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.

THURSDAY, 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.

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.

FEB. 16

Independence Mayor Eileen Weir presents State of the City: 10 a.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. This is a public event and citizens are encouraged to attend as Mayor Weir reviews some of the highlights of the past year and looks to what the City will focus on in 2018. The speech will also be shared on Facebook Live, facebook.com/CityofIndependence for those unable to attend in person.

Lenten Fish Dinners: 4:30-7 p.m., St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 4313 S. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. Tickets are $9 for adults; $5 for children; $25 for family (2 adults and 2+ children under 12); children 5 and under are free. Menu: Fried or baked fish and/or shrimp/popcorn shrimp, slaw, macaroni/cheese, baked potato, corn on the cob, green beans, dessert and drink. “Supersize” is available for an extra $1. Proceeds will go for various church projects.

Lenten Fish Dinners: Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 6794, 5-7:30 p.m., St. Mark's Parish Center, 3736 Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Cost, $11 for adults; $5 for ages 4 to 10; under age 3 eat free. Menu: Glazed baked salmon, battered white fish or cheese pizza, choice of rice pilaf, baked potato or macaroni/cheese, includes coleslaw, green beans, roll and drink. Desserts sold separately.

Fish Dinners: Sponsored by Knights of Columbus, 5-7 p.m., Church of the Santa Fe, 231 S. Sibley St., Buckner. Cost, $9; $8 for seniors; $4 for ages 5 to 12. Call 650-9341. Menu: Baked or fried Alaskan pollock, potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, dessert and drink.

St. Ann’s Church Famous Fish Dinners: 4:30-7 p.m., 10109 E. Lexington Ave., Independence. Prices range from $9.50-$11; a fish sandwich with fries, $4. Call 252-1160. Menu: Boiled/fried shrimp, fillets/whole catfish, baked tortilla crust chipotle/baked panko breaded tilapia, french fries, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, hush puppies and cornbread. Drinks included. Ala carte items may be purchased separately. Desserts are available and sold separately by the Altar Society.

Lenten Fish Fry: 5-7:30 p.m., Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church, 150 N.W. Murray Road, Lee's Summit. Cost is $12; $5 for ages 4-11. Menu: Fried shrimp and tilapia, baked cod, salad bar, baked potato, vegetables and homemade desserts.

Third Friday Art Walk: 5:30-9 p.m., Winner Road and Sterling Avenue, Independence. Free. Call 252-3372 or visit www.englewoodstation.com. The galleries in the Englewood Station Arts District, open their doors to art lovers. See artists in action, demonstrations, and enjoy live music and refreshments.

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.

Kid Reads: For ages 6 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. Read it, love it, share it. Experience a book like never before.

Intermediate 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. Sharpen your document creation skills with several great features of Microsoft Word. Attendance of the program Beginning Word is suggested.

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.

William Chrisman High School Class of 1951 get-together: 9 a.m., Big Biscuit, 16506 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Call 461-0449, Dan Hansen.

FEB. 17

The Bear Necessities: Performed by Kraig Kensinger, 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. Big Mama Bear presents a jamboree of amazing bear talent. See puppet bears sing, juggle, dance and amuse!

Let's Move! Saturdays: Dance and tumbling for ages 3-6, 2-3 p.m., TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox, Blue Springs. Free.

Zumba Party Mardi Gras: For ages 16 and older, 6:15-8:15 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $5 for members; $10 for non-members. Call 228-0137. This special event features four Fieldhouse instructors. Afterwards, enjoy snacks and snap a photo in the photo booth.

Teddy Bear Clinic: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Kansas City Zoo. Do you have a teddy bear or stuffed animal in need of some TLC? Bring your favorite friends to the clinic and let the volunteers from Kansas City Young Matrons nurse them back to health. They'll fix rips, tears and holes and give them a good fluff. Stuffed animals must be turned in for repair by 1:30 p.m. Once they are back to tip-top shape, they will receive a clean bill of health.

Raptors – Predators of the Sky: For all ages, 10-11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. No registration required. Call 228-3766. Winter is a great time to view raptors in Missouri. Learn about their unique hunting abilities and other adaptations that help make them top predators of the sky.

KC Zoomobile – Australia: For families with ages 5 and older, 10:30 a.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Go on an Australian-themed adventure with the Kansas City Zoo. Learn Aussie folklore and culture, and meet some animal friends from “down under.” Join the Zoo staff, and learn something new about Australia!

The Villisca Axe Murders of 1912 – Unsolved and Haunted: 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. In June of 1912, six members of the Moore family and two houseguests were found bludgeoned to death in Villisca, Iowa. More than a century later, the Moore house is rumored to be one of the most haunted places in America. Join paranormal researcher and investigator Becky Ray as she talks about what happened in that house and what spirits may still linger.

Yoga for Kids: For ages 6 and older, 11 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Kids will hiss like snakes and flutter like butterflies in this animal-inspired yoga class guaranteed to strengthen young bodies, minds, and imaginations.

Free ACT Practice Test with College Tutors: For teens, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Registration is required, call 252-0950. 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.

ACT Practice Test with College Tutors: For teens, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 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. 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.

Blue Springs Chapter DAR meeting: 9:30 a.m. hospitality; 10 a.m. meeting, Adams Pointe Golf Club, 1601 N.E. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Cost, $12. RSVP to Dawn Pratt at 813-2526 or email dawn.pratt@firstbibleadp.com. Program: Preserving Historical Artifacts, presented by David Jackson. Guests welcome.

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. 18

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. 19

2018 Christmas ornament Honoring President Truman unveiling: 10 a.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. The White House Historical Association ornament unveiling will feature remarks from Association President Stewart McLaurin and Director of the Truman Library, Dr. Kurt Graham. During this event, the museum will display photos of the Truman White House renovation and Truman family heirlooms, including a Christmas tree ornament and a silver tray that was a Christmas gift from White House staff. To learn more about the White House Historical Association, visit www.whitehousehistory.org.

The Presidency and the Press: 6 p.m. reception; 6:30 p.m. program, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. Join the Truman Library for a special Presidents' Day program focused on the complicated relationship between the White House Press Corps and the president. The discussion will feature both firsthand experiences and fascinating personal anecdotes from reporters and experts who have covered or written about five different administrations. Margaret Talev, President of the White House Correspondents' Association and White House Correspondent for Bloomberg News, will moderate the panel. This is a free public program, but reservations are requested, visit 12130.thankyou4caring.org/events/2018-rsvp-for-the-presidency-and-the-press. If you're unable to attend, watch the panel discussion live from the Library's Facebook page.

The Bear Necessities: Performed by Kraig Kensinger, 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. Big Mama presents a jamboree of amazing bear talent. See puppet bears sing, juggle, dance and amuse!

Let's Move! Gently: For ages 18 and older, tennis drills, 7-8 p.m., Metro East Tennis Center, 3109 Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $5 per person.

Beginning Ancestry Library Edition: 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 Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

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.

Pilot Club of Blue Springs: 6 p.m., Elks Lodge, 100 N.E. Brizendine Road, Blue Springs. Nancy Crawford, genaki50@yahoo.com.

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