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.

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.

Recycle Your E-Waste: Sponsored by the City of Independence, 9 a.m.-noon, 875 Vista Ave., Independence. Area residents can recycle computers, radios, stereos, CD players, small electronics, flat panel TVs and monitors, printers, cell phones, electronic parts, etc., at no charge. There is a $20 fee to recycle CRT (cathode ray tube) televisions and a $10 fee to recycle CRT computer monitors. Learn more about recycling electronics here at recyclespot.org/Recycle-More/Electronics.aspx.

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.

TUESDAY

JobQuesters Series: The 7-week course is designed for job seekers who are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the online job application process. North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. May 1: The Art of Resume Building; May 8: Learn how to search and apply for work online using job search engines and other online resources; May 15: Practice your email and job search skills, and check out additional resources and education.

Simple Strings Dulcimers Music Performances: For ages 10 and older, 9:30 a.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Take a trip through history with Simple Strings Dulcimers and learn the stories behind the songs and instruments they play.

Young@Heart Open House: For adults, stop by between 9-11:30 a.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Are you wondering what your local community has to offer for citizens age 50 and above? This free event will provide information about nonprofit organizations, volunteer opportunities, and free activities for seniors and their caregivers. There will be representatives from many organizations including Social Security, AARP, and Library-By-Mail here to share their information and answer your questions. Do you have questions about your computer or eReader? We will have Library staff here to help you with your technology.

TED Talks Discussion Group: For adults, 6:30 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. After watching the videos, there will be an opportunity to discuss ideas that come from the talks.

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

Huge Tag Sale: 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Colonial Hills Community of Christ, 3539 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. Most items, except furniture and special items, are $5. For questions, call 229-9344 or email info@colonial-hills.org. Select from furniture, housewares, home decor items, seasonal decorations, clothing, toys, tools, books and more.

Independence Farmers & Craft Market: 6 a.m.-1 p.m. through October, Walnut and Liberty streets, just south of the Independence Square. Spend $1 of your SNAP benefits and receive $2 to spend on produce.

Resume Help with Work Express: For adults, 10 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. A Work Express professional will be at the Library to help you write or update your resume on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Please pick up a Resume Creation worksheet at the Library prior to the program.

Basic Yoga: 10 a.m. Wednesdays, May 2-16, Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. This restorative 3-week class with slow-paced stretching, includes some simple breathing exercises, and perhaps seated meditation. This is a good place to learn basic poses, relaxation techniques, and to become comfortable with yoga. All levels welcome.

Using FamilySearch: 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 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, 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