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. 

SATURDAY, AUG. 6

• “Little Red Riding Hood: A Doll's Tale,” performed by Emma McLean of Wit and Whimsey Puppets, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road. Tickets are $6. For reservations, call 833-9777.

• Daily Life on the Oregon Trail, 2 p.m., 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.

• Free Wagon Rides – Catch a wagon to bring you to the National Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., from The Square on the hour between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; and return to The Square from 1 to 4 p.m. leaving on the half hour.

• Retrace Pioneer Steps: See history come to life as you encounter with People of the Past in Independence, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Farmers Market just south of The Square; “Chin Music,” 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., 1827 Log Courthouse and National Frontier Trails Museum; wave goodbye to a wagon train bound for California at noon from The Square; Town Topics, 2 p.m., 1827 Log Courthouse; Ole Santa Fe, 4 p.m., welcome a caravan from the Santa Fe Trail; Melodies of the Pioneers around The Square, 3 to 6 p.m.

• Back to School Event, noon to 3 p.m., Cricket Wireless, 11301B E. U.S. 40, Independence. Back to school safety fair: Finger printing, gun locks, fire truck, ambulance, back pack (while supplies last), free phone special and more. For questions, call 313-5854.

• 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.

• Let's Move! Saturdays activities in Blue Springs, dance class with guest choreographers, 11 a.m. to noon, Dynamic Dance, 1901 S.W. U.S. 40; and one free game of bowling, noon to 2 p.m., Lunar Bowl, 2001 N.W. M-7 (clean tennis shoes required.) Both activities are free.

• Author Terrence Fox Book Signing Event, 7 a.m. to noon, Inklings' Books & Coffee Shoppe, 1101 W. Main St., Blue Springs. Fox will be available to sign copies of his book, “It's Your Choice!” This small, but powerful, handbook was written to bring about a more peaceful and harmonious lifestyle for everyone.

• “Cool Treats and Hot Beats” Ice Cream Social, 2 to 5 p.m., on the north lawn of Independence First Christian, 125 S. Pleasant St. Ice cream and entertainment will be provided. Call 252-6100 or visit at www.indepmo.org.

• Rummage Sale, 8 a.m. to noon, Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs.

• Back To School Days at the Zoo, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy your last days of summer break with activities around the Kansas City Zoo. Learn the ABC's of animals and watch them receive special enrichment items. Meet Daniel Tiger, one of PBS Kids' most loved characters, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Helzberg Penguin Plaza. Bring your camera.

• Gardens of Stone, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. The cemeteries created for fallen Civil War soldiers provide a “sense of place” in the cultural and military history of the United States. Learn how this Civil War legacy evolved into the National Cemetery System and offers a final resting place for all honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their immediate dependents. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Family Creek Exploration, for families with children 5 and older, 10 a.m. to noon, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Make today a stay-cation in Burr Oak Creek exploring for wildlife signs, fossils and splashing. Bring a lunch to continue the fun-filled afternoon. We'll learn about our watershed and then we will head up the creek in knee-deep water. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Ozark Trail Adventure Workshop, for adults, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Discover The Ozark Trail for the first time or learn more about it during this free daylong workshop sponsored by the Ozark Trail Association. After learning about the trail’s history, choose from exciting breakout sessions including: Backpacking, cycling, horseback riding, map reading, trail building, large mammals (bears, mountain lions, and elk) and more. Bring a sack lunch. Registration required, for details, visit http://ozarktrail.com/events.

• Kids Lab: Lego Day, for ages 6 and older, 10 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Discover how you can bring science and technology to life. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Beginning Genealogy, for beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. 

AUG. 7

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

• Film Series: And a Child Shall Lead Them – Great Performances by Kids: “The Black Stallion” (1979), 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. See how kid actors, veterans and newbies, stole the show in Hollywood films. Join film critic and enthusiast Robert Butler for a look at these pint-sized performances. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Back To School Days at the Zoo, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy your last days of summer break with exciting activities around the Kansas City Zoo. Learn the ABC's of animals and watch them receive special enrichment items donated by our Zoo supporters during the Christmas in July promotion.

• 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. 

AUG. 8

• Martial Arts, for ages 4 to 6, 5:30 to 6 p.m., Mondays/Wednesdays Aug. 8-8/14, Excel Family Martial Arts, Blue Springs. Cost, $46.75. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Getting the Most from your IPad, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Students must bring their own IPad. Cost, $19. To register, call 228-0181.

• Email for Beginners, for adults, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Activate one of today’s most popular forms of communication, email. Learn how to create and write effective emails, as well as manage an inbox. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• 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.

• 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. 

AUG. 9

• Martial Arts, for ages 7 and older, 5:30 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays/Thursdays Aug. 9-9/15, Excel Family Martial Arts, Blue Springs. Cost, $46.75. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Turn Clay into Gems, for adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Create a beautiful faux gemstone necklace by blending polymer clay. Take home the necklace and the know-how to make even more jewelry creations. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• En Garde Bard! Stage Combat, for teens, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Learn the art of stage combat from the masters at The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Take up a wooden sword, and join this interactive lesson using scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Using FamilySearch, for beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Putting the Magic into a Walt Disney World Vacation, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Join Disney destination specialist and vacation planner Heather Balbi as she steps through the Disney vacation planning process, from resort options and park tickets to MagicBands and FastPasses. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

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

• 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.

• Santa Fe Trail Republican Women's Club, an educational group for women of all ages interested in learning more about politics. Joy Freeland, 478-2449. 

AUG. 10

• “Brer Rabbit tricks Brer Bear and Brer Fox,” a preschool puppet show, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road. Tickets are $6. For reservations, call 833-9777.

• The Mile Starts Here, a walking group for the community, 9 a.m., McCoy Park, 800 N. Bess Truman Pkwy. (meet at the gazebo across the street from the park), Independence. For questions, call the Independence Health Department at 325-7185.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Raytown Retired Teachers and School Personnel attend school district opening convocation. Members will have lunch together following the program.

• Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri membership meeting, 7 p.m., Village Heights Community of Christ Church, Fellowship Hall, 1009 Farview Drive, Independence. Program: Jim Beckner, “The Rest of the Story about Charles Lee Younger.” Mike Calvert, 898-2603, or Beverly Shaw, 225-7944. 

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