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, 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.

Celebrate Veterans Day at the Zoo: The Zoo is proud to honor those who have served. All military personnel (retired or active) with a valid ID will receive complimentary admission in honor of Veterans Day.

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.

Bird Fair and Sale: Hosted by the Greater Kansas City Avicultural Society, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Missouri Army National Guard Armory, 2323 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. Admission: $5; $3 for ages 11 to 15; 10 and under are free. There will be birds, cages, bird food and toys, nest boxes, perches, arts and crafts and more.

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.

Chili Supper: 11 a.m. until sold out, St. Cyril's Catholic Church, 11231 Chicago, Sugar Creek. Donations: $7 for adults; $4 for children under 12 (price includes drink and dessert.) Carry out: $10 for 32-ounce chili only; $5 for 12-ounce chili only; $2 per dessert. There will also be an ethnic bake sale featuring povitica, nut horns and kalache.

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.

NOV. 13

Giant Clothing Sale: noon-8 p.m., St. John LaLande Catholic Church Parish Center, 805 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Call 229-3378. Clothing is a free will donation, with all proceeds going to the area needy. Clothing is available at no charge for needy families.

Creating Magical Moments – Things to Consider When Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation: 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. There’s a lot to consider when you plan a Walt Disney World vacation – accommodations, dining, ticket options, and seasons. Learn what resources are available, as well as tips and tricks to make your planning a bit easier.

Getting to Know Our New Catalog: 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 about all of the new features the Library has added to help you access the books and other materials you need and get the most out of your account.

Family Indexing Night: 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Spend the evening indexing with your family! Gather information from records in books and newspapers, and then record it in a searchable database. You’ll learn about history and genealogy along the way. MGC staff will be available to answer questions throughout the evening.

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

Independence Garden Club: 6:30 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Call Don Bjuland at 461-4948. Master Gardener Lu Tarr will present a program on orchids. Visitors are always welcome.

Alpha Omega Master attend Independence City Council meeting: 7:30 p.m.

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.

Lions Club meeting: 6:30 p.m., Hy-Vee, 4545 S. Noland Road, Independence.

NOV. 14

Public Forum for Blue Springs Residents: 6:30 p.m., Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 S.W. Smith St., Blue Springs. The Blue Springs Police Department and the Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens’ Advisory Board will host a Facebook Live public forum to discuss a series of issues related to public safety, including mental health resources and suicide awareness in Blue Springs. After the presentation, residents can ask questions about public safety concerns to the board. The meeting will air live on CTV7 – Comcast Cable Channel 7 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99. Residents can submit questions by emailing city@bluespringsgov.com.

Giant Clothing Sale: noon-8 p.m., St. John LaLande Catholic Church Parish Center, 805 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Call 229-3378. Clothing is a free will donation, with all proceeds going to the area needy. Clothing is available at no charge for needy families.

Babes in the Woods – Fall Scavenger Hunt Hike: For babes under 36 months, 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. Bring your little one to a fun scavenger hike in the colorful fall forest of Burr Oak Woods.

Late Autumn Wild Edibles Discovery Hike: For adults, 1 to 3 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Discover what delicious, wild edible plants we can still find before the snow begins to fly.

Kansas City Author Steve Paul: For adults, 7 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. Join this writer and former Kansas City Star editor for a discussion of his new book, “Hemingway at Eighteen: The Pivotal Year That Launched an American Legend.” The book offers new material and never-published voices who speak about Hemingway’s Kansas City experience.

Conservation Kids – Fall Forest Bounty: For ages 7 to 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Come learn about edible nuts and fruits and how to identify them. Plus, you'll gather together to taste a few of these native treats.

Easy-to-Make Holiday Drinks: 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. From a creative spin on wassail to a quick and delicious coffee drink, barista Emily Duffey can help you create easy and mouthwatering holiday drinks that can be made kid-friendly or spiced up for more grown- up tastes. Recipes will be provided.

Warm from the Oven: For adults, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Join an award-winning culinary team to learn how to make mouth-watering, made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls. This hands-on instructional class will take you through the steps of making the dough, rolling the rolls, and creating a sweet icing from scratch. Each participant will leave with a pan full of doughy goodness to take home and bake.

GIMP 2.8 – Photo-Editing Software: 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. Discover GIMP 2.8, a free photo-editing program that is similar to Adobe Photoshop. Learn to create posters, photos, business cards, wedding invitations, and artwork with this power-packed software.

Kid Games: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Connect, cooperate, and compete in a variety of games that are fun for your brain.

Using Findmypast: For beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn to search billions of records to find your ancestors from all over the world. This class focuses on search tips as well as the types of records that can be found in Findmypast.com. 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.

Santa Fe Trail Republican Women's Club: an educational group for women of all ages interested in learning more about politics. Call 478-2449, Joy Freeland.

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

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