1 Festival of Color Youth Art Show – Enjoy the outstanding artwork of our talented Eastern Jackson County high school students from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The 26th annual Art Show will be held at the Roger T. Sermon Community Center, located at Truman and Noland roads in Independence. With nine high schools participating there will be more than 500 pieces of art to view and appreciate. This year’s judge is Larry Penrose, a retired art teacher. The featured adult artist is Byron Constance, a retired attorney. He most enjoys sculpting in bronze and terra cotta, although he also works in oils, acrylics and wood. A sampling of different mediums, with which he creates, will be showcased. The show is presented by the Citizens Civic and Cultural Committee and the Independence Parks and Recreation Department.
2 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event – In coordination with the MARC Solid Waste Management District’s Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program, the city of Blue Springs will host a collection event from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Pink Hill Park, 2715 N.W. Park Drive, Blue Springs. Residents from Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Lake Tapawingo, Sugar Creek, Lone Jack, Lee's Summit, Sibley, Missouri City, Levasy, unincorporated Jackson County and other communities in the Regional HHW Collection Program may attend this or any of the other mobile events free of charge. There is a 300-car limit for this event. To find out if you live in a participating community, or if you have questions on what materials will be accepted, call 816-701-8226 or go to www.recyclespot.org.
3 Learn about the effects of Agent Orange-Hepatitis C – Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 243 and 317 will present this program at a Veterans Town Hall meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at VVA Chapter 317, 3027 Walnut, Kansas City. Learn about the health problems associated with exposure to Agent Orange and other toxic chemicals, its effects on you and your offspring up to six generations. For questions, call Tommy Ponds at 816-914-1862.
4 Native plant workshop – The Missouri Department of Conservation Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center will offer free grass, wildflower and tree seedlings at a “Go Native” event from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City. Visitors will learn how replacing non-native species with native varieties can save time, money and labor over many seasons. A wide variety of natives are available to fit niches and lawns and gardens. Also, the Missouri Prairie Foundation will be there to offer native plants for sale. A percentage from plant sales will benefit prairie conservation in Missouri. This sustainable landscaping event is free and no registration is required. For more information, call 816-759-7300 or visit http://mdc.mo.gov/node/281.
5 Veterans learn how to receive a free burial – A free seminar will be presented to all veterans at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion Post Stanley-Pack Post 499’s Lantern Room, 499 S. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. Teddie Velleri, cemetery director of the Missouri State Veterans Commission, will present this informative seminar, and Krista Caladwell will also be available for burial information. This seminar will provide information and directions on how to receive free burial at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. All veterans and spouses are encouraged to attend. Bring your DD 214 and marriage license to apply for the free benefit that you have earned. You do not need to be an American Legion member to attend this seminar. For questions, call the Post at 816-229-4990.
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