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. 

TODAY

• 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. 

FRIDAY

• 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. 

SATURDAY

• 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.

• Elephant Baths, 1 to 1:30 p.m., Kansas City Zoo. Splish, Splash, seven elephants are taking a bath! The elephants will be cooling down with an elephant bath courtesy of the Kansas City Fire Department. This event is included in Zoo admission.

• 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. 

SUNDAY

• Music in the Park, 6 to 8 p.m., Rotary Park, 600 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. “Allied Saints” will play blues and classic rock music. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

• Elephant Baths, 1 to 1:30 p.m., Kansas City Zoo. Splish, Splash, seven elephants are taking a bath! The elephants will be cooling down with an elephant bath courtesy of the Kansas City Fire Department. This event is included in Zoo admission.

• The Hooterville Trilogy: Hollywood Homegrown in Missouri, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. The Hooterville Trilogy – The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction and Green Acres – can trace its roots back to Missouri and the imagination of Independence native Paul Henning. Join film critic and enthusiast Robert Butler for a screening of three episodes from these classic television series, and hear how these three rural comedies dominated the entertainment landscape of the 1960s. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, South Sculpture Park, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City. This annual craft fair, which celebrates the “Handmade Movement,” is coming to the museum for the Summer Swing! There will be more than 80 independent craftspeople, artists, and designers. Food trucks, a photo booth, and a kids’ craft table will be among the activities.

• 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. 

MONDAY

• Family night, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., Legacy Park Amphitheater, 897 N.E. Bluestem Drive, Lee's Summit. There will be games, giveaways, a DJ and concessions. Season passes may be used. Children must be accompanied by an adult 16 and older.

• Getting to Know Our New Catalog, 2 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Need help using the new online catalog? Learn about all of the new features the Library has added to help you access the books and other materials you need and get the most out of your account! Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• 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.

• 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. 

TUESDAY

• JobQuesters Series: A 7-week course designed for job seekers who are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the online job application process, at the North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. With each class, JobQuesters steps participants through learning the computer skills they need to begin the online job search process. Classes include: Computer basics, 10 a.m. Aug. 8; mousing and keyboarding, 10 a.m. Aug. 15; Internet navigation, 10 a.m. Aug. 22; email fundamentals, 10 a.m. Aug. 29. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Wire People Sculptures, for adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Use wire and other embellishments to create a unique self-portrait that captures your personality. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Knot or Not a Knot? Knot Tying Basics, for teens, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Knot tying is a cinch when you know how. Discover the art of knot tying and rope work in this fun workshop. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Creating Magical Moments: Things to Consider When Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. There’s a lot to consider – accommodations, dining, ticket options, and seasons. Learn what resources are available, as well as tips and tricks to make your planning a bit easier. 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.

• 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.

• 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. 

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