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 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. 

APRIL 30

• Police Departments participate in “Prescription Drug Take Back” event – You may drop off items from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Drop off sites are: Independence – City Hall parking lot, 111 E. Maple Ave. (325-7258); Sugar Creek – Police Department, 1001 Heroes Way (252-7058); Blue Springs – Police Department, 1100 S.W. Smith St., and Price Chopper, 1100 S. M-7 and 1305 N. M-7 (228-0164); Lee's Summit – St. Luke's East, 100 N.E. St. Luke's Blvd. (Diagnostic Center-Medical Building entrance), John Knox Village, 1001 N.W. Chipman Road (Places-Manhattan Room), Hy-Vee, 310 S.W. Ward Road and 301 N.E. Rice Road, Price Chopper, 937 N.E. Woods Chapel Road and 251 S.W. Greenwich Drive, and Lee's Summit Medical Center, 2100 S.E. Blue Pkwy. (main entrance lobby); Raytown – City Hall parking lot, 10000 E. 59th St., and Kenagy Park parking lot, 9700 E. 79th St. (737-6018.) For questions, call the numbers above.

• Park Trot 5K Run/Walk, 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 7 to 7:40 a.m. near the start of the course. 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.

• Girls Nite Out 4 Breast Cancer: Beach Party Luau, 4 to 8 p.m., Cotillion, 1717-1721 Burdette Crossing (strip mall on M-7 north side of I-70), Blue Springs. The evening includes live music, games with prizes, raffles, dancing and vendors. Cost, $25. For more information and to pay by Paypal, visit https://sites.google.com/site/girlsniteoutfbc.

• Get Outside and Take a Hike, for all ages, 2 to 3 p.m., Grounds Park Trail, 1901 N.E. Jefferson St., Blue Springs. Enjoy a guided hike led by a Missouri Master Naturalist. Free. For questions, call 228-0137.

• The Jacomo Chorale Concert, 7 p.m., Outreach Restoration Branch, 723 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. A free will offering will be taken.

• Krafts 4 Kids Craft Show, presented by the Joshua Center for Neurological Disorders, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 400 E Bannister Road, Suite A, Kansas City. There will be a bake sale and raffle along with vendors selling their hand-made crafts. All of the proceeds will go directly to support the Joshua Center's summer camp program. They also have a donor who will match all funds raise.

• Let's Move! Saturdays activity in Blue Springs, free range balls and instruction, 2 to 4 p.m., Adams Pointe Golf Course, 1400 N.E. Coronado Drive. Free.

• Community Breakfast, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. The cost is $3.50 for either half order of biscuits and gravy or all you can eat pancakes with sausage, and $5 for a full order of biscuits and gravy. All meals include coffee and orange juice. 252-6100.

• Raytown Garden Club's Spring Plant and Bake Sale, 8 a.m. to noon, Cave Spring Interpretative Center, 8701 E. Gregory, Raytown. The sale will feature a wide variety of annuals, perennials, and vegetables as well as delicious homemade baked goods. Garden Club members will be available to answer your questions.

• Pete the Cat Rocking Our Library Shoes, for all ages, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Celebrate the coolness that is Pete the Cat! Hear his groovy stories, rock in his awesome shoes, and sing his rock and roll songs! There will be crafts, stories, songs, and tons of fun. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales, for ages 2 and older, 11 a.m. to noon, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! Our imaginations are the only limits. Walk-ins welcome. 228-3766. 

MAY 1

• “It's Murder in the Wings,” presented by the Encore Theatre, 2 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. If you purchase a ticket today, you may buy one and get one free. 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.

• Film Series: Sidney Lumet: The Big Picture, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Using his beloved New York City as a backdrop, Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema who brought emotionally complex stories to the screen that often addressed the socially-relevant issues of their times. 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. 

MAY 2

• 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. Explore big ideas in a new way. 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. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Using FamilySearch beginner class, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn tips on searching records, using the research wiki, finding family trees, using the Family History catalog, and more. Basic computer literacy needed. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• 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.

MAY 3

• Young@Heart, for ages 50 and older, 9 to 11:30 a.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. This free event will provide information about nonprofit organizations, volunteer opportunities, and free activities for seniors and their caregivers. There will be representatives from many organizations, including Social Security, AARP and Library-By-Mail to share their information and answer your questions. Do you have questions about your computer or eReader? Library staff will help you with your technology. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• 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, Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence. Topic: Making minor home repairs with Dennis Banka, remodeler. For questions, call 325-6200.

• Walk On, 10 a.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. This walking series focuses on multi-muscle moves that will be set to the beat of popular music. This higher muscle engagement leads to higher calorie burn and more muscle tone!

No equipment necessary. You may bring your own dumbbells if desired. This program is free and no registration is required. For questions, call 701-3483.

• Windows 10, for adults, 7 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Get an introduction to the layout of the Windows 10 operating system and a demonstration on navigating its functions. You may bring your own Windows 10 laptops. Registration is required. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Beyond Cable TV, for adults, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Thinking of cutting costs by cutting the cord on cable television? Learn about the alternatives available for great home entertainment. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Craft Group, for adults, 1 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Creating your own works of art is one of the best ways to express yourself and share good will. Join us to meet new people, create new items, and even learn a thing or two. Quilt, knit, scrapbook, crochet, and more! Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• 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.

• Party Bridge, 12:30 to 4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Use Pleasant Street entrance. For details, call 252-6251.

• Independence Pioneers Daughters of the American Revolution, noon, Ophelia's, 201 N. Main St., Independence. Program on Valley Forge presented by Ricardo A. Herrera, PhD, Associate Professor of Military History, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth. 

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: $15 for adults; $7.50 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