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. 10

Auditions for “Alice The Musical” planned for Jan. 13: Open to children ages 5 to 15, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland Roads, Independence. For questions, call 325-7367. The Children's Performing Theatre of Independence will perform this play in March. Audition list: Bring a headshot or school photo, and a complete list of schedule conflicts for Jan. 15-March 12; memorize and practice a 1-2 minute monologue (children under 8 may recite a short poem or nursery rhyme); prepare a short song from a musical play to sing a cappella (16-32 bars, no pop songs); be prepared to read from a script if asked.

Lego Workshop planned for Jan. 15: For ages 6-10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $33. Registration is now, call 228-0137. Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering and architecture through engineer-designed projects.

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.

JAN. 11

“The Glass Menagerie”: Presented by City Theatre of Independence, 7 p.m., Powerhouse Theater inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors. For tickets, visit citytheatreofindependence.org or call 325-7367. Synopsis: A faded Southern belle of middle age, shares a dingy apartment with her son and his slightly older sister. She especially worries about the future of her daughter, a young woman with a limp. She has created a world of her own symbolized by her collection of glass figurines.

Ballroom Dance class begins Jan. 18: For ages 13 and older, 7:15-8:45 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 18-Feb. 1, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $36. Register now at 228-0137.

Independence Ministerial Alliance meeting: 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.

The Book Stops Here – Presidential Book Group: 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. Join Doug Richardson, Chief of Interpretation and Visitors Services at the Harry S Truman National Historic site, for an exploration into the lives of the American presidents, their influence on history, and the events of their times.

Kids Create: For ages 6 and older, 6 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities.

Researching Your WWII Veteran: 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Piece together your WWII veteran’s military experience using web resources, Library resources, and outside sources. Learn what records still exist and how to locate them.

Windows 10: For adults, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. This class will introduce the layout of the Windows 10 operating system and demonstrate navigating its functions.

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.

JAN. 12

“The Glass Menagerie”: Presented by City Theatre of Independence, 7 p.m., Powerhouse Theater inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors. For tickets, visit citytheatreofindependence.org or call 325-7367. Synopsis: A faded Southern belle of middle age, shares a dingy apartment with her son and his slightly older sister. She especially worries about the future of her daughter, a young woman with a limp. She has created a world of her own symbolized by her collection of glass figurines.

Auditions for “Alice The Musical” planned for Jan. 13: Open to children ages 5 to 15, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland Roads, Independence. For questions, call 325-7367. The Children's Performing Theatre of Independence will perform this play in March. Audition list: Bring a headshot or school photo, and a complete list of schedule conflicts for Jan. 15-March 12; memorize and practice a 1-2 minute monologue (children under 8 may recite a short poem or nursery rhyme); prepare a short song from a musical play to sing a cappella (16-32 bars, no pop songs); be prepared to read from a script if asked.

Let's Move! Gently: For adults 18 and older, 1-2 p.m. Tai Chi, Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy., Blue Springs. Cost, $5.

Mr. Stinky Feet’s Winter Jamboree: 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. Shake off the cabin fever and join Kansas City’s favorite kid-rocker, Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove for a high-energy, interactive show. Come prepared to sing, dance, and have fun as we rock the Library.

Decluttering – Finding Ways to Let Go: For adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Join design consultant Lisa Holiman as she shares a methodology to pack up, donate, and throw away the things that are getting in your way and complicating your life.

Using Findmypast: For beginners, 10:30 a.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. This class focuses on search tips as well as the types of records that can be found in Findmypast.com. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

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.

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.

Blue Springs Chapter DAR: 9:30-10 a.m. hospitality; 10 a.m. meeting/program, Blue Springs County Club, 1600 N.W. Circle Drive. Cost, $12 (includes continental breakfast.) Call 229-0742 or email pwilk@aol.com, Phyllis Wilkins.

JAN. 13

“The Glass Menagerie”: Presented by City Theatre of Independence, 7 p.m., Powerhouse Theater inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors. For tickets, visit citytheatreofindependence.org or call 325-7367. Synopsis: A faded Southern belle of middle age, shares a dingy apartment with her son and his slightly older sister. She especially worries about the future of her daughter, a young woman with a limp. She has created a world of her own symbolized by her collection of glass figurines.

The Princess and the Pea, and other Tales: Performed by Two Frogs and a Turtle Puppet Company, with Anitra Steele at puppeteer, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. Tickets are $6, and are available at the door, but reservations are requested as seating is limited, call 833-9777.

Auditions for “Alice The Musical”: Open to children ages 5 to 15, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland Roads, Independence. For questions, call 325-7367. The Children's Performing Theatre of Independence will perform this play in March. Audition list: Bring a headshot or school photo, and a complete list of schedule conflicts for Jan. 15-March 12; memorize and practice a 1-2 minute monologue (children under 8 may recite a short poem or nursery rhyme); prepare a short song from a musical play to sing a cappella (16-32 bars, no pop songs); be prepared to read from a script if asked.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: 10-11 a.m. dancing and tumbling for ages 3 to 6, TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox; and noon-3 p.m. open swim, Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. (open swim with adult photo ID. Kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool, and parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event and accompany children under the age of 12.) Both activities are free.

Track Clues: For all ages, 1-2:30 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. No registration required, call 228-3766. Even though it is cold outside, many wild animals must spend the winter searching for food and shelter. Join us on a hike as we look for tracks and other clues to figure out what the wild animals at Burr Oak Woods have been doing this winter.

WeDo LEGO Robotics – Roaring Lion: 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. Roar with robots. Build a roaring lion and command it to sit up and lay down.

WeDo LEGO Robotics – Roaring Lion: For ages 8 and older, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Roar with robots. Build a roaring lion and command it to sit up and lay down. Kids will work in pairs to make this simple robot.

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. 14

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.

JAN. 15

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: 7 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. The theme for this year’s celebration is “The Color of Unity.”  The winners of the $500 John Olivarez Scholarship and 8th grade essay contest will be announced.

The Princess and the Pea, and other Tales: Performed by Two Frogs and a Turtle Puppet Company, with Anitra Steele at puppeteer, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. Tickets are $6, and are available at the door, but reservations are requested as seating is limited, call 833-9777.

Driver Examinations Stations Closed: The Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to remind the public that driver examination stations throughout the state will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Normal operations will resume on Jan. 16.

The Margaret Truman Memorial Reading Group: 3-4 p.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. There is no fee, participants only need to acquire the book. Copies are available at the Library, at branches of local libraries, and online bookstores. Margaret Truman Daniel (1924-2008), was known as a vocalist, television personality, mother of four sons, and an author of many nonfiction books and several novels. The Reading Group remember the only child of Harry and Bess Truman by reading and discussing one of her books each month. This month is “Murder at Foggy Bottom,” which follows a State Department investigator looking into the suspicious details surrounding a D.C.-bound commuter plane crash. The means are soon apparent – small-scale weaponry with large-scale impact – but the motive remains a challenge for our seasoned protagonist.

Drop-In Table Tennis: 2-4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. Call 325-7843.

Pilot Club of Blue Springs: 6 p.m., Elks Lodge, 100 N.E. Brizendine Road, Blue Springs. Nancy Crawford, genaki50@yahoo.com.

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