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

Little All Stars – Soccer begins March 27: For 3 and 4 year olds, 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, March 27-April 24 or Thursdays March 29-April 26, Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $42. Registration deadline: March 23, call 228-0137.

Lego Workshop planned for March 30: For ages 6-10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $33. Registration deadline: March 23, call 228-0137. Power up your engineering skills using tens of thousands of Legos.

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.

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.

Medicare 101: 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. A representative from Missouri Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri (CLAIM) share vital information to help you get the most from your Medicare benefits. More information about CLAIM, visit www. missouriclaim.org.

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.

SATURDAY

BED Talk – Aldo Leopold: 1 p.m. lecture; 2 p.m. Green Fire screening, 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. Environmental Historian Dr. Susan Flanders will explore how Leopold's Land Ethic has restored Missouri's landscape, followed by signing of her book “Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites: Exploring our Legacy.” After the signing, there will be a special screening of “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold a Land Ethic for Our time.

Easter Egg-Stravaganza: 10 a.m.-noon, Rotary Park, 600 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Free. Call 228-0137. Visit the Easter Bunny, hunt eggs and enjoy other free kids activities. Egg hunt times: Ages 2 and under, 10:30 a.m.; ages 3-4, 10:45 a.m.; ages 5-6, 11:15 a.m.; ages 7-10, 11:30 a.m. Takes place rain or shine.

Animals Best Friends Spring Garage Sale: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., National Guard Armory, 2323 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. Call 254-8664. Come and shop for great deals.

All for the Children Family Resource Fair and 5K Run/Walk: 10-11:30 a.m. inside and outside the Arts & Sciences building at Metropolitan Community College-Blue River, 20301 E. Missouri 78, Independence. Admission and all activities are free. For more details, visit www.mcckc.edu/events/all-for-the-children. Once again, the Easter Bunny will be on hand during the “Eggstravaganza” featuring 10,000 eggs. This event is a celebration of childhood and an opportunity to bring awareness to the problem of child abuse. The event aims to support children and families through fun activities for kids, resources and information for parents, and giveaways for everyone. The Easter egg hunt begins around 11 a.m.

Fairmount Food Pantry Benefit: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Mount Washington United Methodist Church, 584 S. Arlington Ave., Independence. Admission: A donation of a non-perishable food item. There will be a bake table and raffles throughout the day. Some of the vendors include: Tupperware, Mary Kay, Scentsy, Advocare, It Works, Damsel in Defense, Tastefully Simple, Premier Designs, Chalk Couture, Third-one and more. Proceeds from the event will help furnish food for the Fairmount and Sugar Creek area.

Severe Weather Workshop: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; registration begins at 8:30 a.m., Central Jackson County Training and EMS Education Center, 4715 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. For questions, contact Les Boatright at 463-8530 or lboatright@cjcfdp.org. Hear experts discuss basic storm spotter training; what if the Greensburg, Kan., tornado struck a more populated area; storm chasing and the Oak Grove 2017 tornado; how does information flow from the field to the weather forecasters and much more.

“Peter and the Wolf: Performed by Piccadilly Puppets, 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. The symphonic music of Serge Prokofiev combines with fanciful puppet players. Follow Peter's escapes with meadow animals and an encounter with the forest wolf.

Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale: 9 a.m.-noon, Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown. Cost, $6 for adults; $3 for ages 10 and under. Proceeds benefit the Raytown Emergency Assistance Program.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Bouncing with the Easter Bunny, 11 a.m.-noon, Gage Center, 1101 N.W. Jefferson St.; open swim, 2-4 p.m., “The Blue” Centennial Pool Plex, 2401 N.W. Ashton Drive. (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.) Both activities are free.

Planting for Butterflies: For families, 2-3 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Although monarchs are getting all the press, many butterfly populations are in decline. Please join us to learn about Missouri butterflies and how you can help them. Each family will take home a native wildflower plant and seed packet.

War of 1812 Symposium: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Fort Osage Education Center, 107 Osage St., Sibley. The event is free to the public with an additional fee to tour the Fort, $8 for adults; $4 for youth and seniors. Call 229-8980. Join scholars and presenters at Fort Osage for the 28th annual War of 1812 Symposium. This symposium is the longest continuous War of 1812 symposium in the United States. Authors will also be available for book signings.

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.

For the Love of Birds: For ages 4 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. Meet some real lovebirds in this delightful hour-long show.

International Tolkien Reading Day: 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. Celebrate the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien at the Library. Bring your favorite J.R.R. Tolkien passage to read, song to sing, or memorabilia to share with us. Attending “in character” is highly encouraged.

Making Memes, Library Posters, and So Much More: For teens, 11 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Using basic Adobe Illustrator tools, photos, and typography, learn to make your own memes and posters.

STEAM-Powered Program – Mad Science Codes with Cubelets: For ages 7 and older, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. 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. Create countless new robots and behaviors with the power of code.

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

Easter Egg Hunt: 3-4:30 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church gym, 613 S. Main St.,Independence. Call 254-9405. There will be games, craft projects, and an egg hunt. Hunts will be held for different age groups.

War of 1812 Symposium: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Fort Osage Education Center, 107 Osage St., Sibley. The event is free to the public with an additional fee to tour the Fort, $8 for adults; $4 for youth and seniors. Call 229-8980. Join scholars and presenters at Fort Osage for the 28th annual War of 1812 Symposium. This symposium is the longest continuous War of 1812 symposium in the United States. Authors will also be available for book signings.

Food Truck Workshop: Sponsored by North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 10 a.m., at the Ennovation Center, 201 N. Forest Ave., Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Learn the business of food trucks from the experts. This five-hour workshop, led by Brandon Simpson, owner of Jazzy B’s food truck, and Xander Winkel of the Ennovation Center, will walk you through the steps of opening your own food truck business. Come ready to learn about health departments, truck buildout, branding, advertising, and financial statements. Sample food truck cuisine and tour a food truck.

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

Explore Essential Oils: 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. Learn about essential oils, including how to use them safely and how to incorporate them into your daily life. Participants will receive a sample to enjoy.

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

Let's Move! Gently: For ages 18 and older, ballet barre exercise class, 5-6 p.m., Dynamic Dance, 1901 S.W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. Cost, $5 per person. No experience necessary.

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!

Teens at the Library: 3 p.m. March 1, and 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.

Native American Research – The Five Civilized Tribes: 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 research members of the Five Civilized Tribes using U.S. Census and Dawes Rolls records.

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

Independence Branch of the American Association of University Women meeting: 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 400 W. Maple Ave., Independence. The program will be on “Outstanding Women of Missouri History,” and will be presented by Branch members. Visitors are welcome.

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

Job Fair: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., MCC Blue River Campus gym, 20301 Missouri 78, Independence. For more details, visit business.ichamber.biz/events/details/2018-job-fair-03-28-2018-6187. Free and open to the public. Connect and get your resume in front of local employers looking for individuals to join their team. Jobs for every skill level, with more than 50 employers in one location. Presented by MCC-Blue River, Independence Economic Development and the Independence Chamber.

More Off the Beaten Path: 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. Join Alexis Webb Bechtold and Traci Angel as they share more new and different lesser-known attractions in the Kansas City Area. Find out about fun and unusual places to visit this summer.

Getting to Know Your Computer: For adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. This hands-on program will introduce you to the basic features of a computer and how to use them.

Index It: For ages 11 to 18, 6 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Join us for snacks, socializing, and dissection of old records. Discover the fun of indexing as you identify vital information necessary for making family tree connections.

Using Fold3: 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 Fold3 to access U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who have served. 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.

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.

– Jillayne Ritchie