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, JULY 8

• Antique and Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. More than 100 antique dealers and crafters will be offering collectibles and original crafts. You may purchase Polish sausages, hot dogs, hamburgers, “walking tacos,” kettle corn, lemonade and homemade cookies. There will be a prize drawing every hour. The Spirit of Independence Community Band will play at noon. Fair admission is free. Tour the Mansion between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for a fee. For questions, call 461-3491.

• Water Garden Society of Greater Kansas City self-directed water garden – There will be 44 ponds on tour. Tickets are $10 per person for ages 14 and older, and can be purchased at garden centers throughout the community, as well as Hen House, Westlake Hardware and Grass Pads in the Kansas City area. You may also pick up tickets locally at Brother’s Fish and Pets, Kansas City; Colonial Nursery, Blue Springs; Randy’s Lakeview Nursery, Lee’s Summit; and the Wild Bird Center, Independence. For groups, bus tours and other locations to purchase tickets, visit us at www.kcwatergardens.com.

• “The Snow Queen,” performed by Eulenspiegel Puppets, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. This puppet show is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Admission, $6. Call 833-9777 for reservations.

• Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Kids boot camp, 10 to 11 a.m., CrossFit Cerberus, 200 N.W. 11th St.; and interactive story time, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Inklings' Books & Coffee Shoppe, 1101 W. Main St. Both activities are free.

• 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.

• 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. Food, beverages, and snacks available. Admission, $7. Open to the public. 373-0221.

• Discover Nature Fishing, for families, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. This is a great time of year to take your family fishing. We will teach some fishing basics, provide equipment and worms and then let you practice your new fishing skills. Kids who attend will be entered in a drawing at the end of the summer for a new fishing pole and tackle box. Lessons 1 and 2 of the Discover Nature Fishing program are included in this class. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Cooking Wild: Catfish, for adults, 1 to 3 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Celebrate summer by cooking one of our most tasty and bountiful fish, the catfish! Catfish are found nearly everywhere in Missouri. They can grow large and are fun to catch. Join us as we learn how to catch, clean and cook these whiskered fish. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Stable T. Farms Petting Zoo, for all ages, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Bring the whole family to see these fun farm animals, and let the little ones pet rabbits, goats, and more. Presented by Stable T. Farms, this two-hour program ensures that every family, from those who are first in line to those who are fashionably late, spends quality time with their favorite farm friend. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• 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.

• 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. 

JULY 9

• Music in the Park, 6 to 8 p.m., Rotary Park, 600 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. “Ronni Ward Band” will play classic rock. Bring your lawn chairs and blanket for seating.

• Water Garden Society of Greater Kansas City self-directed water garden – There will be 44 ponds on tour. Tickets are $10 per person for ages 14 and older, and can be purchased at garden centers throughout the community, as well as Hen House, Westlake Hardware and Grass Pads in the Kansas City area. You may also pick up tickets locally at Brother’s Fish and Pets, Kansas City; Colonial Nursery, Blue Springs; Randy’s Lakeview Nursery, Lee’s Summit; and the Wild Bird Center, Independence. For groups, bus tours and other locations to purchase tickets, visit us at www.kcwatergardens.com.

• 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. 

JULY 10

• Medicare Explained in Plain English, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Get a straightforward and easy-to-understand explanation of Medicare and the benefits you may be entitled to receive. Designed for Medicare newbies, this program is especially helpful for those turning 65. 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. July 10. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you.

• 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. Visitors welcome. Call Don Bjuland at 461-4948.

• 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. 

JULY 11

• Popsicles in the Park, 6:30 to 8 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 Speck Road, Independence. The kids will enjoy their free frozen treats, while the parents are entertained by a performance. Free.

• Force and Motion, for ages 6 and older, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Explore and experience the invisible and amazing forces of physics – gravity, centripetal force, energy, and collisions. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Blue Springs Connections to its Early History, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Rhoda Harris settled with her husband, William, in the Blue Springs area in 1832. Re-enactor Barbara Hughes portrays this courageous and remarkable woman in a vignette highlighting her life. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Beginning Genealogy, 7 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.

• Exotics R Us, for all ages, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. 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 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. 

JULY 12

• The Mile Starts Here, 9 a.m., McCoy Park, 800 N. Bess Truman Pkwy., Independence. 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.

• Toddler Town, for ages 2 to 9, 9 to 11 a.m., Benton Park, 707 S. Crane St., Independence. Explore this playground and work on an outdoor craft with your child. Free.

• 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.

• Huge Church Garage Sale, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Colonial Hills Community of Christ, 3539 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. Select from furniture, housewares, dishes, home decor items, seasonal decorations, clothing, shoes, toys, tools, books, luggage, sporting goods, electronics and much more. Sale is inside and air-conditioned! Enjoy a meal, too. Proceeds benefits their youth camping program. 229-9344

• Getting to Know Our New Catalog: Searching, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Need help using the new online catalog? Come learn about all of the new features the library has added to help you access the books and other materials you need. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Beginning Word, for adults, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. This introduction will focus on how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Mad Science Presents Super Structures, for ages 4 and older, 10:30 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Explore how combining triangles, cylinders, and arches makes super sturdy structures. Build a bridge and a skyscraper, and then study tension by taking down a teetering tower of blocks. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020.

• The Giving Tree: How Trees Help Build a Better World, for ages 4 and older, 10 a.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Discover how one tree built a better world for one little boy at this special reading of Shel Silverstein’s classic story, and learn how trees make a difference in our world every day. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• 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. 

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