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.

TUESDAY, 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.

The Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri – Railroads of the Confederacy: 7 p.m., Village Heights Community of Christ Fellowship Hall, 1009 Farview Drive, Independence. Free and open to the public. Robert Walz will present the program. He previously talked to the Round Table about the role the Union railroads played in the Civil War. Refreshments will be served.

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.

Xi Xi Sigma meeting: 6 p.m., at the home of Claire Higgins. Program will be done by hostess.

NOV. 9

Little All-Stars – Basketball: For 3 and 4 year olds, 6-7 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 9-Dec. 14, Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $42. Call 228-0137 to register. Kids will learn the fundamentals in a fun, non-competitive environment.

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.

Benefit for Puerto Rico: 7-9:30 p.m., Aquarius Books, 3936 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City. Suggested donation, $15. If you can't attend, please support GoFundMe at https://www.gofundme.com/PuertoRicoDrJim. Dr. James Fleming, a local psychiatrist, is going to Puerto Rico in November to help in Hurricane Maria relief efforts. Come for this interactive drum/dance circle with important information regarding helping Puerto Rico recover and rebuild in an equitable, sustainable fashion.

WeDo Lego Robotics – Roaring Lion: For ages 8 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. Roar with robots. Build a roaring lion and command it to sit up and lay down. Kids will work in pairs to make this simple robot.

Retirement Education: 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. 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. This program is designed to help anyone, no matter what stage they are in life.

Dino O’Dell’s Happy Birthday, Marty!: For all ages, 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 the fun as Dino and Marty celebrate together with singing, dancing, and swimming in peanut butter.

Internet for Beginners: 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 the basics of internet use including terminology, how to get connected, and how to find what you’re looking for online.

Newspaper Databases: 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Newspaper databases can be used to find genealogical information such as birth, marriage and death records, obituaries, probate cases, and interesting information about your ancestors’ lives. Learn about the different online newspaper databases accessible through MCPL.

Out of the Old – Creating Stories from Your Ethnic and Cultural Heritage: 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Join master storyteller Adam Booth in an exploration of the universal elements and archetypes of folklore then exercise your creativity by creating a story. Storytellers of all experience levels are welcome.

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.

NOV. 10

“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.

Holiday Fair: Sponsored by St. Mary's Medical Center Volunteers, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Mary's Medical Center, 201 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, 2nd floor of the Medical Mall (follow signs). Free admission. Don't miss out on unique gifts and food items for the holiday season. Bring your watches that need new batteries as those can be fixed too! Take your chance on a fully decorated tree donated by Mera Vic valued at $3,000, to be raffled off on Nov. 27. Proceeds will help a needy family in our community.

Long-Term Care Planning: 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Learn about long-term care options and how to create a plan to fit your needs.

Census Records Research: For beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Explore how the U.S. Federal Census can help in your genealogy research.

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.

NOV. 11

“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.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: 8:30-9:30 a.m., inflatable activities, Giggles-N-Jiggles, 3713 U.S. 40 (clean socks required); and 11 a.m.-noon dancing and tumbling for ages 3-6, TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox. Both activities are free.

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Franklin Smith Elementary, lower level, 1609 S.W. Clark Road, Blue Springs. Admission and parking are free. Call 352-9574 or visit http://fsepta.weebly.com. There will be more than 55 booths, concessions, raffle, Mustang Makers (boths by FSE students), face painting, caricatures, henna tattoos and pony rides. All proceeds raised benefit the students at FSE.

Victorian Market Basket: For ages 13 and older, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $45. Call 228-0137 to register. During this intermediate class, you'll learn various overweaving techniques.

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

American Legion Veterans Day Dance: 7-10:30 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m., special Veterans Day show at 6:30, American Legion Post 21, 16701 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Admission $7. Call 373-0221. Music by The Reddymen Band. Food, beverages, and snacks available. Open to the public.

Chocolate Tasting Party: For kids 8 and older, 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. Learn where chocolate comes from and what makes it so delicious with local food critic Pete Dulin. Then treat your taste buds to samples of America’s favorite treat.

Winding the Clock: For adults, 3 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Join historian and preservationist David Jackson for a virtual tour of the courthouse and historic Square to learn more about the site’s unique role in local and American history.

Chocolate Class: For adults, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon or 1 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Discover how chocolate ganache can take your chocolate cake from ordinary to extraordinary. Join Chef Tito and his mobile kitchen for a lesson in how to work with ganache to crowd-pleasing cakes and truffles.

Beaded Penguin: For adults, 2 p.m. Nov. 11 and 18, Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. Join Tina Gatewood and learn to make these cute beaded penguins. Great for holiday decorating! This is a two-part class; each class lasts 90 minutes. There is a one-time hands-on materials fee of $14.

Creation Stations – Retro Video Game Art: For teens, 3 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. 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.

ACT Practice Test with College Tutors: For teens, tests will run from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 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. Mid-Continent Public Library is partnering with College Tutors to provide free ACT practice tests. Composite scores will be provided to each student within five days.

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.

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.

NOV. 12

6th Annual Ike Skelton Veterans Day Salute: Noon-5 p.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. Admission and activities throughout the day are free, but RSVPs are needed for the wreath-laying ceremony and public program featuring Ret. Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente. RSVP by calling 400-1220 or at TrumanLibraryInstitute.org. A free reception preceding the program will be at 1 p.m., with the program at 2 p.m., and immediately following will be a presidential salute and wreath-laying ceremony on the Truman gravesite in the courtyard. Patriotic activities will be held throughout the Museum from noon to 3:30 p.m., including free gifts for veterans (while supplies last), a thank-a-vet card-making station and more.

“Wait Until Dark”: Performed by City Theatre of Independence, 2 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.

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. Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering and architecture through engineer-designed projects.

Tea Dance: 2-4:30 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Admission, $6. Call 650-5400. Music by the Joe Walker Dance Band. You're welcome to bring snacks to share. Open to the public.

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

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