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.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 22

• 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.

• Teen Club, for teens and adults with disabilities, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Meetings always include free dinner, special guest and lots of fun. For questions, contact Diane Chrisman Schiefelbein at 229-2034 or dianesingsforjoy@comcast.net.

SEPT. 23

• Family Outdoors Day, for all ages, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, 12405 S.E. Ranson Road, Lee’s Summit. During this event, hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Ducks Unlimited, families will learn about fishing, hunting, wildlife and archery during the celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day. Those experienced with rod or gun and those who would like to learn more about angling and shooting sports are welcome. Exhibits and teaching stations will be set up throughout the Wildlife Area. MDC and co-sponsors will provide loaner fishing gear, archery equipment, firearms and ammunition for visitors to try. All activities are free and no registration is required. For questions, call 622-0900.

• 11th Annual Touch-A-Truck, 9 a.m. to noon, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. A wide-variety of vehicles will be on display. Get an up-close look at big trucks, heavy equipment, and large vehicles that impact our community every single day. Families can sit-in, touch, and even honk the horn of some of their favorite big community vehicles from IPL, Independence Police & Fire Departments, military vehicles, and much more. This free event is presented by the Independence Parks & Recreation Department.

• Light up the Night at the Night Ride, 8 p.m. registration/activities; 9 p.m. start time, Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave. Decorate your bike and/or yourself with glow sticks, lights, LED's and anything else your imagination can conjure up. Prizes will be awarded for “Most Excessive Use of Lights on a Bike” and “Most Excessive Use of Lights on a Cyclist.” Riders of all ages are welcome. After the ride, enjoy refreshments, music and raffle prizes. Front lights, red rear reflectors and helmets are required. Cost, $30. To register, call 228-0137 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/parks.

• Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs, interactive story time, 11 a.m. to noon, Inkling's Books & Coffee Shoppe, 1101 W. Main St.; and open roller skating, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Rink Ratz, 513 S.W. Keystone Drive. Both activities are free.

• Jackson County Combat Community Picnic, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Colman-Livengood Park, 5912 Lane Ave., Raytown. This, free family-friendly event, includes food, drinks and giveaways (while supplies last). In addition there will be resources, music, a petting zoo, games, face painting, ice cream and more. For more information, visit JacksonCountyCombat.com.

• Grand Festival of Chez les Canses, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Historic Fort Osage, 107 Osage St., Sibley. Explore the history of the early French explorers who settled at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers in the late 1700s. This annual event celebrates the French contributions to our regional history. Skilled interpreters, attired in appropriate late 18th century clothing, will lead you on a journey of discovery. Witness the arts, crafts and customs of these early European explorers and settlers. Admission, $8 for adults; $4 for youth and seniors. For questions, call 229-8980 or email fortosage@jacksongov.org.

• Moonlight Yoga, 8:45 p.m., Rotary Park Gazebo, 600 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $5. To register, call 228-0137, stop by the front desk of the Fieldhouse (425 N.E. Mock Ave.) or register in person the day of the event (cash only).

• Learn About Monarchs, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania. The Kansas City Native Plant Initiative partners will host The Monarch’s Miraculous Migration – Learn & See the Wonder at the Loose Park Monarch Demonstration Garden. Partners are working together to give the public an opportunity to learn about the monarch, its life cycles, its amazing migration and the plants it needs to survive.

• 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.

• 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. Free line dance lessons starting at 6 p.m. Food, beverages, and snacks available. Admission $7. Open to the public. 373-0221.

• Stream Team, for families with children ages 8 and older, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Have you ever wondered what Missouri Stream Teams are all about? Join us for a hands-on program sampling Burr Oak Creek. We will check water chemistry, look for macroinvertebrates and explore the stream bed and surrounding watershed. Combine fun and science in a wet and wild way! Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Visit www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods.

• Early Childhood Literacy Fair, for ages 1 and older, 10 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Parents and caregivers, along with their children ages birth through six, are invited to an Early Literacy Fair to promote pre-reading skills. Join us as we explore many of the Library’s early literacy resources and participate in a wide variety of activities including games, music, movements, and more. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Knot or Not a Knot? Knot Tying Basics, for teens, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. 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 229-3571.

• Furry Kids: How to Select and Care for Your Pet, for ages 6 and older, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Join Peg and her furry friend, Murphy, as she shares the importance of knowing how to select a pet and care for it. Learn what it takes to train a puppy, what type of pet is best for you, what it takes to be a good pet owner, and why it’s a great idea to adopt and not shop. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Using Interlibrary Loan for Genealogy, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Discover how Interlibrary Loan can take your research beyond the Library by allowing you to order microfilm and books from other libraries across the country. This class covers internet sources and archival research. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• 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. 24

• Fall Festival, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., St. Ann’s Church, 10109 E. Lexington Ave., Independence. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled afternoon of games, crafts, food and lots of raffles for theme baskets, restaurant gift cards, shopping, groceries, theater and amusement passes, and much more. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Get ready to sing along (and dance!) with Gino Bueno, highlighting music from the 1940’s to the 1970’s! For questions, call 252-1160.

• Film Series: The Vietnam War in Film: Rescue Dawn (2006, Rated PG-13), 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. 25

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 2 to 4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• Mary Paxton Study Class meeting, 1 p.m., Truman Library, Independence. There will be refreshments for all and a preview of this year's topic, “Notable Women.” They are the oldest, continuing class in Independence, founded in 1894. Visitors are welcome.

• 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.

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

SEPT. 26

• Lost Souls of the Lost Township, for adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. 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 252-0950.

• Teen Anime, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Join fellow fanatics for fun! Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Walkabout at MGC, for beginners, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• 10 Steps to Selling Your Food Product in Stores, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. If you dream of getting your food product onto store shelves, let Xander Winkel from the Ennovation Center’s food incubator help you realize it. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Healthy Meal Planning on a Budget, for adults, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Learn how to meal plan on a budget without falling victim to impulse buys and spending more. Discover resources and strategies to get the most from your food dollars. 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.

• 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.

SEPT. 27

• The Mile Starts Here, 9 a.m., Independence Athletic Complex, 17800 E. Salisbury Road, 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.

• 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.

• Kids at the Library, for ages 6 and older, 6 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Discover, create, and play. Explore big ideas in a new way. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Email for Beginners, for adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Learn to understand your inbox, as well as how to write effective emails. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Using Fold3, for beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn how to use Fold3 to access U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who have served. This class focuses on search tips as well as the types of records available. 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.

• Xi Xi Sigma chapter meeting, 6:30 p.m., hosted by Connie Bennett.

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