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

Candidate Forum for the 21st District: Hosted by the Independence Chamber of Commerce, 6-8 p.m., Mid-Continent Public Library, North Branch location, 317 W. U.S. 24, Independence. The forum is free and open to the public, but registration is needed, visit https://independencemo.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/8342. Dan O’Neill, Holmes Osborne and Robert Sauls, Democratic candidates running for the 21st District Missouri House of Representatives, will be present. They are hoping to fill the vacant seat currently held by Ira Anders, who will term out at the end of the year.

Popsicles in the Park: 6:30-8 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Call 325-7115 or 325-7843. There will be arts and crafts, enjoy comedy and music with the Wicked Liars, and music by Janie Next Door.

Didgeridoo Down Under Show: 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. Join us for this high energy, Australian-themed program that combines music, art, puppetry, comedy, environmental education, character building, and audience participation. Visit their website at: www.didgrevolution.com.

Didgeridoo Down Under Show: For all ages, 6:30 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. Join us for this high energy, Australian-themed program that combines music, art, puppetry, comedy, environmental education, character building, and audience participation. Visit their website at: www.didgrevolution.com.

Science City – Every Which Wave: For ages 9 and older, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. What do light, sound, and vibrations all share? They’re all created by waves. Experience the wonder of waves through a fascinating display of sound and light.

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

Toddler Town on Tour: For ages 2 to 9 years, 9-11 a.m., Benton Park, 707 S. Crane St., 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.

A Wild Adventure: For ages 3 and older, 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 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.

Internet for Beginners: 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 the basics of internet use, including terminology, how to get connected, and how to find what you’re looking for online.

Native American Research – The Five Civilized Tribes: 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 research members of the Five Civilized Tribes using U.S. Census and Dawes Rolls records.

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

22nd Annual Showcase of the Arts: 7:45 p.m., William Chrisman High School auditorium, U.S. 24 and Noland Road, Independence. This event is sponsored by the Independence School District and is free and open to the public. This is the George Caleb Bingham Academy of the Arts 22nd annual Showcase and will include a jazz band, harp ensemble, theatre acts, choir, dance and other entertaining features.

Nature Story Time – Firefly or Lightning Bug?: 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.

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.

Shooting Video: For teens, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Get a hands-on look at how to shoot video. Discover what it takes to get that perfect shot for video and photography. See some of the most iconic shots in cinema history and get a chance to sit behind a camera and make your own history.

Using Fold3: 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 use Fold3 to access U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who have served. This class focuses on search tips as well as the types of records available. 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.

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

Life Line Screening: Nativity of Mary Church, 10017 E. 36th Terrace S., Independence. Packages start at $149. Pre-registration required, call 877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Screenings check for: Level of plaque build-up in your arteries; cholesterol levels; diabetes risk; bone density; kidney and thyroid functions and more. Ask about the Wellness Gold Membership Program which allows you to get all the screenings you need now and pay $19.95 a month.

Flicks on the Bricks: Pre-show music starts at 8 p.m. with an '80s tribute by Pompous Jack; Rock of Ages (rated PG-13) will be shown at 9 p.m., on the brick terrace in front of the paddlewheel in City Market Square, Kansas City, (enter at 5th and Walnut.) Admission and parking are free. No coolers; a cash bar is available. A valid ID is required to purchase alcoholic beverages.

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.

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.

SATURDAY

Family Fun Day: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. All outdoor activities are free, and Museum admission is also free with proof of Independence residency. Call 325-7575. Learn about the historic western trails with hands-on activities for the whole family. Activities: Kids can pack their wagon for a journey on the Oregon Trail; take a wagon ride, watch a blacksmith and cooking demonstrations; visit a Civil War encampment; doll-making; candle-dipping; old-fashioned games and much more. There will be an old-time photo trailer so you can remember your visit. Food and beverages available for purchase.

“The Landsharks” Beach Boys Tribute Band in concert: 7 p.m., Legacy Park Amphitheater, located just south of the Legacy Park Community Center, 897 N.E. Bluestem Drive, Lee's Summit. Advance tickets are $10, and may be purchased at https://thelandsharks.brownpapertickets.com. This fun and interactive concert is full of Beach Boy harmonies, along with great music and showmanship. Concessions available for purchase, no outside food, beverages or pets allows.

Booms & Blooms Festival: Doors open at 9 a.m.; with fireworks at 9:15 p.m., Powell Gardens, Kingsville. Festival admission applies: $12 for adults; $10 for seniors; $5 for ages 5-12; members and children 4 and under are free. Celebrate our nation’s independence with explosions of color and texture on the land and in the air, plus live music and food trucks. Guests can view the Big Backyard exhibition, partake of several hands-on activities during the afternoon and enjoy the blooms in the ground. Be sure to bring a blanket. Parking is $5 (supports their parking partnership with the American Legion.) Rain date: July 1.

Community Breakfast: 7:30-9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. The cost is $3.50 for either a 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 orange juice. Call 252-6100.

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.

Community Blood Drive: 1 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Give life with your blood donation today! Join the Library and the Community Blood Center in this community event to help ensure reliable blood inventories in this area and beyond. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. Donors can make an appointment for a particular location by visiting esavealifenow.org. Please enter MCPL-Full name of library branch as the sponsor code.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: One free game of bowling, noon-2 p.m., Lunar Bowl, 2001 N.W. M-7 (clean tennis shoes required); open roller skating, 7-9 p.m., Rink Ratz, 513 S.W. Keystone Drive. 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.

Busy Beavers: For all ages, 1-2 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required online at www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods. Call 228-3766. 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? Join us as we explore some of these different methods of catching fish. We will learn how to set and run checks on lines that have been set in the education pond.

Libraries Rock with Mad Science and the Sounds of Summer: For ages 6 and older, 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. 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.

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.

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. Walk-ins welcome. Call 228-3766. Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! Our imaginations are the only limits.

Walkabout at MGC: For beginners, 2 p.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.

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: “Riverrock” 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