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, MAY 12

• Garage and bake sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Good Shepherd Christian Church, 111 S.W. Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs. For questions, call the church at 228-6908.

• Social Security: With You Through Life’s Journey, for adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Social Security is just one piece of the retirement puzzle. Discover how Social Security can help you secure your future and address your changing needs and lifestyle with information, tools, and resources. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Teen Lock-in, 6:30 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. When the branch shuts down, it’s time to party it up! Permission slip required. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Using Findmypast, for beginners, 2 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.

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

MAY 13

• Pets in the Park, pet judging registration is at 10 a.m., with the judging at 10:30 a.m., followed by the parade, and activities continue until 1 p.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. Rabies vaccinations will be available for $5 and microchipping for $20. Visit with area vendors about pet products, services and adoptions, including off-leash training, and watch agility demonstrations. The Animal Shelter would appreciate donations of canned pet food, cat litter, collars, treats, Kong toys, etc.)

• Kiwanis Pet Judging contest, for ages 12 and under, in conjunction with Pets in the Park, Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. The Pet registration is at 10 a.m., with pet judging at 10:30 a.m. Categories include: Best trick, most unusual, best kid/pet look- a-likes and All American Pet. For information about pet judging and registration, call 325-7996 or visit www.ci.independence.mo.us/Event/17232.

• Mom’s Baby Shower, sponsored by Independence Kiwanis Club and benefiting CAPA, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hy-Vee, 23rd Street and Lee’s Summit Road, Independence. Customers will be asked to purchase items, such as formula and diapers at this Hy-Vee for CAPA. This is a Kiwanis Metro Event and other area Hy-Vee stores will be participating with different recipients. Monetary donations accepted.

• Artifact ID & Archaeology Day, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage St., Sibley. Visitors may bring their arrowheads and other artifacts to have authenticated by professional archaeologists. Visitors will gain a better understanding of how the science of archaeology helps us to understand the past. Cost: $8 for adults; $4 for youth and seniors. For questions, call 229-8980.

• Second Saturdays & Car Cruise, 4 to 8 p.m., downtown Blue Springs. Artists, makers and merchants are invited to bring merchandise to sell along Oak Street. There is no charge to attend or to sell, spaces are on a first-come, first-served basis (if you're interested in participating, call Pam Wheeler at 805-8356.)

• Trail Fun - Jumping Off, 1 to 3 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Come prepare for your epic 6 month journey to Oregon! Using a special trail guide, you'll learn about what route you will take, investigate art to discover something about the “jumping off towns,” identify items in the General Store and pack a wagon. Regular admission applies, $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 17. Call, 325-7575.

• Garage and bake sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Good Shepherd Christian Church, 111 S.W. Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs. For questions, call the church at 228-6908.

• Drumm Farm Market, 8 a.m. to noon through October, 3210 Lee's Summit Road. Like them at www.Facebook.com/Drummforkids. For questions, call 373-3434.

• Independence Farmers & Craft Market, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October, located just south of the Independence Square at the northwest corner Walnut and Liberty streets. Spend $1 of your SNAP benefits and receive $2 to spend on produce.

• Blue Springs Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to noon through October, located at 11th and Main streets in downtown Blue Springs.

• Lee's Summit Farmers Market, 7 a.m. until sold out through November, located at Second and Douglas streets.

• Social Dance classes, for ages 13 and older, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, May 13 through 31, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $36. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Kids Yoga, 10 to 11 a.m., CrossFit Cerberus, 200 N.S. 11th St.; open swim, noon to 3 p.m., YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. (open swim with adult photo ID. Kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool.) Both activities are free.

• 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.

• Discover Nature Fishing, for families, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. This is a great time of year to take your family fishing. We will teach some fishing basics, provide equipment and worms and then let you practice your new fishing skills. Kids who attend will be entered in a drawing at the end of the summer for a new fishing pole and tackle box. Lessons 1 and 2 of the Discover Nature Fishing program are included in this class. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766 or email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov.

• Walkabout at MGC, for beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Harry S Truman Chapter, Missouri Society Sons of the American Revolution, 9:15 a.m., BMO Harris, N.A. Bank, 18811 Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Call 373-5309 or email GroverSAR@aol.com.

• Alpha Omega Master Mother-Daughter-Friend Luncheon. For questions, call 229-5915. 

MAY 14

• Tea Dance, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Music by the Joe Walker Dance Band. You're welcome to bring snacks to share. Admission, $6. Open to the public. 650-5400.

• 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. 

MAY 15

• 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.

• Getting to Know Our New Catalog: My Account, for adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Need help using the new online catalog? Come learn about how to personalize your account, create lists, and share the books you love. 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. Discover what we’ve planned just for you. 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.

• 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., Elks Lodge, 100 N.E. Brizendine Road, Blue Springs. Nancy Crawford, genaki50@yahoo.com.

• Alpha Omega Master attend Beta Sigma Phi Independence City Council, 7:30 pm. For questions, call 229-5915. 

MAY 16

• Nature’s Medicine Cabinet, for adults, 1 to 3 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Come out and discover the healthier you by exploring the nutritional and medicinal value of native flowers and plants found in spring. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766 or email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov.

• Homegrown Genius: Walt Disney in Missouri, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Walt Disney took memories of his Missouri childhood and used them in some of his most enduring animated features. Film critic and enthusiast Robert Butler offers a virtual tour of Disney’s local haunts and introduces his Kansas City friends who followed him to Hollywood to become giants of the animation industry. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Hidden Treasures at MGC, 7 p.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.

• 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., Art Squared gallery, located in The Emporium, 111 N. Main St., on the northeast corner of the Independence Square. Guest and new members are always welcome. Visit www.independenceartassociation.org. 

MAY 17

• Police Memorial Service, 3 to 4 p.m., Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. Each year, during National Police Week, a local memorial service is held on behalf of the Independence and Sugar Creek Police Departments for police officers who have been killed in the line of duty. This annual ceremony is held to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The event includes a flag presentation by the police color guard, guest speakers, a 21 gun salute by the police honor guard and a helicopter flyer by KCPD’s helicopter unit. For more details, visit www.facebook.com/events/257361458070051.

• Lunch 'n Learn: “The Ginger Rogers Birthplace,” noon to 1 p.m., Truman Memorial Building 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Marge Padgitt, owner of the locally designated Ginger Rogers Birthplace (100 W. Moore), talks about the history of the site and expands on her vision for the future of the property. Bring your lunch to this free event.

• 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. In case of rain or inclement weather, the walks meet at the Independence Center. For questions, call the Independence Health Department at 325-7185.

• Beginning Excel, for adults, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Learn to create a simple spreadsheet using that can be used for dozens of purposes, including accounting, budgeting, and inventory tracking. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• On Purls and Needles: Teens Learn to Knit , 2 p.m. May 17 and 31, South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Transform a skein of yarn into a one-of-a-kind phone case when you learn to knit. During the first week, learn to cast on, knit stitch, and figure gauge. In the second week, get an introduction to the purl stitch and how to finish off your project. A supply list is available online or at the library. 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.

• 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. Terry Elliott, 353-7617. Ted Stillwell will do his impression of Buffalo Bill Cody.

• XiXi Sigma will go to Pompeii Exhibit at Union Station, 10 a.m. Lunch will be at Mannys 

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