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

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.

Independence Ministerial Alliance meeting planned for April 12: 11 a.m., Ennovation Center, 201 N. Forest Ave., No. 130, Independence. Lunch is provided with a $5 donation, RSVP to csimpson@trumanhabitat.org. The guest speaker will be Independence City Manager Zach Walker.

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.

Independence Ministerial Alliance meeting planned for April 12: 11 a.m., Ennovation Center, 201 N. Forest Ave., No. 130, Independence. Lunch is provided with a $5 donation, RSVP to csimpson@trumanhabitat.org. The guest speaker will be Independence City Manager Zach Walker.

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.

THURSDAY

Korean Film Screening with Director Jang Jin – “We are Brothers: 6 p.m. reception; 6:30 p.m. screening, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Atrium and Whistle Stop Room, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. Admission is free, but registration is required, visit https://12130.thankyou4caring.org/events/2018—we-are-brothers-film-screening. Two brothers, separated in childhood, find each other 30 years later with the help of a TV show. This event is made possible with a grant from the Korea Foundation to the Institute for Korean Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“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.

Advanced Excel: 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 a few of the advanced options offered by Microsoft Excel, such as writing a formula, goal seek, and filtering large amounts of data. Attendance of the programs Beginning Excel and Intermediate Excel is suggested. To learn more advanced skills, visit mymcpl.org/online-learning to sign up for a variety of online courses you can take anywhere.

Kids Create: For ages 6 and older, 6 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities.

Introduction to Tai Chi: For adults, 7 p.m. April 12, 19, 26, Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. Explore the ancient practice of Tai Chi, and experience the benefits these low-impact exercises have on balance and fitness. This is a three-part program.

Using Findmypast: 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 to search billions of records to find your ancestors from all over the world. 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.

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.

FRIDAY

“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.

Kansas City Jazz – The Golden Years: 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Join jazz historian Kent Rausch for an exploration of the golden years of Kansas City jazz through vintage images and audio recordings.

U.S. Federal Census Records Research: For beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. 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: 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

Festival of Color Youth Art Show: Featuring work of students that live in or attend high school in Eastern Jackson County, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Free admission. The show is sponsored by the Citizen's Civic and Cultural Committee with support from the Independence Art Association and in co-operation with the City of Independence Parks/Recreation/Tourism Department. Monetary awards are made possible by the C.C.C.C. through a grant from the Roger T. Sermon Trust Fund held with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation.

Franklin Smith Elementary School Spring Craft & Vendor Fair: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the school, 1609 S.W. Clark Road, Blue Springs. Free admission. Come support local businesses and shop for all of your upcoming events, including Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduation, prom accessories, etc. Stop by the Mustang Makers, booths ran by FSE students. There will be more than 50 booths, raffles, a free kids craft table, face painting, pony rides, and concessions featuring pulled pork sandwiches. All proceeds benefit students at FSE!

Dazzling Dogs, Dinner and Bingo: 5 p.m. dinner; 6 p.m. Canine Fashion Show; 7 p.m. Bingo, National Guard Armory, 2323 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. For questions, call 254-8664. For $12, guests receive dinner, dessert, drink, one bingo card and fashion show. There will also be cake walks, raffles and silent auctions throught the evening. Additional bingo cards are available for $1 each, and raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for six.

“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.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: 10 a.m.-noon, free range balls, Adams Point Golf Course, 1400 N.E. Coronado Drive (beginner instruction); and noon-3 p.m., open swim, Blue Springs Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. (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 must accompany children under the age of 12.) Both activities are free.

Stream Team: For families with children ages 8 and older, 12:30 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. Have you ever wondered what Missouri Stream Teams are all about? Join us for a hands-on program sampling our own Burr Oak Creek. We will check water chemistry, look for macroinvertebrates and explore the stream bed and surrounding watershed. It’s fun and science in a wet and wild way.

American Girl – Addy’s Civil War: For ages 8 and older, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Discover what impact the Civil War had on Addy and other children with historian and re-enactor Alisha Cole.

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.

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