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, SEPT. 16

• Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., downtown Blue Springs. There will be live entertainment, food, craft and vendor booths, a carnival, beer and wine garden and much more. A Mardi Gras-theme parade will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday. The main stage is inside the Wine and Beer Garden. You must be 21 to enter and there is a cover charge. Lineup: Red Velvet Crush, 3 to 5 p.m.; Sean McNown, 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Dirt Road Addiction, 7:30 to 9 p.m.; Damien Gunn, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. (families may view the concert free on bleachers outside the garden fence.) Carnival hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Shuttles will run from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. from Side Pockets and Office Depot. Buses will run from these locations to Security Station 8 at 8th and East Main Street. For more detailed information, visit www.bluespringsfallfestival.com.

• Veterans Salute, for all ages, opening ceremony and speakers at 9 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. This is the Genealogy Center's annual tribute to the service and sacrifice of our community’s veterans. This year’s event will feature guest speaker Dr. James Willbanks, General of the Army George C. Marshall Chair of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth. Other featured events include a sneak peek from KCPT’s upcoming Ken Burns Vietnam War documentary, military artifacts and memorabilia, fun family activities, and a pinning ceremony for all attending veterans. This free event is open to all veterans and the community. For more information, visit mymcpl.org/veterans-salute or call 252-7228.

• March of Dimes Bikers for Babies, the largest one day charity motorcycle ride in the nation, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Kansas Speedway. Donate or ride to help fund the March of Dimes mission through community programs, advocacy, research, education and support.

Join thousands of riders from across the Midwest and help give every baby a healthy start in life. Find out more at www.bikersforbabieskc.org.

• Animals Best Friends Garage Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the National Guard Armory, 2323 S. Crysler Ave., Independence.

• POW/MIA Ceremony of Remembrance, hosted by Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 804, 11 a.m., at Belton Memorial Park near the POW/MIA monument. Nationally, POW/MIA Recognition Day is commemorated on the third Friday each September, a date that is not associated with any particular war. In 1979, Congress and the president passed resolutions making it official after the families of the more than 2,500 Vietnam War POW/MIAs pushed for full accountability.

• Zumbathon, benefitting the Alzheimer's Association, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Roper Pavilion, 133 S. Carlisle Ave., Sugar Creek. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and Zumba starts at 9 a.m. Raffle tickets available for great prizes. Raffle tickets are $1 for 1, $5 for 6, or $10 for 15. Zumba class cost, $5. Raffle winners drawn immediately after Zumba class. You do not have to be present to win.

• Apple Butter Festival, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Gardens at Unity Village, 150B Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Enjoy hay rides, face painting, clowns, musicians and more. On Friday, the apples were peeled and pared for open air cooking in copper pots, and on Saturday afternoon they will be canning and labeling the jars. This signature product is a big favorite.

• “Harvey,” presented by City Theatre of Independence, 7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Theater inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. This comedy is the classic tale of Elwood P. Dowd and his invisible rabbit buddy. Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors. For tickets, call 325-7367 or visit www.citytheatreofindependence.org.

• Emergency Preparedness Class: 72-Hour Kits, 10 a.m. to noon, Fire Station 1, 950 N. Spring St., Independence. Are you prepared for a disaster? Emergencies can strike at any time without warning. For questions, call 325-7167.

• Let's Move! Saturdays, open swim, 1 to 3 p.m., The “Blue' Centennial Pool, 2401 N.W. Ashton Drive, Blue Springs. 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. Free.

• 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.

• Monarch Magic, for families, 1 to 3 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Join us for an afternoon of fun as we learn about the monarch butterfly and its magical trek to Mexico. You will also get a chance to become a citizen scientist by tagging monarchs and tracking their journey. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Visit www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods.

• R.E.A.D. Dog: Pets for Life, for ages 5 and older, 10 a.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Sit down and read to a very good listener – a Pets for Life Reading Education Assistance Dog (READ). A dog will be available for 10-minute sessions. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Marketing for Existing or Start-Up Small Businesses, for adults, 10 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. 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 353-2052.

• Alpha Omega Master “Outdoor Blooms” mini golf and dinner. For questions, call 229-5915.

• 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. 17

• Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., downtown Blue Springs. There will be live entertainment, food, craft and vendor booths, a carnival, beer and wine garden and much more. A car and bike show will be held in the Beer and Wine Garden, you must be 21 to enter. Gates open to presenters at 9 a.m. and to the general public at 10 a.m. Carnival hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more detailed information, visit www.bluespringsfallfestival.com.

• “Harvey,” presented by City Theatre of Independence, 2 p.m., Powerhouse Theater inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. This comedy is the classic tale of Elwood P. Dowd and his invisible rabbit buddy. Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors. For tickets, call 325-7367 or visit www.citytheatreofindependence.org.

• Film Series: The Vietnam War in Film: Platoon (1986, Rated R), for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Join film critic and enthusiast Robert Butler for a look at the Vietnam War through the eyes of Hollywood’s filmmakers. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• 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. 18

• Tech Talk, for adults, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Whether you are a first-time computer user or have had lots of experience, there are always questions waiting to be asked about technology. Bring your questions to the branch, or just come to listen and learn from other participants. You can bring your own laptop computer or tablet. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Tools for Job Seekers, for adults, 7 p.m. Sept. 18 and 25, South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Acquire the basic tools needed when applying for jobs in this two-part series. Session One will include resume assistance and tips for filling out online job applications. Session Two will include cleaning up online profiles and effective online communication that will help you put your best foot forward in today’s tough job market. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Managing the Photos on Your Smartphone, for adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. 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 224-8772.

• 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.

• Pilot Club of Blue Springs, 6 p.m., Elks Lodge, 100 N.E. Brizendine Road, Blue Springs. Nancy Crawford, genaki50@yahoo.com.

SEPT. 19

• Little Princess Ball planned for Sept. 23, 6 to 8 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Young ladies ages 4 to 10 are invited to dress in their prettiest gowns and attend with their favored knight (father figure) to enjoy music, dancing, dinner and general merry-making. Tickets are $30 per couple; $15 for each additional participant. Registration deadline: 9 p.m. tonight. To purchase tickets, call 325-7843.

• Vietnam Voices Story booth, through Sept. 20, North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. In preparation for the release of The Vietnam War, the new documentary series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novice, the Library is partnering with KCPT to collect and share stories exploring local perspectives on the war through a story collection booth. The Vietnam Voices KCPT Story booth offers area residents a chance to record and share their stories, experiences, and thoughts about the Vietnam War. Selections from the booth will be made available on KCPT Veterans website at https://neurotransmitter. Registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Lost Souls of the Lost Township, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. The Civil War more than touched the Missouri- Kansas border, and the proof is written on the headstones in one township cemetery. Join author, historian, and preservationist David W. Jackson for the story of a group of local women who suffered a horrible fate in 1863 and the current-day fight to save their final resting place from development. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Babes in the Woods: Flutter Like a Butterfly, for babes under 36 months, 10 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Flutter like a butterfly with us and learn about how the monarch butterfly makes its magical trek to Mexico every fall. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Visit www.mdc.mo.gov/broadswords.

• Hunting for Fruits of Fall, for adults, 1 to 3 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Nature’s bounty is most prominent in the fall. Many are eager for deer or waterfowl hunting, but others can’t wait until native fruits ripen in the forest. Join in on the fun as we taste persimmons, pawpaws and other autumn fruits. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Visit www.mdc.mo.gov/broadswords.

• Conservation Kids: Life in a Creek, for ages 7 to 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. It’s time for a wet and wild adventure at Burr Oak Woods! Streams are a very important part of our forest ecosystem and a great place to explore. Come with us and take a walk in Burr Oak Creek to see what animals live there. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Visit www.mdc.mo.gov/broadswords.

• Medicare Explained in Plain English, for adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Get a straightforward and easy-to-understand explanation of Medicare and the benefits you may be entitled to receive. Designed for Medicare newbies, this program is especially helpful for those turning 65. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Past Lives, Heaven, and Soul's Destiny, a free spiritual exploration class, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Trails West Library, 11401 E. 23rd St., Independence. For a happier life, gain insights into how past lives influence who you are today. Find out how to visit the heavenly worlds before you die. Discover your spiritual destiny as a co-worker with God. You'll also receive the free book, Ankara – Ancient Wisdom for Today. Register by calling 800-591-0694 or www. Eckankar.org.

• Getting to Know Our New Catalog, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. 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 229-3571.

• Getting to Know Our New Catalog, for adults, 6:30 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. 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 461-2050.

• Hidden Treasures at MGC, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Unlock MGC’s many treasures with a tour of the Library’s little-known resources. This class is an intermediate-level class. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Decluttering: Finding Ways to Let Go, for adults, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Is your stuff stressing you out? Join design consultant Lisa Holman as she shares a methodology to pack up, donate, and throw away the things that are getting in your way and complicating your life. 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.

• 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.

• 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.

SEPT. 20

• 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.

• Little Acorns: A Camping We Will Go, for ages 3 to 5 with an adult, 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Kids are never too young to enjoy our great Missouri outdoors overnight! Learn some tips and tricks for taking your little one on a camping trip, then start planning your own overnight. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Visit www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods.

• Internet for Beginners, for adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Learn the basics of internet use, including terminology, how to get connected, and how to find what you’re looking for online. This class will also cover printing and a few words on Internet safety. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Home School: A Celebration of Prairies, 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11, 12-18 or 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Prairies are a habitat full of beauty and life. Join a naturalist to discover this unique place and what makes it such a special place to explore. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Visit www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods.

• Using HeritageQuest, for beginners, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn how to search thousands of resources – from history books to Revolutionary War records – with HeritageQuest Online. 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.

• 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 Group, 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Drive, Independence. Guest speaker: Kelly Erby, Washburn University, “Overview of the Abolitionist Movement.” 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: 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