Strawberry Festival – The Vaile Victorian Society will be holding their annual Strawberry Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. One hundred craft and antique dealers will be set up around the Mansion for the annual Festival, plus The Vaile Victorian Society will be selling strawberry treats! In addition, there will also be music and entertainment, beverages, a children’s corner and much more. Free admission to grounds; Mansion tours are $6 for adults; $3 for children. You may park at William Chrisman High School, Noland Road and U.S. 24, and ride a free shuttle bus to the festival. For questions, call 325-7430. (Photo credit: Rory Ritchie)

Jazzoo – The Kansas City Zoo's largest fundraiser will be held from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Friday. Your attendance helps them feed and care for more than 1,700 animals and educate Kansas City youth through their Zoo Learning Fund. Can you eat at 70 restaurants in one evening? At Jazzoo, you can! Savor delicious bites from the finest area restaurants, enjoy live music on five different stages, and sip refreshing drinks from 10 full and specialty bars at this all-inclusive evening. This event will happen rain or shine and all guests must be 21 years and older with valid photo ID. Tickets are $175 and may be purchased at and may be picked up at the service desk in the Administration building.

Photograph Digitizing Day – Grab that stack of old photos or documents that you have lying around and join in the digitization event at the Midwest Genealogy Center, from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Have your photos and/or documents digitized for free (limit 10 items per person, each item no larger than 8"x10") by the experienced staff of Scangaroo. Bring a flash drive to save your digitized materials. Pre-register for a 15 minute appointment time at for a guaranteed scanning session. Walk-ins will be accepted if time allows. During the event, staff from Mid-Continent Public Library’s Woodneath Story Center and staff from the National Storytelling Network will be available to speak with you about how you can compile your digitized items and include memories and stories in a format that you can share among family and friends.

EcoFest: It's All About Water – This is the 11th year for this Festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. This interactive environmental education festival is aimed at teaching children and families the importance of preserving and protecting our natural resources and the environment. There will be various exhibit booths throughout the park. The event also features your favorite eco-entertainers, including EcoElvis, the StoneLion Puppet Theatre and Sister Act Painting. Interactive displays such as edible ice cream aquifers, face painting, a stream table that demonstrates stream band erosion and water-theme games are located along the park trail. Learn more at or or call Water Pollution Control at 325-7440. This is a free event, no tickets needed.

Experiential History Program – Have you ever wished you could step back in time and speak with a person from the past? Now's your chance. First person interpreters portray characters from various time periods to bring history to life from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through September. Interpreters will be on-site at the Independence Square, 1827 Log Courthouse, National Frontier Trails Museum, Chicago and Alton Depot, and the Vaile Mansion. This weekend, make Independence your destination for fun and learning! This is a free event.

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