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 26

• The Mile Starts Here, 9 a.m., Independence Athletic Complex, 17800 E. Salisbury Road, 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., Glendale Park, 16010 E. Crackerneck Road, Independence. Explore this playground and work on an outdoor craft with your child. Free.

• Youth Flag Football League begins in August, school grade divisions: K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, and 6th-7th. This is a 12-week league, with 8 weeks of games. The league is supervised by Blue Springs Parks and Recreation and all coaches are parent volunteers. Child must be entering one of the grades listed for the 2017-18 school year. Cost, $60 per person. Registration deadline: July 26. To register, visit the Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave., or go to www.bluespringsgov.com/parks.

• Dance Classes, for ages 13 and older, line dancing from 6 to 7 p.m.; social dancing from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., Wednesdays, July 26-Aug. 30, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost for either class, $36. Call 228-0137 to register.

• 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.

• Introduction to Internet Genealogy, for beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center , 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. This is a beginner-level class for adults. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• The Business of Food Trucks: Ask the Experts, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Do you have a food truck dream? This is your chance to ask food truck industry experts your questions about making that dream come true, as well as receive valuable expert insights into getting started in the food truck industry. 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. 

JULY 27

• Moonlight Movies: “Finding Dory,” 9 p.m., projected onto the side of the Pharaoh Theater, Maple Avenue and Liberty Street, on the Independence Square. The movie will be shown free. A concession stand is available on site for movie snacks, plus pizza slices from Square Pizza and popcorn from the theater. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for seating. In the event of bad weather, the movie will be shown on Sunday at 9 p.m.

• Nature Story Time: Catching Toads, 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.

• Ballroom Dance Class: Cha Cha, for ages 7 and older, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., Thursdays, July 27-Aug. 10, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $21. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Exotics R Us, for all ages, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. 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 229-3571.

• 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.

• Researching Your Civil War Soldier, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center , 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Ever wanted to know more about that famous ancestor who served in the U.S. Civil War? Discover the sources you need to find ancestors that served in the Civil War as well as general information about the political, social, and cultural forces that affected their lives. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Dino O’Dell’s Build a Better World, for ages 2 and older, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. 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 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 28

• Tumbleweed, America's Outlaw Country Music Festival, today and Saturday, LaBenite Park, on the Missouri River in Sugar Creek. The festival music is centered on traditional country. Headliners: Jamey Johnson and Cody Jinks. Others set to appear are Whitey Morgan, Damien Gunn, Courtney Patton, Billy Joe Shaver, Jamie Wyatt, Roger Creager, William Clark Green, Colter Wall, Ward Davis, Sunny Sweeney, Jason Eady, Paul Cauthen, Mickey “ML750” Lamantia. A two-day general admission pass is $79, and a VIP pass is $199. Camping is $24 per person. It’s free for veterans, active-duty personnel, and children under 10. Camping and access tickets available at TumbleweedCountry.com.

• Summer In the City camp night, hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation, 6 to 9 p.m., Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City. Activity stations will be set up inside and outside the Discovery Center. Attendees will decorate camp bandanas, create art using natural materials, and see nature displays. Learn how to start a fire with flint and steel and throw darts with the atlatl. Visitors can also walk the trails in the outdoor classroom. This free walk-in camp welcomes all ages, and no registration is required. For questions, call 759-7300 or visit http://mdc.mo.gov//discoverycenter.

• “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” presented by the Raytown Arts Council, 7:30 p.m., Raytown South High School, 8211 Sterling Ave., Raytown. Tickets are $8 in advance, and $10 at the door, and are available at Raytown Hy-Vee and RaytownArts.com/tickets.

• 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.

• Teen Club, for teens and adults with disabilities, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Meetings always include free dinner, special guest and lots of fun. For questions, contact Diane Chrisman Schiefelbein at 229-2034 or dianesingsforjoy@comcast.net.

• Shrimp Dinners, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1000, 1002 E. U.S. 24, Independence. Cost, $12 for a 1/2 pound; $15 for a full pound. 836-3015. 

JULY 29

• Let's Move! Saturdays 6th Birthday Celebration, 1 to 3 p.m., Gage Center, 1101 N.W. Jefferson. There will be face painting, the DARE car, airbrush tattoos, Bump City and Ninja challenges, Wee Bus, radar timed pitches, demonstrations, CJC fire truck, DJ and music, hot dogs and popcorn and give aways. You'll also be able to meet Donatello, Captain American, Minions and more. This event is free and open to the public. For questions, email CarolJournagan@gmail.com.

• Big Pharma: Market Failure, 10 a.m., Pharaoh Cinema 4, 14 W. Maple Ave., Independence. This is a new documentary that looks at the facts and makes an effective business case for realizable change. It is a compelling drama that reveals the truth of pharma cost and what we can do about it. Hosted by Physicians for a National Health Program, Missourians for Single Payer, Missouri Healthcare for All, Medicare for All, Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Consumers Council of Missouri, Empower Missouri and Jobs with Justice. Free and open to the public. RSVP at the Facebook event Big Pharma: Market Failure or http://tinyurl.com/Big-Pharma-KCMO.

• Georgia Satellites with Billy Royce and Triple Trouble, the Stevie Ray Vaughan Experience, gates open at 5 p.m.; with concert starting at 7 p.m., Legacy Park Amphitheater, 897 N.E. Bluestem Drive, Lee's Summit. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. Presale tickets are $15 and are available at rocktheamp.net or by calling 969-1500. Tickets are $20 at the gate. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Concessions will be available.

• Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Tumbling, for ages 5 to 10, 10 to 11 a.m.,
TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox. Free.

• “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” presented by the Raytown Arts Council, 7:30 p.m., Raytown South High School, 8211 Sterling Ave., Raytown. Tickets are $8 in advance, and $10 at the door, and are available at Raytown Hy-Vee and RaytownArts.com/tickets.

• The Whole Person July Jubilee Celebration, a nonprofit center for independent living, 3710 Main St., Kansas City. There will be an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon, and the Fair and Flea Market with local vendors will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be an 'Art-Walk', an area for adaptive sports demonstrations, a Kids Corner, and appearances by KC Wolfe, Sluggerrr and Hat Trick Harry. For more information and times of their appearances, visit http://thewholeperson.org/news-events/special-events/july-jubilee or call Terri Goddard at 627-2220.

• 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.

• Snakes Alive, for adults, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Trot-lines, jug-lines; bows and gigs have been used to catch fish for many, many years. But, what are they and how do they work? Join us as we explore some of the different ways to catch fish. We will see how to set and then check lines that have been set in our pond to see what we caught! Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales, for ages 2 and older, 11 a.m. to noon, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! Our imaginations are the only limits. Walk-ins welcome. Call 228-3766.

• Summer Learning Wrap-Up Party, for all ages, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. It’s been a great summer and it’s time to celebrate! Join us for fun, games, and surprises. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Xi Xi Sigma help with Cargo 4 Kids, 9:45 a.m., Cargo Largo, Independence. Enjoy lunch afterward at Olive Garden.

• 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 30

• Music in the Park, 6 to 8 p.m., Rotary Park, 600 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. “Tell'n Lies” will play a variety of Motown, classic rock and blues. Bring your lawn chairs and blanket for seating.

• “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” presented by the Raytown Arts Council, 2 p.m., Raytown South High School, 8211 Sterling Ave., Raytown. Tickets are $8 in advance, and $10 at the door, and are available at Raytown Hy-Vee and RaytownArts.com/tickets.

• 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 31

• Family meals with summer vegetables, presented by University of Missouri Nutrition Program Associate Juana Lopez, 7 to 8 p.m., St. Paul United Methodist Church, 3601 S. Sterling Ave., Independence. Discover the wide choice of fresh summer vegetables that are available in July and August to create nutritional, delicious meals for your family. Adults and kids are invited to attend to inspire family-shared cooking duties. This is a free class to encourage healthy eating lifestyles. For questions, call Sara at 356-6986 or Juana Lopez at 506-3343.

• Ins and Outs of Fall Gardening, 6 p.m., Independence Health Department, 515 S. Liberty St., Independence. For information, call the Health Department at 325-7185.

• Teens at the Library, 7 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. July 31. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you.

• Summer Learning Wrap-Up Party, for all ages, 10 a.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. It’s been a great summer and it’s time to celebrate! Join us for fun, games, and surprises. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• 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. 

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