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, 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.

• Independence ministerial Alliance meeting, 11 a.m., Walnut Gardens, 19201 E. R.D. Mize Road, Independence. Guest speaker: Compassionate Friends. Lunch is provided with a $5 donation, RSVP to Carla Simpson at csimpson@trumanhabitat.org.

• 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. 

FEB. 9

• Full Moon Hike planned for Feb. 10, 6 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. This hike will be on paved trails and is stroller and wheelchair accessible. Registration deadline: Feb. 9. Call 325-7115 to register.

• Gallery Walk: African Americans in the West – From Explorers to Gold Seekers, 2 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Diversity is a hallmark of westward expansion. Discover how African Americans participated in one of the greatest chapters of American history during this thirty-minute guided gallery walk. Free with museum admission, $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; and $3 for ages 6 to 17. 325-7575.

• Young Rembrandts Drawing Class: Outer Space, for ages 5 to 12, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave. Participants will learn drawing techniques, portraiture and cartooning styles. All materials provided. Cost, $12. Call 228-0137 to register.

• 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.

• Cloud Storage, for adults, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. 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 461-2050.

• Book Speed Dating, for adults, 7 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Come and let us show off the text appeal of some of the Library’s most desirable books. Mingle and enjoy some edible delicacies. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Kids Create, for ages 6 and older, 6 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Teens at the Library, 3:30 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Using Findmypast, for beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn to search billions of records to find your ancestors from all over the world. This class focuses on search tips as well as the types of records available. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Chair Yoga, for adults, 2 p.m. Feb. 9, 16 and 23, Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. If you have always wanted to try yoga but have trouble getting up and down off the floor, this three-week class is for you. Get comfortable with yoga by learning basic poses, simple breathing exercises, slow-paced stretching, and easy relaxation techniques. All levels welcome. 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.

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

FEB. 10

• Full Moon Hike planned for Feb. 11, 7 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. This hike will be off-trail. No baby strollers or light-up shoes. Registration deadline: Feb. 10. Call 325-7115 to register.

• Fun-Damental Volleyball planned for girls, for ages 7 to 9 from 6 to 7 p.m., and for ages 10 to 12 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., Mondays, Feb. 20 through April 3, Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave. This program focuses on instruction and fundamentals, not league play or high-level competition. Registration deadline: Feb. 13. Cost, $42. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Play and Learn Time, for ages 3 and older, 10 a.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Enjoy a special preschool play time that is designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills. We offer stimulating and fun activities as well as an opportunity to meet other preschoolers and their parents. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• 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. 

FEB. 11

• Sweetheart Bingo, an Animals Best Friends fundraiser, 5 p.m., National Guard Armory building, 2323 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. This fun-filled evening includes Bingo, raffles, silent auction items, and a kissing booth manned by one of the ABF dogs! You'll receive a spaghetti dinner, special dessert cupcakes, drink and one Bingo card for $10. Additional Bingo cards may be purchased for $1 each. All proceeds go to Animals Best Friends.

• Nature Story Time: Valentine's for Groundhogs, 11 a.m. to noon, George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Listen to stories around the fire, make groundhog Valentines, visit the groundhog in the back, and warm up with hot chocolate. Free. For questions, call 325-7115.

• Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Kids Yoga from 10 to 11 a.m., CrossFit Cerberus, 200 N.W. 11th St.; and open roller skating from 7 to 9 p.m., Rink Ratz, 513 S.W. Keystone Drive. 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.

• Cotton, Rag Dolls, and the Underground Railroad, for ages 7 and older, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Kansas City’s connections to the Underground Railroad run deep. Hear stories about the people who helped escaped slaves travel to freedom in the North, and discover the importance rag dolls played in the journey. Then make a rag doll with creative touches that make it all your own. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• African Violet Club of Greater Kansas City annual sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Loose Park Garden Center, 51st Street and Wornall Road, Kansas City (behind the pavilion.) African violets and other gesneriads will be available for purchase. No admission fee. For questions, 373-6915.

• Bird in the Hand, for all ages, 9 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Missouri River Bird Observatory staff and Burr Oak Woods partner in an on-going project to identify and track the birds that come to our feeders each winter. From the resident chickadees and cardinals to the migrating juncos and sparrows, we capture, apply colored bands and release these fascinating creatures. Once banded and recorded, you'll be able to track individual birds through this and future seasons. No registration required. For questions, call 228-3766 or email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov.

• Cooking Wild: Squirrel, for adults, noon to 2 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Many Missouri hunters began with, and continue to hunt for one critter: Squirrels! Squirrels are plentiful and fun to hunt, and can make great table fare. Join us as we explore hunting, skinning, and cooking these bushy tailed mammals. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766 or email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov.

• Play and Learn Time, for ages 3 and older, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. This preschool play time is designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills. We offer stimulating and fun activities as well as an opportunity to meet other preschoolers and their parents. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Make a Zipper Bag, for adults, 2 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Learn how to make your own zipper bag that fits in your purse. A limited number of sewing machines will be available, or feel free to bring your own. A supply list is available online or at the branch. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020.

• Teen Screen – “Clueless,” noon, Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Showtime! Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Chess Free Play, for teens, 1 to 3 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Play chess, learn the basics, brush up on your chess skills, challenge other players at the library. Offered in collaboration with the Raytown High School Chess Team coaches. Chess boards and chess pieces provided. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• Harry S Truman Chapter, Missouri Society Sons of the American Revolution, 9:15 a.m., BMO Harris, N.A. Bank, 18811 Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Call 373-5309 or email GroverSAR@aol.com.

• Blue Springs Chapter DAR, 9:30-10 a.m. hospitality/continental breakfast; 10 a.m. meeting/program, Blue Springs County Club. Cost, $12. Guest speaker: David Jackson, archivist, director, historical research, consulting, and publishing service, “The Orderly Packrat” author, “Born A Slave” Rediscovering Arthur Jackson's African American Heritage.” Guest welcome. For reservations or information, call Phyllis Wilkins at 229-0742 or email pwilk@aol.com.

• Xi Xi Sigma attend Valentine dinner/dance hosted by Beta Sigma Phi City Council, 6 p.m., Blue Springs Elk Club. Chapter Queens will be presented.

• Alpha Omega Master attend City Council Beta Sigma Phi Valentine's dance/dinner, 6 p.m., Elks Club in Blue Springs. 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. 

• 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