1 What was I scared of? – You’ll find Missouri Department of Conservation staff and volunteers channeling characters from Dr. Suess on Saturday to explain the harmless habits of strange creatures found amid the woods and wildflowers at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Let not the things that crawl, hop, or slither cause undue fright, instead, visit Burr Oak Woods and learn more about these fascinating creatures. This event will be offered from 3:30 to 9 p.m., however, advance registration is required and attendees will be scheduled for a trail tour time. Trail tours will depart every 15 minutes and last 45 minutes. The last tour will depart at 8:30 p.m. All ages are welcome for the free event. Also, visitors can tour stations offering crafts and animal exhibits. Burr Oak Woods also offers an aquarium with native fish, interactive nature exhibits, and hiking trails. For more information or to register, call 816-228-3766. Information about Burr Oak Woods is available at http://mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods
2 Full moon hike – Take a hike under the Hunter's Moon at George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. The hike on Friday begins at 8 p.m. and you must be able to hike off-trail and no baby strollers or light-up shoes are allowed. The 8 p.m. Saturday hike is on paved trails and for anyone who prefers even terrain, and is stroller and wheelchair accessible. The name Hunter's Moon dates back to the First Nations of North America. It is so-called because it was during the month of October, when the deer had fattened themselves over the course of the summer, that hunters tracked and killed prey by autumn moonlight, stockpiling food for the coming winter. This is a free event, but reservations are need by 5 p.m. the day before the hike. Call 325-7115.
3 Festival of Arts, Crafts & Music – This 42nd annual Missouri Town 1855 event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Skilled interpreters will bring the antebellum living history site to life with the music, dance, games, crafts, and foods of 1855. A full service food court will offer traditional festival culinary delights. Enjoy a fun-filled hay wagon ride, watch sorghum being harvested, round and boiled to form exquisite syrup, and crafters and artisans will offer those special “one-of-a-kind” treasures. Piping hot cider, fragrant wood fires and unique architecture makes this an ideal family autumn outing! No pets are allowed. Missouri Town 1855 is located at 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit. Admission is $10 per car/van; $20 per school/commercial bus. For questions, call 229-8980.
4 What to do in case of a natural disaster – The Emergency Game Plan Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd. Expert education will be provided by government agencies, FEMA, the National Weather Service, etc., as well as local organizations, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and Wayside Waifs. They will provide information on basic first aid, food rationing, protecting your business and backup solar power, in addition to the tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, home and wild fires, floods, blackouts, severe weather, home security, child safety, emergency plans for pets, all types of personal emergencies and much more. You'll leave with both the knowledge and the tools for developing your own 72 Hour Emergency Game Plan. Online tickets start at $12 for adults and $6 for kids. For a full schedule of workshops and demonstrations, visit www.gameplanexperts.com/schedule-of-events.html.
5 Genealogy Lock-In – The Midwest Genealogy Center will be hosting a lock-in event from 6 p.m. to midnight Oct. 13, at the Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. All of MGC’s resources will be available for the evening exclusively to those registered for the Lock-In event. The evening includes a buffet-style dinner catered by Hy-Vee; snacks and (non-alcoholic) beverages; breaks throughout the evening; staff will present short sessions on some of MGC’s special collections; gentle stretching with a certified yoga instructor; plus raffles with prizes (guests must be present to win.) The cost is $20 and registration is due by Oct. 10. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lock-in-late-night-at-the-midwest-genealogy-center-tickets-35061055561. For questions, call 252-7228.
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