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

Toughest Monster Truck Tour: 7:30 p.m., Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. For tickets, call 442-6100. Several of the nation’s toughest monster trucks, including Bigfoot, Over Board, Quad Chaos, Dirt Crew, Heavy Hitter and Dawg Pound, will be there.

“Blue Moon” Full Moon Hike planned for March 31: 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 30. Call 325-7115. This hike is on paved trails and for anyone who prefers even terrain, and is stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Senior Citizens Luncheon planned for April 4: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Grain Valley Community Center, 713 Main St. Cost, $3. Register by March 30, 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.

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! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits. Walk-ins welcome.

MGC Walkabout: For beginners, 10:30 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Take a walk around Midwest Genealogy Center and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research.

Church Women United Independence Unit meeting planned for April 2: 10 a.m., First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. An April shower is being held for Mother's Refuge. Call Paula Heck at 261-9741 for the list of requested items.

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

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.

Friday Night Specials: 6-9 p.m., Memorial Post 3976, 12810 Kentucky Road, Sugar Creek. All welcome. Call 461-2636.

SATURDAY

Harry's Hop'n Hunt: A free day of family of fun at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. You're invited to an egg roll competition, two Easter egg hunts (bring your own basket) and story time on the steps throughout the morning featuring Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Mayor Eileen Weir and County Executive Frank White Jr. The Easter Bunny himself will also be making an appearance. Event schedule – Story time: 10, 10:35, 11, 11:35; race 1 egg roll, 10:10 a.m.; egg hunt, 10:45 a.m.; race 2 egg roll, 11:10 a.m.; egg hunt, 11:45 a.m.; noon, parade of cars to the Independence Square, led by the Easter Bunny. All are invited compete in the egg roll and racers will be divided by age groups, and children 12 and under are welcome in the egg hunt. The is a free event, but reservations are requested for the egg rolls, visit TrumanLibraryInstitute.org/Hop-n-Hunt. All events take place rain or shine.

Easter Egg Hunt: 10-11 a.m., Mount Washington United Methodist Church, 584 S. Arlington Ave., Independence. Bring a basket or bag to collect eggs and enjoy a fun day with your neighbors. There will be a short service followed by cookies and Koolaid.

Easter Egg Hunt: Beginning at 2 p.m., St. Paul AME Church, 200 E. Lexington Ave., Independence. Call 252-2557. There will be games, food, prizes and lots of fun. Everyone is welcome.

Calling all Munchkins: Auditions for children ages 8 to 13 and under 4'6” tall, will begin at 1 p.m., Music Theatre Kansas City, located in the B&B Shawnee 18 Movie Complex, 16301 Midland Drive, Shawnee. Call 559-3875. Performances of the live stage version of “The Wizard of Oz” will be Aug. 1-5, at Providence Amphitheater, Bonner Springs. Arrive and sign up beginning at 12:30; enter through the back doors at the B&B on the east side of the building. The audition process will last approximately two hours; parents should plan on waiting for their children at the theater.

Toughest Monster Truck Tour: 7:30 p.m., Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. For tickets, call 442-6100. Several of the nation’s toughest monster trucks, including Bigfoot, Over Board, Quad Chaos, Dirt Crew, Heavy Hitter and Dawg Pound, will be there.

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.

Spring Spotlight – Baby Animals: For families, 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. Spring is recognized by warmer weather, spring flowers and baby wild animals. Join us as we learn more about baby wildlife and how they are not as helpless as you think.

Yoga for Kids: 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. Kids will hiss like snakes and flutter like butterflies in this animal-inspired yoga class guaranteed to strengthen young bodies, minds, and imaginations.

How to Become an Easter Bunny: For ages 3 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. Hop into the Library and listen to The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Brown Tegen. Then learn how to hop like a bunny and make bunny masks!

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

Community Breakfast: Prepared by Scout Troop 229, 8-10:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St. Call 252-6100 or visit www.fccindepmo.org.

MONDAY

Summer 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. This class, sponsored by the St. Paul Community Garden, will be taught by University of Missouri Extension Horticulture Educator, Cathy Bylinowski.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Hearing Health: 6:30 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Did you know that more than 47 million Americans suffer from some type of hearing loss? Learn how many health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia, and obesity can affect hearing.

Beginning Genealogy: 10:30 a.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.

Church Women United Independence Unit meeting: 10 a.m., First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. An April shower is being held for Mother's Refuge. Call Paula Heck at 261-9741 for the list of requested items.

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.

TUESDAY

Understanding Your Child’s Developing Brain: 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. Learn how to apply brain development information in the classroom, techniques for behavior management, and day-to-day activities that help develop the brain.

Tuesday Family Fun: Bring your family to check out books. Stop by anytime between 5-7 p.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 701-3483.

Interior Design Trends for 2018: For adults, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. 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.

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

Social Security Planning 101 –  A Financial Education Workshop: 6-7 p.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 701-3483. Join us for a financial education workshop on Social Security. Topics: Understanding the basics of Social Security; how to optimize your benefits; advantages of applying after full retirement age; how your benefits are calculated; how cost-of-living adjustments affect your Social Security.

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

Using FamilySearch: 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 FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. 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

Vaile Mansion tours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sundays, April through October, 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6-16. Call 325-7430.

Bingham-Waggoner Estate tours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sundays, April through October, 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6-16. Call 461-3491.

1827 Log Courthouse: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, April through October, 107 W. Kansas Ave., Independence. Open by appointment after 2 p.m. Call 325-7890.

1859 Jail & Marshal's Home Museum: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sundays, April through October, 217 N. Main St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6-16. Call 461-1897.

Chicago & Alton Depot: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily (except Tuesday); 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays, April through October, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Donations welcome. Call 325-7955.

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