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. 

TODAY

• 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. 

SATURDAY

• 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. 

MONDAY

• Growing Tomatoes and Peppers gardening class, 6 p.m., Independence Health Department, 515 S. Liberty St., Independence. For information, call 325-7185.

• Tech Talks, for adults, 2 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. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops, computers, or tablets. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• 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. Discover what we’ve planned just for you. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Using HeritageQuest, for beginners, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. 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 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.

• 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.

• Pilot Club of Blue Springs, 6 p.m. third Monday, Elks Lodge, 100 N.E. Brizendine Road, Blue Springs. Nancy Crawford, genaki50@yahoo.com. 

TUESDAY

• Outdoor Skills: Atlatl planned for April 20, for ages 7 and older, 6 to 7 p.m., Baumgardner Park, 2401 N.W. Ashton Drive, Blue Springs. Atlatls are ancient weapons that preceded the bow and arrow and are one of humankind's first mechanical inventions. Cost, $7. Registration deadline: April 18. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Walking Tour of Blue Springs, for adults, 6 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Dip your toes into the history of Blue Springs, Missouri, with this 90-minute walking tour. We will take a look back at the city’s history and marvel at the great works that make Blue Springs the wonderful town it is today. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Hidden Treasures at MGC, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Unlock MGC’s many treasures with a tour of the Library’s little-known resources. This class is an intermediate-level class. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Kansas City Women of Independent Minds, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Meet the women who made Kansas City and Jackson County history. Follow local historian David W. Jackson on a journey through time from the early 1800s to present and discover Kansas City’s “herstory.” 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.

• Independence Art Association, 7 p.m., Community of Christ Stone Church, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. Guest and new members are always welcome. Visit www.independenceartassociation.org. 

WEDNESDAY

• 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.

• 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.

• Spring Craft and Vendor Fair planned for April 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Franklin Smith Elementary Gym, 1609 S.W. Clark Road, Blue Springs. Crafters and vendors are needed. The cost is $35 for a 6' X 8' booth space and 2 chairs. Table(s) provided for a $5 fee. Specify if you need access to electrical (you provide your own extension cords.) You may bring equipment, displays and tables. Setup is 7 a.m. April 29. For a registration form, contact Mandie Scott, 935-1040 or mandiescott@live.com or Robyn Weber, 352-9574 or r_web23@hotmail.com.

• 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.

• Beginning Excel, for adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Learn to create a simple spreadsheet that can be used for dozens of purposes including accounting, budgeting, and inventory tracking. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Job Fair with Work Express, for adults, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Explore your employment options at a free job fair presented by MCPL in partnership with Work Express. Meet with motivated employers looking for workers in a variety of positions. Come prepared to apply and possibly interview for jobs. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• Using Interlibrary Loan for Genealogy, for beginners, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Discover how MCPL’s Interlibrary Loan can help you access resources from other libraries across the country. 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.

• Independence Civil War Study Group, 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Drive, Independence. Keith Nelson: The Crowley family of Clay County – “Always on the Frontier.” Terry Elliott, 353-7617. 

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