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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for April 11 – 13.

Photo by Paul Andrews.

Friday

Take a trip down memory lane and spoil your kids with their soon to be favorite books. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, the Kansas City Public Library’s Waldo Branch is hosting a sale of 2,500 children’s books for all reading levels, youth audiobooks, DVDs and CDs, all priced $5 or lower. All the proceeds of the book sale will go toward services and programs put on by the Kansas City Public Library for the community to enjoy.

History buffs will enjoy getting a fresh perspective on one of America’s most groundbreaking cases, Brown v. Board of Education, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. This free event at UMKC includes presentations on other crucial desegregation cases from legal professionals and professors from UMKC and Michigan State University as well as a discussion on what we can expect in the future.

Earth Day is still a few weeks away, but you can help the environment (and your home) by picking up vintage items at the semi-annual Fleeting Flea event. The pop-up sale has moved to Ranch Mart South Shopping Center at 95th Street and Mission Road, where you’ll find vintage treasures and repurposed creations from 34 different designers from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Saturday

Fresh food lovers rejoice! The Overland Park Farmers Market officially opens for spring at 6:30 a.m. Support local businesses while stocking up on delicious fruits, vegetables, breads, meats and more, as well as flowers and other non-edible items. Check out their Facebook page each week to find out what’s in store, as the market also hosts live music and cooking demonstrations.

Bring the girls to Girl’s Day Out at Independence Square for fun, food and shopping with a French twist. The full day of retail therapy includes special shopping offers from participating stores, free gifts and prizes. Register online now to receive a discount on tickets.

Enjoy art at the Nelson-Atkins—slowly. Saturday is Slow Art Day, an international event that encourages people to slow down and appreciate art, which allows them to understand it more deeply, even without the help of an expert. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is always free, so there’s no reason not to give slow art a try. Register for the event here or explore on your own.

Sunday

Don’t be insulted if somebody suggests you go fly a kite this month. They might just be suggesting you head to KiteFest at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens for an afternoon of fun up in the air. Pack a picnic and bring your own kites or buy them at the Leatherwood Depot at the Train Garden, where kids can make a stained glass kite for their window at home this weekend.

Make your Sunday musical by enjoying the 19th Annual Jazz & Blues Benefit hosted by Diana “Mama” Ray for Hope House. The full day of jams and good company starts at 1 p.m. at BB’s Lawnside BarB-Q, where you can see a long lineup of wonderful performers, including Mama Ray & The Allen Monroe Quartet, Mark Valentine & The Ticklers, Funk Syndicate and Brian Ruskin & Friends with special guest Julie Turner. Order your tickets ($10 at the door, $8 in advance) online or at BB’s.

If you’re more of a classical music fan, the Kansas City Symphony is welcoming pianist André Watts to the Kauffman Center for a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 as well as other pieces from the opera world. You definitely won’t want to miss Watt’s performance; when legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein tapped him to play for the New York Philharmonic, his first solo moved the audience and the orchestra to a standing ovation.

Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!

Mackenzie Leander contributed to this story.