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 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. 

APRIL 25

• Smart Car Care, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Andy Mitchell, Lead Mechanic for Hertz Rental Cars at KCI will be our speaker. Car repairs are no fun for anyone. Learn maintenance tips that will help you to keep those hard earned dollars in your pocket. Andy has worked as a mechanic for 30 plus years on a variety of makes and models of automobiles. Andy enjoys teaching young people and has served as an instructor for the local boy scouts as well as youth baseball teams for the past 20 years. Free, but registration is required, call 701-3483.

• Financial Education For All: Things You Have Never Heard, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Larry Crane, president of Crane Financial, discusses financial growth and protection in a way that makes sense. Learn necessary financial information to help you make educated decisions on products that are best suited to for you. Learn about financial tools that you’ve never heard of! Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Kids at the Library, for ages 6 and older, 4:30 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Discover, create, and play. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Teens at the Library, 7 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Discover what we’ve planned just for you. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Beginning Square Dance Lessons, 7 p.m., Graceway Church, 55th and Blue Ridge Cut-off. Donations are appreciated. For questions, call Carolyn 816-217-7739.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 2 to 4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• Single Mom’s Group, a non-denominational Christian group, 6 to 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Dinner and child care included. Free. Call Debra Williamson at 392-5433.

• Monday Night Dance, 7 p.m., Jackson County Shrine Club, 120 1/2 S. Pleasant St., Independence. The “Dirt Canyon Band” will provide the music. Cover charge, $5.

• 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. 373-0221.

• Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hy-Vee, 4545 S. Noland Road, Independence. 

APRIL 26

• Defeat Hunger: Free Community Meal, 5:30 p.m., Glenwood Park United Methodist Church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. Everyone welcome.

• Skillbuilders, education and support for widows, widowers and caregivers, 9:45 -10 a.m. meet/greet and support; 10 to 11:50 p.m. program, The Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence. Topic: Money management with Peter Hughes, VSR Financial Services Inc. For questions, call 325-6200.

• Negro League Baseball: The Deep Roots of African Americans in America’s Great Game, for adults, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. The Negro Leagues provided a vehicle for African American athletes in an era when racial discrimination froze them out of major league baseball, and paved the way for racial integration in all professional sports. Author Kevin Mitchell, author of Last Train to Cooperstown, illuminates the rich history of Negro League baseball. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Dungeons and Dragons. 4:30 p.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. Prepare for the fight of your life! Free. For more information, call 701-3483.

• Financial Education For All: Things You Have Never Heard, for adults, 7 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Larry Crane, president of Crane Financial, discusses financial growth and protection in a way that makes sense. Learn necessary financial information to help you make educated decisions on products that are best suited to for you. Learn about financial tools that you’ve never heard of! Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Teen Anime, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Join fellow fanatics for fun. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Beginning Ancestry Library Edition, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Research your family history with Ancestry Library Edition. Search the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940 as well as immigration, vital, military, court, church, and ethnic records and much more. Basic computer literacy needed. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 to 11:45 a.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 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. 373-0221.

• Tuesday Party Bridge, 1 to 4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Use Pleasant Street entrance. For details, call 373-2584.

• Independence Branch of the American Association of University Women, 7, First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 400 W. Maple Ave., Independence. The program will consist of presentations of student awards to young women attending the Independence School District. Guests are welcome. 

– Jillayne Ritchie