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, 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.

• Elephant Baths, 1 p.m., Kansas City Zoo. Visit the Zoo’s African elephants, Lady, Lois, Lea, Tattoo, Zoe, Megan and Tamani as they cool off. Firefighters from the Kansas City Fire Department will be hosing them off at the north end of the elephant exhibit near the pool. 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. 

AUG. 6

• 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. Visit the Zoo’s African elephants, Lady, Lois, Lea, Tattoo, Zoe, Megan and Tamani as they cool off. Firefighters from the Kansas City Fire Department will be hosing them off at the north end of the elephant exhibit near the pool. 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. 

AUG. 7

• 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. 

AUG. 8

• 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. 

AUG. 9

• 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.

• Toddle Town on Tour, 9 to 11 a.m., Rotary Park, 10615 E. 24th St. St., Independence. Explore the playground and work on an outdoor craft with your child. Bring a towel.

• 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, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along. 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.

• Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri membership meeting, 7 p.m., Village Heights Community of Christ, 1009 Farview Drive, Independence. Ted Stillwell will share history about Independence. For questions, call Mike Calvert at 898-2603 or Beverly Shaw at 224-7944. 

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