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 16

• 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.

• 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.

• Drop off items for Animals Best Friends Garage Sale, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., National Guard Armory building, 2323 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. Items accepted include dishes, electronics, toys, books, holiday decorations, mirrors, lamps, wall art, tools, furniture, bric-a-brac, and many other items. No shoes, clothing or mattresses will be accepted. (The sale is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 18 at the Armory.)

• Rhumba Dance Class, for ages 13 and older, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Thursdays, March 16-30, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $21. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Kids Lab, for ages 6 and older, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Discover how you can bring science and technology to life. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• The Library’s Future: A Community Stakeholder Discussion, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. MCPL would like to know how you think the Library can better serve your community over the next decade. If you cannot attend, a link to an online survey will be emailed to you so you can share your views on these subjects. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• National Association of Parliamentarians, Santa Fe Trail Unit, 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence. The study topic for this Unit meeting will be “Rescind and Reconsider,” presented by Joy Freeland, PRP. For questions, call 254-8105.

• Discover Your English Ancestors Online, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Join genealogist Claire Brisson-Banks for a look at several English genealogy websites, and learn helpful tips for using them in your research. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• KC Zoomobile: Amazing Amphibians, for age 5 and older, 7 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Explore the amazing world of amphibians with a story revealing facts about amphibian habitats and adaptations. Then meet two or three of the Kansas City Zoo’s amphibian animal ambassadors. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Basic Yoga, for adults, 6:30 p.m. March 16, 23 and 30, Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Join in this 3-week restorative class with slow-paced stretching, some simple breathing exercises, and perhaps seated meditation. This is a good place to learn basic poses, relaxation techniques and to become comfortable with yoga. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and/or towel. 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.

• The Write Place Poetry Society, 3 p.m., Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence. You are invited to come and read or to just listen. Jan Kroll, 254-5278.

• Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865, Louisa Volker Macklind Tent 24, 10:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1625 N.W. O'Brien, Lees Summit. Any woman aged 18 or older and has an ancestor who served the Union forces during the Civil War may be eligible to join. Call Dee Wolfe, president, 850-8684.

• Alpha Omega Master meeting, at the home of Sherry Hohenberg, with program by Chari McNamara and Sherry Hohenberg. 229-5915. 

MARCH 17

• Vintage Glass Show and Sale, hosted by the Heart of America Glass Collectors, 2 to 7 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. The event features Depression glass, elegant glass, Cambridge, Fenton, Fostoria, Heisey, Imperial, Morgantown, Seneca, Tiffin, Fiesta, Franciscan, Hall, Metlox and much more. Admission: $4.50. Register to win a door prize or an hourly prize. For questions, contact, David Hollingshead at 913-636-7825 or dgpremiums@yahoo.com or visit www.hoagc.org.

• “Moon Over Buffalo,” presented by Summit Theatre Group, 7:30 p.m., Metropolitan Community Collage-Longview Cultural Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 500 S.W. Longview Road, Lee’s Summit. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for students and senior adults, and may be purchased at www.summittheatre.org or one Lee’s Summit Hy-Vee stores.

• Third Friday Art Walk, 5:30 to 9 p.m. – The galleries in the Englewood Station Arts District, Winner Road and Sterling Avenue, in Independence, 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 Lecture: The Accidental President, noon, National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Bring your lunch and learn about John Tyler, the first vice president to ascend to the presidency upon the president's death. Free. For more information, call 325-7575.

• 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. They will also be offering a dinner of corned beef, cabbage, boiled potatoes, carrots and onions for $10. (Advance reservations are suggested, but not required.) 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.

• Shepherds Center of Independence, for ages 55 and older, Christ United Methodist Church 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. Registration and blood pressure checks start at 8:30 a.m. Activities: 9 a.m. travel, “Flying Birds Around the World” presented by Dean Hubbard; 10 a.m. Tai Chi by Master Konrad Smith, and the book review is audience participation; 11 a.m. potpourri, “Wagon Wheels and Water Wheels” by Ted Stillwell; 10 a.m.-noon Dominoes and Bridge. Registration is $1, lunch is $5. Call 350-4474.

• Beginning Genealogy, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips. 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. 

MARCH 18

• Vintage Glass Show and Sale, hosted by the Heart of America Glass Collectors, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. The event features Depression glass, elegant glass, Cambridge, Fenton, Fostoria, Heisey, Imperial, Morgantown, Seneca, Tiffin, Fiesta, Franciscan, Hall, Metlox and much more. Admission: $4.50. For questions, contact, David Hollingshead at 913-636-7825 or dgpremiums@yahoo.com or visit www.hoagc.org.

• Taco Dinner Fundraiser for Khai, 3 to 6:30 p.m., Duncan Estates Community Hall, 633 S.W. Burry St., Lee's Summit. Khai Hayes, the 7 year old son of Shaunte’ Hayes of Blue Springs, is in desperate need of assistance. Khai has a rare neurological condition called Cavernous Malformations, and proceeds from this event will help pay for a $5,000 deposit to be seen at Mayo Clinic Neurosurgery. Cost, $5 for 3 tacos.

• Animals Best Friends Garage Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., National Guard Armory building, 2323 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. All proceeds benefit the animals at ABF.

• “Moon Over Buffalo,” presented by Summit Theatre Group, 7:30 p.m., Metropolitan Community Collage-Longview Cultural Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 500 S.W. Longview Road, Lee’s Summit. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for students and senior adults, and may be purchased at www.summittheatre.org or one Lee’s Summit Hy-Vee stores.

• 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. A reception will also be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For questions, call 325-7115 or visit www.independenceartassociation.org.

• Hike the Rock Creek Trail: Signs of Spring Hike, 1 to 2:30 p.m., meet at the Country Club Park entrance, 2930 S. Norton, Independence. Hike from Country Club Park to Rotary Park and then back, a little less than 3 miles. The trail is easy, level and gravel-paved. For questions, call 325-7115.

• Emergency Preparedness Community Class: First Aid Basics, 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. For more information, visit www.indepmoep.org or call 325-7167.

• Napoleonic Muster, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage St., Sibley. Learn about the history of the unique relationship between the United States and France, and how important France was in helping establish and preserve America's independence. The Regiment will demonstrate the French drill, musket firing, uniforms and tactics of the French Army. Admission: $8 for adult; $4 for youth and senior adults. 650-3278.

• Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., inflatable activities, Giggles-N-Jiggles, 3713 U.S. 40 (clean socks required); and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., open swim, Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. (adult photo ID needed, kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool. Parents must accompany children under age 12.) Free.

• Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale, 9 a.m. to noon, Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6425 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown. Proceeds will benefit the Raytown Emergency Assistance Program. Cost, $6 for adults; $3 for 10 years and under.

• Tools for Job Seekers, for adults, 3 p.m. March 18 and 25. North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. In this two-part series, you'll acquire the basic tools needed when applying for jobs. Session one includes resume assistance and tips for filling out online job applications. Session two includes cleaning up online profiles and effective online communication. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Read to Reel Book Group Movie Screening: “The Big Sleep,” 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Join film critic and enthusiast Robert Butler for a special Read to Reel screening of this Hollywood film that came from a bestselling book. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Science City: Insects and Arachnids, for ages 6 and older, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Connect science and popular books to learn all about insects and arachnids. Join Science City educators for hands-on activities and experiments using science tools and materials to learn the science behind insects and arachnids. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Spring Fever Fishing and Hunting, for adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. 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 229-3571.

• How to Start a Business in Blue Springs, 10 a.m. to noon, Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. This class will walk you through the multiple steps of how to open and grow your business in Blue Springs. Learn about local resources in the Blue Springs community that can help you write a business plan, organize your business structure, find the right location, and how to go about receiving local, state and federal licensing and more. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• 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.

• Blue Springs Chapter DAR celebrates Women's History Month, 9:30-10 a.m. hospitality/continental breakfast; 10 a.m. meeting/program, Blue Springs County Club. Guest speaker Ann Mallinson: “Women and Inheritance in Colonial Times.” Cost, $12. Guests welcome. For reservations or information, contact Phyllis Wilkins at 229-0742 or email pwilk@aol.com. 

MARCH 19

• 44th Annual St. Joseph Table: Spaghetti Dinner and Cookie Sale, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Mark’s Parish, 3736 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Cost, $8 for adults; $3 for children. For questions, call 373-2600.

• Cash 4 Critters, a fun'd'raiser for wildlife, 2 to 6 p.m., Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E. Gregory, Kansas City. Activities: Scavenger hunt, ice cream sundae social, costume contest with prizes (dress up like your favorite critter), adult beverages and gourmet cupcakes; live music and art: Heather Thornton, The Night Owls, Heather's Art Garden, Two Headed Cow, Calvin Arsenia, Brian Ruskin and more. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. Donations needed: Cash, wild birdseed, cat and puppy chow, black oil sunflower mix, canned dog and cat food. Visit www.lakesidenaturecenter.org.

• Stand and Deliver: Mastering Public Speaking, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Gaining the confidence and poise needed for public speaking not only improves your ability to communicate professionally but also interpersonally. Learn the principles you need to speak at any event – casual or formal. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• 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 20

• Pickleball Lessons: Intermediate, 9 to 10 a.m. March 20 and 27, Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave. This is a class for intermediate strategies and drills, participants must be at the 3.0 skill level and above. Registration is free, call 228-0137.

• Tech Talks, for adults, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. 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.

• 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.

• Using Interlibrary Loan for Genealogy, for beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Discover how MCPL's Interlibrary Loan can help you access resources from other libraries across the country. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Cloud Storage, for adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. 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 224-8772.

• 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.

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

MARCH 21

• 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.

• Wild Greens of Spring, for adults, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. We will spring forward in search of wild greens and then have a chance to sample a tasty, nutritious spring salad. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Civil War in Jackson County, for adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. 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 252-0950.

• Picture This: Capturing Wildlife with Your Camera, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. The best wildlife photographers need special skills to get close enough to capture wary critters. Brent Frazee, retired outdoors editor for the Kansas City Star, provides tips on what it takes to get in position to take some great outdoor photos. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Get Dramatic: Create a Focal Wall in Any Room, for adults, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Lisa Holiman of Breath of Fresh Flair will 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 525-9924.

• Craft Group, for adults, 10 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Join us to meet new people, create new items, and even learn a thing or two. Quilt, knit, scrapbook, crochet, and more! Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020.

• 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. 

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