Share your thoughts – The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages Missourians to share their comments on a conservation plan of the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to help save monarch butterflies. The MAFWA welcomes public comments on its draft “Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy” through May 31. For more information, a copy of the plan and how to submit comments, visit the MAFWA website at According to the MAFWA, eastern monarch numbers have declined by more than 80 percent over the past 20 years, primarily due to reduced numbers of milkweed plants that monarch caterpillars feed on and fewer nectar plants that migrating monarchs feed from. Learn more about monarchs from MDC’s online field Guide at Get information on building backyard habitat for monarch butterflies at

Mrs. Truman: Trailblazer of First Ladies – During a 1984 episode of a PBS series called “Smithsonian World,” which aired less that two years after former First Lady Bess Truman's death, her daughter Margaret Truman Daniel, shared stories with writer David McCullough, giving a glimpse into the private lives of the Trumans. Not aired since 1984, the documentary will be shown from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Truman National Historic Site Visitor's Center, 223 N. Main St., Independence. It's free.

Picnic at Missouri Town 1855 – Pack your lunch and bring your family out for an 1855-style picnic. Missouri Town will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; with the picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit. You'll experience the formality and games that comprised picnics in the 19th century, and a picnic basket full of traditional goodies will be raffled off. The picnic is included in the regular admission fee: $7 for adults; $4 youth and seniors; under 5 are free. Call 229-8980.

Memorial Day activities – Parade of Flags: The Blue Springs VFW is holding a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday. The parade will start at 9 a.m. on Main Street in Blue Springs and will march to the Blue Springs Cemetery, where the ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join in the parade or just watch. Each year, the Parade of Flags has more than 250 full-sized flags that are raised at sunrise and lowered at sunset. Each represents a veteran. Ham, Bean and Corn Bread Dinner: Beginning at 11 a.m., VFW Post 1000, 1002 E. U.S. 24, Independence. Cost: There is no charge for veterans; $5 for the public. Spirit of Independence Concert Band Performance: Noon, Powell Gardens, 1609 N.W. U.S. 50, Kingsville. Free with garden admission. Visit for updates and other information.

Girls Town Club benefit set for June 1 – The GFWC Beverly Shelton Girls Town Club will host its annual benefit/silent auction/card party/luncheon from noon to 3 p.m. June 1, at Westminster Hall, 417 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. Everything is contributed by club members, friends and businesses so all money taken in goes directly to Missouri Girls Town, a home for abused girls in Kingdom City. The cost is $10 per person and includes lunch, individual table prizes and door prizes. The benefit is open to the public, but reservations are required, call Beverly Shelton, club President, at 373-0573.

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