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

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.

THURSDAY

Mrs. Truman – Trailblazer of First Ladies: 6:30 p.m., Truman National Historic Site Visitor's Center, 223 N. Main St., Independence. During a 1984 episode of a PBS series called “Smithsonian World,” which aired less that two years after former First Lady Bess Truman's death, her daughter Margaret Truman Daniel, shared stories with writer David McCullough, giving viewers a rare glimpse into the private lives of the Trumans. Not aired since 1984, the documentary will be shown in celebration of Mrs. Truman and Mrs. Daniel.

Let's Move! Gently: For ages 18 and older, Dragon Ninja Warrior course, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Gage Center, 1101 N.W. Jefferson, Blue Springs. Cost, $5.

Identity Theft: For adults, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Identity theft doesn’t have to happen to you. Private investigator Larry Berkland explains various identity theft scams and safeguards to avoid becoming a victim.

Libraries Rock with Mad Science and the Sounds of Summer: For ages 6 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. Discover how the sounds of woodland creatures can come together to create some awesome tunes. Through experimentation and audience participation, Mad Science will rock the Library with a one-of-a-kind nature band.

Musical Tales with Shakers, Chimes, and Drums: For ages 3 and older, 2 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.Chime in summer with lots of joyous sounds! This musical storytelling program introduces little ears to unique hand instruments used in creating clever rhythms and sounds for the stories.

Cemetery Art: 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Uncover the hidden meanings of tombstone carvings and cemetery icons, and learn about the craftsmanship, materials, and geographic resources used in cemetery art.

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

SLP Kick-Off Early Literacy Fair: 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. Parents and caregivers, along with their children ages birth through six, are invited to an Early Literacy Fair to promote pre-reading skills. Join us as we explore many of the Library’s early literacy resources and participate in a wide variety of activities including games, crafts, music, movements, and more!

A Trad Jazz Celebration: For ages 5 and older, 10 a.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Join renowned storyteller and vocalist Brother John and guitar/banjo extraordinaire Rick Cole for an enthusiastic, interactive concert celebrating Dixieland-flavored jazz.

Identity Theft: For adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Identity theft doesn’t have to happen to you. Private investigator Larry Berkland explains various identity theft scams and safeguards to avoid becoming a victim.

Fear Factor – The Gross Stuff: For ages 5 and older, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. Take on the role of an animal contestant, and learn about the weird and gross traits that help them survive. Participants will guess what creepy crawly they represent with challenges and fun facts.

Walkabout at MGC: For beginners, 10:30 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research.

Drop-In Table Tennis: 9 a.m.-noon, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. Call 325-7843.

Shrimp dinners: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1000, 1002 E. U.S. 24, Independence. Cost, $12 for a 1/2 pound; $15 for a full pound. Call 836-3015.

Friday Night Specials: 6-9 p.m., Memorial Post 3976, 12810 Kentucky Road, Sugar Creek. All welcome. Call 461-2636.

Teen Club meeting: 5:30 to 9 p.m., Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Call 229-2034 or dianesingsforjoy@comcast.net, Diane Chrisman Schiefelbein. Teens and adults with disabilities are invited to enjoy a free dinner, special guest and lots of fun.

SATURDAY

VFW Post 1000 Buddy Poppy Drive: They will be handing them out from 10-1 p.m., Tractor Supply, 2210 S. Missouri 291, Independence. Before Memorial Day in 1922, the VFW conducted their first poppy distribution, becoming the first veterans' organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, as it remains today.

Picnic at Missouri Town 1855: They'll be open from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; with the picnic from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit. The picnic is included in the regular admission fee: $7 for adults; $4 youth and seniors; under 5 are free. Call 229-8980. Pack your lunch and bring your family out for an 1855-style picnic. You'll experience the formality and games that comprised picnics in the 19th century. A picnic basket full of traditional goodies will be raffled off at the conclusion.

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.

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.

Fishing Without A Pole: For ages 7 and older; ages 7-15 must be accompanied by a participating adult, 6:30-9 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. Trotlines, jug lines, bows and gigs have been used to catch fish in Missouri throughout the generations. But what are they and how do you use them? Learn how to set and run checks on lines that have been set in the education pond.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: One game of bowling, noon-2 p.m., Lunar Bowl, 2001 N.W. M-7 (clean tennis shoes required); open roller skating, 4:30-6:30 p.m., 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. The cost is $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 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.

Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales: For ages 2 and older, 11 a.m.-noon, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Call 228-3766. Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! Our imaginations are the only limits. Walk-ins welcome.

Libraries Rock with Mad Science and the Sounds of Summer: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Discover how the sounds of woodland creatures can come together to create some awesome tunes. Through experimentation and audience participation, Mad Science will rock the Library with a one-of-a-kind nature band.

En Garde, Bard! – Stage Combat: 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. Learn the art of stage combat from the masters at The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Take up a wooden sword, and join this interactive lesson using scenes from Shakespeare’s plays.

Dino O’Dell’s Music Around Us: For all ages, 10:30 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. Whether it’s the beating of our hearts, birds singing in the trees, or the clickety-clack of a train rolling down the track, sounds tell a story. Join Dino O’Dell for an interactive musical adventure, and learn about the four categories of instruments: percussion, wind, string, and electronic.

Around Since the Dinosaurs: For ages 8 and older, 11 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.They might not be exactly the same as their ancestors, but some of the animal species we know today definitely shared the world with dinosaurs.

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

Music in the Park: “Loose Change” will perform from 6-8 p.m., Rotary Park, Blue Springs. For questions, call 228-0137. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for this free concert.

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

Memorial Day Parade of Flags: Presented by the Blue Springs VFW, the parade will start at 9 a.m. on Main Street in Blue Springs and will march to the Blue Springs Cemetery, where the ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join in the parade or just watch. The ceremony will be situated in the center of a beautiful display of flags. Each year, The Parade of Flags has more than 250 full-sized flags that are raised at sunrise to honor our departed veterans and lowered at sunset. Each flag represents a veteran who is no longer with us, whose family has honored them this way.

Ham, Bean and Corn Bread Dinner: Beginning at 11 a.m., VFW Post 1000, 1002 E. U.S. 24, Independence. Cost: There is no charge for veterans; $5 for the public.

Spirit of Independence Concert Band Performance: Noon, Powell Gardens, 1609 N.W. U.S. 50, Kingsville. Free with Garden admission. Visit www.facebook.com/SpiritofIndependenceBand for updates and other information.

TUESDAY

The Two Charlies: 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. The 1950 assassinations of Kansas City mobsters Charlie Binaggio and Charlie Gargotta helped usher in the famed Kefauver Committee’s investigation of organized crime in the United States. Join author and filmmaker Terence O’Malley for a look at the criminal events that led up to the slayings and learn how they laid the foundation for the Civella Family to assume control over the city’s notorious mafia.

Exotics R Us: For all ages, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Exotics R Us brings the zoo to the Library with its collection of unique animals including tortoises, foxes, monkeys, porcupines, and felines.

Using Fold3: For beginners, 2 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: 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

Let's Move! Gently: For ages 18 and older, yoga class, 7:45-8:45 p.m., Gautreaux Martial Arts, 2905 S.W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. Cost, $5.

Rock Your Library: For all ages, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Discover the stacks of magic in store for you when you explore the Library with the Fishin’ Magicians. With magic, puppets, and more than a few laughs, the Fishin’ Magicians show how you can rock the Library!

Rock Your Library: 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. With magic, puppets, and more than a few laughs, the Fishin’ Magicians show how you can rock the Library!

Rock Your Library: For all ages, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Discover the stacks of magic in store for you when you explore the Library with the Fishin’ Magicians. With magic, puppets, and more than a few laughs, the Fishin’ Magicians show how you can rock the Library!

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