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.

FRIDAY, DEC. 1

Holiday Lighting Ceremony: 6 p.m., Hiram Young Park, 215 E. Lexington Ave., Independence. Mayor Eileen Weir will be joined by a special guest to light the new Mayor's Christmas tree and other features in the park. Santa will join the festivities on his mule-drawn sleigh and lead everyone up to the Square for Living Windows at 7 p.m. Local artists, choirs, dance studios and more will be performing in the windows of the downtown stores, which will be open late for holiday shopping. Learn more at theindependencesquare.com.

“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.

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.

Full Moon Hike – Long Nights Moon planned for Dec. 2: 5 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. This is a free event, but reservations are need by 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Call 325-7115. This hike is on paved trails and for anyone who prefers even terrain, and is stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Babysitting Basics planned for Dec. 10: For ages 12 to 16, 1-5 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $35. Registration deadline: Dec. 1. Call 228-0137. Future sitters will learn diapering, feeding, child safety, choking prevention and more.

Shepherd's Center of Independence: For ages 55 and older, 8:30-9 a.m. registration/blood pressure checks/coffee and fellowship, Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. Registration is $1; lunch is at noon, $5. Call 350-4474. Workshops: 9 a.m. travel is Hubbard's nativities by Dean Hubbard; 10 a.m. book review by Connie Skiles, “The American Jezebel.” Dominoes available from 10 a.m.-noon.

Coffee and Coloring Parties: 10 a.m.-noon, Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free. Call 701-3483. All adults and senior adults are welcome to join us for coffee and coloring on the first Friday of the month. Coffee and coloring supplies will be provided or bring your own. Drop in as long as you like. No registration is required.

Medicare Made Easy: 1-2 p.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free. Call 701-3483. Stop by to learn everything you need to know about Medicare in plain English. Specialists will be available on the first Friday of every month. No registration is required.

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.

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.

DEC. 2

Mayor's Christmas Carnival: 9 a.m-noon, Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Join Independence Mayor Eileen Weir and enjoy a variety of games and activities. This free event, hosted by Independence Parks & Recreation, includes balloon creations, carnival games, face painting and more. Each child will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and will receive a bag of treats (be sure to bring your camera!)

“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.

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: Ninja Warrior, for ages 8 and older, 11 a.m.-noon, Freedom Fitness, 1241 S.W. M-7; and open swim, noon-3 p.m., Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. (open swim with adult photo ID. Kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool and parents must accompany children 11 and under.) Both activities are free.

Free Pancake Breakfast with Santa: 9 a.m.-noon, Colonial Hills Community of Christ, 3539 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. Visit colonial-hills.org or call 229-9344. Have your picture taken with Santa for $1, or bring your own camera. There will also be a Kids' Christmas Shoppe with items $1.50 each (free gift wrapping) and prize drawings.

Free Pancake Breakfast with Santa: 8:30-11 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1400 W. Sheley Road, Independence. Call 252-5893 or visit www.trinityofindependence.org. You can also have your picture taken with Santa. The first picture is free and additional pictures are $1 each.

Holiday Nature Crafts: For all ages, 9 a.m.-noon, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road in Blue Springs. No registration required. Call 228-3766. Come by anytime between 9 a.m. and noon and stop by our craft tables to create a special native nature craft for the holiday season. Give as a gift or keep for yourself. You decide! Walk-ins welcome.

Free Health Clinic: 9 a.m.-noon, Glenwood Park Methodist Church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. Call 254-5116. The screenings, sponsored by the Black Nurse Association and the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index testing.

WeDo Lego Robotics – Roaring Lion: For ages 8 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. Build a roaring lion and command it to sit up and lay down. Kids will work in pairs to make this simple robot.

Science City – Robotic Rebellion: For teens, 3 p.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 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.

Create with Lego Bricks – Christmas Tree: For ages 6 and older, 10 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. Programs are built around our special model plans designed by engineers and architects, with exciting themes such as space, construction, and amusement parks.

Winter Lights and Holidays of Joy: For all ages, 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. Settle in for a multicultural experience featuring stories of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, all holidays that include lighting candles to brighten the bleak winter days. Learn about Christmas trees, polar bears, dreidels, families, and love.

Traveling West Point Trunks: For all ages, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. From the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War, hear the stories of the fighting men and women that fill the trunks of West Point graduate Major Ernest Poff. Come hear, see, and touch these pieces of history.

Alpha Omega Master attend the Beta Sigma Phi City Council holiday event: 11:30 a.m., First United Methodist Church. Call Louise at 796-6998.

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.

DEC. 3

32nd Annual Mayor's Christmas Concert: A benefit for the Community Services League, 2:30 p.m., Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence. Admission is free. The concert features: Independence School District fourth grade students; William Chrisman High School Concert Choir; Young MAIsterSingers – Children from the Music Arts Institute; and the Spirit of Independence Band. Cindy Midgorden will be the conductor, with Dick Wilson from 94.9 KCMO as master of ceremonies. Admission is free, but a donation offering will be taken during the concert.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Presented by Blue Springs City Theatre, 2 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.

“Abracadabra, Aladdin!”: Presented by the Children's performing Theatre, 2 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.

Chicago & Alton Depot: 12:30-4:30, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Call 325-7955.

Christmas and Dessert Auction: 2 p.m., Oak Grove Civic Center, 2100 Broadway. Kick off your Christmas season with shopping and sweets. Bid on a large variety of desserts and auction items. All proceeds benefit the Community Services League.

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.

DEC. 4

Using Interlibrary Loan: 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Discover how Interlibrary Loan can take your research beyond the Library by allowing you to order microfilm and books from other libraries across the country. This class covers Internet sources and archival research.

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. Call 392-5433, Debra Williamson. Dinner and child care are included in this non-denominational Christian group. Free.

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.

DEC. 5

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.

DEC. 6

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.

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