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. 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.

NOV. 24

“Wizard of Oz:” Performed by puppeteer Kraig Kensinger, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. Admission, $6. Call 833-9777 for reservations. As a special gift, each child attending a performance will receive a free book to take home. The performances and books are sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Introduction to Skeet Shooting planned for Dec. 9: For ages 12 + parents, 9-11:30 a.m., Lake City Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, 28505 E. Truman Road, Buckner. Free, but registration is required by Nov. 24. Call 249-3194. This will be the last Teens & Firearms this year. Bring the kids out to show off the skills they have learned. Events will include rifle, pistol, shotguns and archery. Come enjoy a friendly competition with others and the Lake City staff to show off what you have learned.

Champagne and Chandeliers planned for Dec. 2: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Cost, $40. For reservations, call Peggy Meyer at 796-6322. Kick off the holiday season in grand Roaring Twenties style. Come spend an elegant evening at the beautifully decorated mansion.

American Red Cross Blood Drive: 9 a.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. To donate, 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. For other eligibility questions, call 866-236-3276.

Drop-In Table Tennis: 9 a.m.-noon, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

Teen Club meeting: 5:30 to 9 p.m., Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Call 229-2034 or dianesingsforjoy@comcast.net, Diane Chrisman Schiefelbein. Teens and adults with disabilities are invited to enjoy a free dinner, special guest and lots of fun.

Shrimp dinners: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1000, 1002 E. U.S. 24, Independence. Cost, $12 for a 1/2 pound; $15 for a full pound. Call 836-3015.

Friday Night Specials: 6-9 p.m., Memorial Post 3976, 12810 Kentucky Road, Sugar Creek. All welcome. 461-2636.

NOV. 25

“Wizard of Oz:” Performed by puppeteer Kraig Kensinger, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. Admission, $6. Call 833-9777 for reservations. As a special gift, each child attending a performance will receive a free book to take home. The performances and books are sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Let's Move! Saturdays: Open roller skating, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Rink Ratz, 513 S.W. Keystone Drive, Blue Springs. Free.

Community Breakfast: 7:30-9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant st., Independence. Call 252-6100 or visit www.fccindepmo.org. The cost is $3.50 for either half order of biscuits and gravy or all you can eat pancakes with sausage, and $5 for a full order of biscuits and gravy. All meals include coffee and orange juice.

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

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

Whooo Knows about Owls?: 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 these remarkable nocturnal predators and their important role in the ecosystem. No registration required.

Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales: For ages 2 and older, 11 a.m. to noon, Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. No registration required, call 228-3766. Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! Our imaginations are the only limits. Walk-ins welcome.

Teens Create – Sequined Ornaments: 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

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.

ONGOING EVENTS

Christmas In the Park: 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 5:30-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 22-Dec. 31, Longview Lake Campground. This drive-thru event begins at the Frank White Jr. Softball Complex, 3901 S.W. Longview Park Drive, Lee's Summit. Celebrate Christmas magic with 300,000 lights, 175 animated figures and splashes of Christmas color. Admission is free. Exit donations benefiting more than 35 area charities are accepted.

Vaile Mansion tours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 24-Dec. 30, 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6-16. Call 325-7430. Closed Dec. 23-25.

Bingham-Waggoner Estate tours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 24-Dec. 30, 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6-16. Call 461-3491. Closed Dec. 23-25.

1827 Log Courthouse: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, Nov. 24-Dec. 30, 107 W. Kansas Ave., Independence. Open by appointment after 2 p.m. Call 325-7890. Closed Dec. 23-25.

1859 Jail & Marshal's Home Museum: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 24-Dec. 30, 217 N. Main St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6-16. Call 461-1897. Closed Dec. 23-25.

Chicago & Alton Depot: 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Monday, Thursday-Saturday; 12:30-4:15 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 24-Dec. 30, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Donations welcome. Call 325-7955. Closed Dec. 23-25.

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