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 15

• “A Way Happier Ever After,” presented by Encore Theatre and Children's Performing Theatre of Independence, 7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. The show imagines some alternate endings to some beloved fantasy tales. Tickets are $7; $6 for ages 50 and older; $3 for ages 12 and under. For reservations, call 325-7367.

• “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.

• Snow in July, snow and ice are in the forecast for the Kansas City Zoo animals. Berlin will enjoy an icy paradise when two tons of ice are dumped into the Polar Bear Passage at 11:30 a.m. The river otters will also be enjoying a specially carved ice sculpture at 8 a.m. Beat the heat with the animals as they cool off with refreshing icy treats at all of the scheduled Zookeeper chats. Winter princesses and their snowy sidekick will also be taking pictures with Zoo guests. Check out all of the action from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• 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

• “A Way Happier Ever After,” presented by Encore Theatre and Children's Performing Theatre of Independence, 2 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. The show imagines some alternate endings to some beloved fantasy tales. Tickets are $7; $6 for ages 50 and older; $3 for ages 12 and under. For reservations, call 325-7367.

• 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.

• Snow in July, snow and ice are in the forecast for the Kansas City Zoo animals. Berlin will enjoy an icy paradise when two tons of ice are dumped into the Polar Bear Passage at 11:30 a.m. The river otters will also be enjoying a specially carved ice sculpture at 8 a.m. Beat the heat with the animals as they cool off with refreshing icy treats at all of the scheduled Zookeeper chats. Winter princesses and their snowy sidekick will also be taking pictures with Zoo guests. Check out all of the action from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• 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. 

JULY 18

• Popsicles in the Park, 6:30 to 8 p.m., St. Clair Park, 433 S. Farley, Independence. The kids will enjoy their free frozen treats, while the parents are entertained by a performance. Free.

• The Greens of Summer, for adults, 9 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Do you despair because you cannot seem to win the war against those pesky weeds that grow during the heat of summer? A wise philosopher once stated, “If you can’t beat them, join them!” Discover the usefulness and tastiness of purslane and other summer plants. You will never look at “weeds” in your own backyard the same way again! Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• A Pharaoh and a Canary: The Discovery of King Tut’s Tomb, for ages 6 and older, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Discover the story of artist and archaeologist Howard Carter, and learn how he uncovered the find of the century – the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Horse Hooves in the Grass, for all ages, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Who said horses can’t visit the library? Come to the library and meet, groom, and pet a beautiful horse. Then learn about horse care, horse safety, and much more. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Teens Create: Build Your Own World, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Unleash your imagination. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Census Records Research, for beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Explore how the U.S. Federal Census can help in your genealogy research. Learn what census years are available, what information they contain, how to access them, and the various information included on each federal census. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Build a Better World through Science, for ages 6 and older, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. 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 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.

• 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. 

JULY 19

• 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.

• Toddler Town, for ages 2 to 9, 9 to 11 a.m., Beckett Park, 2701 S. Cherokee, 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.

• Getting to Know Our New Catalog: My Account, 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 how to personalize your account, create lists, and share the books you love. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Finding Your Italian Ancestors: Italian Civil Registration Records, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. If you have located where in the home country your ancestors are from, this class will show you how to locate and request Italian civil records online to discover more about them. 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. 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