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. 

APRIL 22

• “An Evening of Jazz,” featuring the Blue Springs Wildcat Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Blue Springs High School Auditorium, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive. Special guests: Raytown South Middle and High School Jazz Bands and the Blue Springs High School Jazz Lab Band. Enjoy the music of New Orleans, Chicago, L.A. And Kansas City Swing. Admission, $5.

• Teen Club, for teens and adults with disabilities, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Meetings always include free dinner, special guest and lots of fun. For questions, contact Diane Chrisman Schiefelbein at 229-2034 or dianesingsforjoy@comcast.net.• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 a.m. to noon, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

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

APRIL 23

• Arbor Day Celebration, 1 to 3 p.m., Rotary Park, Blue Springs. Blue Springs has been a recipient of the “Tree City USA” Award since 1990. Come celebrate and participate in family-friendly activities, arbor walks and more. Free tree saplings while supplies last.

• Independence Community Rummage Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave. For more information, visit www.ci.independence.mo.us/ParksAndRec/SpecialEvents.

• Church Women United Spring Fling Sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Good Shepherd Community of Christ Church, 4341 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City. A variety of vendors will be selling crafts, baked goods, jewelry, health and wellness items and much more. Proceeds will go to CWU's operating budget. Come shop, eat and buy.

• “A Night in Old Santa Fe,” 6:30 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. For $25 per person, enjoy an authentic Mexican-themed dinner, featuring food from the old west, and meet pioneer re-enactors. Call 325-7575 for details.

• Inside/Out Craft Fair, American Legion Hall, 16701 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Visit Moalpost21.org for details.

• Let's Move! Saturdays activities in Blue Springs, Bump City, 11 a.m. to noon, Gage Center, 1101 N.W. Jefferson St.; and open swim, noon to 3 p.m., Blue Springs Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. (must have adult photo ID, kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool). Both activities are free.

• Celebrate Earth Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lakeside Nature Center in Swope Park

4701 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City. StoneLion Puppet Theatre will have shows at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Celebrate the planet with live animal encounters, crafts, chalk art and more. Admission is free. For more details, visit www.lakesidenaturecenter.org.

• American Legion Dance, 7 to 10:30 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 21, 16701 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Music by The Reddymen Band. Free dance lessons beginning at 6 p.m. Food, beverages and snacks available. Admission, $7. Open to the public. 373-0221.

• Scouting Wildlife Adventures Series: Scales and Fur, for Scout groups with ages 7-17, one adult for every 6 Scouts, 1 to 3 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Calling all Scouts! Each program will include meeting with a Naturalist to learn about careers in conservation, seeing live animals up-close and learning about endangered and extinct species. Reptiles, amphibians and mammals will be the focus, and we’ll also head out on the trail for spontaneous nature discoveries. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Cool Cats: The Rock ’n’ Roll Accordion Band, for all ages, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Rock out to the hits of the ’50s through the ’90s with the Cool Cats Accordion Orchestra. The Cool Cats are an accordion orchestra made up of students – kids and adults – from the United Teachers of Music in Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Kids at the Library, for ages 6 and older, 11 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Discover, create, and play. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. 

APRIL 24

• Spirit of Independence Concert Band Spring Concert, 4 to 5 p.m., Plaza Heights Baptist Church, 1500 S.W. Clark Road, Blue Springs. The 55-member group, under the direction of area musician and educator Jane Hicklin, will perform a variety of musical styles. Selections include marches, the “Light Cavalry Overture,” an arrangement of “All the Things You Are” by band member Don Matthews, and a medley of tunes by The Beatles. The trombone section will be featured in “Lassus Trombone.” Admission is free.

• “An Evening of Jazz,” featuring the Blue Springs Wildcat Jazz Ensemble, 2:30 p.m., Blue Springs High School Auditorium, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive. Special guests: Paul Kinder and Brittany Hill Middle School Jazz Bands and the Blue Springs High School Jazz Lab Band. Enjoy the music of New Orleans, Chicago, L.A. And Kansas City Swing. Admission, $5.

• Autism Awareness Day – Join the Kansas City Zoo in support of Autism Awareness. This event welcomes families affected by autism spectrum disorder to enjoy a day at the Zoo. The Zoo will provide free admission to people with Autism and reduced admission of $6 per person for those accompanying them at the Zoo. The day will feature quiet rooms, animal presentations, crafts and more from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join KCPT in the Lobby Auditorium for a free screening of a new PBS Kids Dinosaur Train episode at 10 a.m or 1 p.m. The screening and accompanying activities will be sensory-sensitive and will encourage all kids to join in the fun!

• The Business of Food Trucks Workshop, for adults, noon, North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Learn the business of food trucks from the experts. This five-hour workshop, led by Jazzy B’s food truck owner Brandon Simpson and Xander Winkel of The Ennovation Center, will walk attendees through the steps of opening their own food truck business and cover a number of subjects, including health departments, truck build out, branding, advertising, and financial statements. Participants will have the chance to tour food trucks. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Film Series: Changing Tides: Social Problem Films of the ’50s, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Focusing on the struggles of individuals, social problem films of the 1950s cast light on the issues plaguing contemporary American society. Join film critic and enthusiast Robert Butler as we explore the social problem films of the 1950s. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Learn to square dance, 2 p.m., in Independence. Free lessons will be offered for ages 8 and older. Have fun and meet new friends. Couples, families and singles welcome. Call Brad and Annette Davis at 254-5305 for information.

• Alpha Omega Master attend Founder's Day, 1 to 3 p.m., Blue Springs Country Club. Louise, 796-6998. 

ONGOING EVENTS

• National Frontier Trails Museum, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 12:30 to 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. 325-7575. 

• Vaile Mansion tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, located at 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $3 for ages 6 to 16. Call 325-7430. 

• Bingham-Waggoner Estate tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, located at 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. Call 461-3491. 

• 1827 Log Courthouse, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday through October, 107 W. Kansas Ave., Independence. Open by appointment after 2 p.m. Call 325-7890. 

• 1859 Jail & Marshal's Home Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, 217 N. Main St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. Call 461-1897. 

• Chicago & Alton Depot, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Thursday-Saturday; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, through October, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Donations welcome. Call 325-7955. 

• Leila’s Hair Museum, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1333 S. Noland Road, Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $3 for ages 65 and older and children 12 and under. 833-2955. 

• Regional Animal Shelter, noon-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday/Sunday, 21001 E. Hwy. 78, Independence. 621-7722. 

• Public Skate, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Public sessions are open to skaters of all ages and skill levels. These sessions take place at various times and are usually two hours long. Cost, $5; $3 for 12 and under and 55 and older, non-residents add $1 to each price. Skate rental, $2. For times, call the Skating Hotline: 795-7577. 

• Blue Springs Recycling, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2725 N.W. Park Road. For questions, call 228-0228 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/recycling. 

• Independence Recycling, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at 13600 E. 35th St.; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays at 875 Vista Ave. Sites accept newspaper, cardboard, magazines, office paper, junk mail, steel and aluminum cans, flashlight-type batteries, and No. 1 and 2 plastic bottles. A fee will be charged for non-flat-screen TVs, $20 for 27 inch and smaller and $40 for larger. 325-7623. 

– Jillayne Ritchie