1. Death and Embalming of President Lincoln: Lee Ward, the owner of the Museum of Funeral History in Independence, will examine how the assassination and embalming of President Lincoln changed the entire attitude of funerals and death, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the John Wornall House, 6115 Wornall Road, Kansas City. Some myths surrounding the death and embalming of Lincoln will be dispelled. Ward, a former funeral director and embalmer for 45 years, owned his own funeral homes in Chilhowee and Urich for 25 years. He is also the author of five books, including the only book written on the Civil War embalmer, “Coffins, Kits and More.” Admission is $5. To register, call 816-444-1858.

2. Teens collect food for the needy: The Truman Heartland Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council is holding its 2nd Annual “Fill That Truck with Food Donations” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the following Hy-Vee locations, U.S. 40 and Noland Road in Independence (benefiting Community Services League); 9400 E. Missouri 350 in Raytown (benefiting Raytown Emergency Assistance Program); and 3rd Street and Ward Road in Lee's Summit (benefiting Lee's Summit Social Services). Students in the 150 member Youth Advisory Council at THCF have organized this 8-hour food drive to benefit residents of their communities. The students have the goal of collecting 10,000 donated items at each location and a filling box truck in 8 hours. If they meet this goal, they will relieve hunger in our communities for 3 days.

3. Essential Oils and the Bible: Take a look at the oils given to the Christ child on his birth, as well as many other oils used in ancient times, at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trails West Branch Library, 11401 E. 23rd St., Independence. Learn of the important role that essential oils played in the lives of Biblical people and learn how oils like Frankincense, Myrrh, Hyssop, Spikenard, and many others were used for spiritual and physical healing during ancient times and how these oils may still be used today. Camille Seever from Young Living will be the guest speaker. No oils will be sold at this program. Registration is not required. For more details, call 701-3483.

4. Student volunteers needed: Crossroads Hospice is seeking compassionate and caring volunteers to provide comfort, companionship and a helping hand to terminally-ill patients and their families in their homes, in assisted living facilities and nursing facilities. Volunteers are also welcome to help Crossroads staff in the office, including planning a “Gift of a Day,” which asks a patient to describe a perfect day and then makes it a reality. Crossroads welcomes volunteers who are 16 years or older to donate time to hospice volunteering. By donating as little as 45 minutes per week, students can help fulfill community service hour requirements while honing their social abilities, boosting self-confidence and developing new skills. For more information or to sign up as an “Ultimate Giver,” call Bob Dusselier at 816-333-9200 or email bob.dusselier@crossroadshospice.com or visit www.crossroadshospice.com/hospice-volunteering .

5. Learn to be a puppeteer: The Puppetry Arts Institute is holding a “Be a Puppeteer” summer class for ages 8 to 14. Learning sessions are June 16 through 18 and you may choose class times of 1 to 3 p.m. or 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Puppetry Arts Institute was founded in 2000 with the goal of "preserving and promoting puppetry through education and entertainment for all ages" and moved to it present location, 11025 E. Winner Road in the Englewood area of Independence, a year later. The facility contains a museum, a puppet theater and workshop area. Following their classes, students will perform with professional puppets in front of a live audience on June 19. The cost is $35 per student and space is limited, so call now to sign up, 816-833-9777.

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