Easter Festival is Saturday: The city’s annual Easter Festival will take place Saturday morning at Memorial Park, where area Boy Scouts will hide more than 15,000 platic, candy-filled eggs. It’s free.
Parents are encouraged to arrive at the park, 400 Park Lane, by 9:45 a.m. The starting siren souns at 10 a.m. for the egg hunt. Children will be divided into age groups, from infancy through fourth grade, so all will have a chance to grab some of those eggs. Bring your own basket.
Also on tap: food, a cupcake walk and other games, and photos with the Easter Bunny.
Blood drive Thursday: The first of this year’s quarterly community blood drives will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Foxwood Springs’ Holmes Hall. It benefits Kansas City’s Community Blood Center.
Donors are encouraged to pre-register at www.savealifenow.org and use the sponsor code “raymorecomm.” Walk-ins will be accepted, however.
Other blood drives are scheduled for June 27, Sept. 26 and Dec. 26.
Yard waste pickup starts next week: The city’s spring curbside leaf and brush collection begins Monday.
Residents of the “central zone” from the Missouri River south to 63rd Street and west of Blue Ridge Cutoff, will have their leaves and brush picked up the week of April 1. Those south of 63rd Street will have their yard waste picked up the week of April 8.
Residents can put out up to 20 paper bags or bundles of yard waste on their regular trash day, at the curb by 7 a.m.
More dropoff recycling: Seven new recycling bins are being installed in Cass County, bringing the number of bin locations to 13.
Bins can now be found in Belton, Peculiar, Harrisonville, Freeman, Drexel, Creighton, Archie, Garden City, East Lynne, and Strasburg. None are in Raymore, but that city has curbside recycling.
For locations and what’s accepted, visit www.cassrecycle.org or call 816-474-8326.