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. 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19

• Bird banding, 3 to 5 p.m., at the Missouri River Bird Observatory at George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Bird banding is a fascinating experience for everyone. Scientists catch the birds in nets, band and release them. Everyone will likely have the chance to release a bird outside.

• The Mile Starts Here, 9 a.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. Meet in the parking lot behind Bass Pro by the playground. Come meet others who enjoy being active. For questions, call the Independence Health Department at 325-7185.

• Spring Craft and Vendor Fair planned for April 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Franklin Smith Elementary Gym, 1609 S.W. Clark Road, Blue Springs. Crafters and vendors are needed. The cost is $35 for a 6' X 8' booth space and 2 chairs. Table(s) provided for a $5 fee. Specify if you need access to electrical (you provide your own extension cords.) You may bring equipment, displays and tables. Setup is 7 a.m. April 29. For a registration form, contact Mandie Scott, 935-1040 or mandiescott@live.com or Robyn Weber, 352-9574 or r_web23@hotmail.com.

• Beginning Excel, for adults, 7 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.

• Job Fair with Work Express, for adults, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Explore your employment options at a free job fair presented by MCPL in partnership with Work Express. Meet with motivated employers looking for workers in a variety of positions. Come prepared to apply and possibly interview for jobs. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• Using Interlibrary Loan for Genealogy, for beginners, 7 p.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.

• 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. Keith Nelson: The Crowley family of Clay County – “Always on the Frontier.” Terry Elliott, 353-7617. 

APRIL 20

• Ginny Farney from the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Greater Kansas City will speak, 10 a.m., Blue Ridge Boulevard Christian Church, 3625 Blue Ridge Blvd., Independence. FCA-GKC is non-profit, all volunteer organization. They educate and support people in making informed decisions about death related services, consistent with their values. She will discuss funeral law and misconceptions, consumer's rights and options, and share the most recent funeral price survey of funeral homes in the metro area.

• Young Rembrandts Drawing Class: All About, 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.

• The Library’s Future: A Community Stakeholder Discussion, 7 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. MCPL would like to know how you think the Library can better serve your community over the next decade. This meeting will have opportunity for discussion and participation. If you cannot attend, a link to an online survey will be emailed to you so you can share your views on these subjects with the Library. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Kid Reads, for ages 6 and older, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Read it. Love it. Share it. Experience a book like never before! Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), Santa Fe Trail Unit, meeting, 6:30 p.m., St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 727 N. Main St., Independence. During this Parliamentary Procedure Workshop, there will be presentations from three Professional Registered Parliamentarians on Most Used Motions, Preparing the Agenda and Bylaws Basics. For questions, call 254-8105.

• Answering America’s Call: Nurse Grace Anderson, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Follow the life of World War I nurse Grace Anderson from her entrance into the U.S. Army Nurse Corps at Camp Pike to her work saving lives on the Western Front in vignettes performed by re-enactor Barbara Hughes. 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.

• 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 Beta Sigma Phi Chapter meeting at the home of Margie Sloan; with program by April Milam. 229-5915. 

APRIL 21

• Great Circle Open House, 10 a.m., 18610 E. 37th Terrace South, Independence. Learn about the ways Great Circle's work improves lives impacted by child abuse and neglect through behavioral health and community counseling services, parenting support, foster family recruitment and more. There will be light refreshments and fun activities, plus learn about their innovative programs and meet the skilled staff. Free. Contact denise.bogue@greatcircle.org, call 795-1484 or visit www.greatcircle.org/donate/events.

• 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.

• Shepherds Center of Independence, Adventures in Learning, for senior adults, Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. Registration, blood pressure checks, coffee and fellowship, 8:30 to 9 a.m. Workshops: Travel, 9 a.m., 20 years of Powell Gardens, presented by Dean Hubbard; book review, 10 a.m., “Bess W. Truman” by Margaret Truman, presented by Jeanette Melton; 11 a.m., Tai Chi with Master Konrad Smith or potpourri, “The Secret Key,” presented by Bill Webb. Dominos are also available. Lunch is at noon, $5. Registration fee, $1. To register, call 350-4475.

• 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. 

APRIL 22

• Benefit Dinner for Officer Tom Wagstaff and Family planned for April 27, 4 to 8 p.m., St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 9349 E. 65th St., Raytown. Independence Police Officer Tom Wagstaff was shot while answering a burglary call. Dinner includes a fish, chicken or pasta selection, along with a salad bar, dessert bar, and a drink. There will also be a silent auction and raffle; attendance to win not required. Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for ages 12 and under. Carry-out available. For tickets, call Linda Gerding at 356-5856.

• Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Event, 8 a.m. to noon, Pink Hill Park, 2715 N.W. Park Drive, Blue Springs. Residents from Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Lake Tapawingo, Sugar Creek, Lone Jack, Lake Lotawana, Sibley, Missouri City, Levasy, Unincorporated Jackson County and other communities in the Regional HHW Collection Program may attend this or any of the other mobile events free of charge. To find out if you live in a participating community call 816-701-8226 or go to www.recyclespot.org. Materials accepted include: Automotive fluids, batteries, paint, paint-related products, lawn and garden chemicals, house cleaners, glues and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Electronic waste and business waste will not be accepted.

• Lake City Rendezvous, for all ages, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lake City Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, 28505 E. Truman Road, Buckner. Activities: Re-enactors will rendezvous to celebrate the early 1800s; hunters/trappers will swap yarns while trading and selling pelts; black powder shooting matches with rifles, pistols and shotguns; cooking fires to take visitors back in time; blacksmiths will use brute force to shape iron into useful tools; plus axe and knife throwing, atlatl, archery, knife making, traders, wild edibles, trapping demonstrations, flint knapping, blacksmithing, primitive fire starting, period appropriate children’s games and much more. No registration required. For questions, call 249-3194 or visit www.mdc.mo.gov/lakecity.

• “Fill Those Trucks,” presented by the Youth Advisory Council at the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the following Hy-Vee locations: 4545 S. Noland Road, Independence (benefitting Community Services League); 625 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs (benefiting Community Services League); 9400 E. Missouri 350, Raytown (benefiting Raytown Emergency Assistance Program); 310 S. W. Ward Road, Lee’s Summit (benefiting Lee’s Summit Social Services.) The students have the goal of collecting 10,000 donated items at each location and filling a box truck in 8 hours.

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

• Coalition of Historical Trekkers, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage St., Sibley. Explore the skills necessary to be self-sufficient in the rugged wilderness of the American frontier as skilled interpreters from around the country gather. Witness arts, crafts and customs from the 18th and 19th centuries. Admission: $8 for adults; $4 for youth and senior adults. For questions, visit makeyourdayhere.com/historicsites or call Heather Campbell at 650-3452.

• Paper for Pollinators, for all ages, 1 to 2 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Bees, butterflies and many other insects pollinate native flowers. Celebrate Earth Day and walk in anytime between 1-2 p.m. to make a recycled paper decoration with native seeds that you can plant to grow pollinator-friendly flowers. No registration required. 228-3766.

• Sale-ing into Spring Indoor Garage Sale, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Explore more than 20 booths set up by local vendors. If you'd like to set up a booth, the cost is $23 for a 10' by 10' space. Admission, $1; children 11 and under are free. Call 228-0181 to reserve your booth.

• 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.

• Access Art, North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. This all-day event for all ages will have multiple opportunities for participants to create new works of art. For adults: Beginning watercolor, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; beginning chalk pastels, 9-10:30 a.m.; introduction to Adobe Photoshop, 9 a.m.; off-loom weaving, 1 p.m. For teens: Altered Book: Self portrait, 1 p.m.; metal stamping, 10 a.m.; For Children: Dragons to wear, for all ages, 9 a.m.; Draw Like Van Gogh, for ages 6 and older, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are required for some sessions; for more information and a full schedule, visit mymcpl.org/accessart or call the library at 252-0950.

• READ to a Dog, for ages 3 and older, 3 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Sit down and read to some very good listeners – Pet Partner Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ). Dogs will be available for 10-minute sessions to help children improve their reading skills and build self-confidence. Space is limited. Call for details. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Photos Gone Wild: Capturing Wildlife with Your Camera, for teens, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. The best wildlife photographs take special skills to get close enough to capture wary critters. Outdoor writer and photographer Brent Frazee shares tips on what it takes to get in position to take great outdoor photos. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• READ to a Dog, for ages 3 and older, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Sit down and read to some very good listeners – Pet Partner Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ). Dogs will be available for 10-minute sessions to help children improve their reading skills and build self-confidence. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Creation Stations: YouTube, for teens, 2 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. April 22. Learn to create, quickly edit, and post videos using today’s most viewed video site. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. 

APRIL 23

• Annual Cherry Blossom Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Come celebrate our sister city Higashimurayama, Japan. This event is presented by the Japanese Sister City Commission in partnership with the Japan American Society. Enjoy food and culturalactivities, plus watch a Japanese Language Contest.

• Spirit of Independence Concert Band 20th Anniversary Concert, 4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. The concert includes patriotic music, marches, spiritual music, a bit of jazz and some original Concert Band music. Free and open to the public. There will be a refreshment/donation table as you enter the auditorium.

• 6th Annual Independence Park Trot 5K Run/Walk planned for May 6, 8 a.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. Register by April 23 at www.IndependenceParkTrot.com for chip-timing. For questions, call 325-7185.

• 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. 

ONGOING EVENTS

• Vaile Mansion tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, located at 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. 325-7430. 

• Bingham-Waggoner Estate tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, located at 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. 461-3491. 

• 1827 Log Courthouse, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday through October, 107 W. Kansas Ave., Independence. Open by appointment after 2 p.m. Call 325-7890. 

• 1859 Jail & Marshal's Home Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, 217 N. Main St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. 461-1897. 

• Chicago & Alton Depot, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday, Thursday-Saturday; 12:30 to 4:15 p.m. Sundays, through October, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Donations welcome. 325-7955. 

• 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