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

Truman Birthday Celebration – The Buck Stops Here: In honor of President Truman's birthday (May 8, 1884), admission to the Truman Library, Truman Home, National Frontier Trails Museum, Vaile Mansion, Bingham-Waggoner Estate, Chicago & Alton Depot and 1859 Jail and Marshall Home, will be $1 all day. In addition, take part in activities celebrating Truman's life and times on the Independence Square.

Inman Middle School Concert Band Performance: 11 a.m.-noon, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. Concert is free with regular price of admission. Call 268-8200. The Band will be traveling from Tennessee to perform a program of songs arranged chronologically to tell the story of Harry S. Truman's life. Notable selections include “Over There,” “Sousa Spectacular” and “They Didn't Believe Me.” Narration will be provided by Doug Richardson of the National Park Service and will include a reading of letters from President Truman to his wife. After the program concludes, the letters will be available to view in the museum as a special installment of the Library's “Treasures from the Collection.”

Arboretum Tree Tour and Scavenger Hunt: Sponsored by the Vaile Victorian Society and the Independence Tree Commission, 1 p.m., Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Donations accepted. For questions, call 325-7430. Participants will meet in the parking lot.

Celebrate National Train Day: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chicago & Alton Depot, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Free, but donations are appreciated. Call 252-2104. The restored depot will be open for tours all day, and in honor of the Truman Day Celebration, cake will be served on the lawn in the afternoon to depot visitors. A Harry Truman puppet will enact several “Whistle Stop” recordings from Mr. Truman’s 1948 presidential tour on the Depot deck in the early afternoon.

Experiential History Program: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Have you ever wished you could step back in time and speak with a person from the past? Now's your chance. First person interpreters portray characters from various time periods to bring history to life. Interpreters will be on-site at the Independence Square, 1827 Log Courthouse, National Frontier Trails Museum, Chicago and Alton Depot, and the Vaile Mansion. Free.

Trunk Sale: 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Unity of Independence, 14304 E. 39th St. Participants have rented out parking spaces and will load up their cars, trucks or vans and will sell directly from their vehicles. All proceeds from the sales are theirs to keep.

Rummage Sale: 8 a.m.-noon, Glenwood Park United Methodist Church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. Call 254-5116.

Spring Nature Walks: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage St., Sibley. Cost, $8 for adults; $4 for youth and seniors. Call 229-8980. Wear your hiking shoes, bring your camera and pack your insect repellent for this outdoor adventure! Enjoy a walk along the banks of the Missouri River and the grounds of the historic Fort. Learn about the native plant and animal species common to the area, with special attention given to the species found by Lewis & Clark during their 1804-1806 expedition.

Neighborhood Star Wars Party: For ages 12 and under, 5-6:30 p.m., Liberty Street Community of Christ parking lot, 416 N. Liberty St., Independence. Enjoy a free night of Star Wars fun including food, Star Wars games, activities and pictures with Chewbacca. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character and join the fun!

Huge Tag Sale: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Colonial Hills Community of Christ, 3539 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. Most items, except furniture and special items, are 50 cents. 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.

37th Annual Kids Fishing Derby: Sponsored by Jackson County Parks and Recreation, 9-11 a.m., Lake Jacomo South Boat Dock & Beach, 9201 Beach Road, Lee's Summit, just north of Colbern Road, across from Lake Jacomo Campground. Free. Call 229-8980. Kids ages 2 through 15 are invited to show off their angling skills at this fun-filled family event that includes casting clinics, fishing contest and prizes.

Children's Day & Sheep Shearing: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit. Cost, $7 for adults; $4 for seniors and ages 5-13; free for kids under 5. Call 229-8980. Skilled artisans demonstrate all aspects of wool productions from shearing, washing, carding, dyeing, spinning and weaving, during the annual shearing of the Missouri Town flock. Kids will dive into a pie eating contest and join in the fun of games played by their ancestors in the mid-1800s.

Drumm Farm Market: 8 a.m.-noon through October, 3210 Lee's Summit Road. Like them at www.Facebook.com/Drummforkids. Call 373-3434.

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.

Blue Springs Farmers Market: 7 a.m.-noon through October, 11th and Main streets, downtown Blue Springs.

Lee's Summit Farmers Market: 7 a.m.-sold out through November, Second and Douglas streets.

Let's Move! Saturdays: Open swim, noon-3 p.m., Blue Springs Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. Free. 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.

Missouri’s Hidden Reptiles: For all ages, 1-2 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Call 228-3766 Did you know Missouri is home to 13 unique species of lizards? You may even have one in your own backyard! Come learn some of the secrets of these often-hidden reptiles. No registration required.

Sho-Me African Violet Club Show and Sale: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Loose Park Garden Center, West 51st St. and Wornall Road, Kansas City. No admission fee. Park entrance is west driveway immediately south of 51st St.

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.

Early Literacy Symposium: For adults, 9 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. The symposium focuses on the role music can play in early learning and literacy. The Symposium, a day of direction and support for parents, teachers, civic leaders, and others with a stake in children’s futures, features early literacy experts and practical approaches to early learning. This is a free event and attendees will earn training clock hours. Bring your MOPD ID number. Look up or register for a MOPD ID number at https://www.openinitiative.org/toolbox/MOPDID/MOPDIDLookUp.aspx.

WeDo LEGO Robotics: For ages 8 and older, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Spread your wings with LEGOs. Build a bird and program it to flap its wings. Kids will work in pairs to make this simple robot.

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

Let's Move! Gently: For ages 18 and older, open roller skating, 7-8 p.m., Rink Ratz, 512 S.W. Keystone Drive, Blue Springs. Cost, $5.

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

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. Learn about the different online newspaper databases accessible through MCPL.

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

Presidential Wreath Laying: 9-10 a.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. Admission to the museum will be free until 10 a.m., $1 after 10 a.m. In honor of President Truman's 134th birthday, Brigadier General Troy Galloway will be on hand from the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth to lay the presidential wreath. The ceremony will be followed by a reception.

Harry Truman Birthday Cake: 1:30-2 p.m., Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. In honor of President Truman's 134th birthday, birthday cake will be served to the public in the lobby of the Museum. “Treasures from the Collection” will be featured in the lobby and will include birthday notes and gifts President Truman received for his birthday.

Cartoon Creations: 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. Do you like to doodle and want to learn more? Learn the basics of cartooning and have fun turning scribbles into cartoons!

Healthful Eating: 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. Discover the connections between diet and health, and learn how informed choices at the dinner table can help relieve or even prevent many diseases and conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

More Off the Beaten Path: For adults, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Join Alexis Webb Bechtold and Traci Angel as they share more new and lesser-known attractions in the Kansas City area. Find out about fun and unusual places to visit this summer.

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

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.

Little Acorns – Sky Scavengers: 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. Eww! What’s that smell? Dinner! Come in and learn about one of Missouri’s most misunderstood wild animals, the turkey vulture. Using a keen sense of smell, these birds are well adapted to a job that many take for granted.

Home School – Amphibians: 10-11-30 a.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11 and 12-18; or 1-2:30 p.m. for ages 6-8 and 9-11, 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. Hop, jump and leap in to explore the watery world of frogs, toads and salamanders! Discover how living in two worlds has some extra challenges and benefits for these amazing creatures.

Fairy Tale Tea Party: For ages 3 and older, 10 a.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. Arrive as your favorite character, listen to an enchanting story, and transform a plain snack into a charming treat.

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.

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.

Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri membership meeting: 7 p.m., Village Heights Community of Christ, Fellowship Hall, 1009 Farview Drive, Independence. Call Mike Calvert, 898-2603 or Beverly Shaw, 225-7944. Gregg Higginbotham and Dave Bears present the “Frank James and Cole Younger Wild West Show.”

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