Community calendar

May 8 Truman Birthday Celebration:

Wreath-laying ceremony at 9 a.m., with birthday cake to follow. 8:30-10 a.m. Free, $5-$8 after 10 a.m. 816-268-8200 or

www.trumanlibrary.org May 9
3rd Annual Margarita Ball:

Dance party and fundraiser, along with a silent auction, unlimited food and drinks. Proceeds to benefit Hope House. 8 p.m.-midnight, Club 1000, 1000 Broadway, Kansas City. $100. 816-257-9333 or

www.hopehouse.net/margaritaball Mother’s Day Recognition:

All mothers will receive special recognition, reservations required, 11:15 a.m., The Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence. 816-325-6200

May 10 Springtime Party:

Garage sale, bake sale, lunch special. Bring your dog for a dog wash. Accepting garage sale donations. Proceeds to benefit the animals at Help Humane. 9 a.m., Help Humane Animal Shelter, 17122 Bel Ray Place, Belton. Free. 816-318-4357

Saturday Breakfast Buffet:

All you care to enjoy, 7:30-9 a.m., American Legion Post 21, 16701 E. 40 Highway, Independence. $8.50-$10.50. 816-373-0221

May 13 Older Americans Month:

Paying tribute to the older adults; anyone 50 and older is invited to stop by for cake and punch, 1 p.m., The Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence. 816-325-6200

May 14 Step Up To The Plate With Eric Hosmer:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City invites you, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Negro League Baseball Museum, 1616 E. 18th St., Kansas City. www.bbskc.org/stepup2014

May 15 The Write Place Poetry Society:

Adults 50+ are invited to read their individual poety writings or reflect upon the work of others, 3 p.m., The Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence. 816-325-6200

May 16 Brown Bag Concert Series:

Featuring folk muscian Gerald Trimble, 12:10 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, Kansas City. Free.

May 16-17 Geeks vs. Geeks:

We provide the chassis and basic training and you come for two action packed days of fun. Proceeds used to purchase robots, computers, science and math programs for area kids, 9 a.m., Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St., Kansas City. $550 team. 816-701-


May 17 Pets in the Park:

Dress up your pet for a parade, pet judging and prizes, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. Free, with fees for microchipping and rabies shots. Parade participants should bring an item for the animal shelter. 816-325-7370 or 816-719-3743 (for pet contest)

Kids Fishing Derby:

Kids 2-16 will fish from the shore or dock, prizes will be awarded for the biggest and smallest fish, 9:30 a.m., Legacy Park Lake, 901 N.E. Bluestem Drive, Lee’s Summit. Preregistration required. $2. 816-969-1500 or lsparks.net

Annual Lee’s Summit Annual Big Truck and Equipment Show:

Young and old can climb into the driver’s seat of some the city’s biggest pieces of equipment, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Lee’s Summit City Hall, 220 S.E. Green St. 816-969-1921

Babysitter Boot Camp:

For ages 10-17. New recruits will learn how to prepare chow, discipline, personal and child care safety, first aid and more, Harris Park Community Center, 110 S.W. Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit. $31. 816-969-1500 or

www.lsparks.net Second Annual Taste of Local:

The event gives an opportunity for everyone to taste the delicious local food produced in the community and meet farmers and artisans, including chair massages, local music and much more, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Theis Park, 47th Oak, Kansas City, free.

May 20 Living with Loss:

Ongoing suppport group for those living with loss, 6-7:30 p.m., St. John’s Church, 6900 Ward Parkway, Kansas City. 816-822-2292

First Aid Course:

Skills include management of bleeding, shocks, burns, dislocations fractures, splinting, head/neck injury, and medical emergencies, 6-8:30 p.m., Gamber Center, 4 S.E. Independence Ave., Lee’s Summit. Preregistration required. $24-$26. 816-969-1500 or lsparks.net

Potter’s Delight Adult Beginning Pottery Class:

For adults 16 and older. Participants will learn creative design concepts, handbuilding techniques and wheel-throwing, 6 classes, 6:30 p.m., Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood, Roeland Park, $118 residents, $130 others, 913-831-3359 or

www.jcprd.com May 29 White Elephant Bingo:

Join friends for a game of bingo, bring a gift wrapped, 12:15 p.m., The Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence. 816-325-6200

May 30 Summer of Fun:

Movies in the Park featuring “Yogi Bear,” 8:30 p.m., Legacy Park Amphitheater, 901 N.E, Bluestem Drive, Lee’s Summit. 816-969-1500 or