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. 28

67th Annual 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

Independence Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast planned for Nov. 9: 7:30 a.m. breakfast; 8 a.m. program, The Laurel Club, Community of Christ Auditorium, Lower Level, 1001 Walnut St., Independence. Cost, $10; $80 for a table of 8. Reservations due Nov. 2. Contact Kim Osborne at 325-7027 or kosborne@indepmo.org. Theme – Gratitude: A Celebration of Community, with Lead Pastor Craig Kackley, Church of the Four Corners, as speaker.

Rape Aggression Defense Systems (RAD) training begins Nov. 2: For ages 15 and older, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 2-16. Cost, $26. Call 228-0137 to register. Taught by Blue Springs Police. Learn how to make an educated decision about personal defense.

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.

NOV. 1

Antique Road Trip to Belton: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., departing from Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $24. Call 228-0181 to register. Lunch is on your own.

Infant Child Pediatric CPR planned for Nov. 8: For ages 13 and older, 6-8 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $35. Registration deadline: Nov. 1, call 228-0137 to register. Learn what you can do to act fast in an emergency situation. CPR certification will be received upon completion.

Introduction to Tai Chi: For adults, 10 a.m. Nov. 1, 8 and 15, Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Explore the ancient practice of Tai Chi, and experience the benefits these low-impact exercises have on balance and fitness during this three-part program.

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. Please pick up a Resume Creation worksheet at the Library prior to the program.

Internet for Beginners: 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 the basics of internet use including terminology, how to get connected, and how to find what you’re looking for online. This class will also cover printing and a few words on Internet safety.

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.

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.

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