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

Amateur Hot Dog Eating Contest: Sponsored by Up Dog, 6 p.m. event check in starts; 7:30 p.m. contest begins, on Liberty Street between Maple and Lexington avenues, Independence. There are two categories: Kids and adults, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place contest winners will receive prizes. The first place adult winner will receive a $500 cash prize. Proceeds from this event will the Community Services League.

The Book Stops Here – A Presidential Bio Reading Group: Hosted by the North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library and Harry S Truman National Historic Site, 2-3 p.m., at the Library, 317 W. U.S. 24, Independence. “Write it When I'm Gone, Remarkable Off-the Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford” by Thomas DeFrank will be discussed. Books are available in physical form at the Library, and as an e-book via their “Overdrive” system. Reading the book is not necessary, come and join in the discussions and share your stories about Harry Truman and his family.

Moonlight Movies on the Square: Lego Ninjago Movie, 7-11 p.m.; movie starts at 9 p.m., shown on the side of the Pharaoh Theatre, 114 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Concessions are also available for your movie snacks. Chairs may be rented for $1 or bring your own.

Nature Story Time – If You Were a Bat: 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.

Professor Leland’s Magical Sock Hop: For ages 5 and older, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Adventure back in time with Professor Leland and his jukebox full of tricks and illusions. Shake, rattle, and roll back to the 1950s with the Professor and his magical rabbit, Mr. Whiskers.

Dino O’Dell’s Music Around Us: For all ages, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Join Dino O’Dell for an interactive musical adventure, and learn about the four categories of instruments: percussion, wind, string, and electronic.

Kids at the Library: 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, create, and play. Explore big ideas in a new way.

Kids Create: For ages 6 and older: 6 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Express yourself through art and craft activities.

Amado & Karen’s Junkyard Orchestra: For ages 5 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. Join Amado and Karen to explore how to make instruments out of everyday things and build a band to make amazing music.

Census Records Research: 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 what U.S. Federal Census years are available, what information they contain, how to access them, and the various information included on each federal census.

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

Showdown with the Soviets – The Berlin Airlift of 1948-1949: 4-5 p.m., Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. Truman Library Institute members are free, price of museum admission for non-members. RSVP at truman.events@nara.gov or https://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/events. Call 268-8200. This event is offered in partnership with Happy Hour, and the owner Carolyn Marsh and Beverage Specialist Sean will pour tastings of: Crazy Brewski and Baltika, Bread & Butter Chardonnay, Relax Riesling and Lifted Spirits Vodka.

“Trial of the Wicked Witch, the Musical”: Presented by Encore Theatre and the Children's Performing Theatre of Independence, 7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre, inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for ages 50 and older; $4 for ages 12 and under, and are available at the door or by calling 325-7367.

Silver Screen on the Sand – Disney's Pixar's “Coco”: Presented by 99.7 The Point, gates open at 7:30 p.m.; showtime at 9:10 p.m., Longview Lake Beach, 11101 Raytown Road, Kansas City. Cost: $5 per car; $10 per bus. Call 503-4805. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. No outside food, drink or pets. Concessions are available.

The Kansas City Spirit – Stories of Service Above Self: For adults, 2 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, visit Mymcpl.org/events. Many people and moments have shaped the spirit of Kansas City. Join author Bruce Mathews for the stories and contributions of the people whose lives exemplified that spirit.

Vacation Bible School: Polar Blast Where Jesus' Love is Cool, 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 13; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 14, St. Marks United Methodist Church, 603 N. Jennings Road, Independence. To register, call Amy Armstrong at 217-6364, Shirley at 716-1184 or leave a message at 257-1812. Children ages 3 through 12 will enjoy Bible lessons, crafts, music, snacks, recreation and more.

Professor Leland’s Magical Sock Hop: 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. Adventure back in time with Professor Leland and his jukebox full of tricks and illusions. Shake, rattle, and roll back to the 1950s with the Professor and his magical rabbit, Mr. Whiskers.

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

Bingham-Waggoner Estate Antique & Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission to the fair is free; tour the mansion from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the regular fee. Call 461-3491. There will be more than 100 antique dealers and crafters booths. Enjoy Polish sausages, hot dogs and hamburgers, walking tacos, kettle corn, lemonade and homemade cookies. There will be a door prize drawing every hour, and the Morton Sisters will sing in the morning and the Spirit of Independence Community Band will play at noon.

Firefest 2018: Hosted by Independence 76 Fire Company, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Silverstein Eye Centers Arena parking lot, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Call Rick Webb at 520-8510 or Russell Penniston at 718-3058. There will be fire trucks, classic cars, trucks, tractors, Top 5 Fire Trucks and Top 20 Awards, fire truck rides, a raffle, door prizes, a souvenir booth, water display and kids games. Little Richard's Family Restaurant will be catering. No pets, please.

“Trial of the Wicked Witch, the Musical”: Presented by Encore Theatre and the Children's Performing Theatre of Independence, 7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre, inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for ages 50 and older; $4 for ages 12 and under, and are available at the door or by calling 325-7367.

Lost Arts Day: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit. Included in regular admission: $7 for adults; $4 youth and seniors; under 5 are free. Explore the trades and arts that have been lost to time. Observe blacksmithing, woodcarving, tinsmithing, crocheting, knitting, hand sewing and much more.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Dance class, 11 a.m.-noon, Dynamic Dance, 1901 S.W. U.S. 40. Free.

Trail Toys: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays through July, National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Free with museum admission. Ever wonder what children did for fun on the Oregon and California Trails? Children can make a toy at the museum, just like they did on the westward trails. A different toy will be featured each week and there will be old-fashioned toys available for children to play with.

American Legion Dance: 7 to 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.

Cole Younger and Frank James’s Wild West Show: For families with children 6 and older, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Call 252-7228. The year is 1905; after 25 years in the Stillwater Penitentiary in Minnesota, Cole Younger is reunited with his old friend, Frank James. Join these two alleged outlaws as they talk about their noted exploits in earlier times. Presented by Dave Bears and Gregg Higginbotham.

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.

Blue Springs Car Cruise: 4-8 p.m., downtown Blue Springs. For information, call 645-0287 or email downtownbluesprings@gmail.com. View the latest innovations in car restoration from more than 100 exhibitors, including hot rods, vintage cars, sports cars and classics. Concessions available. A variety of food and dining establishments will be open on Main Street.

Family Fishing: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. This is a great time of year to take your family fishing. We will teach some fishing basics, provide equipment and worms and then let you practice your new fishing skills. Kids who attend will be entered in a drawing at the end of the summer for a new fishing pole and tackle box.

Family Creek Exploration: 10:30 a.m.-noon, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Trek into an amazing creek ecosystem to discover what lives in or depends on Burr Oak Creek. Splish and splash in the mud, water and rocks in search of tadpoles, fish, insects and more.

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.

Cartooning for Kids: For ages 8 and older, 10:30 a.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Learn the basics of cartooning, from scribble art to sketching, and turn shapes into characters.

Yoga for Kids: 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. Kids will hiss like snakes and flutter like butterflies in this animal-inspired yoga class guaranteed to strengthen young bodies, minds, and imaginations.

Under the Big Oak Tree Presents – Local Honey: For adults, 2 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. Under the Big Oak Tree combines vintage folk, acoustic country, and traditional bluegrass to create a wholesome, wistful, and welcoming blend of original music.

Harry S Truman Chapter, Missouri Society Sons of the American Revolution: 9:15 a.m., BMO Harris, N.A. Bank, 18811 Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Call 373-5309 or email GroverSAR@aol.com.

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

“Trial of the Wicked Witch, the Musical”: Presented by Encore Theatre and the Children's Performing Theatre of Independence, 2 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre, inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for ages 50 and older; $4 for ages 12 and under, and are available at the door or by calling 325-7367.

Music in the Park: The Heather Newman Band 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.

Tom’s Town Quintet: For adults, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Five members of the Kansas City’s Vine Street Orchestra recreate a live jazz jam session with the music that made KC famous worldwide. Kansas City Jazz history is presented with an audience-friendly interactive discussion.

Cooking with Real Food: 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. Learn to incorporate a variety of real, wholesome ingredients into your recipes without processed additives and without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. We’ll explore kitchen tools, herbs and spices, and tips for every meal.

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

American Jews in WWI: 6:30-8 p.m., National World War I Museum and Memorial, J.C. Nichols Auditorium, Kansas City. Free, but reservations are needed, visit https://12130.thankyou4caring.org/events/american-jews-in-wwi. Join World War I scholar, Michael Neiberg, as he traces the evolution of American Jewish thought from 1914 to 1917 and shows how events in both Europe and the U.S. led American Jews to support America?s entry into the war. This program is co-presented by the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, the Truman Library Institute and WWI Museum.

The Spoon Man: For all ages, 6:30 p.m., Legacy Park Amphitheater, 897 N.E. Bluestem Drive, Lee's Summit. Free, but registration is required, visit Mymcpl.org/events. Watch the Spoon Man play percussion with two ordinary spoons. Join in on his sing-along for a spoonful of good music and good fun! Concessions available for purchase, no outside food, beverages or pets allows.

Tech Talk: For adults, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Whether you are a first-time computer user or have had lots of experience, there are always questions waiting to be asked about technology. You can bring your own laptop computer or tablet.

Using Findmypast: 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 to search billions of records to find your ancestors from all over the world. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

Drop-In Table Tennis: 2-4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. Call 325-7843.

Pilot Club of Blue Springs: 6 p.m., Elks Lodge, 100 N.E. Brizendine Road, Blue Springs. Nancy Crawford, genaki50@yahoo.com.

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

Misreading Russia for 101 years: 6:30-8 p.m., Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. Free, but reservations are needed, visit https://12130.thankyou4caring.org/events/misreading-russia—for-101-years. Call 268-8200. Join Will Englund, assistant foreign editor of The Washington Post, as he discusses his most recent book, March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution. Focused on the beginning of Wilson interventionism, the book is a riveting history of the month that transformed the world's greatest nations. He will be signing copies of his new book immediately following the program.

Popsicles in the Park: 6:30-8 p.m., Bundschu Park, 11400 E. 9th St., Independence. Call 325-7115 or 325-7843. There will be arts and crafts, enjoy comedy and music with the Wicked Liars, and music by Drum Safari.

Save Money by Shopping Thrift Stores and Garage Sales: For adults, 6:30 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, visit Mymcpl.org/events. Join Lisa Holiman with Breath of Fresh Flair, as she offers shopping tips for getting great “new to you” items for your home or yourself.

Wild Edible Series – Summer Bounty: For adults, 9-11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Jelly, pickle and preserve your way through nature’s summer bounty. You have identified and collected the plants. Now what? How do you process plants from field to plate? Join us as we demonstrate methods to preserve your harvest.

Horse Hooves in the Grass (at the Library): For all ages, 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. 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.

Everyone Can Juggle!: For ages 7 and older, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Learn the ancient art of juggling from the experienced instructors at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Build hand-eye coordination, discipline, and concentration skills all while having fun!

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

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.

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.

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

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., Bundschu Park, 11400 E. 9th St. S., 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.

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. Unleash your imagination with creative activities that promote early literacy skills through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.

Wings of Love Presents Awesome Birds: For 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. Meet some of the world’s most awesome birds from rare parrots and a toucan to the world’s largest type of owl.

Beginning Word: 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. This introduction will focus on how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

Beginning Ancestry Library Edition: 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 Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along.

Civil War Study Group: 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Drive, Independence. Call Terry Elliott at 353-7617. Doug Richardson, a former park ranger at Fort Donelson, will be the guest speaker.

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