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. 12

• Mayor Eileen Weir is inviting Independence youth to join her at the Mayor’s Play Ball Challenge, 8:30 to 11 a.m., Independence Athletic Complex, 17800 E. Salisbury Road. Athletes ages 7 to 14 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 Royals tickets. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., events will start at 9 a.m., and awards will be presented at 10:30 a.m.

• Swope Park Rangers Day, the Truman Library will host a free day of family fun. There will be free activities on the lawn throughout the day, including a futsal field, soccer goal, bounce house, meet Swope Park Rangers mascot, Hat Trick Harry, enjoy free shaved ice from noon to 3 p.m., and hot dogs for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Special Sports Themed Tours of the Library will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (free with museum admission or free for Truman Library Institute members.) At 7:30 p.m., attended the Swope Park Rangers game at the Children's Mercy Victory Field, in the Swope Soccer Village, 6310 Lewis Road, Kansas City. Tickets are $14 for Truman Library Institute members or $20 for the general public. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free limited edition Harry and Bess Truman bobblehead. All tickets include admission to the Truman Library and also a donation to the Truman Library Institute's campaign to install a statue of Harry Truman in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

• Total Solar Eclipse: The Basics, for ages 13 and older, 10 to 11 a.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Want to understand what's happening during the total solar eclipse? They will demonstrate the why, where and how; the path of totality across North America; and how to look at the sun without damaging your eyes; and you'll receive Independence commemorative solar viewing glasses. For reservations, call 325-7115.

• Free Food Demonstration, 9 to 11 a.m., Independence Farmers and Crafters Market, Walnut and Liberty streets. There will be a food demonstration by a local dietitian, photo opportunities and activities for the kids. The first 100 people to pick up a market passport from the Health Department table, fill it out by visiting six vendors, and return it to the Health Department table, will receive $5 vouchers to be used at the market that day. The market itself is open from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday through October, and offers fruits, vegetables, eggs, honey, baked goods, homemade crafts and more. For questions, call 325-7185 or visit www.independencemofarmersmarket.com.

• Monsters of Mock, gates open at 5 p.m.; with concert starting at 7 p.m., Legacy Park Amphitheater, 897 N.E. Bluestem Drive, Lee's Summit. Poison Overdose, Almost Kiss, KC/DC, three of KC's best tribute bands are coming together for a night of rock. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. Advance tickets are $10 and are available at rocktheamp.net or by calling 969-1500. Tickets are $20 at the gate. Food and beverage vendors on-site. No pets or outside food and beverages allowed.

• Run for the Raptors fundraiser, hosted by Friends of Lakeside Nature Center, at Camp Lake of the Woods in Swope Park, 7304 Oakwood Drive, Kansas City. This 5K walk, 5K run and 6.7 mile run set in the wooded dirt single track of the Swope Trails. During the run, you'll encounter limestone rocky outcroppings while meandering through a mature Oak/Hickory forest while having a chance to explore one of the nicest trail systems in the city. A Lakeside Nature Center naturalist will have a few of their resident raptors at the run so you can meet them up close. Register at runsignup.com, and for more information, call 513-8960.

• Kids Pricing at the Zoo – This weekend is sure to bring out the kid in all of us when everyone gets in at kids pricing. All guests will receive the children’s admission price of $11.50 (a savings of $3.) Zoological District residents will receive $6 admission. School supplies will also be collected and donated to children in need. You can leave school supplies at Guest Relations.

• Downtown Car Cruise, 6 p.m. until dark, downtown Blue Springs off Main Street between 11th and 12th streets. Bring the family out to view the latest innovations in car restorations from more than 100 exhibitors and enjoy delicious food and drinks from downtown merchants, as well as concession treats and sodas.

• Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs, Kids Yoga, 10 to 11 a.m., CrossFit Cerberus, 200 N.W. 11th St.; and open roller skating, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Rink Ratz, 513 S.W. Keystone Drive. Both activities are free.

• American Legion Dance, 7 to 10:30 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 21, 16701 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Music by The Reddymen Band. Food, beverages, and snacks available. Admission, $7. Open to the public. 373-0221.

• 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.

• Discover Nature Fishing, for families, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. We'll teach some fishing basics, provide equipment and worms and then let you practice your new fishing skills. Kids who attend will be entered in a drawing at the end of the summer for a new fishing pole and tackle box. Lessons 1 and 2 of the Discover Nature Fishing program are included in this class. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Caterpillar Hunt, for all ages, 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Break out your magnifying glasses for some fun citizen science and help us survey the butterfly population of Burr Oak Woods! We will be tracking the number and variety of species at our site by looking for all stages of their life cycle (taking special note of the monarchs). Create a life cycle craft while supplies last. No registration required. 228-3766.

• Family Fun at the Movies, for ages 5 and older, 1 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Don’t miss out on some family fun. Join us for a movie and a snack! Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Distracted Driving, for teens, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. 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 229-3571.

• Census Records Research, for beginners, 2 p.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.

• Animals and You, for ages 6 and older, 11 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Get to know Missouri animals from their pelts and prints, and then create animal tracks to take home. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• Marketing for Existing or Start-Up Small Businesses, 10 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Learn the basic principles of marketing a small business with help from SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). SCORE volunteer Paulette Crawford offers a practical approach to marketing with methods and tools to maximize your customer reach. Find out about pricing, positioning, the difference between features and benefits, and different marketing strategies. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020.

• Harry S Truman Chapter, Missouri Society Sons of the American Revolution, 9:15 a.m., BMO Harris, N.A. Bank, 18811 Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Call 373-5309 or email GroverSAR@aol.com.

• 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. 13

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

• Tea Dance, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Music by the Joe Walker Dance Band. You're welcome to bring snacks to share. Admission, $6. Open to the public. 650-5400.

• Kids Pricing at the Zoo – This weekend is sure to bring out the kid in all of us when everyone gets in at kids pricing. All guests will receive the children’s admission price of $11.50 (a savings of $3.) Zoological District residents will receive $6 admission. School supplies will also be collected and donated to children in need. You can leave school supplies at Guest Relations.

• 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. 14

• Family Indexing Night at MGC, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Spend the evening indexing with your family! Gather information from records in books and newspapers then record it in a searchable database. You’ll learn about history and genealogy along the way. MGC staff will be available to answer questions throughout the evening. 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.

• Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hy-Vee, 4545 S. Noland Road, Independence.

• Independence Garden Club, 6:30 p.m., Sermon Center 4th floor meeting room, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. There will be an ice cream social and a short business meeting. Vanilla ice cream and chocolate and caramel syrups and sliced bananas will be provided. Bring your favorite topping to share. If you'd like to bring cookies, it would be appreciated. Visitors welcome. Call Don Bjuland at 461-4948.

• 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. 15

• Rebecca Hawkins and Mary Lobb at the Crossroads, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Circumstances forced early Jackson County pioneers Rebecca Hawkins and Mary Lobb to make difficult decisions that had profound effects on their lives and those of their families. Join re-enactor Barbara Hughes as she portrays Rebecca Hawkins and tells the story of how these two women’s lives intertwined. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Managing the Photos on Your Smartphone, 2 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Are your photos taking up too much space on your smartphone? This class will teach you the various methods of storing and organizing your smartphone photos. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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. 16

• 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.

• Ice Cream Social, 3 to 7 p.m., Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, 415 N. Sterling Ave. Homemade vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream will be served with cake, and coffee or iced tea, for a $4.75 donation. Carry-outs are welcome.

• Toddle Town on Tour, 9 to 11 a.m., Hill Park, 2201 S. Maywood Ave., Independence. Explore the playground and work on an outdoor craft with your child.

• 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.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 a.m. to noon, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• Independence Civil War Study Group, 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Drive, Independence. Terry Elliott, 353-7617.

• 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 Club, 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Road, Independence. Toby Giese: John Filmore Blake, The Last Missouri Rogue. 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, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 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