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

National Park Service Site Certification of your National Historic Trail Property: Noon-1 p.m., Truman National Historic Site Visitor's Center, 223 N. Main St., Independence. Ever wonder how properties within the national trails system were designated? Interested in learning how the process moves from local interest to federal review? Join Travis Boley, with the Oregon California Trails Association, as he details the designation process to be part of a National Trails System.

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.

Cognitive Decline, Dementia, and Hearing Loss: 7 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. 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.

Beginning Ancestry Library Edition: 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 Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

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.

Torchbearer Sigma Chapter meeting: 7 p.m. They will be honoring their Woman of the Year. The title for this event is Special Blooms. Call Louise at 796-6998.

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865, Louisa Volker Macklind Tent 24: 10:30 a.m., Bass Pro Shops, 18001 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, in the Conservation Room on the lower level. Call 850-8684, Dee Wolfe, president. Any woman 18 or older and has an ancestor who served the Union forces during the Civil War may be eligible to join.

FRIDAY

Party Like It's 1843 – Westward Ho! Down: 6:30-9 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Tickets are $20 and are available at partylikeits1843.org. Grab your dancing shoes for an evening of fun and frolic. Live musicians, led by Scott Klamm, will perform music from the trails era and the Missouri Town Dancers will be on hand to teach you the moves to join in. Everybody is encouraged to dress the role! Refreshments will be available.

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 fortosage@jacksongov.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.

Third Friday Art Walk: 5:30-9 p.m., Winner Road and Sterling Avenue, Independence. Free. Call 252-3372 or visit www.englewoodstation.com. The galleries in the Englewood Station Arts District, open their doors to art lovers. See artists in action, demonstrations, and enjoy live music and refreshments.

Conservation Kids – Evening Under the Stars: For ages 7 to 13 with parent/ guardian, 6-9 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. Kids, grab your parents and exploring nature together by participating in activities such as canoeing, fishing and night hikes. The evening winds down with songs, stories and s’mores around a campfire.

Angel Aura Mermaid’s Magical Storytime: For all ages, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Have you ever met a real-life mermaid? Sail away with mermaid Angel Aura for an hour of magical stories featuring tales from the Islands of Paradise and the amazing sea creatures who call them home.

Brandy Donielle’s Elite Face Painting Fun: 11 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Come out and enjoy the excitement of Face Painting Paradise with Professional Artist Brandy Donielle as she shares her artistic talents with each one you! Receive a magical masterpiece as she paints by hand your own unique design!

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.

Encore Theatre meeting: 1:30 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Adults 50 and older are invited to join this fun-loving group who are interested in all aspects of theatre.

William Chrisman High School Class of 1951 get-together: 9 a.m., Big Biscuit, 16506 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Call 461-0449, Dan Hansen.

SATURDAY

Party Like It's 1843: Live Action Oregon Trail Game, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Hiram Young Park, 215 E. Lexington Ave. Teams of 4 will try their luck on 10 stops along the trail, each with its own activity (team registration is $20); 1843 Lexington Avenue, stroll down Lexington as it would have been in 1843. There will be craft making supplies for kids, a photo booth and costumes for pictures for a small fee; Bringing History to Life, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. First person interpreters will help bring the 1840s to life. Pioneer Trails Adventures will also offer free wagon rides from the Truman Courthouse and the Log Cabin Courthouse to the National Frontier Trails Museum; Oregon Trail Lecture Series, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Brady Courtroom, 112 W. Lexington Ave. Learn all about the history on the Oregon Trail at this free event; Pioneer Fashion Show, 5:30 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave. Learn about the fashions on the Oregon Trail with a narrated fashion show (tickets are $15). For ticketed activities, visit partylikeits1843.org.

Vaile Mansion Architecture Tour: 8-10 a.m., at the Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, with all proceeds benefitting the Vaile Victorian Society. The tour will focus on the architecture of the famous mansion, considered one of the best examples of Second Empire/Victorian French Renaissance Revival-style architecture in the state of Missouri.

Mother Goose's Neighborhood: Performed by Angela Polowy of Eulenspiegel Puppets, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. Tickets are $6, and are available at the door, but reservations are requested as seating is limited, call 833-9777.

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.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Dance and tumbling for ages 3-6, 10-11 a.m., TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox; and Ninja Warrior, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Freedom Fitness, 1241 S.W. M-7. Both activities are free.

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.

Firefly Watch: For all ages, 2-3 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Call 228-3766. Discover how to collect data on these enchanting glowing beetles for Firefly Watch. Learn all about fireflies and discover how your family can become citizen scientists in your own backyard. No registration required.

Firefly Experience: For all ages, 8-9:30 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. Use this evening to learn more about these favorite insects. Then hike into the darkening forest to watch the fireflies appear.

What’s Next Fest: 1 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. The live music event focuses on up-and-coming bands from the Kansas City area. This showcase of new talent from a wide range of genres will launch an online compilation series #whatsnextkc. Come out for an afternoon of great music, help support musicians in Kansas City, and give new bands an outlet for their creativity.

Family Fun at MGC: For all ages, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Moms, dads, kids, and grandparents, come to the Midwest Genealogy Center to create some new family memories. Make a family tree, find newspaper headlines from the day you were born, create your own family crest, and more. Enjoy a free ice cream treat.

From Ancient Trails to the Modern Highway: For adults, 3 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Less than a century ago, Americans couldn’t easily drive from state to state, let alone from coast to coast. Learn how our nation’s modern highway system evolved from pack trails used by trappers and traders to the modern superhighways we drive today.

Face Painting Paradise Glitter & Black Tattoo Fun: For all ages, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Come out and enjoy the excitement of Face Painting Paradise Glitter and Black Tattoos! Choose from more than 100 design options. These designs are waterproof and last up to 3-5 days!

R.E.A.D. Dog – Pets for Life: For ages 5 and older, 11 a.m. and 12:15 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. 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.

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

Party Like It's 1843 – Oregon Trail Soundtrack performance: 2 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Tickets are $10 and are available at partylikeits1843.org. Dana Mengel of the Mengel Bros. Duo has written an Oregon Trail Soundtrack inspired by diaries and letters from the trails. Light refreshments will be served.

More Off the Beaten Path: For adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. 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.

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

Tech Talk: For adults, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Whether you are a first-time computer user or have had lots of experience, there are always questions waiting to be asked about technology. You can bring your own laptop computer or tablet.

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.

Pilot Club of Blue Springs: 6 p.m. Elks Lodge, 100 N.E. Brizendine Road, Blue Springs. Nancy Crawford, genaki50@yahoo.com.

TUESDAY

Wings of Love Presents Awesome Birds: For all ages, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Meet some of the world’s most awesome birds from rare parrots and a toucan to the world’s largest type of owl. Be prepared to be amazed when these feathered entertainers take the stage to talk, perform tricks, and sing songs.

Facebook Advertising for Small Businesses and Organizations: For adults, 6:30 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Learn to put Facebook to work advertising your business. Join a business specialists for an in-depth, 90-minute workshop where you can create a business Facebook page, identify the correct format for images, learn the best times to post and write engaging posts.

Czech and Slovak Genealogy: 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Join MGC for a brief history of the two nations, see how to deal with foreign records, and discover resources available at MGC and online.

Using HeritageQuest: 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 how to search thousands of resources – from history books to Revolutionary War records – with HeritageQuest Online. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

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

Retirement Party for Teachers at Cordill-Mason Elementary: 5-8 p.m., Tiff N Jay's Grill & Bar, lower level, 700 N.E. Woods Chapel Road, Lee's Summit. The open house celebration is Cindy Kranz, Rita Lampen, Rebecca Siepel, Robin Stockdell and Rebecca Stoup. They will be retiring at the the end of the school year.

Rock the Library with Mr. Stinky Feet: For all ages, 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. Join Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove for a high-energy, interactive concert that’s guaranteed to rock the Library! Come prepared to sing, dance, and have a rockin’ good time.

A Wild Adventure: For ages 3 and older, 10 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. Join Georgia and her wild animal friends for an interactive adventure filled with stories and songs, and discover why elephants have trunks and rabbits have short tails.

Summer Learning Spectacular Kick-Off: For all ages, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Celebrate your Summer Learning Program with fun activities at your Library! Earn SLP points too!

Face Painting Paradise Glitter & Black Tattoo Fun: For all ages, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Come out and enjoy the excitement of Face Painting Paradise Glitter and Black Tattoos! Choose from more than 100 design options. These designs are waterproof and last up to 3-5 days!

Finding Your Italian Ancestors – Italian Civil Registration Records: 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. If you have located where in the home country your ancestors are from, this class will show you how to locate and request Italian civil records online to discover more about them.

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