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.

FRIDAY, 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.

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

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.

Xi Xi Sigma attend the Independence Chocolate Walk: 1 p.m. Then at 6 p.m., they'll attend the City Council Valentines Dinner and Dance at the Blue Springs Elks Lodge, where Lorna Hill will be honored as chapter Queen.

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.

FEB. 12

MU Extension Series – Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: Beginning at 6:30 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Come to the library for two-hour CDSMP sessions once a week for six weeks. Classes are highly participative, during which mutual support and success will build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Teen Yoga: 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. Stretch, twist, and breathe your way to a strong body and mind as you learn the basic yoga poses. No experience necessary, just a willingness to laugh and try something new. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a towel or mat.

Social Security Planning 101: A Financial Education Workshop: Noon-1 p.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free. Call 701-3483. Join us for a financial education workshop on Social Security. Topics: Understanding the basics of Social Security; how to optimize your benefits; advantages of applying after full retirement age; how your benefits are calculated; how cost-of-living adjustments affect your Social Security.

Blind Date with a Book: For adults, 7 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. What a mystery it will be! What book will you take home? Anything is possible on a blind date (with a book)! Come join us for bookish fun, prizes, and snacks.

Kids Lab: For ages 6 and older, 7 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. Discover how you can bring science and technology to life.

Indexing Night at MGC: 6 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Spend the evening indexing with friends and family! Indexing is gathering information from records in books and newspapers and putting the information into a database to make it electronically searchable. Participants may choose to index FamilySearch records or MGC obituaries. MGC staff will be available to answer questions throughout the evening.

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

Xi Xi Sigma attend City Council meeting of Beta Sigma Phi: 7 p.m.. The Chapter will serve refreshments.

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.

Lions Club meeting: 6:30 p.m., Hy-Vee, 4545 S. Noland Road, Independence.

Independence Garden Club meeting: 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.

FEB. 13

Make it Easy – Quinoa Enchilada Casserole class planned for Feb. 20: For ages 16 and older, 6-7:30 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $20. Registration deadline: Feb. 13. Call 228-0137. This tasty family favorite is gluten free and vegetarian. Samples will be served during class, and each participant will leave with a full-sized casserole (serves 4-6).

LEGO Workshop planned for Feb. 19: For ages 6 to 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $33. Registration deadline: Feb. 13. Call 228-0137. Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering and architecture through engineer-designed projects.

Conservation Kids – Missouri’s State Bird: For ages 7 to 13, 6:30-8 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. The eastern bluebird was officially designated our state bird in 1927. It was chosen because it was “common in Missouri” and “a symbol of happiness.” This little bird enchants us with its delightful song, nonaggressive manner and beneficial food habits. You can play a part in protecting our state bird by building a birdhouse to take home.

Beaded Rabbits: For adults, 7 p.m. Feb. 13 and 20, North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Learn how to create this cute little rabbit with beads. Join us for this two-part class. There is a one-time hands-on materials fee of $11.

Simple Steps to Starting Your Business: 6:30 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Explore what it takes to start a business with expert advice from the Service Corps of Retired Executives. Experienced SCORE volunteers offer an overview for starting a business, outline the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, identify the most profitable businesses, explore the key factors to start-up success, and cover the fundamentals of forming, organizing, marketing, and funding your venture.

Tuesday Family Fun: Art with Hearts, create your own masterpiece using hearts, 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.

Teens at the Library: 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you.

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.

Santa Fe Trail Republican Women's Club: An educational group for women of all ages interested in learning more about politics. Call 478-2449, Joy Freeland.

FEB. 14

Free Biometric Screenings: 8-11 a.m., Hy-Vee, 1525 E. 23rd St. S., Independence. 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.

Little Acorns – Who Loves Owls?: For ages 3 to 5 with an adult, 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. It is Valentine’s Day so let’s show some love for Missouri owls. These amazing nocturnal predators are specially adapted to hunt for prey at night. Join us as we discover some of their secrets together.

Getting to Know Your Computer: For adults, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. This hands-on program will introduce you to the basic features of a computer and how to use them.

Census Records Research: For beginners, 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Explore how the U.S. Federal Census can help in your genealogy research. Learn what census years are available, what information they contain, how to access them, and the various information included in each federal census.

Drop-In Table Tennis: 9 a.m.-noon, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. Call 325-7843.

Xi Xi Sigma Chapter meeting: 6 p.m., at the home of Kim Rick. Lorna Hill, chapter Queen, will be guest of honor.

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.

Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri membership meeting: 7 p.m., Village Heights Community of Christ Fellowship Hall, 1009 Farview Drive, Independence. Call Mike Calvert at 898-2603 or Beverly Shaw at 225-7944. John Moloski will discuss “Missouri Boys at the Battle of Franklin.”

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. 15

Blue Springs Fine Art League Show entry deadline is Feb. 15: The show is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 3; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 4, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St. Artist entry cost, $35 per artist. To enter, call Sherry Halfast at 537-8164 or pick an entry from at Vesper Hall. Admission is free to the public.

Hillcrest Thrift Store Listening Session Facebook Event: 4 p.m., for their Lee's Summit location.

Medicare Explained in Plain English: 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Get a straightforward and easy-to-understand explanation of Medicare and the benefits you may be entitled to receive. Designed for Medicare newbies, this program is especially helpful for those turning 65.

Business Basics – Creating Your Business Story for Small Businesses and Nonprofits: 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. This high-energy collaborative session is a great opportunity to work out your unique story with a little help from a storytelling professional. Come prepared to take part in a variety of activities designed to help you form a foundational story quickly without overthinking.

National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), Santa Fe Trail Unit meeting: 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence. Call 254-8105. The session will include a program on “Rules Governing Debate,” presented by Linda Sehrt, PRP, from RONR pps, 385-399.

E-Filing and Refund Help: 6-7:30 p.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free. Call 701-3483. Learn how to e-file and get tips for getting the biggest refund possible from expert volunteers using United Way’s www.myfreetaxes.com. This is available for free to those making under $66,000 per year.

Getting to Know Our New Catalog: For adults, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. 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!

Researching Your Civil War Soldier: 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Discover the sources you need to find ancestors that served in the Civil War as well as general information about the political, social, and cultural forces that affected their lives.

Using Findmypast: For beginners, 2 p.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: 9-11:45 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.

Alpha Omega Master meeting: 7:15 p.m., at the home of Sherry H. Call Louise at 796-6998. Sherry will serve as hostess, co-hostess and give a program on foreign language. Also, Ways and Means will have a Dime-A-Time event.

The Write Place Poetry Society: 3 p.m., Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence. Call 254-5278, Jan Kroll. You are invited to come and read or to just listen.

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865, Louisa Volker Macklind Tent 24: 10:30 a.m., Bass Pro Shops, 18001 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, in the Conservation Room on the lower level. Call 850-8684, Dee Wolfe, president. Any woman 18 or older and has an ancestor who served the Union forces during the Civil War may be eligible to join.

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