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

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.

THURSDAY

Used Book Sale: Sponsored by the Independence Branch of the American Association of University Women, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., in front of Macy's on the upper level of Independence Center. Categories include: Fiction and non-fiction, biography and autobiography, history and travel, religion and self-help, collectibles and hobby, children's and cook books and paperbacks of all kinds. The proceeds of our used book sale are used to fund scholarships given at both the local and national level.

Let's Move! Gently: For ages 18 and older, Dragon Ninja Warrior Course, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Gage Center, 1101 N.W. Jefferson, Blue Springs. Cost, $5 per person.

“Crow Moon” Full Moon Hike planned for March 2: 7 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. This is a free event, but reservations are need by 5 p.m. March 1. Call 325-7115. This hike is on paved trails and for anyone who prefers even terrain, and is stroller and wheelchair accessible.

R.E.A.D. Dog – Pets for Life: For ages 5 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. Sit down and read to a very good listener – a Pets for Life Reading Education Assistance Dog (READ). A dog will be available for 10-minute sessions to help children improve their reading skills and build self-confidence.

Internet Safety: 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. Protect yourself while surfing the web by learning a few of the more typical dangers found online and how to proactively keep you and your information safe.

Drop-In Table Tennis: 9-11:45 a.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. Call 325-7843.

Alpha Omega Master meeting: 7 p.m. executive board meeting, 7:15 p.m. regular meeting, at the home of Margie Sloan. Call Louise, 796-6998. Margie will serve as the hostess, co-hostess and present the program on Home Decor. There will be a book of Beta Sigma Phi review.

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

“Alice the Musical”: Presented by the Children's Performing Theatre of Independence, 7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Admission: $8 for adults; $7 for ages 50 and older; $4 for ages 12 and under. Call 325-7367 for reservations.

Used Book Sale: Sponsored by the Independence Branch of the American Association of University Women, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., in front of Macy's on the upper level of Independence Center. Categories include: Fiction and non-fiction, biography and autobiography, history and travel, religion and self-help, collectibles and hobby, children's and cook books and paperbacks of all kinds. The proceeds of our used book sale are used to fund scholarships given at both the local and national level.

“Crow Moon” Full Moon Hike planned for March 3: 7 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. This is a free event, but reservations are need by 5 p.m. March 2. Call 325-7115. You must be able to hike on uneven surfaces. No baby strollers or light-up shoes.

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.

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.

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.

Senior Citizens Luncheon planned for March 7: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Grain Valley Community Center, 713 Main St. Cost, $3. Register by March 2, at 847-6293 or info@cityofgrainvalley.org. The luncheon includes entertainment, an informative speaker and raffle prizes. Free blood pressure screening available at 10:45 a.m. All Grain Valley senior citizens are welcome.

STEAM-Powered Program: For ages 8 to 14, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Get geared up for a variety of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics-centered activities.

Advanced 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. More experienced users can become familiar with some of the advanced options provided in Microsoft Word.

Beginning Genealogy: 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips.

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.

SATURDAY

Wagon Wheel 5K Run/Walk: A benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 8 a.m. start time, Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence. Entry fee, $25. To register, visit www.tj4wc.weebly.com. Experience the past and present at the heart of the trails west through Harry Truman's own stomping ground around the Historic Independence Square. Run/Walk catagories: Youth, teen, adult and seniors (55+).

Super Hero Dash Fun Run/Walk: A benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 9:30 a.m. start time, Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence. Entry fee, $10; children 3 and under are free (stroller friendly.) To register, visit www.tj4wc.weebly.com. Costumes encouraged, but not required. There will be raffles, prizes and other fun.

Blue Springs Fine Art League Show: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St. The show includes more than 100 entries, including opaque, photography, digital imagery, mixed media, drawing, pastels, sculptures and more. Admission is free to the public.

Antique Appraisal Fair: 9 a.m.-noon, Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. You're invited to bring in two items to be appraised for $10. You may pay at the door or online at eventbrite.com, look under Vaile Appraisal Fair.

“Alice the Musical”: Presented by the Children's Performing Theatre of Independence, 7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Admission: $8 for adults; $7 for ages 50 and older; $4 for ages 12 and under. Call 325-7367 for reservations.

Used Book Sale: Sponsored by the Independence Branch of the American Association of University Women, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., in front of Macy's on the upper level of Independence Center. Categories include: Fiction and non-fiction, biography and autobiography, history and travel, religion and self-help, collectibles and hobby, children's and cook books and paperbacks of all kinds. The proceeds of our used book sale are used to fund scholarships given at both the local and national level.

Let's Move! Saturdays: Dance and tumbling for ages 3 to 6, 10-11 a.m., TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox, Blue Springs. Free.

Home Alone planned for March 11: For ages 7-12, 1-4 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $35. Registration deadline: March 3, call 228-0137. Children will learn how to make their home more safe, fun and less scary. Topics include how to be ready for emergencies and stranger danger.

Young Rembrandts – Kings and Queens of the Castle planned for March 10: For ages 6-12, 9 a.m.-noon, Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $30. Registration deadline: March 3, call 228-0137. Learn to draw knights in shining armor, elegantly dressed princesses and even dragons. Materials provided.

Behind the Scenes – Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project: 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. Did you know the world’s fastest animal calls Kansas City home? Come learn about the amazing peregrine falcon and the Missouri Department of Conservation’s efforts in restoring their population.

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.

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

Exploring Our New Website: For adults, 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. The new MCPL website is more than just our online catalog. Come learn about the new features and personalized experience available at mymcpl.org.

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.

STEAM-Powered Program – Mad Science Codes with Cubelets: For ages 7 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. Cubelets is a perfect platform to create your own robots. Mad Science will introduce a visual programming tool to give you full control over your Cubelets.

Using Interlibrary Loan Genealogy: 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Discover how Interlibrary Loan can take your research beyond the Library by allowing you to order microfilm and books from other libraries across the country. This class covers internet sources and archival research.

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

Blue Springs Fine Art League Show: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St. The show includes more than 100 entries, including opaque, photography, digital imagery, mixed media, drawing, pastels, sculptures and more. Admission is free to the public.

“Alice the Musical”: Presented by the Children's Performing Theatre of Independence, 2 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Admission: $8 for adults; $7 for ages 50 and older; $4 for ages 12 and under. Call 325-7367 for reservations.

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

Community Blood Drive: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Lee’s Summit City Hall, 220 S.E. Green St. To sign up, visit www.esavealifenow.org and enter the code “cityleessummit.”

Spring Break Camp planned for March 12-16: For ages 5 to 12, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $120 for the week. Registration deadline: March 5, call 228-0137 to register. Kids will participate in arts and crafts, field trips, games, guest speakers, snacks and more.

MU Extension Series – Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: For adults, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays for six weeks, beginning March 5, South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. This community-based program assists participants in maintaining quality of life when faced with chronic medical conditions.

Teens Create: 7 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Unleash your imagination.

Church Women United World Day of Prayer: 10 a.m., St. Paul United Methodist Church, 3601 S. Sterling Ave., Independence, MO 64052.

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.

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