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 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. 

APRIL 27

• Community Development hosts a public forum, 5 to 7 p.m., Lucy Franklin Elementary, 111 N.E. Roanoke Drive, Blue Springs. The forum allows residents, business owners and community members to give their input for the development of Specific Area Plans for neighborhood N2. The N2 neighborhood is an area that spans from the space east of northwest Missouri 7 north of Interstate 70. Conversations will center on input from community members about development priorities and concepts in their neighborhood.

• Audition for “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” The play will be presented by Blue Springs City Theatre in July in the Blue Springs High School Auditorium. For more information, visit bluespringscitytheatre.com.

• Tech Talks, for adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Bring your questions to the branch, or just come to listen and learn from other participants. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops, computers, or tablets. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Beginning Census Records, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn to search thousands of family and local history books and the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940. Census records can be searched by name, place of birth, age, ethnicity, and more. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 a.m. to noon, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• Lions Club meeting, 7 a.m., Englewood Cafe, 10904 E. Winner Road, Independence.

• Bingo, doors open at 4 p.m.; bingo starts at 6:30 p.m., Stanley-Pack American Legion Post 499, 499 S. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. Pull tabs, snack bar and beverages available. Everyone welcome. 229-4990.

• Buckner VFW Post 8101 Bingo, 7 p.m., 95 Baker Street, Buckner. There is a $15 cost and a sliding scale for payouts that depends on the number of players.

• Al-Anon meeting, 10 a.m., Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran Church, 5757 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown. Come to lower level back door, there is parking at the back. 353-5446. 

APRIL 28

• Community Development hosts a public forum, 5 to 7 p.m., in the dining room of the Blue Springs Country Club, 1600 N.W. Circle Drive, Blue Springs. The forum allows residents, business owners and community members to give their input for the development of Specific Area Plans for neighborhood N2. The N2 neighborhood is an area that spans from the space east of northwest Missouri 7 north of Interstate 70. Conversations will center on input from community members about development priorities and concepts in their neighborhood.

• Gardening Class: Preserving and Preparing Spring Produce, 6 p.m., Trails West Library, 11401 E. 23rd St., Independence. The Independence Health Department and Independence Community Garden Association are sponsoring the class. For questions, call Joanie Shover at 325-7767 or Cindy Calendar at 325-7172.

• Audition for “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” The play will be presented by Blue Springs City Theatre in July in the Blue Springs High School Auditorium. For more information, visit bluespringscitytheatre.com.

• Truman Medical Center Healthy Harvest Mobile Market stops, Jackson County Courthouse on the Square, 9 to 10 a.m.; Palmer Center, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., 416 W. Maple Ave.; City Hall, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 111 W. Maple Ave.; Fairmount Community Center, 2 to 2:30 p.m., 217 Cedar Ave. All in Independence.

• Big Read: Book Discussion, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Join this Big Read book discussion of the Ray Bradbury's “Fahrenheit 451,” a classic science-fiction novel that depicts a dystopian society with eerie similarities to the present day. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Titanic, for adults, 7 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Mahala Douglas and her husband Walter were passengers on the RMS Titanic. No one could have imagined the unthinkable chain of events that were looming. Join Barbara Hughes as she brings the events of April 14-15, 1912 to life through elegant costume, music, a slideshow, first-person accounts, and stories of those aboard the ill-fated luxury steamship. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Teen Screen, 5:30 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Showtime! Call to see what's playing. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 to 11:45 a.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• Independence Host Lions Club, noon, Lucky Buffet, 2931 S. Noland Road, Independence. 

APRIL 29

• Park Trot 5K Run/Walk is planned for April 30, it begins at 8 a.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. This race if free, so everyone has an opportunity to participate. A fun run for children 10 and younger will be held following the 5K. In person registration is from 3 to 7 p.m. April 29 at Bass Pro Shops. For more information, visit www.IndependenceParkTrot.com or call 325-7185.

• “It's Murder in the Wings,” presented by the Encore Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. The editor of the Wings Publishing Company has discovered her boss has met with an untimely death and the in-house staff doesn't exactly react with their usual grace. Throw in numerous other problems, including a TV crew and the late boss' new fiance, and laughs will abound. Tickets are $7; $6 for ages 60 and older; $3 for 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance at 325-7367 or at the door.

• Using Findmypast, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn to search billions of records to find your ancestors from all over the world. This class will focus on searching tips as well as the types of records that can be found in Findmypast.com. This is a beginner level class for adults. Basic computer literacy needed. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• 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.

• Shrimp dinners, 5:30 to 7 p.m., VFW Post 1000, 1002 E. U.S. 24, Independence. Cost, $12 for a ½ pound of shrimp; $15 for a pound. 836-3015. 

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