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.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 3

Getting to Know Your Computer: For adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. This hands-on program will introduce you to the basic features of a computer and how to use them.

Newspaper Databases at Mid-Continent Public Library: 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn about the different online newspaper databases accessible through MCPL.

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.

JAN. 4

Celebrate Snowflakes: For ages 4 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. Come to the Library and make unique snowflakes to match the outdoors. Hear a story, sing songs, and make our own snowflakes.

Beginning Genealogy: 10:30 a.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.

Alpha Omega Master meeting: At the home of Margie McMilan, who will serve as the hostess, co hostess and give the program. Call Louise, 796-6998. The program is on “Watercolors.” There will also be an executive board meeting, a review of the Book of Beta Sigma Phi and Dime a Time for ways and means.

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.

JAN. 5

Operation Chillout – Freezin For A Reason Blanket Drive: Beginning at 4 p.m. Jan. 5 through 10 a.m. Jan. 7, First Christian Church, 701 N.W. 15th St., Blue Springs. Members of church will live in a makeshift homeless camp and will be collecting blankets, coats, hygiene products, warm hats and gloves, as well as monetary donations. The donations are then distributed to area agencies that assist the homeless and under housed.

Home Alone planned for Jan. 14: For ages 7 to 12, 1-4 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $25. Children will learn how to make their home more safe, fun and less scary. Topics include how to be ready for emergencies and stranger danger. Registration is now, call 228-0137.

Coffee and Coloring Parties: For senior adults, 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.

JAN. 6

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: 11 a.m.-noon dance class, Dynamic Dance, 1901 S.W. U.S. 40; and 7-9 p.m. open roller skating, Rink Ratz, 513 S.W. Keystone Drive. Both activities are free.

Let's Move! Gently: For adults 18 and older, 1-2 p.m. fitness exercises, Lifestyle Nutrition “24 Fit Club” at TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox, Blue Springs. Cost, $5.

Home Alone planned for Jan. 14: For ages 7 to 12, 1-4 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $25. Registration deadline: Jan. 6, call 228-0137. Kids will learn how to make their home more save, fun and less scary. Topics includes emergencies and stranger danger.

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.

Bird in the Hand: For all ages, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. No registration, call 228-3766. Missouri River Bird Observatory staff and Burr Oak Woods partner in an on-going project to identify and track the birds that come to our feeders each winter. From the resident chickadees and cardinals to the migrating juncos and sparrows, we capture, apply colored bands and release these fascinating creatures. Once banded and recorded, you will be able to track individual birds through this and future seasons. Walk-ins welcome.

Free ACT Practice Test with College Tutors: For teens, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. These practice tests are designed to give each student an assessment of where they might score on the real ACT. The only requirement is to bring a pencil and a scientific calculator.

Kid Games: 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. Connect, cooperate, and compete in a variety of games that are fun for your brain. Game on!

Using FamilySearch: 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 FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

Tech Time: For adults, 10 a.m.-noon, Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free. Call 701-3483. Did you get a new laptop tablet or phone for Christmas and you don’t know how to use it? Do you want to learn how to download Library books on your device or use Library databases on your device? Bring it to the Library and we will do our best to help you learn all that and more.

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.

JAN. 7

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.

JAN. 8

Using Your iPad for the First Time: For adults, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Learn some of the basic tips and tricks for using an iPad tablet.

Coffee and Conversation with Librarians: For adults, 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. Join librarians for coffee and conversation about the future of the Colbern Road Branch.

Indexing Night at MGC: 6 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. 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.

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

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.

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