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.

TUESDAY, OCT. 3

National Night Out Against Crime – Blue Springs: 5:30-8 p.m., City of Blue Springs Municipal parking lot, 11th and Smith streets, downtown Blue Springs. Call 228-0178 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/nno. The event brings together residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials for an evening focused on crime prevention and safety. Councilman Dale Carter, morning show host for Country 94.1 KFKF, will be broadcasting live from the event, which will feature Mac the Maverick from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and KC Wolf from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy hay rides through downtown Blue Springs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Participating organizations include: Blue Springs Police Department, Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, Crime Stoppers/TIPS Hotline, Lee’s Summit Underwater Rescue & Recovery Team, Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and many more.

National Night Out Against Crime – Independence: 5-8 p.m., Hill Park, 2201 S Maywood Ave., Independence. Call 325-7645, Officer Billy Pope; or 325-7643, Officer Luis Virgil. Join forces with other communities nationwide for an evening focused on crime prevention and safety. There will be food, informational handouts, free giveaways and demonstrations from the various units within the Independence Police Department, including the K-9, SWAT team, Traffic Safety units and others. This event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the IPD.

“It's Glow Time!” Zumba Party planned for Oct. 7: For ages 16 and older, 6:15-8:15 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave. Cost, $5 for members; $10 for non-members. Registration deadline: Oct. 3. Call 228-0137 to register. Grab your glow sticks and join this special Zumba event featuring instructor demos, games, giveaways and more.

Beginning Paranormal Research: For teens, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. Learn the basics of ghost hunting and paranormal investigations from experienced researcher Becky Ray.

Outsmart the Scammers: 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Discover the latest ways phone scammers are trying to get your money and how to avoid falling for their tricks.

The History of Chocolate: For adults, 6:30 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924. Explore the sweet history of chocolate, its cultural significance, its evolution, and its current economic influence with chef Kolika Kirk. Then stay for a special chocolate tasting session.

Using FamilySearch: For beginners, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

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

Tirey J. Ford Post 21 American Legion Bingo: doors open at 4 p.m.; bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. at the post hall, 16701 East U.S. 40, Independence. Call 373-0221.

Party Bridge: 12:30-4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Use Pleasant Street entrance. Call 252-6251.

OCT. 4

The Mile Starts Here: 9 a.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. Meet in the parking lot behind Bass Pro by the playground. Call 325-7185, Independence Health Department. Come meet others who enjoy being active. In case of rain or inclement weather, the walk meets at the Independence Center.

Infant Child Pediatric CPR planned for Oct. 11: For ages 13 and older, 6-8 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $35. Registration deadline: Oct. 4. Call 228-0137 to register. CPR certification will be received upon completion.

Independence Farmers & Craft Market: 6 a.m.-1 p.m. through October, Walnut and Liberty streets, just south of the Independence Square. Spend $1 of your SNAP benefits and receive $2 to spend on produce.

Beginning Word: For adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. This introduction will focus on how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

Tech Talk: For adults, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Bring your questions to the branch, or just come to listen and learn from other participants. You can bring your own laptop computer or tablet.

Resume Help with WorkExpress: For adults, 10 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. A WorkExpress professional will be at the Library to help you write or update your resume on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Pick up a Resume Creation worksheet at the Library prior to the program. Space is limited.

GFWC Nu-Era Study Club: 10:15 a.m., Shatto Dairy Farm, Osborn, Mo. Call 373-0573, Beverly Shelton.There will be a tour of the dairy and a 2nd District Update given by Ann Jones, President. Hostess, Sue Hancock will be providing cookies to celebrate Missouri Day (Oct. 18). Bring money to purchase milk, a sack lunch, and wear purple in observance of ‘Domestic Violence Month.’

Drop-In Table Tennis: 9 a.m.-noon, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. Call 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. Call 353-5446.

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

OCT. 5

Full Moon Hike – Hunters Moon planned for Oct. 6: 8 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. This is a free event, but reservations are need by 5 p.m. Oct. 5. Call 325-7115. You must be able to hike off-trail and no baby strollers or light-up shoes are allowed.

KC Zoo Presents – The Amazon: For ages 5 and older, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Join the Kansas City Zoo for an Amazon adventure. We will share Amazon folklore and culture, as well as show you an animal or two.

Family History – The Perfect Social Media: 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn how to use blogs, wikis, YouTube, Facebook, and a host of other online resources to extend your family lines.

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

Alpha Omega Master meeting: At the home of Margie McMilian. Call 796-6998. Sherry Hohenberg will be the hostess and co-hostess. Charlotte Huddleston will present her program on Spinning. There will be an executive board meeting at 7 p.m. Book of Beta Sigma Phi review will also be held.

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

TOPS MO-0100 meeting: 9:30 a.m., Hill Cumorah Church, 4516 Phelps Road, Independence.

TOPS MO-0024 meeting: 9:45-10:45 a.m., New Walnut Park Church, 1137 S. Pearl, Independence.

OCT. 6

Full Moon Hike – Hunters Moon planned for Oct. 7: 8 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. This is a free event, but reservations are need by 5 p.m. Oct. 6. Call 325-7115. This hike is on paved trails and for anyone who prefers even terrain, and is stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Two Witches No Waiting: Presented by Encore Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Theater inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Cost, $8 for adults; $7 for ages 60 and older; $4 for children 12 and under. For tickets, call 325-7367. Two ladies are known far and wide in South Texas as friendly, charitable, and a little eccentric. It is believed by many they are witches, especially by Opal Dunn, the housekeeper, who disappears without a trace. It’s a heady brew of twists and turns in a house that seems to be alive.

Flashlight Friday: 7-10 p.m., Sylvia Bailey Park, 1800 S.E. Ranson Road, Lee's Summit. Admission, $5; ages 3 and under are free. Explore a 6-acre corn maze with just the light of your flashlight. You can also enjoy the sky scraping Hay Mountain and other fun activities. Concessions available.

Shepherd's Center of Independence: For ages 55 and older, 8:30-9 a.m. registration/blood pressure checks/coffee and fellowship, Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. Registration is $1; lunch is at noon, $5. Call 350-4474. Workshops: 9 a.m. travel; 10 a.m. book review; 11 a.m. potpourri or Tai Chi with Master Konrad Smith. Dominoes available from 10 a.m.-noon.

Introduction to Tai Chi: For adults, 2 p.m. Oct. 6, 13 and 20, Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. During this 3-part program, you'll explore the ancient practice of Tai Chi, and experience the benefits these low-impact exercises have on balance and fitness.

Coffee and Coloring Party: For adults and senior adults, 10 a.m.-noon, Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free. Call 701-3483. Coffee and coloring supplies will be provided or you may bring your own. No registration required, just drop in as long as you like.

Medicare Made Easy: 1 p.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free. Call 701-3483. Learn what you need to know about Medicare and when you need to sign up.

Homeschoolers at the Library: For ages 7 and older, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Participants will explore a variety of topics with an emphasis on using Library resources to satisfy their curiosities.

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

Friday Night Specials: 6-9 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 theatre.

OCT. 7

What was I scared Of: For all ages, 3:30-9:15 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. (Trail tours scheduled every 15 minutes and lasting 45 minutes with the last tour departing at 8:30 p.m.) Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Enjoy an evening out on the trail as the tales and characters of Dr. Seuss come to life and help us to get to know some of the strange creatures that call Burr Oak Woods home.

Two Witches No Waiting: Presented by Encore Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Theater inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Cost, $8 for adults; $7 for ages 60 and older; $4 for children 12 and under. For tickets, call 325-7367. Two ladies are known far and wide in South Texas as friendly, charitable, and a little eccentric. It is believed by many they are witches, especially by Opal Dunn, the housekeeper, who disappears without a trace. It’s a heady brew of twists and turns in a house that seems to be alive.

Festival of Arts, Crafts & Music: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit. Admission is $10 per car/van; $20 per school/commercial bus. Call 229-8980. Skilled interpreters will bring the antebellum living history site to life with the music, dance, games, crafts, and foods of 1855. No pets are allowed.

Hoots & Howls: Fun for all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kansas City Zoo. Mesner Puppet Theater presents Old McDonald’s Rhyming Ranch at 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Cruise around on a pedal tractor, navigate a hay bale maze, sing along with an interactive DJ and take a ride on the Scare-o-cel. Enjoy a hayride around the Zoo and create a wild craft in the lobby. Zoo animals are joining in the fun by smashing pumpkins at scheduled times throughout the day.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: 11 a.m.-noon, Bump City/Dragon Ninja, Gage Center, 1101 N.W. Jefferson; and noon-3 p.m., open swim, Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. (open swim with adult photo ID. Kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool, parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event, and parents must accompany children under the age of 12.) Both activities are free.

Trick-A-Bike: 8 a.m.-noon, Legacy Park Amphitheater, 897 N.E. Bluestem Drive, Lee's Summit. Cost, $15. Call 969-1500. Kids 12 and under are invited for a bike ride around the 5-mile loop at Legacy Park. After the ride, enjoy breakfast, inflatables, music and more.

Drumm Farm Market: 8 a.m.-noon through October, 3210 Lee's Summit Road. Like them at www.Facebook.com/Drummforkids. Call 373-3434.

Independence Farmers & Craft Market: 6 a.m.-1 p.m. through October, Walnut and Liberty streets, just south of the Independence Square. Spend $1 of your SNAP benefits and receive $2 to spend on produce.

Blue Springs Farmers Market: 7 a.m.-noon through October, 11th and Main streets, downtown Blue Springs.

Lee's Summit Farmers Market: 7 a.m.-sold out through November, Second and Douglas streets.

Tricks and Treats – Magic with Eric Vaughn: For all ages, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. Halloween has never had so many creepy tricks or brain-teasing treats as magician Eric Vaughn opens his bagful of not-so-super-scary-but-definitely-spooky magic.

Become a Family Investigator: For ages 4 and older, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Celebrate Family History Month by becoming a family investigator! Bring a list of your family members and we’ll show you how place them on the family tree.

Free Health Clinic: 9 a.m.-noon, Glenwood Park Methodist Church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. Call 254-5116. The screenings, sponsored by the Black Nurse Association and the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index testing.

Exotics R Us: For all ages, 10 a.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924. Exotics R Us brings the zoo to the Library with its collection of unique animals including tortoises, foxes, monkeys, porcupines, and felines.

Folk Songs of Missouri & Kansas: 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Join Under the Big Oak Tree for a performance of Ozark Mountain folk songs found in the Max Hunter Collection at Missouri State University.

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW meeting: 11 a.m.-noon, North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, lower level, 317 U.S. 24, Independence. There are no dues or fees. Visit www.ceahow.org. A 12-step fellowship for anyone suffering from compulsive eating, anorexia, and bulimia.

ONGOING EVENTS

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

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

1827 Log Courthouse: 10 a.m.-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.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sundays, through October, 217 N. Main St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6-16. Call 461-1897.

Chicago & Alton Depot: 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Monday, Thursday-Saturday; 12:30-4:15 p.m. Sundays, through October, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Donations welcome. Call 325-7955.

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

Leila’s Hair Museum: 9 a.m.-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. Call 833-2955.

Regional Animal Shelter: noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday/Sunday, 21001 E. Hwy. 78, Independence. Call 621-7722.

Public Skate, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena: 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Cost, $5; $3 for 12 and under and 55 and older, non-residents add $1 to each price. Skate rental, $2. Call 795-7577, for skate times. 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.

Blue Springs Recycling: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2725 N.W. Park Road. Call 228-0228 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/recycling.

– Jillayne Ritchie