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. 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.

Babysitting Basics planned for Oct. 8: For ages 12 to 16, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $35. Registration deadline: Oct. 2. Call 228-0137 to register. Future sitters will learn diapering, feeding, child safety, choking prevention and more.

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 Melanie Haney at 325-7115 or mhaney@indepmo.org. 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.

Save on Admission at the Kansas City Zoo: Purchase one regular priced admission and receive another for just $5! FOTZ members can also purchase additional tickets for thier guests for $5.

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. 1

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.

Save on Admission at the Kansas City Zoo: Purchase one regular priced admission and receive another for just $5! FOTZ members can also purchase additional tickets for thier guests for $5.

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.

OCT. 2

Cpl. Michael E. Webster Memorial Blood Drive: Noon to 5 p.m., in the meeting room at the Department of Natural Resources-Kansas City Regional Office, 500 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit. To donate blood can call 855-733-2767, or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter TroopA (no space) to schedule an appointment. The annual blood drive is to raise awareness about the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Corporal Webster was killed on Oct. 2, 1993, by a drunk driver while standing next to a vehicle he had stopped for a traffic violation. For additional questions or to find other blood drive locations call Sgt. Collin Stosberg at Troop A. Donors will receive a coupon for 50% off up to 6 Worlds of Fun tickets, which can be redeemed on any Friday or Sunday before Oct. 30.

Community Blood Drive: noon-4 p.m., Howard Conference Room (second floor) of Lee’s Summit City Hall, 220 S.E. Green St. Visit www.esavealifenow.org and enter the code “cityleessummit” to sign-up. Call 969-1870, Stephanie Walters. Donation requirements: Good health, weigh a minimum of 115 pounds and be at least 17 years of age (16 years with parental consent). Drink plenty of fluids and eat a good meal prior to your blood donation, which will take less than an hour. Walk-ups are permitted, but registration is preferred.

Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations: 6 p.m. Oct. 2, Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free. Call 701-3483. Stop by and meet the team and learn about some of the most haunted spots in Independence.

How to Design a Webpage: For adults, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. Expert web designer Chad McAtee offers an introduction on the foundational web technology used to create functional webpages with text and graphics using markup languages such as HTML.

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

Single Mom’s Group: 6-7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Dinner and child care are included in this non-denominational Christian group. Free. Call 392-5433, Debra Williamson.

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. Call 373-0221.

OCT. 3

National Night Out Against Crime – Blue Springs: 5:30-8 p.m., City of Blue Springs Municipal parking lot, 11th and Smith streets, downtown Blue Springs. Call 228-0178 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/nno. The event brings together residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials for an evening focused on crime prevention and safety. Councilman Dale Carter, morning show host for Country 94.1 KFKF, will be broadcasting live from the event, which will feature Mac the Maverick from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and KC Wolf from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy hay rides through downtown Blue Springs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Participating organizations include: Blue Springs Police Department, Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, Crime Stoppers/TIPS Hotline, Lee’s Summit Underwater Rescue & Recovery Team, Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and many more.

National Night Out Against Crime – Independence: 5-8 p.m., Hill Park, 2201 S Maywood Ave., Independence. Call 325-7645, Officer Billy Pope; or 325-7643, Officer Luis Virgil. Join forces with other communities nationwide for an evening focused on crime prevention and safety. There will be food, informational handouts, free giveaways and demonstrations from the various units within the Independence Police Department, including the K-9, SWAT team, Traffic Safety units and others. This event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the IPD.

“It's Glow Time!” Zumba Party planned for Oct. 7: For ages 16 and older, 6:15-8:15 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave. Cost, $5 for members; $10 for non-members. Registration deadline: Oct. 3. Call 228-0137 to register. Grab your glow sticks and join this special Zumba event featuring instructor demos, games, giveaways and more.

Beginning Paranormal Research: For teens, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. Learn the basics of ghost hunting and paranormal investigations from experienced researcher Becky Ray.

Outsmart the Scammers: 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Discover the latest ways phone scammers are trying to get your money and how to avoid falling for their tricks.

The History of Chocolate: For adults, 6:30 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924. Explore the sweet history of chocolate, its cultural significance, its evolution, and its current economic influence with chef Kolika Kirk. Then stay for a special chocolate tasting session.

Using FamilySearch: For beginners, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

Drop-In Table Tennis: 9-11:45 a.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. Call 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. Call 373-0221.

Party Bridge: 12:30-4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Use Pleasant Street entrance. Call 252-6251.

OCT. 4

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. 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.

Infant Child Pediatric CPR planned for Oct. 11: For ages 13 and older, 6-8 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $35. Registration deadline: Oct. 4. Call 228-0137 to register. CPR certification will be received upon completion.

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

Beginning Word: For adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. This introduction will focus on how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

Tech Talk: For adults, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. 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.

Resume Help with WorkExpress: For adults, 10 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. A WorkExpress professional will be at the Library to help you write or update your resume on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Pick up a Resume Creation worksheet at the Library prior to the program. Space is limited.

GFWC Nu-Era Study Club: 10:15 a.m., Shatto Dairy Farm, Osborn, Mo. Call 373-0573, Beverly Shelton.There will be a tour of the dairy and a 2nd District Update given by Ann Jones, President. Hostess, Sue Hancock will be providing cookies to celebrate Missouri Day (Oct. 18). Bring money to purchase milk, a sack lunch, and wear purple in observance of ‘Domestic Violence Month.’

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. Come to lower level back door, there is parking at the back. Call 353-5446.

Lions Club meeting: 7 a.m., Englewood Cafe, 10904 E. Winner Road, Independence.

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-7 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