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.

SATURDAY

Women of the Santa Fe Trail Lecture: 2 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission is $5. Call 325-7575. Join the Friends of NFTM and the Santa Fe Trails Association Missouri River Outfitters Chapter, for a lecture by historian Dr. Leo Oliva exploring female writers on the Santa Fe Trail. Admission is free for Missouri River Outfitters, Friends of NFTM, SFTA, KCAHTA and OCTA.

Drive-up Paper Shredding Event: 9 a.m.-noon or until the truck is full, Blue Springs Municipal Annex, 1304 W. Main St. Call 228-0207. Blue Springs businesses and residents may drop-off up to four paper grocery bags of documents to be shredded on-site. This event is sponsored by the City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Solid Waste Management Commission.

Adaptive ice skating: 2:15 p.m., Centerpoint Community Ice Rink in the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Call 325-7843. Designed for athletes who have an intellectual and/or physical disability and would like to learn to ice skate, play hockey or play sled hockey for free.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Dance and tumbling for ages 3 to 6, 10-11 a.m., TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox; and open roller skating, 7-9 p.m., Rink Ratz, 513 S.W. Keystone 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, 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., 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, 11th and Main streets, downtown Blue Springs.

Lee's Summit Farmers Market: 7 a.m.-sold out, Second and Douglas streets.

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

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.

Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales: For ages 2 and older, 11 a.m.-noon, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road in Blue Springs. No registration required. Call 228-3766. Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! Walk-ins welcome.

Bats – Nightshift’s Bug Busters: For all ages, 1-2 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road in Blue Springs. No registration required. Call 228-3766. Nature has its own insect exterminators. One bat can eat around 1000 insects per night! Missouri’s bats play an important role in those memorable summer nights you enjoy.

Now Playing for Kids: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required. Call 228-4020. Escape to the Library for an adventure on the Big Screen.

Historic Independence Walking Tour: 9 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required. Call 252-7228. Meet at Main Street Coffee House, 107 S. Main St., No. 100, Independence. Walk in the footsteps of early Independence residents, and experience western expansion, the Civil War, outlaws, pioneer settlers, and Harry Truman. A one-hour tour of the historic Independence Square takes you to places and events of the past.

Karaoke: 8 p.m.-midnight, American Legion Post 21, 16701 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Free. Call 373-0221. Open to the public.

Torchbearer Sigma Beginning Day for 2018-2019: 11:30 a.m., Greenwood Country Tea Room, Greenwood.

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 Nace Brothers will perform from 6-8 p.m., Rotary Park, 600 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. 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

Beyond Cable TV: For adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required. Call 252-0950. Are you interested in saving money by getting rid of cable? Learn the different devices and services you can use with your internet connection to start cutting the cord today.

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

Lions Club meeting: 6:30 p.m., Hy-Vee, 4545 S. Noland Road, Independence.

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

Stuffed Animal Sleepover: The South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library stuffed animals invite your stuffed friends to a sleepover at their house. Free, but registration is required. Call 461-2050. Drop off your friend at 9 a.m. Aug. 28, at the library, 13700 E. 35th St., then come back at 10 a.m. Aug. 30, for a special program featuring a slideshow of their overnight adventures. Dolls and other toys are also welcome.

Exploring Our New Website: For adults, 7 p.m.South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required. Call 461-2050. The new MCPL website is more than just our online catalog. Come learn about the new features and personalized experience available at mymcpl.org.

Helping Your Child with Homework: 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. Parents don’t have to hide when it’s homework time. Learn to use the Library’s online resources to help your student with those tough assignments.

Using FamilySearch: For beginners, 10:30 a.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 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.

Heart of America China Painters: 9 a.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St. S., Independence. Call 373-9377. Need a hobby? Learn to paint china. Art supplies will be furnished for first time painters.

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

U.S. Small Business Administration Informational Session: Noon-1 p.m., Mid-Continent Public Library-North Independence, 317 W. U.S. 24. Reservations are needed. Contact Ram Basnet at ram.basnet@sba.gov or call 426-4908. Learn about free resources available through the U.S. Small Business Administration to help you plan, launch, manage, and grow your business. Topics: Entrepreneurial development, small business funding, government contracting, small business certifications, disaster recovery, and international trade.

Mile Starts Here: 9 a.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. This free program lead by a community member encourages people to get together to socialize and exercise at the same time.

Toddler Town on Tour: For ages 2 to 9 years, 9-11 a.m., Santa Fe Park, 2731 S. Santa Fe 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., Walnut and Liberty streets, just south of the Independence Square. Spend $1 of your SNAP benefits and receive $2 to spend on produce.

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

Karaoke with Mike Perez: 7-10 p.m., American Legion Post 21, 16701 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Free. Dinner available from 5-7 p.m. for $5 to $10. Call 373-0221. Open to the public.

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

Nature Story Time – Hummingbirds, Here and Gone: 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.

Raytown Citizen’s Police Academy: For ages 16 and older, 6 p.m. Wednesdays beginning in September. Registration is due Aug. 30. Call 353-2052. Topics for this 10-week class include crime analysis, patrol operations, domestic violence, emergency management, role-playing in traffic stop scenarios and more. After registration, prospective participants will be contacted by the Raytown Police Department and must pass a background check before confirming enrollment in this program.

Tech Talk: For adults, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required. Call 353-2052. 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 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. Basic computer literacy needed.

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

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.

Eastern Kansas City Metro Depression and Bipolar Disorder support group: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Unity of Independence, Youth ED building, 14304 E. 39th St. S., Independence. Contact Mary Rose Shonkwiler at 304-7910 or maresue@gmail.com.

ONGOING EVENTS

Vaile Mansion tours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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. For skate times, call 795-7577. Open to skaters of all ages and skill levels. These sessions take place at various times and are usually two hours long.

– Jillayne Ritchie