1. Day of Song and Dance: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E. Park Road, Lee’s Summit. Missouri Town dancers will perform and teach traditional dances of the 19th century, accompanied by a caller and strings. Visit the church to hear traditional shape note singing. Visit the houses and learn how music was a part of everyday life in 1855. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children between the ages of 5 and 13, and $4 for seniors.


2. Start Dance Lessons at Vesper Hall: Line dance lessons begin at 6 p.m. on March 18 and continue once per week for four weeks. Social dance lessons begin at 7:15 on March 18 and also continue for four weeks. Both classes are open to people ages 13 and older. Registration for these classes may be done online at www.bluespringsgov.com/vesper or by calling 816-228-0181. The cost of each 4-week session is $29.00.


3. Born Criminal, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist: 2 p.m., March 13, Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S Lee's Summit Road, Independence, 816-252-7228. Explore the life of early suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage, who stood alongside Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the fight to gain women the vote and equal rights but was later written out of history by her one-time friends. Register for this free event by visiting mymcpl.org.


4. Merchant Crawl: 10 a.m., March 14 and 28. This event is sponsored by the National Frontier Trails Museum. Meet at the northeast corner of the Independence Square (the corner of Main Street and Maple, near the Three Trails Brewery) for a guided tour led by Mike Calvert who will highlight the merchants from 1842 Independence. This crawl is free and no registration is required.


5. St. Patrick's Day at the Zoo: March 14-15 at Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, Mo. Head out to the Zoo and get your picture taken with a leprechaun on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Sunday, join the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 1 p.m. when the llamas, goats, and many more animals will parade through the Zoo. (For a list of many other local parades, see https://kcparent.com/spring-in-kc/kansas-citys-st-patricks-day-guide-2020/)


– Nancy Melton