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. 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22

• The Mile Starts Here, a walking group for the community, 9 a.m., Independence Athletic Complex, 17800 E. Salisbury Road. For questions, call the Independence Health Department at 325-7185.

• Stay Strong, Stay Healthy, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays/Fridays, June 22 through Aug. 12, University of Missouri Extension Blue Springs office. Designed to increase middle-aged and older adults' access to safe, structured and effective strength-training. Cost, $50. To register, call 252-5051.

• Parents Night Out planned for June 25, 6 to 11 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave. Parents, enjoy a night on the town, while your children ages 5 to 12 enjoy themed activities, games, and access to the fields and courts, all while under the supervision and care of Field House staff. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Cost, Fieldhouse members, $20/child, $15 each sibling; non-members, $30/child, $25 each sibling. Registration deadline: June 22. Call 228-0137.

• Independence Farmers & Craft Market, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October, located just south of the Independence Square at the northwest corner Walnut and Liberty streets.

• Drumm Farm Market, 4 to 7 p.m., Drumm Farm, 3210 Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Like them at www.Facebook.com/Drummforkids. For questions, call 373-3434.

• Lee's Summit Farmers Market, 7 a.m. until sold out, through Nov. 19, Second and Douglas streets. For questions, call 246-6598.

• Managing the Photos, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Are your photos taking up too much space on your smartphone? This class will teach you the various methods of storing and organizing your smartphone photos. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• KC Kids Create, for ages 8 to 12, 4 to 5 p.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. This creative play is fused with science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). Kids will have fun solving problems using LEGO bricks and other STEAM skills. Free. For questions, call 701-3483.

• Catch the Magic, Read, for all ages, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Race into the outdoors for an adventure full of magic, silly puppets, and fun. Join The Fishin’ Magicians, and see why they say the fastest way to wellness is out in nature, where another kind of magic happens. Ask them how to do any of their tricks or how to catch fish, and they’ll say “Go check out a book from the Library.” Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• T. Texas Terry’s Adventures in Reading, for ages 4 and older, 10:30 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Check out the wackiest library you’ve ever seen. Learn about everything from circuses to science on a tour of magician Terry DaVolt’s very special and very large collection of books. Be prepared to be a part of the adventure. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020.

• KC Zoomobile: Australia, for ages 5 and older, 10 a.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Go on an Australian-themed adventure with the Kansas City Zoo. Learn Aussie folklore and culture, and meet some animal friends from “down under.” Join the Zoo staff, and learn something new about Australia! Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• The Polished Brass, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Join The Polished Brass for a musical experience designed to captivate the spirit, stir the soul, excite the imagination, and enlighten the mind. Comprised of senior citizens from the Raytown area, The Polished Brass will play classic standards mixed with a few surprises. Audience participation is highly encouraged. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• Beginning Ancestry Library Edition, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Search the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940 as well as immigration, vital, military, court, church, and ethnic records. Explore city directories, Social Security Death Index, and much, much more. 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.

• 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.

• Xi Xi Sigma, 6:30 p.m., gather for the June Call meeting at Islamorada Fish Company at Bass Pro. 

JUNE 23

• Nature Story Time: Make room for butterflies, 10 and 11 a.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Explore the outdoors, make crafts and listen to great stories. Free. To register, call 325-7115.

• Garage Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Open Arms congregation of Community of Christ, 1021 W. College, Independence. There will be furniture, clothing for all ages, shoes, electronics, decoratives, books, kitchen items and much more. Everything from soup to nuts, including a Squatty Potty. You may donate items from 4 to 6 p.m. June 20-22. For questions, call Terry Buckmaster at 260-3164.

• 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.

• Life on the Trail, 2 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Explore daily routines for members of a wagon train in this 30-minute guided tour. Regular admission applies, $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 17. Call 325-7575.

• Ladies 80’s Night, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., B&D Skating Rink, 13903 S. Noland Court, Independence. Break out your best 80’s attire: Leg warmers, shoulder pads and teased hair and join in for a totally radical time! Best outfit will win a great prize! This is a free event. For questions, call Cassandra Conard at 841-1853.

• Make a T-Shirt Memory Quilt, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Learn how to make a keepsake quilt out of your family’s cherished old t-shirts. Over two sessions, you’ll plan your quilt, cut the t-shirts into blocks, and begin sewing them together to make a quilt top that can be hand tied or machine quilted. This program requires 6 to 10 hours of project preparation between program sessions. A supply list is available at the library. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Pirate Training!, for ages 4 and older, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Dress up in your favorite pirate costume and train to be a pirate! We’ll read some books, make periscopes, and do some special pirate activities. We’ll even learn how to talk like pirates. Aarrrgghh! Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Teens at the Library, 3 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Science City: Volts & Jolts, for all ages, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Electricity is illuminated in a series of shocking experiments! Explore electrons and protons as the Van de Graaff generator creates volts of hair-raising excitement. Observe the Tesla coil sending arcs of electricity through the air, and watch a lamp mysteriously light up. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• 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.

• Landlords Association of Eastern Jackson County, 6:30 p.m. networking; 7 p.m. speaker, Allens Banquet Hall, 11330 E. Truman Road (3 blocks east of Sterling at Vermont.) Being better informed makes better landlords. All are welcome. 

JUNE 24

• Summer Fantasy, presented by the Children's Performing Theatre, 7 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre, inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. The production is a compilation of reading, skits and monologues. Seating is open and tickets are $3 at the door. For information, call 325-7367.

• 'Putnam County Spelling Bee,' presented by Summit Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Metropolitan Community College-Longview Cultural Arts Center, 500 S.W. Longview Park Drive, Lee's Summit. Six quirky spelling bee contestants, and their equally quirky spelling bee judges, set the stage for this entertaining production. The show is rated PG-13 and tickets may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets, at the Lee’s Summit Hy-Vee store or at the door. For more information, call 463-2654.

• Garage Sale, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Open Arms congregation of Community of Christ, 1021 W. College, Independence. There will be furniture, clothing for all ages, shoes, electronics, decoratives, books, kitchen items and much more. Everything from soup to nuts, including a Squatty Potty. You may donate items from 4 to 6 p.m. June 20-22. For questions, call Terry Buckmaster at 260-3164.

• Longview Charity Horse Show, 5 to 11 p.m., Longview Horse Park, 12600 Old Raytown Road, Kansas City. This is the Midwest’s premiere horse show featuring American Saddlebred, Arabian, Morgan and Hackney breeds from more than seven states. Admission is $3. For questions, call 913-681-2397.

• Beginning Internet Genealogy, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. This class focuses on evaluating websites and will introduce some of the best genealogy sites on the internet. 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.

• 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.

• Shrimp Dinner, 5:30 to 7 p.m., VFW Post 1000, 1002 E. U.S. 24, Independence. Cost, $12 for 1/2 pound of shrimp; $15 for a pound. 836-3015. 

JUNE 25

• Breakfast & Blooms, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Arrive between 8 and 10 a.m. to enjoy a breakfast of eggs, sausage, country potatoes and all the trimmings. Homemade baked goods will also be for sale. Garden tours being at 10 a.m. and feature local private gardens. Tickets are $25 and include breakfast, garden tour and a tour of the Estate (use that day or at a later date/time.) For tickets, call 461-3491.

• Trunk Sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Unity of Independence, 14304 E. 39th St. S., Independence. Treasures include original artwork, crafts, and used treasurers, such as small appliances, jewelry, home decorating items, toys, gardening machines and more.

• Old Summit Country Antique Show, presenting early country wares, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., John Knox Village Pavilion, 400 N.W. Murray Road, Lee's Summit. More than 60 deals will provide a shopping experience which takes you back in time to the late 1800s. Lunch available by Summit Hickory Pit BBQ. Admission, $5. For questions, call 537-7129.

• Daily Life on the Oregon Trail, National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Using a special brochure, you'll come to understand exactly what a typical day was like on the trails. Regular admission applies, $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 17. Call 325-7575.

• Let's Move! Saturdays activities in Blue Springs, dance class for age 3 to 5, from 10 to 11 a.m., TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox; and open swim, from noon to 3 p.m., 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.

• Garage Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Open Arms congregation of Community of Christ, 1021 W. College, Independence. There will be furniture, clothing for all ages, shoes, electronics, decoratives, books, kitchen items and much more. Everything from soup to nuts, including a Squatty Potty. You may donate items from 4 to 6 p.m. June 20-22. For questions, call Terry Buckmaster at 260-3164.

• 'Putnam County Spelling Bee,' presented by Summit Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Metropolitan Community College-Longview Cultural Arts Center, 500 S.W. Longview Park Drive, Lee's Summit. Six quirky spelling bee contestants, and their equally quirky spelling bee judges, set the stage for this entertaining production. The show is rated PG-13 and tickets may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets, at the Lee’s Summit Hy-Vee store or at the door. For more information, call 463-2654.

• Longview Charity Horse Show, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Longview Horse Park, 12600 Old Raytown Road, Kansas City. This is the Midwest’s premiere horse show featuring American Saddlebred, Arabian, Morgan and Hackney breeds from more than seven states. Admission is $3. For questions, call 913-681-2397.

• Independence Farmers & Craft Market, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October, located just south of the Independence Square at the northwest corner Walnut and Liberty streets.

• Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to noon through October, located at 11th and Main streets, Blue Springs. The market specializes in homegrown fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats and many other items that are grown or made by hand. For questions, email Reta Schaefer at retaschaefer@yahoo.com.

• Drumm Farm Market, 8 a.m. to noon through October, 3210 Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Like them at www.Facebook.com/Drummforkids. For questions, call 373-3434.

• Lee's Summit Farmers Market, 7 a.m. until sold out, through Nov. 19, Second and Douglas streets. For questions, call 246-6598.

• 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.

• 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.

• Archery for Families, for families with children ages 8 and older, 1 to 2:30 p.m. or 2:30 to 4 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Rediscover the ancient art of archery! Discover the fun at this family activity as parents and kids learn together. We will teach and practice the basics, helping you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Make a T-Shirt Memory Quilt, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Learn how to make a keepsake quilt out of your family’s cherished old t-shirts. Over two sessions, you’ll plan your quilt, cut the t-shirts into blocks, and begin sewing them together to make a quilt top that can be hand tied or machine quilted. This program requires 6 to 10 hours of project preparation between program sessions. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Walking Photo Safari, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Discover how to find unique perspectives when using digital cameras to shoot everyday objects. Learn how to shoot close-ups as well as use different angles and color differentials. Bring a digital camera or use one provided by the library. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Chess Free Play, 1 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Play chess, learn the basics, brush up on your chess skills, challenge other players at Free Chess Play at the library. Chess boards and chess pieces will be provided. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. 

JUNE 26

• Adam’s Army Blood Drive, Timothy Lutheran Ministries, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. T-shirts saying “We Know You Have It In You!” will be given to the first 70 people to register. Also, all donors will be entered into a drawing for door prizes that includes Royals tickets. Burgers, hot dogs and chips will be served beginning at 11 a.m. Donors may register online at www.esavealifenow.org, click on ‘Schedule an appointment’ then type in TIMOTHYLUT for the sponsor code. Select June 26 and your preferred time.

• I Can Too, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., Main Event Entertainment, 4600 S. Cochise Court, Independence. During this event, people with disabilities will be able to play free. They will receive a 30-minute FUNcard for video game play, bowling with shoes, gravity ropes, shuffleboard, laser tag, billiards and 1 non-alcoholic beverage, a $50 value, plus free giveaways. Family and friends are welcome at regular prices. To learn more about I Can Too, call 350-1000, visit FaceBook.com/icantooaustin or www.mainevent.com.

• Music in the Park, 6 to 8 p.m., Rotary Park, 600 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Riverrock will play electric bluegrass and classic rock. Concessions will be available or bring your own picnic. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. For questions, call 228-0137.

• 'Putnam County Spelling Bee,' presented by Summit Theatre, 2:30 p.m., Metropolitan Community College-Longview Cultural Arts Center, 500 S.W. Longview Park Drive, Lee's Summit. Six quirky spelling bee contestants, and their equally quirky spelling bee judges, set the stage for this entertaining production. The show is rated PG-13 and tickets may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets, at the Lee’s Summit Hy-Vee store or at the door. For more information, call 463-2654.

• Film Series: The Battle of the Sexes, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. From its very beginning, Hollywood has been on the front lines of the oldest conflict of all – the battle of the sexes. 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. 

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; $5 for seniors; $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