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

Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival: Noon-11 p.m., around the Independence Square. Admission is free. Visit www.santacaligon.com. There will be more than 450 arts, crafts, food and commercial vendor booths. The festival will also include Main Street 1849, a carnival, contests, live entertainment, authentic blacksmith, antique fire trucks and much more. Parking is free at the Community of Christ Auditorium lot and $1 to ride the shuttle to the festival grounds.

Mother/Son Picnic planned for Sept. 8: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Blue Springs Park. Cost, $10 per person. Registration deadline: Aug. 31. Call 228-0137. Boys and their moms are invited to an afternoon of entertainment, music, pick up games of kickball, wiffle ball and basketball, in addition to lawn games and lunch.

Flicks on the Bricks: Pre-show music starts at 8 p.m. with an 80s/90s tribute performance by Luv Gluv; Wayne's World (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.

Senior Citizens Luncheon planned for Sept. 5: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Grain Valley Community Center, 713 Main St. Cost, $3. Register by Aug. 31 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.

Walkabout at MGC: For beginners, 10:30 a.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.

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

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.

Live music with Rich Cates: 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.

Friday Night Specials: 6-9 p.m., Memorial Post 3976, 12810 Kentucky Road, Sugar Creek. All welcome. Call 461-2636.

SATURDAY

Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival: 10 a.m.-11 p.m., around the Independence Square. Admission is free. Visit www.santacaligon.com. There will be more than 450 arts, crafts, food and commercial vendor booths. The festival will also include Main Street 1849, a carnival, contests, live entertainment, authentic blacksmith, antique fire trucks and much more. Parking is free at the Community of Christ Auditorium lot and $1 to ride the shuttle to the festival grounds.

Artist Talk – Sarah Nguyen on "Break into Blossom": 1-3 p.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, East Lobby, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Reservation are not needed. Call 268-8200. Nguyen's art installation is an artistic visual interpretation of a story from the Textbook of Alternate History by Phong Nguyen. Sarah Nguyen will be on hand to discuss her work along with author Phong Nguyen.

Chuck Wagon Cookies: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 603 N. Jennings Road, Independence. Call 225-9459. Cost, $2. The church has been taking orders for a few weeks, but the public is welcome to stop by and buy them while supplies last. They are two chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream sandwiched in-between. These are the same cookies that were sold at Santa-Cali-Gon for many years.

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.

Spectacular Spiders: For all ages, 1-2:30 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. No registration required. Call 228-3766. There are more than 300 fascinating species of spiders in Missouri! You'll learn about some of them inside then head out on a trail to see who is hanging around.

Let's Move! Saturdays: 10 a.m.-noon, All Fun & Fit, 501 N.W. 5th St., Suite 400, Blue Springs. Active movement for ages 3 to 5 from 10 to 11 a.m.; and ages 6 to 12 from 11 a.m. to noon. Free.

Drumm Farm Market: 8 a.m.-noon, 3210 Lee's Summit Road. Like them at www.Facebook.com/Drummforkids. Call 373-3434.

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.

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.

WeDo LEGO Robotics – Cheerful Fans: For ages 8 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. Build a pair of cheering fans who can help you root for your favorite team.

Zumba Passport Party – Passport to India: For ages 4 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. Kids can explore Indian culture by playing games and learning Bollywood and Bhangra dances. Parents are invited to attend the last 10 minutes to see a dance performance.

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

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

Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival: 10 a.m.-11 p.m., around the Independence Square. Admission is free. Visit www.santacaligon.com. There will be more than 450 arts, crafts, food and commercial vendor booths. The festival will also include Main Street 1849, a carnival, contests, live entertainment, authentic blacksmith, antique fire trucks and much more. Parking is free at the Community of Christ Auditorium lot and $1 to ride the shuttle to the festival grounds.

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

Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., around the Independence Square. Admission is free. Visit www.santacaligon.com. There will be more than 450 arts, crafts, food and commercial vendor booths. The festival will also include Main Street 1849, a carnival, contests, live entertainment, authentic blacksmith, antique fire trucks and much more. Parking is free at the Community of Christ Auditorium lot and $1 to ride the shuttle to the festival grounds.

TUESDAY

Tools for Job Seekers: For adults, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4 and 11, Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required. Call 353-2052. Acquire the basic tools needed when applying for jobs in this two-part series.

Beginning Genealogy: 6:30 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.

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

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.

Independence Uptown Market: 6 a.m.-1 p.m., 211 W. Truman Road. Spend $1 of your SNAP benefits and receive $2 to spend on produce.

Cole Younger and Frank James’ Wild West Show: For families with ages 6 and older, 6:30 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required online at Mymcpl.org/events. 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.

Getting to Know Your Computer: 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. This hands-on program will introduce you to the basic features of a computer and how to use them.

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

Screening of "American Experience: The Great War" Part One: 6:30-8 p.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Theater, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. Reservations are not needed. Call 268-8200. To mark the 100-year anniversary of The Battle of Who Run, the National Park Service and the Truman Library are offering a free public screening of this 3-part series. “The Great War" tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as "doughboys." Part 2 will be shown Oct. 6 and Part 3 will be included in the Veterans Day schedule of events on Nov. 11.

Helping Your Child with Homework: 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required. Call 353-2052. Learn to use the Library’s online resources to help your student with those tough assignments.

Creating Genealogy Heritage Albums: 1 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required. Call 252-7228. This is your project time, so bring your album, exchange ideas, and enjoy conversation with other enthusiasts.

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.

Independence Host Lions Club: Noon, Lucky Buffet, 2931 S. Noland Road, 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