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, APRIL 4

• Teen Tech Week, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. No one knows technology like teens do! Show off your skills, and join us in celebrating a digital world. 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.

• 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. 

APRIL 5

• Light of Hope Breakfast, 7 a.m., Sheraton Hotel Crown Center, 2345 McGee, Kansas City. This is the largest fundraising breakfast in our area for CASA, whose mission is to be the voice and advocate of abused and neglected children in our area. For more information and reservations, call Lara Klover at 984-8202, email LightofHope@jacksoncountyCASA-mo-org or visit www.jacksoncountycasamo.org.

• The Mile Starts Here, 9 a.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. Meet in the parking lot behind Bass Pro by the playground. Come meet others who enjoy being active. For questions, call the Independence Health Department at 325-7185.

• Bird banding, 3 to 5 p.m., at the Missouri River Bird Observatory at George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Bird banding is a fascinating experience for everyone. Scientists catch the birds in nets, band and release them. Everyone will likely have the chance to release a bird outside.

• 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.

• Indian Tribes and the Conundrum of Individual and Collective Rights in the United States, for adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Join Daniel Mandell, professor of history at Truman State University, as he explores how the shifting legal status of Indians and their tribes in particular highlight the tension between collective and individual rights in the United States from the Civil War to present day. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Internet for Beginners, for adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Learn the basics of Internet use, including basic terminology and how to get connected, and find what you’re looking for online. This covers printing and introductory Internet safety. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Access Your Books Online, for adults, 7 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Need help using the Library’s new online catalog? Discover all of the new features the Library has added to help you access the books and other materials you need. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Tech Talks, for adults, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Whether you are a first-time computer user or have experience, there are always questions still to ask about technology. Bring your questions to the branch, or just listen and learn from other participants. You may bring your own laptops, computers, or tablets. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Get Dramatic: Create a Focal Wall in Any Room, for adults, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Whether you have a great fireplace or not, it is possible to add drama to a room. Let Lisa Holiman of Breath of Fresh Flair show you creative and budget-friendly ideas to enhance your mantel or create a focal wall in any room. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• Finding Your Italian Ancestors: Italian Civil Registration Records, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. If you have located where in the home country your ancestors are from, this class will show you how to locate and request Italian civil records online to discover more about them. 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. 

APRIL 6

• Blue Ribbon Business After Hours planned for April 11, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., The Pharaoh Theater, 114 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Join CAPA and the Independence Chamber for an After Hours event and be the first to see the agency's new film on the big screen. Free. For questions, call 252-8388, ext. 313, or email events@capacares.org. To register, visit https://blueribbonafterhours.eventbrite.com.

• Child Safety Initiative Conference: Laying the Foundation of Safe Play for Kids planned for April 11, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City. The conference focuses on how to create safe play environments for children to promote healthy lifestyles, through safe play at each developmental stage of childhood. Cost, $70. All registration fees must be received in advance. To register, email DuJuan Hord at dhord@mchc.net, call 283-6242, ext. 244, or visit https://mchc.ejoinme.org/MyPages/2017ChildSafetyInitiativeCSI/tabid/851083/Default.aspx.

• “Return to the Forbidden Planet,” performed by City Theatre of Independence, 8 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. This play is a juke box musical packed with rock 'n' roll classics. Tickets are $14 for adults; $12 for seniors. For tickets, visit www.citytheatreofindependence.org or call 325-7367.

• Gallery Walk: Manifest Destiny, 2 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Explore the concept of manifest destiny and the various forms it took during this thirty-minute guided gallery walk. Free with museum admission, $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; and $3 for ages 6 to 17. 325-7575.

• Young Rembrandts Drawing Class: Sea Creatures, for ages 5 to 12, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave. Participants will learn drawing techniques, portraiture and cartooning styles. All materials provided. Cost, $12. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Healthy and Fit Over 40, for adults, 7 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Certified health coach Nancy Oglesby shares the importance of healthy foods once you pass 40. Learn what foods support weight loss, brain health, and better energy and how sleeping better is a free byproduct of better health. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020.

• Life is Like a Box of Crayons, for adults, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Coloring is credited with lowering stress and anxiety in adults, promoting greater self-esteem and awareness, as well as encouraging creativity and personal expression. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Advanced Word, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Learn the software’s advanced options, such as using mail merge to create labels and print envelopes. Attendance at Beginning and Intermediate Word programs prior to registration is recommended. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• Czech and Slovak Genealogy Research, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Get a brief history of the Czechs and Slovaks, and then learn where to find resources and records and how to deal with foreign language records. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Genealogy Scrapbooking Club, 1 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Do you have an interest in genealogy scrapbooking? Then this new club could be just right for you. We’ll work together to compile and organize our family heirlooms, pictures, family stories, and family trees in heritage album formats. All skill levels welcome. 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.

• Independence Host Lions Club, noon, Lucky Buffet, 2931 S. Noland Road, Independence. 

APRIL 7

• Rain Barrel Workshop planned for April 15, 10 a.m., Wilbur Young Park, Shelter 1, 1100 S.E. Adams Dairy Pkwy., Blue Springs. Join Blue Springs Parks & Recreation and Bridging the Gap to learn about water conservation. All participants will receive a 55-gallon barrel, the Rain Barrel Parks Package and hands-on instruction to build a barrel you can take home. Cost, $65. Registration deadline: April 7. Call 228-0137 to register.

• “Return to the Forbidden Planet,” performed by City Theatre of Independence, 8 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. This play is a juke box musical packed with rock 'n' roll classics. Tickets are $14 for adults; $12 for seniors. For tickets, visit www.citytheatreofindependence.org or call 325-7367.

• Full Moon Hike planned for April 8, 8 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. You'll be able to hike on an easy paved trail to see the Pink Moon. Trails are stroller and wheelchair accessible Reservations deadline: 5 p.m. April 7. For reservations, call 325-7115.

• Lenten Fish Dinner, sponsored by Knights of Columbus, Council 6794, in Independence, 5 to 7:30 p.m., at St. Mark's Parish Center, 3736 Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Menu: Choice of entree, glazed baked salmon or battered white fish, and choice of rice pilaf, baked potato or macaroni and cheese. All dinners include coleslaw, green beans, roll and a drink. Desserts sold separately. The cost is $11 for adults, $5 for ages 4 to 10, and ages 3 and under eat free.

• Lenten Fish Dinners, 5 to 7 p.m., Catholic Church of the Santa Fe, 231 S. Sibley, Buckner. The menu includes all-you-can-eat fried or baked fish, with potatoes, vegetable, dessert and drink for $9; $8 for seniors and $5 for children. 650-9341.

• Lenten Fish Dinners, 4:30 to 7 p.m., St. Ann’s Church, Cedar and Lexington avenues, Independence. Menu: Shrimp, catfish, tilapia, french fries, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, hush puppies and corn bread. Drinks are included with dinner.

Dinner prices range from $9.50 to $11; fish sandwich/fries, $4. Desserts sold separately by the Altar Society. 252-1160.

• Lenten Fish Dinner, 5 to 7:30 p.m., St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 777 N.E. Blackwell Road, Lee’s Summit. Menu: Grilled and fried fish, fish tacos and shrimp, also grilled cheese sandwich. All meals come with two sides, a roll and a drink. Dinners prices range from $9 to $12, and kids 4 and under eat free (macaroni/cheese and grilled cheese sandwich). Small dinner (½ size serving): $6 to $9. Take out orders available. 246-6800.

• Shepherd's Center of Independence: Adventures in Learning for Senior Adults, Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. Registration and blood pressure checks, coffee and fellowship, 8:30 to 9 a.m. Workshops: 9 a.m., travel by Dean Hubbard, “Top of the Rock”; 10 a.m., “Art of Racing in the Rain” book review with Angie Hattie; 11 a.m., health care with Rebecca Smith from Crossroads; 11 a.m., Tai Chi with Master Konrad Smith; 10-11:50 a.m., Dominoes or bridge; lunch is at noon. Lunch cost, $5, registration fee, $1. To register, call 350-4474.

• Internet Safety, for adults, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Find out how to protect yourself while surfing the internet. Learn the typical hazards encountered online and how to proactively keep your information safe. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Homeschoolers at the Library, for ages 7 and older, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. 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.

• Beginning Genealogy, for beginners, 10 a.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.

• 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 theatre. 

ONGOING EVENTS

• 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. 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. 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. 461-1897. 

• Chicago & Alton Depot, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday, Thursday-Saturday; 12:30 to 4:15 p.m. Sundays, through October, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Donations welcome. 325-7955. 

• 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. 

– Jillayne Ritchie