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.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18

The Mile Starts Here: 9 a.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. Meet in the parking lot behind Bass Pro by the playground. Call 325-7185, Independence Health Department. Come meet others who enjoy being active. In case of rain or inclement weather, the walk meets at the Independence Center.

Ham and Beans or Beef Vegetable Soup dinners: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, 415 S. Sterling Ave. The $6.50 donation includes coleslaw, corn bread or crackers, dessert and drink of your choice. Fresh Georgia pecans will also be on sale for you holiday baking. Carry-outs are welcome, and all proceeds benefit the church.

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.

Getting to Know Your Computer: 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. This hands-on program will introduce you to the basic features of a computer and how to use them.

Accessing eBooks with OverDrive: 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. Learn the steps to searching and checking out an eBook through OverDrive Digital Downloads and reading it on your computer or device.

All Hands on Math: For ages 8 and older, 2 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924. This hands-on workshop about number sequences uses stacking cups, an activity increasingly used in physical education classes. Students learn about the benefits of ambidexterity while exploring square and triangular numbers.

We Gotta Get Out of This Place – The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War: 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Explore how and why U.S. troops turned to music to connect with each other, cope with the complexities of the war they were fighting, and keep a link to the world back home. Authors Doug Bradley and Craig Werner share the personal reflections of soldiers of every background to capture this central if often overlooked component of the American war in Vietnam.

Using Findmypast: For beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn to search billions of records to find your ancestors from all over the world. This class focuses on search tips as well as the types of records that can be found in Findmypast.com. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

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.

Independence Civil War Study Group: 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Drive, Independence. Call Terry Elliott, 353-7617. Dennis Garstang will give a program on the “Kidder Massacre.”

OCT. 19

Young Rembrandts – Cartoon Drawing Class: Session 2, for ages 6 to 13, 6-7 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 19-Nov. 9, Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave. Cost, $50. To register, call 228-0137 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/parks. Children will learn to draw in ways that develop spatial reasoning, fine motor skills, ordering and sequencing abilities, visualizing and self-discipline. All supplies included.

Swing Dance Classes: For ages 13 and older, 7:15-8:45 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 19-Nov. 16, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $36. Call 228-0137 to register.

Soup & Fable: For adults, 6-8 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. The autumn leaves and the boundless stars will be our only canopy during this unforgettable dining experience as we savor the bounty of a wild autumn harvest, sip warm and wild native teas, and then sit back with a wild edible dessert to listen to tales around the campfire.

Frankenstein – Live!: For adults, 3:30 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Dr. Frankenstein recounts his story revealing the truth behind his creation and the irreversible horrors he unleashed in this unique adaptation by Hampstead Stage. You will ask, “Who is the real monster?”

National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), Santa Fe Trail Unit: 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence. Call 254-8105. Topic: Minutes: Pointers and Common Mistakes, presented by Jane Sharon, RP, from RONR pgs. 354-355; 468-480. Open to anyone curious about parliamentary procedure.

Medicare Part D Enrollment Event: 10 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. 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.

Researching Your Civil War Soldier: 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Discover the sources you need to find ancestors that served in the Civil War as well as general information about the political, social, and cultural forces that affected their lives.

Census Records Research: For beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn what census years are available, what information they contain, how to access them, and the various information included on each federal census.

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

Alpha Omega Master meeting: At the home of Terry Dye. Call 796-6998. Terry will be the hostess and the social committee will be the co-hostess. They will entertain sister chapter, Gamma Omicron Master. Our entertainment will be entitled “Mystery Blooms.”

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.

The Write Place Poetry Society: 3 p.m., Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence. Call 254-5278, Jan Kroll. You are invited to come and read or to just listen.

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865, Louisa Volker Macklind Tent 24: 10:30 a.m., Bass Pro Shop, 18001 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, in the Conservation Room on the lower level. Call 850-8684, Dee Wolfe, president. Any woman 18 or older and has an ancestor who served the Union forces during the Civil War may be eligible to join.

OCT. 20

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.

Third Friday Art Walk: 5:30-9 p.m., Winner Road and Sterling Avenue, Independence. Free. Call 252-3372 or visit www.englewoodstation.com. The galleries in the Englewood Station Arts District,, open their doors to art lovers. See artists in action, demonstrations, and enjoy live music and refreshments.

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.

Fall Festival: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., New Hope RLDS Church, 220 W. Moore, Independence. There will be baked goods, a country store and homemade crafts. Chili, soup and sandwiches will also be available for purchase.

Nativity of Mary Serendipity Market: Antiques, collectibles and vendors, noon-6 p.m., in the basement of Nativity School, 10017 E. 36th Terrace, Independence (U.S. 40 entrance.) There will be many vendors with quilts, tools, jewelry, furniture, etc., plus some business vendors, including Tupperware, LuLaRoe and more.

Shepherd's Center of Independence: For ages 55 and older, 8:30-9 a.m. registration/blood pressure checks/coffee and fellowship, Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. Registration is $1; lunch is at noon, $5. Call 350-4474. Workshops: 9 a.m. travel; 10 a.m. book review; 11 a.m. potpourri or Tai Chi with Master Konrad Smith. Dominoes available from 10 a.m.-noon.

Retirement – Making Your Money Last: 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. It’s not enough to have enough money to retire. You need enough to get you through retirement. Discover strategies to help ensure that your retirement portfolio lasts.

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

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

Encore Theatre meeting: 1:30 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Adults 50 and older are invited to join this fun-loving group who are interested in all aspects of theatre.

William Chrisman High School Class of 1951 get-together: 9 a.m., Big Biscuit, 16506 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Call 461-0449, Dan Hansen.

OCT. 21

Victorian Funeral Customs: Tours are from 5-8 p.m., Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Tickets are $15; $25 per couple, and may be purchased at the door, or in advance at www.vailemansion.org. Do you know why a visitation is held before a funeral service? Are you aware that the dead were carried out of the house feet first? Do you know why it's called a “wake?” Find out the answers to these and many other questions. No appointments needed, just drop by.

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.

Spooky Springs Halloween Bash: 5-8 p.m., Adams Pointe Golf Course, 1601 N.E. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Cost, $8; children 2 and under are free. To register, call 228-0137. Parents and children are invited to a spooky hayride with live performances along the way. Attendees will also enjoy a bonfire with s'mores, friendly yet spooky characters, fun games, activities, trick-or-treating and more. Costumes are encourage.

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.

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.

Animals Best Friends Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., National Guard Armory, 2323 S. Crysler Ave., Independence.

“Goin' to Kansas City”: Presented by the Jacomo Chorale, 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Community of Christ, 4341 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City. Free.

“Jack and the Beanstalk”: Performed by Kraig Kensinger, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. Admission is $6. Call 833-9777 for reservations.

Let's Move! Saturdays: 11 a.m.-noon, dance class, Dynamic Dance, 1901 S.W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. Free.

Fall Fun Festival: 1-4 p.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1400 W. Sheley Road, Independence. This is a free event for the community. Call 252-5893 or visit their Facebook page @trinityofindependence. Come in costume, and enjoy roasted hot dogs and s'mores, play games, Touch-A-Truck, Zoo Mobile and much more. Fun for all ages.

Nativity of Mary Serendipity Market: Antiques, collectibles and vendors, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the basement of Nativity School, 10017 E. 36th Terrace, Independence (U.S. 40 entrance.) There will be many vendors with quilts, tools, jewelry, furniture, etc., plus some business vendors, including Tupperware, LuLaRoe and more.

Fall Festival: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., New Hope RLDS Church, 220 W. Moore, Independence. There will be baked goods, a country store and homemade crafts. Chili, soup and sandwiches will also be available for purchase.

Paranormal Investigations: For ages 12 and older, 5:30, 8 and 10:30 p.m., Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit. Cost, $15. Advance reservations required, call 229-8980. Search for paranormal activity with trained ghost hunters. Observe the tools the professionals use to interact and detect spirits that inhabit this historical site.

Emergency Preparedness Class – Weather Safety: 10 a.m.-noon, Fire Station 1, 950 N. Spring St., Independence. Call 325-7167.Are you prepared for a disaster? Emergencies can strike at any time without warning.

Masquerade – Musicians on Parade: Presented by Lee's Summit Symphony, 7 p.m., Lee's Summit High School Performing Arts Center, 400 S.E. Blue Pkwy. Tickets are $15 for adults; $7 for students (4th-6th graders may attend free with one paid adult admission per student.) Purchase advance tickets at both Lee's Summit Hy-Vee locations, Price Chopper at Lakewood and Raintree Lake, or online at lssymphony.org. Concert features: Ride of the Valkyries, Funeral March of a Marionette, Firebird Suite, Masquerade Waltz, Phantom of the Opera and The Batman Theme.

Pumpkins on Parade: 4-9 p.m., Cave Springs, 8701 E. Gregory Blvd., Raytown. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Walk among the lighted, carved pumpkins along the Cave Springs hiking trail. Enjoy food, games and demonstrations by the Raytown Fire and Police Departments. Parking is limited, shuttles are available. Visit www.cavesprings.org for more details.

Hoots & Howls: Fun for all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kansas City Zoo. May the force be with you when Star Wars characters travel from a galaxy far far away to the Zoo. They will take pictures with guests from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cruise around on a pedal tractor, navigate a hay bale maze, sing along with an interactive DJ and take a ride on the Scare-o-cel. Enjoy a hayride around the Zoo and create a wild craft in the lobby. Zoo animals are joining in the fun by smashing pumpkins at scheduled times throughout the day.

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.

Sensory Nature Walk: For all ages, 1-2:30 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. No registration required. Call 228-3766. Challenge your-self to explore nature in a different way. Join a naturalist as we set off on a sensory nature walk that will use all five of our senses; touch, smell, sight, sound and taste.

KC Magic Man: For ages 3 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. Take a magical journey into the world of illusions with KC Magic Man Brad Lynn.

Deer Hunting Fever: For adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Join hunter and outdoor writer Brent Frazee for a discussion of all aspects of the hunt including traditions, deer camp, trophy bucks, and current hunting trends.

Operation Wildlife Presents – Going Batty: For ages 6 and older, 10 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. 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.

Biggety Bat: Chow Down: For ages 5 and older, 10 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. Join author Ann Ingalls as she reads the second book in the Biggety Bat series and leads games of mangrove animal matchup and mosquito chase.

Butterfly and Beetle Watercolor Pencil Class: For ages 5 and older, 11 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Use watercolor pencils, wiggly eyes, and 3-D raised paint to create butterflies and beetles with personalities all their own.

German Research Discussion Group: 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Join a group dedicated to presenting and preserving genealogy from the German region. All skill levels are welcome.

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. 22

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.

Hoots & Howls: Fun for all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kansas City Zoo. May the force be with you when Star Wars characters travel from a galaxy far far away to the Zoo. They will take pictures with guests from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cruise around on a pedal tractor, navigate a hay bale maze, sing along with an interactive DJ and take a ride on the Scare-o-cel. Enjoy a hayride around the Zoo and create a wild craft in the lobby. Zoo animals are joining in the fun by smashing pumpkins at scheduled times throughout the day.

“Goin' to Kansas City”: Presented by the Jacomo Chorale, 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Christian Church, 111 S.W. Woods Chapel, Road, Blue Springs. Free.

African Violet Show and Sale: Presented by the African Violet Club of Greater Kansas City, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Loose Park Garden Center, 51st Street and Wornall Road, Kansas City (behind the pavilion). Admission is free.

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.

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