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, MAY 10

• Andy Audette visits Blue Springs – Audette, the man who started the Blue Stripe Project (YouTube Video) will be at Sandy's Restaurant-Home Cooked Meals, 1428 S.W. U.S. 40, at 6 p.m. He will be visiting from Washington state to help Erika Brackenbury (owner of Sandy’s) kick off their 2017 Blue Stripe Project Campaign. This event is a fundraiser for the Blue Springs Shop with a Cop program. Last year, Sandy’s donated $11,000 to the program to help underprivileged children have a great Christmas.

• Lunch 'n Learn: “Mormon History in Missouri,” noon to 1 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Elder Lovell of the Mormon Visitor's Center will share photographs and tell stories of the Mormon experience in Missouri (1830-39). Discover the important role that Mormon settlers played in the early social, political, and economic development of Jackson County and Independence, which church founder Joseph Smith declared to be Zion. Bring your lunch to this free event.

• The Mile Starts Here, 9 a.m., McCoy Park, 800 N. Bess Truman Pkwy., Independence. 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.

• The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Ask anyone to name two English rock bands from the 1960s and the answer will likely be “The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.” Join Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz for a multimedia presentation comparing and contrasting the two bands through musical samples and band interviews. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Little Acorns: Going Fishing, for ages 3 to 5, 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. We’ve got the cane poles and worms ready for our Little Acorns. Bring your camera to capture your little one catching the big one. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766 or email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov.

• Home School: Creek Walking, 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11, 12-18 or 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Discover unique creatures; explore food web connections while splishing and splashing in the mud, water and around the rocks of Burr Oak Creek. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766 or email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov.

• Intermediate Word, for adults, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Sharpen your document creation skills by learning several great features of Microsoft Word. Prior attendance at the program Beginning Word is recommended. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• 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.

• Xi Xi Sigma meeting, 6 p.m. Kim Rick will host and do the program. Woman of the Year will be honored and new officers will be installed.

• Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri membership meeting, 7 p.m., Village Heights Community of Christ, 1009 Farview Drive, Independence. Diane Eichoff presents, “If it walks like a man.” She will be telling the story of women who disguised themselves as men in order to fight in the Civil War. Diane is the co-author of “The Big Divide” with her husband, Aaron Barnhart. For questions, call Mike Calvert, 898-2603 or Beverly Shaw, 225-7944. 

MAY 11

• KC Triathlon planned for May 14, 7 a.m., Longview Lake Beach, 11101 Raytown Road, Kansas City. This is a destination event that caters to the participating athletes, families and friends, like no other event in the area. Novice and elite tri-athletes alike will want to include the Kansas City Triathlon in their 2017 schedule. For details, visit http://ultramaxsports.com/races/kctri.

• Building a Healthier Independence: Family Walk, 6 p.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. Come meet others who enjoy being active. For questions, call the Independence Health Department at 325-7185.

• Summer Plants, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Independence Health Department, 515 S. Liberty St. To participate, you must be a member of the Kansas City Community Garden. If you're not a member, you may sign up between 4:30 and 6 p.m. Membership is $2 for those who qualify for low or no income; all others, $12. For questions, call 325-7185.

• 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.

• Gallery Walk: Getting Ready, 2 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. During the month of April, thousands of pioneers began arriving in Independence to get ready for their departure on the trails. During this gallery walk you'll explore their experiences in town and come to understand what was needed for the overland journey. Regular admission applies, $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 17. Call 325-7575.

• Take a Hike, for adults, 7 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. You don’t have to travel far from Kansas City to find scenic places to hike. Join outdoor writer Brent Frazee for a tour of some of his favorite trails not far from your front door. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Hiring and Dealing with Attorneys, for adults, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Veteran private investigator and former police officer Larry Berkland shares what everyone needs to know about selecting an attorney and clients’ rights. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Little Acorns: Going Fishing, for ages 3 to 5, 10 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. We’ve got the cane poles and worms ready for our Little Acorns. Bring your camera to capture your little one catching the big one. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766 or email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov.

• 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.

• Interior Design Trends for 2017, for adults, 7 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Join interior designer Lisa Holiman for a look at this year’s design trends and see how you can translate them into your spaces without spending tons of money. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020.

• Using HeritageQuest, for beginners, 10 a.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. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• 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.

• 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.

• Blue Springs Chapter DAR annual meeting and luncheon planned for May 13, 10 a.m. meeting and lunch: Reports from officers and committee chairs at Sinclair's Restaurant, 1402 N.W. M-7, Blue Springs; at 11 a.m. lunch orders will be taken and served during the meeting. At noon, visit the National World War I Museum, 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City. Museum tickets are $16 for adults; $14 for seniors adults; $10 for students. RSVP Chris Jones atchj29er@comcast.net or 816-686-1772.

• TOPS MO-0100 meeting, 9:30 a.m., Hill Cumorah Church, 4516 Phelps Road, Independence. 

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. 

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