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.

SATURDAY, OCT. 21

Victorian Funeral Customs: Tours are from 5-8 p.m., Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Tickets are $15; $25 per couple, and may be purchased at the door, or in advance at www.vailemansion.org. Do you know why a visitation is held before a funeral service? Are you aware that the dead were carried out of the house feet first? Do you know why it's called a “wake?” Find out the answers to these and many other questions. No appointments needed, just drop by.

Enchanted Forest: 7-9 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Cost, $3 per person at the gate (cash or credit card). Call 325-7115 or 325-7370. Walk the paved trail into the forest during this non-scary Halloween event and watch family-friendly scenes come alive. A hay ride completes the night. Parking is free and concessions are available. There is no smoking on Park property and all bags are subject to search. This event is produced by the Powerhouse Theatre Foundation in cooperation with the City of Independence Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

Spooky Springs Halloween Bash: 5-8 p.m., Adams Pointe Golf Course, 1601 N.E. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Cost, $8; children 2 and under are free. To register, call 228-0137. Parents and children are invited to a spooky hayride with live performances along the way. Attendees will also enjoy a bonfire with s'mores, friendly yet spooky characters, fun games, activities, trick-or-treating and more. Costumes are encourage.

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.

Haunted Maze: 7-10 p.m., Sylvia Bailey Park, 1800 S.E. Ranson Road, Lee's Summit. Admission, $5. Dress in your favorite Halloween costume and roam through the Haunted Maze and take a hay ride.

Wine Tasting Event: 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence. Call Top Hat Winery at 248-9436. They will be pairing cheese and chocolates with the wines from Top Hat Winery. There is no cover charge or dress code, but bottles may be purchased during this event.

Animals Best Friends Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., National Guard Armory, 2323 S. Crysler Ave., Independence.

“Goin' to Kansas City”: Presented by the Jacomo Chorale, 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Community of Christ, 4341 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City. Free.

“Jack and the Beanstalk”: Performed by Kraig Kensinger, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. Admission is $6. Call 833-9777 for reservations.

Let's Move! Saturdays: 11 a.m.-noon, dance class, Dynamic Dance, 1901 S.W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. Free.

Fall Fun Festival: 1-4 p.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1400 W. Sheley Road, Independence. This is a free event for the community. Call 252-5893 or visit their Facebook page @trinityofindependence. Come in costume, and enjoy roasted hot dogs and s'mores, play games, Touch-A-Truck, Zoo Mobile and much more. Fun for all ages.

Nativity of Mary Serendipity Market: Antiques, collectibles and vendors, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the basement of Nativity School, 10017 E. 36th Terrace, Independence (U.S. 40 entrance.) There will be many vendors with quilts, tools, jewelry, furniture, etc., plus some business vendors, including Tupperware, LuLaRoe and more.

Fall Festival: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., New Hope RLDS Church, 220 W. Moore, Independence. There will be baked goods, a country store and homemade crafts. Chili, soup and sandwiches will also be available for purchase.

Paranormal Investigations: For ages 12 and older, 5:30, 8 and 10:30 p.m., Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit. Cost, $15. Advance reservations required, call 229-8980. Search for paranormal activity with trained ghost hunters. Observe the tools the professionals use to interact and detect spirits that inhabit this historical site.

Emergency Preparedness Class – Weather Safety: 10 a.m.-noon, Fire Station 1, 950 N. Spring St., Independence. Call 325-7167.Are you prepared for a disaster? Emergencies can strike at any time without warning.

Masquerade – Musicians on Parade: Presented by Lee's Summit Symphony, 7 p.m., Lee's Summit High School Performing Arts Center, 400 S.E. Blue Pkwy. Tickets are $15 for adults; $7 for students (4th-6th graders may attend free with one paid adult admission per student.) Purchase advance tickets at both Lee's Summit Hy-Vee locations, Price Chopper at Lakewood and Raintree Lake, or online at lssymphony.org. Concert features: Ride of the Valkyries, Funeral March of a Marionette, Firebird Suite, Masquerade Waltz, Phantom of the Opera and The Batman Theme.

Pumpkins on Parade: 4-9 p.m., Cave Springs, 8701 E. Gregory Blvd., Raytown. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Walk among the lighted, carved pumpkins along the Cave Springs hiking trail. Enjoy food, games and demonstrations by the Raytown Fire and Police Departments. Parking is limited, shuttles are available. Visit www.cavesprings.org for more details.

Hoots & Howls: Fun for all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kansas City Zoo. May the force be with you when Star Wars characters travel from a galaxy far far away to the Zoo. They will take pictures with guests from 10 a.m.-2 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.

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.

Sensory Nature Walk: For all ages, 1-2:30 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. No registration required. Call 228-3766. Challenge your-self to explore nature in a different way. Join a naturalist as we set off on a sensory nature walk that will use all five of our senses; touch, smell, sight, sound and taste.

KC Magic Man: For ages 3 and older, 3 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Take a magical journey into the world of illusions with KC Magic Man Brad Lynn.

Deer Hunting Fever: For adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Join hunter and outdoor writer Brent Frazee for a discussion of all aspects of the hunt including traditions, deer camp, trophy bucks, and current hunting trends.

Operation Wildlife Presents – Going Batty: For ages 6 and older, 10 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Discover the secret lives of bats, the science behind echolocation, their environmental benefits, the many varieties of bats in our region, and then look at a bat skeleton.

Biggety Bat: Chow Down: For ages 5 and older, 10 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. Join author Ann Ingalls as she reads the second book in the Biggety Bat series and leads games of mangrove animal matchup and mosquito chase.

Butterfly and Beetle Watercolor Pencil Class: For ages 5 and older, 11 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Use watercolor pencils, wiggly eyes, and 3-D raised paint to create butterflies and beetles with personalities all their own.

German Research Discussion Group: 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Join a group dedicated to presenting and preserving genealogy from the German region. All skill levels are welcome.

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. 22

Dogtober Fest: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Kemper Outdoor Education Center, 8201 S. Jasper Bell, Blue Springs. Admission is free, but a donation of dog food to benefit area animals shelters would be appreciated. To register for events and workshops, visit www.makeyourdayhere.com/171/Oct-22-Dogtober-Fest. Call 229-8980. Bring your best friend out for a day that celebrates all things canine. There will be dock diving, Frisbee catching, bobbing for biscuits, sack races, “working dogs,” Halloween costume contest, and much more. Information booths include Adopt-A-Pet, breed clubs, pet resorts, doggie day care, training clubs, service dog, groomers, veterinarians and more.

Hoots & Howls: Fun for all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kansas City Zoo. May the force be with you when Star Wars characters travel from a galaxy far far away to the Zoo. They will take pictures with guests from 10 a.m.-2 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.

“Goin' to Kansas City”: Presented by the Jacomo Chorale, 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Christian Church, 111 S.W. Woods Chapel, Road, Blue Springs. Free.

Beacon Heights Children’s Production – “16 Stones”: 10:30 a.m., Beacon Heights Community of Christ, 19402 E. Holke Road, Independence. Call Don McMillan at 257-7998.

African Violet Show and Sale: Presented by the African Violet Club of Greater Kansas City, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Loose Park Garden Center, 51st Street and Wornall Road, Kansas City (behind the pavilion). Admission is free.

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. 23

Martial Arts: For ages 4 to 6, 5:30-6 p.m. Mondays/Wednesdays, Oct. 23-Nov. 29, Excel Family Martial Arts, Blue Springs. Cost, $46.75. Call 228-0137 to register. Class focuses on physical fitness, self-defense and flexibility training.

Medicare Part D Enrollment Event: 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 800-390-3330 to reserve your spot. Sign up for a one-on-one appointment, and have a trained CLAIM counselor help you answer questions about your Part D or Advantage plan.

READ to a Dog: For ages 3 and older, 7 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Sit down and read to some very good listeners – Pet Partner Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ). Dogs will be available for 10-minute sessions to help children improve their reading skills and build self-confidence.

Beginning Ancestry Library Edition: 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 Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

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.

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. 24

Martial Arts: For ages 7 and older, 5:30-6 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays, Oct. 24-Nov. 30, Excel Family Martial Arts, Blue Springs. Cost, $46.75. Call 228-0137 to register. Class focuses on physical fitness, self-defense and flexibility training.

Jedi Engineering: For ages 5 to 7, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 24-Nov. 28, Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $110. Call 228-0137 to register. Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering and architecture through engineer-designed projects.

Missouri Hauntings and Ghost Stories: For adults, 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. 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.

Negro League Baseball – The Deep Roots of African Americans in America’s Great Game: 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. 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.

Medicare Part D Enrollment Event: 2 p.m.. North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 800-390-3330 to reserve your spot. Sign up for a one-on-one appointment, and have a trained CLAIM counselor help you answer questions about your Part D or Advantage plan.

Teen Anime: 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. Join fellow fanatics for fun!

Walkabout at MGC: For beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research.

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

Independence Branch of the American Association of University Women meeting: 4 p.m., Blue River Community College in the Campus Center, room 101. The program will be presented by Helen Hattridge and the subject will be “Women and Children in Poverty.” Guest are welcome.

Xi Xi Sigma party: 7-9 p.m., First United Methodist Church. Xi Xi Sigma will be entertained by Preceptor Theta Eta for a Mexican Holiday featuring food, trivia, fun and fellowship.

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. 25

The Mile Starts Here: 9 a.m., Independence Athletic Complex, 17800 E. Salisbury Road, 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.

Dance Classes: For ages 13 and older, line dancing from 6-7 p.m.; social dancing from 7:15-8:15 p.m., Wednesdays, Oct. 25-Nov. 29, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost for either class, $36. Call 228-0137 to register.

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.

Navigating Your Computer: For adults, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Learn how to find and organize the apps and files on your computer.

Kids at the Library: For ages 6 and older, 6 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Discover, create, and play.

Using Fold3: 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 Fold3 to access U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who have served. Basic computer literacy is needed follow along.

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

Xi Xi Sigma meeting: 6 p.m., Perkins Restaurant. Nancy Fisher will be hostess and present program.

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.

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