Celebrate Arbor Day – Arbor Day is a day to gather and celebrate trees and all that they do for us. National Arbor Day falls on the last Friday in April, which makes it this Friday. The holiday was started in Nebraska City, Neb., in 1872. This area of southeast Nebraska was a treeless plain when journalist J. Sterling Morton and his wife, Caroline, moved into town. Morton became vice president of the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture and submitted a resolution to designate a day for planting trees. Morton later was the secretary of agriculture under President Grover Cleveland. Over time, more and more states adopted the holiday and today it's observed by all 50 states. “A people without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees is almost as hopeless.” – President Theodore Roosevelt, 1907. (Information courtesy of https://www.treemusketeers.net/arbor-day/)

Night in the Woods – Enjoy an evening hike under the nearly full moon at Burr Oak Woods. It's from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Visit the nature stations along the trail where staff and volunteers will teach how nocturnal animals use their unique adaptations to help them survive. Lakeside Nature Center staff will present live owls and opossums for viewing and discussion at 7 and 8 p.m. Free and open to the public; no registration required. Be sure to bring a flashlight. For more information, call 228-3766 or visit www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods.

Jacomo Chorale in concert – The chorale will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, at Graceland University Carmichael Auditorium, 1401 W. Truman Road, Independence, and again at 4 p.m. Sunday, at Lee's Summit Community of Christ, 1101 N.E. Independence Ave. The first half of the concert, “Stay Tuned,” will feature music from familiar television shows and commercials. The second half will be a preview of a future recording of chorale favorites. For questions, call Nancy White at 560-9148.

Prescription/over-the-counter Drug Take-Back Day – Several area cities will participating in this national event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Drop off sites – Blue Springs: Police Department, 1100 S.W. Smith St., and Consentino’s Price Choppers at 1101 S.W. M-7 and 1305 N. Missouri 7; Independence: City Hall north parking lot, 111 E. Maple Ave., just off Truman Road; Grain Valley: City Hall parking lot, 711 S. Main St.; Sugar Creek: Police Department, 1001 Heroes Way. Due to the drop-off nature of this program, no needles will be accepted. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

7th Annual Independence Park Trot 5K – The race begins promptly at 8 a.m. Saturday at Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. Bib pick-up is available from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bass Pro Shops, 18001 Bass Pro Drive, and from 7 to 7:40 a.m. Saturday near the Mardel Parking lot on Bass Pro Drive. The run/walk 3.1 miles long. The Kids' Run for ages 10 and under will begin after the completion of the 5K Run/Walk. This free event will take place take place rain or shine, so dress appropriately. Strollers are welcomed, but you'll start behind those wanting to run the course. No pets are allowed. Parking will be available at Bass Pro Shops, but you must enter the parking areas off the U.S. 40 entrance near Cheddars. You will not be able to use the Lee's Summit Road entrance to the parking areas as it will be blocked off.

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