Communal Bounty

The harvest moon comes late this year, on October 4. But the harvest season starts whenever there are crops to be picked — and stored, pickled, canned or frozen for winter. The folks at the Kansas City Community Gardens in Swope Park mark the bounty of this summer’s crops with their Fall Family Festival and Harvest Celebration today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a $2 admission, see a variety of family-style demonstrations and games — with prizes — at the Beanstalk Children’s Garden (6917 Kensington, 816-931-3877). Expect gourd painting, a bean-bag toss, scavenger hunts, face painting, cotton spinning, weaving demonstrations, a butterfly release (scheduled for 2:45) and a pumpkin toss. Not only will peanuts be harvested, but also KCCG volunteers will turn the nuts into fresh peanut butter. For grown-ups more interested in cooking than pitching pumpkins: The local chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier offers a presentation titled “How to Grill Vegetables and Fruit Perfectly.” For more information, see

Sat., Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 2009