City of Independence, Missouri

Palmer Center Activities and Events for October 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Palmer Center at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence is operated by the City of Independence and is dedicated to the mission of improving the overall health of adults 60+. For more information call (816) 325-6200 or visit the website Classes and programs offered in October include:


AUTUMN ON THE PRAIRIE – October 11 at 7:00 a.m.

After heading west, your first stop will be the Plumlee Buffalo Ranch near Alma, KS. This family-owned ranch has a large herd of bison and you will learn about these magnificent animals and get to view them in person! You will take a covered tram out into the fields, so bring your camera! This is prime viewing time, so you’ll get to have a peek at the proud mums and their calves. After your tour, head into the quaint town of Dover for lunch at one of Kansas’ hidden dining gems: Somerset Hall Café. You’ll enjoy a soup and sandwich lunch with beverage and slice of homemade pie (included). Their coconut cream pie put the place on the map, and has been featured on a variety of food shows and even Good Morning America! Price $69



Daisy, a wealthy, acerbic widow, has wrecked another car. Her son decides she needs a chauffeur and hires an unemployed black man named Hoke. Daisy and Hoke dislike each other initially but over the course of 25 years, the two grow to become very dear friends. This funny, joyful play won the Pulitzer Prize and the film adaptation won four Oscars, including Best Picture. Lunch Included. Deadline to pre-register: 10//9/17 ~ Price: $55


WW1 MUSEUM & FEDERAL RESERVENovember 8 at 9:00 a.m.

Step back in time at the National WW1 Museum at the Liberty Memorial. Enjoy a self-guided tour where you can move at your own speed, reading and using the interactive exhibits to learn about the Great War. Current exhibits show the tensions throughout the world that led to the war and responses by French children when the Allies came to aid their country. After your tour, enjoy lunch on site at the Over There Café. At our next stop, the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank’s Money Museum, learn about the economy through our hands-on exhibits for all ages. See if you can tell if a bill is a counterfeit. What does $40 million looked like stacked up? You can see it at the Money Museum. Also, peek at Harry Truman’s coin collection, in a special visiting exhibit. Deadline to pre-register is October 16. Price is $69



If you have registered for a tour and you have to cancel for any reason, it is in your best interest to find your own replacement. Please inform us of the change. If you can’t find your own replacement, the following will apply if you cancel the tour:

  • Before the original registration deadline — full refund minus a $5 processing fee.
  • After the deadline — no refund unless we receive another registration for the tour. If a replacement is found, you will receive a full refund minus a $5 processing fee.
  • We will do our best to replace your spot, by referring to the wait list. Refunds are sent within four weeks after the scheduled tour date.

REMINDER: If you are signing up a friend for a trip who has not previously registered, you MUST have their name, address, birth date and phone number.


This Month’s Newly Scheduled Activities

Please note events will be held at the Palmer Center located at 218A N. Pleasant Street in Independence, Mo., unless otherwise indicated.


ZOO MOBILE October 2 at 10 and 10:45 a.m.

KC Zoo presents zoo mobile. General intro to the animals found in the zoo and the uniqueness they bring into the world.


Pets and Stories – October 23 at 10:45 a.m.

Volunteers from The KC Pet Project will be here to read pet stories and to introduce us to some of their special pet guests.


Annual Campfire – October 13 at 2:00 p.m.

George Owens Nature Park Come join the fun roasting marshmallows, singing, and telling jokes under the covered patio.


Halloween Program – October 31 at 10:30 a.m.

We will be hosting the Star Shine Preschool’s trick or treat morning in The Palmer Center dining room. Bring your bags of wrapped candy and let these little ghosts, goblins and super heroes come to your table for a treat.


Emergency Preparedness – October 12 at 10:45 a.m.

The Independence Health Department will be here giving tips to help you get ready for the fall and winter season.


The Palmer Center’s book club “Cover to Cover” – October 19 at 2:00 p.m. at Truman Memorial Building

For adults 60+.  Meet at the Truman Memorial Building. October’s book is “The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe. Copies are being made available at the North Independence Mid-Continent Public Library. Please call (816)325-6200 for more information. The Truman Memorial Building is located at 416 W. Maple in Independence, MO.