1. Missouri Town 1855 – Jackson County Parks + Rec hosts the 44th annual Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music this weekend, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Interpreters, crafters and artisans will bring this antebellum living history site to life with period music, dance, games, crafts, a hay wagon ride and several food selections. Witness preparation of homemade apple butter and cider, or even get an early start on some holiday shopping with crafts. The park is at 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit. Admission is $10 per car/van and $20 per school/commercial bus.
2. Household hazardous waste collection – Looking to get the garage cleaned out a little bit this fall? Get rid of those old, leftover or unused liquids at Saturday's collection event 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Jackson County Public Works Facility, 34900 E. Old U.S. 40, just outside of Grain Valley. The service is to residents of Mid-America Regional Council solid waste management districts – Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Independence, Lake Tapawingo, Lee's Summit, Sugar Creek and unincorporated Jackson County among them. Proof of residency and ID are required. For more information call 816-474-8326 or visit recyclespot.org.
3. Kansas City Mavericks – The minor league hockey team opens the regular season next week, but its lone preseason game is at 7p.m. Friday against the Allen Americans at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence. All tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the box office or online at www.silversteineyecentersarena.com
4. Burr Oak Woods – “Invasive Species: Superheroes and the Curse of the Alien Invaders,” a special on-trail event 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Road, Blue Springs. Hear the story of the war between the superheroes and the alien invaders along the trail. Activities, crafts, prizes and refreshments included, and experts will also be available to discuss some of these troublesome exotic species. Trail performances begin approximately every 15 minutes from 4-7 p.m. and last 45 minutes, and the last performance will be at 8 p.m. in the auditorium. The free event is open to all ages. Registration is not necessary, but you may pick up tickets for your selected time at the nature center prior to or on the day of the performance. If you get there earlier, check out the critter feeding at 3 p.m.
5. Game Day at the Library – 6:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, Mid-Continent Public Library, North Independence Branch, 317 W. U.S. 24. Have a favorite game you want to share, or just tired of playing the same thing over and over? Head to MCPL’s Game Day at the Library (for adults) to meet and mingle with fellow gaming enthusiasts, share your favorite pastimes and maybe try something new. Registration required, so go to mymcpl.org and click on “Events.”