1. Learn about big birds – “Owls, the Super Predators” is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the nature center at Burr Oak Woods, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Learn about adaptations that make owls perfect nocturnal hunters, find out who lives here, learn their calls – and even dissect some owl pellets. It’s for all ages, and no registration is required. For more information, call 816-228-3766 or go to mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods.
2. Learn about your family – “Introduction to Internet Genealogy” is at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. This is a beginner-level class for adults. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along. Registration is required at midwestgenealogycenter.org. Phone: 816-252-7228.
3. Have a cookie – “President's Day Cookies,” is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday (Presidents Day) in the lobby of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 West U.S. 24, Independence. Sample cookies baked according to favorite recipes of former presidents. Volunteers and staff will serve fresh-baked sweets from the "Presidential Cookies" cookbook while supplies last. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $3 for ages 6-15 and free for ages 5 and younger.
4. Learn some area history – “Kansas City River Quay Mob War” is at 2 p.m. Sunday at the North Blue Springs branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. What started out as an arts and entertainment district devolved in the 1970s into a mafia war zone over parking and strip clubs. Learn what went down, who killed whom and why, and get a retrospective, narrated visual tour by one of the major participants while he was still in the federal witness protection program. Terence O’Malley, director of the film and book “Black Hand Strawman: The History of Organized Crime in Kansas City,” presents. Registration is required; call 816-224-8772.
5. Marvel at the weather – “Chasing the Storm” is at 7 p.m. next Tuesday at the South Independence branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Storm chaser Rick Daulton leads a virtual tour through some of nature’s most beautiful, powerful and scary storms. Learn about the storm intercept, the role storm spotters and chasers play, and how to stay safe during storm season. Registration is required; call 816-461-2050.