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  • Items for the Community Calendar may be e-mailed to jill.ritchie@examiner.net or mailed to: The Examiner, P.O. Box 459, Independence, Mo. 64051, attention Jill Ritchie. Also, check the calendar online at examiner.net.
    TUESDAY
    POPSICLES IN THE PARK, sponsored by Independence Parks and Recreation, 6:30 to 8 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, Independence. Bring the entire family for an evening of fun, while enjoying free popsicles. For directions, 325-7843.
    MAD SCIENCE: Mad messages – for ages 7 to 12, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 17 and 19, Vesper Hall. Learn how to talk with numbers and create code “crackers.” Create a code wheel, send/receive messages via Morse Code, use chemical reactions to hide/recover covert messages and more. Cost, $65. To register, 228-0137.
    ADULT TAEKWONDO, sponsored by Blue Springs Parks and Recreation, 7:10 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 24, Pruter’s US Martial Arts Center. Cost, $45. To register, 228-0137.
    YOUTH TAEKWONDO, sponsored by Blue Springs Parks and Recreation, 6:10 to 7 p.m. for ages 6 to 12, Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 24, Pruter’s US Martial Arts Center, Blue Springs. Cost, $45. To register, 228-0137.
    BLUE SPRINGS FARMER’S MARKET, 7 a.m. to noon, 1/2 block south of 11th and Main streets.
    WEDNESDAY
    TODDLER TOWN ON TOUR for ages 2 to 10, sponsored by Independence Parks and Recreation, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Adventure Oasis Water Park, Independence. The children will be doing simple crafts. Bring a towel. No charge or registration required. For directions, 325-7843.
    HOME IMPROVEMENT WORKSHOP, sponsored by Independence Housing and Neighborhood Services and Historic Preservation Divisions, 6 p.m., Maywood Baptist Church, 10505 E. Winner Road, Independence. Topic: Alternative siding materials. Free and open to the public. Contact Wendy Shay at 325-7419 or Anita Yates at 325-7413.
    GALLERY WALK: “Landmarks of the Trail,” 2 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Investigate notable landmarks (natural and man-made) in this 30-minute guided tour. Free with regular museum admission. 325-7575.
    INDEPENDENCE FARMER’S MARKET, 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Truman Road between Liberty and Main streets. Information, call Joe Antoine at 252-8860.
    AT BURR OAK NATURE CENTER –
    BIRD WATCHERS: Lower Hickory Grove service road – for ages 20 and older, 8:30 to 10 a.m. All birding levels welcome. To register, 228-3766.
    BABES IN THE WOODS: Bug search – for ages birth to 2 years, 11 a.m. to noon. Get brave and take a stroll in search of bugs. To register, 228-3766.
    BURR OAK WOODS FUN BADGE: The Good Oak – for Junior Girls Scouts, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Discover stories a tree might tell, and write your own stories. This activity will fulfill Earth Connections Badge 4, as well as one of six requirements to earn the Fun Badge. To register, 228-3766.
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    FREE CIVIL WAR FILM: Ride with the Devil (1999), starring Tobey Maguire and Jewel, 7 p.m., Truman Presidential Library and Museum, Independence. This drama depicts ordinary lives ambushed by history. Set and filmed along the Missouri-Kansas border. Museum volunteers will serve popcorn and beverages. Admission is free.
    TACO NIGHT, 5 to 7 p.m., American Legion Post 21, 16701 East U.S. 40, Independence. Tacos, $1; burrito or taco salad, $3.50; rice or beans, $1. 373-0221.
    NATURE STORY TIME FOR AGES 2 to 5, 10 to 11 a.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Children can participate in a nature focused story and craft activity. Free. 325-7115.
    FRIDAY
    BLUE SPRINGS STREET FLICKS, sponsored in part by Blue Springs Parks and Recreation, 7:15 children’s activities begin; movie begins at dusk, downtown Blue Springs. Movie: The Wizard of Oz. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. 228-0137.
    STARRY NIGHT HIKE, 9:30 to 10:30 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. This hike will cover animal adaptations, human senses, games and Native American stories. To register, 325-7115.
    FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., VFW Post 1000, 1002 East U.S. 24, Independence. All welcome. 836-3015.
    FRIDAY NIGHT SPECIALS, 6 to 9 p.m., Memorial Post 3976, 12810 Kentucky Road, Sugar Creek. All welcome. 461-2636.
    SATURDAY
    PETS N’ ALL THAT JAZZ is planned for June 28, 6 to 9 p.m., St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 3736 Lee’s Summit Road, Independence. This benefit for Animals Best Friends and PAWS Inc., includes light hors d’oeuvres, wine, tropical drink, desserts and coffee. Cost, $25 per person. Registration deadline: June 21. Call 836-4866.
    SKATEBOARD COMPETITION, sponsored by Blue Springs Parks and Recreation, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Old Mill Park Skate Park, 1200 N.W. Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs. Beginners, 10 and under; intermediate, at least 18 months of experience; expert, for those with two or more years of experience. Entry fee, $10. Preregistration is recommended. 228-0137.
    JUNIOR NATURALIST – for ages 8 to 12, 9 a.m. to noon, George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. This program gives basic knowledge of ecology and nature. There will be games, hands-on activities and more. To register, 325-7115.
    “EVE OF DESTRUCTION” demolition derby, I-70 Speedway, 12773 N. Outer Road, Odessa. For information, 230-0080.
    DISC GOLF ON TOUR, 1 to 3 p.m., Hill Park, Independence. Grab your discs and test your skill at a 9-hole course. 325-7115.
    VISITOR APPRECIATION DAY, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Receive a free covered wagon ride with a paid admission. 325-7575.
    INDEPENDENCE FARMER’S MARKET, 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Truman Road between Liberty and Main streets. Information, call Joe Antoine at 252-8860.
    Page 3 of 3 - BLUE SPRINGS FARMER’S MARKET, 7 a.m. to noon, 1/2 block south of 11th and Main streets.
    WILD ONES: Little Blue River wild Edible’s hike – for ages 20 and older, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Meet volunteer naturalist Frances Mathews on the Little Blue Trace Trail, and share your favorite wild edible’s recipe. Call Burr Oak Woods Nature Center to register, 228-3766.
    HOP TO IT – for families with children ages 4 and older, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, Blue Springs. Learn the difference between a frog and a toad and meet one of each and make a toad house. To register, 228-3766.
    SUNDAY
    “MUSIC IN THE PARK,” sponsored by Blue Springs Parks and Recreation, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Provincial Gazebo at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, Missouri 7 and Vesper Street, Blue Springs. Cold Blue Band, presented by ABC Towing, will be performing the blues. Free. Inclement weather hotline: 816-228-0116.
    “PRESENTING MISS NARRA LEWIS,” sponsored by the Blue Springs Historical Society, 2 to 5 p.m., Dillingham-Lewis Museum, 101 S. 15th St., Blue Springs. There will be a display of photos, documents and artifacts of Miss Lewis, who owned the house that is now the Dillingham-Lewis Museum. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. 224-4910.
    MEDICAL PLANTS – for ages 12 and older, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, Blue Springs. Join Naturalist Justin Whitman to search and locate medicinal herbs within Burr Oak Woods. To register, 228-3766.
    ONGOING EVENTS
    VICTORIAN FAIRING BOXES EXHIBIT” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through July, Vaile Victorian Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Admission is $5 for adults; $4.50 for seniors; $2 for children 6 to 16. 325-7430.
    LINCOLN: THE CONSTITUTION & THE CIVIL WAR exhibit, through Sept. 14, Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, 500 West U.S. 24, Independence. Free with regular museum admission. 268-8200.
    “SPARKLING STRINGS” puppet display, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, through July 30, Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 Winner Road, Independence. Admission, $3 for adults; $1.50 to age 16 (extra fee to make puppet). 833-9777.
    FILM AND CRITTER FEEDING. Free nature films will be shown at 3:30 p.m. Sundays, Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, Blue Springs. Critters on exhibit will be fed at 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. 228-3766.
    Compiled by Jillayne Ritchie

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