City of Independence, Missouri

Palmer Center Activities and Events for April 2019

The Palmer Center at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO is operated by the City of Independence and is dedicated to the mission of improving the overall health of adults 60+. For more information call (816) 325-6200 or visit the website Programs offered in April include:

Missouri Star Quilt Company, Hamilton, Missouri – Wednesday, May 2, at 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Price $75

Travel to Hamilton, MO and Missouri Star Quilt Company. Upon arrival, a staff member will greet you and hand out goody bags containing a map, local information, a measuring tape, and a MO Star quilt pattern. Enjoy shopping at the 12 quilt shops. A box lunch is included. After lunch there is time to explore additional shops before departing for home. Stop for an included afternoon treat during the ride back. This trip does not use an ADA bus. Pre-registration deadline is April 1.

New Theatre – The Buddy Holly Story – Wednesday, May 15, at 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p. m. Price $55

This joyous musical tells the story of Buddy Holly’s short yet explosive career and features his classical hits: PEGGY SUE, THAT’LL BE THE DAY, NOT FADE AWAY, OH BOY, MAYBE BABY, RAVE ON and many more. Deadline to pre-register is April 15.


If you have registered for a tour and you have to cancel for any reason, it is in your best interest to find your own replacement. Please inform us of the change. If you can’t find your own replacement, the following will apply if you cancel the tour:

  • Before the original registration deadline—full refund minus a $5 processing fee.
  • After the deadline—no refund unless we receive another registration for the tour. If a replacement is found, you will receive a full refund minus a $5 processing fee.
  • We will do our best to replace your spot, by referring to the wait list. Refunds will be sent within four weeks after the scheduled tour date.

REMINDER: If you are signing up a friend for a trip who has not previously registered, you MUST have their name, address, and birth date and phone number.


This Month’s Highlighted Programs

Please note events will be held at the Palmer Center located at 218A N. Pleasant Street in Independence, Mo., unless otherwise indicated. Phone 816-325-6200 for registration or further information.

Skill builders – Tuesdays, March 19 through May 21 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Although classes are designed for widowed persons, anyone may attend. No preregistration necessary. There is no charge; attend any or all sessions.

Senior Information Fair – Friday, April 5, at 9 a.m. - 12p.m.

Helpful information; health screenings; door-prize giveaways; free refreshments

Protecting Your Investments – Wednesday, April 10, at 10:30 a.m.

Are you and your investments at risk for frauds or scams? Todd Hurst, Manager of Vulnerable Citizens Services in the Missouri Secretary of State Securities Division, will be here to share tips on how to keep your investments safe and prevent fraud.

Spring Crafts with George Owens – Friday, April 19, at 10:30 a.m.

Join staff from George Owens Nature Park to create your own spring craft.

Rock Painting – Lady Bugs – Friday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m.

Rock it out as you paint your own rock lady bug. All supplies will be provided.

Easter Egg Hunt – Friday, April 19, at 12:30 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunts are not just for children. Stay after lunch for the Easter Egg hunt and search for the special eggs.

A Matter of Balance – Wednesdays, May 1 - June 26, 9 - 11 a.m. (No class on May 8th)

Register by April 24, 2019 Suggested $10 donation.

A Matter of Balance is an 8-week class designed to reduce the fear of falling and teach fall prevention strategies. Registration is required.

Who should attend?

The program is designed to benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls
  • Have sustained falls in the past
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength
  • Are age 60 or older, community-dwelling and able to problem solve

What do participants learn?

The program enables participants to achieve significant goals. They gain confidence by learning to:

  • View falls as controllable
  • Set goals for increasing activity
  • Make changes to reduce fall risk at home
  • Exercise to increase strength and balance