Comprised largely of free-state sympathizers, the German community of Concordia was located in Lafayette County, which contained more slaves than any other Missouri county. During the Civil War, the settlement became a target of a guerilla band led by "Bloody Bill" Anderson. Despite wartime travails, Concordia prospered amidst the agricultural and transportation changes of the post-war decades.
Robert W. Frizzell describes the Civil War-era conflicts surrounding Concordia on Sunday,August 16, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The Kansas City Public Library will be one of the scheduled stops on the The Wimpy Kid Ice Cream TruckTour, Friday, August 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.at the Waldo Branch, 201 East 75th Street. The tour is to promote Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, the fourth book in the New York Times best-selling series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney.
Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in July with two programs taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The series will air during prime-time on KCPT (channel 19) during the 2009-10 season.
Dino O’Dell kicks off the 2009 Youth Fringe festivities with a 10:30 a.m. performance on Saturday, July 25, in the Truman Forum at the Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
O’Dell has staged several performances at the Kansas City Public Library and at locations throughout the Kansas City area and across the country. He will perform songs from his latest CD, Itty Bitty Monsters, as well as many other crowd favorites.
Friday Night Family Fun rolls through the summer with an eclectic mix of family entertainment. On July 24, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., the Littleague presents Original Hip Hop for Kids.
The Kansas City Public Library welcomes the chamber music ensemble Summerfest for two "informances" on Thursday, July 9, and Thursday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at the PlazaBranch, 4801 Main St. Each "informance" is designed to help newcomers and experienced concertgoers develop a new appreciation for the intricacies and beauty of chamber music from the Baroque era to the present day.
Kansas City's culinary style has been a matter of discussion since Sarah Coates, wife of mover-and-shaker Kersey Coates, complained about the food in the 1850s. But restaurant life in Missouri's raucous Cowtown didn't really begin to boom until the 1930s, during the Great Depression. During the economic highs and lows of the next seven decades, there have always been good places to dine in Kansas City, including legendary venues such as the Forum Cafeteria, Bretton's, Eddy's, Putsch's 210, and the Savoy Grill.
Saturdays at Central continue on July 18, at 2 p.m. as the Lakeside Nature Center presents The Reptile Show.
Providing educational and recreational activities focusing on environmental awareness and conservation of native plants, animals, and habitats, Lakeside offers a variety of programs and activities for families. Susan Bray of the Center will bring turtles and snakes to the Library and discuss each animal’s characteristics and adaptation for survival.