Happy Birthday, Mission

Even for those of us born well after the 1950s, the simple joys of Elvis’ coolness and Marilyn’s hot bod are hard to resist. Find out if you’re a square or a hip cat at the Spirit of Mission Days, a four-day celebration of the 60th anniversary of Mission, Kansas. The festivities kick off on Friday, May 8, with a night of jazz from 6 to 10:30 p.m. The Lonnie Ray Blues Jam takes the stage first at the Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center (6200 Martway, 913-722-8200). Saturday is all about the anniversary parade at 11 a.m. on Johnson Drive between Birch and Dearborn streets. You’ll see a real Army tank roll down the street, alongside a very fake
Elvis and Marilyn Monroe. Elvis takes the stage himself at 1 p.m. before the Sock Hop Dance at 7 p.m. If you’ve got two left feet,
park it over at the “Drive-In” and watch Grease, which starts at 7:30 p.m. For more
information, go to missioncvb.org.

Fri., May 6; Sat., May 7; Thu., May 12; Fri., May 13; Sat., May 14; Sun., May 15, 2011