1 Maple sugaring workshop – The Missouri Department of Conservation is holding this workshop from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. The sugar maple earns its name in late winter. Trees can be tapped for sap which, with a bit of boiling, can be turned into maple syrup. This workshop will provide participants tips on good methods and timing to tap maples and other tree species for syrup making. This is a free workshop, but registration is required, call 228-3766 to register. To learn more, visit https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/activities/maple-sugaring. 

2  Sign up now for the Citizen's Police Academy – For an inside look at the Independence Police Department, sign up for the spring session of the Citizen's Police Academy. Participants receive a front-row seat to learn about the internal workings, goals and values of the police department. Classes are from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays for 10 weeks, beginning March 2. You'll learn the challenges facing the department on a day-to-day basis, receive an inside look at each unit within the department and much more. Registration deadline is today, Feb. 15. For more information, contact Billy Pope at 325-7645 or bpope@indepmo.org. To apply online, go to www.independencemo.org/IPD/CitizenAcademy. 

3 Hands-Only CPR training – Knowing how and when to administer CPR could mean the difference between life and death during an emergency. In an effort to train area residents in this life-saving procedure, the Lee’s Summit Health Education Advisory Board is offering free training on Saturday at the Gamber Community Center, 4 S.E. Independence Ave., Lee’s Summit. Participants may choose from three, 45-minute sessions beginning at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. To register, visit www.LSparks.net or call 816-969-1500. 

4 African American Inventors exhibit – This exhibit showcases the contributions of black women and men in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Come experience the genius of these inventors and innovators through more than 100 viewable inventions, reproductions, and representative samples for ancient African cultures to today through March 12 at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum, 3700 Blue Pkwy., Kansas City. Additionally, “Making a Difference: African-Americans Leading by Example” will be on display in the lower gallery and the work of local artist Pierre Owens in the children’s gallery. Admission is free. For more information, call 816-513-0700. 

5 Shoe collection drive – The All Pet Brigade Foundation is collecting shoes to raise money for lost and abused animals in the Eastern Jackson County region. They will be collecting through April 22 at the following Oak Grove locations: Tyler Appliance, 103 W. 12th St. (10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays); Hippie Chicks, 605A Broadway (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday); Pawsitively Divine Grooming, 1103F Broadway (9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated shoes, then will be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise partners in developing nations. 

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