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  • 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.
    SATURDAY
    n The GamerZ Club at Metropolitan Community College-Blue River is sponsoring a three-day League of Legends tournament March 25-27. To register, visit http://mccgamerzclub.webs.com. For more information, email the GamerZ Club president at sean52492@aol.com.
    n Missouri Patriot Express Vendor Expo fundraiser, 1 to 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 301 S.W. Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs. Confirmed vendors: Celebrating Home, Damsel in Defense, Hwy 7 Chiropractic, Nerium International, Miche, Scentsy, Just Jewelry, Younique and more.
    n Wagons Ho! for ages 6 to 17, 10 a.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. During this 2-hour program, participants will see the film "West", tour the exhibit galleries with a guide, pack a prairie schooner, and take a covered wagon ride. Cost, $7.50; $10 for adults. Reservations required. Call 325-7575.
    n Let’s Move! Saturdays activities, 9 to 11 a.m. Kids Fit Boot Camp, fitness activities and open gym for adults at Club 7 Fitness, 1241 S.W. M-7. Free.
    n American Legion Dance, 8 to 11:30 p.m., American Legion Post 21, 16701 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Music by The Reddymen Band. Free line dancing lessons begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission, $7. Beverages and snacks available. Open to the public. 373-0221.
    n Jim Cosgrove, Mr. Stinky Feet, for all ages, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Cosgrove's ability to immediately connect with children and adults has made him a cool favorite on the concert tour circuit. Call 224-8772 to register.
    n Teen Cinema, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Movie: “Alice in Wonderland” by Tim Burton. Call 229-3571 to register.
    n Victor and Penny: Antique Pop, for ages 6 and older, 2 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 110 Front St. With charm and good humor, Victor and Penny, bring a fresh twist to old standards and some more modern tunes that make the most of their infectious energy. Call 228-4020 to register.
    n Frog Frenzy, for all ages, 1 to 2 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Learn about these small, important amphibians, then head out to listen to them serenade the forest with springtime songs. Call 228-3766 to register.
    n Little Acorns: What does the frog say, 10 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Call 228-3766 to register.
    n View Animals Best Friends dogs available for adoption, noon to 4 p.m., Independence PetSmart, 39th Street and Missouri 291.
    SUNDAY
    Page 2 of 4 - n Spirit of Independence Concert Band Spring Concert, 3 p.m., William Chrisman High School Auditorium, U.S. 24 and Noland Road, Independence. Concert features swing, ragtime, circus tunes, marches, light classics and more. Admission is free.
    n Sled Hockey and Skating Ability Camp, noon, Independence Events Center. Sled hockey allows individuals with disabilities to compete in ice sports and recreational activities like hockey and ice skating. Participants sit on their skates using an adaptive device known as a sled, which is affixed with two skate blades and a runner in the front to form a tripod instead of standing up to skate. Everyone is invited to attend, but space is limited to 50 participants, so registration is required. To register, visit www.rcgkc.org.
    n Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System, for ages 3 and older, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. You're invited to explore the planets on this trip that is sure to be out of this world. 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 Learn to square dance, 2 p.m., in Independence. Free lessons will be offered for ages 8 and older. Have fun and meet new friends. Couples, families and singles welcome. Call Brad and Annette Davis at 254-5305 for information.
    MONDAY
    n AARP Tax Help for Seniors, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. For seniors with moderate to low incomes with tax questions and tax returns. Free. 252-0950.
    n Infant/Child Heartsaver CPR, 7 to 9 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St. Cost, $35. Call 228-0137 to register.
    n Toddler Town, for ages 5 and under, 10 a.m. to noon, Sermon Center, Truman and Noland Roads, Independence. Cost, $1. For details, call 325-7370.
    n Teens at the Library, 7 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Make crafts, watch movies, play games and more. Call 229-3571 to register.
    n Handbags, for adults, 7 p.m. March 24 and 31, South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Beginners are welcome and knowledge terminology is encouraged, such as cast on, knit and purl, and bind off, but not necessary. Materials will be provided for an optional hands-on materials fee of $10, or you may bring your own. Call 461-2050 to register.
    n Drop-In Table Tennis, 2 to 4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.
    n Single Mom’s Group, a non-denominational Christian group, 6 to 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Dinner and child care included. Free. Call Debra Williamson at 392-5433.
    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.
    Page 3 of 4 - TUESDAY
    n AARP Tax Help for Seniors, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. For seniors with moderate to low incomes with tax questions and tax returns. Free. 252-0950.
    n Skillbuilders, education and support for widows, widowers and caregivers, 9:45 to 10 a.m. social; 10 to 11:50 a.m. program, Palmer Center Craft Room, 218A. N. Pleasant St., Independence. Topic: Understanding your Grief with Crossroads Hospice. Free. Everyone is welcome. Call 325-6200 for details.
    n Prom Boutique, 3 to 7 p.m., Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, 4725 N.E. Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit. Free prom dresses to high school girls without the financial resources to purchase prom attire. For questions, 795-8848.
    n Wild Ones: Introducing Missouri's Wild Edible Plants, for adults, 1 to 3 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. There is nothing quite as satisfying as knowing that if you were lost in the wilderness you could find edible plants to stay alive. Call 228-3766 to register.
    n Newborn Infant Care, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, March 25-April 22, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Learn bathing, diapering, feeding, signs of illness and more. Cost, $35. Call 228-0137 to register.
    n Teen Anime Movie Night, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Call 224-8772 to register.
    n Basic Yoga, for adults, 7 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. During this four-week class, learn basic poses, relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with yoga. Call 229-3571 to register.
    n Eating Smart, Being Active, for adults, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Eating Smart, Being Active is a research-based nutrition, food safety, and resource management education curriculum. Call 525-9924 to register.
    n Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 to 11:45 a.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.
    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.
    n Tuesday Party Bridge, 1 to 4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Use Pleasant Street entrance. For details, call 373-2584.
    ONGOING EVENTS
    n Art in the Park: Robert Elton Tindall Exhibit, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through March 28, George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road. The 6th Annual Robert E. Tindall Scholarship Art Show and Sale features an original painting by Tindall, commemorative prints of the painting and other Independence Art Association artists works and prints. Visit www.independenceartassociation.org or call 325-7115.
    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.
    Page 4 of 4 - 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

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