All Events & Activities: anytime, any location, all ages

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Join Matt Bunch, a horticulturist from The Giving Grove, who will discuss all the wonderful fruit tree and berry bush options available to Midwestern gardeners and how to care for them including:

* Selecting fruit trees and berry bushes
* How and where to plant fruit trees and berry bushes
* Long-term maintenance (including pruning) of fruit trees and berry bushes
* The importance of fruit trees and berry bushes

Admission is FREE.

To register, call Amy Morris, Ruiz Branch Supervisor, at 816-701-3565, or go to:

Saturday, May 14, 2016
11:00am @ Westport Branch

Are you ready to write the novel that's been tumbling around in your head for months or even years? Join local author Jennifer McKeithen at the Westport Branch Library to learn how to find ideas and inspiration, create compelling characters, plan your way from a fabulous beginning to that sensational ending, and push your way through writer's block!

Jennifer McKeithen has always been fascinated by lost civilizations, dusty old libraries, and tales of adventure. It was only natural that she should begin to write as a distraction from the doldrums of her mundane existence.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

As a county sheriff and creator of Utah’s first SWAT team, William “Dub” Lawrence was once an unlikely critic of law enforcement. That SWAT team, however, killed his son-in-law decades later in a controversial standoff that raised questions about the use of excessive force. Lawrence since has worked to uncover the truth about the incident and others nearby and shine a broader light on an increased militarization that he says has turned many police forces into small armies.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm - Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge - offer FREE advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

In conjunction with Planet Comicon, Kansas City’s largest pop culture and comic book convention, scheduled for May 20-22 at Bartle Hall, the Library screens four of our favorite adaptations of comic books – each packed with action and quirk.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Learn to duel – safely, of course. The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival offers an interactive presentation of stage combat techniques, allowing participants to try their hands at wooden-sword dueling in scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. Suitable for grades 3-12.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Westport Historical Society Speaker Series seeks to promote and foster public interest in and preserve the significance of local history.

Title of Talk: Alexander Majors & the Course of the Nation

Speaker: Gary Hicks

Join us at the Westport Branch Library for a presentation from Mr. Gary Hicks in a portrayal of Alexander Jackson Majors (1814-1900).

Monday, May 16, 2016

Join us every morning Monday through Saturday at 8:30 to walk in a safe environment.

Monday, May 16, 2016

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing and communication. No fee or books required. For more information contact Estelle Manning at

Monday, May 16, 2016
10:30am @ Waldo Branch

Come join the Kansas City Public Schools Parents as Teachers program for a time of interaction with your child and connection to other parents and caregivers from the community. There will be opportunities for play that support where your child is at developmentally as well as chances for interaction and friendship with other parents of young children. Parents as Teachers believes you are your child's first and most important teacher, so come ready to learn and play.

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