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, MARCH 7

• Rape Aggression Defense Systems Training begins March 9, for ages 16 and older, 5 to 9 p.m. March 9, 16 and 23, Public Safety Building, 1100 S.W. Smith St., Blue Springs. Blue Springs Police certified RAD instructors will show you realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. Cost, $26. To register, call 228-0137.

• Robert E. Tindall Scholarship Art Show and Sale, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Tindall, a native of Independence, was a widely-respected artist. Several of his paintings will be displayed at the show and commemorative giclee prints of many will be available for purchase. Call 325-7115 or visit www.independenceartassociation.org.

• Advanced Word, for adults, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Learn the software’s advanced options, such as using mail merge to create labels and print envelopes. Attendance at Beginning Word and Intermediate Word®programs prior to registration is recommended. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Get Dramatic: Create a Focal Wall in Any Room, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Whether you have a great fireplace or not, it is possible to add drama to a room. Let Lisa Holiman of Breath of Fresh Flair show you creative and budget-friendly ideas to enhance your mantel or create a focal wall in any room. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• How to Date Old Photographs, for beginners, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Uncover the clues that can help determine when a photograph was taken. Bring a photograph for dating. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• 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. 

MARCH 8

• 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.

• Robert E. Tindall Scholarship Art Show and Sale, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Tindall, a native of Independence, was a widely-respected artist. Several of his paintings will be displayed at the show and commemorative giclee prints of many will be available for purchase. Call 325-7115 or visit www.independenceartassociation.org.

• Little Acorns: The Masked Bandit, for ages 3 to 5, 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Discover the world of raccoons through hands on exploration. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Home School: Environmental Stewardship, 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11 and 12-18; or 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 6-8 and 9-11, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Stride into the great outdoors and take an active role in managing the natural resources at Burr Oak Woods by planting trees or shrubs on the area (weather permitting). Share your ideas as we discuss ways we can positively affect nature through sustainable everyday actions. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Attend the Independence AFS Chapter meeting, 7 p.m., Truman High School Lecture Hall, 3301 S. Noland Road, Independence. Meet 15 Independence AFS students, host families and their friends. The program will be presentations from Adrian Gjermundstad of Norway; Izabela Serban of Italy; and Soeren Jannsen of Germany. Call 254-8105 for more information.

• Beginning Excel, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Learn to create a simple spreadsheet that can be used for dozens of purposes including accounting, budgeting, and inventory tracking. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Introduction to Internet Genealogy, for beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research.Basic computer literacy needed to follow along. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri membership meeting, 7 p.m., Village Heights Community of Christ, 1009 Farview Drive, Independence. The Civil War abolitionist, John Brown, as portrayed by Kerry Altenbernd, will be the speaker. Kerry began to re-enact Brown in 2006, and has received awards from the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area for his portrayal. Free and open to the public. Beverly Shaw, 225-7944.

• 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.

• Xi Xi Sigma, 6:30 p.m., meet at Master Wok for dinner and chapter meeting. Lorna Hill will be hosting.

• 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. 

MARCH 9

• “Little Red Hen,” presented by the Independence Young Matrons, 7 p.m., William Chrisman High School Auditorium, U.S. 24 and Noland Road, Independence. This production, written and directed by Ray Ettinger, tells the story of cooperation between the Hen and her Chicks, the Witch and Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Rumpelstiltskin, and Jack in the Beanstalk. Admission is free.

• Diamonds & Pearls: Spring Fashion Show and Champagne Brunch planned for March 11, Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. The Carriage House Boutique opens at 9:30 a.m.; the Mansion doors open at 10:30 a.m.; and brunch is served at 11 a.m. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased by calling 461-3491.

• Full Moon Hike planned for March 10, 7 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. The Crow Moon rises at 4:35 p.m. This hike will be on paved trails and is stroller and wheelchair accessible. Reservations due by 5 p.m. March 9, call 325-7115.

• Mason Bee workshop planned for March 11, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Unity Village, located 1/4 mile west of the Douglas Street and Colbern Road intersection in Lee's Summit. Participants will learn about the important work the Mason Bees do and make their own bee habitat. All materials will be provided. The cost is $10 for adults and ages 10 and older. Registration is required, call 769-0259.

• Sign-up deadline for the 5 and 6 year old T-Ball League is March 13 (or until full) – This 12-week program consists of 4 weeks of practice and an 8-week season with Saturday games at Blue Springs Park. Cost, $70 per person. To sign-up, call 228-0137.

• Robert E. Tindall Scholarship Art Show and Sale, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Tindall, a native of Independence, was a widely-respected artist. Several of his paintings will be displayed at the show and commemorative giclee prints of many will be available for purchase. Call 325-7115 or visit www.independenceartassociation.org.

• Independence Ministerial Alliance meeting, 11 a.m., St. Michael Episcopal Church, 4000 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Guest speaker: Kate Berryman – Approach to sex trafficking. Lunch is provided with a $5 donation. For reservations, email Carla Simpson at csimpson@trumanhabitat.org.

• Gallery Walk: Manifest Destiny, 2 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Explore the concept of manifest destiny and the various forms it took 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: Under the Sea, 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: The Masked Bandit, for ages 3 to 5, 10 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Discover the world of raccoons through hands on exploration. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Create with LEGO Bricks: Tornado, for ages 6 and older, 6 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Programs are built around special model plans designed by engineers and architects. 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.

• Getting to Know Your Computer, for adults, 10 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. 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 228-4020.

• Using Findmypast, for beginners, 2 p.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.

• Spring Fever Fishing and Hunting, for adults, 7 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Brent Frazee, retired outdoors editor for the Kansas City Star, offers a guided tour of what’s available from bass and crappie fishing to morel hunting and how you can plan your spring adventures. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• 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.

• Freedom's Frontier Partners meeting, 10 a.m., 1859 Jail Museum, 217 N. Main St., Independence. 

MARCH 10

• “Oliver Twist,” sponsored by the Puppetry Arts Institute, 7 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. David Simpich of The Simpich Showcase Marionette Theatre will bring this classic tale by Charles Dickens to life. Tickets are $15; $10 for students. For reservations, call 833-9777.

• Full Moon Hike planned for March 11, 7 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. The Crow Moon rises at 5:38 p.m. You must be able to hike off-trail. No strollers or light-up shoes. Reservations due by 5 p.m. March 10, call 325-7115.

• “The Twelve Dancing Princesses, ” presented by Blue Springs City Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Blue Springs High School Auditorium, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive. Tickets are $10; $8 for ages 12 and under and adults 65 and older. Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2857569.

• Lenten Fish Dinner, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 178, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Nativity of Mary School Cafeteria, 10021 E. 36th Terrace, Independence. Menu: Fried catfish nuggets, ½ pound boiled shrimp, baked cod, tavern battered cod or fish tacos. Cost, $10; $5 for ages 6 to 11; children under 5 are free; a cod, catfish and shrimp combo platter is $13. Dinners include hush puppies, beverage and choice of two sides. Desserts sold separately for $1 each.

• Lenten Fish Dinners, 5 to 7 p.m., Catholic Church of the Santa Fe, 231 S. Sibley, Buckner. The menu includes all-you-can-eat fried or baked fish, with potatoes, vegetable, dessert and drink for $9; $8 for seniors and $5 for children. 650-9341.

• Lenten Fish Dinners, 4:30 to 7 p.m., St. Ann’s Church, Cedar and Lexington avenues, Independence. Menu: Shrimp, catfish, tilapia, french fries, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, hush puppies and corn bread. Drinks are included with dinner. Dinner prices range from $9.50 to $11; fish sandwich/fries, $4. Desserts sold separately by the Altar Society. 252-1160.

• Lenten Fish Dinner, 5 to 7:30 p.m., St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 777 N.E. Blackwell Road, Lee’s Summit. Menu: Grilled and fried fish, fish tacos and shrimp, also grilled cheese sandwich. All meals come with two sides and a roll. Dinners range from $9 to $12; kids 4 and under eat free. Take out orders available. 246-6800.

• Robert E. Tindall Scholarship Art Show and Sale, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Tindall, a native of Independence, was a widely-respected artist. Several of his paintings will be displayed at the show and commemorative giclee prints of many will be available for purchase. Call 325-7115 or visit www.independenceartassociation.org.

• Chair Yoga, for adults, 2 p.m. March 10, 17 and 24, Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. If you have always wanted to try yoga, but have trouble getting up and down off the floor, this 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 229-3571.

• Internet for Beginners, for adults, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. 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 461-2050.

• 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. 

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. 

– Jillayne Ritchie