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

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.

THURSDAY

Kitchen Witches: Presented by City Theatre of Independence, 7:30 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors, and may be purchased by calling 325-7367 or visiting citytheatreofindependence.org. Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are two “mature” cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for 30 years. When circumstances put them together on TV, the insults are flung harder than the food.

Operation Wildlife Presents – The Night Shift: 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. Ever seen a barn owl up close? Come see it and other owls as Operation Wildlife tells us about these beautiful birds and gives us insight into their habits of the night.

Rock Your Library: For all ages, 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. 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: 9-11:45 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

Kitchen Witches: Presented by City Theatre of Independence, 7:30 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors, and may be purchased by calling 325-7367 or visiting citytheatreofindependence.org. Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are two “mature” cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for 30 years. When circumstances put them together on TV, the insults are flung harder than the food.

Senior Citizens Luncheon planned for June 6: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Grain Valley Community Center, 713 Main St. Cost, $3. Register by June 1, at 847-6293 or info@cityofgrainvalley.org. The luncheon includes entertainment, an informative speaker and raffle prizes. Free blood pressure screening available at 10:45 a.m. All Grain Valley senior citizens are welcome.

Midwest Genealogy Center’s 10th Anniversary Celebration: 6 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Call 252-7228. This is the Genealogy Centers 10th year at their current location! Enjoy refreshments and reminisce about the history of MGC. Learn about upcoming projects and programs, and listen to live acoustic music performed by the Frosty Morn Trio. (Registration is required.) From noon to 6 p.m., get your photos and documents (up to 8.5” x 11”) digitized for free (limit: 10 items per person) by the experienced staff of Scangaroo. Bring a flash drive to save your digitized materials. Visit Eventbrite.com and search for “Photograph Digitizing Day” to register for a 15-minute appointment time. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits.

Teen Lock-In: 5:30 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. When the branch shuts down, it’s time to party it up! Permission slip required.

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.

SATURDAY

EcoFest – It's All About Water: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. Learn more at indep.us/wpc or indep.us/ecofest or call Water Pollution Control at 325-7440. EcoFest is an interactive environmental education festival aimed at teaching children and families the importance of preserving and protecting our natural resources and the environment. This free event includes games, gifts, music, puppets, and more all while learning about water.

Strawberry Festival: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Free admission to grounds; Mansion tours are $6 for adults; $3 for children. Call 325-7430. One hundred craft and antique dealers will be set up around the Mansion for the annual Festival, plus The Vaile Victorian Society will be selling strawberry treats! There will also be music and entertainment, antiques, crafts, ice cream, beverages, a children’s corner and much more. Park at William Chrisman High School, Noland Road and U.S. 24, and ride a free shuttle bus to the festival.

Historic Wedding: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; wedding and preparation between noon-3 p.m., Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit. Wedding included in regular admission fee, $7 for adults; $4 youth and seniors; under 5 are free. Call 229-8980. You're invited to be a guest for a mid-1800s wedding. What did the bride and groom wear? Did they exchange rings? Where did they choose to get married? See how wedding traditions have changed over time and help our frontier couple celebrate their union.

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.

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.

Kitchen Witches: Presented by City Theatre of Independence, 7:30 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors, and may be purchased by calling 325-7367 or visiting citytheatreofindependence.org. Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are two “mature” cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for 30 years. When circumstances put them together on TV, the insults are flung harder than the food.

Confederate Memorial Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Confederate Memorial State Historic Site, take I-70 east to Exit 49, go north on Hwy. 13 through Higginsville to where it intersects with Missouri 213. Procession to the Confederate Cemetery about 1 p.m.

Let's Move! Saturdays: Dance and tumbling for ages 3 to 6, 10-11 a.m., TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox, Blue Springs. Free.

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.

Nature’s Clean-up Crew: For all ages, 1-2 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. No registration required, call 228-3766. Turkey vultures are nature’s flying clean-up crew. They find and eat dead animals most of us would not touch. Soar in to learn more about these unique birds and discover how their unusual habits are beneficial to us all.

Film Series: Kansas City Connections: 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. The road to Hollywood seems to have started right here in Kansas City for many silver screen stars. Join film critic and enthusiast Robert Butler for a look at films with Kansas City connections.

Basic Yoga: For adults, 2 p.m. June 2, 9, 16, Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924. If you’ve always wanted to try yoga, now’s your chance. Join in this three-week restorative class with slow-paced stretching, some simple breathing exercises, and perhaps seated meditation. This is a good place to learn basic poses, relaxation techniques, and to become comfortable with yoga. All levels welcome.

Using FamilySearch: 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 FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy is needed.

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