Items for the Community Calendar may be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to: The Examiner, 410 S. Liberty St., Independence, MO 64050, attention Jill Ritchie. Also, check the calendar online at examiner.net.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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.
Mother's Day Tea with “First Ladies' Man” Andrew Och: 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 email@example.com 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.
Tea Dance: 2-4:30 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Admission, $6. Call 650-5400. Music by the Joe Walker Dance Band. You're welcome to bring snacks to share. Open to the public.
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.
Garden Class – Cooking with Spring's Greens: 6-7 p.m., Independence Health Department, 515 S. Liberty St. Free. Everyone is talking about super foods, kale, collards and other leafy greens, but not everyone knows how to prepare them. Come learn some easy and delicious recipes, as well as how to put together simple salad dressings. Come ready to sample some delicious food.
Let's Move! Gently: For ages 18 and older, creative tennis drills, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Metro East Tennis Center, 3109 Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $5.
Using Findmypast: 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 to search billions of records to find your ancestors from all over the world. This class focuses on search tips as well as the types of records that can be found in Findmypast.com. 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.
Lions Club meeting: 6:30 p.m., Hy-Vee, 4545 S. Noland Road, Independence.
Bingham-Waggoner Estate Benefit Dinner planned for May 19: Hosted by the Bingham-Waggoner Historical Society, 5:30 p.m., at the Estate, 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased by calling 461-3491. This will be a 4-course dinner with surprises along the way. The meal is being prepared by Jeremy Lane from The Homesteader Cafe.
Paranormal Investigation planned for May 19: For ages 12 and older, 7 and 9:30 p.m., Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage St., Sibley. Cost, $20. Advance reservations required, call 229-8980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visitors will participate in a search for paranormal activity with trained ghost hunters! Observe the tools the professionals use to interact and detect spirits that inhabit this historical site.
Wild Edible Series – It’s a Spring Tea Party: For adults, 1-3 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 email@example.com. Come and enjoy a cup of tea as you learn how to harvest and dry delicious native leaves for later use.
Building a Solid Foundation for Opening a Restaurant: 6:30 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. If your dream is opening a restaurant, let Xander Winkel from the Ennovation Center walk you through the basics of regulations, marketing, and financials.
Cooking with Real Food: For adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Healthy cooking does not have to be boring or bland. Learn to incorporate a variety of real, wholesome ingredients into your recipes without processed additives and without spending a lot of time in the kitchen.
Census Records Research: 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 what census years are available, what information they contain, how to access them, and the various information included on each federal census.
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.
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.
Babes in the Woods – Pond Play: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Join Naturalist Lisa at the education pond for some splashing with your babe.
Imagination Station: Designed for ages 1 to 5, 11:30 a.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Kids can unleash their imaginations with creative activities that promote early literacy skills through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.
My First Garden: 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. Learn about science through gardening. We’ll read a story and then you’ll plant and take home a mini garden of your own.
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.
Independence Civil War Study Group: 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Drive, Independence. Call Terry Eliott, 353-7617. Dr. Michael Monaco will discuss Civil War medicine.
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.
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