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

“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.

Let's Move! Gently: For ages 18 and older, Tai Chi, 1-2 p.m., Blue Springs Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. Cost, $5 per person.

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.

Mourning During the Civil War: 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. Americans and their thoughts on death were brought into focus during the Civil War. Barbara Hughes portrays Amanda Pine Stout and shares the 19th century view of mourning and the impact of the Civil War.

Mary Paxton Study Class planned for March 12: 1:30 p.m., Whistlestop Room at the Truman Library, Independence. Email CynthiaHorn88@yahoo.com if you plan to attend. Iveta Blahutova, Genealogy Research Analyst at the Midwest Genealogy Center, will speak on the history of Czechoslovakia and Czech and Slovak genealogy. Open to the public.

Blue Springs Chapter NSDAR meeting planned for March 10: 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 dawn.pratt@firstbibleadp.com. The program will be on DNA, presented by Lyle Gibson. For information about Blue Springs Chapter of NSDAR, call Dr. Janet Reid, , 836-4121 or Phyllis Wilkins, Registrar, 229-0742. Guests welcome.

Social Media Advertising Workshop – Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: For adults, 9:30 a.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, email Morgan Perry at mperry@mymcpl.org. Want to improve the results you get from social media advertising? Join Luke Wade for a deep dive into social media strategies, and take a close look at how social media algorithms have changed into advertising giants. Attendees must have taken Business Basics: Non-Traditional Advertising for Small Businesses.

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.

SATURDAY

Night at the Museum – Pioneering Women: 6-8 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Tickets are $15, and you may pay in advance or at the door. Call 325-7575. The museum will come to life as women from history share their stories of triumph, innovation and perseverance. Visitors will hear from female pioneers in the fields of business, science, literature, law, aviation and more.

St. Patrick's Day Parade: A benefit for the Child Abuse Prevention Association, 3 p.m., around the Independence Square. Call 836-4000 or email thelaw@familymatter.com. The Jackson County Shrine Club is hosting this event and has chosen Independence Police Officer Tom Wagstaff at the grand marshall. Festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. and include music, dancing and lots of fun. The parade includes floats, music, walkers, vehicles, churches, scouts, commercial entries and much more.

“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.

Sweetheart Bingo: An Animals Best Friends fundraiser, 5-8 p.m., National Guard Armory, 2323 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. Enjoy a fun-filled evening of dinner, dessert, drink and a Bingo card for $10. There will be raffles, silent auction items and extra bingo cards for $1 each. There will be a kissing booth with some ABF adoptable dogs furnishing the kisses for $1. Call 254-8664.

Chili Day: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Oakland United Methodist Church, 30701 E. Truman Road (3 miles east of Missouri 7.) A bowl of chili, homemade vegetable soup or a chili dog, with a drink and a choice piece of homemade pie, will be served for a free-will donation.

Let's Move! Saturdays: Open swim, noon-3 p.m., Blue Springs Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. Free. Open swim with adult photo ID. Kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool. Parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event, and children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Introduction to Turkey Hunting: For ages 11+; ages 11–15 must be accompanied by an adult participant, 10 a.m.-noon, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Spring is turkey season. For more than 50 years, Missourians have enjoyed pursuing these large elusive birds. Join us as we explore the basics of turkey hunting, including locations, equipment, techniques and more.

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.

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

Call of the Wild: For ages 4 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. How do birds sing? Why do coyotes howl? Learn how animals communicate using sound and how to make some of those sounds yourself.

Read and Draw: Eric Carle’s The Grouchy Ladybug: For age 4 and older, 11 a.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. Preschool children will enjoy exploring the world of Eric Carle through the joy of drawing. We’ll start by reading Carle’s “The Grouchy Ladybug” and then we'll learn to draw our very own ladybug. All materials provided.

Newspaper Databases: 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.

Blue Springs Chapter NSDAR: 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 dawn.pratt@firstbibleadp.com. The program will be on DNA, presented by Lyle Gibson. For information about Blue Springs Chapter of NSDAR, call Dr. Janet Reid, , 836-4121 or Phyllis Wilkins, Registrar, 229-0742. Guests welcome.

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.

SUNDAY

“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.

Creating Magical Moments – Things to Consider When Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation: 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. Learn what resources are available, as well as tips and tricks to make your planning a bit easier.

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.

The Mystery of Magic Show: For all ages, 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. Join David David, a magician so amazing they named him twice, for a unique blend of traditional, close-up, and comedy magic that will astound and amaze audiences of all ages. Be prepared to join in the fun.

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.

MONDAY

PAW-Etiquette for Pooches and People – Dog Safety: 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. Dogs like people who know proper canine etiquette. Learn the proper way to greet a dog, when to leave a dog alone, and strategies to avoid dog attacks. Discover how dogs communicate through body language and how to read that body language.

Mary Paxton Study Class: 1:30 p.m., Whistlestop Room at the Truman Library, Independence. Email CynthiaHorn88@yahoo.com if you plan to attend. Iveta Blahutova, Genealogy Research Analyst at the Midwest Genealogy Center, will speak on the history of Czechoslovakia and Czech and Slovak genealogy. Open to the public.

Teen Games: 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. Challenge yourself; challenge your friends. Bring it!

Indexing Night: 6 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Indexing is gathering information from records in books and newspapers and putting the information into a database to make it electronically searchable. Staff will be available to answer questions throughout the evening.

Census Records Research: For beginners, 10:30 a.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 on each federal census.

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.

Alpha Omega Master attend Beta Sigma Phi City Council meeting: 7:30 p.m.

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

TUESDAY

Wild game chef Hank Shaw: Presented by the Missouri Department of Conservation, 8 p.m., Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City. No reservations required. Call 759-7300 for questions. Shaw is a 2013 James Beard Award winner and author of four best-selling wild game cookbooks. This free program will focus on getting the most flavor and variety of dishes from upland game birds such as pheasants or quail, rabbits, squirrels, and fur bearers such as raccoon or beaver.

Beyond Cable TV: 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. 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.

Conservation Kids – Geocaching: For ages 7-13, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Geocaching is a great way to combine technology and nature while looking for hidden items. Come out for an evening of fun as we grab our GPS units and head out to explore nature and find those treasures.

Teen Yoga: 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. No experience necessary, just a willingness to laugh and try something new.

Kansas City Jazz – The Golden Years: For adults, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Join jazz historian Kent Rausch for an exploration of the golden years of Kansas City jazz through vintage images and audio recordings.

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.

Cub Scout Pack 334 meeting: 7 p.m., near U.S. 40 and Noland Road, Independence. Call Amber Baker at 446-0992.

WEDNESDAY

Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, 415 N. Sterling Ave. For $9.50, enjoy corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots, dessert and a drink.

MGC’s Spring Seminar – Mapping Your Family History planned for March 24: For adults, beginning at 9 a.m., Stoney Creek Hotel Conference Center, 18011 Bass Pro Drive, Independence. The $65 registration fee includes a buffet lunch. Registration required through Eventbrite and seating is limited. For more information, visit midwestgenealogycenter.org or call MGC. This daylong event features speakers Ruth Ann Hager and Patti Hobbs.

Little Acorns – Wily Coyotes: For ages 3-5 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. Coyotes are masters at adaptability. Come learn all about the role they play in nature and leave with a way to track them.

Missouri Caves: For ages 8 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. 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.

Poetree: For all ages, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Celebrate World Poetry Day, March 21, by participating in our Poetree! Visit the poetry creation station March 14-21 and create a poem to hang on the Poetree. Entries will be displayed at the Library through March. Visit the Library for complete details.

Beginning Word: 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 introduction will focus on how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

Beyond Knits and Purls: For adults, 7 p.m. March 14 and 21, Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. In this two-part class, you’ll learn to decipher a pattern, translate abbreviations, and increase and decrease stitches along with other technical tidbits. A supply list is available at the library.

Home School – Hunters in the Sky: 10-11:30 a.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11, 12-18 or 12:30 p.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Explore life at the top of the food chain with a bird’s eye view of the world of raptors. We will soar through vulture culture, hawk talk and owl prowls as we learn about the behaviors and adaptations of fascinating birds.

Irish Records Research – The Colonial Periods: 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Are you researching your Irish ancestry? This class discusses Ireland and what records are available. Learn about Ireland’s jurisdictions, online resources, and information you need to know to trace your ancestors in Ireland during the early and late Colonial period.

Using Findmypast: 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 to search billions of records to find your ancestors from all over the world. Records include U.S. and U.K. censuses, Irish records, and parish records from England and Wales. 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.

Civil War Roundtable of Western Missouri membership meeting: 7 p.m., Village Heights Community of Christ Church, 1009 Farview Drive, Independence. Call Mike Calvert at 898-2603 or Beverly Shaw at 225-7944. You're invited to hear Civil War expert Terry Elliott explain how the Civil War guerrillas led to the Oklahoma outlaws following the war.

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.

THURSDAY

Nightclub Dance Class planned for March 22: For ages 13 and older, 7:15-8:45 p.m. Thursdays, March 22-April 5, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $21. Registration deadline: March 15, call 228-0137.

Scouts, Spies, and Detectives: 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn about high-priced Union espionage in Kansas and Missouri during the Civil War with author Arnold Schofield.

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: 6:30 p.m., at the home of Margie Sloan. Call Louise, 796-6998. Carole will be hostess and co-hostess, and she will have a guest speaker to present her program. This will be followed by a Golden Circle Ritual for Ramona Evans and Barbara Taylor (50 years – way to go Ramona and Barbara.) The Ritual to be conducted by membership chairman, Margie Sloan.

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