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. 

FRIDAY, FEB. 17

• Third Friday Art Walk, 5:30 to 9 p.m., 11100 E. Winner Road, Independence. The galleries in the Englewood Station Arts District, 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.

• Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Mary “Stagecoach Mary” Fields, noon, National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Bring your lunch and learn about Stagecoach Mary Fields, an African American woman who made a name for herself in the west. This is a free event. For information, call 325-7575.

• Kiwanis Chili Day planned for Feb. 21, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. The cost is $8 and includes chili, a drink, and pie.

• Shepherd's Center Adventures in Learning, Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St. S., Independence. Registration/blood pressure checks, 8:30-9 a.m. Workshops: 9 a.m. travel, U.S. National Parks; 10 a.m. book reviews, “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk and “The Devil and the White City” by Erik Larson, presented by Eric Chapman; 11 a.m. Tai Chi with Master Konrad Smith, and strokes presented by Centerpoint Medical Center; games also available. Workshops are $1 and lunch is $5. Call Jo Ann Huff at 350-4474 for lunch reservations.

• Jedi Engineering planned for Feb. 20, ages 5 to 7 from 9 a.m. to noon; ages 8 to 12 from 1 to 4 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects, such as LEGO X-Wings, R2 Units, Pod Racers, Star Destroyers and more. Projects vary by age level. Registration deadline: Feb. 17. Cost, $28. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Using Interlibrary Loan for Genealogy, for beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Discover how Mid-Continent Public Library’s Interlibrary Loan can help you access resources from other libraries across the country. 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.

• 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 theatre.

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

FEB. 18

• “Big Top Circus,” a puppet musical extravaganza, presented by Kraig Kensinger, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. Tickets are $6 per person. For reservations, call 833-9777.

• Emergency Preparedness Community Class: Weather Safety, 10 a.m. to noon, Fire Station 1, 950 N. Spring St., Independence. Learn the basics about how to take care of yourself and your family in a disaster. Free. For more information, call 325-7167.

• 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.

• Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Acrobatics for ages 6 to 10 from 11 a.m. to noon, TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox; and open swim from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. (must have an adult photo ID, kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool, and parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event.) Both activities are free.

• Maple Sugaring, for all ages, 1 to 3 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. In our culture of a supermarket in every neighborhood, it is almost magical to be able to make something delicious to eat out of some liquid flowing out of a tree. Savor this wonder of nature by learning how to tap trees, collect sap and make delicious syrup from native trees. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766 or email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov.

• Beneficiary Deeds, for adults, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. 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 252-0950.

• Beaded Easter Egg, for adults, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Transform beads and safety pins into a colorful Easter egg. Join Tina Gatewood and learn to make this cute holiday decoration. This is a two-part, hands-on class; each class lasts 90 minutes. There is a one-time materials fee of $14. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Fishermen, Come Out of Hibernation, for adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Trout season brings out thousands of fishermen to local waters and Missouri’s four trout parks. Join Brent Frazee, retired outdoors editor for the Kansas City Star, as he helps you prepare for the season with tips on tackle and lures, available fishing opportunities, and a few tricks that can lead to fish on the stringer. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Spy Training, for ages 4 and older, 11 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Sneak into the Library and learn how to become a super spy. We'll read a story, maneuver through an obstacle course, and make disguises! Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Creation Stations: HTML and CSS Basics, for teens, 2 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Examine the basics of foundational web technology, and create your own functional webpages with text and graphics using markup languages such as HTML. Explore how to stylize your web content using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• KC Magic Man, for ages 3 and older, 11 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. 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 353-2052. 

FEB. 19

• 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. 20

• Celebrate President's Day at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. Starting at 10 a.m., fresh-baked presidential cookies will be served to visitors with their paid admission (while supplies last.) From 10:30a.m. to to 1:15 p.m., Harry Truman, as portrayed by Niel Johnson, will greet visitors and give occasional press conferences. The Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission, $8; $7 for ages 65 and older; $3 for ages 6-15. For more information, call 268-8200.

• “Big Top Circus,” a puppet musical extravaganza, presented by Kraig Kensinger, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. Tickets are $6 per person. For reservations, call 833-9777.

• Tech Talks, for adults, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Feb. 1 and 2 p.m. Feb. 20. Whether you are a first-time computer user or have experience, there are always questions still to ask about technology. Bring your questions to the branch, or just listen and learn from other participants. You're welcome to bring your laptops, computers, or tablets. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• 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.

• Pilot Club of Blue Springs, 6 p.m., Elks Lodge, 100 N.E. Brizendine Road, Blue Springs. Nancy Crawford, genaki50@yahoo.com. 

FEB. 21

• Kiwanis Chili Day, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. The cost is $8 and includes chili, a drink, and pie.

• Workings, Myths, and Facts of Lie Detector Tests, for adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Experienced polygraph and voice stress analyzer test examiner Larry Berkland will discuss the history, development, and usage of lie detection methods, as well as compare different types of tests and examine their legality and mythology. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Intermediate Word, for adults, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Sharpen your document creation skills by learning several great features of Microsoft Word. Prior attendance at the program Beginning Word is recommended. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Adoptees: Search for Your Biological Parents, 6:30 p.m., Feb. 21 and 28, Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Dorene Johnson, adoptee and author of A Missing Piece of the Pie: Finding Myself After Adoption, shares her journey to find her birth parents and helps fellow adoptees ask key questions to create a solid foundation before embarking on their own search. This program is two sessions. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Beneficiary Deeds, for adults, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. 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 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.

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

• Xi Xi Sigma chapter meeting hosted by Judy Mead, 6:30 p.m. Location to be announced.

• 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. 22

• 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.

• Internet for Beginners, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Learn the basics of internet use, including basic terminology and how to get connected, and find what you’re looking for online. This class will also cover printing and introductory Internet safety. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Beginning Ancestry Library Edition, for adults, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. This is a beginner-level class. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• 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. 

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