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. 18

82ndAnnual 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.

Truman High School presents “Cabaret”: 7:30 p.m., at the school, 3301 Noland Road, Independence. Tickets are $7 in advance; $8 at the door.

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

Truman High School presents “Cabaret”: 2 p.m., at the school, 3301 Noland Road, Independence. Tickets are $7 in advance; $8 at the door.

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.

NOV. 21

Trip the Light Fantastic: On-site registration is 5 p.m., with the ride beginning at 6 p.m., Frank White Jr. Softball Complex, 3501 S.W. Longview Park Drive, Lee's Summit. Cost, $5. For questions, call Marcy Caldwell at 913-568-8593. Bicyclists are invited to ride the 4.5-mile magical bike ride through Christmas in the Park. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Lit/Holiday Decorated Bike and Best Holiday Dressed Individual before the ride gets underway. Parental discretion is advised for riders under the age of 10 as the course can be dark and hilly in places. Headlights and helmets are required for this night ride.

A Christmas Carol: 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. 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.

“A Christmas Carol”: 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. 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.

Using HeritageQuest: For beginners, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn how to search thousands of resources, from history books to Revolutionary War records, with HeritageQuest Online. 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.

Independence Art Association: 7 p.m., Art Squared gallery, located in The Emporium, 111 N. Main St., on the Independence Square. Visit www.independenceartassociation.org. Guest and new members are always welcome.

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

NOV. 22

Christmas in the Sky: Gates open at 5 p.m., Longview Lake Beach, 11101 Raytown Road, Kansas City. Call 503-4800 or email parksrec@jackson.org. The evening features holiday entertainment by a cast of 100 singers and dancers from Monica's School of Dance in Lee's Summit, a performance by The Point's Tevin Williams, the arrival of Santa and the presentation of the First Gift of Christmas, and a fireworks display. After the show, drive through the hundreds of lighted and animated displays of Christmas in the Park. Directions to Christmas in the Sky: Take I-470 east to Raytown Road, then follow the signs south 2 miles to the Longview Lake Beach entrance.

STEM with Lego: 9 a.m.-noon for ages 5 to 7; and 1-4 p.m. for ages 8 to 12, Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost for either class, $35. Call 228-0137 to register. Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of Legos.

Beginning Puppetry – Talking with Animals: For ages 8 and older, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Kids will learn puppetry basics, from creating realistic movements and lip-syncing to entering and exiting the stage. They can review their progress by making short videos of their work.

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