Community calendar

Aug. 21 Monthly Grief Support Group:

The Palmer Center and Crossroads Hospice offer the meeting where any type of loss will be discussed, along with driving abilities, independence and more, 1-2:30 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple, Independence. 816-325-6200

Taco Buffet:

Tacos and more, 5-7 p.m., American Legion Post 21, 16701 E. 40 Highway, Independence. $6. 816-373-0221.

Aug. 23 The Challenges of Treating the Anxious Patient:

Great for social workers, psychologists, nurses; after the class you will learn methods and approaches that succeed in treating difficult patients, 9 a.m. - noon, First Church of the Nazarene, 11811 State Line Road, Kansas City. $30. 913-281-2221, ext, 112 or sdavis@mhah.org

Aug. 24 Bacon Fest:

This year will feature a celebrity bacon-eating contest, a photo booth with props, food samples and more, proceeds to benefit Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, 2-5 p.m., 3010 Main St. 816-751-7953

Greater Kansas City Iris Society Plant Sale:

New and historic varieties of iris grown by local members, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road, Kansas City.

www.kciris.org Aug. 25
11th Annual Head for the Cure 5K:

Proceeds to benefit seed money to help launch the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative, 8 a.m., Corporate Woods Building 40, Overland Park. $25-$35.

www.headforthecure.org Aug. 28 Southtown Waldo and Brookside AM Monthly Networking Event:

Visit the library to learn about all the new developments in library science, 8-9 a.m., KC Public Library in Waldo, 201 E. 75th St., Kansas City. 816-523-5553

Aug. 29 White Elephant Bingo:

Bring a wrapped white elephant gift to use as a prize, 12:15 p.m., The Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence. 816-325-6200

Annual Bar-b-que Fundraiser:

Proceeds to benefit 2014 programs, includes beef, ham, baked beans and dessert, 5-7 p.m., Earnest Shepherd Youth Center, 610 E. Shepherd Road, Liberty. $8-$5. 816-781-7733

Sept. 2 Eighth Annual Bike 4 the Brain:

Funds raised from the race support local not-for-profit organizations that help people affected by mental health disorders, 8 a.m., Johnson County Mental Health Center, 6000 Lamar, Mission. $30. bike4thebrain@gmail.com

Call for Scripts:

The theme is hunger for an October fundraiser, and organizers are seeking short plays and monologues written by area women. Selected works will be produced as a fundraiser; script submission deadline is Sept. 2. Send your submission to joyceslater20@gmail.com

Sept. 5 An Organic Approach to Lawn Care:

Brad Fresenburg, turfgrass state specialist, will speak on organic cultural practices for better lawn management, with Jeff Zimmerschied, president of Organic Lawn Care Services, 9 a.m., MU Jackson County Extension Center, 1106 W. Main St., Blue Springs. Registration deadline Aug. 28. $30. 816-252-5051

Sept. 7 The 11th Annual Stroke Walk:

Music by Harvest Moon will rock the morning; registration begins at 8 a.m., walking at 9:30 a.m., Theis Park, 4800 Rockhill Road.



Bike the Summit:

Riders will stop at SAGs and receive a playing card; at the end of the ride, prizes will be awarded for the best poker hand, 8 a.m., Lee’s Summit Subaru, 2101 N.E. Independence Ave. registration deadline Aug. 23. $25. 816-969-1500 or lsparks.net.

Music on Main:

Families are welcome to enjoy music, food, entertainment and more. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, 3-10:30 p.m., Main Street in Grandview. Free. 816-761-6505 or

www.grandview.org Annual Warbird Fly-in:

For military or military-looking airplanes; participants will hit the runway and invite the public to meet the pilots and get a close-up look at their planes, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fleming Park, Lake Jacomo

Community Gardens Celebrates Fall Festival:

Filled with games, demonstrations and garden foods to sample, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Leanna Flandermeyer Beanstalk Children’s Garden, 6917 Kensington Ave., Kansas City. Free. 816-931-3877 or kccg.org

Sept. 8 10th Annual Remembrance Walk:

The walk is for anyone who has lost someone to a traumatic death such as suicide, homicide, fire or accident, 9 a.m., Loose Park. 913-681-3050 or bonnie@sass-mokan.com

Sept. 13 Kids Night Out My Heroes:

Parents have a night out as kids ages 2-11 enjoy dinner, games, swimming and more, 6-9 p.m., Blue Springs Family, YMCA, 1300 S.E. Adams Dairy Parkway. 816-224-9620

Sept. 13-15 Hispanic Festival:

Great family fun with the best Mexican food, live music, boxing tournament, low-rider show, special Friday night concert featuring Dolewhite, Friday, 6-10 p.m., Saturday, noon-11 p.m., Sunday, noon-10 p.m., Barney Allis Plaza, 12th Central, Kansas City. Free

Sept. 20 Brown Bag Concert:

The series begins with cellist Mathew Herren, 12:10 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, Kansas City

Sept. 21 Early Childhood Educators Symposium:

Help for early childhood educators, child-care providers and parent educators. Learn brain research and child development information, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, 4725 N.E. Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit. Registration deadline Aug. 30. $50. 816-252-5051

| Lisa Lopez, llopez@kcstar.com