The weekend is almost here — and if Mother Nature cooperates, there are plenty of opportunities to get out there and celebrate the earth. If not, though, you can hunker down and enjoy some great live jazz.
Jazz Night at SM East. An annual favorite for local music lovers, Jazz Night returns to Shawnee Mission East Friday with scheduled performances from the Blue Notes and Blue Knights ensembles, the Shawnee Mission East Chamber Choir, and student-led combos. The Indian Hills Jazz Band will perform as well. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for non-SM East students at the door. Performances start at 7 p.m.
Arbor Day celebrations in bloom. Several northeast Johnson County cities will hold Arbor Day celebrations this weekend — assuming they don’t get washed out by rain. Fairway will hold its annual tree planting celebration at Neale Peterson Park at 12:30 p.m. Friday. Roeland Park is holding its tree planting ceremony Saturday at 11 a.m. at R Park. Prairie Village will hold its ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Weltner Park.