1 Celebrate syrup and sap – maple sugaring: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs, 816-228-3766. Learn how to tap trees, collect the sap and make delicious syrup from our native trees. Yes, you will get to taste the syrup. No registration is required. No charge. All ages.
2 More syrup and sap – the Urban Woodsman: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, 816-759-7300. Learn how to tap trees and make syrup with the sap. Then taste your syrup on pancakes. You will also learn other woodsmen’s skills such as how to start a fire with only flint and steel. There will be crafts for children. No registration is required. No charge. All ages.
3 The Buffalo Soldiers: 1 p.m., Saturday, National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence, 816-325-7575. The Buffalo Soldiers were African American soldiers who, though assigned only to segregated military units, served this country during conflicts including the Civil War, on the western frontier, and in the Spanish-American War. One of these soldiers was Cathay Williams, a woman who dressed as a man so she could fight in the Civil War. Kansas City’s Alexander Madison Chapter of Buffalo Soldiers will present stories and information about Cathay Williams and the Buffalo Soldiers at the National Frontier Trails Museum. No registration or charge.
4 “The War within the War: Race in Vietnam” – 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26, National WWI Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, 816-888-8100. U.S. Army leaders in Vietnam were once proud of their record on race, but, by mid-1968, these same leaders were describing race relations as a “war within a war.” Beth Bailey, director of the Center for Military, War and Society Studies at the University of Kansas, presents a program about race during the war through the stories of those who lived it. This is a free event, but please register by visiting theworldwar.org and going to “upcoming events.” If you prefer, call to register at 816-888-8100.
5 Tommy Terrific’s Black Cowboys of the Old West: 2:30 p.m., Feb. 21, Grain Valley Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy, 816-228-4020. Join magician Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic for a trip back in time to meet famous black cowboys and learn their role in American history. Ages 5 and older. Registration is required by visiting mymcpl.org and looking up this event or calling the Grain Valley branch at 816-228-4020.