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, DEC. 26

Independence Historic Sites Tours: Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St. ( 325-7430); Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific Ave. ( 461-3491); 1859 Jail & Marshal's Home, 217 N. Main St. (461-1897), open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost, $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6-16. 1827 Log Courthouse, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., by appointment after 2 p.m., 107 W. Kansas Ave. (325-7890.)

Christmas In the Park: 5:30-10 p.m., 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.

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.

Independence Historic Sites Tours: Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St. ( 325-7430); Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific Ave. ( 461-3491); 1859 Jail & Marshal's Home, 217 N. Main St. (461-1897), open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost, $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6-16. 1827 Log Courthouse, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., by appointment after 2 p.m., 107 W. Kansas Ave. (325-7890.)

Christmas In the Park: 5:30-10 p.m., 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.

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.

DEC. 28

New Year's Eve Full Moon Hikes planned for Dec. 31: 5 and 6:30 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Free, but reservations are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 28. Call 325-7115. The hikes will be on paved trials and are for anyone who prefers even terrain. Stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Independence Historic Sites Tours: Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St. ( 325-7430); Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific Ave. ( 461-3491); 1859 Jail & Marshal's Home, 217 N. Main St. (461-1897), open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost, $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6-16. 1827 Log Courthouse, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., by appointment after 2 p.m., 107 W. Kansas Ave. (325-7890.)

Christmas In the Park: 5:30-10 p.m., 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.

Beginning Ancestry Library Edition: For beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. 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.

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. 29

Independence Historic Sites Tours: Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St. ( 325-7430); Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific Ave. ( 461-3491); 1859 Jail & Marshal's Home, 217 N. Main St. (461-1897), open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost, $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6-16. 1827 Log Courthouse, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., by appointment after 2 p.m., 107 W. Kansas Ave. (325-7890.)

Christmas In the Park: 5:30-11 p.m., 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.

Hidden Treasures at MGC: 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Unlock MGC’s many treasures with a tour of the Library’s little-known resources. This class is an intermediate-level class.

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

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. Call 461-2636.

DEC. 30

Independence Historic Sites Tours: Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St. ( 325-7430); Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific Ave. ( 461-3491); 1859 Jail & Marshal's Home, 217 N. Main St. (461-1897), open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost, $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6-16.

Christmas In the Park: 5:30-11 p.m., 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.

Community Breakfast: 7:30-9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. 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. Call 252-6100 or visit www.fccindepmo.org. All meals include coffee and orange juice.

Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales: For ages 2 and older, 11 a.m.-noon, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road in Blue Springs. No registration required. Call 228-3766. Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits. Walk-ins welcome.

Slithering Snakes: For all ages, 1-2 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. No registration required. Call 228-3766. Slither in and discover the wonderful world of Missouri’s snakes. These legless, scaly reptiles are often misunderstood, but are beneficial to us and the environment. Join us as we untangle snake myths, learn who lives around us, and meet some live snakes up close.

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. 31

New Years Eve Dance: 8 p.m.-midnight, American Legion Post 21, 16701 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Reserved seating. The $35 per person cost includes hors d'oeuvres, champagne, party favors and breakfast at midnight. Tickets available in the club lounge. Call 373-0221. Music by The Reddymen Band.

Christmas In the Park: 5:30-10 p.m., 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.

ONGOING EVENTS

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