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, 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.

• Bugs Extravaganza, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lakeside Nature Center in Swope Park, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City. Learn about bugs in an interactive fashion. Tables include metamorphosis, ‘how bugs see’, noises bugs make, cool scientific trivia (X-rays, fossils, etc). Tattoos of bugs and crafts are included. Kids are invited on a ‘bug’ walk – they identify bug types from large photos and win a small prize. There will be live caterpillars munching away on their favorite leaves. Crafts and tattoos round out the experience. For more details, visit www.lakesidenaturecenter.org.

• 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

• IPD Officer Tom Wagstaff BBQ Benefit & Ball planned for June 24, competition judging is at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner 6 p.m., Cass County Elks Lodge 2791, 2402 Missouri 291, Harrisonville. In addition to the barbecue competition, there will be live entertainment, a Glock 17 pistol raffle and more. Tickets are $20 for ages 18 and older; $10 for ages 9 to 17; and kids 8 and younger eat free. Tickets for dinner will be sold at the door. All proceeds go to Tom Wagstaffs, “Answering the Call” Greater Kansas City Public Safety Credit Union fund. For questions, contact Loran Freeman at 935-7764 or lfreeman@indepmo.org. 

• 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. 

JUNE 20

• Popsicles in the Park, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Beckett Park, 2701 S. Cherokee St., Independence. The kids will enjoy their free frozen treats, while you are entertained by a performance. Free.

• Breakfast & Blooms planned for June 24, Bingham-Waggoner Estate is hosting its annual breakfast and garden tour. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m., on the Estate grounds, 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Enjoy the simple pleasures of a home-style breakfast with eggs, sausage, country potatoes and all the trimmings. Gardens may be visited between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and include five local, private gardens and one commercial garden. Tickets are $25 and includes breakfast, the garden tour and entitles you to tour the Estate any day through Oct. 30. Tickets for breakfast only are $11; and to visit the gardens only, $20. For tickets, call Shireen at 461-3491 or visit the Carriage House on the Estate.

• Paranormal Investigations planned for June 24, for ages 12 and older, 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m., Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage St., Sibley. Visitors will participate in a search for paranormal activity throughout the historic Fort with trained ghost hunters! Observe the tools the professionals use to interact and detect spirits that inhabit this historical site. Feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up straight! Minors ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Investigation requires traveling distances up to ¼ mile at a time. Individuals needing additional assistance must notify Fort Osage staff at time of reservation. Advanced reservations required. Cost, $15. For registration information, call 229-8980 or email fortosage@jacksongov.org.

• Exotics R Us, for all ages, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Exotics R Us brings the zoo to the Library with its collection of unique animals, including tortoises, foxes, monkeys, porcupines, and felines. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Everyday Self-Defense Techniques, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Increase your self-defense IQ with lessons in tactics most everyone can use at a moment’s notice, including hit-and-run escapes and pressure points. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Build a Better/Be a Better World, for all ages, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Award-winning juggler Brian Wendling uses his hyperactive skills to show how building a better world is like juggling, it’s done one step at a time. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Introduction to Internet Genealogy, for beginners, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along. 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.

• 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., Art Squared gallery, located in The Emporium, 111 N. Main St., on the northeast corner of the Independence Square. Guest and new members are always welcome. Visit www.independenceartassociation.org. 

JUNE 21

• 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. In case of rain or inclement weather, the walk meets at the Independence Center. For questions, call the Independence Health Department at 325-7185.

• Martial Arts Classes begin June 26, for ages 4 to 6, 5:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays/Wednesdays, June 26-Aug. 2, Excel Family Martial Arts. This classes focuses on physical fitness, self-defense and flexibility training. Cost, $46.75. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Worms and Dirt planned for June 24, 10 to 11:30 a.m., The Gardens at Unity Village, 150B Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Stan Slaughter, Eco-Troubadore, will teach Little Sprouts about red worms. Learn how they are fed, why we need worms and maybe handle a worm or two. Cost, $5 for one child; $10 for two or more. Cash or check accepted. For reservations, call 682-9725.

• 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.

• International Day of Yoga, for adults, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Attend a class at one of our participating branches, and discover why yoga is still popular after more than 5,000 years. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• International Day of Yoga, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Join the Library in celebrating this timeless practice that brings together the body and mind to promote health and well-being. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Intermediate Word, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Sharpen your document creation skills with several great features of Microsoft Word. Attendance of the program “Beginning Word is suggested. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Film Series: Disney Classics, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Join film critic and enthusiast Robert Butler for this four-week series exploring four of Walt Disney’s most iconic and groundbreaking animated features: Snow White, Pinocchio, Bambi, and Fantasia. See the films and then get the background on these timeless classics. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• Exotics R Us, for all ages, 10:30 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Exotics R Us brings the zoo to the Library with its collection of unique animals, including tortoises, foxes, monkeys, porcupines, and felines. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020.

• International Day of Yoga, for adults, 10 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Join the Library in celebrating this timeless practice that brings together the body and mind to promote health and well-being. Attend a class at one of our participating branches, and discover why yoga is still popular after more than 5,000 years. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• 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. Ralph Monaco will give a presentation about William Wallace's pursuit of the James Gang. Terry Elliott, 353-7617. 

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