City of Independence, Missouri

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5/1/2015

Full Moon Hike

Explore a new aspect of Spring with these free hikes during a full moon. Reserve your place by 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the hike by calling 816-325-7115. Each hike is limited to 12 participants. Part of the hike will go off the paved trail, so wear appropriate shoes. No baby strollers or light-up shoes, please.  Hike starts at 7 p.m. on March 6; at 8 p.m. on April 3 and May 1.

George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Rd.


5/1/2015

Independence Park Trot 5K Packet pick up

Packet pick up and in person registration for the Independence Park Trot will take place at Bass Pro Shop at 18001 Bass Pro Drive in Independence from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. More information at www.independenceparktrot.com

Bass Pro Shop at 18001 Bass Pro Drive in Independence


5/2/2015

Civil War History and Art

Art Workshop. $15 per person. 2:00-4:00 pm  Learn about the Civil War in this fun workshop!  You will make pouches filled with clay "bullets" (from a real bullet mold), dress in period clothing for photos, make lanterns, and use pen and ink to write a Civil War letter or draw a picture.  A "civil" time will be had by all!  The workshop is facilitated by artist Sarah Poff of Poff's Portable Programs.  Advance reservations are required.  816-325-7575

National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific


5/2/2015

Independence Farmers' Market

Open every Saturday May-October (except Saturday, September 5) from 6 am - 1 pm. 

Northwest corner of West Walnut Street and South Liberty Street


5/2/2015

Jumping Off

1:00 - 3:00 pm  Regular museum admission rates.  Come to the museum to prepare for your epic six month journey to Oregon!  Using a special trail guide provided as you begin, you will learn about what route you will take, investigate art to discover something about the "jumping off towns," identify items in the General Store and finally pack a wagon with a Museum Educator as your guide!  This is a wonderful way for families to discover a part of the history of westward expansion.  Great Family event.

National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific


5/2/2015

Neighborhood Clean-up

Neighborhood Clean-up from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 for the area from the south side of E. US 24 Hwy. to the north side of N. Davis Rd.; from the west side of N. Davis Rd. & east side of N. Aztec Ave. to the east side of N. Jackson Dr. 

GEHA, 17306 E. US 24 Hwy.


5/2/2015

Park Trot 5K

Park Trot 5K

The free Independence Park Trot 5K Run/Walk is slated rain or shine for 8 a.m. Saturday, May 2 at Waterfall Park, located just south of Bass Pro Shop, 18001 Bass Pro Shop Drive. Packet pick up and same day registration (without chip time) will be available from 7 a.m.-7:40 a.m. before the race.

Online registration for the event has already started at www.independenceparktrot.com and continues through Sunday, April 19. You must register by April 19 to be chip timed.

Waterfall Park


5/4/2015

Citizens With Disabilities Advisory Board

The Citizens with Disabilities Advisory Board will meet beginning at 4 p.m. in Conference Room D, unless posted differently.

City Hall, 111 E. Maple, Ground Floor


5/4/2015

City Council Meeting

The City Council meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers.

City Hall, 111 E. Maple, Ground Floor


5/5/2015

Heritage Commission Meeting

The Heritage Commission meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, unless otherwise posted.

City Hall, 111 E. Maple, Ground Floor


5/6/2015

Lunch 'n Learn - "All About Bungalows"

Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month with a special free program from 12 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6. Bring your brown bag lunch for a virtual tour of area bungalows. Diane Reuter, Independence Heritage Commissioner and bungalow lover/owner will present an overview of the history of bungalows and what makes them unique.

Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple


5/6/2015

The Miles Starts Here Waterfall Park

The Mile Starts Here at Waterfall Park- 4501 S Bass Pro Drive- 9 am

Waterfall Park 4501 Bass Pro Drive


5/7/2015

Getting Ready

2:00 pm Regular museum admission rates.  Guided tour.  During the month of
April thousands of pioneers began arriving in Independence to get ready for their departure on the trails.  During this guided tour you will learn about their experiences in town and come to understand what was needed for the overland journey.

National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific


5/8/2015

Early Independence

Brown Bag Lecture.  Free.  12:00 noon.  Bring your sack lunch and learn about pre- and post-settlement Independence up to 1850.

National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific


5/8/2015

President Truman's Birthday Holiday

City offices will be closed in observance of President Harry S. Truman's birthday.

City Hall, 111 E. Maple, Ground Floor


5/9/2015

Buck Days

9:00 am - 4:30 pm $1.00 per person.  In honor of the birthday of our 33rd President, Harry S Truman the NFTM is offering admission to the exhibits for just $1.00.

National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific


5/9/2015

Drop Off Depot

Independence residents can bring trash, brush (including limbs, firewood, bushes and stumps - no leaves or grass), major appliances, tires, batteries and lawnmowers to the Drop Off Depot from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residential vehicles only, no commercial. No vehicles larger than a pickup truck. Proof of residency required. Rates for trash: Cars $11; Vehicles larger than car $16; Trailers 8' or longer $26. Rates for brush: $11 per load. Rates for major appliances $15 each. Batteries and lawnmowers are free. Rates for tires: Car $2; mounted car $4; Truck $5; mounted truck $11; Farm/tractor $16. For more information call 816-325-7623.

875 Vista Ave., (Truman Rd. 1 mile east of M-291)


5/9/2015

Independence Farmers' Market

Open every Saturday May-October (except Saturday, September 5) from 6 am - 1 pm. 

Northwest corner of West Walnut Street and South Liberty Street


5/9/2015

Jumping Off

1:00 - 3:00 pm  Regular museum admission rates.  Come to the museum to prepare for your epic six month journey to Oregon!  Using a special trail guide provided as you begin, you will learn about what route you will take, investigate art to discover something about the "jumping off towns," identify items in the General Store and finally pack a wagon with a Museum Educator as your guide!  This is a wonderful way for families to discover a part of the history of westward expansion.  Great Family event.

National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific


5/9/2015

Nature Story Time

11:00 - 11:45 a.m. It's Nature Story Time at George Owens Nature Park! At 11 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month, Oct. through May, come out while we read, explore outside and make crafts. Listen to good stories around the fire and play, even if it snows! It's free, and fun. Call (816) 325-7115 for more details.

Nov. 8: Where Did Everyone Go for the Winter?
Dec. 13: Holidays OUTSIDE!
Jan. 10: What Walked Though Your Yard?
Feb. 14: Valentines for Groundhogs
Mar. 14: Here Comes Spring!
Apr. 11: Finding the First Flower
May 9: Dinner with a Bumblebee

George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Rd.


5/11/2015

City Council Study Session

The City Council Study Session will begin at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers.

City Hall, 111 E. Maple, Ground Floor


5/12/2015

Citizens Advisory Board on Solid Waste Management

Meeting from 5 - 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room D.

City Hall, 111 E. Maple, Ground Floor


5/12/2015

Twitter Takeover with "Harry Truman"

It's a Twitter Takeover from 12-1 p.m. Tweet at: @HistPresIndepMO #AskHST   Ever wonder what it would be like to chat with Harry Truman? Find out firsthand when the Historic Preservation Twitter account is taken over by President Truman. Tweet your questions to Harry about why he loves Independence, his presidency or anything you want to learn about this fascinating Independence native. Co-sponsored by the Truman Presidential Library & Museum and the National Park Service.

Tweet at: @HistPresIndepMO #AskHST


5/13/2015

Lunch 'n Learn "National Historic Landmark Districts"

Historic districts are not all the same! National Historic Landmark (NHL)Districts  are given special recognition by the federal government for their national significance. Bring your lunch at noon and join Jeff Wade with the Harry S Truman National Historic Site, as he talks about why National Historic Landmark Districts are so special and why Independence was honored with this title for its Harry S Truman NHL District.

Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple


5/13/2015

The Mile Starts Here McCoy Park

The Mile Starts Here Walking Program - McCoy Park 800 N. Bess
Truman Pkwy at 9 am

McCoy Park 800 N. Bess


5/14/2015

City Council Budget Study Session

The City Council will hold a special Budget Study Session beginning at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers.

City Hall, 111 E. Maple, Ground Floor


5/14/2015

Getting Ready

2:00 pm Regular museum admission rates.  Guided tour.  During the month of
April thousands of pioneers began arriving in Independence to get ready for their departure on the trails.  During this guided tour you will learn about their experiences in town and come to understand what was needed for the overland journey.

National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific


5/15/2015

Twitter Takeover: "Major General Sterling Price"

From 12 to 1 p.m. the Historic Preservation Twitter account will be taken over by "Major General Sterling Price." Price commanded a Missouri Militia and later served in the Confederate Army and was Governor of Missouri from 1853-57. Tweet questions to discover where he is from, what life is like on the road, why he joined the military, what battles he fought in, what type of food he eats, or anything you want to learn about this fascinating historical character.

Tweet at: @HistPresIndepMO #AskSterlingPrice


5/16/2015

Independence Farmers' Market

Open every Saturday May-October (except Saturday, September 5) from 6 am - 1 pm. 

Northwest corner of West Walnut Street and South Liberty Street


5/16/2015

Jumping Off

1:00 - 3:00 pm  Regular museum admission rates.  Come to the museum to prepare for your epic six month journey to Oregon!  Using a special trail guide provided as you begin, you will learn about what route you will take, investigate art to discover something about the "jumping off towns," identify items in the General Store and finally pack a wagon with a Museum Educator as your guide!  This is a wonderful way for families to discover a part of the history of westward expansion.  Great Family event.

National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific


5/16/2015

Pets in the Park

A free program for families and pets! Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Pet Judging for kids age 12 & under and their pets 10:00 a.m. Registration 10:30 a.m. Pet Judging - Many categories including pet with the best trick, best kid/pet look-a-likes and All American Pet. Pet Parade following Pet Judging Come visit a variety of vendors for pet products, services and adoptions. Get your dog vaccinated $5 and microchipped ($15) This program is offered in partnership by the Independence Kiwanis Club and Independence Parks & Recreation. For general questions contact Parks & Recreation at (816) 325-7115. For information regarding Pet Judging, visit www.independencekiwanisclub.org

Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive


5/18/2015

2015 Independence Gardening Workshop

2015 Independence Gardening Workshops:
In partnership with Kansas City Community Gardens and the Independence Garden Club, the Independence Health Department is sponsoring gardening classes free to the public.

All workshops at 6:00 PM

Monday Feb. 23- Early Spring Crops (St. Paul UMC)

Monday March 16- Vegetable Garden Basics- Health Dept.

Monday April 13- Tomatoes, Peppers & Sweet Potatoes- Health Dept.

Monday May 18- Get Growing: Water-Health Dept.

Monday June 15- Insects in the Garden (Meet at the White Oak garden behind CSL to walk through the garden for a hand’s on workshop)

Monday August 3- Fall Gardening-Health Dept.

The Independence Health Department is located at 515 S. Liberty. For more information contact Joanie Shover at 325-7185.

Independence Health Dept., 515 S. Liberty St.


5/18/2015

City Council Meeting

The City Council meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers.

City Hall, 111 E. Maple, Ground Floor


5/19/2015

Japanese Sister City Commission

The Japanese Sister City Commission meets on the third Tuesday of each month in Conference Room D from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. unless posted differently.