1 Popsicles in the Park – 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Sponsored by Independence Parks, Recreation and Tourism. A weekly family-friendly summer event that visits eight different Independence parks. The fifth installment is at George Owens Nature Park. Performances include music by Janie Next Door and entertainment by Wicked Liars – Comedy & Magic. Free popsicles and giveaways also. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs. Call 816-325-7115 or 816-325-7843 for more information.
2 KC Air Show – Saturday and Sunday at the Wheeler Downtown Airport, 900 Richards Road, Kansas City. Gates open at 9 a.m. both days, an aerial performances begin about 10:30 a.m. Gates close at 5 p.m. The show features the renowned U.S. Navy Blue Angels and includes U.S. Army Golden Knights, A-10 Demo Team and several other aerobatic teams and individuals. The schedule is expected to be the same for both days, though the flight times for each performer are not posted for security reasons. Buy tickets and find parking locations at kcairshow.org. Tickets are $8.50 for children, $15 for teens and $35 for adults.
Parking generally is off-site at designated lots, with shuttle service to the airport. Those parking at Hy-Vee Arena (formerly Kemper) can watch the show from the arena concourse if they don't have tickets. The Buck O'Neil Bridge (U.S. 169 over the Missouri River) will be closed over the weekend for this event.
3 WW1USA Amateur Radio Station – The National World War I Museum and Memorial is teaming with area amateur radio operators to host a free special event, station WW1USA from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the southeast lawn. During this time, station operators will contact hundreds of other amateur radio operators across the world. Individuals are welcome to serve as a guest operator of WW1USA at any time, with all receiving a special amateur radio operator certificate.
The museum also has Hands-On History every Saturday at 11 a.m., also free to the public, at the Sunderland Bridge inside the museum. This is a family friendly program in which children of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts.
4 Wetland restoration – 8-10:30 a.m., Saturday, Alex George Park, 10700 Blue River Road, Kansas City. Sponsored by Heartland Conservation Alliance and jackson County Parks & Recreation. Alex George Lake, constructed more than 60 years ago, has become too filled with sedimentation, and returning it to a functional lake has been deemed too expensive, so it will be transformed into a wetland. Volunteers should bring a water bottle and wear appropriate clothing – long pants, long sleeves, closed toe shoes (preferably sturdy or rubber boots), as well as hats, sunscreen, bug spray. Volunteers will be removing invasive species, planting native plants and picking up trash. Doughnuts and coffee will be provided. Call 816-545-9971 with any questions.
5 Music in the Park – 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. It's the summer concert series hosted by the Parks & Recreation Department. Sunday's band is The Wildwood Boys, a bluegrass group. Concessions are available, or you can bring your own picnic to the park.