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. 31

First Aid/CPR/AED Certification planned for Feb. 7: For ages 13 and older, 6-8:30 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, 55. Registration deadline: Jan. 31, call 228-0137. An American Heart Association certified instructor will teach you how to assist an injured person and received CPR certification.

Beginning Word: 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 introduction will focus on how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

Walkabout at MGC: For beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research.

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.

FEB. 1

“Sherlock Holmes”: 7 p.m., William Chrisman High School, 1223 N. Noland Road, Independence. Tickets are $5 in advance; $6 at the door.

Let's Move! Gently: For ages 18 and older, Dragon Ninja Warrior Course, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Gage Center, 1101 N.W. Jefferson, Blue Springs. Cost, $5 per person.

The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers: For families with ages 7 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. Experience the history of the African American Buffalo Soldiers, and discover how they distinguished themselves from the American frontier to the battlefields of World War II.

Coffee and Coloring Parties: 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free. No registration is required. 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.

Beginning Genealogy: For beginners, 2 p.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.

Brick Wall Discussion Group: 6 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. If you've hit a brick wall in your genealogy research, you're not alone. Get together with others to share helpful information, network, and gather inspiration to help you continue your genealogy project.

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 executive board meeting: 7 p.m., at the home of Vicky Dunn. Call Louise at 796-6998. The regular meeting will follow, where they will honor their Valentine Queen, Charlotte. Vicky will be the hostess, the social committee co-hostess and the program is entitled “Queenly Blooms.”

Independence Host Lions Club: Noon, Lucky Buffet, 2931 S. Noland Road, Independence.

TOPS MO-0100 meeting: 9:15 a.m., Westminster Hall, 417 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

TOPS MO-0024 meeting: 9:45-10:45 a.m., New Walnut Park Church, 1137 S. Pearl, Independence.

FEB. 2

“Sherlock Holmes”: 7 p.m., William Chrisman High School, 1223 N. Noland Road, Independence. Tickets are $5 in advance; $6 at the door.

Daddy Daughter Dance planned for Feb. 9: 6-9 p.m., Adams Pointe Conference Center, Blue Springs. Cost, $45 per couple ($15 per additional daughter). Registration deadline: Feb. 2. Call 228-0137. Girls and their fathers or guardian are invited to an evening of entertainment, DJ music, dancing, photo booth, and a full-course dinner.

Babysitting Basics planned for Feb. 11: For ages 12 to 16, 1-5 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $35. Registration deadline: Feb. 2. Call 228-0137. Learn the basics of babysitting, including diapering, feeding, child safety, choking prevention and more.

Senior Citizens Luncheon planned for Feb. 7: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Grain Valley Community Center, 713 Main St. Cost, $3. Register by Feb. 2, at 847-6293 or info@cityofgrainvalley.org. The luncheon includes entertainment, an informative speaker and raffle prizes. Free blood pressure screening available at 10:45 a.m. All Grain Valley senior citizens are welcome.

Shepherd's Center of Independence: For ages 55 and older, 8:30-9 a.m. registration/blood pressure checks/coffee, chat and chew, Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. Classes, $1; lunch is at noon, $5. Call 350-4474. Various workshops from 9 to 11:50 a.m.: Travel, book review, Tai Chi, potpourri and wellness. Dominoes available from 10 a.m.-noon.

Beginning Word: 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 introduction will focus on how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

Homeschoolers at the Library: For ages 7 and older, 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 us for fun enrichment programs geared toward homeschool families. Participants will explore a variety of topics with an emphasis on using Library resources to satisfy their curiosities.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover: For all ages, drop off at 2 p.m. Feb. 2; event is 10:30 a.m. Feb. 3, Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. The Library’s stuffed animals invite your stuffed friends to a sleepover at their house. Drop off your friend at the Library the day before. Then come back the next day for a special program featuring a slideshow of their overnight adventures. Dolls and other toys are also welcome. One toy per child.

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.

FEB. 3

Power Palooza: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are 3 for $1. For questions, call 325-7367. There will be games, a photo booth, concessions, music, learning opportunities, books and much more. Children can spark their interest in fine arts with entertainment and interactions from the American Rhythm Dancers, Renaissance Festival performers, Puppetry Arts Institute and others. This is a fundraiser for the Powerhouse Theatre Foundation and Independence Parks/Recreation and Tourism.

“Sherlock Holmes”: 7 p.m., William Chrisman High School, 1223 N. Noland Road, Independence. Tickets are $5 in advance; $6 at the door. Before the show, Project Graduation is hosting an English tea party with food and a silent auction. Tickets for the tea $5.

Chili, Soup and Potato Bar: Sponsored by The Mother's Club of Troop 161, noon-7 p.m., East Alton Community of Christ Church, 23rd Street and R.D. Mize Road, Independence. The cost is $6, for chili, vegetable beef soup, loaded baked potato or chili dogs/hot dogs, dessert and drink. A quart of chili or soup to go is $6. Proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 161, sponsored by East Alton Community of Christ.

Sweet Heart Bingo: Sponsored by Animals Best Friends, dinner starts at 5 p.m.; Bingo and raffles begin at 6 p.m., Army National Guard building, 2323 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. Enjoy dinner, dessert, drink and a Bingo card for $10. There will be raffles, silent auction items and extra bingo cards for $1. A kissing booth will be manned by ABF dogs, with kisses for $1.

Let's Move! Saturdays: 11 a.m.-noon, Dynamic Dance, 1901 S.W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. Free.

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. Walk-ins welcome. 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. Once banded and recorded, you will be able to track individual birds through this and future seasons.

Free ACT Practice Test with College Tutors: For teens, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Registration is required, call 224-8772. Mid-Continent Public Library is partnering with College Tutors to provide ACT practice tests. 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. Composite scores will be provided to each student within five days.

WeDo LEGO Robotics – Drumming Monkey: For families with ages 8 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. Build a musical monkey and program him to drum to your beat! Kids will work in pairs to make this simple robot.

Kids at the Library: For ages 6 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. Discover, create, and play. Explore big ideas in a new way.

WeDo LEGO Robotics – Drumming Monkey: 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. Build a musical monkey and program him to drum to your beat! Kids will work in pairs to make this simple robot.

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

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.

FEB. 4

Bingo: Sponsored by Sugar Creek Optimists, doors open at 11 a.m.; bingo starts at 2 p.m., DAV building, 14605 E. U.S. 40. Call Butch at 836-4317. Cafe open for food and beverages.

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.

FEB. 5

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

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: First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.

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