1. Splash and Show – 7:30 p.m. Friday at Burrus Old Mill Park, 112 N.W. Woods Chapel Road. Activities, featuring the movie “Hotel Transylvania: Summer Vacation,” start at 7:30 p.m. at the park splash pad, and they are free and open to all ages. For more information, call 816-228-0137. Minsky's Pizza and Kona Ice will be available at concessions. Parks & Recreation is also hosting a mud volleyball tournament all day Saturday at Hidden Valley Sports Complex, 6500 N.W. Valley View Road (register a six-person co-ed team for $120), and the Music in the Park series from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rotary Park, 600 N.W. Vesper St., features the Heather Newman Band.
2. Local history & book expo – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage St., Sibley. Visit the Education Center to meet historical authors, writers and Missouri booksellers. Find collectible books and documents related to American and Missouri history, and experience the fort's daily living history program. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. Call 816-229-8980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
3. Silver Screen on the Sand – 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday at Longview Lake Beach, 11101 Raytown Road, Kansas City. Take the kids to the beach to watch Disney's live-action “Beauty & The Beast.” Bring blankets lawn chairs for seating. No pets or outside food allowed, but concessions are available. Cost is $5 per carload. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., and the movie begins at 8:45 p.m. or dusk.
4. Romance GenreCon – Mid-Continent Public Library is hosting a free three-day conference dedicated to romance writing and readers, Thursday through Saturday at the Woodneath Library Center, 8900 N.E. Flintlock Road, Kansas City. The writers conference programs are Thursday and Friday (check mymcpl.org for specific sessions and to register), and the romance fan conference is Friday and Saturday. Friday evening is the welcome part and Lady KC Reading Salon, and Saturday includes various panels and workshops. Register at mymcpl.org.
5. World War I knitting – The National World War I Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City will have Mrs. Wilson's Knitting Circle at 10:30 a.m. The event is free with RSVP at my.theworldwar.org/2566/4154. Just bring your own needles and yarn. The event is open to beginners and experts and will be in the education center classroom. Also at the museum, the free weekly program Hands-on History is 11 a.m. Saturday near the Paul Sunderland Bridge.
– Examiner staff