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, JUNE 15

• Nature Story Time: Building a Bird Nest, 10 and 11 a.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road. Explore nature, make nature crafts and hear great stories. Free. To register, call 325-7115.

• Gallery Walk: Life on the Trail, 2 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Learn more about daily life on the trail in this 30-minute guided gallery walk. Free with regular museum admission, $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 17. 325-7575.

• Preserving and Preparing Summer Produce, 6 p.m., Trails West Library, 11401 E. 23rd St. S., Independence. For information, call the Independence Health Department at 325-7185.

• Imagination Creation, for all ages, 11:30 a.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Build a better world with art. Kids can create unlimited possibilities during this unstructured art workshop. The Library provides the supplies. kids provide the imagination. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Kids Create, for ages 6 and older, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Summer Break Art Studio, for all ages, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Join us at the Library as we have an art free for all! We’ll have glitter, stickers, colored pencils, markers, and other art supplies that kids of all ages can use to make their next masterpiece! Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Hidden Treasures at MGC, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Unlock MGC’s many treasures with a tour of the Library’s little-known resources. This class is an intermediate-level class. 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.

• TOPS MO-0100 meeting, 9:30 a.m., Hill Cumorah Church, 4516 Phelps 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., Bass Pro Shops, 18001 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, in the Conservation Room on the lower level. 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. 

JUNE 16

• Movies in the Park: “Moana,” activities begin at 7:30 p.m.; movie is at dusk, Rotary Park, 600 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Grab a blanket and a lawn chair and enjoy a free outdoor movie and popcorn under the stars. Rated PG.

• Abstract Chemistry exhibit opening reception, 6 to 9 p.m., Primary Colors Gallery, 109 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. The exhibit will be on display through July 15. For questions, call 254-2106.

• 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.

• Skateboard Competition, sponsored by Elks Lodge 2509, 4 p.m. registration; 5 p.m. start time, Old Mill Skate Park, Blue Springs. Three divisions: Beginners, 10 years old and under; intermediate, 18 months of experience or more; expert, more than 2 years experience. Cost, $10. Helmets and signed waivers are required. Rain out date: June 23. Pre-registration recommended. To register, call 228-0137.

• Home Alone and on Your Own planned for June 25, for ages 7 to 12, 4 to 7 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Children will learn how to make their home more safe, fun and less scary. Topics include emergencies and stranger danger. Cost, $25. Registration deadline: June 19. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Beginning Ancestry Library Edition, for adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. This is a beginner-level class for adults. Basic computer literacy is needed. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Dinosaur O’Dell’s Build a Better World, for ages 2 and older, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Take a musical trip around the world with award-winning educator and songwriter Dino O’Dell, and discover how you can build a better world whether you’re swimming with piranhas in South America or jumping with kangaroos in Australia. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• 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. 

JUNE 17

• “Imagination Celebration,” performed by puppeteer Kraig Kensinger, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. Enjoy a showcase of dazzling puppet styles and then learn to create puppets from recycled items. Admission, $6. Call 833-9777 for reservations.

• Emergency Preparedness Class: Food storage, 10 a.m. to noon, Fire Station 1, 950 N. Spring St., Independence. Learn the basics about how take care of yourself and your family in a disaster. For questions, call 325-7167.

• Hambingo, an Animals Best Friends fundraiser, 4 to 6 p.m., Hamburger Mary's, 3700 Broadway, Suite 110, Kansas City. Join in an evening of fun while help the ABF animals. You'll receive 10 bingo cards for $10, plus there will be a 50/50 raffle.

• Trail Fun: Daily life on the Oregon Trail, 1 to 3 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Explore the galleries with a special folder to learn about daily life on the trail. Free with regular museum admission, $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 17. 325-7575.

• Drumm Farm Market, 8 a.m. to noon through October, 3210 Lee's Summit Road. Like them at www.Facebook.com/Drummforkids. For questions, call 373-3434.

• Independence Farmers & Craft Market, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October, located just south of the Independence Square at the northwest corner Walnut and Liberty streets. Spend $1 of your SNAP benefits and receive $2 to spend on produce.

• Blue Springs Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to noon through October, located at 11th and Main streets in downtown Blue Springs.

• Lee's Summit Farmers Market, 7 a.m. until sold out through November, located at Second and Douglas streets.

• Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Bump City/Dragon Ninja, 11 a.m. to noon, Gage Center, 1101 N.W. Jefferson; and speed and agility for ages 6 to 12, 1 to 2 p.m. Freedom Fitness, 1241 S.W. M-7. Both activities are free.

• Discover Nature Families: Archery, for families with children ages 8 and older, 10 a.m. to noon, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Rediscover the ancient art of archery! Bring your family to learn the fundamentals and proper techniques of this traditional sport then enjoy some target practice together. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Take me Down to the Little Blue Trace: Wild Edible Foraging, for adults, 9 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. So you are not sure where you can gather wild edible plants? The Little Blue Trace Trail is a great place you can go. Bring your cameras, smart phones, ID books and collection bags. We are going foraging! Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Ready! Set! Create!, for ages 5 and older, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Come to the Library for four weeks of creative fun as we construct domino races, marble obstacles, cardboard mazes, and more. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Build a Better World through Science, for ages 6 and older, 10 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. It takes experimenting and hypothesizing to build a better world. Discover how we can work together to make the world a better place by asking, “What if?” and “What could happen?” Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• The Haunting of Glore Psychiatric Museum, for adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Once part of State Lunatic Asylum No. 2, the Glore Psychiatric Museum is rumored to be a site of paranormal activity. Join paranormal researcher and investigator Becky Ray for an examination of these hauntings and the museum’s history. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Going Batty, for ages 6 and older, 11 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Uncover the truth behind one of nature’s most misunderstood mammals. Discover the secret lives of bats, the science behind echolocation, their environmental benefits, the many varieties of bats in our region, and then look at a bat skeleton. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• Stable T. Farms Petting Zoo, for all ages, 10 and 11 a.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Bring the whole family to see these fun farm animals, presented by Stable T. Farms, and let the little ones pet rabbits, goats, and more. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Force and Motion, for ages 6 and older, 3 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Explore and experience the invisible and amazing forces of physics – gravity, centripetal force, energy, and collisions. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW (CEA-HOW) meeting, a 12 - Step fellowship for anyone suffering from compulsive eating, anorexia, and bulimia, 11 a.m. to noon, North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, lower level, 317 U.S. 24, Independence. There are no dues or fees. For questions, visit, www.ceahow.org. 

JUNE 18

• Music in the Park, 6 to 8 p.m., Rotary Park, 600 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. “Abbey Road” will play Beatles tunes. Bring your lawn chairs and blanket for seating.

• Father's Day at the Zoo – Celebrate dad with a relaxing day at the Zoo. Papa bears will receive complimentary admission in celebration of Father's Day. Dad will also receive a free hot dog outside Helzberg Penguin Plaza thanks to our friends at Sun Fresh Market. Learn how dads of the Animal Kingdom take care of their families, especially Radi, who looks out for his gorilla troop, including youngster Masika. Spend the day with your cubs and the dads of the animal kingdom at the Kansas City Zoo.

• 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. 

JUNE 19

• Tech Talk, 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 had lots of experience, there are always questions waiting to be asked about technology. Bring your questions to the branch, or just come to listen and learn from other participants. You can bring your own laptop computer or tablet. 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.

• Intermediate Excel, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. If you are ready to go beyond just making lists in Microsoft Excel, this class will teach you several great features. Attendance of the program Beginning Excel is suggested. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Teens Create: Beginning Knitting, 7 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Unleash your imagination. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020.

• 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. 

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