1 Go mushroom hunting: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Burr Oak Woods, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs, 816-228-3766. Attend a presentation on the role that mushrooms play in our environment and the role they may play in your dinner. Then participate in a forage hike and collect your own mushrooms. Be sure to bring a bag suitable for mushroom collecting. No registration is required. No charge.
2 Frankenstein, a world premier by the Missouri Repertory Theatre: The first performance is at 8 p.m. Friday, with other performances running through April 5, at the Copaken Stage, at the northeast corner of 13th and Walnut streets, adjacent to the H&R Block World Headquarters and across from the Power & Light District. A storyteller, accompanied by a live musician, unravels Mary Shelley’s iconic 200-year-old science fiction tale. Tickets begin at $34 per seat and can be purchased at kcrep.org. Park for free in HR Block’s underground parking garage beneath the building.
3 Livewell Community Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Timothy Lutheran Ministries, 301 E. Wyatt Road, Blue Springs. This fair will provide an opportunity to learn about local programs, services, and youth activities available in the area. Representatives of the Kansas City Chiefs’ program “Play 60” will be present encouraging children to participate in healthy exercise for 60 minutes each day.
Also available will be representatives of multiple resources in the area that support physical, emotional and spiritual health. Information on a healthy diet will be presented as will information on adult exercise and wellbeing. There is no charge for this event. For further information, call 816-228-5300.
4 Two chances to build a birdhouse:
• 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Kemper Outdoor Education Center, 9201 S. Jasper Bell, Blue Springs. Build a wooden birdhouse and learn how to encourage bluebirds to move in. Advance registration is required by visiting https://www.makeyourdayhere.com/31/Events-Attractions and then go to the calendar of events and click on March 8. The cost is $20. If you have questions, call 816-229-8980 X 106.
• 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Anita Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City. Build your own bluebird house and help increase the local population of this popular bird. Ages 10 and up. Registration is required by visiting www.mdc.mo.gov/discoverycenter and then search “Events” in Jackson County. If you have questions, call 816-759-7300.
5 Families Xplore Caves: 6:30 to 8 p.m., March 10, Burr Oak Woods,1401 NW Park Road, Blue Springs. Enjoy learning all about caves and discover the hidden world in the Burr Oak Woods portable cave (a really interesting exhibit). Registration is required and this program is for families with children ages 6 through 13. To register go to www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods and then search “Events” in Jackson County. If you have questions, call 816-228-3766.