1. “Heroes or Corpses: Captain Truman in World War I” is being held over for a few days at the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence. Truman had long been in the National Guard, and he was an artillery captain in the war, leading his unit through combat in France. This special exhibit was interrupted when the museum closed just before Christmas because of the federal government shutdown. Museum admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 15, and free for children 5 years and under and includes this exhibit plus regular exhibits such as those on Truman’s presidency and on his life and times. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. (Due to the extreme cold, the library is opening two hours later today, at 11 a.m.) The museum is at 500 West U.S. 24, north of McCoy Park.
2. More Truman sites: The Truman Home at 219 N. Delaware St. also has reopened with the end of the federal government shutdown. The home is kept much as it was in Harry and Bess Truman’s later years. Tours, Tuesday through Sunday, begin at 9 a.m. Buy tickets at the National Park Service visitor center at 223 N. Main St. Cost: $7 per adult, free for children 15 and under. Call 254-9929 ahead of time to inquire what tours are available for the day. The Harry S. Truman Office and Courtroom inside the Truman Courthouse, 112 W. Lexington Ave., in the middle of the Independence Square is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Complimentary tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 252-7454.
3. Celebrate the king: Elvis Presley would have turned 84 this month. Vesper Hall in Blue Springs has a day of fun on Thursday – trivia at 11 a.m., lunch at 11:15 and an Elvis tribute artist at 11:30. Registration required for lunch; call 816-228-0181. Vesper Hall is at 400 N.W. Vesper St.
4. Winter Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Independence Uptown Market, 211 W. Truman Road. Local farmers and crafters will have seasonal offerings.
5. Snake Days: 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Get to know two mild-mannered corn snakes and a very large but shy great plains rat snake. Feed them, learn how to handle them, and discover how snakes live their lives. No reservations needed. All ages welcome. For more information, call 325-7115.