Events for the week of Dec. 29, 2008.

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.


TODAY

“THE LITTLEST ANGEL,” 7 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 Winner Road, Independence. The show will start with a hand puppet variety show coordinated with Christmas music. Dessert will be an added treat for this performance. Tickets are $5, and includes seeing the museum and free finger puppet for each child. Call 833-9777 for reservations. “SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PAST” Independence homes tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty; Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific Ave.; Marshal’s Home, 217 N. Main St. Cost, $12 for all three sites or $5 per home. 325-7111. 1827 LOG COURTHOUSE CHRISTMAS, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Independence. Enjoy cookies and spiced cider while touring. Free. 325-7111. 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.



TUESDAY

“SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PAST” Independence homes tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty; Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific Ave.; Marshal’s Home, 217 N. Main St. Cost, $12 for all three sites or $5 per home. 325-7111. 1827 LOG COURTHOUSE CHRISTMAS, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Independence. Enjoy cookies and spiced cider while touring. Free. 325-7111.



WEDNESDAY

SWING IN THE NEW YEAR IN STYLE, sponsored by Summit Bank of Kansas City, doors open at 7:30 p.m., event begins at 8:30 p.m., The Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 N.W. Murray Road, Lee’s Summit. The Steve Miller KC Band will provide the music for dancing, while guests enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a goodies. Cash bar. Celebrate at midnight with a champagne toast and a balloon drop of more than 1400 balloons. Tickets are $60, and may be purchased by calling 931-3330 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. DEADLINE TO PAY PROPERTY TAXES. The Jackson County Collections Department has extended hours through Wednesday to accept tax payments. The Courthouse Annex in Independence at 308 W. Kansas Ave., will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you mail your taxes, they must be postmarked by Dec. 31. You can pay online at www.co.jackson.mo.us. The online site will close down at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and payments made online after it reopens New Year’s Day will be considered late.

 

FRIDAY

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS will play, 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. 2, Sprint Center, Kansas City. Now in their 83rd year, they have played in 120 countries and six continents. Tickets are $17. Tickets are available at the Sprint Center box office and www.ticketmaster.com.



SATURDAY

SENSORY FRIENDLY FILM, presented by the Autism Society of America and AMC Entertainment, 10 a.m., AMC Independence 20, 19200 E. 39th St. Film: Marley and Me. Families may bring gluten-free, casein-free snacks. Audience welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing, and the “Silence is Golden” policy will not be enforced. Tickets $5 at the door. WINTER HIKE – for families with children 5 and older, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, Blue Springs. Take a morning hike and experience the movement and sounds of winter. No registration required. 228-3766. KAMP WILDERNESS  – Bass Pro Shops Snow Globes, in the Consesrvation Room at the Independence Bass Pro Shops store. Kamp Wilderness classes are held at 11 a.m. on selected Saturdays for kids 12 and younger. They explore the outdoors through craft projects and activities.  This  month, they will make a snow globe. All supplies are provided. Registration is required by calling 816-795-4317 or e-mailing aacock @basspro.com.  



SUNDAY

ASPECTS OF WESTWARD EXPANSION film series, a in-depth view of westward expansion, 2 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Topic: Journey of Sacagawea. Free with regular admission, $5, $4.50 for seniors, $3.50 for age 6 to 17, 6 and under are free. 325-7575. RAPTORS IN THE AIR – for families with ages 5 and older, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, Blue Springs. Join a naturalist and learn about this group of birds, then hike outside in search of them. No registration required. 228-3766.



JAN. 5

SWIMMING INSTRUCTION – Session III, sponsored by Blue Springs Parks and Recreation, Jan. 5 through 28, Blue Springs Centennial Pool-Plex. Cost, $40 per each 8-class session. For days, times and age groups, call 228-0137.



ONGOING EVENTS

“NATIVITIES AROUND THE WORLD,” 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Jan. 4, Mormon Visitors Center, Independence. Free. 836-3466. “MEMORIES OF WORLD WAR II exhibit,” through Jan. 11, Truman Library, 500 West U.S. 24, Independence. Exhibit features more than 100 photos from all theaters of the war. Free with regular museum admission. Call 816-268-8200. 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. 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. CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK ends Wednesday. The holiday lights display at Longview Lake Campgrounds at Longview Lake Park is an annual event for the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department. Hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m. There is no charge, but donations are accepted to benefit local charities. The display features some 300,000 lights, 175 animated figures and Christmas color. Directions: Take I-470 to View High Drive exit, go south onto View High Drive and then follow that to Third Street. Signs will lead you in.  


Compiled by Jillayne Ritchie