1 Are you thinking about foster parenting? – Healthy Families – Cornerstones is holding two introduction to foster parenting workshops this fall. The first one is from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at FosterAdopt Connect, 18600 E. 37th Terrace, Independence, and from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at Wornall Road Baptist Church, 400 W. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City. Nearly 3,000 kids in northwest Missouri have been traumatized by abuse and neglect, and they are counting on you to close the gap. No obligation, just information. To reserve your spot in Independence, go to http://1event.info/FosterChallenge16a and in Kansas City http://1event.info/FosterChallenge16. For questions, call 855-SRV-KIDS.
2 “Enchanted Forest” – Friday and Saturday are the final two nights for the Enchanted Forest, George Owens Nature Park's annual non-scary alternative to Halloween. From 7 to 9 p.m., storybook characters will come to life along candle-lit trails. This event, brought to you by the Powerhouse Theatre Foundation and Independence Parks & Recreation, is designed for ages 3 to 9, but children of all ages are welcome. George Owens is at 1601 S. Speck Road in Independence. Admission is $3 for ages 2 and older, and cash and cards are accepted. Concessions are available. For questions, call 325-7115 or 325-7370.
3 Prescription Drug Drop-Off – You may drop off your prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Independence City Hall, 111 E. Maple Ave. (across the street from Police Headquarters.) You don't have to remove the labels from pill bottles or medicine containers, and for safety reasons, inhalers or needles will not be accepted. However, pre-loaded syringes (with needles removed) and Epi Pens will be accepted, along with veterinary drugs. For questions, call Officer Phil Hininger at 325-7279.
4 Fall Muster – Re-actors will relive events surrounding the prelude to the War of 1812, as Fort Osage hears for the first time war had been declared with Britain, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage St., Sibley. Muskets and cannons are made ready, civilians are conscript, and both residents and soldiers stationed at this frontier outpost are on alert. Admission is $8 for adults; $4 for ages 5-13 and 62 and older; and under age 5 are free. For more information, call 229-8980.
5 “Cornerstones of Freedom” concert – This is the theme of the Jacomo Chorale's Saturday concert at 7 p.m. at Lee’s Summit Community of Christ, 1101 N.E. Independence Ave. It will be repeated on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Nativity of Mary Catholic Parish, 10017 E. 36th Terrace, Independence. The concert will feature Randall Thompson’s “Testament of Freedom” as well as pieces by Dana Mengel, John Ritter and Stephen Foster, among others. The concert, based on FDR’s speech “The Four Freedoms,” is the first of the season for the Chorale. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.
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