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, JAN .17

Dance classes begin Jan. 24: For ages 13 and older, basic line dancing from 6-7 p.m.; social dancing from 7:15-8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 24-Feb. 14, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost for either class, $36. Registration deadline: Jan. 17, call 228-0137.

Chair Yoga: For adults, 7 p.m. Jan. 17 and 31, Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. Get comfortable with yoga by learning basic poses, simple breathing exercises, slow-paced stretching, and easy relaxation techniques. All levels welcome.

Internet for Beginners: For adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Learn the basics of Internet use, including terminology, how to get connected, and how to find what you’re looking for online.

Babes in the Woods – Winter Animals: For babes under 36 months, 10-11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766. Shiver on in to the nature center to enjoy some indoor fun as we learn about animals that stay active throughout the long winter chill.

How the KC Mafia Survived the Fall of the Pendergast Machine: For adults, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. After the death of political boss Tom Pendergast and the end of World War II, Kansas City organized crime became very active and very violent, resulting in some of the biggest hits in the history of the mob. Join author Terence O’Malley as he tells the story of how the Italian Mafia in Kansas City managed to thrive in the post-war years.

Drop-In Table Tennis: 9 a.m.-noon, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. Call 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.

Independence Civil War Study Group: 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Drive, Independence. Call 353-7617, Terry Elliott. Mike Calvert, president of the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri, will discuss the “History of Lake City.”

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. Call 353-5446.

JAN. 18

“Big Sonia” Film Screening: 7-8:30 p.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. The screening is free with Museum admission, but advance registration is recommended, call 268-8200. Standing tall at 4'8", Sonia is one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City and one of the only survivors here who speaks publicly about her wartime experience. Her enormous personality and fragile frame mask the horrors she endured. Sonia's teenage years were a blur of concentration camps and death marches. At 15 she watched her mother disappear behind gas chamber doors. On liberation day, she was accidentally shot through the chest, yet again miraculously survived. Sonia is the ultimate survivor, a bridge between cultures and generations. Her story must never be forgotten.

Kids Lab: For ages 6 and older, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Discover how you can bring science and technology to life.

National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), Santa Fe Trail Unit meeting: 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence. Call 254-8105. The session will include a program on “Questions of Parliamentary Inquiry, Privilege & Information,” presented by Carol Roberson, RP, from RONR pps, 224-230, 247-255, 292-299 and 388.

Cloud Storage: For adults, 2 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020. 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.

Census Records Research: For beginners, 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn what census years are available, what information they contain, how to access them, and the various information included on each federal census.

Drop-In Table Tennis: 9-11:45 a.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. Call 325-7843.

Independence Host Lions Club: Noon, Lucky Buffet, 2931 S. Noland Road, Independence.

Alpha Omega Master meeting: 7:15 p.m., at the home of Margie Sloan. Call Louise, 796-6998. April Milam will serve as hostess. Ramona will be the co-hostess and give her program.

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

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

TOPS MO-0100 meeting: 9:15 a.m., Westminster Hall, 417 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

TOPS MO-0024 meeting: 9:45-10:45 a.m., New Walnut Park Church, 1137 S. Pearl, Independence.

JAN. 19

“The Glass Menagerie”: Presented by City Theatre of Independence, 7 p.m., Powerhouse Theater inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors. For tickets, visit citytheatreofindependence.org or call 325-7367. Synopsis: A faded Southern belle of middle age, shares a dingy apartment with her son and his slightly older sister. She especially worries about the future of her daughter, a young woman with a limp. She has created a world of her own symbolized by her collection of glass figurines.

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

Shepherd's Center of Independence: For ages 55 and older, 8:30-9 a.m. registration/blood pressure checks/coffee, chat and chew, Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. Classes, $1; lunch is at noon, $5. Call 350-4474. Various workshops from 9 to 11:50 a.m.: Travel, book review, Tai Chi, potpourri and wellness. Dominoes available from 10 a.m.-noon.

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

Drop-In Table Tennis: 9 a.m.-noon, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. Call 325-7843.

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

Alpha Omega Master has a “Girl's Night at the Movies”: Time and location to be determined. Call Louise, 796-6998. The name for the social is “Picture Perfect Blooms.”

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. Call 461-0449, Dan Hansen.

JAN. 20

An interview with Botanist Benjamin Franklin Bush: 1-3 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. This is a free event. Call 325-7575. The City of Independence will celebrate the 160th birthday of Benjamin Franklin Bush, a world-famous Botanist from Independence. In honor of his birthday, local historian Ralph Monaco will portray Bush in an exclusive interview with Independence Examiner report J.A. Southern (portrayed by R. Scott Smith.) One of his granddaughters, a local historian, will be there with his photos, papers and books. Plus there will be a demonstration of his techniques and refreshments.

“The Glass Menagerie”: Presented by City Theatre of Independence, 7 p.m., Powerhouse Theater inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors. For tickets, visit citytheatreofindependence.org or call 325-7367. Synopsis: A faded Southern belle of middle age, shares a dingy apartment with her son and his slightly older sister. She especially worries about the future of her daughter, a young woman with a limp. She has created a world of her own symbolized by her collection of glass figurines.

Weird Wildlife: For all ages, 1-2 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. No registration required, call 228-3766. Did you know there is an animal that doesn’t have a mouth? How about one with no eyes or ears? Missouri is home to some interesting, strange and unusual animals. Even some of our well-known wildlife have unusual traits. Learn about some of the odd critters that call our state home.

Let's Move! Saturdays: 11 a.m.-noon Bump City/Dragon Ninja, Gage Center, 1101 N.W. Jefferson St., Blue Springs. Free.

Business Basics – Finding More Customers Like Your Best Clients: For adults, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. Discover how to find more potential customers by using free online databases.

Introduction to Internet Genealogy: For adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. This is a beginner-level class. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

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

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW meeting: 11 a.m.-noon, North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, lower level, 317 U.S. 24, Independence. There are no dues or fees. Visit www.ceahow.org. A 12-step fellowship for anyone suffering from compulsive eating, anorexia, and bulimia.

JAN. 21

“The Glass Menagerie”: Presented by City Theatre of Independence, 2 p.m., Powerhouse Theater inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors. For tickets, visit citytheatreofindependence.org or call 325-7367. Synopsis: A faded Southern belle of middle age, shares a dingy apartment with her son and his slightly older sister. She especially worries about the future of her daughter, a young woman with a limp. She has created a world of her own symbolized by her collection of glass figurines.

Bingo: Sponsored by Sugar Creek Optimists, doors open at 11 a.m.; bingo starts at 2 p.m., DAV building on U.S. 40, just east of Noland Road. Refreshments available.

Learn to square dance: 2 p.m., in Independence. Call 254-5305, Brad and Annette Davis. Free lessons will be offered for ages 8 and older. Have fun and meet new friends. Couples, families and singles welcome.

ONGOING EVENTS

National Frontier Trails Museum: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 17. Call 325-7575.

Leila’s Hair Museum: 9 a.m.-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. Call 833-2955.

Regional Animal Shelter: Noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday/Sunday, 21001 E. Hwy. 78, Independence. Call 621-7722.

Public Skate: Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Cost, $5; $3 for 12 and under and 55 and older, non-residents add $1 to each price. Skate rental, $2. Call 795-7577, for skate times. 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.

Blue Springs Recycling: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2725 N.W. Park Road. Call 228-0228 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/recycling.

– Jillayne Ritchie