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.

TODAY

Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting: 5:30-7 p.m., outside Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main St. Join the celebration when the mayor flips the switch that lights this very special Christmas tree. Entertainment by local schools and community groups will be provided, along with free refreshments and holiday crafts for kids. Santa and other special guests will be joining in the festivities.

Blue Springs Theater Presents – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!: For all ages, 7 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 Blue Springs City Theater for a sampler performance of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! Enjoy a story and a song from this musical production about how a simple holiday play became the best Christmas pageant of all time!

Natural Wreath Making Class: For all ages, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $20. Call 228-0137 to register. Items provided: Grapevine wreath base, juniper or cedar, plenty of accents provided by nature, plus beautiful craft embellishments.

Beaded Penguin: For adults, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5, and 2 p.m. Dec. 9, North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. 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.

Blue Springs Chapter DAR meeting planned for Dec. 9: 10 a.m., Adams Pointe Golf Club, 1601 N.E. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Cost: $21. Checks payable to Blue Springs Chapter DAR. RSVP to Dawn Pratt at dawn.pratt@firstbibleadp.com or call 813-2526. This special holiday meeting will include the annual Christmas luncheon, cookie exchange, and silent auction (new items). Program: The Morton Sisters.

Family Fun at the Movies: For ages 5 and older, 6 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. Don’t miss out on some family fun. Join us for a movie and a snack!

Playing with Dash & Dot: For families, 5-7 p.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free. Call 701-3483. Stop by and meet coding robots Dash & Dot.

Beginning Genealogy: For beginners, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips.

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.

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

WEDNESDAY

Infant Child Pediatric CPR planned for Dec. 13: For ages 13 and older, 6-8 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $35. Registration deadline: Dec. 6, call 228-0137 to register. Learn what you can do to act fast in an emergency situation. CPR certification will be received upon completion.

“The Hour of Code”: For ages 8 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. Join Mad Science as they participate in “The Hour of Code,” a global movement designed to teach students the basics of coding and introduce them to the growing field of computer science. During the program, kids will learn the fundamentals of coding from the computer experts at Mad Science. Learn more at hourofcode.com.

Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus: For all ages, 10 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. Santa and Mrs. Claus are making a special trip from the North Pole to read a holiday story at the Library. After the story, sit on Santa’s lap to tell him what you want for Christmas. Don’t forget your cameras!

Using FamilySearch: 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 use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy is needed.

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.

THURSDAY

Independence Young Matrons Holly Mistletoe Tour: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Visit independenceyoungmatrons.org. Homes on the tour: Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St., the Lee home, 2400 Glenview Ave., Prairie Landing, and the Kraft home, 4901 Whitney Drive, The Cliffs, all in Independence; and the Hogan home, 721 N.E. Seabrook Circle, Lakewood, Lee's Summit. The Sweet Shop, featuring homemade goodies and raffle baskets, is located at Liberty Street Community of Christ, 416 N. Liberty St., Independence. Ticket outlets: Alissa's Flowers, Dotted Chair, Scott A. Roberson DDS, The Living Stone, Petals and Potpourri, Cockrell Mercantile Co., Scandinavia Place, Vivilore and the Wild Bird Center of Independence. Proceeds benefit local charities.

Make an Applique Tea Towel: 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. Learn to make tea towels decorated with colorful fabric appliques. Pick up a supply list at the branch or purchase a kit from the instructor for $10.

Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus: For all ages, 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. Santa and Mrs. Claus are making a special trip from the North Pole to read a holiday story at the Library. After the story, sit on Santa’s lap to tell him what you want for Christmas. Don’t forget your cameras.

Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus: 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. Santa and Mrs. Claus are making a special trip from the North Pole to read a holiday story at the Library. After the story, sit on Santa’s lap to tell him what you want for Christmas. Don’t forget your cameras!

Blue Springs Chapter DAR meeting planned for Dec. 9: 10 a.m., Adams Pointe Golf Club, 1601 N.E. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Cost: $21. Checks payable to Blue Springs Chapter DAR. RSVP to Dawn Pratt at dawn.pratt@firstbibleadp.com or call 813-2526. This special holiday meeting will include the annual Christmas luncheon, cookie exchange, and silent auction (new items). Program: The Morton Sisters.

Benton’s Year of Peril: For adults, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Immediately after Pearl Harbor, Thomas Hart Benton painted a series of eight large panels, collectively called the “Year of Peril.” Steve Sitton, Director of the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio Historic Site, will discuss Benton’s motives and the impact of these paintings. The original paintings are at the State Historical Society of Missouri in Columbia, but images will be shown.

Genealogy Scrapbooking Club: 1 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. If you have an interest in genealogy scrapbooking, then this club is for you. All skill levels welcome.

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: At the home of Ramona Evans, who will be both hostess, co-hostess and give the program. There will be an executive board meeting at 7 p.m. Call Louise at 796-6998. The evening will also include a sweet treat raffle.

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.

FRIDAY

A Hero’s Homecoming – Welcome Home Officer Wagstaff: Citizens are encouraged to join the IPD between 1:45 and 2:15 p.m. around Independence City Hall, 111 E. Maple Ave., to welcome the police escort bringing Officer Wagstaff and his family back to Independence. You're encouraged to bring signs, and blue ribbons throughout the community are welcomed. Officer Wagstaff has honorably served with the Independence Police Department since May of 2002, and on March 29, 2017, he was critically injured in the line of duty while responding to a residential burglary. After eight months of hard work and strenuous rehabilitation, he is finally coming home.

“Abracadabra, Aladdin!”: Presented by the Children's performing Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $7; $6 for seniors; $3 for children 12 and under. For reservations, call 325-7367, No. 3. Adventurous fun and engaging music are all part of this stage production.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Presented by Blue Springs City Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Blue Springs High School Auditorium, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive. Tickets are $10; and $8 for ages 12 and under and 60 and older. Purchase tickets at the door, online at bluespringscitytheatre.com/tickets-2 and by calling 228-0137. This hilarious Christmas classic is about a couple who is struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant and is faced with casting the Herdman kids, probably the most inventively awful kids in history.

Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus: 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. Santa and Mrs. Claus are making a special trip from the North Pole to read a holiday story at the Library. After the story, sit on Santa’s lap to tell him what you want for Christmas. Don’t forget your cameras!

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

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

SATURDAY

A Hero’s Homecoming – Welcome Home Officer Wagstaff: Citizens are invited to join the IPD and special guests to honor our local hero at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, 4500 Little Blue Pkwy., Independence. Officer Wagstaff will be recognized and thanked for his actions and will share a special message with attendees. Officer Wagstaff has honorably served with the Independence Police Department since May of 2002, and on March 29, 2017, he was critically injured in the line of duty while responding to a residential burglary. After eight months of hard work and strenuous rehabilitation, he is finally coming home.

A Christmas Celebration: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit. Admission: $7; $4 for seniors and ages 5 to 13; under age 5 are free. Call 229-8980. Warm hearth fires, simple but delicious food, period appropriate music and piping hot cider are but a few of the many treats that await you. Belsnickel will make a special appearance and the children will be rewarded with either candy or a lump of coal.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Presented by Blue Springs City Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Blue Springs High School Auditorium, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive. Tickets are $10; and $8 for ages 12 and under and 60 and older. Purchase tickets at the door, online at bluespringscitytheatre.com/tickets-2 and by calling 228-0137. This hilarious Christmas classic is about a couple who is struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant and is faced with casting the Herdman kids, probably the most inventively awful kids in history.

Selfies with Santa and Seaman the Dog: 2-4 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. This is a free event, but regular admission applies if you plan to visit the exhibits. Call 325-7576. Kids can dress up as Lewis & Clark and take a photo with Seaman, a Newfoundland dog, just like the one they took on their journey. You may take a wagon ride (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), play with old fashioned toys and make your own ornament.

“Abracadabra, Aladdin!”: Presented by the Children's performing Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $7; $6 for seniors; $3 for children 12 and under. For reservations, call 325-7367, No. 3. Adventurous fun and engaging music are all part of this stage production.

Holly Jolly Christmas: 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.

Chicago & Alton Depot: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Call 325-7955.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Dance and tumbling, for ages 3 to 6, 9-10 a.m., TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox; and interactive story time, 11 a.m.-noon, Inkling's Book & Coffee Shoppe, 1101 W. Main St. Both activities are free.

Backyard Bird Basics: For all ages, 10-11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road in Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Come sit in our warm and cozy solarium and learn how attracting a variety of backyard birds to your yard can be a rewarding and fun way to make those winter blues flutter away.

“The Hour of Code:” 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. Join Mad Science as they participate in “The Hour of Code,” a global movement designed to teach students the basics of coding and introduce them to the growing field of computer science. During the program, kids will learn the fundamentals of coding from the computer experts at Mad Science. Learn more at hourofcode.com.

Science City – Robotic Rebellion: For teens, 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. Come to the engineering side and meet the robots. Join Science City educators as they shine a light (saber) on the mechanics of robotics in this Star Wars-inspired program.

Kpop and Animation Support Group: 3-4:30 p.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free. Call 701-3483. If you're a super fan in either of these areas, you'll likely find the support you've been looking for to share your extensive knowledge on trivia and conspiracy theories or new songs and comebacks. Program is led and developed by teen Kpop and Anime fans.

Warm from the Oven: For adults, 2 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. 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.

Mr. Stinky Feet’s Christmas: For all ages, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Jim Cosgrove presents Mr. Stinky Feet’s Christmas! Celebrate the holidays with singing, dancing, and stinky feet! Fun for the whole family!

Mad Science Presents: An Hour of Code: For ages 8 and older, 11 a.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 Mad Science as they participate in “The Hour of Code,” a global movement designed to teach students the basics of coding and introduce them to the growing field of computer science. During the program, kids will learn the fundamentals of coding from the computer experts at Mad Science. Learn more at hourofcode.com.

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.

ONGOING EVENTS

Christmas In the Park: 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 5:30-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, through 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, through 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, through 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, through 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, through 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.

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