Community calendar

May 14 Step Up to the Plate With Eric Hosmer:

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

May 15 The Write Place Poetry Society:

Adults 50 and older are invited to read their poetry or reflect upon the work of others. 3 p.m., Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant, Independence. 816-325-6200

May 16 Brown Bag Concert Series:

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

Movies in the Park:

Featured movie is “Planes.” Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be sold. 8:30 p.m., Kenagy Park, 79th and Raytown Road, Raytown. 816-358-4100

May 16-17 Geeks vs. Geeks:

Robotics competition. Proceeds will be used to purchase robots, computers, science and math programs for area kids. 9 a.m., Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza Branch, 4801 Main, Kansas City. $550 team. 816-701-3491

May 17
Pets in the Park:

Dress up pets for a parade, pet judging and prizes. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. Free, with fees for microchipping and rabies shots. Parade participants should bring items 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 to taste the delicious local food produced in the community and meet farmers and artisans. Activities include chair massages, local music and more. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Theis Park, 47th and Oak, Kansas City. Free

Kansas City CureSearch Walk:

Children with cancer to be honored and remembered, 8 a.m., Community America Park, 1800 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. www.CureSearchWalk.org/KansasCity

May 20 Living with Loss:

Ongoing support 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, six classes, 6:30 p.m., Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood. $118 residents, $130 others. 913-831-3359 or

www.jcprd.com May 22 Women of Color Leadership Conference:

Keynote speaker Judy Smith, founder and president of Smith Company, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry St., Kansas City. $25. 816-235-6704 or go.umkc.edu/womenofcolor

May 23 Suicide Prevention Talking the First Prevention:

An educational workshop that will increase the participant’s understanding of youth suicide prevention, 9 a.m. - noon, West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City. Free.

www.TheVoiceOfLawrence.com May 25 Symphony Showcase 2014:

50 of the Lee’s Summit School Districts finest young musicians will perform, Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City. $25 or $50. 816-994-7222 or



May 29 White Elephant Bingo:

Join friends for a game of bingo, bring awrapped gift, 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

www.sumeroffun.net June 1 Guardian Angels Parish Festival:

Authentic Mexican food, silent auction, bingo, live music by Las Estrellas and more, noon-8 p.m., Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 1310 Westport Road, Kansas City