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. 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12

• The Mile Starts Here, 9 a.m., McCoy Park, 800 N. Bess Truman Pkwy., Independence. Meet at the gazebo across the street from the park and the tennis courts. Come meet others who enjoy being active. For questions, call the Independence Health Department at 325-7185.

• Minecraft Engineering planned for April 14, 9 a.m. to noon for ages 5 to 7; 1 to 4 p.m. for ages 8 to 12, Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Bring Minecraft to life using LEGOs. Cost, $28. Registration deadline: April 12. Call 228-0137 to register.

• 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.

• Little Acorns: Important Pollinators, for ages 3 to 5, 10 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Learn what your life would be like without pollinators in this hands-on, interactive program. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Beginning Word, for adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Learn how to create, save, and print a document. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Independence AFS Chapter meeting, 7 p.m., Fort Osage High School Library, Missouri 7 and Twyman Road, Independence. Meet the 15 Independence AFS students, host families and their friends. The program includes presentations from Beam Temudompark of Thailans; Mikel Casado of Spain, and Atsuki Ito of Japan. Call 254-8105 for more information.

• How Jackson County’s History Relates to American History, for adults, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Jackson County has been significantly impacting American history for nearly 200 years, from the trails that led people west to the life and times of Harry S. Truman. Join local historian David W. Jackson as he discusses Jackson County history and how we are all helping shape history today. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Adoptees: Search for Your Biological Parents, for adults, 6:30 p.m. April 12 and 19, Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Dorene Johnson, adoptee and author of A Missing Piece of the Pie: Finding Myself After Adoption, shares her journey to find her birth parents and helps fellow adoptees ask key questions to create a solid foundation before embarking on their own search. This program is two sessions. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• This is Kansas City Storytime, for all ages, 10 a.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Author Angela Kmeck introduces children to the art and landmarks of their hometown when she shares her book This is Kansas City, illustrated by John Hare. Along with the storytime, children will learn how the book was created and draw their favorite part of Kansas City. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Using Findmypast, for beginners, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn to search billions of records to find your ancestors from all over the world. This class focuses on search tips as well as the types of records available. 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.

• Xi Xi Sigma meeting, 6 p.m., Melissa Decker will host and give program. Chapter will honor Legacy, Ella Fisher, Granddaughter of member, Nancy Fisher. Meeting place to be announced.

• 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.

• Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri membership meeting, 7 p.m., Village Heights Community of Christ Fellowship Hall, 1009 Farview Drive, Independence. Robert Walz presents “Railroad Generalship – Foundations of Civil War Strategy.” Walz, not only a train enthusiast, is a teacher of strategy at the Army's Command and General Staff College at Leavenworth. All are welcome. Mike Calvert, 898-2603 or Beverly Shaw, 225-7944. 

APRIL 13

• Presentations by Andrew Carroll, author of a new biography of General Pershing, 2 and 6 p.m., Harry S Truman National Historic Site, 223 N. Main St., Independence. The presentations are free. A limited number of books will be available for $30 on a first come first served basis.

• Veterans luncheon, noon, American Legion Stanley-Pack Post 499 Lantern Room, 499 Missouri 7, Blue Springs. All veterans and their guests are invited. For reservations, call Phylis Schaberg at 564-8504 for reservations.

• Young Rembrandts Drawing Class: Rock Out!, 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.

• Little Acorns: Important Pollinators, for ages 3 to 5, 10 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Learn what your life would be like without pollinators in this hands-on, interactive program. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Kids Create, for ages 6 and older, 6 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Teens at the Library, 3:30 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Get Dramatic: Create a Focal Wall in Any Room, for adults, 7 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. 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 224-8772.

• Internet for Beginners, for adults, 2 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Learn the basics of Internet use, including basic terminology and how to get connected, and find what you’re looking for online. This class will also cover printing and introductory Internet safety. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020.

• The Library’s Future: A Community Stakeholder Discussion, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. MCPL would like to know how you think the Library can better serve your community over the next decade. This meeting will have opportunity for discussion and participation. If you cannot attend, a link to an online survey will be emailed to you so you can share your views on these subjects with the Library. 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 14

• Chair Yoga, for adults, 2 p.m. April 14, 21 and 28, South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. If you have always wanted to try yoga but have trouble getting up and down off the floor, this 3-week class is for you. Get comfortable with yoga by learning basic poses, simple breathing exercises, slow-paced stretching, and easy relaxation techniques. All levels welcome. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• 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. 

APRIL 15

• Historic Cemetery Bus Tour, starting at 10:30 a.m., at the Fort Osage Education Center, 107 Osage St., Sibley. Visit some of the earliest cemeteries in Jackson County, dating from the early 1800s, and learn about some of its famous interments from a knowledgeable historian who will serve as your guide. The $25 cost includes lunch. To register, call 229-8980 or email fortosage@jacksongov.org.

• Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m., St. Paul AME Church, 200 E. Lexington Ave., Independence. There will be also be games, food and prizes. Everyone is invited. For questions, call 252-2557.

• Flights of Fancy Mega Kite Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Metropolitan Community Colleges-Longview campus, Lee's Summit. The kites of Great American Kites & Events will take flight with mega kites, power kites, stunt kites, and more, including the world’s largest windsock – three stories high and 200 feet long. Especially for the kids, there will be an inflatable maze, face painting, a balloon artist and a candy drop. Visit Facebook.com/MCCflightsoffancy for more information.

• Emergency Preparedness Class: 72-Hours Kits, 10 a.m. to noon, Fire Station 1, 950 N. Spring St., Independence. The Kit is to help your family get through the first few days of an emergency situation. For more information, visit www.indepmoep.org.

• Wildflower Hike, 11 a.m. to noon, Fairmount Park playground, 3000 N. Home Ave., Independence. This hike will follow the sidewalk, but also go into the woods. This is not a strenuous hike, but the park is hilly and some trails might be muddy, so wear sturdy shoes.

• Lets Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs, 11 a.m. to noon, Bouncin' with the Easter Bunny, Gage Center, 1101 N.W. Jefferson; and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., crossfit training, Roundhouse Fitness, 1901 N.W. Missouri 7. Both activities are free.

• Animals Best Friends dogs at The Brookside Barkery, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 118 W. 63rd St., Kansas City. Stop by and meet a few of the ABF dogs looking for their forever homes.

• 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.

• Stream Team for Families, for families with children ages 8 and older, 12:30 to 3 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Have you ever wondered what Missouri Stream Teams are all about? Join us for a hands-on program sampling our own Burr Oak Creek. We will check water chemistry, look for macroinvertebrates and explore the stream bed and surrounding watershed. It is all fun and science in a wet and wild way. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Determine Your Plan of Care, for adults, 3 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Ignoring end-of-life decisions until it’s too late can place a strain on family ties and potentially lead to feelings of anger, guilt, and dissent among survivors. Learn strategies for making these tough decisions and communicating them to the ones you love. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Tales from the Black West, for ages 7 and older, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Saddle up for an interactive musical that not only debunks the myths of cow punching, but also explores the life and times of the nearly 10,000 African American cowboys and cowgirls of the Old West. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Catch the Biggest Bass of Your Life, for adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. It’s time to up your bass fishing game and land a real trophy. Brent Frazee, retired outdoors editor for the Kansas City Star, shares tips and tricks he uses to target the big ones. He’ll also discuss rods and reels, big-fish lures, and directions to some of the overlooked public waters that hold surprisingly big bass. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• How to Become an Easter Bunny, for ages 3 and older, 10 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Hop into the Library and listen to The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Brown Tegen. Then learn how to hop like a bunny and make bunny masks! Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Egg-Extravaganza, for all ages, noon, Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Join us for storytime with Mayor Mike McDonough as we take part in Raytown’s Easter festivities. After the stories, the Easter Bunny will escort the children across the street for an Easter egg hunt. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• German Research Discussion Group, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Join a group dedicated to presenting and preserving genealogy from the German region. All skill levels welcome. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. 

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