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, NOV. 1

Antique Road Trip to Belton: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., departing from Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $24. Call 228-0181 to register. Lunch is on your own.

Infant Child Pediatric CPR planned for Nov. 8: For ages 13 and older, 6-8 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $35. Registration deadline: Nov. 1, call 228-0137 to register. Learn what you can do to act fast in an emergency situation. CPR certification will be received upon completion.

Introduction to Tai Chi: For adults, 10 a.m. Nov. 1, 8 and 15, Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Explore the ancient practice of Tai Chi, and experience the benefits these low-impact exercises have on balance and fitness during this three-part program.

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. Please pick up a Resume Creation worksheet at the Library prior to the program.

Internet for Beginners: For adults, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. 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.

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.

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.

NOV. 2

Independence Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast planned for Nov. 9: 7:30 a.m. breakfast; 8 a.m. program, The Laurel Club, Community of Christ Auditorium, Lower Level, 1001 Walnut St., Independence. Cost, $10; $80 for a table of 8. Reservations due Nov. 2. Contact Kim Osborne at 325-7027 or kosborne@indepmo.org. Theme – Gratitude: A Celebration of Community, with Lead Pastor Craig Kackley, Church of the Four Corners, as speaker.

“Wait Until Dark”: Performed by City Theatre of Independence, 8 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre, inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors. Purchase tickets at http://citytheatreofindependence.org or call 325-7367.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Youth Academy Program planned for Nov. 4: For area high school junior and seniors, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., The Mary Kelly Center, 2803 E. 51st St., Kansas City. Contact Trooper Rich Stewart for an application at richard.stewart@MSHP.DPS.MO.GOV or call 501-8654. Come interact with Troopers; experience demonstrations from Patrol officers, SWAT, K-9, Marine Operations; gaming enforcement, criminal investigators and much more; and learn about the roles of law enforcement officers within your community and create positive bonds for the future.

Full Moon Hike – Beaver Moon planned for Nov. 3: 6:30 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. This is a free event, but reservations are need by 5 p.m. Nov. 2. Call 325-7115. You must be able to hike off-trail and no baby strollers or light-up shoes are allowed.

Marilyn Maun signs her book “Tilda: On the Brink of Tomorrow: Trails Regional Library, 107 W. Mason, Odessa. Call 633-4089. Maun was born in Lexington and spent her early childhood in this area. As her ancestors first arrived here in the 1830s, she is well acquainted with the history of the region.

Jedi Challenge: For ages 8 to 12, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 2-Dec. 14, Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $110. Call 228-0137 to register. Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of Legos.

Free Movies, Music, and More: 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. If you’re tired of spending hundreds of dollars on entertainment, discover all the different ways you can get movies, music, and more – for free – online from the Library.

Thanksgiving Fun: For ages 5 and older, 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. Listen to ’Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving. Then make fun, hand-painted turkeys and other Thanksgiving crafts!

American Red Cross Blood Drive: 10 a.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Make an appointment to donate online at www.redcrossblood.org. Eligible donors will need to be at least 17 years old (16 with written parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, and generally be feeling well the day of the donation. Please allow an hour for your donation and bring any form of photo ID with you. Call the Red Cross with other eligibility questions at 866-236-3276.

Long-Term Care Planning: 7 p.m.. Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. The majority of people over age 65 will need some type of long-term care at some point. Learn about long- term care options and how to create a plan to fit your needs.

Using FamilySearch: 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 use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

Beginning Genealogy: For beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

Brick Wall Discussion Group: 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Have you hit a brick wall in your genealogy research? Get together with others to share helpful information, network, and gather inspiration to help you continue your genealogy project.

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

Alpha Omega Master meeting: At the home of Shirley Popejoy. Call Louise at 796-6998. Shirley will be also be the co-hostess and present the program. “Learn to shoot a gun.” There will be an executive board meeting, a review of the book of Beta Sigma Phi, and ways and means will hold Dime A Time to help with the budget.

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.

NOV. 3

“Wait Until Dark”: Performed by City Theatre of Independence, 8 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre, inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors. Purchase tickets at http://citytheatreofindependence.org or call 325-7367.

Full Moon Hike – Beaver Moon planned for Nov. 4: 6:30 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. This is a free event, but reservations are need by 5 p.m. Nov. 3. Call 325-7115. This hike is on paved trails and for anyone who prefers even terrain, and is stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Mistletoe Madness: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Gamber Community Center, 4 S.E. Independence Ave., Lee's Summit. Call 969-1581.

Youth Basketball Leagues begin Jan. 6: For grades K-2nd, practice and games will be held at Blue Springs schools. Cost, $75 per player. Registration deadline: Nov. 6. Call 228-0270 or email jfarris@bluespringsgov.com. Practices begin the week of Nov. 13.

Shepherd's Center of Independence: For ages 55 and older, 8:30-9 a.m. registration/blood pressure checks/coffee and fellowship, Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. Registration is $1; lunch is at noon, $5. Call 350-4474. Workshops: 9 a.m. travel; 10 a.m. book review; 11 a.m. potpourri or Tai Chi with Master Konrad Smith. Dominoes available from 10 a.m.-noon.

Beginning Puppetry – Talking with Animals: For ages 8 and older, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Kids will learn puppetry basics, from creating realistic movements and lip-syncing to entering and exiting the stage. They can review their progress by making short videos of their work.

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.

Encore Theatre meeting: 1:30 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Adults 50 and older are invited to join this fun-loving group who are interested in all aspects of theatre.

NOV. 4

“Wait Until Dark”: Performed by City Theatre of Independence, 8 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre, inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors. Purchase tickets at http://citytheatreofindependence.org or call 325-7367.

St. Mathew United Methodist Church Turkey Dinner: 4-7 p.m., at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 603 N. Jennings Road, Independence. Cost, $8 for adults; $4 for ages 10 and younger. Call Shirley Weaver at 716-1184 or Pat Townsend at 225-9459. Menu: Turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potato casserole, cranberry salad, dessert, all the trimmings and drinks. Proceeds will support the mission projects of the United Methodist Women and the needs of the church.

Chili Dinner: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Mount Washington United Methodist Church, 584 S. Arlington Ave., Independence. Cost, $6 for adults; $3 for children. The United Methodist Women will be serving chili and vegetable soup. There will also be collectibles, baked goods and nuts for sale.

Turkey Dinner: 4-6:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 701 N.W. 15th St., Blue Springs. Cost, $9 for adults; $4 for children 6-10; ages 5 and under are free. Call 229-8400. Enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, with dessert and drink.

Chili and Craft/Bake Sale Day: Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church, 1800 Northern Blvd., Independence. Crafts, gifts and baked goods will be available for purchased from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and chili or soup and dessert will be served from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., for $8 for adults; $4 for ages 4-12; children under 4 are free. Call 252-7977.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: 11 a.m.-noon Bump City/Dragon Ninja, Gage Center, 1101 N.W. Jefferson; and noon-3 p.m. open swim, Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. (Open swim with adult photo ID. Kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool. Parents must accompany children under the age of 12.) Both activities are free.

Home Alone planned for Nov. 12: For ages 7 to 12, 1-4 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $25. Registration deadline: Nov. 4, call 228-0137. Kids will learn how to make their home more save, fun and less scary. Topics includes emergencies and stranger danger.

Mistletoe Madness: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Gamber Community Center, 4 S.E. Independence Ave., Lee's Summit. Call 969-1581.

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

Free Health Clinic: 9 a.m.-noon, Glenwood Park Methodist Church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. Call 254-5116. The screenings, sponsored by the Black Nurse Association and the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index testing.

Stop the Bully: For children, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. Hunker down to hear the tale of an Old West town where settlers had great hair and about the day the bad guys came to muss things up. Join Miles McMahon for a rip-roarin’ look at bullying and how to stop it.

Game Day at the Library: For adults, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Have a favorite game you want to share, or just tired of playing the same thing over and over? Come meet and mingle with fellow gaming enthusiasts, share your favorite pastimes, and maybe try something new!

Stuffed Animal Sleepover: 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 to 10 a.m. Nov. 4, Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Drop off your friends at a special story time. Then come back the next morning for a special program featuring a slideshow of their overnight adventures. Dolls and other toys are also welcome. One toy per child.

Butterfly and Beetle Watercolor Pencil Class: For ages 5 and older, 10 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. Use watercolor pencils, wiggly eyes, and 3-D raised paint to create butterflies and beetles with personalities all their own.

Yan-Koloba: A Character and Community Building Game Rooted in the Cultures of Africa: For all ages, 10 a.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. Learn to play Yan-Koloba, a game with deep African roots that reaches across all cultural boundaries to teach respect, teamwork, collaboration, acceptance, and trust.

Germans from Russia – History and Research: 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Discover the history and culture of the Germans who settled Russia’s Bergsiete region. Join genealogist Mike Meisinger as he shares the history of these German-Russian settlements.

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.

NOV. 5

Chiefs Pre-game Chili Luncheon and Silent Auction: Good Shepherd Christian Church, 111 SW Woods Chapel Rd., Blue Springs. The soups, chili and desserts are $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Call 228-6908. Lunch and the silent auction will begin at 11:30 a.m. and winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m. Auction items include wall hangings, gift cards, themed gift baskets and Christmas decor. All proceeds will go for children's camp scholarships.

12th Annual Craft Show and Business Expo: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Mark's Catholic Church, 3736 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Visit www.stmarksparish.com or email Charlotte at cdavis@stmarksparish.com. If you are searching for a creative gift or are looking to connect with area service industries, this event is for you. From candles to lawn care, chair massages to skin care, there is something for everyone.

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.

NOV. 6

Medicare Part D Enrollment Event: 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Sign up for a one-on-one appointment, and have a trained CLAIM counselor help you answer questions about your Part D or Advantage plan. CLAIM is Missouri’s State Health Assistance Insurance Program, offering free, confidential, and unbiased Medicare counseling and education to Missouri’s Medicare beneficiaries. Call 800-390-3330 to reserve your spot.

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.

ONGOING EVENTS

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