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.

TUESDAY, 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.

FEB. 8

Cha Cha dance class begins Feb. 15: For ages 13 and older, 7:15-8:45 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 15-March 1, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $21. Registration deadline: Feb. 8. Call 228-0137.

Hillcrest Thrift Store Listening Session Facebook Event: 7:30 a.m., for their Lee's Summit location.

KC Magic Man: For families with ages 3 and older, 7 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. Take a magical journey into the world of illusions with KC Magic Man Brad Lynn. Be prepared to be amazed by his magical feats using cards, coins, cups, and more.

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

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.

Getting to Know Our New Catalog: For adults, 6:30 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Need help using the new online catalog? Learn about all of the new features the Library has added to help you access the books and other materials you need and get the most out of your account.

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.

Beyond Cable TV: For adults, 6:30 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. Are you interested in saving money by getting rid of cable? Learn the different devices and services you can use to start cutting the cord today.

Researching Your German Ancestors: 6 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn the basic methods for completing German genealogy research. A brief history of Germany and former German lands will be presented, as well as resources available at MGC and online.

Newspaper Databases at Mid-Continent Public Library: 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Newspaper databases can be used to find genealogical information such as birth, marriage and death records, obituaries, probate cases, and interesting information about your ancestors’ lives. Learn about the different online newspaper databases accessible through MCPL.

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: 9:15 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. 9

Calico Cut-ups Quilt Club Show: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., The Salvation Army Corps Community Center, 14700 E. Truman Road, Independence. There is no admission fee, but donations will be accepted. For questions, call Carolyn Goans at 217-7739 or Becky Morrison at 308-3746. There will be between 80 and 100 quilts on display. There will also be a drawing for a Falling Leaves Opportunity Quilt, with tickets $1 or $5 for six, and $1 will purchase three tickets for a chance to win two large baskets full of quilting-related items.

American Red Cross Blood Drive: Beginning at 1 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Registration is required, visit www.redcrossblood.org. Eligible donors need to be at least 17 years old (16 with written parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, and generally be feeling well the day of the donation. Call the Red Cross toll free with other eligibility questions at 866-236-3276. Allow an hour for your donation and bring any form of photo ID with you.

Cousin's Crosses Basket Weaving class planned for Feb. 17: For ages 13 and older, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $30. Registration deadline: Feb. 9. Call 228-0137. This beginner level class uses color and pattern to create interest while you learn the basic skills of weaving.

Young Rembrandts – Household Pets is planned for Feb. 17: For ages 6 to 12, 9 a.m.-noon, Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $30. Registration deadline: Feb. 9. Call 228-0137 to register. Learn to draw a few of your favorite pets cartoon style, then create a pet-inspired pastel illustration. Bring an old shirt/smock, a healthy nut-free snack and water for the break. Pet photos encouraged. Materials provided.

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.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Hearing Health: 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. Did you know that more than 47 million Americans suffer from some type of hearing loss? Learn how many health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia and obesity can affect hearing.

Introduction to Tatting: For adults, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9 and 16, Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. Learn to create beautiful open lace made by one basic stitch using a shuttle and thread. Class size is limited so close instruction can be provided. Please bring #10 crochet cotton thread and a shuttle.

Independence Garden Club meeting planned for Feb. 12: 6:30, 4th floor meeting room of the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Vice President Linda Bassette will share a video highlighting the decorative, as well as culinary uses of herbs. Topics: Herb topiaries, creating an herb basket, herbal vinegars and growing fresh basil. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served.

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.

FEB. 10

St. Cyril's Church is holding Fat Saturday Fundraiser: 6:30 p.m., Mike Onka Hall, 11520 E. Putnam, Sugar Creek. Advance tickets are $25 for adults; $12 for ages 6-12; $30 for adults at the door. Call Debbie Ray at 461-4877. Celebrate Mardi Gras Sugar Creek Style. The evening includes music by the Sugar Creek Tamburitzans, raffles, silent auction and food. Tickets include dinner, beer, wine and set-ups.

HamBingo: An Animals Best Friends fundraiser, 4-6 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 3700 Broadway, Suite 110, Kansas City. Call 842-1919 to reserve your table. Bring your friends to play Bingo for great prizes, enter the 50/50 raffle for a chance to win some cash and enjoy Hamburger Mary's delicious food! Bingo cards are 10 for $10.

Calico Cut-ups Quilt Club Show: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., The Salvation Army Corps Community Center, 14700 E. Truman Road, Independence. There is no admission fee, but donations will be accepted. For questions, call Carolyn Goans at 217-7739 or Becky Morrison at 308-3746. There will be between 80 and 100 quilts on display. There will also be a drawing for a Falling Leaves Opportunity Quilt, with tickets $1 or $5 for six, and $1 will purchase three tickets for a chance to win two large baskets full of quilting-related items.

Special Nature Story Time – Valentines for Groundhogs: 11 a.m.-noon, George Owens Nature Park, 1601 Speck Road, Independence. Call 325-7115. Listen to stories around the fire, make groundhog valentines, give a Happy Valentine's Day present to the groundhog in the backyard and warm up with hot chocolate.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Dance class, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Inspire Dance Center, 3719 S.W. U.S. 40; and open swim, noon-3 p.m., Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. (adult photo ID needed. Kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool. Parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event. Parents must accompany children under the age of 12.) Both activities are free.

Let's Move! Gently: For ages 18 and older, basic adult self-defense, 1-2 p.m., Gautreaux Martial Arts Center, 2905 S.W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. Cost, $5 per person.

Cooking Wild – Squirrel: For adults, noon-2 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Many Missouri hunters began with, and continue to hunt for one critter: Squirrels, which are plentiful and fun to hunt, and can make great table fare. Join us as we explore hunting, skinning and most importantly, cooking these bushy tails.

Night Navigation: For adults and ages 10+ when accompanied by a participating adult, 4:30-8 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. This night navigation program is designed for people who have basic map and compass skills, and want to learn more advanced techniques.

African Violet Sale: Sponsored by the African Violet Club of Greater Kansas, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Loose Park Garden Center, 51st Street and Wornall Road, Kansas City. Admission is free. There will be many African Violets and other Gesneriads for sale.

Lewis and Clark in the Kansas City Area: 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. In June 1804, the Lewis and Clark expedition spent three days at Kaw Point at the confluence of the Kaw and the Missouri Rivers. Hear the story of these adventure-packed days that included building a barricade against an Indian attack, court-martials for stealing whiskey, and celestial examinations to plan the trip upriver.

Alpha Omega Master attend the Valentine Dinner Dance: The event will honor queens from all the Independence chapters of Beta Sigma Phi. Call Louise at 796-6998.

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.

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. 11

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

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.

Blue Springs Connections to its Early History: For adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. Rhoda Harris settled with her husband, William, in the Blue Springs area in 1832. Re-enactor Barbara Hughes portrays this courageous and remarkable woman in a vignette highlighting her life.

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.

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