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.

SATURDAY, NOV. 4

Independence 76 Fire Company Open House: Noon-4 p.m., 220 N. Lynn, Independence. On display: A 1952 Seagrave Ladder Truck, this was the first ladder truck in Independence. It was found and purchased by Independence 76 from Glasgow, Montana, and it arrived in Independence on Oct. 26, 2017.

“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.

“The Music Man”: 7 p.m., William Chrisman High School, U.S. 24 and Noland Road, Independence. Tickets are $6 at the door.

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.

NOV. 7

James Walker Elementary 40th Anniversary: 4-6 p.m., 201 S.E Sunnyside School Road, Blue Springs. Current and past teachers, students and families are welcome.

Little All-Stars – Basketball: For 3 and 4 year olds, 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 7-Dec. 12, Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $42. Call 228-0137 to register. Kids will learn the fundamentals in a fun, non-competitive environment.

The Kennedy Assassination – Fact vs. Myth: 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. Examine the facts and fiction surrounding one of the most momentous events in American history. Veteran private investigator and former police officer Larry Berkland lays out the undisputed facts and the many conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, as well as the development and tactics of the United States Secret Service.

Greetings from Krampus! Have You Been Good?: 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. Join author Lissa Sloan to learn about the beast man who helps St. Nicholas by punishing the naughty ones among us at Christmastime. Sloan will read her selection in Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus.

Marty’s Party: For all ages, 2 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. It’s Marty’s birthday and he wants to celebrate with you! Come to the party, meet Marty, and enjoy stories, songs, refreshments, and fun!

Effective Fiction Writing: For adults, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Effective fiction writing infuses a story with energy, emotion, and tension. Join author Kevin M. Kraft as he explores how to develop a better vocabulary, engage readers, and use personal experience to breathe new life into a story.

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

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.

TOPS MO-0772 meeting: 10-11 a.m., First Christian Church, 701 N.W. 15th St., Blue Springs. Call 350-1554.

NOV. 8

Missouri River Bird Observatory Bird Banding: 2-5 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Call 325-7115. Scientists will capture birds in a net, record vital information about them and then attach a numbered metal band. This gives us a rare chance to learn about and experience our familiar winter birds. Children will get to release birds. Banding is outside, so if it's windy, call ahead.

Children's Choir in Concert: 6:30 p.m., Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. This is a free concert, but a free will offering will be taken. Visit worldhelp.net. As a part of its 2017-2018 tour, World Help will present Children of the World International Children's Choir. The choir is composed of 14 children from the countries of Nepal, Uganda, Honduras the Philippines, and they come to us from just a handful of the children homes supported by World Help.

Little Acorns – Turkeys: For ages 3 to 5 with an adult, 10 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Learn how to walk, talk and gawky like a wild turkey just in time for the big holiday.

Independence AFS Chapter meeting: 7 p.m., William Chrisman High School Little Theater, U.S. 24 and Noland Road, Independence. Call 254-8105. Meet the 13 Independence AFS students, host families and their friends. This will include presentations about their families, home towns, schools, and countries from Daniel Kuropkka of Slovakia; Gaia Lecis of Italy, and Gabriel Martins de Amorim of Brazil.

Singles Supper Club: Geared for ages 65 and older, 5 p.m., El Ranchero, 1867 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. Enjoy dinner and fellowship, and order from the menu and pay on your own. Sponsored by Blue Springs Parks and Recreation.

Storytelling Celebration 2017: For all ages, 11 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Sit on the edge of your seat as you are led into new worlds through words and stories. The Kansas City Storytelling Celebration features storytellers at various locations throughout the metro area. For a complete listing of events, go to www.mcckc.edu/storytelling.

Home School – Hiding in Plain Sight: 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11, 12-18; 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11, Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Many of Missouri’s wild animals use camouflage to hide from predators or from their prey. They use different colors, patterns and even behaviors to blend in. Come see what is hiding right in front of us.

Storytelling Celebration 2017: For all ages, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Sit on the edge of your seat as you are led into new worlds through words and stories. The Kansas City Storytelling Celebration features storytellers at various locations throughout the metro area. For a complete listing of events, go to www.mcckc.edu/storytelling.

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

Storytelling Celebration 2017: For all ages, 11 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. The Kansas City Storytelling Celebration features storytellers at various locations throughout the metro area. For a complete listing of events, go to www.mcckc.edu/storytelling.

Introduction to Internet Genealogy: For beginners, 7 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 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.

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