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. 

FRIDAY, SEPT. 16

• “Crimes of the Heart,” presented by City Theatre of Independence, 8 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $12; $11 for ages 60 and older. For reservations, call 325-7367.

• Third Friday Art Walk, 5:30 to 9 p.m.. The galleries in the Englewood Station Arts District, at Winner Road and Sterling Avenue in Independence, open their doors to art lovers. See artists in action, demonstrations, and enjoy live music and refreshments. Free. Call 252-3372 or visit www.englewoodstation.com.

• Full Moon Hike: Harvest Moon planned for Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. This hike is on paved trails for those who cannot walk on uneven terrain, and is stroller and wheelchair accessible. No light-up shoes. Reservations required by 5 p.m. Sept. 16, call 325-7115.

• Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Mexicans on the Santa Fe Trail, noon, National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Bring your lunch and learn about the Santa Fe Trail from the perspective of Mexican merchants. Free. 325-7575.

• Adventures in Learning with Shepherds Center of Independence, for ages 55 and older, Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. Registration and blood pressure checks begin at 8:30 a.m. Workshops begin at 9 a.m.: Travel feature four corners from Chimney Rock to Grand Canyon; book review on “I Touch the Future” by Christa McAuliffe presented by Jeanette Melton; wellness is taught by Kharma Flackmiller, R.N., Bsn. Home Health; board games available; lunch is at noon $5 taco salad. Registration, $1. Call 254-3529 for lunch reservations.

• Basement Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road, Independence. Several church families have donated furniture, books, some items for men and much more. Proceeds go to UMW Mission support and church needs. For questions, call Shirley at 716-1184 or 461-9224.

• Looking for American Indians on the Trails, 1 to 3 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Pick up a special brochure and head out in search of encounters with American Indians at NFTM. You'll discover how they lived, worked and played. Regular admission applies, $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 17. 325-7575.

• 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.

• Encore Theatre meeting, 1:30 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Adults 50 and older are invited to join this fun-loving group who are interested in all aspects of theater.

• William Chrisman High School class of 1951 get-together, 9 a.m., Big Biscuit, 16506 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Dan Hansen, 461-0449. 

SEPT. 17

• “Crimes of the Heart,” presented by City Theatre of Independence, 8 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $12; $11 for ages 60 and older. For reservations, call 325-7367.

• Emergency Preparedness Class: 72 Hours Kits, 10 a.m. to noon, at the FEMA Storm Shelter behind Fire Station 1, 950 N. Spring St., Independence. Learn the basics about how to take care of yourself and your family in a disaster. This is a free class. For questions, call 325-7167.

• Let's Move! Saturdays activities in Blue Springs, open swim, noon-3 p.m., YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. (must have adult photo ID; ages 5 and under must have a parent in the pool; parents must supervise their kids); and open roller skating, 7-9 p.m., Rink Ratz, 513 S.W. Keystone Drive. Both activities are free.

• 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.

• Blue Springs 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.

• Looking for American Indians on the Trails, 1 to 3 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Pick up a special brochure and head out in search of encounters with American Indians at NFTM. You'll discover how they lived, worked and played. Regular admission applies, $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 17. 325-7575.

• Scouting Wildlife Adventure Series: Bugs and Aquatics, for any Scout group with ages 7 to 17, with one adult for every six Scouts, 1 to 3 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Calling all Scouts, jump into nature fun. Meet a Naturalist to learn about careers in conservation, see live animals up-close and learn about endangered and extinct species. The focus will be on bugs and aquatic animals. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Create with Lego Bricks, for ages 6 and older, 11 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Programs are built around our special model plans designed by engineers and architects, with exciting themes such as space, construction, and amusement parks. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Library Fall Fest, for ages 4 and older, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Celebrate fall with a season’s worth of fun. Hear a fantastic fall story, make a leaf collage, and take part in fun autumn activities. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Creation Stations: Adobe After Effects, for teens, 2 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Graphic artist Shane Pelzel shows how to use After Effects’ suite of tools to create the awesome effects seen in the movies or create your own animations and motion graphic videos from scratch. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020.

• Mad Science Presents Dinosaurs, for ages 4 and older, 11 a.m. Pretend to be a paleontologist on a fossil dig, and cast your very own T-Rex tooth with the crew from Mad Science. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. 

SEPT. 18

• Reading Tales from the West, 2 to 3 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Discover the stories of pioneers and American Indians during this tour of exhibits, accompanied by readings from the journals and diaries of early pioneers. You'll also write in your own journal at the end of the tour. Reservations required. Regular museum rates apply. Call 325-7575.

• “Crimes of the Heart,” presented by City Theatre of Independence, 2 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $12; $11 for ages 60 and older. For reservations, call 325-7367.

• Film Series: “Mrs. Miniver” (1942), for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Each month focuses on a special actor or director. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Trailblazers Book Group, 2 to 3 p.m., Trails West Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 11401 E 23rd St. S., Independence. This group reads a variety of award winning adult fiction. Free. Call 701-3483 for more information.

• 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. 

SEPT. 19

• Clogging Dance Class, for intermediate/intermediate plus, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 19-Oct. 17, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $36. To register, call 228-0137.

• Life is Like a Box of Crayons, for adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Whether you stay in the lines or venture outside them, coloring is credited with lowering stress and anxiety in adults, promoting greater self-esteem and awareness, as well as encouraging creativity and personal expression. No artistic ability is required. Coloring sheets and some materials will be supplies, or bring your own. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• 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.

• Tech Talks, for adults, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Whether you are a first-time computer user or have had lots of experience, there are always questions still to be asked about technology. Bring your questions to the branch, or just listen and learn from other participants. You're welcome to bring your own laptops, computers, or tablets. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Homework Help for Parents, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Parents don’t have to hide when it’s homework time. Learn to use the Library’s online resources to help your student with those tough assignments. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Using FamilySearch, for beginners, 7 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.

• 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.

• Pilot Club of Blue Springs, 6 p.m., Elks Lodge, 100 N.E. Brizendine Road, Blue Springs. All are welcome. Nancy Crawford, genaki50@yahoo.com. 

SEPT. 20

• Medicare 101, for adults, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Do you know everything you need to about Medicare? If you’re turning 65 and ready to start Medicare or know someone who is, let a representative from Missouri CLAIM (Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri) share vital information to help you get the most from your Medicare benefits. 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.

• Beginning Internet Genealogy, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• The Story of the Scots and Irish in Missouri, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. The history of Missouri wouldn’t be complete without the Scots and the Irish. Join storyteller and award-winning author Rickey Pittman as he tells their history in Missouri through artifacts, stories, and songs. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Craft Group, for adults, 10 a.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. 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 228-4020.

• 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.

• 12 Steps to Healthy Living, for adults, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Explore 12 principles for making healthy changes in your life. Recognizing no two people are exactly the same, holistic health coach Nancy Oglesby offers information and tools to help you define and achieve your own health and well-being goals. 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 Art Association, 7 p.m., Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. Guests welcome. Visit www.independenceartassociation.org.

• The Write Place Poetry Society, 3 p.m., The Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence. All are invited to come and read or just listen. Jan Kroll, 254-5278. 

SEPT. 21

• The Mile Starts Here, a walking group for the community, 9 a.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive (meet in the parking lot behind Bass Pro by the playground.) For questions, call the Independence Health Department at 325-7185.

• “The Happy Elf” Auditions – Performances for the Blue Springs City Theatre production will be in December. For more information, visit www.bluespringscitytheatre.com.

• Clogging Class, for beginners ages 13 and older, 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 21-Oct. 9, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $36. To register, 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.

• Flu Shots, for ages 18 and older, 2:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Walgreens offers opportunities for uninsured and insured residents to arm their immune system with a flu shot. Walgreen’s will file insurance claims for Cigna, United Health Care, Aetna, Blue Cross, Medicare and Medicaid. The uninsured price for this flu shot is $25.99. Registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Teens Create, 4 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Unleash your imagination. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Email for Beginners, for adults, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Learn how to create and write effective emails, as well as manage an inbox. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• 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.

• Independence Civil War Study Group, 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Drive, Independence. Mary Ellen McVicker, historian from Boonville, will speak about George Caleb Bingham, covering both his life and his art. Terry Elliott, 353-7617. 

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