Posted July 2, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Wednesday, July 3 •

Manga Madness
Teens and Tweens (ages 10 and up) are invited to join Manga Madness at the North-East Public Library, 6000 Wilson Rd., Kansas City, Mo. Manga Madness is based off of Japanese comic books and Manga cartoons. Representatives from the Nelson Atkins Museum will lead a drawing workshop, which will be followed with a snack and showing of an Anime inspired cartoon/movie. It all begins at 2 p.m.

• Thursday, July 4 •

KC Riverfest
KC Riverfest at Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park, Kansas City, Mo., will kick off at 4 p.m. and will include live music, food, a kids play area and more. A fireworks display will begin at dark, around 10 p.m. Admission is free from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $5 thereafter. For more information and a line-up of the bands, visit

• Friday, July 5 •

Story Time and Craft
Join North-East Public Library for its weekly story time and craft at 10:30 a.m. Parents and kids will enjoy stories geared toward toddlers and pre-schoolers. Get ready for songs, tongue twisters and dramatic play. This week’s theme is “Can you dig it?”

• Sunday, July 7 •

North-East Book Club
Join the North-East Public Library at 2 p.m. each month to share your passion for books and join in on riveting book discussions.

• Monday, July 8 •

Grammy Award Winning Okee Dokee Brothers
Check out the Okee Dokee Brothers, a folk music group that is a two-time Parents’ Choice Award winner and has garnered praise from NPR’s All Things Considered, among other media outlets. It all begins at the North-East Public Library at 6 p.m.

• Tuesday, July 9 •

Falun Dafa
Join North-East Public Library for a session of Falun Dafa at 5:15 p.m. Falun Dafa is a traditional self-cultivation practice to improve mind and body. The session will be held every Tuesday evening.

Independence Plaza Neighborhood Meeting
Independence Plaza Neighborhood Council will host its monthly meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center on Euclid.

10 Gold Collar Jobs in KC
Join the North-East Public Library at 6:30 p.m. for its program, the “10 Gold Collar Jobs in KC,” which is a traveling exhibit from the Metropolitan Community College’s Business and Technology Campus. The exhibit explores how to land in-demand “gold collar” jobs – electric utility lineman, computer-controlled machine programmer, welder/fabricator, environmental engineering technician – with just an associate’s degree or less.

• Upcoming •

Literacy KC Volunteer Training
Literacy Kansas City will host an orientation session for volunteers on July 11 and July 13 at 10 a.m. on the third floor of the American Red Cross Building, 211 W. Armour Blvd. Kansas City, Mo. For more information or to register, call (816) 333-9332 or email You can also visit

KC Museum Summer Concert Series
The next concert in the Kansas City Museum’s Summer Concert Series will be held at 7 p.m. July 12 at the museum. Gentleman Savage, a psychedelic pop music group, will perform. Cost is free.

KC Museum Kids Summer Drop-ins
This summer, drop in with your kids for games, music, stories and arts and crafts. Each drop-in will feature a different historical theme. The first set of summer drop-ins will be held on July 10 and 12 from noon to 3 p.m. Cost is free. Summer Drop-ins will be held every Wednesday and Friday in July and August at the Kansas City Museum.

Scarritt Renaissance Coffee Club Gathering
Scarritt Renaissance Coffee Club will host its monthly gathering from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13. Guest of honor is Henry Fortunado, Kansas City Public Library’s director of public affairs. Fortunado will share his adventures of walking from his house in Overland Park, Kan., to Wichita., Kan., a 240-mile trek. Hosts are Amanda and Gabe, who will show off their 1929 Tudor Revival Bungalow. Please bring a savory or sweet breakfast hors d’oeuvre to share. Coffee will be catered by Eleos Coffee. Please RSVP to Darlene Victoria de Lyon at Meeting address will be provided upon RSVP.

National Archives Military/Civilian Workshop
The National Archives of Kansas City will host Archivists Theresa Fitzgerald and Ashley Mattingly for a free genealogy workshop called, “Military and Civilian Personnel Records: The National Archives at St. Louis” on Friday, July 12, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 400 West Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Mo. The two will discuss the military and civilian personnel records maintained at the National Archives located in St. Louis. They will explain what can be found in the personnel files of former military service members and civil servants, how to request reproductions of the records, and the difference between records that are open to the public and those that are not. To make a reservation for this free event, call 816-268-8000 or email

National Archives Genealogy Workshop
The National Archives of Kansas City will offer a free genealogy workshop entitled: “Who We Are: A Genealogist’s Introduction to the National Archives” on Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 400 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Mo. This course will give an overview of the mission of the National Archives, its holdings and federal records of particular interest to family historians. Also, learn what to expect when researching at the National Archives. To make a reservation for this free workshop, call 816-268-8000 or email

Knights of Columbus Monthly Breakfast
Knights of Columbus will host its monthly breakfast on Sunday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Anthony’s St. Joseph Hall. Breakfast will include juice and coffee, biscuits and gravy, sausage, pancakes, chorizo con heuvo, scrambled eggs and more. Cost is $6.50 for adults and $4 for children ages four to 12.

In the Pink of the Evening Concert Series
Up next in the Pink of the Evening Concert Series is Kansas City jazz artist Shey Estes who will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Colonnade building at the Concourse Park, St. John and Gladstone Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. There is no cost to attend. Please bring your own blankets or lawn chairs.