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, OCT. 12

The Book Stops Here – Presidential Book Group: For adults, 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 Doug Richardson, Chief of Interpretation and Visitors Services at the Harry S Truman National Historic site, for an exploration into the lives of the American presidents, their influence on history, and the events of their times. October's book: “Truman” by David McCullough.

Beginning Word: For adults, 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. This introduction will focus on how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

Advanced Excel: 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. Learn a few of the advanced options offered by Microsoft Excel such as writing a formula, goal seek, and filtering large amounts of data.

Kids Create: For ages 6 and older, 6 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities.

Introduction to Internet Genealogy: 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. 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.

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: 9:45-10:45 a.m., New Walnut Park Church, 1137 S. Pearl, Independence.

OCT. 13

Two Witches No Waiting: Presented by Encore Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Theater inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Cost, $8 for adults; $7 for ages 60 and older; $4 for children 12 and under. For tickets, call 325-7367. Two ladies are known far and wide in South Texas as friendly, charitable, and a little eccentric. It is believed by many they are witches, especially by Opal Dunn, the housekeeper, who disappears without a trace. It’s a heady brew of twists and turns in a house that seems to be alive.

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.

Animals Best Friends Craft Fair planned for Oct. 21: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., National Guard Armory, 2323 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. If you're interested in a booth for your items, go to www.animalsbestfriends.org and under Events is the Craft Fair form and instructions. For a $30 donation, a spot will be reserved for you.

Lock-In – Late Night at MGC: 6 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Use these extra hours to dig deeper into your family history. Stay fueled with food and drinks, and enjoy research breaks with games and prizes throughout the evening. Registration fee is $20. Registration is required through Eventbrite and space is limited.

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

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

OCT. 14

The Bandit Rides Again: 1 p.m., Brady Courtroom in the Historic Truman Courthouse, 112 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. Tickets are $10 at Eventbrite.com. Reenactment of the trial of Bill “Whiskeyhead” Ryan and his involvement in the 1881 robbery of an Alton & Chicago train about 5 miles east of Independence at the Glendale Station.

Haunted Ghost Tours: 7, 8 and 9 p.m., in Independence. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for ages 8 to 16 (not suitable for children 7 and under.) Tickets may be bought through Eventbrite.com and will not be available at the door. Call 252-7454 or visit www.jchs.org. Tour includes 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home and a covered wagon ride around the Independence Square for a total of 2 hours to hear about the history and ghosts.

“Jack and the Beanstalk”: Performed by Kraig Kensinger, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. Admission is $6. Call 833-9777 for reservations.

Two Witches No Waiting: Presented by Encore Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Theater inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Cost, $8 for adults; $7 for ages 60 and older; $4 for children 12 and under. For tickets, call 325-7367. Two ladies are known far and wide in South Texas as friendly, charitable, and a little eccentric. It is believed by many they are witches, especially by Opal Dunn, the housekeeper, who disappears without a trace. It’s a heady brew of twists and turns in a house that seems to be alive.

Downtown Car Cruise: 6-8 p.m., downtown Blue Springs off Main Street between 11th and 12th streets. Bring the family out to view the latest innovations in car restorations from more than 100 exhibitors and enjoy delicious food and drinks from downtown merchants, as well as concession treats and sodas.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: 10-11 a.m., dance and tumbling for ages 3-6, TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox; and 4:30-6:30 p.m., open roller skating, Rink Ratz, 513 S. W. Keystone Drive. Both activities are free.

Hoots & Howls: Fun for all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kansas City Zoo. Minions are taking over the Zoo. Get your picture taken with them from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cruise around on a pedal tractor, navigate a hay bale maze, sing along with an interactive DJ and take a ride on the Scare-o-cel. Enjoy a hayride around the Zoo and create a wild craft in the lobby. Zoo animals are joining in the fun by smashing pumpkins at scheduled times throughout the day.

Lord's Acre Sale: Oakland United Methodist Church, east of Independence at 30701 E. Truman Road. A lunch of chili dog or sloppy joe, baked beans, potato salad, drink and home-made pie will be served from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with the auction beginning at 12:30 p.m. Highlighting the auction will be a quilt hand-stitched by the members of the Oakland Ladies Aid Society. Also offered will be a wide variety of hand-crafted items, home-baked cakes, pies, breads and rolls, fresh country eggs, vegetables, fruit, pickles, jams and jellies, and lip-smacking apple-butter, made on-site over an open fire.

Honey Harvest: The Gardens at Unity Village, 150B Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. The $15 cost includes a sample of honey; $5 for those who just want to observe. Call 682-9725.

Get the buzz about beekeeping from local beekeeper Rick Drake. See honey harvested from a hive (try it yourself) and take home a sample of this liquid gold.

Civil War Soldiers – A Day in the Life: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, 1101 Delaware, Lexington, Mo. Members of the Holmes Brigade will interpret soldiers from the Missouri State Guard and Federal troops in the 1861 Battle of Lexington. A drill demonstration will be held at 1 p.m.

Drumm Farm Market: 8 a.m.-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 south of the Independence Square. Spend $1 of your SNAP benefits and receive $2 to spend on produce.

Blue Springs Farmers Market: 7 a.m.-noon through October, 11th and Main streets, downtown Blue Springs.

Lee's Summit Farmers Market: 7 a.m.-sold out through November, Second and Douglas streets.

Missouri’s Creepiest Residents: For families, 1-3 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Join us for an afternoon of fun and learning as we take a look into the world of a few Missouri animals that many find creepy.

Harry S Truman Chapter, Missouri Society Sons of the American Revolution: 9:15 a.m., BMO Harris, N.A. Bank, 18811 Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Call 373-5309 or email GroverSAR@aol.com.

Blue Springs Chapter DAR: 9:30-10 a.m. hospitality; 10 a.m. meeting/program, Blue Springs County Club, 1600 N.W. Circle Drive. Cost, $12 (includes continental breakfast.) Call 229-0742 or email pwilk@aol.com, Phyllis Wilkins.

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – 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. 15

Two Witches No Waiting: Presented by Encore Theatre, 2 p.m., Powerhouse Theater inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Cost, $8 for adults; $7 for ages 60 and older; $4 for children 12 and under. For tickets, call 325-7367. Two ladies are known far and wide in South Texas as friendly, charitable, and a little eccentric. It is believed by many they are witches, especially by Opal Dunn, the housekeeper, who disappears without a trace. It’s a heady brew of twists and turns in a house that seems to be alive.

Hoots & Howls: Fun for all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kansas City Zoo. Minions are taking over the Zoo. Get your picture taken with them from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cruise around on a pedal tractor, navigate a hay bale maze, sing along with an interactive DJ and take a ride on the Scare-o-cel. Enjoy a hayride around the Zoo and create a wild craft in the lobby. Zoo animals are joining in the fun by smashing pumpkins at scheduled times throughout the day.

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. 16

Accessing eBooks with OverDrive: For adults, 2 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 steps to searching and checking out an eBook through OverDrive Digital Downloads and reading it on your computer or device.

Tech Talk: For adults, 2 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, or just come to listen and learn from other participants. You can bring your own laptop computer or tablet.

Using HeritageQuest: For beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn how to search thousands of resources, from history books to Revolutionary War records, with HeritageQuest Online. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

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.

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

OCT. 17

Animals Best Friends Craft Fair planned for Oct. 21: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., National Guard Armory, 2323 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. If you're interested in a booth for your items, go to www.animalsbestfriends.org and under Events is the Craft Fair form and instructions. For a $30 donation, a spot will be reserved for you.

Frankenstein – Live!: For adults, 7 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. Dr. Frankenstein recounts his story revealing the truth behind his creation and the irreversible horrors he unleashed in this unique adaptation by Hampstead Stage. You will ask, “Who is the real monster?”

Babes in the Woods – Nature’s Unlovables: For babes under 36 months, 10-11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. They slither, they crawl and sometimes scare us all. Dispel misconceptions and discover how to safely introduce your babe to these often unloved, and yet important wild animals.

Women and Money: 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Learn strategies for saving, investing, and planning for the future no matter your life stage.

Retirement Education: 7 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Saving for retirement is something everyone should do, but many of us postpone. Explore how much you should save, how living longer can affect your retirement portfolio, and how a financial expert can help you create a strategy.

Medicare Explained in Plain English: 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. 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.

Frankenstein – Live!: For adults, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Dr. Frankenstein recounts his story revealing the truth behind his creation and the irreversible horrors he unleashed in this unique adaptation by Hampstead Stage. You will ask, “Who is the real monster?”

Missouri Hauntings and Ghost Stories: 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Missouri has its dark side, a history of ghostly residents, haunted locations, and eerie urban legends. Step into the darkness with a seasoned paranormal researcher for some hair-raising tales from the Show-Me State.

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.

Independence Art Association: 7 p.m., Art Squared gallery, located in The Emporium, 111 N. Main St., on the Independence Square. Visit www.independenceartassociation.org. Guest and new members are always 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-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