Say what?
Fort Osage will be swarming with re-enactors this weekend for the Grand Fete of the Chez les Canses. What, you may ask, does that mean? Well, according to “fete” is French for a festival or gathering. “Chez les Canses” is French for “home of the Kansa,” which refers to the Kansa Indians living at the mouth of the Kaw River before settlers arrived. The festival is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and  Sunday at the Fort Osage National Historic Landmark Education Center in Sibley. It re-creates life in pre-Louisiana Purchase Missouri from 1720-1785. Cost, $7; $4 for ages 5 to 13; $3 for 62 and older; 4 and under are free.

Dog paddle
After a summer of watching from outside the fence, your four-legged friend can finally take a plunge into the pool during the 5th Annual Doggie Day at the Pool. The event is from 2 to 5 p.m Saturday at 2100 S. Broadway in Oak Grove. Dogs get to swim and run around all they want. Representatives from Pete and Mac’s Pet Resort will be there with gift certificates, a raffle drawing, and trainers who can answer dog owners’ questions. There will also be a wiener dunk event that is a fundraiser for an animal rescue organization. The event costs $5 for the first dog, $2 for any dog after. Humans are free. Owners must be present at all times and be ready to take responsibility for their dog if asked to. Call 816-690-4003.

BBQ, ‘cue, ‘que, whatever
The Blue Springs Barbeque Blaze-Off will be smokin’ at Hidden Valley Park Sports Complex this weekend. What’s in it for you? How about Buck-A-Bone? You can taste contestants’ barbecue for $1 per sample, with part of the money aiding Blue Springs Community Services League. There’s also entertainment, and a public salsa contest, as if just smelling all that good barbecue wasn’t enough. Hours are 5 p.m. today through closing  Saturday afternoon. The park is at 6500 N.W. Valley View Road. You can catch a free shuttle tonight from John Nowlin Elementary School.

Dazed in the valley
Grain Valley Fair Daze opens at 4 p.m. today. The parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday, starting at Grain Valley High School. It runs through midnight tonight and Saturday. Food, craft and information booths close at 9 p.m. With a carnival, concerts, a kids’ street, games and demonstrations all weekend, there’s not really a bad time to go. The fair is at the Grain Valley Community Center and Pavilion behind city hall.

Hot, hot, hot!
OK, not all chiles are hot, but that’s what most people look for. On Saturday, you can visit Powell Gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Chile Pepper Fest. There will be chef demonstrations, free samples of pepper-based mustards, jellies, relishes and more, and sample entries from local restaurants. There will be special activities for kids, and Fresh: A Garden Café will offer a festival-themed lunch. Regular admission applies. An expanded variety of salsas and peppers is available with Taste Tester Tickets, purchase online or onsite for $5 per person. Powell Gardens is in Kingsville, east of Lone Jack on U.S. 50.

– Staff reports