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, 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. 

MARCH 14

• 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.

• Babes in the Woods: Are Snakes Slimy?, for babes under 36 months, 10 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Join us to discover snakes in a safe environment. We’ll play, sing and experience snakes in a fun way. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Conservation Kids Club: Expedition Burr Oak Woods, for ages 7 to 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Many people hike the six public trails at Burr Oak Woods, did you know that there are other places to hike as well? The foresters of Burr Oak Woods have been working hard to open up new areas for exploration throughout the 1,071 acres. Join us on an adventure through the forest on one of these new trails. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Healthy and Fit Over 40, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Certified health coach Nancy Oglesby shares the importance of healthy foods once you pass 40. Learn what foods support weight loss, brain health, and better energy and how sleeping better is a free byproduct of better health. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Teens at the Library, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Intermediate Word, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road.. Sharpen your document creation skills by learning several great features of Word. Prior attendance at the program Beginning Word is recommended. 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.

• Santa Fe Trail Republican Women's Club, an educational group for women of all ages interested in learning more about politics. Joy Freeland, 478-2449. 

MARCH 15

• Rock Island Rail Corridor Authority and KCATA Public Open House, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Raytown Wellness Center, 10301 E. M-350, Raytown. They will share design and development plans for the Rock Island Bicycle and Pedestrian Path Project. Those interested in learning more about the project can stop in at any time during the open house forum to ask questions and view displays. You need not be there the entire 90 minutes of the open house. For more information, visit www.RockIslandCorridor.org or call 503-4847.

• Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, 415 N. Sterling Ave. The menu also includes potatoes and carrots, dessert and drink. The cost, is $9.50. Carryouts available. 461-1956.

• 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.

Your Soul’s Purpose – Live with Ariel Viner, 8:30 p.m., Embassy Suites, Kansas City Plaza, 220 W. 43rd St., Kansas City. Kabbalists teach that every soul comes into this world with a job to do for itself and collectively for the world at large. It is not always easy, yet part of the journey of life is to uncover this true purpose. Learn tools to connect with your individual purpose, hear stories from the great kabbalists, and leave this insightful evening with a deeper relationship with your soul. Free admission. To register, call 800-522-2252 or email registration.USA@kabbalah.com.

• Tech Talks, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Whether you are a first-time computer user or have had lots of experience, there are always questions about technology. Bring your questions, or just listen and learn from other participants. You may bring your own laptops, computers or tablets. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Jokes, Riddles, and Anecdotes, for ages 8 and older, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Inspired by Abraham Lincoln, storyteller Jo Ho has gathered a grab bag full of jokes, riddles, and anecdotes you’ll want to use to make a point, answer a question, or make someone laugh. Come and sharpen your wits, tell a joke, and solve a riddle or two! Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Index It, for ages 11 to 18, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Join us for snacks, socializing, and dissection... dissection of old records, that is! Discover the fun of indexing as you identify vital information necessary for making family tree connections. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Beginning Ancestry Library Edition, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along. 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.

• 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.

• Independence Civil War Study Group, 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Drive, Independence. Randal Durbin interprets General U.S. Grant. Terry Elliott, 353-7617. 

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