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.

THURSDAY, AUG. 31

• Nature Story Time: Nature's Grocery Store, 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.

• Ideal Kitchen, for adults, 7 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. The ideal kitchen requires some essential equipment and pantry staples. This program presents the items you should always have on hand for cooking tasty meals in a timely fashion without breaking your bank. The presenter is an amateur chef, a graduate of the Professional Chef Series at the Culinary Center of Kansas City, and a Kansas City Barbecue Society judge. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Researching Your WWII Veteran, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Piece together your WWII veteran’s military experience using web resources, Library resources, and outside sources. Learn what records still exist and how to locate them. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• 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.

SEPT. 1

• Santa-Cali-Gon Days, noon to 11 p.m., Independence Square. The festival includes: 400 arts, crafts, food and commercial vendor booths; free entertainment on both the Community Stage and Main Stage; Wade Shows large carnival midway; Main Street 1849; authentic blacksmith; antique fire trucks; contests and much more. Admission is free. Free parking is available at the Community of Christ Auditorium parking lot, 1001 W. Walnut St. Shuttles are available for $1 per person each way for ages 12 and up. Shuttles pick up every 15 minutes. Handicap accessible shuttles are available. For a lineup of entertainment and concerts, visit http://www.santacaligon.com/#/home.

• Titanic, for adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Mrs. Mahala Douglas and her husband Walter were passengers on the RMS Titanic. No one could have imagined the unthinkable chain of events that were looming. Join Barbara Hughes as she brings the events of April 14-15, 1912 to life through elegant costume, music, a slideshow, first-person accounts, and stories of those aboard the ill-fated luxury steamship. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Homeschoolers at the Library, for ages 7 and older, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Participants will explore a variety of topics with an emphasis on using Library resources to satisfy their curiosities. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Using FamilySearch, for beginners, 2 p.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.

• 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.

SEPT. 2

• Santa-Cali-Gon Days, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Independence Square. The festival includes: 400 arts, crafts, food and commercial vendor booths; free entertainment on both the Community Stage and Main Stage; Wade Shows large carnival midway; Main Street 1849; authentic blacksmith; antique fire trucks; contests and much more. Admission is free. Free parking is available at the Community of Christ Auditorium parking lot, 1001 W. Walnut St. Shuttles are available for $1 per person each way for ages 12 and up. Shuttles pick up every 15 minutes. Handicap accessible shuttles are available. For a lineup of entertainment and concerts, visit http://www.santacaligon.com/#/home.

• Chuck Wagon Cookies sale, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., St. Marks United Methodist Church, 603 N. Jennings Road, Independence. These are the original cookies St. Matthew United Methodist Church has been selling on Labor Day weekend for years. They consist of two chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream sandwiched in-between. Cost, $2. For questions, call Pat at 225-9459.

• Let's Move! Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m., open swim at Blue Springs Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. An adult photo ID is needed. Kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool; parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event; and parents must accompany children under the age of 12. This is a free event.

• 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.

• 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.

• Geocaching for Beginners, for all ages, 10 a.m. to noon, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Learn the basics for geocaching including the equipment needed, then practice your geocaching skills on our starter course. Stop by any time between 10 a.m. and noon. No registration required. For more information, call 228-3766 or visit www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods.

• WeDo LEGO Robotics: Dancing Birds, for ages 8 and older, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Tweet! Tweet! Build noisy birds and program them to dance to your beat. Kids will work in pairs to make these simple robots. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• 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.

• 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.

SEPT. 3

• Santa-Cali-Gon Days, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Independence Square. The festival includes: 400 arts, crafts, food and commercial vendor booths; free entertainment on both the Community Stage and Main Stage; Wade Shows large carnival midway; Main Street 1849; authentic blacksmith; antique fire trucks; contests and much more. Admission is free. Free parking is available at the Community of Christ Auditorium parking lot, 1001 W. Walnut St. Shuttles are available for $1 per person each way for ages 12 and up. Shuttles pick up every 15 minutes. Handicap accessible shuttles are available. For a lineup of entertainment and concerts, visit http://www.santacaligon.com/#/home.

• 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.

SEPT. 4

• Santa-Cali-Gon Days, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Independence Square. The festival includes: 400 arts, crafts, food and commercial vendor booths; free entertainment on both the Community Stage and Main Stage; Wade Shows large carnival midway; Main Street 1849; authentic blacksmith; antique fire trucks; contests and much more. Admission is free. Free parking is available at the Community of Christ Auditorium parking lot, 1001 W. Walnut St. Shuttles are available for $1 per person each way for ages 12 and up. Shuttles pick up every 15 minutes. Handicap accessible shuttles are available. For a lineup of entertainment and concerts, visit http://www.santacaligon.com/#/home.

SEPT. 5

• Women and Money, for adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Women often face unique financial challenges as they provide for themselves and their families. Learn strategies for saving, investing, and planning for the future no matter your life stage. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Hunting Season Preview, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Fall is coming, and that means it’s time to go hunting. Join hunter and outdoor writer Brent Frazee for a look at what you can expect during the Missouri hunting seasons. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• How to Date Old Photographs, for beginners, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Uncover the clues that can help determine when a photograph was taken. Bring a photograph for dating. This is a beginner-level class. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Retirement: Making Your Money Last, for adults, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. It’s not enough to have enough money to retire. You need enough to get you through retirement. Discover strategies to help ensure that your retirement portfolio lasts. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Introduction to Internet Genealogy, 2 p.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. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• 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.

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: 442-6128.

• 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