Family Fun Day – The National Frontier Trails Museum is holding its Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Activities for the whole family: Kids can pack their wagon for a journey on the Oregon Trail; take a wagon ride, watch a blacksmith and cooking demonstrations; visit a Civil War encampment; doll-making; candle-dipping; quill writing, gold panning, old-fashioned games and much more. Food and beverages are available for purchase. All outdoor activities are free, and museum admission is also free with proof of Independence residency. The museum is at 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. For questions, call 325-7575.

Showcase of the Arts – George Caleb Bingham Academy of the Arts will hold its 22nd annual Showcase of the Arts at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, in the auditorium of William Chrisman High School, U.S. 24 and Noland Road, Independence. The showcase will include ajazz band, harp ensemble, theater acts, choir, dance and other entertaining features. Free and open to the public.

“The Landsharks” Beach Boys Tribute Band – 7 p.m. Saturday, at the Legacy Park amphitheater, just south of the Legacy Park Community Center, 897 N.E. Bluestem Drive, Lee's Summit. Advance tickets are $10, and may be purchased at Concessions are available for purchase. No outside food, beverages or pets allowed.

Independence Day celebration – The cty of Independence is holding its annual celebration beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints., 937 W. Walnut St., Independence. Gates open at 6 p.m., with entertainment starting at 7 p.m. The fireworks will start at approximately 9:30 p.m. and will be accompanied by the Spirit of Independence Concert Band. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. No alcohol, animals, outside coolers or outside fireworks allowed.

Nominations for conservation awards – The Missouri Department of Conservation is seeking nominations for its Master Conservationist Award and the Missouri Conservation Hall of Fame. The Conservationist Award honors living or deceased citizens, while the Hall of Fame recognizes deceased individuals. Those who can be considered for either honor have performed an outstanding act or developed an innovative idea or technique that contributed to major progress in conservation in Missouri. Get nomination forms at or Submit nominations by Sept. 1 to: Denise Bateman, Missouri Department of Conservation, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180, or email

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