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, 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. 

JULY 13

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

• 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.

• Kid Fest, for ages 6 and older, 6 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Party with us, there’s always room for more! Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Teens at the Library, 3:30 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Imagination Creation: Build A Better World With Art, 11:30 a.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Kids can create unlimited possibilities during this unstructured art workshop. Supplies are provided. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Accessing eBooks for Your Kids, for adults, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. If you can’t find a book for your child on our shelves, try looking in Mid-Continent Public Library’s digital collection. Learn how to access thousands of fun and educational digital titles for all ages from home for free! Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Draw Like Van Gogh, for ages 6 and older, 2 and 3 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Explore the creative vision of post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. Children will learn about Van Gogh, the inspiration of Arles, France, on his painting, and study his dynamic and energetic brush strokes in his Sunflowers. Then it’s their turn to use color, contrast, and patterns to create their version of Van Gogh’s masterpiece. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• 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.

• Using Findmypast, for beginners, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn to search billions of records to find your ancestors from all over the world. Records include U.S. and U.K. censuses, Irish records, and parish records from England and Wales. This class focuses on search tips as well as the types of records that can be found in Findmypast.com. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Blueprint Theater, for age 5 and older, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Kids are the architects and the construction crew. With help from improv artist Dennis Porter, they design a story by suggesting words and then build it as volunteer performers and enthusiastic audience members. Watch it all appear before your eyes. 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. 

• TOPS MO-0100 meeting, 9:30 a.m., Hill Cumorah Church, 4516 Phelps Road, Independence. 

JULY 14

• 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.

• 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. 

JULY 15

• “St. Cyril's Day” celebrating the Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius, St. Cyril's Parish, 11231 Chicago St., Sugar Creek. A High Mass, complete with Gregorian Chant and Polyphony, will be celebrated at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and music by the Sugar Creek Tamburitzans and members of the Hrvatski Obicaj. After Mass, there will be a party outside and downstairs, with dinner served. Menu: Croatian stew and bell cooking, potato salad, coleslaw, desserts and beverages. Free will donation. For questions, call Mary Puhr, 836-8599 or 769-5177.

• Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Dance class, 11 a.m. to noon, Dynamic Dance, 1901 S.W. U.S. 40; and open roller skating, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Rink Ratz, 513 S.W. Keystone Drive. Both activities are free.

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

• 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.

• Huge Church Garage Sale, 8 a.m. to 2 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.

• Wings of Love Presents Awesome Birds, for all ages, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Meet some of the world’s most awesome birds from rare parrots and a toucan to the world’s largest type of owl. Be prepared to be amazed when these feathered entertainers take the stage to talk, perform tricks, and sing songs. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Secrets of Spiders, for all ages, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Spiders are an amazing group of predators who often don’t get much respect. Come learn about some of the more than 300 species that reside in Missouri and go on an optional hike to search for and observe these unique eight-legged creatures in their natural habitat. No registration 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.

• This is Not a Box!, for age 3 and older, 10 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Join storyteller Jo Ho for “building with boxes” stories insulated with hilarious characters, concrete plots, and framed with lots of role-playing for carpenters of all ages. You don’t need plywood and plaster when you have a box. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• German Research Discussion Group, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Join a group dedicated to presenting and preserving genealogy from the German region. All skill levels are welcome. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Kids Create: Trebuchet Challenge, for ages 6 and older, 11 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• 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 16

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

• 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 17

• Tech Talk, 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.

• Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants, for adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Learn to identify and use the edible and medicinal native plants that grow in your yard and fields from the Wild Ones, a volunteer group at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. They will share recipes from their book, Eat Your Weedies. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Teens at the Library, 7 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. July 17. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you.

• Using Interlibrary Loan for Genealogy, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Discover how Interlibrary Loan can take your research beyond the Library by allowing you to order microfilm and books from other libraries across the country. This class covers internet sources and archival research. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• 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