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

Martial Arts classes planned: 5:30-6 p.m. – for ages 4 to 6, Mondays/Wednesdays April 23-May 30; for ages 7 and older, Tuesdays/Thursdays April 24-May 31, Excel Family Martial Arts, Blue Springs. Cost, $46.75. Registration deadline: April 3, call 228-0137.

Tom’s Town Quintet: 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Five members of the Kansas City’s Vine Street Orchestra recreate a live jazz jam session with the music that made KC famous worldwide. Kansas City Jazz history is presented with an audience-friendly interactive discussion.

Explore Essential Oils: For adults, 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. 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.

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.

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.

Independence Art Association: 7 p.m. Art Squared gallery, located in The Emporium, 111 N. Main St., on the Independence Square. Visit www.independenceartassociation.org. Guest and new members are always welcome.

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

Blue Springs Rotary Club Car Raffle planned for April 28: 6 p.m., Adams Point Conference Center, Blue Springs. Tickets are $130 each. Make checks payable to Blue Springs Rotary Club, 2001 N.W. Jefferson St., Blue Springs, MO 64015. For credit card payment, visit www.bluespringsrotary.org. The winner will receive a $25,000 credit towards a new car from Blue Springs Ford.

Job Fair with Work Express: For adults, 1 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Explore your employment options at a free job fair presented by Mid-Continent Public Library in partnership with Work Express. Meet with motivated employers looking for workers in a variety of positions. Come prepared to apply and possibly interview for jobs.

Babes in the Woods – Super Senses: For babes under 36 months, 10-11 a.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. Smell, sight, sound, touch and sometimes taste enable us to explore nature. Help enhance your little one’s outdoor joy by focusing on one sense at a time.

Email 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 to understand your inbox, as well as how to write effective emails.

Podcast Discussion Group: For adults, 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. Don’t know where to find your next favorite podcast? Want to start listening to podcasts, but don’t know where to start? Join us for a monthly discussion of three to five podcast episodes centered on the same theme.

Independence Civil War Study Group: 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Drive, Independence. Call 353-7617, Terry Elliott. Erin Pouppirt discusses “Female Spies.”

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

“Steel Magnolias”: Presented by the Blue Springs City Theatre. 7:30 p.m., Blue Springs High School Auditorium, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive. Tickets: $8 for ages 12 and under; $10 for adults (a service fee will be added) and are available at www.bluespringscitytheatre.com or at the door. Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Midwest Transplant Network.

Let's Move! Gently: For ages 18 and older, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Dragon Ninja Warrior Course, Gage Center, 1101 N.W. Jefferson St., Blue Springs. Cost, $5.

Using HeritageQuest: 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 search thousands of resources – from history books to Revolutionary War records. 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.

Alpha Omega Master meeting: 7:15 p.m., at the home of Maggie Cruz, who will serve as hostess, co-hostess and give a program on Palm Reading. Call Louise at 796-6998. Terry Dye will do a program on crocheting.

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.

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

Spirit of Independence Concert Band Performance planned for April 22: 3 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Admission is free. Visit www.facebook.com/SpiritofIndependenceBand for updates and other information.

“Steel Magnolias”: Presented by the Blue Springs City Theatre. 7:30 p.m., Blue Springs High School Auditorium, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive. Tickets: $8 for ages 12 and under; $10 for adults (a service fee will be added) and are available at www.bluespringscitytheatre.com or at the door. Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Midwest Transplant Network.

Gun Summit – The Realities of Gun Violence in Kansas City, a Community Discussion: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road in Kansas City. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register at www.jacksoncountyprosecutor.com/forms.aspx?FID=65. The Summit is planned to stir community discussion about the impacts of gun violence in Kansas City. A variety of speakers will explore gun violence here, in Missouri and across the nation. The impacts of this violence in the community will be the program's special focus. Speakers will address the impacts on children, families, health care, education and businesses. Open to the public.

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.

Kids Read: 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.

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.

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.

SATURDAY

“Reuben, the Jealous Lion”: Performed by puppeteers Papa and Jackie Wright, 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. Reuben the lion become jealous of Elephant's birthday attention and tries to spoil the party. However, lessons are learned and the power of friendship wins over.

Spring Bird Fair: Presented by the Greater Kansas City Avicultural Society, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., National Guard Armory, 2323 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for ages 11 to 15; and free for ages 10 and under. There will be birds, seeds, cages and much more. There will be a snack bar and drinks available for purchase.

Celebrate Earth Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City. Free admission. Call 513-8960 or visit www.lakesidenaturecenter.org. There will be a crafts learning station, tattoos and much more, plus the StoneLion Puppets will perform at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Blue Springs Rotary Club Car Raffle planned for April 28: 6 p.m., Adams Point Conference Center, Blue Springs. Tickets are $130 each. Make checks payable to Blue Springs Rotary Club, 2001 N.W. Jefferson St., Blue Springs, MO 64015. For credit card payment, visit www.bluespringsrotary.org. The winner will receive a $25,000 credit towards a new car from Blue Springs Ford.

Tour Historic Sibley Cemetery: 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m., at the Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage St., Sibley. The tour is included with the $8 adult admission fee; and $4 for youth and senior adults. For additional details, including directions, visit MakeYourDayHere.com/FortOsage. During the walking tour, professional staff and volunteers will offer insight into the grave-sites of soldiers from Fort Osage, Fort Atkinson and Nebraska, as well as area residents well into the 20th century. Light refreshments will be served for those attending.

“Steel Magnolias”: Presented by the Blue Springs City Theatre. 7:30 p.m., Blue Springs High School Auditorium, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive. Tickets: $8 for ages 12 and under; $10 for adults (a service fee will be added) and are available at www.bluespringscitytheatre.com or at the door. Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Midwest Transplant Network.

Boy Scout Day at the Kansas City Zoo: Boy Scouts in their uniforms will receive free admission and those accompanying them will receive a reduced admission of $7. Boy Scouts can participate in activity stations in the lobby from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the first 200 Boy Scouts will receive a limited edition Kansas City Zoo patch. Swing by the Education Department and learn about scout programs, workshops and overnights! This event is rain or shine.

Sale-ing Into Spring Indoor Garage Sale: 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Admission is $1; free for ages 11 and under. Call 228-0181. Local vendors will have more than 20 booths set up.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: 11 a.m.-noon, Bump City/Dragon Ninja, Gage Center, 1101 N.W. Jefferson St.; and 1-2 p.m., hiking for Girl Scouts, Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road (meet at the main building.) Both activities are free.

Archery: For families with children ages 8 and older, 1-2:30 p.m. or 2:30-4 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. Archery and bow hunting are becoming more popular sports! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn together. We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.

Family Monopoly Tournament: 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. Come see who can be the smartest with their money! Everyone’s welcome to come and try their luck at building a Monopoly empire.

Missouri Almanac – The Most Fascinating People and Places from Missouri: For adults, 11 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Join authors Traci Angel and Andrea Sumy for an exploration of all things that are fascinating about Missouri. Get to know our state’s most interesting people and locations from the famous to the not-so-well-known.

20-Minute Table Runner: For adults, 2 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. Learn to make an easy-to-sew table runner. Choose some fabric you like, add decorative stitching in contrasting thread, and you’ll have a table accessory that really pops! A limited number of sewing machines will be available, so feel free to bring your own.

Beginning Watercolor: For adults, 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. Explore the tools, materials, and foundational techniques of watercolor painting with instructors from the Kansas City Art Institute’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies. Paint a subject from direct observation and leave with a finished painting. Materials will be provided. Wear art-friendly clothing.

Past to Print – Writing Your Ancestor’s Story: 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. This three-hour workshop will help you find those stories buried in the research, apply the key elements of story crafting to them, and explore how those elements apply to genealogical writing. Students are encouraged to bring projects they are currently working on to receive guided instruction.

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