Items for the Community Calendar may be emailed to jill.ritchie@examiner.net or mailed to: The Examiner, 410 S. Liberty St., Independence, MO 64050, attention Jill Ritchie. Also, check the calendar online at examiner.net. 

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19

• The Mile Starts Here, a walking group for the community, 9 a.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence (meet in the parking lot behind Bass Pro by the playground. For questions, call the Independence Health Department at 325-7185.

• Ham and Beans or Vegetable Soup Dinner, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, 415 N. Sterling Ave. With your meal, enjoy cornbread or crackers, coleslaw, dessert and drink of your choice for a $6.50 donation (carry outs welcome.) Fresh Georgia pecans will be on sale for your holiday baking.

• Independence Farmers & Craft Market, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October, located just south of the Independence Square at the northwest corner Walnut and Liberty streets.

• Drumm Farm Market, 4 to 7 p.m., Drumm Farm, 3210 Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Like them at www.Facebook.com/Drummforkids. For questions, call 373-3434.

• Lee's Summit Farmers Market, 7 a.m. until sold out, through Nov. 19, Second and Douglas streets. For questions, call 246-6598.

• Teens Create, 4 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Unleash your imagination. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Windows 10, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. This class will introduce the layout of the Windows 10 operating system and demonstrate navigating its functions. You may bring your own Windows 10 laptops. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Saving Small Family Cemeteries, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Every so often, one of Jackson County’s more than 250 small pioneer and family cemeteries is threatened by development and progress. Local historian and preservationist David W. Jackson uses the historic Davis-Smith Cemetery as a case study on how to unearth details about these sacred spaces and shares ways to preserve them. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 a.m. to noon, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• Lions Club meeting, 7 a.m., Englewood Cafe, 10904 E. Winner Road, Independence.

• Buckner VFW Post 8101 Bingo, 7 p.m., 95 Baker Street, Buckner. There is a $15 cost and a sliding scale for payouts that depends on the number of players.

• Al-Anon meeting, 10 a.m., Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran Church, 5757 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown. Come to lower level back door, there is parking at the back. 353-5446.

• Independence Civil War Study Group, 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Drive, Independence. Terry Elliott, 353-7617. 

OCT. 20

• Truman Medical Center Healthy Harvest Mobile Market stops: Fairmount Community Center, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., 217 Cedar Ave.; Fairmount Clinic, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 606 S. Hardy Ave., both in Independence.

• Haunted Kansas City, for adults, 7 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Take a visual tour of Kansas City’s most haunted spaces. Alexis Webb Bechtold and Traci Angel reveal where the city’s ghostly residents reportedly hang out. Be prepared to be scared. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Missouri Hauntings and Ghost Stories, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Missouri has its dark side - a history of ghostly residents, haunted locations, and eerie urban legends. Step into the darkness with a seasoned paranormal researcher for some hair-raising tales from the Show-Me State. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Kids Create: Color and Doodling Night, for ages 6 and older, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Coffee and Conversation, 7 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Join a member of the Library’s leadership team for coffee and conversation about the future of the library and its role in your community. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020.

• Create with Lego Bricks: Halloween, for ages 6 and older, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Bricks 4 Kidz classes provide a great atmosphere for children where we learn, we build, we “play” with Lego bricks. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 to 11:45 a.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), Santa Fe Trail Unit, meeting, 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence. The study topic for this meeting will be ‘Bylaws and Committee Appointments.’ For questions, call 254-8105.

• Xi Xi Sigma will play Bingo, 7 p.m., Shriners Hall, Kansas City. Claire, 795-1129.

• Independence Host Lions Club, noon, Lucky Buffet, 2931 S. Noland Road, Independence.

• The Write Place Poetry Society, 3 p.m., Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence. Come and read or just listen. Jan Kroll, 254-5278.

• Alpha Omega Master meeting, 7 p.m., at the home of Ramona Evans. 229-5915. 

OCT. 21

• “Enchanted Forest,” 7 to 9 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Storybook characters will come to life along candle-lit trails. This non-scary alternative to Halloween, 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. Concessions available. Admission, $3 for ages 2 and older. Cash and cards accepted. For questions, call 325-7115 or 325-7370.

• Haunted Ghost Tours: 1859 Jail, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., 217 N. Main St., Independence. Guests will go on an hour long tour of the 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home and hear the history of the buildings, as well as some spooky residents. Then they will go on a covered wagon tour of the Independence Square. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for children. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the Jackson County Historical Society website at www.jchs.org.

• Fall Festival, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., New Hope RLDS Church, 220 W. Moore, Independence. In addition to baked goods, a Country Store and homemade crafts, chili, soup and sandwiches will be served.

• Lee's Summit Quilters' Guild Annual Quilt Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, 4725 N.E. Lakewood Way, Lee's Summit. More than 100 quilts will be displayed, door prizes, vendors, antique bed turning, boutique, silent auction, scissor sharpening. Event is handicap accessible. Admission, $3. Visit http://lsqg.blogspot.com.

• Third Friday Art Walk, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Independence. The galleries in the Englewood Station Arts District, at Winner Road and Sterling Avenue, open their doors to art lovers. See artists in action, demonstrations, and enjoy live music and refreshments. Free. Call 252-3372 or visit www.englewoodstation.com.

• Fish Dinners, 4:30 to 7 p.m., St. Ann's Church, Cedar and Lexington avenues, Independence. Menu: Boiled and fried shrimp, whole catfish and fillets, chipotle and ale batter tilapia, fries, potatoes, coleslaw, hush puppies and cornbread. Drinks included with dinner. Prices range from $9 to $10.50; fish sandwich/fries, $4. Desserts sold by the Altar Society. 252-1160.

• Adventures in Learning with Shepherds Center of Independence, for ages 55 and older, Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. Registration and blood pressure checks 8:30 a.m. Gerald Morris with Clear Captions available 8:30 a.m. through lunch to discuss individual hearing impairment; 9 a.m. Jerry and Sharon Adkisson present travel event, “Northeastern Adventure”; Jeanette Melton reviews “The Prince of Wales,” a biography of Prince Charles at 10 a.m.; Tai Chi Master Konrad Smith conducts class at 11 a.m.; Gerald Morris also speaks at 11 a.m. Registration, $1; lunch at noon, $5. For information or reservations, 350-4474.

• Registration and blood pressure checks, 8:30 a.m.; workshops, 9 and 10 a.m.; plus games. Lunch is at noon, $5; registration, $1. Call 254-3529 for reservations.

• Jack-O-Lantern Tales for the Little Ones, for ages 3 and older, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. It’s Halloween fun for the littlest ghosts and goblins. Storyteller Joyce Slater tells some fun, not-so-scary stories and songs about pumpkins and gourds, goblins, and Halloween night. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 a.m. to noon, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• Friday Night Specials, 6 to 9 p.m., Memorial Post 3976, 12810 Kentucky Road, Sugar Creek. All welcome. 461-2636.

• Encore Theatre meeting, 1:30 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Adults 50 and older are invited to join this fun-loving group who are interested in all aspects of theater.

• William Chrisman High School Class of 1951 get-together, 9 a.m., Big Biscuit, 16506 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Dan Hansen, 461-0449.

• Alpha Omega Master Girls Night-Out at Stoney Creek Hotel, Independence. 229-5915. 

OCT. 22

• “Enchanted Forest,” 7 to 9 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Storybook characters will come to life along candle-lit trails. This non-scary alternative to Halloween, 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. Concessions available. Admission, $3 for ages 2 and older. Cash and cards accepted. For questions, call 325-7115 or 325-7370.

• Prescription Drug Drop-Off, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Independence City Hall, 111 E. Maple Ave. (across the street from Police Headquarters.) You do not have to remove the labels from pill bottles or medicine containers. For safety reasons, inhalers or needles will not be accepted. However, pre-loaded syringes (with needles removed) and Epi Pens will be accepted. Veterinary drugs will also be accepted. For questions, call Officer Phil Hininger at 325-7279.

• Prescription Drug Drop-Off, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Blue Springs Police Department, 1100 S.W. Smith St., and both Consentino’s Price Choppers, 1100 S. M-7 and 1305 N. M-7, Blue Springs. Residents will have the opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous unused, expired and unwanted prescription drugs. Due to the drop-off nature of this program, no needles will be accepted. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. For questions, call Sgt. Mike Russell at 655-0455.

• Spooky Springs Halloween Bash, 5 to 8 p.m., Adams Pointe Golf Course, 1601 N.E. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Parents and children are encouraged to enjoy this event by wearing their favorite costume and coming out for a hay ride with live performances along the way. There will also be a bonfire with s'mores, a visit with spooky characters and trick-or-treating. Cost, $8; children 2 and under are free. Visit www.bluespringsgov.com/parks for more details.

• The Jacomo Chorale presents “Cornerstones of Freedom,” 7 p.m., Community of Christ, 1101 N.E. Independence Ave., Lee’s Summit. 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 and donations will be accepted at the door.

• “Pirate Palooza,” presented by puppeteer Kraig Kensinger, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. Tickets are $6. For reservations, call 833-9777.

• Let's Move! Saturdays activities in Blue Springs, interactive storytime, 10 to 11 a.m., Inklings Books & Coffee Shoppe; Baby Bop Hip Hop for ages 3 to 6, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox; and 2 to 3 p.m. IBEX Climbing Gym, 801 N.W. South Outer Road (call 228-9988 to register.) All activities are free.

• Author Dorene Johnson Book Signing, 3 to 5 p.m., Gloria Jean's Coffees, 2128 Independence Center Drive, Independence. Johnson, a resident of Kansas City, will be available to sign copies of her book, “A Missing Piece of the Pie: Finding Myself after Adoption.”

• Fun Fall Fest, 1 to 4 p.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1400 Sheley Road, Independence. Activities include: Zoomobile, games/prizes, hayrides, hot dogs and s'mores.

• Fall Festival, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., New Hope RLDS Church, 220 W. Moore, Independence. In addition to baked goods, a Country Store and homemade crafts, chili, soup and sandwiches will be served.

• Chili Fundraiser, presented by the Susquehanna Baptist Church Preschool, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the church, 17800 Susquehanna Ridge, Independence. In addition to the chili dinner, there will be live Country & Gospel music, and the preschoolers will sing at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is $6 for adults; $3 for ages 4 to 10. For more information, call 257-2080.

• Free Wagon Rides – Catch a wagon to bring you to the National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., from The Square on the hour between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Return to The Square from 1 to 4 p.m. leaving on the half hour.

• Fall Muster, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage St., Sibley. 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. Muskets and cannons are made ready, civilians are conscript, and both residents and soldiers stationed at this frontier outpost are on alert. Admission, $8; $4 for ages 5-13 and 62 and older; under age 5 are free. 229-8980.

• Retrace Pioneer Steps: See history come to life – Encounters with People of the Past, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Farmers Market just south of The Square; “Chin Music,” 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., 1827 Log Courthouse and National Frontier Trails Museum; wave goodbye to a wagon train bound for California at noon from The Square; Town Topics, 2 p.m., 1827 Log Courthouse; Ole Santa Fe, 4 p.m., welcome a caravan from the Santa Fe Trail; Melodies of the Pioneers around The Square, 3 to 6 p.m.

• Independence Farmers & Craft Market, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October, located just south of the Independence Square at the northwest corner Walnut and Liberty streets.

• Blue Springs Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to noon through October, located at 11th and Main streets, Blue Springs. The market specializes in homegrown fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats and many other items that are grown or made by hand. For questions, email Reta Schaefer at retaschaefer@yahoo.com.

• Drumm Farm Market, 8 a.m. to noon through October, 3210 Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Like them at www.Facebook.com/Drummforkids. For questions, call 373-3434.

• Lee's Summit Farmers Market, 7 a.m. until sold out, through Nov. 19, Second and Douglas streets. For questions, call 246-6598.

• BBQ and Boutiques, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Summit Hickory Pit BBQ, 1012 S.E. Blue Pkwy., Lee’s Summit. Vendors will have items for sale, including vintage jewelry and antiques, handmade apparel and jewelry, unique handcrafted items, architectural finds, repurposed finds, and holiday favorites. There will also be live music. Tickets are $5 at the door, but there is a special early bird offer for an exclusive first look from 10 to 11 a.m. for $10; ages 12 and under are admitted for free. A portion of admission fees will benefit the Lee’s Summit Historical Society.

• Halloween Hoopla, for all ages, 3 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. The old house down the block is full of surprises when Denny stops by for some Halloween caroling. Books full of magic and stories lead the way through the adventure of fun and the unknown. Join Happy Faces Entertainment as we enjoy the Halloween season with all the excitement in a non-scary way. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• American Legion Dance, 7 to 10:30 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 21, 16701 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Music by The Reddymen Band. Free dance lessons beginning at 6 p.m. Food, beverages, and snacks available. Admission, $7. Open to the public. 373-0221.

• Lee's Summit Quilters' Guild Annual Quilt Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, 4725 N.E. Lakewood Way, Lee's Summit. More than 100 quilts will be displayed, door prizes, vendors, antique bed turning, boutique, silent auction, scissor sharpening. Event is handicap accessible. Admission, $3. Visit http://lsqg.blogspot.com.

• Beaded Spider, for teens, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Make something cute, creepy, and crawly just in time for Halloween. Turn beads and safety pins into a decorative spider during this 90-minute program. There is a one-time, hands-on materials fee of $2.50. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Bone Rattlers and Spine Tinglers, for all ages, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Rap, rap, rap. Cree-eeak. Boo! Storyteller Jo Ho serves up ghoulish tales with delightfully spooky characters and uninvited ghosts for all ages. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Little Acorns: Slithering Snakes, for ages 3 to 5 with an adult, 10 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Big snakes, little snakes, fast and slow snakes. How are they different? What do they have in common? Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Business Basics: Search Engine Optimization, for adults, 10 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Learn the basics of website SEO in this interactive seminar, including how search engines index and rank websites and what you can do to improve your site. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• Alpha Omega Master attends Beta Sigma Phi Independence, Missouri City Council Preferential Tea at West Side Cafe, Independence. 229-5915. 

OCT. 23

• The Jacomo Chorale presents “Cornerstones of Freedom,” 4 p.m., Nativity of Mary Catholic Parish, 10017 E. 36th St. 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 and donations will be accepted at the door.

• Free Classic Movie: “Travels with My Aunt” (1972), 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Learn to square dance, 2 p.m., in Independence. Free lessons will be offered for ages 8 and older. Have fun and meet new friends. Couples, families and singles welcome. Call Brad and Annette Davis at 254-5305 for information.

• Xi Xi Sigma attend City Council sponsored Preferential Tea, 2 to 4 p.m., West Side Cafe 

ONGOING EVENTS

• National Frontier Trails Museum, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 17. 325-7575. 

• Vaile Mansion tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, located at 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. Call 325-7430. 

• Bingham-Waggoner Estate tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, located at 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. Call 461-3491. 

• 1827 Log Courthouse, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday through October, 107 W. Kansas Ave., Independence. Open by appointment after 2 p.m. Call 325-7890. 

• 1859 Jail & Marshal's Home Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, 217 N. Main St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. Call 461-1897. 

• Chicago & Alton Depot, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Thursday-Saturday; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, through October, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Donations welcome. Call 325-7955. 

• Leila’s Hair Museum, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1333 S. Noland Road, Independence. Admission: $15 for adults; $7.50 for ages 65 and older and children 12 and under. 833-2955. 

• Regional Animal Shelter, noon-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday/Sunday, 21001 E. Hwy. 78, Independence. 621-7722. 

• Public Skate, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Public sessions are open to skaters of all ages and skill levels. These sessions take place at various times and are usually two hours long. Cost, $5; $3 for 12 and under and 55 and older, non-residents add $1 to each price. Skate rental, $2. For times, call the Skating Hotline: 795-7577. 

• Blue Springs Recycling, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2725 N.W. Park Road. For questions, call 228-0228 or visit Www.bluespringsgov.com/recycling. 

• Independence Recycling, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at 13600 E. 35th St.; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays at 875 Vista Ave. Sites accept newspaper, cardboard, magazines, office paper, junk mail, steel and aluminum cans, flashlight-type batteries, and No. 1 and 2 plastic bottles. A fee will be charged for non-flat-screen TVs, $20 for 27 inch and smaller and $40 for larger. 325-7623. 

– Jillayne Ritchie