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. 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.

NOV. 15

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.

Dino O’Dell’s Happy Birthday, Marty!: For all ages, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Join the fun as Dino and Marty celebrate together with singing, dancing, and swimming in peanut butter.

Marty’s Party: 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. Come to the party, meet Marty, and enjoy stories, songs, refreshments, and fun!

Beginning Excel: 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 about Microsoft Excel and how to format a simple spreadsheet.

Using Evernote to Organize Your 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 computer/tablet/smartphone application Evernote and its useful features that will help you keep your genealogy research organized. Learn tips and advice to maximize Evernote’s versatility.

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.

Independence Civil War Study Group: 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Drive, Independence. Call Terry Elliott, 353-7617. Erin Pouppirt will present a program on Plains Indians traditions and culture.

NOV. 16

82nd Annual Ararat Shrine Circus: 7:30 p.m., Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. All tickets are $12. Purchase tickets at Ararat Shrine Center, 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, ticketmaster.com or call 923-1975.

Kids Create – Harvest Art: For ages 6 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. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities.

Gift Giving by the Book: 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. Discover which books will make the best gifts this holiday season, and get started by bringing a book to swap. Enjoy a tasty treat while you browse.

The History of Chocolate: For adults, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Chocolate has captivated the world for more than four centuries. Explore the sweet history of chocolate, its cultural significance, its evolution, and its current economic influence with Chef Kolika Kirk. Then stay for a special chocolate tasting session.

National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), Santa Fe Trail Unit: 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence. Call 254-8105. The session will include a program on “Using the Chart of Motions,” presented by Sheri Thacker, from RONR tinted pages 3-5. Open to anyone at least curious about parliamentary procedure.

Researching Your Civil War Soldier: 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Discover the sources you need to find ancestors that served in the Civil War, as well as general information about the political, social, and cultural forces that affected their lives.

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: 7:15 p.m., at the home of Margie McMilian. Call Louise at 796-6998. The co-hostess will be the social committee as the program will be Thanksgiving dinner, entitled Fall Blooms.

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.

The Write Place Poetry Society: 3 p.m., Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence. Call 254-5278, Jan Kroll. You are invited to come and read or to just listen.

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865, Louisa Volker Macklind Tent 24: 10:30 a.m., Bass Pro Shops, 18001 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, in the Conservation Room on the lower level. Call 850-8684, Dee Wolfe, president. Any woman 18 or older and has an ancestor who served the Union forces during the Civil War may be eligible to join.

NOV. 17

Best Little Arts & Craft Show: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Admission is free. Call 325-7370. Browse through four floors with more than 115 booths offering a variety of arts and crafts.

82nd Annual Ararat Shrine Circus: 7:30 p.m., Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Tickets range from $22 to $45 for adults and $11 to $22.50 for kids. Purchase tickets at Ararat Shrine Center, 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, ticketmaster.com or call 923-1975.

Third Friday Art Walk: 5:30-9 p.m., Winner Road and Sterling Avenue, Independence. Free. Call 252-3372 or visit www.englewoodstation.com. The galleries in the Englewood Station Arts District,, open their doors to art lovers. See artists in action, demonstrations, and enjoy live music and refreshments.

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.

William Chrisman High School Class of 1951 get-together: 9 a.m., Big Biscuit, 16506 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Call 461-0449, Dan Hansen.

NOV. 18

82nd Annual Ararat Shrine Circus: 10 a.m., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Tickets range from $22 to $45 for adults and $11 to $22.50 for kids. Purchase tickets at Ararat Shrine Center, 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, ticketmaster.com or call 923-1975.

Best Little Arts & Craft Show: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Admission is free. Call 325-7370. Browse through four floors with more than 115 booths offering a variety of arts and crafts.

Holiday Bazaar: Sponsored by Church Women United, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 3601 S Sterling Ave. Independence. Call Marge Troeh at 651-9528. There will be crafts, jewelry, gift items, holiday decorations and baked goods for sale. All proceeds will benefit scholarships for seniors graduating from high schools in Independence. Free parking and free admission. Lunch is also available and will benefit projects sponsored by the church.

Crafts and Collectibles Bazaar: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 409 N. Liberty St., just north of Independence Square (entrance on White Oak.) There will be lots of items to buy, and homemade soups and desserts for sale as well.

Let's Move! Saturdays: 11 a.m.-noon, Ninja Warrior for ages 8 and older, Freedom Fitness, 1241 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. Free.

Emergency Preparedness Class – Emergency Family Plans: 10 a.m.-noon, Fire Station 1, 950 N. Spring St., Independence. Call 325-7167 or visit www.indepmoep.org. Are you prepared for a disaster? Emergencies can strike at any time without warning.

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

Soaring Eagles: For all ages, 1 to 2 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. No registration required, call 228-3766. Learn more about this powerful force in nature and discover where you can go to see bald eagles in the wild.

Missouri, Wild and Wonderful with Matt Miles: For all ages, 3 to 4 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. No registration required, call 228-3766. Come meet this amazing photographer and have him sign your own personal copy of his book! From bluebirds and black bears to copperheads and white-tailed deer: from tall-grass prairies and vistas atop the Ozark Plateau to lowland swamps and the depths of clear streams–Missouri, Wild and Wonderful displays the work of award winning wildlife photographer Matt Miles.

READ to a Dog: For ages 3 and older, 11 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Sit down and read to some very good listeners – Pet Partner Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ). Dogs will be available for 10-minute sessions to help children improve their reading skills and build self-confidence.

Draw Like Van Gogh: For ages 6 and older, 10 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Children will learn about Vincent Van Gogh, the inspiration of Arles, France, on his painting, and study his dynamic and energetic brush strokes in his Sunflowers. Then it’s their turn to use color, contrast, and patterns to create their version of Van Gogh’s masterpiece.

Easy-to-Make Holiday Drinks: For adults, 2 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. 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.

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.

Xi Xi Sigma Thanksgiving dinner: 6 p.m., Ameristar.

NOV. 19

82ndAnnual Ararat Shrine Circus: 1 and 5 p.m., Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Tickets range from $22 to $45 for adults and $11 to $22.50 for kids. Purchase tickets at Ararat Shrine Center, 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, ticketmaster.com or call 923-1975.

“A Christmas Carol”: 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. The great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens is returning to MCPL for a special engagement. A professional actor in England, the energetic Gerald Dickens leaps, laughs, and sobs as he portrays the voices of A Christmas Carol. Refreshments will be served.

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