Joco Diversions

There’s much more to March than the madness of basketball

March 1 “The Lego Movie” Building Event

While “The Lego Movie” continues to build into one of the year’s biggest critical and box-office hits so far, fans are invited to create a scene inspired by the wacky animated comedy. As the film emphasizes, these interlocking plastic blocks — which debuted in Denmark in 1949 — are limited only by the user’s imagination. The event is limited to ages 4 and older. Signups are available at any B location.

1 p.m., March 1. Barnes Noble, Oak Park Mall, 11323 W. 95th St. barnesandnoble.com. Free. March 1-2
Auditions for Theatre in the Park

As warm weather slowly creeps back into the Midwest, so does the promise of actual outdoor entertainment. Those who take part in the entertaining can get an early start by auditioning for this summer’s Theatre in the Park season. The 2014 lineup features five shows: “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Honk!,” “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Ragtime.” The auditions are for ages 7 to adult and are separated into vocal and dance categories. Callbacks take place the following week by invitation only.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 1 and 2. Blue Valley High School, 6001 W. 159th St. theatreinthepark.org. Free. March 8 Danú

It’s been 20 years since the members of Danú first met at a music festival in their native Ireland. Taking their band name from the Celtic mother goddess, the ensemble has released seven albums that employ traditional Irish instrumentation: flute, fiddle, tin whistle, button accordion, bodhrán and bouzouki. The lineup offers a rousing, toe-tapping foray into the folk music of their native County Waterford.

8 p.m., March 8. The Carlsen Center’s Yardley Hall, Johnson County Community College. jccc.edu. $30-$80. March 20 Laura McHugh

Laura McHugh discusses the inspiration behind her debut novel “The Weight of Blood,” which invites comparisons to the work of Daniel Woodrell and Gillian Flynn. The Columbia, Mo., native concocts an enthralling tale about two puzzling disappearances separated by generations in the Ozark mountains, and the girl whose connection to the events sends her on a quest to find what happened.

7 p.m., March 20. Rainy Day Books in Fairway, 2706 W. 53rd St. rainydaybooks.com. The admission package of $26 includes one copy of “The Weight of Blood” and two admission tickets. March 31 Kansas City Royals Opening Day Party

Following their 86-win season, opening day for the Kansas City Royals can’t get here fast enough. With most of their starting lineup returning and some key roster additions, the team seems well-prepared for their March 31 opener against the Detroit Tigers. Fans are invited to celebrate this opening day away game on the big screen. A Royals trivia event begins prior to the noon first pitch. Hotdogs and Cracker Jacks are provided.

11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St. opkansas.org. $7. (Register by calling 913-895-6350 by March 24.)
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