction with the Jewish Community Relations Board and the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Truman Library is planning travel opportunities to Jerusalem during the weekend of the symposium. For more information, please contact Alex Burden, executive vice president of the Truman Library Institute, at 816-268-8243.

60th Anniversary of U.N. Peacekeeping
Tribute to the Blue Helmets: 60th Anniversary of U.N. Peacekeeping will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the U.N. Peace Plaza of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24 in Independence.
The occasion will mark the 60th anniversary of United Nations peacekeeping operations and pay tribute to U.N. peacekeepers who gave their lives in the line of duty. This public program features presentations by General Anis A. Bajwa, U.N. Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and Lt. Colonel Graeme Finney, who received a commendation for distinguished service for his peacekeeping service in East Timor.
Following the program, a wreath laying ceremony in honor of fallen peacekeepers will be held at the U.N. Peace Plaza, located near the Truman Library.
This program is co-presented by the Greater Kansas City United Nations Association and is included with regular museum admission, which is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older, $3 for children 5 years and younger and children 5 years and under are free.
For more information, please call 816-268-8200.

‘Social Security’
“Social Security” will be presented by City Theatre of Independence 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and June 6 and 7 and 2 p.m. June 8 at the Powerhouse Theatre in the Roger T. Sermon Center, 201 N. Dodgion.
The play, by Andrew Bergman – best known as the screenwriter of “Blazing Saddles” – is a comedy about a chic New York couple who receives a visit from mother, a cranky, controlling senior.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for seniors 62 and older.
For more information, please call 816-325-7367.

Aesop’s Fables Hand Puppet Show
The Puppetry Arts Institute will present “Aesop’s Fables: Puppet Theatre Inside Out” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road in Independence.
Steve Abrams, master puppeteer for 25 years, will helm the show, which involves a brave mouse, a lazy fox and a very determined turtle.
Cost is $5 per person and includes museum admission and a finger puppet.
For more information, please call 816-833-9777.