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.

THURSDAY, DEC. 7

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.

DEC. 8

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.

Independence Branch of the American Association of University Women: They'll be at Barnes and Noble on 39th Street from 5 to 9 p.m. to wrap your holiday purchases. Stop by and take advantage of the free service.

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.

Independence Ministerial Alliance meeting planned for Dec. 14: 11 a.m., LDS Stake Center, Independence. Guest Speaker Amy Knipp, Community Relations and Foundation Director with the Independence School District Foundation, will discuss the growing number of high school homeless seniors in Independence. There will also be a special Christmas concert performed by Santa Fe Elementary students. Lunch is provided with a $5 donation. Reservations are due Dec. 12, email Carla Simpson at csimpson@trumanhabitat.org.

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.

DEC. 9

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.

Fairmount Neighborhood District Christmas Block Party: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., U.S. 24 between Huttig and Hardy, Independence. There will be a Christmas tree lighting, hot chocolate bar, Christmas Selfie Photo Station, Reading Rocket, tractor ride, holiday crafts and more. Free.

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.

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. Food, beverages, and snacks available. Open to the public. New Years Eve tickets will also be available for purchase.

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.

DEC. 10

Spirit of Caring Christmas Concert: A benefit for the Blue Springs Community Services League, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South High School, 1200 S.E. Adams Dairy Pkwy. Tickets are $5 at Blue Springs City Hall or at the door. Contact Sharon Wingate at wingates@cslcares.org or 229-0033. The concert, emceed by Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross, includes Blue Springs elementary school choirs, soloists, ensembles, bands, a surprise “Holiday Guest,” and much more.

Messiah Sing-along Advent Service: 7 p.m., Community of Christ Temple, 201 S. River Blvd., Independence. Admission is free. A goodwill offering will be received. Call 833-1000 or visit www.CofChrist.org/messiah.

“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.

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.

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

Tea Dance: 2-4:30 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Admission, $6. Call 650-5400. Music by the Joe Walker Dance Band. You're welcome to bring snacks to share. Open to the public.

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. 11

Martial Arts: For ages 4 to 6, 5:30-6 p.m. Monday/Wednesday, Dec. 11-Jan. 24, Excel Family Martial Arts, Blue Springs. Cost, $46.75. Call 228-0137 to register.

Create with Lego Bricks – Rebel Fighters: For ages 6 and older, 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. Programs are built around special model plans designed by engineers and architects, with exciting themes such as space, construction, and amusement parks.

Census Records Research: For beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Explore how the U.S. Federal Census can help in your genealogy research. Learn what census years are available, what information they contain, how to access them, and the various information included on each federal census.

Indexing Night at MGC: 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Spend the evening indexing with friends and family! What is indexing? Indexing is gathering information from records in books and newspapers and putting the information into a database to make it electronically searchable. Participants may choose to index FamilySearch records or MGC obituaries. MGC staff will be available to answer questions throughout the evening.

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.

Lions Club meeting: 6:30 p.m., Hy-Vee, 4545 S. Noland Road, Independence.

DEC. 12

Martial Arts: For ages 7 and older, 5:30-6 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday, Dec. 12-Jan. 25, Excel Family Martial Arts, Blue Springs. Cost, $46.75. Call 228-0137 to register.

Holiday Crafts & Cookies: 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. Decorate your own sugar cookie (1 cookie per person.)

A Christmas Carol-Live: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Join Hampstead Stage for this classic holiday tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and the four ghosts who teach him the true meaning of Christmas.

Winter Holiday Stories: For ages 3 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. Enjoy classic holiday stories from Christmas to Kwanzaa told by storyteller Milton Gray.

Independence Ministerial Alliance meeting planned for Dec. 14: 11 a.m., LDS Stake Center, Independence. Guest Speaker Amy Knipp, Community Relations and Foundation Director with the Independence School District Foundation, will discuss the growing number of high school homeless seniors in Independence. There will also be a special Christmas concert performed by Santa Fe Elementary students. Lunch is provided with a $5 donation. Reservations are due Dec. 12, email Carla Simpson at csimpson@trumanhabitat.org.

Warm from the Oven: For adults, 7 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. 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.

Teens at the Library: 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you.

Teen Advisory Group: 5-6:30 p.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free. Call 701-3483. Have your voice be heard and discover the many ways you can participate to gain the volunteer hours you might need to graduate.

How to Date Old Photographs: For beginners, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Uncover the clues that can help determine when a photograph was taken. Bring a photograph for dating.

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.

Santa Fe Trail Republican Women's Club: an educational group for women of all ages interested in learning more about politics. Call 478-2449, Joy Freeland.

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