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, JULY 18

• Popsicles in the Park, 6:30 to 8 p.m., St. Clair Park, 433 S. Farley, Independence. The kids will enjoy their free frozen treats, while the parents are entertained by a performance. Free.

• The Greens of Summer, for adults, 9 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Do you despair because you cannot seem to win the war against those pesky weeds that grow during the heat of summer? A wise philosopher once stated, “If you can’t beat them, join them!” Discover the usefulness and tastiness of purslane and other summer plants. You will never look at “weeds” in your own backyard the same way again! Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• A Pharaoh and a Canary: The Discovery of King Tut’s Tomb, for ages 6 and older, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Discover the story of artist and archaeologist Howard Carter, and learn how he uncovered the find of the century – the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Horse Hooves in the Grass, for all ages, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Who said horses can’t visit the library? Come to the library and meet, groom, and pet a beautiful horse. Then learn about horse care, horse safety, and much more. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Teens Create: Build Your Own World, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Unleash your imagination. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Census Records Research, for beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Explore how the U.S. Federal Census can help in your genealogy research. Learn what census years are available, what information they contain, how to access them, and the various information included on each federal census. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Build a Better World through Science, for ages 6 and older, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. It takes experimenting and hypothesizing to build a better world. Discover how we can work together to make the world a better place by asking, “What if?” and “What could happen?” Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• 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. 

JULY 19

• 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 walk meets at the Independence Center. For questions, call the Independence Health Department at 325-7185.

• Toddler Town, for ages 2 to 9, 9 to 11 a.m., Beckett Park, 2701 S. Cherokee, Independence. Explore this playground and work on an outdoor craft with your child. Free.

• 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.

• Getting to Know Our New Catalog: My Account, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. 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 252-0950.

• 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.

• Independence Civil War Study Group, 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Drive, Independence. Terry Elliott, 353-7617. 

JULY 20

• Nature Story Time: Catching Dragonflies, 10 and 11 a.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road. Explore nature, make nature crafts and hear great stories. Free. To register, call 325-7115.

• 2017 Great American Eclipse: The Day the Sun Goes Dark, for adults, 7 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. On Aug. 21, Missouri will truly become the Show-Me State when a swath from St. Joseph to near Cape Girardeau will offer some of the best viewing of what’s being called The Great American Eclipse. Come learn the science behind eclipses, all about the special effects the moon and the sun create together, and when, where, and how best to safely view it. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Kid Fest, for ages 6 and older, 6 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Party with us, there’s always room for more! Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Horse Hooves in the Grass, for all ages, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Who said horses can’t visit the library? Come to the library and meet, groom, and pet a beautiful horse. Then learn about horse care, horse safety, and much more. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Imagination Creation: Build A Better World With Art, 11:30 a.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Kids can create unlimited possibilities during this unstructured art workshop. Supplies are provided. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Cloud Storage, for adults, 7 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Cloud storage allows you to save your files online, so you can access them from anywhere at any time. Learn how to store your documents, music, and photos on a cloud storage system. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020.

• This is Not a Box!, for ages 3 and older, 10 a.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Join storyteller Jo Ho for “building with boxes” stories insulated with hilarious characters, concrete plots, and framed with lots of role-playing for carpenters of all ages. You don’t need plywood and plaster when you have a box. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• 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.

• Walkabout at MGC, for beginners, 7 p.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.

• Build a Better/Be a Better World, for all ages, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Award-winning juggler Brian Wendling shows how building a better world is like juggling – it’s done one step at a time. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• 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.

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

• The Write Place Poetry Society, 3 p.m., Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence. You are invited to come and read or to just listen. Jan Kroll, 254-5278.

• Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865, Louisa Volker Macklind Tent 24, 10:30 a.m., Bass Pro Shop, 18001 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, in the Conservation Room on the lower level. Any woman aged 18 or older and has an ancestor who served the Union forces during the Civil War may be eligible to join. Call Dee Wolfe, president, 850-8684. 

JULY 21

• Third Friday Art Walk, 5:30 to 9 p.m. – The galleries in the Englewood Station Arts District, Winner Road and Sterling Avenue, in Independence, open their doors to art lovers. See artists in action, demonstrations, and enjoy live music and refreshments. Free. Call 252-3372 or visit www.englewoodstation.com.

• Jamaican Jam, gates open at 6 p.m.; music starts at 7 to 10:30 p.m., Legacy Park Amphitheater, 897 N.E. Bluestem Drive, Lee's Summit. This fun family event will feature the bands Deepa Reality, Jah Lion and Az-One. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. Admission is free. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Concessions will be available. For questions, call 969-1500 or visit RockTheAmp.net.

• “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” presented by the Raytown Arts Council, 7:30 p.m., Raytown South High School, 8211 Sterling Ave., Raytown. Tickets are $8 in advance, and $10 at the door, and are available at Raytown Hy-Vee and RaytownArts.com/tickets.

• Youth Flag Football League begins in August, school grade divisions: K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, and 6th-7th. This is a 12-week league, with 8 weeks of games. The league is supervised by Blue Springs Parks and Recreation and all coaches are parent volunteers. Child must be entering one of the grades listed for the 2017-18 school year. Cost, $60 per person. Registration deadline: July 26. To register, visit the Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave., or go to www.bluespringsgov.com/parks.

• Sand Cinema presents Disney's “Finding Dory,” ages open at 7:30 p.m.; with showtime around 9 p.m. or dark, Longview Lake Beach, 11101 Raytown Road, Kansas City. Load the kid in the car watch the movie on a the giant inflatable screen. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. Pets, outside food and smoking not permitted. Concessions are available. Cost, $5 per car.

• Living with Macular Degeneration, for adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Judith Hawley has lived with low vision from macular degeneration for more than 50 years. From perfect sight to walking with a white cane, Hawley shares how she didn’t let vision loss get in the way of fulfilling her lifelong dreams. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• 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.

• William Chrisman High School Class of 1951 get-together, 9 a.m., Big Biscuit, 16506 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Dan Hansen, 461-0449. 

JULY 22

•Wellness Expo and 5K, hosted by Independence School District and Independence Health Department, both begin at 5 a.m., Chrisman High School, U.S. 24 and Noland Road. Free services and activities include: The 5K, physicals for ISD middle and high school students, Diagnostic Imaging Centers Mobile Mammography Bus, Tdap and meningococcal vaccines, body mass index assessments, blood pressure check, foot screenings and much more. There will also be a DJ, Mac the Mavericks mascot, entertainment, free tote bags for the first 250 to arrive, and other giveaways. For questions, call 521-5315 or 325-7185.

• A Day at the Range, for all ages, noon to 6 p.m., Lake City Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, 28505 E. Truman Road, Buckner. This is a free day of shooting. Bring your family out to the range for a day of fun. If you haven’t been to the range this year here is a great opportunity to come out and join in the fun. No registration required. For more information, call 249-3194 or visit www.mdc.mo.gov/lakecity.

• Dragonfly Daze, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Kids can run around and catch dragonflies and create their own. Nature Park staff will supply nets, craft materials and all kinds of dragonflies. Bring sunscreen, a refillable water bottle and insect repellant. For questions, call 325-7115.

• 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. Food, beverages, and snacks available. Admission, $7. Open to the public. 373-0221.

• Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Interactive story time, 10 to 11 a.m., Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. M-7; and open swim, noon to 3 p.m., Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. (open swim with adult photo ID, kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool, parents must accompany children under the age of 12.) Both activities are free.

• “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” presented by the Raytown Arts Council, 7:30 p.m., Raytown South High School, 8211 Sterling Ave., Raytown. Tickets are $8 in advance, and $10 at the door, and are available at Raytown Hy-Vee and RaytownArts.com/tickets.

• 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.

• READ to a Dog, for ages 3 and older, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Sit down and read to some very good listeners – Pet Partner Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ). Dogs will be available for 10-minute sessions to help children improve their reading skills and build self-confidence. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Party at the Library: Shaving Cream and Water War, for teens, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Celebrate what’s happening. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Trading Card Exchange, 10 a.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Exchange your trading cards with other collectors and players. We will have tables set up for people who want to trade sports, game, and other types of trading cards. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Family Fun at MGC, for all ages, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Come to the Midwest Genealogy Center to create some family memories by trying something new. Take part in our creation takeaways and exploration stations, all mixed with a little family history. Be sure to help yourself to a cold summer treat! Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Xi Xi Sigma 50's Night at Big Creek Country, Pleasant Hill. Dinner at El Puerto at 6 p.m., with the show at 8 p.m.

HOW (CEA-HOW) meeting, a 12 - Step fellowship for anyone suffering from compulsive eating, anorexia, and bulimia, 11 a.m. to noon, North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, lower level, 317 U.S. 24, Independence. There are no dues or fees. For questions, visit, www.ceahow.org. 

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