1. Santa-Cali-Gon Days – All weekend on the Independence Square. Admission is free. Festival hours: noon to 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. The festival has a variety of music, arts and crafts, nine blocks of vendor booths and a carnival. The main stage by City Hall, and the community stage (beer garden) is in the Pharaoh Theatre parking lot. Main stage – Friday: Feel, 6:30, Hillbilly Vegas, 7:45, Black Stone Cherry, 9:30 p.m.; Saturday: Jericho Woods, 6:30, Stone Senate, 7:45, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, 9:30; Sunday: Randy Woody Southbound Band, 6:30, John Riggins, 7:45, Jacob Bryant, 9:30. Community stage – Friday: Alo Key, 6:30, The Natu Band, 7:30; Saturday: Sequoia Newland, 5:30, Karma Kills, 7 p.m., Nick Schnebelen, 8; Sunday: School of Rock-Lee's Summit, 2:30, Nate Mitchell, 5:30, Liverpool, 7:30; Monday: Steve Sterner & Sundown, 12:30, Johnny Marie & the Lonesome Petunias, 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.santacaligon.com.
2. Hummingbirds, Here and Gone – Children ages 3 to 8 are invited to enjoy a story, make a nature craft and explore the outdoors. There are two story times, 10 and 11 a.m. Thursday. The park is at 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. For questions, call 816-325-7115.
3. Mother and Son Picnic – Blue Springs Parks and Recreation is holding this event from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Sept. 8, at Blue Springs Park. Boys and their moms are invited to an afternoon of entertainment, music, pickup games of kickball, wiffleball and basketball, in addition to lawn games and lunch. The cost is $10 per person, and the registration deadline is Friday. Call 228-0137.
4. Mile Starts Here – This free program encourages people to get together to socialize and exercise at the same time. They meet at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence.
5. Deadline approaching for nominations – The city of Independence is seeking nominations for the annual Susan Paxton Block Distinguished Public Service Award. Nominate a city employee, volunteer or elected official who has demonstrated outstanding public service, valor and job performance with leadership. Nomination forms are due Sept. 7, and are available from Kerry Cornett, a Junior Service League past president, at the front desks of the Sermon Center, Palmer Center and at the Community Development counter on the second floor of City Hall, and at the Independence Chamber of Commerce. Completed forms should be mailed to the JSL at 3122 S. Crysler Ave., Independence, MO 64055. For questions, call Kerry Cornett at 896-3179.
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