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

Rep. Rory Rowland District 29 Town Hall meeting: 6:30-8 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 U.S. 24. RSVP to Stephanie Bias at Stephanie.Bias@house.mo.gov or 573-751-3623. Meeting consists of: Cell phone tower legislation, budget update, school funding vouchers, education saving accounts, and open discussion/questions. Refreshments provided by Rep. Rowland.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”: Presented by the City Theatre of Independence, 7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre, inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Cost, $18; $15 for ages 60 and older. Call 325-7367 or visit citytheatreofindependence.org for reservations.This musical comedy tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door.

Project Blue River Rescue planned for April 7: 8 a.m.-noon, Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City. Call 513-8960. Be part of Missouri’s biggest one-day clean-up and help clean the Blue. Stop by the water testing stations and see concrete results.

Teens at the Library: 3 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.

Researching Your WWII Veteran: 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Piece together your WWII veteran’s military experience using web resources, Library resources, and outside sources. Learn what records still exist and how to locate them.

Email for Beginners: For adults, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Learn to understand your inbox, as well as how to write effective emails.

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. meeting, at the home of Vicky Dunn, who will serve as the hostess, co-hostess and give a program. Call Louise at 796-6998. Louise Ohap will also give a program that night on Sea Treasures. A book of Beta Sigma Phi review and ways and means “Dime a Time” will also take place.

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

Hymn Festival: To celebrate the 188th anniversary of the founding of the Restoration movement, 7 p.m., Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. More than a half dozen of the groups that trace their heritage to the founding events of April 6, 1830, will join together for the Hymns of Our Common Heritage Hymn Festival. Many of the hymns to be sung come from the 1835 hymnal organized by Emma Smith, wife of Joseph Smith Jr. Others are favorites of various of the groups.

Free Gardening Class planned for April 9: 6-7 p.m., Independence Health Department, 515 S. Liberty St. Come learn how to select, plant and care for tomatoes, peppers and sweet potatoes.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”: Presented by the City Theatre of Independence, 7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre, inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Cost, $18; $15 for ages 60 and older. Call 325-7367 or visit citytheatreofindependence.org for reservations.This musical comedy tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door.

Under the Big Top planned for April 14: Presented by the Rainbow Brothers Circus, 5:30 p.m. silent auction; 7 p.m. dinner/program; 8 p.m. live auction, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Tickets are $75 per person. To reserve your seats, call Jill Calvert at 229-3869 In addition to mobile bidding, there will be circus performers. All proceeds benefit the Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders.

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.

Young Rembrandts – Super Hero Drawing paired with Mad Science Crazy Chemistry planned for April 14: For ages 7-12, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost, $33 for morning session; $60 for morning/afternoon session. Registration deadline: April 6, call 228-0137. Learn to draw your own comic book with a variety of characters in action (market set included). Break for lunch (bring a sack lunch), then make sidewalk chalk, bath fizzes, and a chromatograph T-shirt.

Medicare Made Easy: 1-2 p.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free, no registration is required. Call 701-3483. Learn everything you need to know about Medicare in plain English.

Coffee and Coloring Parties: 10-11 a.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Free, no registration is required. Call 701-3483. Senior adults are invited to enjoy coffee while socializing with like-minded adults who enjoy coloring. Coloring supplies will be provided or bring your own. Drop in as long as you like.

Homeschoolers at the Library: For ages 7 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. Participants will explore a variety of topics with an emphasis on using Library resources to satisfy their curiosities. Contact one of our host branches for details.

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.

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

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”: Presented by the City Theatre of Independence, 7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre, inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Cost, $18; $15 for ages 60 and older. Call 325-7367 or visit citytheatreofindependence.org for reservations.This musical comedy tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door.

Wildflower Hike: Sponsored by Independence Parks and Recreation, 11 a.m.-noon, meet at Fairmount Park playground, 3000 N. Home Ave., Independence. Call 325-7115. The hike follows the sidewalk, but also goes into the woods. This is not a strenuous hike, but the park is hilly and some trails might be muddy.

Project Blue River Rescue: 8 a.m.-noon, Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City. Call 513-8960. Be part of Missouri’s biggest one-day clean-up and help clean the Blue. Stop by the water testing stations and see concrete results.

Park Day: Battle of Lone Jack Civil War Site: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 301 S. Bynum Road. To register, email president@historicalonejack.org. Volunteers are invited to help with cleanup, leaf raking, flower bed clean out, and limb gathering and stacking. Volunteers will enjoy hot, homemade lunch and history talk. The event will be rescheduled for April 14 in case of inclement weather.

Park Day: Battle of Lexington State Historic Site: 9 a.m.-noon, 1101 Delaware. Call 660-259-4654. Volunteers across the country will join together to preserve Civil War battlefields and historic sites. Volunteers will meet at the visitor center, and projects may include trash cleanup, painting and landscaping.

Independence Community Rummage Sale: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence.

Let's Move! Gently: For ages 18 and older, 9-10 a.m. pickle ball, Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave., Blue Springs. Cost, $5.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: 8:30-9:30 a.m., inflatable activities, Giggles-N-Jiggles, 3713 U.S. 40 (clean socks required); and 9:45-10:45 a.m., dance class, Inspire Dance Center, 3719 S.W. U.S. 40. Both activities are free.

Spring Slithering: For all ages, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, no registration required. Call 228-3766. With spring weather, plants begin to flower, and snakes begin to slither. Native snakes play a major role in Missouri’s pest control. Come on in and learn how to identify our native snakes and discover their special adaptations.

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.

KC Zoomobile – Australia: For ages 5 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. Go on an Australian-themed adventure with the Kansas City Zoo. Learn Aussie folklore and culture, and meet some animal friends from “down under.” Join the Zoo staff, and learn something new about Australia!

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

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

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.

Introduction to Internet: For beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

Xi Xi Sigma breakfast: 9 a.m., Big Biscuit, Lee's Summit

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

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.

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

Free Gardening Class: 6-7 p.m., Independence Health Department, 515 S. Liberty St. Come learn how to select, plant and care for tomatoes, peppers and sweet potatoes.

imPRESSED Bench Press Competition: For ages 16 and older, 6-8 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave. Cost, $3 to pre-register; $5 at the door, call 228-0137. Step up to the bench and imPRESS others in the max bench press competition. Male and female winners will be determined by dividing max bench press by body weight. Winners receive cash prizes.

Kids Lab: For ages 6 and older, 7 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. Discover how you can bring science and technology to life.

Indexing Night at MGC: 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. Participants may choose to index FamilySearch records or MGC obituaries. MGC staff will be available to answer questions throughout the evening.

Drop-In Table Tennis: 2-4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. Call 325-7843.

Xi Xi Sigma new Council reps for 2018 meet with City Council: 7 p.m., and outgoing council reps meet for regular meeting.

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

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

Under the Big Top planned for April 14: Presented by the Rainbow Brothers Circus, 5:30 p.m. silent auction; 7 p.m. dinner/program; 8 p.m. live auction, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Tickets are $75 per person. To reserve your seats, call Jill Calvert at 229-3869 In addition to mobile bidding, there will be circus performers. All proceeds benefit the Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders.

Conservation Kids: Insect-O-Mania: For ages 7 to 13, 6:30-8 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766 or email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov. From the majestic monarch to the creepy cockroach, insects are a diverse and amazing group of animals. Join us as we crawl into the world of these six-legged wonders. We will start inside learning about them then head out to see what insects we can catch.

Making Memes, Library Posters and So Much More: For teens, 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. Using basic Adobe Illustrator tools, photos, and typography, learn to make your own memes and posters.

Chair Yoga: For adults, 10:30 a.m. April 10, 17, 24, Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. If you have always wanted to try yoga but have trouble getting up and down off the floor, this three-week class is for you. Get comfortable with yoga by learning basic poses, simple breathing exercises, slow-paced stretching, and easy relaxation techniques. All levels welcome.

Newspaper Databases: 6:30 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.

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

Dark Was Their Journey – An Original Play: 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. An original work by Kansas City playwright Jacqee Gafford, Dark Was Their Journey is set in a seaside resort where the widows of Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X spend a weekend together reflecting on their life journeys. Featuring performances by Lynn King as Betty Shabazz, Sherri Roulette-Mosley as Coretta Scott King, and Karen Cline Wright as Myrlie Evers-Williams.

Little Acorns – Jump Like a Frog: For ages 3 to 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 or email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov. One of the best signs of spring is the sound of frogs and toads calling. These amazing amphibians eat lots of insects and are a very important part of the ecosystem. We will hop like frogs and toads as we go on a short hike to try to hear them calling in the wild.

Exploring Our New Website: For adults, 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 about the new features and personalized experience available at mymcpl.org.

Internet for Beginners: 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 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.

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

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. Harold Dellinger and Jimmy Hunsucker will discuss, “Why did the Quantrill reunions take place at Wallace Grove in Independence?

Xi Xi Sigma chapter meeting: 6 p.m., at the home of Shirley Riggs. Chapter will honor Legacy, Lilli Fisher.

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, 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, 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: Open by appointment only, Monday-Friday through October, 107 W. Kansas Ave., Independence. Call 325-7890.

1859 Jail & Marshal's Home Museum: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 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, 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