1 Native plant landscaping sessions – The Missouri Department of Conservation's Burr Oak Woods Nature Center will host two naturescaping workshops at the Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. On Saturday, the workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and will provide tips on how to save time and money using native plants to beautify lawns and gardens. Some strategies can also benefit wildlife if that is a goal. Also, the Missouri Wildflowers Nursery will hold a native plant sale from 1 to 4 p.m. On March 24, the program will be from 2 to 3 p.m., and cover utilizing native plants, shrubs, and trees to attract butterflies. You'll receive tips on native plants that work well in landscape designs and serve butterflies in their larval and adult stages, and each family will take home a native wildflower plant and a seed packet. Registration is required for both workshops, call 228-3766 or email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov. The plant sale requires no registration.

2 St. Patrick's Day Parade – The parade, a benefit for the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA), will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, around the Independence Square. The Jackson County Shrine Club is hosting this event and has chosen Independence Police Officer Tom Wagstaff as the grand marshal. Festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. and include music, dancing and lots of fun. The parade includes floats, music, walkers, vehicles, churches, scouts, commercial entries and much more. For questions, call 836-4000 or email thelaw@familymatter.com .

3 Neighborhood Dinner benefit performance – The Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus will be performing a fundraising benefit for the Neighborhood Dinner on Saturday at 3 p.m., at Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. This talented group of vocal artists perform at no charge on behalf of area charities. Admission is free with a free-will donation accepted, of which 100 percent of the donations will go directly to support the Neighborhood Dinner, a program that served more than 11,500 meals last year to homeless and struggling individuals and families. They also provide guests access to on-site organizations that connect them with important services. For questions about the Neighborhood Dinner, contact Barbara Graeff-Vinck at barbvinck@gmail.com or 878-1155.

4 Win Toughest Monster Truck Tour tickets and pit passes – Now's your chance to win four tickets to see the Toughest Monster Truck Tour on March 31, at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy, Independence. Independence residents ages 18 years or older can enter online at indep.us/secarenagiveaway. There is no purchase necessary. The winner will be randomly selected on or about this Thursday and notified by phone and email. For questions, call the City of Independence at 325-7000.

5 Sign up now for MGC's spring seminar – The theme of the Midwest Genealogy Center's spring seminar is “Mapping Your Family History,” which begins at 9 a.m. March 24, at Stoney Creek Hotel Conference Center, 18011 Bass Pro Drive, Independence. This daylong event features speakers Ruth Ann Hager and Patti Hobbs. Hager will present two lectures: “Finding the First Landowner Using Family Maps, Historygeo, and Texas Land Survey Maps” and “Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies and Navies in the Civil War.” Hobbs will give two lectures on DNA testing including “Autosomal DNA: Testing for All Genealogical Lines” and “Autosomal DNA Data: Working the Results.” The registration fee is $65. Register through Eventbrite.com or by contacting MGC at 252-7228 by 5 p.m. March 22 to be guaranteed lunch. Registration is accepted the day of the event, but lunch is not guaranteed. For more information, call MGC or visit midwestgenealogycenter.org.

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