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, 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.

Free Biometric Screenings: 8-11 a.m., Hy-Vee, 310 S.W. Ward Road, Lee's Summit. Hy-Vee dietitians working out of Hy-Vee Healthy You Mobiles, will offer the free biometric screenings to customers. Appointments will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. They will collect a blood sample from a finger prick that will be used to determine cholesterol levels, triglycerides and glucose levels. They will also take resting blood pressure, measurements of height, weight and waist, and will calculate body mass index. The entire screening process typically takes 15 to 20 minutes and all results will be reviewed and received during the screening.

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.

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.

FEB. 6

Galentine's Day planned for Feb. 13: 6 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $30. Registration deadline: Feb. 6. Call 228-0137. The ultimate BFF bash. Treat yourself to a fondue, all while making the ultimate relaxation kit that includes a scented candle, sugar scrub and bath salts. Recommended for ages 12 and older.

Martial Arts class begins Feb. 13: For ages 7 and older, 5:30-6 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday, Feb. 13-March 15, Excel Family Martial Arts, Blue Springs. Cost, $46.75. Call 228-0137 to register. Program focuses on discipline, confidence, respect physical fitness, self-defense and flexibility.

The Sandwich Generation: Caring for Aging Parents: 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. Many young to middle-aged adults are finding they’ve joined the “Sandwich Generation,” adults still raising their own children while assisting in caring for their aging parents. Learn how to identify when intervention is needed, how to tap into support resources, as well as tips on how to care for yourself while caring for others.

Explore Essential Oils: For adults, 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. Learn about essential oils, including how to use them safely and how to incorporate them into your daily life. Participants will receive a sample to enjoy.

Tuesday Family Fun: Build with LEGOs, Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free. Call 701-3483. Bring your family to check out books. Stop by anytime between 5-7 p.m. and there will be an activity that everyone can enjoy.

Introduction to Internet Genealogy: 6:30 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.

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.

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

FEB. 7

Infant Child Pediatric CPR planned for Feb. 14: For ages 13 and older, 6-8 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $45. Registration deadline: Feb. 7. Call 228-0137. Learn what to do in an emergency from an American Heart Association certified instructor. CPR certification received upon completion.

Beginning Excel: 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 about Microsoft Excel and how to format a simple spreadsheet.

KC’s Best Kept Jazz Secret – Millie Edwards: For adults, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Millie Edwards, one of Kansas City’s best-kept jazz secrets! As a musician, she performs solo and as part of The Wild Women of Kansas City. She will transport your soul from its very depths to heights from which it will soar.

Resume Help with WorkExpress: For adults, 10 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. A WorkExpress professional will be at the Library to help you write or update your resume on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Pick up a Resume Creation worksheet at the Library prior to the program.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover: For all ages, drop off at 9 a.m. Feb. 7; event is 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924. 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, please.

Using Evernote to Organize Your Genealogy: For beginners, 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Discover the computer/tablet/smartphone application Evernote and its useful features that will help you keep your genealogy research organized.

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