1 KC Magic Man – 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Saturday, Mid-Continent Public Library Blue Springs South Branch, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Take a journey into the world of illusions with KC Magic Man Brad Lynn. Magical feats involve cards, coins, cups and more. For ages 3-older. The event is free, but with registration required at mymcpl.org.
2 “Mammals: Missouri's burrowing badgers” – 10-11 a.m., Saturday, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. How did badgers get their fearless reputation? What is it they do underground anyway? Discover the answers to these questions and more interesting facts about one of Missouri’s elusive burrowers. Open to all ages, with no registration required.
3 “Exit Laughing” – A show presented by City Theatre of Independence, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, at the Sermon Center, 201 N. Dodgion St. Tickets are $15, $13 for seniors and students and $30 for Saturday's dinner theatre. Call 816-325-7367 to reserve tickets. The show's author, Paul Elliot, will have a two-hour playwriting workshop 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the Sermon Center (the cost is $35), and there will also be a meet-and-greet with Elliot 5-7 p.m. Friday at Top Hat Winery, 120 S. Main St., Independence.
4 Cody Johnson in concert – 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. Rising country music artist Cody Johnson brings his Cody Johnson & Friends tour to Independence. Available tickets range from $42 to $104. Purchase online at: www.silversteineyecentersarena.com.
5 Boat show – The Kansas City Boat and Sportshow opens Thursday and runs through Sunday in downtown Kansas City's Bartle Hall, 301 W. 13th St. Hours are 2-9 p.m. Thursday, noon-9 p.m. Friday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults (age 13-older) and free for children 12-younger (with a paid adult).