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

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.

Independence Ministerial Alliance meeting planned for May 10: 11 a.m., Franciscan Mission Warehouse, 2100 N. Noland Road, Independence. Lunch is provided with a $5 donation. RSVP to Carla Simpson at csimpson@trumanhabitat.org. Michael Straughn, executive director, will share information about the Franciscan Mission Warehouse and how it brings resources and lifesaving medical supplies to places all around the world where they are most needed. Reservation deadline: 5 p.m. May 8.

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.”

THURSDAY

Waves of Danger Murder Mystery: For teens, 3:30 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Sign up for a relaxing Caribbean cruise with a killer itinerary – literally. Join cruise director Jules McCoy and head of security Shaun Hardy for a voyage on the S.S. Carnage to help solve a murder mystery on the high seas. Are you a detective, an accomplice, or a murderer?

Draw Like da Vinci: 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. Discover the art of Leonardo da Vinci with Young Rembrandts. Children will learn about one of the most important Renaissance artists by creating their own version of his most famous painting, Mona Lisa.

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

From Heartland to Hollywood – An evening with the Henning Sisters: 6 p.m., Ophelia's Restaurant, 201 N. Main St., Independence. Tickets are $65 for dinner and a copy of the book; $100 for two tickets and one copy of the book. Tickets are available at jchs.org. The evening includes dinner, a conversation with Carol and Linda Henning (daughters of Ruth and Paul Henning, who created the Beverly Hillbillies), and a signed copy of The First Beverly Hillbilly: The Untold Story of the Creator of Rural TV Comedy.

Mother's Day Tea with “First Ladies' Man” Andrew Och planned for May 13: 2-3 p.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. Free admission for moms on Mother's Day. Email truman.events@nara.gov to RSVP. Och is an award-winning television producer and author. In 2012, he began an historical journey as he traversed the country documenting the lives of every First Lady of the United States for the C-SPAN series “First Ladies: Influence and Image.” From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, Mr. Och pulls back the curtain on the public and private lives of this unique sorority of women. He will be at the Truman Library to talk about his latest book, “Unusual for their Time, Volume II” and share stories about the women in the White House.

Let's Move! Gently: For ages 18 and older, Tai Chi class, 1-2 p.m., Blue Springs Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. Cost, $5.

KC Triathlon planned for May 13: 7 a.m., Longview Lake Beach, 11101 Raytown Road, Kansas City. Pre-registration required, visit kansascitytriathlon.com. This is a destination event that caters to the participating athletes, families and friends, like no other event in the area.

Cognitive Decline, Dementia, and Hearing Loss: 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Adults with untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop problems with thinking and remembering. Discover how degraded hearing may force the brain to devote too much of its energy to processing sound and ways to combat the resulting cognitive loss.

Using Evernote to Organize Your Genealogy: For beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Discover the computer/tablet/smartphone application Evernote and its useful features that will help you keep your genealogy research organized. Learn tips and advice to maximize Evernote’s versatility.

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

Fishing Derby: for ages 5 to 14, registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with fishing at 9 a.m., Rotary Park, Shelter 1, Blue Springs. Free. Bring your fishing pole and bait and fish in the freshly stocked lake. Events include casting contests and largest fish caught in each category. Winners from each age division receive great prizes. Participants receive a free hot dog, chips and a drink. This event is sponsored by the Sunset and Lake Lotawana Optimist Clubs and Blue Springs Parks and Recreation.

Mom’s Baby Shower Benefit for CAPA: Sponsored by Independence Kiwanis Club, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Hy-Vee, 1525 E. 23rd St. S., Independence. Customers will be asked to purchase items, such as formula and diapers, at this Hy-Vee. This is a Kiwanis Metro Event and other area Hy-Vee stores and Kiwanis Clubs will be participating with different recipients. Monetary donations accepted.

Youth Carnival: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., FosterAdopt Connect, 18600 E. 37th Terrace S., Independence. Free admission. There will be booths and games and fun for the whole family, plus KC Wolf will make an appearance. This event is presented by Comprehensive Mental Health Services in partnership with FosterAdopt Connect.

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.

Tracing Your Roots – Do you have a pioneer in your family tree?: 1-3 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Register for this free class at www.mymcpl.org/genealogy/events. A tour of the facility will begin at 1 p.m. highlighting the various resources at the library, followed by an “Intro to Internet Genealogy” class at 2 p.m. to get you started using online resources.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Bump City/Dragon Ninja Warrior, 11 a.m.-noon, Gage Center, 1101 N.W. Jefferson; and open swim, 2-4 p.m. The Blue Centennial Pool Plex, 2401 N.W. Ashton Drive. (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.) Both activities are free.

Moonlight Yoga: Registration starts at 8:45 p.m., with yoga practice from 9 to 10 p.m., Rotary Park, Blue Springs. Cost, $5 in advance; $7 at the door. Call 228-0137. Enjoy a relaxing evening of yoga under the stars.

Spring Fling: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church parking lot, 1800 S. Northern Blvd., Independence. Call 252-7977. There will be arts and crafts, LulaRoe clothing, food (including the famous Sloppy Pockets formerly at Santa-Cali-Gon) and much more. In the event of rain, the sale will be held inside the church.

Blue Springs Car Cruise: 4-8 p.m., downtown Blue Springs. For information, call 645-0287 or email downtownbluesprings@gmail.com. View the latest innovations in car restoration from more than 100 exhibitors, including hot rods, vintage cars, sports cars and classics. Concessions available. A variety of food and dining establishments will be open on Main Street.

Artifact ID & Archaeology Day: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage St., Sibley. Cost, $8 for adults; $4 for seniors and youth. Call 229-8980. Visitors may bring their arrowheads and other artifacts to have authenticated by professional archaeologists. You'll gain a better understanding of how the science of archaeology helps us to understand the past. The nationally recognized significance of Fort Osage will be discussed along with a presentation of artifacts recovered from the site over the last 70 years.

Drop-Off Depot for Independence residents: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 875 Vista Ave., Independence. Learn more at indep.us/dropoffdepot. Weather permitting.

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.

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.

Discover Nature Fishing for Families: 9:30-11:30 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. Learn some fishing basics, then practice your new fishing skills. Worms provided. Kids who attend will be entered in a drawing at the end of the summer for a new fishing pole and tackle box. Lessons 1 and 2 of the Discover Nature Fishing program are included in this class.

Citizen Scientist Saturday – The Lost Ladybug Project: For all ages, 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.Where have all the native ladybugs really gone? Ladybug populations around the world are changing and scientists are trying to learn why. Ladybugs play an important role as predators of insect pests. We will join the team at The Lost Ladybug project to help solve the mystery of where the ladybugs have gone.

LitUp – Books and Art for the Next Generation: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. This event was created to bring area teens and bestselling authors, screenwriters, poets and illustrators together in conversation. LitUp will include writing and illustrating clinics, a poetry slam, refreshments, and book signings! For a list authors, presentations and to register for individual sessions, visit LitUpFestival.org.

R.E.A.D. Dog – Pets for Life: For ages 5 and older, 10:30 a.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Sit down and read to a very good listener – a Pets for Life Reading Education Assistance Dog (READ). A dog will be available for 10-minute sessions to help children improve their reading skills and build self-confidence.

Introduction to Internet: For beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

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