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. 

TUESDAY, OCT. 18

• Tools for Job Seekers, for adults, 7 p.m. Oct. 18 and 25, Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. In this two-part series, you will acquire the basic tools needed when applying for jobs. Session one will include resume assistance and tips for filling out online job applications. Session two will include cleaning up online profiles and effective online communication that will help you put your best foot forward in today’s tough job market. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Beginning Genealogy, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Craft Group, for adults, 10 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Creating your own works of art is one of the best ways to express yourself and share good will. Meet new people, create new items, and even learn a thing or two. Quilt, knit, scrapbook, crochet, and more. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020.

• Defeat Hunger: Free Community Meal, 5:30 p.m., Glenwood Park United Methodist Church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. Everyone welcome.

• Medicare 101, for adults, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. If you’re turning 65 and ready to start Medicare or know someone who is, let a representative from Missouri CLAIM (Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri) share vital information to help you get the most from your Medicare benefits. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 to 11:45 a.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• 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.

• Party Bridge, 12:30 to 4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Use Pleasant Street entrance. For details, call 252-6251.

• Independence Art Association, 7 p.m., Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. Guest and new members welcome. Visit www.independenceartassociation.org. 

OCT. 19

• The Mile Starts Here, a walking group for the community, 9 a.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence (meet in the parking lot behind Bass Pro by the playground. For questions, call the Independence Health Department at 325-7185.

• Ham and Beans or Vegetable Soup Dinner, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, 415 N. Sterling Ave. With your meal, enjoy cornbread or crackers, coleslaw, dessert and drink of your choice for a $6.50 donation (carry outs welcome.) Fresh Georgia pecans will be on sale for your holiday baking.

• Independence Farmers & Craft Market, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October, located just south of the Independence Square at the northwest corner Walnut and Liberty streets.

• Drumm Farm Market, 4 to 7 p.m., Drumm Farm, 3210 Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Like them at www.Facebook.com/Drummforkids. For questions, call 373-3434.

• Lee's Summit Farmers Market, 7 a.m. until sold out, through Nov. 19, Second and Douglas streets. For questions, call 246-6598.

• Teens Create, 4 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Unleash your imagination. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Windows 10, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. This class will introduce the layout of the Windows 10 operating system and demonstrate navigating its functions. You may bring your own Windows 10 laptops. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Saving Small Family Cemeteries, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Every so often, one of Jackson County’s more than 250 small pioneer and family cemeteries is threatened by development and progress. Local historian and preservationist David W. Jackson uses the historic Davis-Smith Cemetery as a case study on how to unearth details about these sacred spaces and shares ways to preserve them. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 a.m. to noon, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• Lions Club meeting, 7 a.m., Englewood Cafe, 10904 E. Winner Road, Independence.

• Buckner VFW Post 8101 Bingo, 7 p.m., 95 Baker Street, Buckner. There is a $15 cost and a sliding scale for payouts that depends on the number of players.

• Al-Anon meeting, 10 a.m., Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran Church, 5757 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown. Come to lower level back door, there is parking at the back. 353-5446.

• Independence Civil War Study Group, 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Drive, Independence. Terry Elliott, 353-7617. 

OCT. 20

• Truman Medical Center Healthy Harvest Mobile Market stops: Fairmount Community Center, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., 217 Cedar Ave.; Fairmount Clinic, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 606 S. Hardy Ave., both in Independence.

• Haunted Kansas City, for adults, 7 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Take a visual tour of Kansas City’s most haunted spaces. Alexis Webb Bechtold and Traci Angel reveal where the city’s ghostly residents reportedly hang out. Be prepared to be scared. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Missouri Hauntings and Ghost Stories, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Missouri has its dark side - a history of ghostly residents, haunted locations, and eerie urban legends. Step into the darkness with a seasoned paranormal researcher for some hair-raising tales from the Show-Me State. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Kids Create: Color and Doodling Night, for ages 6 and older, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Coffee and Conversation, 7 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Join a member of the Library’s leadership team for coffee and conversation about the future of the library and its role in your community. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020.

• Create with Lego Bricks: Halloween, for ages 6 and older, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Bricks 4 Kidz classes provide a great atmosphere for children where we learn, we build, we “play” with Lego bricks. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 to 11:45 a.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), Santa Fe Trail Unit, meeting, 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence. The study topic for this meeting will be ‘Bylaws and Committee Appointments.’ For questions, call 254-8105.

• Xi Xi Sigma will play Bingo, 7 p.m., Shriners Hall, Kansas City. Claire, 795-1129.

• Independence Host Lions Club, noon, Lucky Buffet, 2931 S. Noland Road, Independence.

• The Write Place Poetry Society, 3 p.m., Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence. Come and read or just listen. Jan Kroll, 254-5278.

• Alpha Omega Master meeting, 7 p.m., at the home of Ramona Evans. 229-5915. 

OCT. 21

• “Enchanted Forest,” 7 to 9 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Storybook characters will come to life along candle-lit trails. This non-scary alternative to Halloween, brought to you by the Powerhouse Theatre Foundation and Independence Parks & Recreation, is designed for ages 3 to 9, but children of all ages are welcome. Concessions available. Admission, $3 for ages 2 and older. Cash and cards accepted. For questions, call 325-7115 or 325-7370.

• Haunted Ghost Tours: 1859 Jail, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., 217 N. Main St., Independence. Guests will go on an hour long tour of the 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home and hear the history of the buildings, as well as some spooky residents. Then they will go on a covered wagon tour of the Independence Square. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for children. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the Jackson County Historical Society website at www.jchs.org.

• Fall Festival, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., New Hope RLDS Church, 220 W. Moore, Independence. In addition to baked goods, a Country Store and homemade crafts, chili, soup and sandwiches will be served.

• Lee's Summit Quilters' Guild Annual Quilt Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, 4725 N.E. Lakewood Way, Lee's Summit. More than 100 quilts will be displayed, door prizes, vendors, antique bed turning, boutique, silent auction, scissor sharpening. Event is handicap accessible. Admission, $3. Visit http://lsqg.blogspot.com.

• Third Friday Art Walk, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Independence. The galleries in the Englewood Station Arts District, at Winner Road and Sterling Avenue, open their doors to art lovers. See artists in action, demonstrations, and enjoy live music and refreshments. Free. Call 252-3372 or visit www.englewoodstation.com.

• Fish Dinners, 4:30 to 7 p.m., St. Ann's Church, Cedar and Lexington avenues, Independence. Menu: Boiled and fried shrimp, whole catfish and fillets, chipotle and ale batter tilapia, fries, potatoes, coleslaw, hush puppies and cornbread. Drinks included with dinner. Prices range from $9 to $10.50; fish sandwich/fries, $4. Desserts sold by the Altar Society. 252-1160.

• Adventures in Learning with Shepherds Center of Independence, for ages 55 and older, Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. Registration and blood pressure checks 8:30 a.m. Gerald Morris with Clear Captions available 8:30 a.m. through lunch to discuss individual hearing impairment; 9 a.m. Jerry and Sharon Adkisson present travel event, “Northeastern Adventure”; Jeanette Melton reviews “The Prince of Wales,” a biography of Prince Charles at 10 a.m.; Tai Chi Master Konrad Smith conducts class at 11 a.m.; Gerald Morris also speaks at 11 a.m. Registration, $1; lunch at noon, $5. For information or reservations, 350-4474.

• Registration and blood pressure checks, 8:30 a.m.; workshops, 9 and 10 a.m.; plus games. Lunch is at noon, $5; registration, $1. Call 254-3529 for reservations.

• Jack-O-Lantern Tales for the Little Ones, for ages 3 and older, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. It’s Halloween fun for the littlest ghosts and goblins. Storyteller Joyce Slater tells some fun, not-so-scary stories and songs about pumpkins and gourds, goblins, and Halloween night. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 a.m. to noon, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• Friday Night Specials, 6 to 9 p.m., Memorial Post 3976, 12810 Kentucky Road, Sugar Creek. All welcome. 461-2636.

• Encore Theatre meeting, 1:30 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Adults 50 and older are invited to join this fun-loving group who are interested in all aspects of theater.

• William Chrisman High School Class of 1951 get-together, 9 a.m., Big Biscuit, 16506 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Dan Hansen, 461-0449.

• Alpha Omega Master Girls Night-Out at Stoney Creek Hotel, Independence. 229-5915. 

ONGOING EVENTS

• National Frontier Trails Museum, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 17. 325-7575. 

• Vaile Mansion tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, located at 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. Call 325-7430. 

• Bingham-Waggoner Estate tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, located at 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. Call 461-3491. 

• 1827 Log Courthouse, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday through October, 107 W. Kansas Ave., Independence. Open by appointment after 2 p.m. Call 325-7890. 

• 1859 Jail & Marshal's Home Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, 217 N. Main St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. Call 461-1897. 

• Chicago & Alton Depot, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Thursday-Saturday; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, through October, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Donations welcome. Call 325-7955. 

• Leila’s Hair Museum, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1333 S. Noland Road, Independence. Admission: $15 for adults; $7.50 for ages 65 and older and children 12 and under. 833-2955. 

• Regional Animal Shelter, noon-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday/Sunday, 21001 E. Hwy. 78, Independence. 621-7722. 

• Public Skate, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. 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. 

• 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. 

• Independence Recycling, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at 13600 E. 35th St.; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays at 875 Vista Ave. Sites accept newspaper, cardboard, magazines, office paper, junk mail, steel and aluminum cans, flashlight-type batteries, and No. 1 and 2 plastic bottles. A fee will be charged for non-flat-screen TVs, $20 for 27 inch and smaller and $40 for larger. 325-7623. 

– Jillayne Ritchie