Got Talent auditions – Musicians, entertainers and performers will descend upon Lee’s Summit on April 19. Lee’s Summit CARES presents Got Talent, now in its 8th season, will again attract the best and brightest from all across the region, all vying for a share of $6,000 in scholarship prizes. The auditions will take place at MCC – Longview’s Cultural Arts Center and are open to all Kansas City area youth, 18 and older. Producers will select the top 20 acts the same day, moving them on to the main event on June 9 at the Lee’s Summit High School performing arts center. Audition applications are online at Got Talent is the major fundraiser for Lee’s Summit CARES, a nonprofit community coalition that provides programs for youth substance use prevention, parenting and character development. For more information, visit or call 816-347-3298.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” – This musical comedy, presented by the City Theatre of Independence, is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Powerhouse Theatre, inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. This musical comedy tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The cost is $18; $15 for ages 60 and older. For reservations, call 325-7367 or visit

Festival of Color Youth Art Show – Now in its 28th year, the Art Show features the work of students that live in or attend high school in Eastern Jackson County. The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. With eight high schools participating, there will be more than 500 pieces of art to view and appreciate. This year’s judge is Ramon Magee, who attended Columbus College of Art & Design, prior to 40 years at Hallmark Cards. Some of his work will be on display. The show is sponsored by the Citizen's Civic and Cultural Committee with support from the Independence Art Association and in cooperation with the city. Monetary awards for the youth art show are made possible by the C.C.C.C. through a grant from the Roger T. Sermon Trust Fund held with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation. There is no charge to attend.

Escape Room Time Travel Adventure – The Lone Jack Historical Society is planning an interactive fundraising event the last three weekends in April, at the Lone Jack Civil War Museum, 301 S. Bynum Road. Step back to Civil War times in Eastern Jackson County. The year is 1862. Imagine that Confederate forces have established clandestine recruiting camps in the area. The Union forces must get vital intelligence to deal with this intrusion. A Union spy has gathered this critical information and has hidden it somewhere in the Cave Hotel. Can you solve the puzzles in time to escape before you face the wrath of William Quantrill? Visit for reservations and pricing information.

Blue Springs Rotary Club Car Raffle – The raffle is planned for 6 p.m. April 28, at Adams Point Conference Center, Blue Springs. The winner will receive a $25,000 credit toward a new car from Blue Springs Ford. Tickets are $130 each. Make checks payable to Blue Springs Rotary Club, 2001 N.W. Jefferson St., Blue Springs, MO 64015. For credit card payment, visit

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