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, JULY 27

• 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.

• Pride Amusements Carnival, opens at 6 p.m., Noland Road and U.S. 40 (old Sam's Club parking lot), Independence. Carnival armbands and single tickets are available. There will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, corn dogs and games.

• Deadline for the Youth Flag Football League is July 27 – This is a new league for kids K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th and 6th-7th, Blue Springs Fieldhouse. This 12-week league has 8-weeks of games, with the first game Aug. 27. Cost, $60 per person. To register, go to bluespringsgov.com/parks or visit the Fieldhouse at 425 N.E. Mock Ave.

• 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.

• Nature Detectives: Missouri Mammals, for ages 7 and older, 10 a.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Become a nature detective, and learn to identify Missouri mammals by what they eat, where they live, and how they look. Join a Clay County Parks naturalist for a hands-on investigation of mammal skulls and hides. It’s nature CSI! Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Beginning Census Records, for beginners, 7 p.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. 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. 

JULY 28

• Evening Wagon Tour and Santa Fe Gallery Exploration, 6 to 7 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Learn about the Santa Fe Trail in this hour-long program that includes a wagon tour to swales (grass covered wagon ruts, weather permitting) and a guided tour of the Santa Fe exhibits in the museum. Cost, $16 for adults, $10 for ages 6 to 17. Advance reservations required, call 325-7575.

• Moonlight Movies on the Square: “Frozen,” 9 p.m., Pharaoh Theater parking lot, 114 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Free movies are projected onto the side of the theater. Concession stand is available on site for your movie snacks. 252-8003.

• Mighty Mud Volleyball Tournament planned for Aug. 6, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Hidden Valley Park, Blue Springs. Minimum of four games with winners advancing to a play-off round. Cost, $110 per team. Registration deadline: July 28 or the first 30 teams. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Pride Amusements Carnival, opens at 6 p.m., Noland Road and U.S. 40 (old Sam's Club parking lot), Independence. Carnival armbands and single tickets are available. There will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, corn dogs and games.

• Nature Story Time: Catch frogs and toads, 10 and 11 a.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Explore nature, make nature crafts and hear great stories. Free. To register, call 325-7115.

• Gallery Walk: 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. 325-7575.

• 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.

• Emulsion Lifts: Photography Deconstructed, for adults, 7 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Learn how to take these old school photos, lift the emulsion image off the paper, and move it to a new surface to create a unique work of art. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• The Business of Food Trucks: Ask the Experts, for adults, 6:30 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Do you have a food truck dream? This is your chance to ask food truck industry experts your questions about making that dream come true, as well as receive valuable expert insights into getting started in the food truck industry. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Baseball Storytime with Sluggerrr, for all ages, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Kansas City Royals mascot Sluggerrr will make special appearances at Summer Reading Program events all summer long. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Aesop’s Fables and Other Tales, for all ages, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Aesop’s Fables and Other Tales is a puppet show full of storytelling, music, and puns! These stories that each teach a moral through humor, creativity, and puppetry. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Dinosaur O’Dell’s Ready, Set, Read Around the World, for all ages, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Whether he’s shooting hoops on a ranch in North America, swimming with piranhas in the Amazon River, or climbing Mount Everest, Dino’s songs and stories are not only entertaining, but engaging. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Ready! Set! Create!, for ages 5 and older, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Come to the Library for four weeks of creative fun as we construct domino races, marble obstacles, cardboard mazes, and more. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• 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. 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.

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

JULY 29

• Pride Amusements Carnival, opens at 6 p.m., Noland Road and U.S. 40 (old Sam's Club parking lot), Independence. Carnival armbands and single tickets are available. There will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, corn dogs and games.

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

JULY 30

• Independence School District 5K and Wellness Expo, William Chrisman High School, 1223 N. Noland Road, Independence. The 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. on the football field; with the Expo starting at 9 a.m. Free services: Sports physicals for ISD middle and high school students, distracted driving simulator, BMI assessments, blood pressure checks, chair massages, dental screenings, financial assistance/education and much more. This is a free event. To register, visit sites.isdschools.org/wellnessexpo. For questions, call 521-5315.

• Clothing Exchange, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Summit Grove Community of Christ, 411 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. There will be clothing for sizes infants through adults. Clothing donations appreciated, but not required. Everyone is welcome. For more information, leave a message at 461-4186 or e-mail summitgrove411@gmail.com.

• 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. 325-7575.

• Koala Birthday Party, at the Kansas City Zoo. Coedie and Burra are turning three and you're invited to help celebrate. Head to Koala Flats at 1 p.m. to sing Happy Birthday to the boys. Guests will enjoy cupcakes while the koalas enjoy the attention.

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

• Pride Amusements Carnival, opens at 6 p.m., Noland Road and U.S. 40 (old Sam's Club parking lot), Independence. Carnival armbands and single tickets are available. There will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, corn dogs and games.

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

• 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.

• 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. No registration required, walk-ins welcome. 228-3766.

• Visiting Vultures, for all ages, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Nature’s cleanup crew can be intriguing and disgusting at the same time. Come learn some fun facts about Missouri vultures then head out to the prairie for a chance at spotting them in the flesh. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Xi Xi Sigma – meet at 6 p.m. at El Puerto in Pleasant Hill for dinner, then attend the 50s show at Big Creek Country a 8 p.m. 

JULY 31

• “Songs and Sundaes for Haiti,” 2 p.m., Eastgate Christian Church, 4010 S. River Blvd., Independence. This concert and ice cream social will raise money to support the salary of a clinic doctor in Carrefour, Haiti. The concert features the Raytown Community Chorus, plus songs by Rev. Joshua Patty, Randy Hoover, Fred Zimmerman and others. A free will offering will be taken during the concert.

• Music in the Park, 6 to 8 p.m., Rotary Park, 600 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cherry Bomb will play a variety of music. Concessions will be available or bring your own picnic. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. For questions, call 228-0137.

• Koala Birthday Party, at the Kansas City Zoo. Coedie and Burra are turning three and you're invited to help celebrate. Head to Koala Flats at 1 p.m. to sing Happy Birthday to the boys. Guests will enjoy cupcakes while the koalas enjoy the attention.

• Film Series: Sidney Poitier: Groundbreaker, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. In a time when many black actors were denied starring roles, Sidney Poitier broke ground with a string of flawless performances that gave America pause to rethink attitudes on race and the struggle for Civil Rights. 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