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. 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.

Hens for Haiti Benefit Auction: Lake Lotawana Community United Methodist Church, 28901 NE Colbern Rd, Lake Lotawana, Gate 1. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a chili and soup dinner and a silent auction; with the live auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. For a list of auction items, visit www.llcumc.org/Auction. Help the families in Mellier, Haiti, build a sustainable chicken farm to create new jobs and produce a high protein source.

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

Bowling for Purple Peace-Amanda Brady Bowl for Epilepsy & Silent Auction: 2-5 p.m., Lunar Bowl, 2001 N.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. Cost, $25 per person in advance; $30 at the door. Call 489-2220 or visit www.purplepeacefoundation.org. There will be hourly door prizes and all participants receive a 20 ounce stainless steel tumbler.

82nd Annual 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.

NOV. 20

American Red Cross Blood Drive: 3 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Make an appointment 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. Allow an hour for your donation and bring any form of photo ID with you. Call the Red Cross toll free with other eligibility questions at 866-236-3276.

Tech Talk: For adults, 2 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.

Beginning Ancestry Library Edition: 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 Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy is needed.

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.

Pilot Club of Blue Springs: 6 p.m., Elks Lodge, 100 N.E. Brizendine Road, Blue Springs. Nancy Crawford, genaki50@yahoo.com.

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