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Updated: 2013-11-05T03:16:21Z

Scam artist working in Independence

Independence is warning residents that an unidentified woman has been going door-to-door pretending to conduct a health survey for the city. The health department did mail out a survey last month, but is not conducting door-to-door surveys.

If someone should come to the door asking for personal health information, residents are advised not to answer the questions to alert police at 816-836-3600.

Mistletoe Mad is this weekend in Lee’s Summit

Lee's Summit Parks & Recreation is hosting the Mistletoe Madness shopping event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and aturday at the Gamber Center, 4 S.E. Independence Ave.

Merchandise will include jewelry, blankets and bibs, scarves, purses, books, cutting boards, cosmetics and clothing, and other hand-crafted items. Vendors will include Awaken Whole Life, Kreative Jewelry Designs, MH Designs, Mary Kay, Thirty One Bags, Scentsy, Unique O’s, Norwex, Grace Adele, Gigi Hill Purses and more.

Entry is free.

...So is the Holly Festival Craft Fair

As a benefit for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program, Lee's Summit CARES will sponsor the 20th annual Holly Festival Craft Fair on Saturday and Sunday at Bernard Campbell Middle School, 1201 N.E. Colbern Road.

The festival includes more than 80 craft booths as well as a concession stand, bake shop and door prizes. The fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Santa Claus will make an appearance from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Grandview Road bridge almost done in south KC

The Missouri Department of Transportation will finish the new Grandview Road Bridge over Bannister Road in coming weeks, and a dedication ceremony is planned at 11 a.m. Friday.

Besides replacing a 45-year-old bridge, crews lowered Bannister Road for better sight distance and put in pedestrian accommodations. The project cost nearly $3 million.

Penguins and streetcars are topics Friday

Zoo Director Randy Wisthoff will talk about the new penguin exhibit and other developments at the zoo at the monthly 2nd Friday meeting this week in south Kansas City.

Attendees can also learn about the streetcar extension study from Vince Gauthier of BNIM architects and Jeffrey Williams of the city Planning and Development Department.

The meeting, hosted by Kansas City Council members John Sharp and Scott Taylor, will be at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road.

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