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.

FRIDAY, 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.

Haunted Ghost Tours: 7, 8 and 9 p.m., in Independence. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for ages 8 to 16 (not suitable for children 7 and under.) Tickets may be bought through Eventbrite.com and will not be available at the door. Call 252-7454 or visit www.jchs.org. Tour includes 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home and a covered wagon ride around the Independence Square for a total of 2 hours to hear about the history and ghosts.

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.

Haunted Ghost Tours: 7, 8 and 9 p.m., in Independence. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for ages 8 to 16 (not suitable for children 7 and under.) Tickets may be bought through Eventbrite.com and will not be available at the door. Call 252-7454 or visit www.jchs.org. Tour includes 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home and a covered wagon ride around the Independence Square for a total of 2 hours to hear about the history and ghosts.

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.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection event: 8 a.m.-noon, Jackson County Public Works facility, 34900 Old U.S. 40, Grain Valley. Free for residents of Grain Valley, as well as citizens of other communities that are part of the metro area household hazardous waste program, including Blue Springs, Lake Lotawana, Lake Tapawingo and unincorporated parts of Jackson County. For specifics, visit recyclespot.org or call 701-8226.

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.

OCT. 8

Two Witches No Waiting: Presented by Encore Theatre, 2 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 (buy one ticket get one free.) 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: 11 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.

Tea Dance: 2-4:30 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Admission, $6. Call 650-5400. Music by the Joe Walker Dance Band. You're welcome to bring snacks to share. Open to the public.

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

OCT. 9

Martial Arts: For ages 4 to 6, 5:30-6 p.m. Mondays/Wednesdays, Oct. 9-Nov. 15, Excel Family Martial Arts, Blue Springs. Cost, $46.75. Call 228-0137 to register. Class focuses on physical fitness, self-defense and flexibility training.

Money Matters – Protecting Yourself from Fraud: For adults, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Learn about the types of fraud that target retirees, and discover resources and information available to help you proactively guard against becoming a victim of a scam.

Drop-In Table Tennis: 2-4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. Call 325-7843.

Single Mom’s Group: 6-7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Dinner and child care are included in this non-denominational Christian group. Free. Call 392-5433, Debra Williamson.

Alpha Omega Master: Representatives will attend the Beta Sigma Phi Independence City Council meeting.

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.

Lions Club meeting: 6:30 p.m., Hy-Vee, 4545 S. Noland Road, Independence.

OCT. 10

Pink Party – Breast Cancer Awareness: For ages 18 and older, 6:30 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Put on your pink for this special event that connects you to others on the same path and helps you move forward to a better future. Enjoy fun activities, a little pampering, guest speakers, and win door prizes (for attendees ages 18 and older, please). Discover ways to help yourself and others with breast cancer.

Martial Arts: For ages 7 and older, 5:30-6 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays, Oct. 10-Nov. 16, Excel Family Martial Arts, Blue Springs. Cost, $46.75. Call 228-0137 to register. Class focuses on physical fitness, self-defense and flexibility training.

Helping Your Child with Homework: 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Learn to use the Library’s online resources to help your student with those tough assignments.

Negro League Baseball – The Deep Roots of African Americans in America’s Great Game: For adults, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Join Kevin Mitchell, author of Last Train to Cooperstown, as he illuminates the rich history of Negro League baseball, which launched the legendary careers of Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige, and Buck O’Neill, all members of the Kansas City Monarchs.

Beginning Genealogy: 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips.

Index It!: For ages 11 to 18, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Join us for snacks, socializing, and dissection of old records. Discover the fun of indexing as you identify vital information necessary for making family tree connections.

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.

Santa Fe Trail Republican Women's Club: an educational group for women of all ages interested in learning more about politics. Call 478-2449, Joy Freeland.

OCT. 11

The Mile Starts Here: 9 a.m., McCoy Park, 800 N. Bess Truman Pkwy., Independence. 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.

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 Excel: 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. Learn the basics about Microsoft Excel and how to format a simple spreadsheet.

Finding Your Italian Ancestors – Italian Civil Registration Records: 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. If you have located where in the home country your ancestors are from, this class will show you how to locate and request Italian civil records online to discover more about them.

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.

Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri meeting: 7 p.m., Village Heights Community of Christ, 1009 Farview Drive, Independence. Call Mike Calvert, 898-2603 or Beverly Shaw, 225-7944. Tony Meyers and Jay Jackson will give a program on “the Battle of Blue Mills” in costume.

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