THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – Northeast News Open House, 5 to 7 p.m. at 2659 Independence Blvd. Come visit our new office space and see where your weekly community paper takes shape. Sample a variety of homemade chili recipes prepared by our staff and vote for your favorite during our Chili Cook-off.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 – Northeast Community Cleanup, 8:00 – Noon. Concourse, Budd, Lykins, Sheffield Park.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 – Independence Plaza Block Party from 3-7 p.m. on E 7th Street between Gladstone and Chestnut. Meet your neighbors, enjoy music, try food, play games and find ways to get engaged. Contact

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 – Celebrate Elmwood Cemetery’s 150th Anniversary with a community-focused celebration featuring food trucks, live music and thematic tours. This event is free to the public, but has sponsorship opportunities to help maintain the historic cemetery. For more info on sponsorship, contact event chairman Steve Paddock at

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 -Join St. Ann’s Church for the Annual Fall Festival on from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled afternoon of games, crafts, food, entertainment and lots of raffles, a special silent auction, dancing, and a vaccine clinic. 10109 E. Lexington Avenue, Independence. For more info, call 816-252-1160.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16 – Pendleton Heights Orchard Fest at Lexington and Ord from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be food, fun, and puppets! The Stone Lion Puppet Theater will perform its show Down the Drain at noon. We’ll have a pumpkin patch, amazing raffle prizes, crafts, and a costume swap just in time for Halloween.