by Nick Spacek
And once again, we bring you Friday Freebies, wherein we present things to do this weekend that won't cost you any more than the gas it takes to get to 'em.
If you've listened to KCUR for longer than an hour or two this past couple of weeks, then you've heard of the Shawnee Indian Mission's Fall Festival. This Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11, the Mission will hold a free, family-friendly celebration of American Indian traditions and culture from 10am-5pm. A full line-up of activities is available here, but I recommend storytelling and music around the campfire at 7pm on Saturday. I've gone to it in years past, and if you bundle up, it's a very nice way to spend the evening.
Saturday, from 10am-5pm, Independence Center will host "Stars of the Community." It's a volunteer fair showcasing local non-profit organizations and charities. There will groups such as The American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs, the Kansas City Rescue Mission and other set up in the mall, with information about their causes, and how you can sign up. There will also be a fashion show (from Indepence Center retailers -- I'd go just to see what Hot Topic has to offer) and other entertainment, including performances by local dance and cheer teams.
Sunday is the Lawrence Zombie Walk. It gets cracking at 8:30pm in Lawrence's South Park, and works its way downtown.
If you're unfamilar with the concept, here's the lowdown: basically, a lot of people dress up like zombies, and shamble their way through a predetermined route, occasionally taking in new "victims" as they move along. It's fun to watch, as some folks put a lot of effort into their costumes. Plus...y'know, zombies! They're not played out quite yet, despite Hollywood's best attempts.