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.

SATURDAY, 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.

Buckner Hill Cemetery Association Inc. annual meeting planned for Jan. 8: 7 p.m., Buckner Masonic Lodge/Senior Center, 611 S. Sibley, Buckner.

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

Buckner Hill Cemetery Association Inc. annual meeting: 7 p.m., Buckner Masonic Lodge/Senior Center, 611 S. Sibley, Buckner.

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.

Independence Garden Club potluck meeting: 6:30 p.m., fourth floor of the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Topic: Aquoponics – What do you know about it? Did you know it’s being practiced right here in Independence? Club member Chris Arnold will discuss his gardening experience using aquoponics. Hear about his 300 gallon backyard tank holding gold fish and Koi, and learn how he is able to convert their waste into growing all types of vegetables. The public is invited.

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.

Church Women United Independence Unit meeting: 10-11:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.

JAN. 9

Conservation Kids – Slithering Snakes: For ages 7-13, 6:30-8 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. They slide along on their belly, searching for something yummy to eat. Snakes are a very important part of nature in Missouri, plus they are pretty cool too!

Teen Games: 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. Challenge yourself; challenge your friends.

Getting to Know Your Computer: For adults, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. This hands-on program will introduce you to the basic features of a computer and how to use them.

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. As a participant, you'll plan teen events, guide the library in providing better services and give back to your community. Have your voice be heard and discover the many ways you can participate to gain the volunteer hours you might need to graduate.

Introduction to Internet Genealogy: For beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

Independence Ministerial Alliance meeting planned for Jan. 11: 11 a.m., Chamber of Commerce, Independence. Lunch is provided with a $5 donation. Send RSVP's to Carla Simpson at csimpson@trumanhabitat.org. The program will be on the State of the City with guest speaker will be Zach Walker, City Manager for City of Independence.

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.

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.

TOPS MO-0772 meeting: 10-11 a.m., First Christian Church, 701 N.W. 15th St., Blue Springs. Call 350-1554.

JAN. 10

Introduction to Tai Chi: For adults, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 10-24, South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. During this three-part program, explore the ancient practice of Tai Chi, and experience the benefits these low-impact exercises have on balance and fitness.

Little Acorns – Deer in Winter: For ages 3 to 5 with an adults, 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Some animals are hibernating during the winter, but the white-tailed deer are out searching for food, even in the snow!

Home School – Extinct, Endangered and Recovered: 10-11:30 a.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11, 12-18 or 1-2:30 p.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Missouri is home to some amazing plants and animals. Learn about some endangered and extinct species and some of the success stories right here in Missouri.

Independence AFS Chapter meeting: 7 p.m., Fort Osage High School Library. Call 254-8105. Meet the 13 Independence AFS students, host families and their friends. This will include presentations about their families, home towns, schools, and countries from Daniel Clevestam of Sweden; Mone Urano of Japan; and Salisa Apiwatgaroon of Thailand.

Navigating 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. Learn how to find and organize the apps and files on your computer.

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

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