Created as an international holiday to support environmental protection, Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. The Kansas City Parks & Recreation Department is hosting cleanups in parks across the city to coincide with this year’s theme, Planet vs. Plastics. The following Northeast area parks are included and volunteers are welcome to help make our city and planet a better place for all.

Friday, April 19 at Cliff Drive’s Gate 4 from 9 am to 12 pm.

Saturday, April 20 at the Colonnade from 8:30 to 10:30 am.

Sunday, April 21 at the Indian Mound in Kessler Park from 9:30 to 11:30 am.

Volunteers should bring gloves and wear sturdy shoes. For a complete list of volunteer locations and times and advance registration, visit

KC Urban Potters Midwest Pottery Fest 

Shoppers browsed the wide array of unique pottery available during last weekend’s KC Urban Potters Midwest Pottery Fest at the ZhouB Art Center.  The event space and gallery at 1801 E. 18th St. is a creative reuse of the old Crispus Attucks Elementary. For more information about upcoming art events, visit