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, OCT. 7

• Haunted Ghost Tours: 1859 Jail, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., 217 N. Main St., Independence. Guests will go on an hour long tour of the 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home and hear the history of the buildings, as well as some spooky residents. Then they will go on a covered wagon tour of the Independence Square. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for children. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the Jackson County Historical Society website at www.jchs.org.

• Bubble Ball League planned for Wednesdays, Oct. 12 through Dec. 14, for ages 18 and older, Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave. Eight-week season, 6 games, 2-week tournament. Five player minimum and 10 player maximum. Cost per team, $225. Individuals are welcome for $40 per person and will be placed on a team. To register, visit bluespringsgov.com/parks, or in person at the Fieldhouse.

• Fish Dinners, 4:30 to 7 p.m., St. Ann's Church, Cedar and Lexington avenues, Independence. Menu: Boiled and fried shrimp, whole catfish and fillets, chipotle and ale batter tilapia, fries, potatoes, coleslaw, hush puppies and cornbread. Drinks included with dinner. Prices range from $9 to $10.50; fish sandwich/fries, $4. Desserts sold by the Altar Society. 252-1160.

• Rummage Sale, 8 to 5 p.m., First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. For questions, call the church at 252-6100.

• Shepherd's Center of Independence, for ages 55 and older, Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St. Event: Blood pressure checks begin at 8:30 a.m.; Roy Erwin presents “National Parks” at 9 a.m.; Connie Skiles reviews “the 19th wife of Brigham Young” at 10 a.m; at 11 a.m., Bill Webb shares his “Beautiful Roses” slides, plus Tai Chi teacher Konrad Smith will be on hand; lunch is a noon. Registration, $1; lunch is $5. Call 350-4474.

• Expressions Art Series: Light opening night and reception, 6 to 10 p.m., The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th St., Kansas City. The Whole Person is hosting this event, which showcases artists with disabilities. There will be paintings, mixed media, photography, 2D/3D art, and performance art. Also, a silent auction, balloon pop, music and “hands-on” art experience. Learn more at thewholeperson.org/expressions.

• Facebook Basics class, 9 to 11 a.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Create your own Facebook page. Learn how to “friend” people, “tag” your friends, secure your page and how to regularly manage your page. Cost, $19. To register, call 228-0181.

• 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. 

OCT. 8

• Victorian Funeral Customs, 6 to 8 p.m., Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Do you know why a visitation before a funeral is a “wake” or what the term “saved by the bell” means. Find out the answers at this special event. Cost, $15 single per person, $25 per couple. You may pay at the door or online at www.vailemansion.org. For questions, call 229-8293.

• Election of 1844, 7 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. The elections of 2016 have nothing on the election of 1844, learn about the mud-slinging and vegetable throwing, which made this election one for the books. Enjoy an evening of fun-filled debate and election with audience participation. Tickets are $10. For questions, call 325-7575 or email friendsnftm@yahoo.com.

• Happy Birthday To You: Celebrate Your Life, presented by Breast Cancer Wellness, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, 18011 Bass Pro Drive, Independence. Breast cancer thrivers, come celebrate your life. This is a free event, but reservations are required, visit www.breastcancerwellness.org/kcbirthdayparty.

• Then & Now Quilt Show planned for Oct. 10, handcrafting in the 1800's and early 1900's, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Silver Heart Inn (Stone-Gable Mansion,) 1114 S. Noland Road, Independence. There will be exhibits of needlework, tatting, spinning, quilting, lacing and more. Admission is free to the public. Vendors, to reserve your spot, call 838-9508. All proceeds go to the restoration work on the 1856 mansion.

• Rotary/CASI ChiliFest contest, starting at 9 a.m., Lee's Summit City Hall Plaza on Southeast Green Street. At noon, the public is invited to enjoy tasting chili, salsa and wings for a donation of $5. Funds raised will go to “Feed-A-Need,” a non-profit providing food assistance to needy local teenagers. For information, contact Steve Whitsitt at 525-9137 or steve@gomers-ls.com.

• Magic Woods, 4 to 9 p.m., Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City. After watching skits detailing wildlife, come inside and enjoy popcorn and hot chocolate, crafts, face painting and tattoos. The animals are portrayed by young actors from the Coterie Theater. Eco-Elvis and Eric the Magician will also be there. Cost, $5; kids 3 and under are free.

• Lord's Acre Sale, Oakland United Methodist Church, 30701 E. Truman Road. Auction items include a quilt hand-stitched by the members of the Oakland Ladies Aid Society, a wide selection of hand-crafted items and home-baked cakes, pies, breads and rolls, farm-fresh eggs, vegetables and fruit, pickles, jams and jellies, and apple butter. Lunch will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and includes a chili dog or sloppy Joe, baked beans, potato salad, drink and choice of pie. The auction will begin at 12:30 p.m.

• Let's Move! Saturdays activities in Blue Springs, dance class, 11 a.m. to noon, Dynamic Dance, 1901 S.W. U.S. 40; and open roller skating from 7 to 9 p.m., Rink Ratz, 513 S.W. Keystone Drive. Both activities are free.

• Author Dorene Johnson Book Signing, 1 to 3 p.m., Novella’s Bistro, 317 W. U.S. 24, Independence. Johnson, a resident of Kansas City, will be available to sign copies of her book, “A Missing Piece of the Pie.” Take the journey with Dorene as she finds A Missing Piece of the Pie: Finding Myself after Adoption.

• Downtown Car Cruise, 6 p.m. to dusk, 10, downtown Blue Springs. Bring the family out to view the latest innovations in car restoration from more than 100 exhibitors. Enjoy food and drinks from downtown merchants, as well as concession treats and sodas. For questions, call 228-0238.

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

• Retrace Pioneer Steps: See history come to life – Encounters with People of the Past, 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.

• Rummage Sale, 8 to 2 p.m., First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. For questions, call the church at 252-6100.

• 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.

• 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.

• How to Start a Business in Blue Springs, for adults, 10 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Learn about local resources that can help you write a business plan, organize your business structure, find the right location, apply for local, state and federal licensing, and avoid costly missteps. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Blue Springs Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting, 9:30-10 a.m. hospitality; 10 a.m. meeting/program, McGraw Country School, 1812 N.W. Vesper, Blue Springs. Program: Conservation (musical presented by Eco Elvis.) The $12 fee includes a continental breakfast. Visitors welcome. For more information about DAR, or membership eligibility, contact Phyllis Wilkins at 229-0742 or email pwilk@aol.com.

• Chess Free Play, for teens, 1 to 3 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 the library. Offered in collaboration with the Raytown High School Chess Team coaches. Chess boards and chess pieces provided. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• Harry S Truman Chapter, Missouri Society Sons of the American Revolution, 9:15 a.m., BMO Harris, N.A. Bank, 18811 Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Men with a heritage in the Revolutionary War who are interested in joining are welcome, along with their wives, and guest are welcome. Robert L. Grover 816-373-5309 or GroverSAR@aol.com.

• Blue Springs Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 9:30-10 a.m. hospitality/continental breakfast; 10 a.m. meeting/program, Blue Springs Country Club. Cost, $12. For reservations or information, call Phyllis Wilkins at 229-0742 or visit www.mssdar.org/bluesprings. 

OCT. 9

• The Wild Women of Kansas City Benefit Concert, 4 p.m., First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. There is no charge to attend, but a free will offering will be taken, with all donations being used to buy new shoes, socks, and underwear for Tabitha's Closet. Tabitha's serves families and children in the Independence School District. For questions, call the church at 252-6100 or the Northwest Communities Development Corp. at 252-5094.

• Tea dance, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Music by the Joe Walker Dance Band. You're welcome to bring snacks to share. Admission, $6. Open to the public. Call 650-5400.

• Free Classic Movie: “David Copperfield” (1935), 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. 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. 

OCT. 10

• Then & Now Quilt Show, handcrafting in the 1800's and early 1900's, Silver Heart Inn (Stone-Gable Mansion,) 1114 S. Noland Road, Independence. There will be exhibits of needlework, tatting, spinning, quilting, lacing and more. Admission is free to the public, vendors call 838-9508. All proceeds go to the restoration work on the 1856 mansion.

• Beginning Word, for adults, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Learn how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• 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. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Beginning Ancestry Library Edition, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow the class. 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.

• Xi Xi Sigma attends Beta Sigma Phi City Council meeting, 7 p.m. Meet at 5:45 p.m. for dinner at Courthouse Exchange on the Independence Square. Claire, 795-1129.

• Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hy-Vee, 4545 S. Noland Road, Independence.

• Alpha Omega Master attends Beta Sigma Phi City Council meeting, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave., Independence. All Beta Sigma Phi members are welcome to attend the second Monday of the month. 229-5915. 

OCT. 11

Little Princess Ball planned for Oct. 15, 6 to 8 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Princesses ages 4 to 10 are invited for an evening of fun with their father, brother, uncle or close family friend. The Princesses, dressed in their prettiest gowns, and their knights, will enjoy music, dancing, dinner, and general merry-making. Tickets are $30 per couple and $15 for each additional participant. Registration deadline: 9 p.m. Oct. 11. To purchase tickets, call 325-7843.

• Walk to Cure Lupus, 10 a.m. registration; walk begins at 11 a.m., Oct. 11, Swope Park bandstand on Pavilion Road. To register for the walk or to make a donation, visit www.lupuswalkkc.org.

• Life Line Screening, Good Shepherd Christian Church, 111 S.W. Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs. Five screenings will be offered: Blocked arteries; abdominal aortic aneurysms; hardening of the arteries in the legs; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat; and a bone density screening, for men and women. Register for a Wellness Package, which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. To register and receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, call 1-888-653-6441.

• Babes in the Woods: Backdoor to Bethany Falls Trail, for babes under 36 months, 10 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Hike with your little one to the Bethany Falls Trail. We’ll stop to play and take pictures. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Haunted Kansas City, for adults, 7 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Take a visual tour of Kansas City’s most haunted spaces. Alexis Webb Bechtold and Traci Angel reveal where the city’s ghostly residents reportedly hang out. Be prepared to be scared. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Craig's List class, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Learn to safely buy and sell items on Craig's List. Learn to navigate the website to advertise your item. Also, learn to upload photos, create accounts and make email contact. Cost, $19. To register, call 228-0181.

• Computer Basics Operating System 08, 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 11 and 12, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. This class is for students with absolutely no computer experience. Cost, $38. To register, call 228-0181.

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

• Teens Create, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Unleash your imagination. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Cemetery Art, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Uncover the hidden meanings of tombstone carvings and cemetery icons, and learn about the craftsmanship, materials, and geographic resources used in cemetery art. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• 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 education group for women of all ages interested in learning more about politics. Joy Freeland, 478-2449. 

OCT. 12

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

• Little Acorns: Slithering Snakes, for ages 3 to 5 with an adult, 10 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Big snakes, little snakes, fast and slow snakes. How are they different? What do they have in common? Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Conservation Kids Club: Fun in the Forest, for ages 7 to 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Have you ever wandered through the woods? Come out for an evening of forest exploring! We will explore the plants and animals that thrive in the forest, observe the forest layers and learn about how foresters measure trees to study them. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Tools for Job Seekers, 7 p.m. Oct. 12 and 19, South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. In this two-part series, you will acquire the basic tools needed when applying for jobs. Session one will include resume assistance and tips for filling out online job applications. Session two will include cleaning up online profiles and effective online communication that will help you put your best foot forward in today’s tough job market. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Access Your Library Online, for adults, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. A world of information is just a mouse click away. Discover all the information and resources available during this guided tour of mymcpl.org. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Using FamilySearch, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. This is a beginning level class for adults. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along. 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.

• 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 chapter meeting, 6:30 p.m., hosted by Connie Bennet.

• Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri Membership meeting, 7 p.m., Village Heights Community of Christ, 1009 Farview Drive, Independence. Mark Kelly will give a presentation about Annie Dougherty Ruff. 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