Events beginning Feb. 24, 2009

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.

TODAY
KIWANIS CLUB of INDEPENDENCE CHILI DAY, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Community of Christ Stone Church, River Boulevard and Lexington Avenue, Independence. The $6 cost includes chili or soup, pie and beverage. All proceeds benefit Independence youth and community activities. 350-3269.
MUSIC FOR MARDI GRAS, 7 p.m., Catholic Church of the Santa Fe, 231 S. Sibley, Buckner. Young musicians on piano, brass, woodwinds and strings will perform compositions by the masters. Refreshments will follow. Everyone is welcome.
BINGO, doors open at 4 p.m.; bingo begins at 6:30 p.m., American Legion-Tirey J. Ford Post 21, 16701 East U.S. 40, Independence. Open to the public. Proceeds are used to subsidize the Posts’ veterans and youth programs. 373-0221.
Crafts/gifts, consignment sales 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Independence Square Courthouse. Items handcrafted by Missouri senior citizens 55 and older. 461-0191.
Family story time, 7 p.m., Trails West Branch Library, Independence. 701-3483.
Storytime for children 2 to 6, 10 a.m., Mid-Continent Public Library Blue Springs North Branch. 224-8772.
Storytime for children 3 and older, 10 a.m., Mid-Continent Public Library, North Independence Branch. 252-0950.

WEDNESDAY
INTRODUCTION TO FENCING, sponsored by Blue Springs Parks and Recreation, 6:30 to 7:20 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 25 through April 8, Hall McCarter Education Center, Blue Springs. This class will cover the fundamentals of the sport through group and individual instruction. Cost, $49. Call 228-0137 to register.
MASTERING FENCING, sponsored by Blue Springs Parks and Recreation, 7:30 to 8:20 p.m. for ages 13 and under; 7:30 to 9 p.m. for 14 and older, Wednesdays Feb. 25 through April 8, Hall McCarter Education Center, Blue Springs. This class will prepare you for actual tournaments in the Kansas City area. Cost, $49. Call 228-0137 to register.
WINTER WALK – for ages 18 and older, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, Blue Springs. Call 228-3766 to register.
BABES IN THE WOODS: Winter stroll – for ages 0 to 36 months, 11 a.m. to noon, Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, Blue Springs. Call 228-3766 to register.
Toddler Town for ages 1 to 5, 10 a.m. to noon, Sermon Center, Independence. Cost, $1. Closed when public schools are closed. For activities and information, call 325-7370.
Crafts/gifts, consignment sales 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Independence Square Courthouse. Items handcrafted by Missouri senior citizens 55 and older. 461-0191.
Preschool story time for age 3-5, 10:30 a.m., Trails West Branch Library, Independence. 701-3483.

THURSDAY
USED BOOK FAIR, sponsored by the Independence Branch of the American Association of University Women, during mall hours, Independence Center. Proceeds will go to scholarship and community projects.
USA JUNIOR OLYMPIC SKILLS BASKETBALL COMPETITION for ages 8 to 13, sponsored by Blue Springs Parks and Recreation, 5:30 p.m. registration; 6 p.m. competition, Moreland Ridge Middle School, Blue Springs. During this free shooting competition, boys and girls compete separately. Call 228-0137 to register.
GALLERY WALK: Stories of love and courtship on the trails, 2 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Free with regular museum admission, $5, $4.50 for seniors, $3.50 for ages 6 to 17, under age 6 are free. 325-7575.
YOUNG FRIENDS OF NATURE: Capture the frog – for ages 13 to 18, 6 to 8 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, Blue Springs. Learn to identify frogs by the calls they make. Become an active part in helping keep records of amphibians at Burr Oak Woods. Call 228-3766 to register.
Crafts/gifts, consignment sales 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Independence Square Courthouse. Items handcrafted by Missouri senior citizens 55 and older. 461-0191.
LINE DANCE class, sponsored by Sugar Creek Parks and Recreation, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Mike Onka Hall. Cost, $2 per class. Call Connie Halastik at 833-0154.
Storytime for children 2 to 6, 10 a.m., Mid-Continent Public Library Blue Springs North Branch. 224-8772.

ONGOING EVENTS
HELP FILL THE FOOD PANTRY at Community Services League, The Angels are asking for your help. Bring macaroni/cheese, cereal and canned soup, meat, ravioli and vegetables to Third Street and Maple Avenue, Independence. Call 350-7066.
EAGLE WATCHING, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Sundays through April 1, Fort Osage National Historic Landmark Education Center, Sibley. Spotting scope and several binoculars provided, but best to bring your own. Cost, $7; $4 for ages 5 to 13; $3 for ages 62 and older; ages 4 and under are free. 650-3452.
MARGARET TRUMAN “America’s Sweetheart” exhibit, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through May 31, Truman Visitor’s Center, 223 N. Main St., Independence. Exhibit features artifacts from the life of Missouri’s famous first daughter. No fee for the exhibit.
SCHOOL HOUSE TO WHITE HOUSE: The Education of the Presidents exhibit, through Aug. 30, Truman Library & Museum, Independence. You’ll see report cards, tests, essays, photos and films from the collections of the National Archives Presidential Libraries. Free with regular museum admission. 268-8200.
Independence recycling, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at 13600 East 35th St.; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays at 875 Vista Drive. Sites accept newspaper, cardboard, magazines, office paper, junk mail, steel and aluminum cans, flashlight-type batteries, and No. 1 and 2 plastic bottles. 325-7605.
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