Wednesday, May 28
KC Museum Hard Hat Tour
Take a hard hat tour of Corinthian Hall, the 100+ year old home of lumber baron Robert A. Long and his family. Visitors will see Corinthian Hall in mid-renovation, the bare interior of the building exposed for the first time in decades. Visitors will also tour the exhibit inside Corinthian Hall: Planning for the Future: Find History at Kansas City Museum. Admission is free and this week’s tours will be held Wednesday through Friday at 2 p.m. at the museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd.
Canvas Art Exhibit
Join the Kansas City Museum for “Kansas City Canvas: Thomas Hart Benton and Beyond.” Explore the artisan world of Thomas Hart Benton and Kansas City artists through the collection of the Kansas City Museum. As part of the 125th anniversary of Thomas Hart Benton’s birth, the Museum will be showcasing the historical life and work of this amazing artist. The Museum will be displaying such lithograph prints as Forward Pass, Benton Home and more from our collection. The Museum, through the lens of history, will also be exploring works of art from several other KC artists including works from George Caleb Bingham, James Fitzgibbon, Daniel MacMorris and the WPA art of H.L. Pierre. Each piece will be accompanied by an essay from museum staff, area historians and artists offering insights about the history, culture and art of their chosen piece. Tours begin every hour, on the hour at 10 a.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m.
Friday, May 30
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. The program promotes literacy in children with the participation of caring family members in activities that explore the world of language using stories, songs, and crafts.
Saturday, May 31
Summer Read Program kick off event
Beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, join the North-East Library for the kick off to its annual the Summer Reading Program. Games, activities, crafts, snacks, and more will be available. Join the North-East Branch Library and local community organizations in the library parking lot for this fun and festive event for the whole family!
Join the North-East Library for free Spanish lessons. Two ongoing sessions are available for the cost of a free will donation. Beginner classes take place every Saturday from 10 a.m. – noon and advanced classes follow from noon – 2 p.m. To enroll, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, June 1
Northeast Book Club
Join the North-East Public Library, 6000 Wilson Rd., for its monthly Northeast Book Club at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1. Share your passion for books and join in on riveting book discussions.
Tuesday, June 3
Kansas City Digital Media Lab
The KCDML is open to youth ages 13-18 every Tuesday from 3:30 – 7 p.m. at the Kansas City Library. It’s a safe space for youth who are interested in, or want to learn more about storytelling and/or coding. You’ll have access to equipment and adult collaborators to learn, create, and grow. All of the adult collaborators have had background checks and are simply available to help youth take their expertise and interest to the next level. The next session will be held Tuesday, June, 3.
Frank White walk/run and Arts Festival
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7, for the walk/run, which takes place from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Spring Valley Park, 28th Street and Brooklyn Avenue. After the race, join the fun from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for an outdoor art gallery and talent show. There will also be free children’s games, horse rides and a bounce house. Food will also be made available.
On Saturday, June 7, a walk-a-thon to help raise awareness to save the former Thacher Elementary School begins will begin with check-ins at 8 a.m. near the former elementary school, 5008 Independence Ave., followed by the walk at 8:30. The route will encompass the community surrounding Thacher Elementary School. A prize drawing will be held after the walk. Families are encouraged to walk, run or rollblade the route.
Quintiles Summer Community Fair
Join the North-East Public Library, 6000 Wilson Rd., Quintiles and Truman Medical Center at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, for a community fair that will bring helpful and innovative information on medical issues, clinical trials, nutrition, fitness, job opportunities, and education to people in the community. The Truman Mobile Health Market truck will also be at the event to provide free organic groceries to all guests (though first come, first serve). In addition, there will be food demos, prizes, and giveaways. This is a free event for all vendors and attendees.
A Cultural Celebration of Liberia
Join the North-East Public Library, 6000 Wilson Rd., and Kansas City writer Rhiannon Ross on Saturday, June 14, at 2 p.m. for an afternoon of Liberian poetry, performance art, live and recorded music, video clips, fashion, dance, and visual art. Following the presentations, sample a variety of West African cuisine. The program and post-event reception are presented by the Vox Narro project, which pairs writers and immigrant groups for a discussion of the cultural traditions and stories of immigrant communities. Vox Narro is supported by the Rocket Grants program, which is funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and administered by the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art in support of innovative, public-oriented work in nontraditional spaces.