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. 21

Winter Wiz Kids planned for Dec. 27-29: For ages 5 to 12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $35 per day. Registration deadline: Dec. 21. Call 228-0137 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/parks, online code: 4250301. Each day features a different them with games, crafts, guest speakers, creative play and more. Sign up for all three days and receive a discount.

Life Line Screening: Elks Lodge, 100 N.E. Brizendine Road, Blue Springs. Screening packages start at $149, but consultants will work with you to create a package based on your age and risk factors. To register, call 877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Screenings can check for plaque build-up, HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, diabetes risk, bone density, kidney and thyroid function and more.

Christmas with the Cool Cats: For all ages, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Terry Bell and his band, the Cool Cats, squeeze the most out of all those holiday favorites in this fun-loving holiday accordion concert.

Now Playing for Kids: For ages 6 and older, 6 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. Escape to the Library for an adventure on the Big Screen.

Using Findmypast: For beginners, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn to search billions of records to find your ancestors from all over the world. Records include U.S. and U.K. censuses, Irish records, and parish records from England and Wales. This class focuses on search tips as well as the types of records that can be found in Findmypast.com. Basic computer literacy is needed.

Drop-In Table Tennis: 9-11:45 a.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. Call 325-7843.

Independence Host Lions Club: Noon, Lucky Buffet, 2931 S. Noland Road, Independence.

Alpha Omega Master Chapter meeting: 6:30 p.m., at the home of Maggie Cruz, hostess for the Christmas party. Call Louise at 796-6998. Social committee will be the co-hostess and our Christmas Party theme will be Holiday Blooms.

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.

The Write Place Poetry Society: 3 p.m., Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence. Call 254-5278, Jan Kroll. You are invited to come and read or to just listen.

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865, Louisa Volker Macklind Tent 24: 10:30 a.m., Bass Pro Shops, 18001 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, in the Conservation Room on the lower level. Call 850-8684, Dee Wolfe, president. Any woman 18 or older and has an ancestor who served the Union forces during the Civil War may be eligible to join.

DEC. 22

Space Warriors – The Force of Bacon: For all ages, 1 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Discover the mighty force of bacon. Join Theatre of the Imagination’s Miles McMahon for an adventure that transports kids to a galaxy far away filled with silly jokes, crazy skits, and tons of audience participation.

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.

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.

DEC. 23

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

Nature Film Festival: For all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road in Blue Springs. No registration required. Call 228-3766. Join us once again for an end of the year film festival! This year we are featuring the wonderful fish, forests and wildlife found right here in Missouri. We will also be showing other nature movies and short documentaries throughout the day. Sit back and enjoy these spectacular films. Walk-ins welcome.

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

Walkabout at MGC: For beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research.

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. 26

Teen Anime: 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. Join fellow fanatics for fun!

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.

DEC. 27

Young Rembrandts – Passport to Pastels Drawing Class: For ages 6 to 13, 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 27, 28, 29, Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave. Cost, $60. To register, call 228-0137 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/parks. Children will learn to draw in ways that develop spatial reasoning, fine motor skills, ordering and sequencing abilities, visualizing and self-discipline. All supplies included.

Now Playing for Kids: For ages 6 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. Escape to the Library for an adventure on the Big Screen.

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