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.

THURSDAY, OCT. 26

Trunk or Treat: Presented by Comprehensive Mental Health Services, 5-7 p.m., Kyles Building parking lot, 17844 E. 23rd St., Independence (corner of 23rd and Swope). Stop by for candy, games and fun.

Operation Wildlife Presents – Going Batty: For ages 6 and older, 6 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. 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.

Elmwood Cemetery – Stories of Kansas City: 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Join photographer and author Bruce Mathews as he shares the stories of the people buried in Elmwood. The cemetery was founded in 1872 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hidden Treasures at MGC: 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Unlock MGC’s many treasures with a tour of the Library’s little-known resources. This is an intermediate-level class.

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

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. 27

Literary Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., MCC Longview Cultural Arts Center, 500 S.W. Longview Road, Lee’s Summit. Admission is free. Visit mcckc.edu/events/lv-literary. James Young, a writer of “alternate history” novels such as “Acts of War,” which imagines what would have happened if Hitler had not been defeated in World War II, will be the keynote speaker. He will speak at noon, and at 2 p.m., he will take part in a panel discussion on “History’s Tipping Points” with MCC history instructor Diane Boldt and Kansas City author Sean Demory. The festival includes readings, other panel discussions, writing workshops, open mic sessions and book sales and autographs.

Dogtober Fest planned for Oct. 29: 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.

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.

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.

Trail or Treat: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Butterfly Trail Park, located near Valleywoods and Long drives, Grain Valley. This is a free event. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food and toiletry items as the Grain Valley Assistance Council will be collecting items at entrances to Trail or Treat. Local businesses and organizations will distribute treats along the trail. Costumes are welcome and flashlights are encouraged!

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.

Craft Fair: Sponsored by Knights of Columbus 7055, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Church of the Santa Fe, 231 S. Sibley St., Buckner. There will be custom woodworking, handmade chimes, housewares and much more.

Tricks and Treats – Magic with Eric Vaughn: For all ages, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. 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.

Teen Lock-In: 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. When the branch shuts down, it’s time to party it up! Permission slip required.

Teen Lock-In: 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. When the branch shuts down, it’s time to party it up! Permission slip required.

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

Shrimp dinners: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1000, 1002 E. U.S. 24, Independence. Cost, $12 for a 1/2 pound; $15 for a full pound. Call 836-3015.

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

Teen Club meeting: 5:30 to 9 p.m., Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Call 229-2034 or dianesingsforjoy@comcast.net, Diane Chrisman Schiefelbein. Teens and adults with disabilities are invited to enjoy a free dinner, special guest and lots of fun.

OCT. 28

67thAnnual Halloween Parade: Sponsored by the Independence Chamber of Commerce, 10-11:30 a.m., around the Independence Square. The parade consists of local businesses, organizations and community leaders. The parade begins at Walnut and Kansas, travels east Walnut, north on Main, west on Lexington, and north on Spring, ending up at McCoy Park on Bess Truman Pkwy.

Trick-or-Treat Main Street: 10 a.m.-noon, downtown Blue Springs. Call 228-0137. Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume and meet the downtown merchants as they open their businesses and store fronts for children to trick-or-treat in a fun and safe environment. Activities include: Games, kid's crafts, face painting, bounce house and more. No registration required.

Boo Springs Creepy Crawl 5K: 8 a.m. Cost, $25. To register, call 228-0137. Show your spooky side and dress in your favorite costume, then wind through the streets of Blue Springs. Prizes awarded for the top finishers, as well as best costumes.

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.

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.

Chili Supper/Bingo/Raffle – Animals Best Friends Fundraiser: 6-7 p.m. chili dinner; 7-9 p.m. bingo, St. Mary's Catholic Church, 611 N. Liberty St., Independence. Guests will receive chili, crackers, drink and dessert, and one bingo card for $10. Additional bingo cards are available. Raffles will be held throughout the evening.

Craft Fair: Sponsored by Knights of Columbus 7055, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Church of the Santa Fe, 231 S. Sibley St., Buckner. There will be custom woodworking, handmade chimes, housewares and much more.

Pancake Breakfast: Sponsored by the Independence Eastview Lions Club, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Westminster Hall, Lexington Avenue and Pleasant Street, Independence. Cost, $7 for adults; $3 for kids 10 and under. One child eats free with one adult.

Trunk or Treat: 5-7 p.m., Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church, 1800 Northern Blvd., Independence. Call 252-7977.

Trunk or Treat: 2-4 p.m., Christ the Rock Church, 13901 E. Noland Court, Independence. There will be a bounce house, cotton candy, popcorn, face painting and candy.

Decorative Mail Basket: For beginners ages 13 and older, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $25. Call 228-0137 to register. Learn the basics of basket weaving while creating a showy basket with a decorative wire handle.

Community Breakfast: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. Call 252-6100 or visit www.fccindepmo.org. The cost is $3.50 for either a half order of biscuits and gravy or all-you-can-eat pancakes with sausage, and $5 for a full order of biscuits and gravy. All meals include coffee and juice.

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.

Boo at the Zoo: Kiddos get dressed up and trick-or-treat the Zoo while enjoying Halloween-themed activities and entertainment from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Skip, hop, crawl or waddle to trick or treat stations with the zooiest gooiest treats in town. Put on your favorite costume and join the Zoo animals for a trumpeting great day of not-so-spooky fun!

Let's Move! Saturdays: 11 a.m.-noon, Ninja Warrior for ages 8 and older, Freedom Fitness, 1241 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. Free.

Muu Muu Mamas Fundraiser: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Ararat Shrine Center, 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City. Cost, $3 entrance fee; $7 for lunch/beverage. Join the Muu Muu Mamas of the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America for this “Fall into Fun” event. There will be performances by the 3V Studio Dancers and LOSNA Tararra Court Units. There will also be concessions, vendors, crafts and prizes. Proceeds benefit the Shriner's Hospitals and LOSNA Special Project.

Spooky Town: 2-4 p.m., Colonial Hills Community of Christ, 3539 S.W. M-7, Blue Springs. K-5th grade kids are invited to wear a costume and enjoy awesome activities and treats. Plan to arrive between 2 and 4 p.m. for an hour of fun. This event benefits the Necessities Pantry at the church that cares for families in need. You are asked to donate a bar of soap, deodorant or tube of toothpaste.

Fall Muster: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage St., Sibley. Cost, $8 for adults; $4 for youth and seniors. Call 229-8980. Experience the trepidation felt by the soldiers and civilians living at Fort Osage in 1812 as news of imminent war with Great Britain reaches their remote frontier outpost. Cannon and musket practice, and infantry drills will keep the soldier “at the ready” for action. This event is nationally recognized as one of the most authentic interpretations of the period.

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

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.

Boo-tifully Sculpted Scene: For ages 7 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. Work with tissue paper and Model Magic to create a fall scene with a mini tree, hand-sculpted ghost, and pumpkins mounted on a base for holiday decorating.

Early Childhood Literacy Fair: For ages 1 through 6, 10 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Parents and caregivers, along with their children ages birth through six, are invited to an Early Literacy Fair to promote pre-reading skills. Join us as we explore many of the Library’s early literacy resources and participate in a wide variety of activities including games, music, movements, and more.

Self-Defense for Teens: 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Learn to defend yourself against attack. Tamara Shumate teaches self-defense tactics, including hit-and-run escapes and pressure points.

Not-So-Scary Halloween Show: For all ages, 11 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. It’s fun. It’s funny. It’s Halloween. Join Dinosaur O’Dell and the gang as we jam our way through some great tunes and a not-so-scary Halloween tale. Be sure to wear your costume.

The Battle of Island Mound: 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. The Battle of Island Mound marked the first time African American troops were engaged in combat in the Civil War. Explore this milestone in Missouri and Civil War history through an Emmy Award-winning documentary created by Motion Path Production in collaboration with Missouri State Parks.

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. 29

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.

Fall Muster: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage St., Sibley. Cost, $8 for adults; $4 for youth and seniors. Call 229-8980. Experience the trepidation felt by the soldiers and civilians living at Fort Osage in 1812 as news of imminent war with Great Britain reaches their remote frontier outpost. Cannon and musket practice, and infantry drills will keep the soldier “at the ready” for action. This event is nationally recognized as one of the most authentic interpretations of the period.

Trunk or Treat: 5-6 p.m., Liberty Street Community of Christ, 416 N. Liberty St., Independence (south parking lot.) In addition, enjoy a free chili dinner. Come in costume and bring a bag to collect your treats.

Boo at the Zoo: Kiddos get dressed up and trick-or-treat the Zoo while enjoying Halloween-themed activities and entertainment from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Skip, hop, crawl or waddle to trick or treat stations with the zooiest gooiest treats in town. Put on your favorite costume and join the Zoo animals for a trumpeting great day of not-so-spooky fun!

Create with LEGO Bricks – Halloween: For ages 6 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. Bricks 4 Kidz classes programs are built around our special model plans designed by engineers and architects, with exciting themes such as space, construction, and amusement parks.

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.

Xi Xi Sigma will attend Preferential Tea: 1:30-3:30 p.m., West Side Cafe. Tea is a function of Beta Sigma Phi City Council to honor new members and those who have progressed to a different level.

Alpha Omega Master: To attend Independence City Councils Preferential Tea, 1 p.m., West Side Cafe.

OCT. 30

Using Interlibrary Loan for Genealogy: 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Discover how Interlibrary Loan can take your research beyond the Library by allowing you to order microfilm and books from other libraries across the country. This class covers internet sources and archival research.

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.

OCT. 31

Missouri Hauntings and Ghost Stories: 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. 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 Safe Halloween Event: 6-8 p.m., Lee's Summit North High School, 901 N.E. Douglas St. Children living within the Lee's Summit R-7 School District are invited to trick-or-treat in the school's commons, which will be decorated for Halloween and will include approximately 30 to 40 booths.

Medicare Part D Enrollment Event: 3 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. 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.

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.

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