1. “Shortest and Smallest” parade – Blue Springs' 42nd annual version of the St. Patrick's Day Parade is at 9 a.m. Saturday on Main Street in downtown. Don't be late, or you'll miss it, as the parade crosses the street – a whole 66 feet from the Historic Soda Fountain to The Keg. Official paraders Pat Meyer and Jim Wallace will be joined by honorary grand marshall Virginia Robbins.
2. Museum special exhibit – “We're Home – Now What?” is a special exhibit at the World War I Museum in Kansas City that provides insight into the large, complex transition of military personnel re-entering the civilian community after an overseas war, as nearly 5 million service men and women began to demobilize in 1919. The exhibit opened Tuesday and is showing through Sept. 8 in the Ellis Gallery. It is included with general admission to the museum and Liberty Memorial.
3. “We Who Dared: Inspiring Lives of Female Heroes” – A program at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 Lee's Summit Road, Independence, that is part of the celebration of Women's History Month. The Age of the Woman began with Wonder Woman and Dr. Who taking center stage. Join an exploration of the lives of other amazing women who have led the way. The program is free, but registration is required at: mymcpl.org/WomensHistory.
4. Astoria Fur Trade Encampment – The first outdoor event this year at Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage St., Sibley, is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Learn about the rise of private fur traders as they compete with the U.S. Factory trade house at Fort Osage and European powers such as Spain and Great Britain. Hear of the adventures of these intrepid traders as they reach Native American trading partners on the upper Missouri River. Walk through a fur trader’s camp, handle traps, trade goods and equipment used in the 1810s. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for youths and seniors.
5. Art show open house – The Robert Tindall Scholarship Art Show and Sale runs through March 30 at the George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Saturday's open house, from 1 to 4 p.m., gives visitors a chance to visit local artists and learn about the artwork on display. The show honors the award-winning artist from Independence and serves as a fundraiser for the Independence Art Association.