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. 13

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration planned for Monday: 7 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Free admission. The theme for this year’s celebration is “The Color of Unity.” The keynote speaker will be Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Appearances by William Chrisman's High School Blue and Gold Singers and Step Team, Creighton Smith-Allaire, Rev. Anthony Mondaine, TK3 and David Sua. The winners of the $500 John Olivarez Scholarship and 8th grade essay contest will be announced.

“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. today and Monday, 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.

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. Free line dance lessons starting at 6 p.m. Food, beverages, and snacks available. Open to the public.

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. Free admission. The theme for this year’s celebration is “The Color of Unity.” The keynote speaker will be Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Appearances by William Chrisman's High School Blue and Gold Singers and Step Team, Creighton Smith-Allaire, Rev. Anthony Mondaine, TK3 and David Sua. 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.

JAN. 16

Winding the Clock – Independence Square and the Truman Jackson County Courthouse: 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Join historian and preservationist David Jackson for a virtual tour of the courthouse and historic square to learn more about the site’s unique role in local and American history.

Let's Move! Gently: For adults 18 and older, 7-8 p.m. open roller skating, Rink Ratz, 513 S.W. Keystone Drive, Blue Springs. Cost, $5.

Beginning Word: For adults, 2 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. Learn how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

KC Scholars Application Assistance: 5-7 p.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free. Call 701-3483. Staff will be on hand to assist scholars in completing applications.

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.

Independence Art Association: 7 p.m., Art Squared gallery, located in The Emporium, 111 N. Main St., on the Independence Square. Visit www.independenceartassociation.org. Guest and new members are always welcome.

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

JAN. 17

Dance classes begin Jan. 24: For ages 13 and older, basic line dancing from 6-7 p.m.; social dancing from 7:15-8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 24-Feb. 14, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost for either class, $36. Registration deadline: Jan. 17, call 228-0137.

Chair Yoga: For adults, 7 p.m. Jan. 17 and 31, Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. Get comfortable with yoga by learning basic poses, simple breathing exercises, slow-paced stretching, and easy relaxation techniques. All levels welcome.

Internet for Beginners: 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 the basics of Internet use, including terminology, how to get connected, and how to find what you’re looking for online.

Babes in the Woods – Winter Animals: For babes under 36 months, 10-11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Shiver on in to the nature center to enjoy some indoor fun as we learn about animals that stay active throughout the long winter chill.

How the KC Mafia Survived the Fall of the Pendergast Machine: For adults, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. After the death of political boss Tom Pendergast and the end of World War II, Kansas City organized crime became very active and very violent, resulting in some of the biggest hits in the history of the mob. Join author Terence O’Malley as he tells the story of how the Italian Mafia in Kansas City managed to thrive in the post-war years.

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.

Independence Civil War Study Group: 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Drive, Independence. Call 353-7617, Terry Elliott. Mike Calvert, president of the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri, will discuss the “History of Lake City.”

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