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

Huge Garage Sale: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., St. John LaLande Church, 805 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. The parish Center is filled with a huge variety of household items, toys, clothing and shoes, books, jewelry, etc. Today is sack day.

Beginning Word: 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 create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

Walkabout at MGC: For beginners, 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research.

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

Xi Xi Sigma chapter meeting: 6 p.m., at the home of Kim Rick.

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

Blue Springs Rotary Club Car Raffle planned for April 28: 6 p.m., Adams Point Conference Center, Blue Springs. Tickets are $130 each and can be upgraded to a 2nd chance for $160, and may be purchased at www.bluespringsrotary.org. The winner will receive a $25,000 credit towards a new car from Blue Springs Ford.

Full Moon Hike – Pink Moon planned for April 27: 8 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. This is a free event, but reservations are needed by 5 p.m. April 26, call 325-7115. This hike is on paved trails and for anyone who prefers even terrain, and is stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Huge Garage Sale: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., St. John LaLande Church, 805 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. The parish Center is filled with a huge variety of household items, toys, clothing and shoes, books, jewelry, etc. Today is sack day.

Win Over Weeds with Mulch 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 Cory Creek, University of Missouri Extension Horticulture.

Spit or Swab – Should You Use DNA for Family Research?: 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Whether you’re looking for a biological kinship, your ancestry origin, a specific heritage, or a breakthrough in your research, DNA test results can offer answers. Join international genealogist Kathleen Brandt as she helps unscramble the mystery of using DNA tests for genealogy.

Brixology – Boats: 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. Create a seaworthy vessel as you set sail with nautical engineering! Build and test a boat powered by potential and kinetic energy. Then try changing specific variables to improve speed, buoyancy, and stability.

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

Full Moon Hike – Pink Moon planned for April 28: 8 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. This is a free event, but reservations are needed by 5 p.m. April 27, call 325-7115. This hike is on paved trails and for anyone who prefers even terrain, and is stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Make-A-Wish Fundraiser planned for April 30: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. Fifty percent of all fundraiser sales will benefit local Make-A-Wish chapters. Just mention the fundraiser to the cashier before payment and half of your bill will go to charity.

“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.

Night in the Woods: For all ages, 6:30-9 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, no registration required. Call 228-3766. Enjoy a spectacular evening hike under the nearly full moon as you experience Burr Oak Woods at night. Visit stations along the way to learn how nocturnal animals use their unique adaptations to help them survive in the forest after dark. The nature center will be transformed into a night experience in a way you haven’t seen it before. Don’t miss the live owl and opossum presentations at 7 and 8 p.m. with Lakeside Nature Center. Be sure to bring a flashlight and your sense of adventure! Walk-ins welcome.

MU Extension Series – Be Active Your Way: 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. Walking and other aerobic exercise is only one component of everyday living. Strength and balance exercises are also important to good health. Explore the different types of physical activity and the impact they can have on health and overall quality of life.

Senior Citizens Luncheon planned for May 2: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Grain Valley Community Center, 713 Main St. Cost, $3. Register by April 27, 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.

Hidden Treasures at MGC: 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Unlock MGC’s many treasures with a tour of the Library’s little-known resources. This class is an intermediate-level class.

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.

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

Nobel Peace Prize winner representatives Dr. Matthew Bolton and Dr. Emily Welty will speak: 2-3:30 p.m., Community of Christ Stone Church, 1012 Lexington Ave., Independence. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons received the 2017 Peace Prize for leadership in emphasizing a humanitarian approach to the growing international concern about nuclear weapons.

Prescription/over-the-counter Drug Take-Back Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop off sites – Blue Springs: Police Department, 1100 S.W. Smith St., and Consentino’s Price Choppers at 1101 S.W. M-7 and 1305 N. M-7; Independence: City Hall north parking lot, 111 E. Maple Ave., just off Truman Road; Lee's Summit: Sheriff's office, 4001 N.W. Lakewood Ct., Police Department, 10 N.E. Tudor Road, Places Restaurant at John Knox Village, 1001 N.W. Chipman Road, drive through at Lee's Summit Medical Center, 2100 S.W. Blue Pkwy. (ER entrance), St. Luke's East, 100 N.E. St. Luke's Blvd. (diagnostic center); Grain Valley: City Hall parking lot, 711 S. Main St.; Sugar Creek: Police Department, 1001 Heroes Way. Due to the drop-off nature of this program, no needles will be accepted. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection: 8 a.m.-noon, Pink Hill Park, 2715 N.W. Park Drive, Blue Springs. For questions, call 474-8326 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/hhwaste. Items accepted: Automotive fluids, batteries, CFL light bulbs, household cleaners, hazardous liquids and solvents, lawn and garden products, pesticides, pool chemicals, paints and related products. Items not accepted: Explosives, tires, asbestos, and yard, medical and commercial waste. This event is free to Blue Springs residents as well as other participating communities in the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program. Access Pink Hill Park using Park Road, located on the south side of the park.

7th Annual Independence Park Trot 5K: Race begins promptly at 8 a.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive. Bib Pick-Up: 7 to 7:40 a.m. near the Mardel Parking lot on Bass Pro Drive. The Run/Walk will be 3.1 miles in length. The Kids' Run for ages 10 and under will begin after the completion of the 5K Run/Walk. The race will take place rain or shine, so dress appropriately. Strollers are welcomed, but you'll start behind those wanting to run the course. No pets are allowed.

Jacomo Chorale Concert: 7 p.m., Graceland University Carmichael Auditorium, 1401 W. Truman Road, Independence. Admission is free. For questions, call Nancy White at 560-9148. The first half of the concert, “Stay Tuned,” will feature music from familiar television shows and commercials, while the second half will be a preview of a future recording of Chorale favorites.

“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.

Blue Springs Rotary Club Car Raffle: 6 p.m., Adams Point Conference Center, Blue Springs. Tickets are $130 each and can be upgraded to a 2nd chance for $160, and may be purchased at www.bluespringsrotary.org. The winner will receive a $25,000 credit towards a new car from Blue Springs Ford.

Spring Plant and Bake Sale: Hosted by the Raytown Garden Club, 8 a.m. to noon (or until sold out), Cave Spring Interpretive Center, 8701 E. Gregory Blvd., Raytown. Sale features a wide variety of annuals, perennials, vegetables, and delicious homemade baked goods.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: 10-11 a.m., dance and tumbling, TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox; and 4:30-6:30 p.m., open roller skating, Rink Ratz, 513 S.W. Keystone Drive. Both activities are free.

Community Breakfast: 7:30-9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. Call 252-6100. Cost, $3.50 for either half order of biscuits and gravy or all-you-can-eat pancakes with sausage; and $5 for a full order of biscuits and gravy. All meals include coffee and orange juice.

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.

Life Line Screenings planned for April 30: First Baptist Church, 207 W. Walnut, Grain Valley. Packages start at $149, but consultants will help create a package based on your age and risk factors. Pre-registration required, call 877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Screenings can check for: Plaque build-up in your arteries, cholesterol levels, diabetes risk, bone density, kidney and thyroid function, and more.

Citizen Scientist Saturday – iNaturalist: For families, 1-2:30 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. Do you want to contribute to science but not sure how? Join us for a new monthly series for 2018: Citizen Scientist Saturdays! We will start with iNaturalist. We will blend technology and the outdoors as we learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect with experts in identification and help resource managers gather wildlife data.

Call of the Wild: For ages 4 and older, 11 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Learn how animals communicate using sound and how to make some of those sounds yourself.

D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read): For all ages, 10:30 a.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. D.E.A.R. is designed to remind kids of all ages to make reading an everyday priority. Sharing her special collection of favorites, Jo will prompt and inspire the kiddos and adults to make sure that reading is a regular part of their daily routine.

KC Zoomobile – Australia: For ages 5 and older, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. 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!

Adobe Character Animator: For teens, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Create your own cartoon characters using Adobe’s new animation software, and animate them using a webcam, your facial expressions, and your voice.

German Research Discussion Group: 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Join a group dedicated to presenting and preserving genealogy from the German region. All skill levels welcome.

Members and guests of Alpha Omega Master celebrate their annual Mother, Daughter, Friend Luncheon: 11 a.m. Call Shirley at 554-0999. The theme will be Blooms and Butterflies.

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

Jacomo Chorale Concert: 4 p.m., Lee's Summit Community of Christ, 1101 NE Independence Ave., Lee's Summit. Admission is free. For questions, call Nancy White at 560-9148. The first half of the concert, “Stay Tuned,” will feature music from familiar television shows and commercials, while the second half will be a preview of a future recording of Chorale favorites.

“Steel Magnolias”: Presented by the Blue Springs City Theatre. 2 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.

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.

Alpha Omega Master celebrates Founders Day: Starting at 1 p.m., Hereford House at the Hilton Garden Inn, Independence. Call Louise at 796-6998. This will have a black and white theme.

Xi Xi Sigma attend City Council annual Founders Day: 1 p.m., Hereford House at the Hilton Garden Inn, Independence. New City Council officers will be installed and Woman of Year for each chapter announced. Attire is black and white.

MONDAY

Make-A-Wish Fundraiser: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. Fifty percent of all fundraiser sales will benefit local Make-A-Wish chapters. Just mention the fundraiser to the cashier before payment and half of your bill will go to charity.

Using Fold3: 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 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: 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.

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