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

Popsicles in the Park: 6:30-8 p.m., Cler-Mont School Park, 19009 E. Susquehanna Ridge, Independence. Call 325-7115 or 325-7843. There will be arts and crafts, the Piccadilly Productions puppets will also perform, and music by Dino O'Dell.

Nativity of Mary's Annual Rummage Sale: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nativity School basement, 10021 E. 36th Terr., Independence. There will be collectibles, housewares, furniture, clothes, shoes, books, toys, puzzles, electronics and much more. Entrance is off U.S. 40.

Kids Martial Arts classes: For ages 4 to 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays/Wednesdays, June 25-Aug. 1; for ages 7 and older, Tuesdays/Thursday, June 26-Aug. 2, Excel Family Martial Arts, Blue Springs. Cost, $46.75. Registration deadline: June 5. Call 228-0137 to register.

Mystery at Camp Runnamucka with Oh My Gosh Josh: 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. Someone is trying to ruin all the fun at Camp Runnamucka. Who could it be? Join Oh My Gosh Josh in collecting clues at the campfire sing-a-long to solve the mystery and save everyone’s good time.

MU Extension Series – Food Preservation: For adults, 7 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. Join the University of Missouri Extension for a hands-on workshop that provides the most up-to-date, research-based recommendations for preserving foods safely with tested techniques and recipes. Learn the basics of pressure and boiling water canning, dehydration, freezing, and storage.

Operation Wildlife Presents – The Night Shift: For all ages, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. 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.

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

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.

WEDNESDAY

Toddler Town on Tour: For ages 2 to 9 years, 9-11 a.m., Sycamore Hills, 3700 S. Haden Dr., 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.

Nativity of Mary's Annual Rummage Sale: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nativity School basement, 10021 E. 36th Terr., Independence. There will be collectibles, housewares, furniture, clothes, shoes, books, toys, puzzles, electronics and much more. Entrance is off U.S. 40.

Navigating Your Computer: For adults, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Learn how to find and organize the apps and files on your computer.

Angel Aura Mermaid’s Magical Storytime: 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. 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.

Imagination Station: 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.

Fit for Life with KC Wolf: For all ages, 10:30 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. Being a professional mascot in the NFL is a lot of fun, but it can also be a very physically demanding job. KC Wolf understands the importance of proper eating and exercise for a healthy lifestyle. The Fit for Life program encourages young people to make wise choices in the areas of fitness and nutrition.

Podcast Discussion Group: 7 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. Want to start listening to podcasts but don’t know where to start? Join in this monthly discussion of three to five podcast episodes centered on the same theme.

Irish Records Research – Waves of Migration: 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn to trace your Irish ancestors as they emigrated from Ireland. Learn about pre-famine, famine, and post- famine periods in Ireland, church records, and civil registration records.

Independence Civil War Study Group: 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Drive, Independence. Call Terry Eliott, 353-7617. Dennis Garstang presents “The most famous outlaw you never heard about.”

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.

Independence Civil War Study Group: 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Drive, Independence. Call 353-7617, Terry Elliott.

THURSDAY

Nature Story Time – Being a Bee: For ages 3 to 8, 10 and 11 a.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Call 325-7115. Enjoy a great story, make a nature craft and explore the outdoors.

Nativity of Mary's Annual Rummage Sale: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nativity School basement, 10021 E. 36th Terr., Independence. There will be collectibles, housewares, furniture, clothes, shoes, books, toys, puzzles, electronics and much more. Entrance is off U.S. 40.

Libraries Rock with Mad Science and the Sounds of Summer: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. 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.

Now Playing for Kids: For ages 6 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. Escape to the Library for an adventure on the Big Screen.

Researching Your Civil War Soldier: 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Discover the sources you need to find ancestors that served in the Civil War as well as general information about the political, social, and cultural forces that affected their lives.

Drop-In Table Tennis: 9-11:45 a.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. Call 325-7843.

Torchbear Sigma June Call: 6:30 p.m., at the home of Maggie Cruz. Begin the 2018-19 year with information about programs, socials, and committee reports.

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.

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

Nativity of Mary's Annual Rummage Sale: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nativity School basement, 10021 E. 36th Terr., Independence. Today is $5 Bag Day. There will be collectibles, housewares, furniture, clothes, shoes, books, toys, puzzles, electronics and much more. Entrance is off U.S. 40.

WeDo LEGO Robotics: For ages 8 and older, 3 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Spread your wings with LEGOs. Build a bird and program it to flap its wings. Kids will work in pairs to make this simple robot.

How to Date Old Photographs: For beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Uncover the clues that can help determine when a photograph was taken. Bring a photograph for dating.

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.

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

Breakfast and Blooms: Breakfast served between 8-10 a.m.; garden tours begin at 10 a.m., Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Tickets are $25 and include breakfast, and the garden and Estate tour; $11 for breakfast only; $20 for garden tour only. For tickets, call 461-3491 or stop by the Carriage House Boutique. The American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City will provide entertainment during breakfast.

Old McDonald's Farm Show: Performed by puppeteer Kraig Kensinger, 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, call 833-9777. Friends from the farm shine at the big puppet county fair. Meet down-home characters of song, surprise and toe tapping fun.

Day of Dance: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit. Included in your regular admission fee: $7 for adults; $4 for youth and seniors; under age 5 are free. Call 229-8980. The Missouri Town 1855 Dancers will demonstrate their skills and teach your family how to dance the traditional dances of yesteryear. Participants will learn a variety of contra dances (line dancing) under the direction of an experienced caller, set to the rhythm of stringed instruments.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Ninja Warrior for ages 8 and older, 10-11 a.m., Freedom Fitness, 1241 S.W. M-7; and free range balls and beginner instruction, noon-2 p.m., Adams Pointe Golf Course, 1400 N.E. Coronado Drive. Both activities are free.

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.

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 dancing lessons during intermissions. Open to the public.

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.

Horse Hooves in the Grass: For all ages, 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. Who said horses can’t visit the library? Come to the library and meet, groom, and pet a beautiful horse. Then learn about horse care, horse safety, and much more.

The March Sisters – 150 Years of Little Women: For families with children 6 and older, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Celebrate the sesquicentennial of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women with a celebration of the March sisters. Meet Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth, and discover the reason this beloved story has been passed down from mother to daughter for generations.

Amado & Karen’s Junkyard Orchestra: For ages 5 and older, 3 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Musical instruments can be found everywhere if you use a little imagination. Join Amado and Karen to explore how to make instruments out of everyday things and build a band to make amazing music.

ACT Practice Test with College Tutors: For teens, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; registration starts at 9 a.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. These free practice tests are designed to give each student an assessment of where they might score on the real ACT. The only requirement is to bring a pencil and a scientific calculator. Composite scores will be provided to each student within five days. You will need to provide a valid email address to receive your results.

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: “Bluz Benderz” 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.

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