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. 22

• “Enchanted Forest,” 7 to 9 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Storybook characters will come to life along candle-lit trails. This non-scary alternative to Halloween, brought to you by the Powerhouse Theatre Foundation and Independence Parks & Recreation, is designed for ages 3 to 9, but children of all ages are welcome. Concessions available. Admission, $3 for ages 2 and older. Cash and cards accepted. For questions, call 325-7115 or 325-7370.

• Prescription Drug Drop-Off, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Independence City Hall, 111 E. Maple Ave. (across the street from Police Headquarters.) You do not have to remove the labels from pill bottles or medicine containers. For safety reasons, inhalers or needles will not be accepted. However, pre-loaded syringes (with needles removed) and Epi Pens will be accepted. Veterinary drugs will also be accepted. For questions, call Officer Phil Hininger at 325-7279.

• Prescription Drug Drop-Off, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Blue Springs Police Department, 1100 S.W. Smith St., and both Consentino’s Price Choppers, 1100 S. M-7 and 1305 N. M-7, Blue Springs. Residents will have the opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous unused, expired and unwanted prescription drugs. Due to the drop-off nature of this program, no needles will be accepted. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. For questions, call Sgt. Mike Russell at 655-0455.

• Spooky Springs Halloween Bash, 5 to 8 p.m., Adams Pointe Golf Course, 1601 N.E. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Parents and children are encouraged to enjoy this event by wearing their favorite costume and coming out for a hay ride with live performances along the way. There will also be a bonfire with s'mores, a visit with spooky characters and trick-or-treating. Cost, $8; children 2 and under are free. Visit www.bluespringsgov.com/parks for more details.

• The Jacomo Chorale presents “Cornerstones of Freedom,” 7 p.m., Community of Christ, 1101 N.E. Independence Ave., Lee’s Summit. The concert will feature Randall Thompson’s “Testament of Freedom” as well as pieces by Dana Mengel, John Ritter and Stephen Foster, among others. The concert, based on FDR’s speech “The Four Freedoms”, is the first of the season for the Chorale. Admission is free and donations will be accepted at the door.

• “Pirate Palooza,” presented by puppeteer Kraig Kensinger, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. Tickets are $6. For reservations, call 833-9777.

• Let's Move! Saturdays activities in Blue Springs, interactive storytime, 10 to 11 a.m., Inklings Books & Coffee Shoppe; Baby Bop Hip Hop for ages 3 to 6, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox; and 2 to 3 p.m. IBEX Climbing Gym, 801 N.W. South Outer Road (call 228-9988 to register.) All activities are free.

• Author Dorene Johnson Book Signing, 3 to 5 p.m., Gloria Jean's Coffees, 2128 Independence Center Drive, Independence. Johnson, a resident of Kansas City, will be available to sign copies of her book, “A Missing Piece of the Pie: Finding Myself after Adoption.”

• Fun Fall Fest, 1 to 4 p.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1400 Sheley Road, Independence. Activities include: Zoomobile, games/prizes, hayrides, hot dogs and s'mores.

• Fall Festival, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., New Hope RLDS Church, 220 W. Moore, Independence. In addition to baked goods, a Country Store and homemade crafts, chili, soup and sandwiches will be served.

• Chili Fundraiser, presented by the Susquehanna Baptist Church Preschool, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the church, 17800 Susquehanna Ridge, Independence. In addition to the chili dinner, there will be live Country & Gospel music, and the preschoolers will sing at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is $6 for adults; $3 for ages 4 to 10. For more information, call 257-2080.

• Arts & Crafts Auction, beginning at 11:15 a.m., Glenview Missionary Baptist Church, 3101 Shrank Road, Independence. Enjoy a free lunch, followed by a silent auction then a regular auction. There will also be canned vegetables, jams and jellies along with many baked goods. All proceeds go to churches Philippines Mission.

• Free Wagon Rides – Catch a wagon to bring you to the National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., from The Square on the hour between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Return to The Square from 1 to 4 p.m. leaving on the half hour.

• Fall Muster, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage St., Sibley. Re-actors will relive events surrounding the prelude to the War of 1812, as Fort Osage hears for the first time war had been declared with Britain. Muskets and cannons are made ready, civilians are conscript, and both residents and soldiers stationed at this frontier outpost are on alert. Admission, $8; $4 for ages 5-13 and 62 and older; under age 5 are free. 229-8980.

• Retrace Pioneer Steps: See history come to life – Encounters with People of the Past, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Farmers Market just south of The Square; “Chin Music,” 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., 1827 Log Courthouse and National Frontier Trails Museum; wave goodbye to a wagon train bound for California at noon from The Square; Town Topics, 2 p.m., 1827 Log Courthouse; Ole Santa Fe, 4 p.m., welcome a caravan from the Santa Fe Trail; Melodies of the Pioneers around The Square, 3 to 6 p.m.

• Independence Farmers & Craft Market, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October, located just south of the Independence Square at the northwest corner Walnut and Liberty streets.

• Blue Springs Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to noon through October, located at 11th and Main streets, Blue Springs. The market specializes in homegrown fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats and many other items that are grown or made by hand. For questions, email Reta Schaefer at retaschaefer@yahoo.com.

• Drumm Farm Market, 8 a.m. to noon through October, 3210 Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Like them at www.Facebook.com/Drummforkids. For questions, call 373-3434.

• Lee's Summit Farmers Market, 7 a.m. until sold out, through Nov. 19, Second and Douglas streets. For questions, call 246-6598.

• BBQ and Boutiques, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Summit Hickory Pit BBQ, 1012 S.E. Blue Pkwy., Lee’s Summit. Vendors will have items for sale, including vintage jewelry and antiques, handmade apparel and jewelry, unique handcrafted items, architectural finds, repurposed finds, and holiday favorites. There will also be live music. Tickets are $5 at the door, but there is a special early bird offer for an exclusive first look from 10 to 11 a.m. for $10; ages 12 and under are admitted for free. A portion of admission fees will benefit the Lee’s Summit Historical Society.

• Halloween Hoopla, for all ages, 3 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. The old house down the block is full of surprises when Denny stops by for some Halloween caroling. Books full of magic and stories lead the way through the adventure of fun and the unknown. Join Happy Faces Entertainment as we enjoy the Halloween season with all the excitement in a non-scary way. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

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

• Lee's Summit Quilters' Guild Annual Quilt Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, 4725 N.E. Lakewood Way, Lee's Summit. More than 100 quilts will be displayed, door prizes, vendors, antique bed turning, boutique, silent auction, scissor sharpening. Event is handicap accessible. Admission, $3. Visit http://lsqg.blogspot.com.

• Beaded Spider, for teens, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Make something cute, creepy, and crawly just in time for Halloween. Turn beads and safety pins into a decorative spider during this 90-minute program. There is a one-time, hands-on materials fee of $2.50. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Bone Rattlers and Spine Tinglers, for all ages, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Rap, rap, rap. Cree-eeak. Boo! Storyteller Jo Ho serves up ghoulish tales with delightfully spooky characters and uninvited ghosts for all ages. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Little Acorns: Slithering Snakes, for ages 3 to 5 with an adult, 10 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Big snakes, little snakes, fast and slow snakes. How are they different? What do they have in common? Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Business Basics: Search Engine Optimization, for adults, 10 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Learn the basics of website SEO in this interactive seminar, including how search engines index and rank websites and what you can do to improve your site. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• Alpha Omega Master attends Beta Sigma Phi Independence, Missouri City Council Preferential Tea at West Side Cafe, Independence. 229-5915. 

OCT. 23

• Community Services League Benefit Concert, 3 p.m., St. Mark's Catholic Church, 3736 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. The Kansas City Metro Men's Chorus will present this special concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of CSL. There is no admission fee, but a free-will offering will be taken.

• The Jacomo Chorale presents “Cornerstones of Freedom,” 4 p.m., Nativity of Mary Catholic Parish, 10017 E. 36th St. Terrace, Independence. The concert will feature Randall Thompson’s “Testament of Freedom” as well as pieces by Dana Mengel, John Ritter and Stephen Foster, among others. The concert, based on FDR’s speech “The Four Freedoms”, is the first of the season for the Chorale. Admission is free and donations will be accepted at the door.

• Free Classic Movie: “Travels with My Aunt” (1972), 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

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

• Xi Xi Sigma attend City Council sponsored Preferential Tea, 2 to 4 p.m., West Side Cafe. 

OCT. 24

• Martial Arts, for ages 4 to 6, 5:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays/Wednesdays, Oct. 24 through Nov. 30, Excel Family Martial Arts, 629 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs. The class will focus on physical fitness, self-defense and flexibility training. Cost, $46.75. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Coffee and Conversation, 5:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Join a member of the Library’s leadership team for coffee and conversation about the future of the library and its role in your community. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Teens at the Library, 7 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Advanced Word, for adults, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Take Microsoft Word to the next level. Learn the software’s advanced options, such as using mail merge to create labels and print envelopes. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

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

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

• Monday Night Dance, 7 p.m., Jackson County Shrine Club, 120 1/2 S. Pleasant St., Independence. The “Dirt Canyon Band” will provide the music. Cover charge, $5.

• 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. 373-0221.

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

OCT. 25

• The Mile Starts Here 2.0: Dog Walk, 9 a.m., Santa Fe Park Trail, 2900 S. Santa Fe Road, Independence. Meet in the parking lot near the entrance from Santa Fe Road. Dogs must be on a leash. For questions, call the Independence Health Department at 325-7185.

• Ghost Hunting 201 Class and Haunted House Investigation planned for Oct. 31, 7 to 11 p.m., at Ginger Rogers home in Independence. Margie Kay, paranormal researcher and author of Gateway to the Dead: A Ghost Hunter's Field Guide and Haunted Independence, will be conducting the class. Participants will learn the history of the house, ghost hunting techniques, and how to use special equipment, then investigate the site inside and out. Tickets are $45; $70 per couple and include a copy of her book. Registration deadline, Oct. 25. All proceeds go towards renovation of Rogers' home. To register, visit www.margiekay.com.

• Boneyard Jamboree, for all ages, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. It’s a fantastic non-scary Halloween spooktacular, featuring Pumpkin Man, the invisible couple, spooky scary skeletons, martians, and a few ghosts in a cabaret show full of trick marionettes that are a sure treat. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Teen Anime, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Join fellow fanatics for fun! Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• The Retirement Gamble: Screening and Discussion, for adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Ever wonder how secure your retirement savings are, or if fund managers are working in your best interests when it comes to your IRA or 401K? The PBS Frontline documentary “The Retirement Gamble” examines how fees fuel Wall Street profits to the possible detriment of your retirement savings. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• A Mindful Approach to Overcoming Anxiety and Depression, for adults, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Evidence-based mindfulness techniques have proven effective at reducing anxiety and depression as well as relieving daily stress. Learn the science behind mindfulness as well as useful techniques to release stress and anxiety in the moment. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Defeat Hunger: Free Community Meal, 5:30 p.m., Glenwood Park United Methodist Church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. Everyone welcome.

• Walkabout at MGC, for beginners, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Haunted Kansas City, for adults, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Take a visual tour of Kansas City’s most haunted spaces. Alexis Webb Bechtold and Traci Angel reveal where the city’s ghostly residents reportedly hang out. Be prepared to be scared. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• Teen Writing Group, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Unleash your imagination. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 to 11:45 a.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 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. 373-0221.

• Party Bridge, 12:30 to 4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Use Pleasant Street entrance. For details, call 252-6251.

• Independence Branch of the American Association of University Women meeting, 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Program: Rachel Gonzalez, a junior at William Chrisman High School, who was the youngest delegate to the Democratic National Convention, will speak on her experiences at the convention. Guests are welcome. 

OCT. 26

• The Mile Starts Here, a walking group for the community, 9 a.m., Independence Athletic Complex, 17800 E. Salisbury Road. For questions, call the Independence Health Department at 325-7185.

• Independence Farmers & Craft Market, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October, located just south of the Independence Square at the northwest corner Walnut and Liberty streets.

• Drumm Farm Market, 4 to 7 p.m., Drumm Farm, 3210 Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Like them at www.Facebook.com/Drummforkids. For questions, call 373-3434.

• Lee's Summit Farmers Market, 7 a.m. until sold out, Second and Douglas streets. For questions, call 246-6598.

• Internet for Beginners, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Oct. 26. Learn the basics of Internet use, including basic terminology and how to get connected and find what you’re looking for online. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Using HeritageQuest, for beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence.Learn how to search thousands resources, from history books to Revolutionary War records. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 a.m. to noon, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 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. 353-5446.

• Xi Xi Sigma chapter meeting, 6:30 p.m., Perkins, hosted by Sherry Schowengerdt. Sherry will do her program on Sacajawea. 

ONGOING EVENTS

• National Frontier Trails Museum, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 12:30 to 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. 325-7575. 

• Vaile Mansion tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, located at 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. Call 325-7430. 

• Bingham-Waggoner Estate tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, located at 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. Call 461-3491. 

• 1827 Log Courthouse, 10 a.m. to 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. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, 217 N. Main St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. Call 461-1897. 

• Chicago & Alton Depot, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Thursday-Saturday; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, through October, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Donations welcome. Call 325-7955. 

• Leila’s Hair Museum, 9 a.m. to 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. 833-2955. 

• Regional Animal Shelter, noon-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday/Sunday, 21001 E. Hwy. 78, Independence. 621-7722. 

• Public Skate, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. 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. Cost, $5; $3 for 12 and under and 55 and older, non-residents add $1 to each price. Skate rental, $2. For times, call the Skating Hotline: 795-7577. 

• Blue Springs Recycling, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2725 N.W. Park Road. For questions, call 228-0228 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/recycling. 

• Independence Recycling, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at 13600 E. 35th St.; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays at 875 Vista Ave. Sites accept newspaper, cardboard, magazines, office paper, junk mail, steel and aluminum cans, flashlight-type batteries, and No. 1 and 2 plastic bottles. A fee will be charged for non-flat-screen TVs, $20 for 27 inch and smaller and $40 for larger. 325-7623. 

– Jillayne Ritchie