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, FEB. 4

• 13th Annual Power Palooza, for kids of all ages, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Festivities include carnival games, face painting, puppet shows and a variety of treats. Admission is free; tickets for games and activities are available for purchase. For questions, call 325-7370.

• “Frankenstein,” 7 p.m., William Chrisman High school, 1223 N. Noland Road, Independence. Tickets are $6.

• 13th Annual Chili, Soup, Potato Bar and Chili Dogs, presented by Troop 161 Mother's Club, noon to 7 p.m., East Alton Community of Christ, 23rd Street and R.D. Mize Road, Independence. The $6 cost includes dessert and drink. A second bowl of chili is $1, and a quart of chili is $6.

• Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Dance class from 11 a.m. to noon, Dynamic Dance, 1901 S.W. U.S. 40; and crossfit training from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Roundhouse Fitness, 1901 N.W. M-7. Both activities are free.

• Trail Fun: African Americans in the West, 1 to 3 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Using a special brochure as your guide, discover how African Americans contributed in settling the western reaches of our continent. Upon completion of your adventure a Museum Guide will check your work and award a prize for your effort! Free with museum admission, $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; and $3 for ages 6 to 17. For more information, call 325-7575.

• Free health clinic, 9 a.m. to noon, Glenwood Park Methodist Church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. The screenings, sponsored by the Black Nurse Association and the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index testing. For questions, call 254-5116.

• KC Magic Man, for ages 3 and older, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Take a magical journey into the world of illusions with KC Magic Man Brad Lynn. Be prepared to be amazed by his magical feats using cards, coins, cups, and more. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Kids Lab, for ages 6 and older, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Discover how you can bring science and technology to life. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Jackson County Genealogical Society meeting, 10:30 a.m., Trails West Library, branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E. 23rd St., Room A, Independence. In honor of Black History month, Ann Taylor, historian and long-time Independence resident, will speak about Hiram Young, an African American entrepreneur. Public welcome. For questions, call 252-8128. 

FEB. 5

• Reading Tales from the West, 2 to 3 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Discover the stories of African American pioneers in this museum Educator-led tour of exhibits accompanied by interval readings from the letters of African American Gold Rush Widow Rachel Brown and from journals of other pioneers of the time. You'll end the activity by writing your own journal entries describing your impressions of the afternoon. Cost, $7 for adults; $5 for children 6 to 17. Advanced reservations are required, call 325-7575.

• Film Series: Read to Reel – “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge” (1990), 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Books have been the basis for countless Hollywood movies. So, which is better, the book or the movie? Join film critic and enthusiast Robert Butler as we explore great reels that came from great reads. Rated PG-13. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• 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. 

FEB. 6

• Introduction to Knitting, for adults, 7 p.m. Feb. 6 and 13, Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Learn knitting basics in this two-week class by making a one-of-a-kind scarf designed by you. During the first week, learn to cast on, knit stitch, and figure gauge. In the second week, get an introduction to the purl stitch, and learn how to finish off your project. A supply list is available online or at the branch. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Teens at the Library, 7 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Beginning Genealogy, 2 p.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.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 2 to 4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• 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.

• Monday Night Dance, 7 p.m., Jackson County Shrine Club, 120 1/2 S. Pleasant St., Independence. The “Dirt Canyon Band” will provide the music. Cover charge, $5.

• 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. 

FEB. 7

• Civil War in Jackson County, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Gregg Higginbotham tells the story of how the conflict turned neighbor against neighbor. Reservations required, call 252-7228.

• Beginning Word, for adults, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Learn how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Windows 10, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. 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 229-3571.

• Cloud Storage, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Explore ways to store and manage documents, music, and photos on “the cloud,” and always have access to your digital files no matter where you are. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• 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.

• Heart of America China Painters, 9 a.m. Tuesdays, Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. Open to anyone interested in porcelain art. Any supplies needed for first time painters are furnished. (The club meets the fourth Tuesday every month.) For questions, call 833-1378. 

FEB. 8

• Social Dance Class, for ages 13 and older, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 8 through March 8, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $36. Call 228-0137 to register.

• 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.

• Independence AFS Chapter meeting, 7 p.m., Van Horn High School Mallinson Theater, 11009 S. Arlington Ave., Independence. Meet the 16 Independence AFS students, host families and their friends. The program will be presentations from Kazu Kurotani, Moriyama-ku, Nagoya-shi, Japan; Rose Ambrosio, Termoli, Italy; and Caroline Nielsen, Herning, Denmark. For questions, call 254-8105.

• Beneficiary Deeds, for adults, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Beneficiary deeds can provide homeowners peace of mind by spelling out who inherits their home once they pass away and by helping their heirs avoid the time and expense of probate. Learn what beneficiary deeds are, how they are created, and why they are useful to homeowners, their heirs, and their neighborhoods. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Little Acorns: Squirrely Squirrels, for ages 3 to 5, 10 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. What do our preschoolers have in common with squirrels? Probably a lot more than you think! Interactive squirrel stations will reveal the squirrely squirrel in all of us. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766 or email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov.

• Getting to Know Your Computer, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. This hands-on program will introduce you to the basic features of a computer and how to use it. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Civil War in Jackson County, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Historian Gregg Higginbotham tells the story of the Civil War in Jackson County and how the conflict turned neighbor against neighbor, father against son, and brother against brother. 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.

• Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri membership meeting, 7 p.m., Village Heights Community of Christ, 1009 Farview Drive, Independence. John Moloski will speak about “The First Action of Frank James in the Civil War.” Membership dues are $25 per person; $35 for a family. For questions, call Mike Calvert at 898-2603 or Beverly Shaw at 225-7944.

• Xi Xi Sigma chapter meeting, 6:30 p.m., Independence Olive Garden. They will be honoring their Queen, Kim Rick. Hostess Sherry Schowengerdt will also give the program.

• 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. 

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. 

• 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