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

Drop off day for ABF Clothing Sale: Drop off between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Animals Best Friends facility, 2302 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. Volunteers will accept new and gently used clothing, shoes and purses (no undergarments.) The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2, at their facility.

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.

ABF Clothing Sale: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Animals Best Friends facility, 2302 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. Come shop for some great buys.

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.

SUNDAY

Music in the Park: “The Wildwood Boys” will perform from 6-8 p.m., Rotary Park, 600 N.W. Vesper St., 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

MU Extension Series – Kids in the Kitchen: For ages 6 and older, 10 a.m. Mondays through June, South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Hey, kids! Discover how to eat healthier and learn about cooking in a fun and safe environment during this six-week class. Learn all about choosing healthy foods, preparing healthy meals, and being active.

Who Was George Washington Carver?: For families with children 7 and older, 10:30 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Before he became a famous scientist and inventor, George Washington Carver was born a slave, kidnapped by outlaws, orphaned, and barred from attending his local school. Join rangers from the George Washington Carver National Monument to discover how Carver persevered to help African American farmers and make major contributions to American society.

Internet Safety: For adults, 7 p.m. June 4 and 18, North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Protect yourself while surfing the web by learning a few of the more typical dangers found online and how to proactively keep you and your information safe.

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.

TUESDAY

Popsicles in the Park: 6:30-8 p.m., Glendale Park, 16010 E. Crackerneck Road, Independence. Call 325-7115 or 325-7843. There will be arts and crafts, the Piccadilly Productions puppets will perform, and enjoy music by Drum Safari.

“Aladdin and The Magic Lamp” children's theatre production: 10 a.m., Legacy Park Amphitheater, located just south of the Legacy Park Community Center, 897 N.E. Bluestem Drive, Lee's Summit. Free admission. Concessions available for purchase, no outside food, beverages or pets allows.

Kids Martial Arts classes: For ages 4 to 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays/Wednesdays, June 11-July 18; for ages 7 and older, Tuesdays/Thursday, June 12-July 19, Excel Family Martial Arts, Blue Springs. Cost, $46.75. Registration deadline: June 5. Call 228-0137 to register.

Basic Yoga: For adults, 7 p.m. June 5, 12, 19, North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. 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. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat and/or towel.

Peanut Butter Hamster – Libraries Rock: 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. Join Peanut Butter Hamster and see how libraries are the rockin’ places to learn all the basic instructions you need in life. Be ready to sing, dance, and rock the Library with the Hamster!

The Air Guitar Rock and Roll Tour: For ages 5 and older, 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 balloon artist Sammy J for a rockin’ good time complete with air guitar heroes and balloon-sculpted rock and roll costumes. Be ready to join the band and rock the Library.

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.

Brazilian Music: For ages 8 and older, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Discover the important role music plays in Brazilian culture with a hands-on lesson using traditional instruments to explore the music’s core rhythms.

TED Talks Discussion Group: For adults, 6:30 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. Each month stop by to watch TED Talks on a variety of topics. After watching the videos, there will be an opportunity to discuss ideas that come from the talks.

Beginning Genealogy: 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips.

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

“The Age of Eisenhower” with William Hitchcock: 6:30-8 p.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. Email truman.events@nara.gov to RSVP. For question, call 268-8200. In honor of the 74th anniversary of D-Day, Hitchcock will discuss his new book “The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950's.”

Toddler Town on Tour: For ages 2 to 9 years, 9-11 a.m., Glendale Park, 16010 E. Crackerneck Road, Independence. Free. Call 325-7115. Explore the playgrounds and work on an outdoor project. Parents are required to remain with their children.

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.

The Air Guitar Rock and Roll Tour: For ages 5 and older, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Join balloon artist Sammy J for a rockin’ good time complete with air guitar heroes and balloon-sculpted rock and roll costumes. Be ready to join the band and rock the Library.

Beginning Excel: 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. Learn the basics about Microsoft Excel and how to format a simple spreadsheet.

Cool Cats – The Rock ’n’ Roll Accordion Band: 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. Rock out to the hits of the ’50s through the ’90s with the Cool Cats Accordion Orchestra. The Cool Cats are an accordion orchestra made up of students, kids and adults from the United Teachers of Music in Independence.

Resume Help with Work Express: For adults, 10 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. A Work Express professional will be at the Library to help you write or update your resume on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Please pick up a Resume Creation worksheet at the Library prior to the program.

Yoga for Kids: For ages 6 and older, 10 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Kids will hiss like snakes and flutter like butterflies in this animal-inspired yoga class guaranteed to strengthen young bodies, minds, and imaginations.

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. What is indexing? 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.

Introduction to Internet: For beginners, 10:30 a.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 is needed.

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