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, NOV. 25

• “The Singing Turtle,” performed by puppeteer Peter Allen, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. In this unique interpretation of a Japanese folktale, a young boy and his family find happiness and good fortune with the help of a talented turtle. Admission, $6. Call 833-9777 for reservations.

• Meet President Truman, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 N.W. U.S. 24, Independence. Mr. Truman, as portrayed by re-enactor Niel Johnson, will be on hand to greet visitors. 268-8200.

• 'Twas the Night Before Christmas,” 6 to 9 p.m., Harris-Kearney House, 4000 Baltimore, Kansas City. The mid-19thcentury house will be adorned in greenery, ribbons and candles. Tours begin every 15 minutes. Cost, $10; $8 for seniors and retired military; $6 for students. Active military and children under 6 are free. For information or for reservations, call 561-2821 or 913-648-0952.

• 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 Dinners, 5:30 to 7 p.m., VFW Post 1000, 1002 E. U.S. 24, Independence. Cost, $12 for 1/2 pound of shrimp; $15 for a full pound. For questions, call 836-3015.

• Teen Club, for teens and adults with disabilities, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Meetings always include free dinner, special guest and lots of fun. For questions, contact Diane Chrisman Schiefelbein at 229-2034 or dianesingsforjoy@comcast.net. 

NOV. 26

• “The Singing Turtle,” performed by puppeteer Peter Allen, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. In this unique interpretation of a Japanese folktale, a young boy and his family find happiness and good fortune with the help of a talented turtle. Admission, $6. Call 833-9777 for reservations.

• Celebrate Christmas at Farrand Farm, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5941 Noland Road, Kansas City. Families will have the opportunity to select from their 11,000 poinsettias, as well as enjoy old fashioned holiday fun, including photos with Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and hot cocoa around the wood-burning stove. The poinsettias are organized in neat rows, making the sea of color truly breathtaking. In addition, scenic vignettes have been created to allow families to capture photos amid the beauty of this holiday landscape.

• Introduction to Skeet planned for Dec. 10, for ages 12 and older, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Lake City Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, 28505 E. Truman Road, Buckner. Skeet shooting is a great way to improve your basic shotgun skills and improve your hit ratio on all types of winged game. Sign-up ASAP. For more information and to register, call 249-3194 or email lakecityrange@mdc.mo.gov.

• 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.

• Christmas Capers planned for Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to noon, First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. This event is for children ages 2 to 12, their parents, grandparents and guardians, and includes breakfast at 10 a.m., followed by songs, stories and crafts. There is no cost, but donations will be accepted. Registration deadline: Nov. 28. For more information and to register, call 252-6100 or visit website at www.fccindepmo.org.

• 'Twas the Night Before Christmas,” 6 to 9 p.m., Harris-Kearney House, 4000 Baltimore, Kansas City. The mid-19thcentury house will be adorned in greenery, ribbons and candles. Tours begin every 15 minutes. Cost, $10; $8 for seniors and retired military; $6 for students. Active military and children under 6 are free. For information or for reservations, call 561-2821 or 913-648-0952.

• Holiday Homes Tour, 6 to 8:30 p.m. candlelight preview, Lexington. There are 5 homes on the tour, plus the Anderson House at the Battle of Lexington Site, where a vintage Christmas celebration will be going on with an open house. Cost, $12. Reservations required, call 660-259-3754 or visit www.visitlexingtonmo.com.

• 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.

• Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) to a Dog, for ages 3 and older, 2 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Sit down and read to some very good listeners. Dogs will be available for 10-minute sessions to help children improve their reading skills and build self-confidence. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• 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. You'll meet butterflies, birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures, our imaginations are the only limits. No registration required, walk-ins welcome. 228-3766.

• Soaring Eagles, for all ages, 1 to 2 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Some bald eagles stay in Missouri year-round, but many more come to our state during the cold winter months to find food. Find out more about this powerful force in nature and discover where you can go to see bald eagles in the wild. No registration required. 228-3766.

• Teens Create, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Unleash your imagination. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. 

NOV. 27

• Holiday Homes Tour, noon to 5 p.m., Lexington. There are 5 homes on the tour, plus the Anderson House at the Battle of Lexington Site, where a vintage Christmas celebration will be going on with an open house. Cost, $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Learn more by calling 660-259-3754 or visit www.visitlexingtonmo.com.

• Film Series: Murderous Mysteries, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. There’s nothing like a mysterious murder to turn a film into a suspenseful, nail-biting thrill ride. 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. 

NOV. 28

• Night Before Christmas Carol, for all ages, 1:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Join Charles Dickens in his study for a very special night. On this evening in 1843, he creates his holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol.” Renowned Dickens scholar, author, playwright, and lecturer, Elliot Engel has crafted a work that allows David zum Brunnen to portray the 17 “Christmas Carol” characters and Charles Dickens himself. 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. 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. 

NOV. 29

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

• Healthy Meal Planning on a Budget, for adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Learn how to meal plan on a budget without falling victim to the tactics grocery stores use to get you to spend more, and discover resources and strategies to get the most from your food dollars. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Facebook: Getting Started, for adults, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Learn Facebook basics and how to keep your information safe during this two-session class. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Smart Teens: Understanding Credit Cards, Interest, and Budgeting, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Let experienced attorneys share their strategies for managing your personal finances, avoiding financial pitfalls, breaking bad financial habits, and recognizing credit card traps. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Union Cemetery: Lessons for the Future from the Garden of Time, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. As Kansas City’s oldest cemetery, the Historic Union Cemetery is the final resting place for many of the city’s earliest, most unique, and influential residents. Join author Bruce Mathews for stories of the people who are interred there. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• 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. 30

• Brunch with Santa planned for Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to noon, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Enjoy a festive holiday brunch with family, friends and Santa. Parents, you'll need to bring a small, wrapped $5 give prior to the event for your child to receive from Santa. Kids will also create a simple craft and receive a small gift bag. Cost, $8 per person; children under 1 are free. Registration deadline: Nov. 30. Call 228-0137 to register.

• American Conversations: U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, 6 to 8 p.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. During the launch of a new series of conversations, Truman Library Director Kurt Graham sits down with Senator Simpson and discusses his public service, his insights on America's strengths and the pathway forward to safeguarding our democracy. This event is free and open to the public. For questions, call 268-8200.

• 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.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 a.m. to noon, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• Blue Springs Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution plan December meeting/luncheon, hospitality, 9:30-10 a.m.; meeting and luncheon, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Dec. 10, at the Adams Pointe Golf Club, 1601 R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Cost: $21. Cookie exchange. Reservations due by Nov. 30. Contact Phyllis Wilkins at 229-0742 or pwilk@aol.com.

• 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. 

ONGOING EVENTS

• Independence historic sites open for Christmas – Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St., Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific Ave., and 1859 Jail & Marshal's Home Museum, 217 N. Main St. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 25-Dec. 30, closed Dec. 23-25, admission, $6; $3 for ages 6-16); Chicago & Alton Depot, 318 W. Pacific Ave. (9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 26-Dec. 18. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.) 

• Christmas in the Park, featuring more than 300,000 lights and 175 animated displays, Nov. 23-Dec. 31, Longview Lake Campgrounds, 1499 S.W. County Park Road, Lee's Summit. Hours: 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sundays-Thursday, and 5:30 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free, but donations benefiting more than 35 area charities will be accepted. 

• 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