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.
TODAY n “Museum Highlight,” 2 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Discover the hows and whys of westward expansion. Free with regular museum admission, $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 17. 325-7575. n Moonlight Movies on the Square, concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with movie beginning at 9 p.m., outdoor movie shown in the Pharaoh Theater parking lot, Maple Avenue and Liberty Street. Free. For movie, visit www.freemoonlightmovies.com. n American Heritage Girls Troop MO 1237 Garage Sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Coventry Estates Baptist Church gymnasium, 17133 E. 39th St., Independence. Funds will be used to support the activities of the troop. n Nature Story Time for ages 2 to 5, 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. To register, call 325-7115. n Zumba Dance Class, 6:45 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays Aug. 1-22, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $8 per class; $29.25 per session. Call 228-0137 to register. n Basic Computer Skills for adults, 1 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Learn the basics of Windows computing and basic Internet and email skills. Call 252-0950 to register. n Toss, Catch, Dig for ages 3 and older, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library. Juggling, mime, and wacky stories are just part of the fun when Jay and Leslie dig into their big bag of tricks. Call 353-2052 to register. n Drop-In Table Tennis, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.
FRIDAY n “Boogie Woogie Bugle Girls,” presented by Encore Theatre and Children’s Performing Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Admission, $7; $6 for senior citizens; $3 for children 12 and under. For reservations, call 325-7367. n Putt and Play for Polar Bears, a fundraiser for Polar Bears International, 5 to 8 p.m., Paradise Park, Lee’s Summit. There will be a silent auction and raffle, including items like a cast of Nikita's paw print. Polar Bears International is working to save the Arctic environment of the polar bears that is at risk. Tickets are available online, and if purchased in advance, you’ll receive half price. You can purchase them at www.paradiseparkfundraising.com and enter the coupon code KCZOO82. n American Heritage Girls Troop MO 1237 Garage Sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Coventry Estates Baptist Church gymnasium, 17133 E. 39th St., Independence. Funds will be used to support the activities of the troop. n 17th Annual Festival of Butterflies, Powell Gardens on U.S. 50, Kingsville. Festival connects visitors with nature through indoor and outdoor butterfly exhibits, educational activities and more. Festival admission applies. For details and specific times of events, visit www.powellgardens.org or call 697-2600. n Friday Night Specials, 6 to 9 p.m., Memorial Post 3976, 12810 Kentucky Road, Sugar Creek. All welcome. 461-2636.
SATURDAY n Independence Chalk Walk Art Festival, presented by Santa Fe Neighborhood Council 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Santa Fe Park, 2731 S. Santa Fe Road, Independence. For artist application and/or sponsorship application, contact Christine Armstrong at 510-7063 or sfncchalkwalk@gmail.com. n “Boogie Woogie Bugle Girls,” presented by Encore Theatre and Children’s Performing Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Admission, $7; $6 for senior citizens; $3 for children 12 and under. For reservations, call 325-7367. n Free Health Clinic, 9 a.m. to noon, Glenwood Park Methodist Church, 10000 E. 23rd St. Screenings include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and BMI. n Let’s Move! Blue Springs activities, 10 to 11 a.m. dancing at TaJazz School of Dance, and 2 to 4 p.m. bowling at Lunar Bowl (bring clean tennis shoes). All activities are free. n Veggin’ Out at the Water Park, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., Adventure Oasis Water Park, 2100 S. Hub Drive, Independence. Bring the family for an evening of splashing and healthy foods. Admission, $10; $5 for season pass holders. For details, call 325-7843. n Back to School Carnival Fundraiser, presented by the W3’s of Tarrara Court 83, noon to 4 p.m., Jackson County Shrine Club, 120 1/2 S. Pleasant St., Independence. Play games and win your school supplies, everyone is a winner. Cost, $8 per child, and includes a drawstring bag, and a hot dog, chips and drink. n Free Clothing Exchange, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Summit Grove Community of Christ, 411 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence. Clean, gently used clothing, coats, purses, backpacks and more for infants through adults will be available. Clothing donations appreciated, but not required. 461-4186. n Independence Farmers Market/Craft Market, 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., Truman Road and Main Street. Items offered: Produce, crafts, baked goods, jams/jellies and farm-fresh eggs. Accepts EBT benefit cards and offer a match, dollar for dollar up to $25 per week through the Beans & Greens Program. n Blue Springs Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to noon, Main and 11th streets. Visit bluespringsfarmersmarket.com. n Lee's Summit Farmers Market, 7 a.m. until sold out, Second and Douglas streets. Call 246-6598 or visit www.downtownls.org. n American Heritage Girls Troop MO 1237 Garage Sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Coventry Estates Baptist Church gymnasium, 17133 E. 39th St., Independence. Funds will be used to support the activities of the troop. n Dragons and Nymphs for families, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Capture young dragonfly nymphs hiding just under the water surface. Call 228-3766 to register. n Pistol Shooting Fundamentals for adults, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Lake City Shoot Range, 28505 E. Truman Road, Buckner. Learn to shoot strong hand and weak hand, work on loading and reloading and learn technique. Free, but registration is required, call 249-3194. n Superhero Weekend at the Kansas City Zoo. Meet Marvel’s Spider Man and Iron Man from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your cameras and get your picture with your favorite superhero. An exclusive meet and greet for Friends of the Zoo members will be available from 9 to 10 a.m. n Drawing Portraits for adults, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Learn how to draw portraits using charcoal. All skill levels welcome. Call 252-0950 To register. n View Animals Best Friends dogs available for adoption, noon to 4 p.m., Independence PetSmart, 39th Street and Missouri 291. n 17th Annual Festival of Butterflies, Powell Gardens on U.S. 50, Kingsville. Festival connects visitors with nature through indoor and outdoor butterfly exhibits, educational activities and more. Festival admission applies. For details and specific times of events, visit www.powellgardens.org or call 697-2600. n XI XI Sigma Help Stuff Backpacks, 10 a.m. to noon, Cargo Largo. Lunch afterwards at Saints. Claire, 795-1129.
SUNDAY n “Boogie Woogie Bugle Girls,” presented by Encore Theatre and Children’s Performing Theatre, 2 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Admission, $7; $6 for senior citizens; $3 for children 12 and under. For reservations, call 325-7367. n Music in the Park, 6 to 8 p.m., Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. “Jupiter Two,” presented by Lunar Bowl, will play Rock and Roll. Bring your blanket and lawn chairs. Free. 228-0137. n Hartman Heritage Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Little Blue Parkway and Jackson Drive, Independence. Accepts EBT benefit cards and offer a match, dollar for dollar up to $25 per week through the Beans & Greens Program. n Superhero Weekend at the Kansas City Zoo. Meet Marvel’s Captain America and Thor from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your cameras and get your picture with your favorite superhero. An exclusive meet and greet for Friends of the Zoo members will be available from 9 to 10 a.m. n View Animals Best Friends dogs available for adoption, noon to 4 p.m., Independence PetSmart, 39th Street and Missouri 291. n 17th Annual Festival of Butterflies, Powell Gardens on U.S. 50, Kingsville. Festival connects visitors with nature through indoor and outdoor butterfly exhibits, educational activities and more. Festival admission applies. For details and specific times of events, visit www.powellgardens.org or call 697-2600.
MONDAY n Karate for ages 8 to 15, 6 to 7 p.m. Monday/Wednesday Aug. 5-28, Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Cost, $40. Call 325-7370 to register. n Teens at the Library, 7 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Get together with friends for popcorn and a movie. Call 229-3571 to register. n Tirey J. Ford Post 21 American Legion Bingo, doors open at 4 p.m.; bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. at the post hall, 16701 East U.S. 40, Independence. 373-0221.
ONGOING EVENTS n Wedgwood Queenware China exhibit, through August, Vaile Victorian Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission, $6; $3 for children. 325-7430. n “A Tisket, A Tasket - I Have Your Lunch Basket,” a display of lunch boxes, through August, Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for children 6 to 16. 461-3491. n Public Skate, Independence Events Center, 19100 E. Valley View Parkway. 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. Cost, $5; $3 for 12 and under and 55 and older, non-residents add $1 to each price. Skate rental, $2. For times, call the Skating Hotline: 795-7577. n Crafts/Gifts Consignment Sales, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, The Emporium, 111 N. Main St., Rooms 2 and 3, Independence. Items handcrafted by Missouri citizens. 461-0191. n Blue Springs Recycling, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2725 N.W. Park Road. For questions, call 228-0228 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/recycling. n Independence Recycling, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at 13600 East 35th St.; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays at 875 Vista Drive. Sites accept newspaper, cardboard, magazines, office paper, junk mail, steel and aluminum cans, flashlight-type batteries, and No. 1 and 2 plastic bottles. 325-7623. n Feed the Critters on exhibit at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center at 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. 228-3766.
– Jillayne Ritchie