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.

TODAY

Candidate Forum – Moderated forum fostering citizen engagement: 2 and 6 p.m. (2 sessions), MCC-Blue River Campus, EC Room 110, 20301 E. 78 Hwy., Independence. Sponsored by the Independence Chamber of Commerce and Metropolitan Community College-Blue River Campus.

Hands Only CPR Class planned for Feb. 26: 6:30-7:15 p.m., Grain Valley Community Center, 713 Main St. No mouth-to-mouth breathing is needed. Practice how to assess, call for help and give compressions only on a CPR manikin. This is a non-certification (no cards issues), educational opportunity. Registration deadline: Feb. 22. Register at the Community Center, online at grainvalley.recdesk.com or call 847-6263.

Martial Arts class begins Feb. 27: For ages 7 and older, 5:30-6 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday, Feb. 27-March 29, 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.

Edible Landscaping and Permaculture Design 101: For adults, 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. Learn about the Three Sisters Guild and other ecological strategies to use your yard for sustainable food production. Find out how you can work with nature in your landscapes and gardens.

George Washington Carver – America’s Leonardo da Vinci: For adults, 10:30 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Born a slave in southwest Missouri and then abducted by outlaws, orphaned, and shunned at the local school, George Washington Carver persevered to become one of the nation’s finest scientists and inventors. Join rangers from the George Washington Carver National Monument for a look at Carver’s life, his efforts to help African American farmers, and his contributions to American society.

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

Kids Create: For families with ages 6 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. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities.

Financial Protection after a Security Breach: 3-4 p.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free. Call Amy Roberts at 913-258-2700 to register. Topics: Warning signs that your identity has been stolen; what to do if it happens to you; protecting your identity; and the difference between credit freeze and fraud alert.

African American Genealogical 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. Learn about the various record sources and Kansas City-area repositories that could lead you to discover your African American ancestors with local historian and veteran genealogy researcher David W. Jackson.

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.

FRIDAY

Lenten Fish Fry Dinners: Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 178, 5-7:30 p.m., Nativity of Mary School Cafeteria, 10021 E. 36th Terrace, Independence. Cost, $10 for adults; $5 for children. Menu: Fried battered cod, catfish, boiled shrimp, baked tilapia, fish tacos and sides of French fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, macaroni/cheese, green beans and corn. Coffee and tea are included. Desserts available for $1.

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.

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.

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.

Martial Arts class begins Feb. 26: For ages 4 to 6, 5:30-6 p.m. Monday/Wednesday, Feb. 26-March 28, 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.

George Washington Carver – America’s Leonardo da Vinci: For adults, 10 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Born a slave in southwest Missouri and then abducted by outlaws, orphaned, and shunned at the local school, George Washington Carver persevered to become one of the nation’s finest scientists and inventors. Join rangers from the George Washington Carver National Monument for a look at Carver’s life, his efforts to help African American farmers, and his contributions to American society.

Navigating Your Computer: 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. Learn how to find and organize the apps and files on your computer.

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.

Teen Club meeting: 5:30 to 9 p.m., Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Call 229-2034 or dianesingsforjoy@comcast.net, Diane Chrisman Schiefelbein. Teens and adults with disabilities are invited to enjoy a free dinner, special guest and lots of fun.

Shrimp dinners: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1000, 1002 E. U.S. 24, Independence. Cost, $12 for a 1/2 pound; $15 for a full pound. Call 836-3015.

SATURDAY

Bed Talk – George Edward Kessler: 1-2:30 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. This is a free event. For questions, contact Charlotte Olejko at 797-8711 or colejko@indep.mo.org. Join author and historian Dona Boley in exploring the life and legacy of Kessler, who completed more than 200 projects nationwide, but began his career in Kansas City, transforming it from a shanty town to a cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a lecture, view iconic images of Kessler's work, and free refreshments.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Bump City/Dragon Ninja, 11 a.m.-noon, Gage Center, 1101 N.W. Jefferson St.; and open roller skating, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Rink Ratz, 513 S. W. Keystone Drive. Both activities are free.

Community Breakfast: 7:30-9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. The cost is $3.50 for either half order of biscuits and gravy or all-you-can-eat pancakes with sausage; $5 for a full order of biscuits and gravy. Call 252-6100 or visit www.fccindepmo.org. All meals include coffee and orange juice.

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.

Maple Sugaring: For all ages, 1-3 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Savor this wonder of nature by learning how to tap trees, collect sap, and make syrup from native trees.

Missouri Caves: For families with ages 8 and older, 10:30 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. What better way to celebrate Missouri being the “Cave State” than learning more about them! Participants will learn the importance of caves, how they form, what lives in them, what makes them unique, and how we can help make sure they stay healthy.

Free ACT Practice Test with College Tutors: For teens, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. 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.

KC Kids Create – Kitchen Science: For ages 8 to 12, 1-2 p.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free. Call 701-3483. Find out what happens when you mix certain ingredients together. Who knew basic kitchen ingredients could be so much fun?

Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales: For ages 2 and older, 11 a.m.-noon, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! Our imaginations are the only limits.

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.

An Enduring Legacy – Researching Your History to Tell Your Story: 1 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Whether your interest in genealogy is old or new, there is always room to learn more about researching and preserving family history. Join the Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition and the MGC for an open house and guest speaker exploring strategies and techniques for uncovering and preserving your family’s story.

Call of the Wild: For ages 4 and older, 11 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. Learn how animals communicate using sound and how to make some of those sounds yourself.

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.

SUNDAY

Kid Fest: For ages 6 and older, 2 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. Party with us – there’s always room for more!

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.

MONDAY

Free Biometric Screenings: 8-11 a.m., Hy-Vee, 625 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. 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.

Spring Vegetable Gardening Success class: 7 p.m., St. Paul United Methodist Church, 3601 S. Sterling Ave., Independence. Free and open to the public. Call Sara at 356-6989. Get ready for the early spring vegetable gardening season. Learn what to plant and how to make it thrive. This class, sponsored by the St. Paul Community Garden, will be taught by University of Missouri Extension Horticulture Educator, Cathy Bylinowski.

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.

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

TUESDAY

Kiwanis Club of Independence Annual Chili Day: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Stone Church Community of Christ, River Boulevard and Lexington Avenue, Independence. Enjoy chili, pie and a drink for $8, with proceeds going to Independence youth activities.

The Villisca Axe Murders of 1912 – Unsolved and Haunted: For adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. 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.

10 Steps to Selling Your Food Product in Stores: 6:30 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Learn the regulations, how to work with grocery stores, how to market your product, and how to scale your business to keep up with demand.

Interior Design Trends for 2018: 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. Join interior designer Lisa Holiman for a look at this year’s design trends and see how you can translate them into your spaces without spending tons of money.

Tuesday Family Fun: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss, stop by for some fun Dr. Seuss activities, 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 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you.

Teen Anime: 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. Join fellow fanatics for fun!

Easy Pillowcases: For adults, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. These easy-to-sew custom pillowcases come together in an hour. A limited number of sewing machines will be available, so feel free to bring your own. A supply list is available at the branch.

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.

WEDNESDAY

All Our Winter Birds: 3-5 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 Speck Road, Independence. Call 325-7115. If you'd like to know more about the birds coming to your feeders, join the Missouri River Bird Observatory for winter bird banding. This is a rare chance to see the birds up close and talk with the professionals. This event is for all ages, but children get first dibs on releasing the birds. If the weather is too severe or windy, for the safety of the birds, the program may be cancelled or rescheduled. Call if in doubt.

First Aid/CPR/AED Certification planned for March 7: For ages 13 and older, 6-8:30 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $55. Registration deadline: Feb. 28. Call 228-0137. An American Heart Association certified instructor teaches you how to assist an injured person, and you'll received CPR certification upon completion.

Move Your Body Along – Learning Through Play: For adults, 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. Explore how using play can help strengthen early literacy skills in the classroom and demonstrate how play supports early learning curriculum and encourages a multiple intelligence classroom model. Childcare providers will receive one Missouri continuing education clock hour. Must bring MOPD ID number. Contact Scott Rader at srader@mymcpl.org or 521-7228.

Internet for Beginners: 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. Learn the basics of internet use, including terminology, how to get connected, and how to find what you’re looking for online. This class will also cover printing and a few words on Internet safety.

Using Fold3: For beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn how to use Fold3 to access U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who have served. This class focuses on search tips as well as the types of records available. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

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., Perkins. Lorna Hill will host meeting.

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