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. 

TUESDAY, NOV. 1

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

• Easy-to-Make Holiday Drinks, for adults, 7 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. From a creative spin on wassail to a quick and delicious coffee drink, barista Emily Duffey can help you create easy and mouthwatering holiday drinks that can be made kid-friendly or spiced up for more grown- up tastes. Recipes will be provided. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Teen Anime, 6 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Join fellow fanatics for fun. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• NaNoWriMo Write-In, for all ages, 6 p.m. Nov. 1, 15, 22 and 29, Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. We’re here to help you generate 50,000 words in 30 caffeine-fueled days during National Novel Writing Month by hosting library write-ins. At each session, the branch will provide space, power strips, pep talks, and most importantly, beverages. Join us for a month of reckless literary abandon! Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Using InterLibrary Loan for Genealogy, for beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Discover how Mid-Continent Public Library’s InterLibrary Loan can help you access resources from other libraries across the country. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Let’s Talk About Your Android Device, for adults, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Learn some of the basic tips and tricks for using an Android device. 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.

• 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. 

NOV. 2

• 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, Second and Douglas streets. For questions, call 246-6598.

• Fencing – Beginning fencing for ages 8 and older, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; mastering fencing for ages 14 and older, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Nov. 2 through Dec. 14, Blue Springs Freshman Center. Cost for either class, $52. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Line Dancing, for ages 13 and older, 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 2 through Dec. 7, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $36. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Social Dancing, for ages 13 and older, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., Wednesdays, Nov. 2 through Dec. 7, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $36. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Clogging, for ages 13 and older, 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 2 through Dec. 7, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $36. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Email for Beginners, for adults, 2 p.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.

• Discover Your Scottish Ancestry Online, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Finding your Scottish ancestors could be a website away. Join genealogist Claire Brisson-Banks for a look at several Scottish genealogy websites, as well as learn helpful tips for using them in your research. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Reverse Mortgages, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. There are many factors to consider before deciding whether a reverse mortgage loan is right for you. Join Ron Farmer, vice president of Credit and Homeownership Empowerment Services, who will discuss program eligibility requirements, financial implications, repaying the loan and alternatives to obtaining a reverse mortgage loan. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• 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. 

NOV. 3

• Blood drive, 2:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Community Center in the Masonic Lodge building, 610 S. Sibley St. (BB Highway), Buckner. To help meet the need for blood faced by area hospitals, the Eastern Jackson County communities of Buckner, Levasy and Sibley will partner with the Community Blood Center at a mobile blood drive. To sign up, go to www.esavealifenow.org and use sponsor code BSLCOMM or just walk in. You need to bring a picture ID to your appointment.

• “Ravenscroft,” presented by the City Theatre of Independence, 8 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre, inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. The psychological Gothic thriller is both funny and frightening. Admission, $12; $11 for ages 60 and older. To reserve your seat, call 325-7367. For more information, visit www.citytheatreofindependence.org.

• “Anne of Green Gables,” the musical, 12:30 p.m., Center Place Restoration School Auditorium, 12:30 p.m., 819 W. Waldo Ave,, Independence. Tickets are $7 and are available at the door.

• Guided Hike planned for Nov. 5, for all ages, 1 to 2 p.m., Grounds Park Trail, Blue Springs. Take a guided hike led by a Missouri Master Naturalist. Free. Registration deadline: Nov. 3. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Museum Highlights, 2 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Explore various galleries during this 30-minute guided tour. Free with regular admission, $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 17. For questions, call 325-7575.

• Ballroom Dance Class, for ages 13 and older, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 3 through 17, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $21. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Printmaking, for ages 10 to 18, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 3 through Dec. 1, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Students will carve and print their own linoleum block designs suitable for T-shirts, canvas totes, or putting in a picture frame. Cost, $67. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Truman Medical Center Healthy Harvest Mobile Market stops: Fairmount Community Center, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., 217 Cedar Ave.; Fairmount Clinic, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 606 S. Hardy Ave., both in Independence.

• Billy Goats Gruff, for all ages, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Follow three billy goats as they “trip trap" across the bridge to meet the misguided troll in this show featuring friendly hand puppets, beautiful music, and a handcrafted set sure to keep everyone entertained. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Puppets and Pjs, for ages 3 and older, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Put on your pajamas and come enjoy a new tradition at the library – a bedtime puppet show. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Beginning Genealogy, 7 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.

• Genealogy Scrapbooking Club, 1 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. We’ll work together to compile and organize our family heirlooms, pictures, family stories, and family trees in heritage album formats. You’ll learn about new techniques and resources each time as you create a lasting legacy for your family! All skill levels welcome. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Using HeritageQuest, for beginners, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Nov. 3. Learn how to search thousands resources, from history books to Revolutionary War records, with HeritageQuest Online. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along. 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. 

NOV. 4

• “Anne of Green Gables,” the musical, 7 p.m., Center Place Restoration School Auditorium, 12:30 p.m., 819 W. Waldo Ave,, Independence. Tickets are $7 and are available at the door.

• “Ravenscroft,” presented by the City Theatre of Independence, 8 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre, inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. The psychological Gothic thriller is both funny and frightening. Admission, $12; $11 for ages 60 and older. To reserve your seat, call 325-7367. For more information, visit www.citytheatreofindependence.org.

• Shepherds Center of Independence, for ages 55 and older, Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St. Independence. Registration and blood pressure checks start at 8:30 a.m. Beginning at 9 a.m., Travel Topic: “Hubbards' Yard” presented by Dean Hubbard; book review at 10 a.m., “Missouri Parks and Historic Sites” presented by Michelle Cotton; and Ted Stillwell presents the “Armistice” at 11 a.m. Also at 11 a.m., Tai Chi Master Konrad Smith holds class for those interested. Dominoes and Bridge are available from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration, $1. Lunch by reservation, $5. Call 350-4474 for information or reservations.

• Homeschoolers, for ages 2 and older, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. These enrichment programs are geared toward homeschool families. Participants will explore a variety of topics with an emphasis on using library resources to satisfy their curiosities. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Teen Lock-in, 6:30 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Don’t let the muggles get you down. When the branch shuts down, it’s time to party it up! Permission slip required. 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.

• Friday Night Specials, 6 to 9 p.m., Memorial Post 3976, 12810 Kentucky Road, Sugar Creek. All welcome. 461-2636.

• Encore Theatre, 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 theatre. 

NOV. 5

• Pumpkin Smash 5K Run/Walk, a benefit for Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity, 8 a.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. Registration is $35 for ages 18 and older and $20 for ages 17 and younger, and includes a T-shirt, finisher medal, chip timing, commemorative bib, race photos, snack and water and a post-race pumpkin smash. This event is sponsored by St. Mary's and St. Joseph Medical Centers. To register, visit www.trumanhabitat.ticketsocket.com/event/Pumpkin-Smash-5k-RunWalk.

• “Hidden Gems,” presented by the Heritage Philharmonic, 7:30 p.m., Blue Springs High School Performing Arts Center, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive. Admission is free, but your tax-deductible donations are appreciated.

• “Ravenscroft,” presented by the City Theatre of Independence, 8 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre, inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. The psychological Gothic thriller is both funny and frightening. Admission, $12; $11 for ages 60 and older. To reserve your seat, call 325-7367. For more information, visit www.citytheatreofindependence.org.

• Holiday's Best Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Blackburn Elementary School, 17302 R.D. Mize Road, Independence. There will be tons of craft booths, plus Norwex, Thirty-One Bags, Young Living, Lularoe, Scentsy, Tupperware, Lip Sense, Rodan + Fields, It Works and much more. There will also be a Festival of Trees silent auction, plus gift bags for the first 20 adult shoppers.

• “Anne of Green Gables,” the musical, 7 p.m., Center Place Restoration School Auditorium, 12:30 p.m., 819 W. Waldo Ave,, Independence. Tickets are $7 and are available at the door.

• Fall into Fun, presented by Muu Muu Mamas of LOSNA, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ararat Shrine Center, 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City. There will be a fashion show sponsored by the Dressbarn at 12:30 p.m., concessions, entertainment, vendors and crafts, and prizes. Admission is $2; $7 for lunch and beverage. Proceeds benefit the Shriner's Hospitals and LOSNA Special Project.

• Turkey Dinner, 4 to 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 701 N.W. 15th St., Blue Springs. Enjoy turkey with all the trimmings, including dessert and drink, for $8; $4 for children ages 6-10; and children 5 and under are free. For questions, call 229-8400.

• Medicare Part D Health Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Trails West Branch of Kansas City Public, 11401 E. 23rd St South, Independence. UMKC law students will provide information about Medicare coverage and Part D prescription benefits. UMKC Pharmacy students will provide healthcare screenings, education, and consultation regarding Part D prescription coverage to identify savings. What to bring with you: All of your medications in their original bottles in a plastic bag; your red,white and blue Medicare Card; and your questions about Medicare and Medicare Part D. This is a free event.

• Looking for American Indians on the Trails, 1 to 3 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Using written clues and artifacts in the gallery, you'll discover how various American Indians lived, worked and played. Free with regular admission, $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 17. For questions, call 325-7575.

• Chili, Vegetable Soup and Pie Day, hosted by the Mount Washington United Methodist Women, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the church, 854 Arlington Ave., Independence. There will also be elite collectibles, baked goods and nuts for sale. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.

• 94th Annual Lone Jack Oyster Supper, 2 to 7 p.m., Lone Jack Community Center, Hensley Hall, 509 Bynum Road (1/2 mile south of US 50 at the Lone Jack exit.) In addition to the west coast fried oysters, brisket dinners, hot dogs, and desserts will be served. Helping Hands Food Pantry will also be selling jellies and hand crafted items. Proceeds are used to sponsor college scholarships, Project Linus quilts for traumatized kids, Helping Hands Food Pantry, and other community needs.

• Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., inflatable activities, Giggles-N-Jiggles, 3713 U.S. 40 (clean socks required); and 11 a.m. to noon, Bump City, Gage Center, 1101 N.W. Jefferson St. Both activities are free.

• Free Health Screenings, 9 a.m. to noon, Glenwood Park Methodist Church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. Screenings include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index testing. 254-5116.

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

• Fall Hike, for families with children 5 and older, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Join a Naturalist as you leisurely walk through a forest and across a prairie to experience the sounds, smells and sights of autumn. Dress for the weather. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• African Violet Club of Greater Kansas City Show and Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Loose Park Garden Center, 51st Street and Wornall Road, Kansas City (behind the pavilion.) Admission is free.

• Medicare Explained in Plain English, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Get a straightforward and easy-to-understand explanation of Medicare and the benefits you may be entitled to receive. Designed for Medicare newbies, this program is especially helpful for those turning 65. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Storytelling Celebration 2016, for all ages, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Sit on the edge of your seat as you are led into new worlds through words and stories. The Kansas City Storytelling Celebration features storytellers at various locations throughout the metro area. For a complete listing of events, go to www.kcstorytelling.org. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Kids Lab, for ages 6 and older, 2 p.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.

• Medicare Explained in Plain English, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Get a straightforward and easy-to-understand explanation of Medicare and the benefits you may be entitled to receive. Designed for Medicare newbies, this program is especially helpful for those turning 65. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Home Sweet Home, for ages 3 and older, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. There’s no place like home, and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to explore the family tree. Join storyteller Jo Ho as she celebrates family with tales of sensational siblings, rousing relatives, and perky parents. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. 

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. 

• 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