1 Royals history at the library – “On the Road with the Royals Hall of Fame” is 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Grain Valley branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Parkway. Jill Seib-Schaub, manager of the Royals Hall of Fame, brings a bit of the team's hall collection to the library. Learn the history of the hometown team through objects from Royals players present and past. The event is free, but register at mymcpl.org/events.
2 Farmers markets – The Independence Uptown Market, 211 W. Truman Road, hosts its twice-a-week Farmers Market 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Drumm Market, run by staff and children from Drumm Farm Center for Children and stocked with goods produced on-site, is open 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. The downtown Blue Springs farmers market is 7 a.m.-noon at 11th and Smith streets.
3 Wetland restoration – 8 a.m.-noon, 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, is being transformed into a wetland. Volunteers register on site, should bring a water bottle, sunscreen and bug spray, and should wear appropriate clothing – long pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes (preferably sturdy or rubber boots) and a hat. Volunteers will be removing invasive species, planting native plants and picking up trash. Doughnuts will be provided. Call 913-626-4506 with any questions.
4 Burr Oak Woods Nature Center – Family friendly events this weekend at the nature center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs, include snake feeding at 3 p.m. Friday, “Insects: Rearing Caterpillars” at 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday and critter feeding (for amphibians, fish and turtles) at 3 p.m. Saturday. No registration required for any event.
5 Farview block party – Mid-Continent Public Library, the Community Services League, and the Fort Osage School District will host a block party 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in celebration of the recent opening of Farview Neighborhood Library and Food Pantry, 18109 E. 12th St., Independence. There will be food, live DJ music and a variety of family-friendly activities, including sidewalk chalk, button-making, a balloon artist, and a face painter. The library's Reading Rocket will also be on hand, offering storytimes throughout the event. In addition to activities, numerous community resource organizations will be present with information about their services. The Community Services League will be giving tours of the Farview Food Pantry and offering information on their other services. They will also accept pantry donations during the party.