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

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.

Independence AFS Chapter meeting: 7 p.m., Truman High School Lecture Hall, 3301 S. Noland Road, Independence. Call 254-8105. Meet the 13 Independence AFS students, host families and their friends. This will include presentations about their families, home towns, schools, and countries from Martina Li, Foshan, China, and Sohei Denda, Suginami-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

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.

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 “Open Forum: Q & A”, presented by Joy Freeland, PRP. You have the opportunity to ask any parliamentary procedure question. Everyone is welcome.

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.

FRIDAY

Flashlight Egg Hunt planned for March 24: Sponsored by Blue Springs Parks and Recreation, activities begin at 7 p.m.; followed by the egg hunt at 7:30 p.m., Hidden Valley Park, 6500 N.W. Valley View Road, Blue Springs. Cost, $5. Registration deadline: March 16, call 228-0137. Help find more than 2,000 eggs with your flashlight. The fee includes a bag of candy, hot dog, drink and eggs filled with candy and local coupons.

Putting “Unity” back in Comm“unity” planned for March 22: Presented by the NorthWest Communities Development Corporation, 6 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Reservation deadline: March 16. For sponsorship and information, call 252-5094 or email gala@nwcdc-mo.org. The evening includes dinner and a program.

KC Pet Project Fundraiser planned for March 19: 10:45 a.m.-8 p.m., at Kansas City-area Chipotle Mexican Grills. Mention the fundraiser at the register, and half of your bill will go to helping this nonprofit organization find suitable homes for nearly 10,000 animals each year.

KC Elegance in Wood Show and Sale: Presented by KC Woodcarvers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., John Knox Pavilion, 400 N.W. Murray Road, Lee's Summit. Admission: $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. A raffle will be drawn starting at 11 a.m., no need to be present to win, but prizes must be claimed by the close of the show.

Patriotic Biscuit Basket Weaving planned for March 24: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $45. Registration deadline: March 16, call 228-0137. Emphasis will be placed on twining and over-weaving. Students will also learn how to create their own handles. Previous twining experience helpful. This is an intermediate class.

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.

We Who Dared – Inspiring Lives of Female Heroes: 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. The Age of the Woman has begun as Wonder Woman and Doctor Who take center stage. Join an exploration of the lives of other amazing women who have led the way. Who will be your new hero?

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.

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.

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.

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

St. Patrick's Day Parade: A benefit for the Child Abuse Prevention Association, will begin at 3 p.m., around the Independence Square. For questions, 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.

Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus benefit performance: A benefit for Neighborhood Dinner, 3 p.m., Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. For questions, contact Barbara Graeff-Vinck at barbvinck@gmail.com or 878-1155. This talented group of vocal artists perform at no charge on behalf of area charities. Admission is free with a free-will donation accepted, of which 100% of the donations will go directly to support the Neighborhood Dinner, a program that served more than 11,500 meals last year to homeless and struggling individuals and families. They also provide guests access to on-site organizations that connect them with important services.

St. Paddy's Day Hike: Sponsored by Independence Parks & Recreation, 1-2:30 p.m., meet at the County Club Park entrance, 2930 S. Norton, Independence. For questions, call 325-7115. Signs that spring is looming are abundant along the Rock Creek Trail. Hike from Country Club Park to Rotary Park, a little less than 2 miles. The trail is easy, level and gravel-paved. The pace is casual, with frequent pauses to explore.

KC Elegance in Wood Show and Sale: Presented by KC Woodcarvers, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., John Knox Pavilion, 400 N.W. Murray Road, Lee's Summit. Admission: $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. A raffle will be drawn starting at 11 a.m., no need to be present to win, but prizes must be claimed by the close of the show.

Naturescaping & Native Plant Sale: For adults, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. workshop; native plant sale, 1-4 p.m. while supplies last, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Beautify your landscape with some of Missouri’s best natural resources, native plants! Learn how to save time, money and create wildlife habitat with educational sessions on native plants. The Missouri Wildflowers Nursery will be on site with native plants for sale for workshop participants before the public plant sale at 1 p.m. Walk-ins welcome.

Let's Move! Saturdays: Open roller skating, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Rink Ratz, 513 S.W. Keystone Drive, Blue Springs. Free.

Community Spring Spectacular: 9 a.m.-noon, Colonial Hills Community of Christ, 3539 S.W. Missouri 7 – Blue Springs. Call 229-9344 or visit www.colonial-hills.org. Come for a free pancake breakfast and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny ($1 or bring your own camera). Enjoy a family egg hunt, carnival games, face painting, crafts, and more.

“The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima”: The movie will be shown at 1 p.m., followed by a St. Patrick's Day dinner from 2:45-3:45 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m., St. Ann's Catholic Church, 10109 E. Lexington Ave., Independence. Dinner cost, $10 (no charge for the movie.) Call 252-1160. Menu: Corned beef, cabbage, carrots and onions, desserts and drink.

How to Catch A Leprechaun: For ages 4 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. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and learn to how to find a pot of gold at the Library! We’ll read How to Catch A Leprechaun by Adam Wallace, play leprechaun games, and make our own leprechaun traps!

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

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

Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus benefit performance: 3 p.m., St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 727 N. Main St., in Independence. These dynamic 80 plus masculine voices will be singing songs of praise. A free will offering will be taken with all proceeds going to Steppingstone, located at 5100 Noland Road, a transitional living program working with young people ages 16-21.

Recipe Swap: 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. Whether you need some new recipes to spice up your collection or just need a recipe collection, bring a favorite recipe to share and get some new ones in return. All skill levels welcome.

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.

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.

– Jillayne Ritchie