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. 

TUESDAY, AUG. 1

• Popsicles in the Park, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sycamore Hills Park, 3700 S. Haden Drive, Independence. The kids will enjoy their free frozen treats, while the parents are entertained by a performance. Free.

• Little Blue Valley Park Master Plan Update, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Raytown Schools Education and Conference Center (the old Aquila Office Building), 10750 Missouri 350, Raytown. The Master Plan provides a framework for development within the 95 acre Little Blue Valley Park, the former home of Kansas City International Raceway (KCIR), located at 8201 Noland Road. Public participation is essential while developing the Master Plan Update. At the meeting, citizens will be able to offer feedback to Kansas City Parks & Recreation staff. For questions, call Rodney Riffle at 513-7619 or rodney.riffle@kcmo.org.

• 2017 Great American Eclipse: The Day the Sun Goes Dark, for adults, 3 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. On Aug. 21, Missouri will truly become the Show-Me State when a swath from St. Joseph to near Cape Girardeau will offer some of the best viewing of what’s being called The Great American Eclipse. Join us to learn the science behind eclipses, all about the special effects the moon and the sun create together, and when, where, and how best to safely view it. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• 2017 Great American Eclipse: The Day the Sun Goes Dark, for adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. On Aug. 21, Missouri will truly become the Show-Me State when a swath from St. Joseph to near Cape Girardeau will offer some of the best viewing of what’s being called The Great American Eclipse. Join us to learn the science behind eclipses, all about the special effects the moon and the sun create together, and when, where, and how best to safely view it. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Prudence, the Part-Time Cow, for ages 4 and older, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Prudence is a cow who loves science, architecture, and engineering, but her herd thinks she’s gone overboard with her inventions. Hear the story of Prudence and build your own great gadget. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Beginning Genealogy, 2 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.

• Distracted Driving, for teens, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Distracted driving claimed 3,477 lives in 2015. Learn how texting isn’t the only thing that can take your attention off the road and the impact all these interruptions can have on you, your friends, and family. 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. 

AUG. 2

• 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.

• 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.

• 2017 Great American Eclipse: The Day the Sun Goes Dark, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. On Aug. 21, Missouri will truly become the Show-Me State when a swath from St. Joseph to near Cape Girardeau will offer some of the best viewing of what’s being called The Great American Eclipse. Join us to learn the science behind eclipses, all about the special effects the moon and the sun create together, and when, where, and how best to safely view it. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• Toddle Town on Tour, 9 to 11 a.m., Mill Creek Park, 1717 N. River Blvd., Independence. Explore the playground and work on an outdoor craft with your child.

• Infant Child Pediatric CPR class planned for Aug. 9, for ages 13 and older, 6 to 8 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Learn what you can do to act fast in an emergency situation. CPR certification will be received upon completion. Cost, $35. Registration deadline: Aug. 2. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Resume Help with WorkExpress, for adults, 10 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. A WorkExpress professional will be at the Library to help you write or update your resume on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Please pick up a Resume Creation worksheet at the Library prior to the program. 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. 

AUG. 3

• Popsicles in the park, 5 to 9 p.m., O'Renick Park, Sterling Avenue and Heroes Way Memorial Drive, Sugar Creek.

• Moonlight Movies: “The Lego Batman Movie,” 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.

• Fall Plants, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Independence Health Department, 515 S. Liberty St. To participate, you must be a member of the Kansas City Community Garden. If you're not a member, you may sign up between 4:30 and 6 p.m. Membership is $2 for those who qualify for low or no income; all others, $12. For questions, call 325-7185.

• Nature Story Time: Crazy Caterpillars, 10 and 11 a.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Explore nature, make nature crafts and hear great stories. Wear outside play clothes. Free. To register, call 325-7115.

• Movies in the Park: The Croods, gates open at 7 p.m.; show starts at approximately 8:30 p.m., Legacy Park Amphitheater, 897 N.E. Bluestem Drive, Lee's Summit. Bring the entire family to the to watch a movie under the stars. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. Admission is free. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Concessions will be available.

• Rummage Sale, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Timothy Lutheran Church, Family Life Center, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. There will be clothing, toys, household items, furniture, books, jewelry, knickkacks, and more. Proceeds benefit the school's scholarship fund.

• Build a Magical World, for ages 3 and older, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Tommy Terrific will open his Magician’s Handbook for a worldwide tour of the greatest architectural structures ever imagined to inspire kids to build their own magical world at the Library. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Brick Wall Discussion Group, 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Have you hit a brick wall in your genealogy research? You are not alone. Get together with others to share helpful information, network, and gather inspiration to help you continue your genealogy project. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Using FamilySearch, for beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Build a Magical World, for ages 3 and older, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Tommy Terrific will open his Magician’s Handbook for a worldwide tour of the greatest architectural structures ever imagined to inspire kids to build their own magical world at the Library. 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. 

AUG. 4

• Music in the Park, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Well's Park, Sterling Avenue and Gill Street, Sugar Creek. Music performed by the “School House String Band.”

• Full Moon Hike: Corn Moon planned for Aug. 5, 8 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. You must be able to hike off-trail. No baby strollers or light-up shoes allowed. Free, but registration is required by 5 p.m. Aug. 4. To register, call 325-7115.

• Movies in the Park: “Surf's Up” A Major Ocean Picture, activities begin at 7:30 p.m.; movie begins at dusk, Rotary Park, 600 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Enjoy a free outdoor movie and popcorn under the stars. This family-friendly movie is displayed on a huge inflatable screen with a state-of-the-art projection and sound system. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

• Blues Fest, gates open at 5 p.m.; with concert starting at 7 p.m., Legacy Park Amphitheater, 897 N.E. Bluestem Drive, Lee's Summit. Enjoy free music from Knock Kneed Sally, Doghouse Daddies and the Brandon Miller Band. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. Concessions available.

• Martial Arts class begins Aug. 7, for ages 4 to 6, 5:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays/Wednesdays, Aug. 7-Sept. 13, Excel Family Martial Arts, Blue Springs. Cost, $46.75. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Rummage Sale, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Timothy Lutheran Church, Family Life Center, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. There will be clothing, toys, household items, furniture, books, jewelry, knickkacks, and more. Proceeds benefit the school's scholarship fund.

• 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.

• Encore Theatre meeting, 1:30 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Adults 50 and older are invited to join this fun-loving group who are interested in all aspects of theatre. 

AUG. 5

• Play Ball, Independence Mayor Eileen Weir is inviting Independence youth ages 7 to 14, to join her at the Mayor’s Play Ball Challenge, 8:30 to 11 a.m., Independence Athletic Complex Baseball Fields, 17800 E. Salisbury Road. The “Play Ball Summer” initiative was created by the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) to encourage kids to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle while enjoying the fun of baseball. Mayors across the country are sponsoring events in their communities. Student athletes will compete in four age and gender groups in a Pitch, Hit, Run event. The winners in the eight categories will be awarded trophies. The first 100 participants will be given a commemorative medal, an Adventure Oasis youth pass and will be entered to win two Royals tickets. Learn more about the Initiative at www.usmayors.org/play-ball. To learn more about the Independence Parks, Recreation and Tourism department and programs, visit indep.us/parksrectourism.

• Uncle Kracker, gates open at 5 p.m.; with concert starting at 7 p.m., Legacy Park Amphitheater, 897 N.E. Bluestem Drive, Lee's Summit. Enjoy a night of country rick under the stars. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. Advance tickets are $25 and are available at rocktheamp.net or by calling 969-1500. Tickets are $35 at the gate. Food and beverage vendors on-site. No pets or outside food and beverages allowed.

• Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs, dance class, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Dynamic Dance, 1901 N.W. U.S. 40; and one free game of bowling, noon to 2 p.m., Lunar Bowl, 2001 N.W. M-7 (clean tennis shoes required). Both activities are free.

• Martial Arts class begins Aug. 8, for ages 7 and older, 5:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays, Aug. 8-Sept. 14, Excel Family Martial Arts, Blue Springs. Cost, $46.75. Call 228-0137 to register.

• 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.

• “Cool Treats and Hot Beats” Ice Cream Social, 2 to 5 p.m., on the north lawn of the First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. In addition to ice cream and assorted desserts, entertainment will be provided. For questions, call 252-6100 or visit www.fccindepmo.org.

• Rummage Sale, 8 a.m. to noon, Timothy Lutheran Church, Family Life Center, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. There will be clothing, toys, household items, furniture, books, jewelry, knickkacks, and more. Proceeds benefit the school's scholarship fund.

• Free Health Clinic, 9 a.m. to noon, Glenwood Park Methodist Church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. The screenings, sponsored by the Black Nurse Association and the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index testing. For questions, call 254-5116.

• The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers, for families with children ages 7 and older, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Experience the history of the African American Buffalo Soldiers, and discover how they distinguished themselves from the American frontier to the battlefields of World War II. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Simple Steps to Starting Your Business, 10 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Explore what it takes to start a business with expert advice from SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). Experienced SCORE volunteers offer an overview for starting a business, outline the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, identify the most profitable businesses, explore the key factors to start-up success, and cover the fundamentals of forming, organizing, marketing, and funding your venture. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020.

• 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. 

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