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. 

THURSDAY, 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. Reservations required, 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, a roll and a drink. Dinners prices range from $9 to $12, and kids 4 and under eat free (macaroni/cheese and grilled cheese sandwich). Small dinner (½ size serving): $6 to $9. 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.

• Independence Garden Club meeting planned for March 13, 6:30 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, 4th floor, Independence. A a master gardener will present a program on “Growing Citrus for the Senses.” Light refreshments served. Visitors welcome. Don Bjuland, 461-4948. 

MARCH 11

• Chili Day, 11 a.m to 4 p.m., Oakland United Methodist Church, 30701 E. Truman Road, 3 miles east of M-7. A bowl of chili or homemade vegetable soup or a chili dog, with a drink and a piece of pie will be served for a free-will donation.

• Craft Fair and Bake Sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Good Shepherd Christian Church, 111 S.W. Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs. Come shop with some of the best crafters in the area and see the latest inventory your favorite direct sale vendors have to offer.

• Antique, Collectible and Serendipity Market, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nativity of Mary School basement, 10017 E. 36th Terrace, Independence. There will be many vendors selling quilts, tools, jewelry and more, and some business vendors, including Mary Kay, Thirty-One, LuLaRoe, Snaptastic, etc.

• St. Patrick's Potato Bar Lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 603 N. Jennings Road, Independence. Menu: Baked sweet potato/toppings, macaroni and cheese, salad, bread, dessert and drink. Cost, $5 for adults; $3 for ages 3 to 12; under 3 eat free. To go orders available. Proceeds support United Methodist Women projects. 257-1812.

• Preschool Taco Dinner Fundraiser, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Susquehanna Baptist Church, 17800 Susquehanna Ridge, Independence. The evening also includes live music, with the preschoolers singing at 6:30 p.m. Cost, $6 for adults; $4 for children 4 to 12; ages 3 and under eat free. For questions, call 257-2080.

• 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.

• 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.

• “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.

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

• Off Trail Bird Watching, for all ages, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. We are heading off the trail for a unique bird watching experience. We will spend some time sitting quietly in nature and letting the birds come to us. Feel free to bring a small camp chair to carry with you. Binoculars are available to borrow. No registration required. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• American Legion Dance, 7 to 10:30 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 21, 16701 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Music by The Reddymen Band. Free dance lessons beginning at 6 p.m. Food, beverages and snacks available. Admission, $7. Open to the public. 373-0221.

• 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 playtime is designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Financial Health for 1st Time Homebuyers, 10 a.m., Holiday Inn Express, 12801 S. 71/49 Hwy., Grandview. Presented by Terry L. Jackson of Domicile One Realty and Natalie Rowe of NASB. This is a free event. For reservations, call Terry at 913-488-5623 or Natalie at 816-508-2298.

• Independence No. 76 A.F.&A.M., at its regular Stated Communication on March 27, at 7:30 p.m., will be balloting on proposed By-Law changes. All members in good standing are invited to attend.

• 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.

• Xi Xi Sigma visit the Toy and Miniature Museum and have lunch at P.F. Chang's. Meet at 9:30 at Cracker Barrel to carpool.

• Blue Springs Chapter DAR, 9:30-10 a.m. hospitality/continental breakfast; 10 a.m. meeting/program, Blue Springs County Club, 1600 N.W. Circle Drive. Celebrating Women's History Month – Ann Mallinson will speak about “Women and Inheritance in Colonial Times.” Cost, $12 (includes continental breakfast.) For reservations or information, contact Phyllis Wilkins at 229-0742 or pwilk@aol.com. 

MARCH 12

• “The Twelve Dancing Princesses, ” presented by Blue Springs City Theatre, 2 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.

• Tea Dance, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Music by the Joe Walker Dance Band. You're welcome to bring snacks to share. Admission, $6. Open to the public. 650-5400.

• 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. 

MARCH 13

• Beginning Excel, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. 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 461-2050.

• 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. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Tools for Job Seekers, for adults, 7 p.m. March 13 and 20, Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Acquire the basic tools needed when applying for jobs with this two-part series. Session one covers resume assistance and tips for filling out online job applications. Session two covers 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 525-9924.

• 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.

• 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.

• Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hy-Vee, 4545 S. Noland Road, Independence.

• Independence Garden Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, 4th floor, Independence. A a master gardener will present a program on “Growing Citrus for the Senses.” Light refreshments served. Visitors welcome. Don Bjuland, 461-4948.

• Xi Xi Sigma will attend City Council meeting, 7 p.m. Meet for dinner at Courthouse Exchange at 5:45 p.m.

• Alpha Omega Master attends Beta Sigma Phi Independence City Council. 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. 

– Jillayne Ritchie