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.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27

The Mile Starts Here: 9 a.m., Independence Athletic Complex, 17800 E. Salisbury Road, Independence. Call 325-7185, Independence Health Department. Come meet others who enjoy being active. In case of rain or inclement weather, the walk meets at the Independence Center.

Independence Farmers & Craft Market: 6 a.m.-1 p.m. through October, Walnut and Liberty streets, just south of the Square. 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. Call 461-2050 to register. Discover, create, and play. Explore big ideas in a new way.

Email for Beginners: For adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Call 252-0950 to register. Learn to understand your inbox, as well as how to write effective emails.

Using Fold3: For beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Call 252-7228 to register. 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.

Drop-In Table Tennis: 9 a.m.-noon, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. Call 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. Call 353-5446. Come to lower level back door, there is parking at the back.

Xi Xi Sigma chapter meeting: 6:30 p.m., IHOP at I-70 and Little Blue Pkwy. Hosted by Connie Bennett.

SEPT. 28

Kids Lab: For ages 6 and older, 6 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Call 252-0950 to register. Discover how you can bring science and technology to life.

Teens at the Library: 3:30 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Call 252-0950 to register. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you.

Intermediate Excel: For adults, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Call 461-2050 to register. If you are ready to go beyond just making lists in Microsoft Excel, this class will teach you a few new features like AutoFill, AutoSum, and sorting and filtering. Attendance of the program Beginning Excel is suggested.

Wire People Sculptures: For adults, 7 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Call 224-8772 to register. Use wire and other embellishments to create a unique self-portrait that captures your personality.

Feeding Kids Healthy Foods – Just What Does That Mean: For adults, 7 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Call 228-4020 to register. Holistic health coach Nancy Oglesby offers parents a common sense approach to navigating the hype and confusion to find healthy food for their families.

Beginning Ancestry Library Edition: For beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Call 252-7228 to register. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy is needed.

Drop-In Table Tennis: 9-11:45 a.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. Call 325-7843.

Grain Valley Historical Society meeting: 6 p.m., at the Society building, 506 Main St., Grain Valley. Many pumpkins have been harvested, some of the trees are loosing their leaves, while others are changing color, so let’s get together to celebrate the fall season. Come enjoy a potluck supper, visit, and listen to Geral Malotte, our speaker for the evening.

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.

TOPS MO-0024 meeting: 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., New Walnut Park Church, 1137 S. Pearl, Independence.

SEPT. 29

Smokin' in the Creek – End of Summer BBQ Bash and Cook-Off: Judging begins at noon Sept. 30, Mike Onka Memorial Building, 11520 Putnam, Sugar Creek. Cost, $125 per team. Check-in is Sept. 29. Contact Sue Mikula at 252-4413, ext. 1302 or smikula@sugar-creek.mo.us. This is a friendly competition, just a bunch of friends coming together to cook some tasty barbecue. Everyone is welcome to participate. Four categories being judged are: Brisket, chicken, ribs and pork shoulder. Prize money will total more than $1,000.

National Public Lands Day 2017 – Native Plants Restoration: 10 a.m.-noon, George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Contact Melanie Haney at 325-7115 or mhaney@indepmo.org. Volunteers are needed to bring back part of our Independence heritage – the plants of the tall grass prairies. Everyone can help: Groups, troops and individuals.

Flashlight Friday: 7-10 p.m., Sylvia Bailey Park, 1800 S.E. Ranson Road, Lee's Summit. Admission, $5; ages 3 and under are free. Explore a 6-acre corn maze with just the light of your flashlight. You can also enjoy the sky scraping Hay Mountain and other fun activities. Concessions available.

Shrimp Dinners: 5:30-7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1000, 1002 E. U.S. 24, Independence. Cost, $12 for a 1/2 pound; $15 for a full pound. Call 836-3015.

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

Friday Night Specials: 6-9 p.m., Memorial Post 3976, 12810 Kentucky Road, Sugar Creek. Call 461-2636. All are welcome.

SEPT. 30

Heritage Festival: Celebrates the City of Independence’s rich history and growing diversity, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Hill Park, 23rd Street and Maywood Avenue, Independence. This event is free and open to the public. Visit www.independencemo.org. The festival will have live entertainment, food vendors, merchandise booths and activities for people of all ages. Visitors will enjoy hearing traditional songs and watching dances from the different cultures represented. The annual Ted Stillwell Heritage Award will be presented to an outstanding citizen, and at 2 p.m., a descendent of the Hill family, Nancy Erlich, will give a history tour of the Hill Cemetery (upper level.) The featured charity this year is Drumm Farm. The Festival, coordinated by the Independence Human Relations Commission and the City of Independence, will be held in conjunction with the Heritage Skateboard Competition, sponsored by Diverse Skateboards, with registration starting at 11 a.m. and competition beginning at noon. Open to all skill levels. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

Smokin' in the Creek – End of Summer BBQ Bash and Cook-Off: Judging begins at noon, Mike Onka Memorial Building, 11520 Putnam, Sugar Creek. Contact Sue Mikula at 252-4413, ext. 1302 or smikula@sugar-creek.mo.us. This is a friendly competition, just a bunch of friends coming together to cook some tasty barbecue. Everyone is welcome to participate. Four categories being judged are: Brisket, chicken, ribs and pork shoulder.

National Public Lands Day 2017 – Native Plants Restoration: 10 a.m.-noon, George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Contact Melanie Haney at 325-7115 or mhaney@indepmo.org. Volunteers are needed to bring back part of our Independence heritage – the plants of the tall grass prairies. Everyone can help: Groups, troops and individuals.

Craft Fair: A fundraiser for the William Chrisman Orchestra, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Chrisman High School, 1223 N. Noland Road, Independence.

Hambingo: An Animals Best Friends fundraiser, 4-6 p.m., Hamburger Mary's, 3700 Broadway, Suite 110, Kansas City. Receive 10 bingo cards for $10 and a 50/50 raffle. Enjoy an evening of fun and help ABF.

In-Water Antique Wood Boat Show: Sponsored by the Lake Lotawana Wood & Classic Boat Club, noon to 5 p.m., Marina Grog and Galley docks, Gate 1, Lake Lotawana. Admission is free, donations to the Lake Lotawana Parks and Recreation Foundation are welcome. There will be more than 20 boats, some older than 85 years. Enter a free raffle for Amphicar rides in the lake.

Community Breakfast: 7:30-9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. Cost, $3.50 for either a half order of biscuits and gravy or all-you-can-eat pancakes with sausage; $5 for a full order of biscuits and gravy. All meals include coffee and orange juice. Call 252-6100 or visit www.fccindepmo.org.

Food Truck Festival: noon-6 p.m., Independence Center. This event is free to the public. Participating food trucks include Taste of Kansas City BBQ & Grill, Iggy’s GreenGo, Tito’s BBQ, Blondie’s Woodfire Wheelhouse and Humdinger, Betty Rae's Ice Cream and SnoFlower’s shaved ice cream. A portion of all vendor sales will be donated to Susan G. Komen. There’ll be live music, an on-site DJ, and a beer garden featuring craft beers from local breweries, a variety of fun-filled children activities, including an obstacle course and bounce house. Face painting will take place from noon to 3 p.m., and there’ll be yard games for all ages.

Health and Wellness Event: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave. Visit www.bluespringsgov.com/park. Enjoy a fun-filled day of healthy snacks, vendors, demonstrations and more.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Dance and tumbling for ages 3 to 6, 9-10 a.m., Tajazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox; and Ninja Warrior for 8 years and older, 11 a.m. to noon, Freedom Fitness, 1241 S.W. M-7. Both activities are free.

Drumm Farm Market: 8 a.m. to noon through October, 3210 Lee's Summit Road. Like them at www.Facebook.com/Drummforkids. Call 373-3434.

Independence Farmers & Craft Market: 6 a.m.-1 p.m. through October, Walnut and Liberty streets, just off the Square. Spend $1 of your SNAP benefits and receive $2 to spend on produce.

Blue Springs Farmers Market: 7 a.m.-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, Second and Douglas streets.

How to Start a Business in Blue Springs: For adults, 10 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Call 229-3571 to register. Have you ever wanted to open your own business but were a bit intimidated by the process? Learn about local resources that can help you write a business plan, organize your business structure, find the right location, apply for local, state, and federal licensing, and avoid costly missteps.

Creation Stations – Retro Video Game Art: For teens, 3 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Call 252-0950 to register. It all starts with a pixel. Recreate your favorite iconic 8-bit video game characters or a world all of your own while learning basic Adobe Photoshop skills.

Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales: For ages 2 and older, 11 a.m.-noon, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. No registration required. Call 228-3766. Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures.

The Magic of a Simple Life – Celebrating 150 Years of Laura Ingalls Wilder: For ages 5 and older, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Call 252-7228 to register. Celebrate the 150th birthday of Missouri writer Laura Ingalls Wilder with stories and pictures from her life and times as well as recordings of her voice and Pa’s fiddle. Everyone in attendance will receive a small activity booklet to take home.

Boo-tifully Sculpted Scene: For ages 7 and older, 10 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Call 228-4020 to register. Work with tissue paper and Model Magic to create a fall scene with a mini tree, hand-sculpted ghost, and pumpkins mounted on a base for holiday decorating.

Service Work Day for Alpha Omega Master: At the home of Maggie Cruz. Call 229-5915.

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW (CEA-HOW) meeting: 11 a.m.-noon, North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, lower level, 317 U.S. 24, Independence. There are no dues or fees. Visit www.ceahow.org. A 12-step fellowship for anyone suffering from compulsive eating, anorexia, and bulimia.

OCT. 30

The Vietnam War in Film – “Hamburger Hill (1987, rated R):2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Join film critic and enthusiast Robert Butler for a look at the Vietnam War through the eyes of Hollywood’s filmmakers.

Learn to square dance: 2 p.m., in Independence. Call 254-5305, Brad and Annette Davis. Free lessons will be offered for ages 8 and older. Have fun and meet new friends. Couples, families and singles welcome.

ONGOING EVENTS

Vaile Mansion tours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sundays, through October, 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6-16. Call 325-7430.

Bingham-Waggoner Estate tours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sundays, through October, 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6-16. Call 461-3491.

1827 Log Courthouse: 10 a.m.-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.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sundays, through October, 217 N. Main St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6-16. Call 461-1897.

Chicago & Alton Depot: 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Monday, Thursday-Saturday; 12:30-4:15 p.m. Sundays, through October, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Donations welcome. Call 325-7955.

National Frontier Trails Museum: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 17. Call 325-7575.

Leila’s Hair Museum: 9 a.m.-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. Call 833-2955.

Regional Animal Shelter: noon-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday/Sunday, 21001 E. Hwy. 78, Independence. Call 621-7722.

Public Skate, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena: 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Cost, $5; $3 for 12 and under and 55 and older, non-residents add $1 to each price. Skate rental, $2. Call 795-7577, for skate times. 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.

Blue Springs Recycling: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2725 N.W. Park Road. Call 228-0228 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/recycling.

– Jillayne Ritchie