Around our towns

Kansas City

Summer book sale at City Market:

The Friends of the Kansas City Public Library is launching its sixth annual City Market Summer Book Sale on the first Saturday every month from June to October at the City Market north of downtown. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can buy DVDs for $2, CDs for $1 and audiobooks for $1. Hardback books are $1, while children’s books and most paperbacks are 50 cents.

Kansas City

Waste disposal:

Residents can dispose of household hazardous waste, unneeded documents, leaves and brush Saturday at the Robert J. Mohart Center, 3200 Wayne Ave. Disposal hours are 8 a.m. to noon.

Acceptable materials are tires, antifreeze, car and household batteries, oil, paint and paint-related chemicals like strippers, thinners and varnishes.

Put yard waste in paper bags and bring proof of residency.


Railroad safety:

Police issued 31 railroad crossing violations in only three hours last Wednesday at two railroad crossings in the city.

The effort was staffed by eight Independence officers and a Union Pacific special agent from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., police said. They worked at Noland Road and Walnut Street and at Walnut Street and Memorial Drive.

Six people were arrested on outstanding warrants and some were cited for other traffic violations.


Walk for Health:

The Cass County Dental Clinic, which has offered dental care in Belton since 2011 to young people from low-income families, is the beneficiary of the 19th annual Walk for Health on Saturday at Belton Regional Medical Center.

Registration opens at 8 a.m., an hour before the four-mile walk begins. The walk will be followed at 10:30 a.m. by a block party with food, music and a health fair. To register early, call the Cass Community Health Foundation at 816-276-4218 or visit



Lee’s Summit

Wildlife area:

Visitors to the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area near Lee’s Summit may encounter road construction detours into July, the Missouri Department of Conservation says.

Some lakes and trails could be off limits at times, but most of the area will be accessible. Signs will point out the detours.

Because the main entrance off Ranson Road is being rebuilt, drivers may have to use the old entrance farther south.

Jackson County

Missouri Town fun:

Saturday is Children’s Day and National Trails Day at Missouri Town 1855 on the east side of Lake Jacomo.

From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., kids can participate in games and activities, many of which date from the mid 1800s — stilts, gunny-sack races, marbles, and tug-of-war. Crafts include candle-dipping, doll-making and tin-punching.

In observance of National Trails Day, an exhibit will provide information on the Jackson County trail system and the biking and hiking trail network elsewhere in the Kansas City area.

Admission is $5 for most adults, $3 for seniors and children 5 to 13 and free for kids under 5. Missouri Town’s address is 8010 East Park Road, Lee’s Summit

Kansas City

Troop 60 celebrates centennial:

One of the oldest Boy Scout troops in the country turned 100 this spring. To celebrate, alumni and friends of Troop 60 are invited to a celebration from 2 to 10 p.m. June 8 at the Loose Park Shelter and Garden Center.

Visitors can look at memorabilia and photos of the troop, which is sponsored by Westport Presbyterian Church, while renewing friendships, eating dinner and hearing speakers. Those interested in attending should go to


, where there are instructions for signing up.

Jackson County

National Marina Day:

Bass Pro Shops and Jackson County Parks Rec are teaming up for a free celebration of National Marina Day on June 8 at Lake Jacomo.

Included are free powerboat and sailboat rides, a sheriff’s department tactical boat display, fishing seminars, Missouri Department of Conservation demonstrations, Lee’s Summit Underwater Rescue, kayaking and canoeing seminars, raffles, children’s activities and performances.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Jacomo marina, 7401 West Park Road, Blue Springs.