Items for the Community Calendar may be emailed to or mailed to: The Examiner, 410 S. Liberty St., Independence, MO 64050, attention Jill Ritchie. Also, check the calendar online at


Independence Day Celebration: Gates open at 6 p.m.; entertainment start at 7 p.m.; fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 937 W. Walnut st., Independence. Come and enjoy a great night of free, family-friendly fun. Attendees will also find snacks and non-alcoholic beverages this year. The fireworks will be accompanied by the Spirit of Independence Concert Band. Note: Alcohol, animals and outside fireworks are prohibited, and no outside coolers will be allowed on the event grounds.

Legacy Blast Fireworks Extravaganza: Gates open at 5 p.m., with free entertainment until the fireworks at 9:30 p.m., Legacy Park, 1201-1501 N.E. Legacy Park Drive, Lee’s Summit. Events and display are free. Food vendors, local entertainers and inflatables will be on-site at each venue before the fireworks show. Bring the family and blankets for fun under the stars. (Rain date: July 5.)

Drop-In Table Tennis: 9-11:45 a.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. Call 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. Call 373-0221.

Party Bridge: 12:30-4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Use Pleasant Street entrance. Call 252-6251.

TOPS MO-0772 meeting: 10-11 a.m., First Christian Church, 701 N.W. 15th St., Blue Springs. Call 350-1554.

Cub Scout Pack 334 meeting: 7 p.m., near U.S. 40 and Noland Road, Independence. Call Amber Baker at 446-0992.


Reading of the Declaration of Independence: 9-9:30 a.m., Harry S. Truman Library & Museum main lobby, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. Call 268-8200. You're invited to a special screening of the annual July 4 celebration at the National Archives. Historic re-enactors will give a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence from the steps of the National Archives in Washington, DC. The Archivist of the United States will give remarks, and musical guests include the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and Caleb Green. Fans and custom July 4th 2018 T-shirts will be distributed to the first 20 visitors.

Red, White & Blue Springs: Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m.; with fireworks at approximately 9:45 p.m., Blue Springs High School Peve Stadium, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive, Blue Springs. Free. Enjoy live entertainment by Michael Dale, featuring Monica Pearce.

Independence Day at Missouri Town 1855: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., located at 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit. Admission, $7 for adults; $4 for ages 5-13; under age 5 are free. Call 229-8980. Experience the festivities as the Missouri Town staff and volunteers celebrate America’s Independence. Patriotic speeches, children’s games, period cooking, dancing, and militia marches are a few of the many interpretive activities. Everyone is invited to join with the staff and volunteers as they march down the main road in the traditional Missouri Town Independence Parade!


“Pipedreams Live!”: Presented by the American Guild of Organists, 3:30 to 7 p.m., Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence. The event will feature seven young performers from the world of classical pipe organ who have recently won regional competitions held across the U.S. Organist Michael Unger premiers the final pieces in the “Pipedreams,” commissioned set of Preludes and Fugues in Jazz Style by Henry Martin. Tickets for this come-and-go event are $20 and may be purchased at the door or online at

Moonlight Movies on the Square: Paddington 2, 7-11 p.m.; movie starts at 9 p.m., shown on the side of the Pharaoh Theatre, 114 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Concessions are also available for your movie snacks. Chairs may be rented for $1 or bring your own.

Nature Story Time – Being a Tree: For ages 3 to 8, 10 and 11 a.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Call 325-7115. Enjoy a great story, make a nature craft and explore the outdoors.

Around Since the Dinosaurs: For ages 8 and older, 2:30 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required, visit Discover how bats, fish, opossums, turtles, crayfish, and others all co-existed with the T-Rex and Hadrosaurids.

Researching Your WWII Veteran: 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Piece together your WWII veteran’s military experience using web resources, Library resources, and outside sources. Learn what records still exist and how to locate them.

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.

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.


Dive-in Movie: Adventure Oasis Water Park, 2100 S. Hub Drive, Independence. Admission is $3 per person. Call 325-7843 or 325-7370. Grab your family and enjoy an after hours family-friendly movie. Inner tubes will be provided. All flotation devices must be approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”: 8:30 p.m., Legacy Park Amphitheater, located just south of the Legacy Park Community Center, 897 N.E. Bluestem Drive, Lee's Summit. Free admission. Bring the entire family to the amphitheater to watch a movie under the stars. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. Concessions available for purchase, no outside food, beverages or pets allows.

Library After Hours – Glow Golf: For all ages, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924. Bring the family for some after-hours indoor mini golf! Putt your way through the stacks with black lights, glowing golf balls, and more.

Introduction to Internet Genealogy: For beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

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.

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.


25th Annual Water Garden Tour: Sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Water Garden Society, July 7 and 8. Tickets for the two-day tour are $10, and are available at all garden centers in the great Kansas City area, Hen House Markets and Westlake Hardware stores. Children under 14 are free with an adult. Visit or call 305-5963. The tour will include more than 40 gardens across the area.

Trail Toys: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays through July, National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Free with museum admission. Ever wonder what children did for fun on the Oregon and California Trails? Children can make a toy at the museum, just like they did on the westward trails. A different toy will be featured each week and there will be old-fashioned toys available for children to play with.

Experiential History Program: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Have you ever wished you could step back in time and speak with a person from the past? Now's your chance. First person interpreters portray characters from various time periods to bring history to life. Interpreters will be on-site at the Independence Square, 1827 Log Courthouse, National Frontier Trails Museum, Chicago and Alton Depot, and the Vaile Mansion. Free.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Dance and tumbling for ages 3 to 6, TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox; and Girl Scouts Rainbow Hike, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road (meet at main building.) Both activities are free.

Moonlight Yoga: For ages 11 and older, 9-10 p.m.; registration starts at 8:45 p.m., Rotary Park, 600 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $5 in advance; $7 at the door. Call 228-0137 to register. Blue Springs Fieldhouse instructors will lead you through a series of poses designed to improve balance, flexibility and breathing. Bring a towel or yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing.

Slithering Snakes: 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. Slither in and discover the wonderful world of Missouri’s snakes. These legless, scaly reptiles are often misunderstood, but are beneficial to the environment and us. Join us as we untangle snake myths, learn who lives around us, and meet some live snakes up close.

Drumm Farm Market: 8 a.m.-noon through October, 3210 Lee's Summit Road. Like them at Call 373-3434.

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

Blue Springs Farmers Market: 7 a.m.-noon through October, 11th and Main streets, downtown Blue Springs.

Lee's Summit Farmers Market: 7 a.m.-sold out through November, Second and Douglas streets.

Free Health Clinic: 9 a.m.-noon, Glenwood Park Methodist Church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. Call 254-5116. The screenings, sponsored by the Black Nurse Association and the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index testing.

Sock Hop Smiles: For ages 4 and older, 3 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Goodness gracious, great stacks of books! Join P.J. the DJ as he rocks the Library with the sounds of 1950s rock and roll.

Newspaper Databases at Mid-Continent Public Library: 10:30 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Newspaper databases can be used to find genealogical information such as birth, marriage and death records, obituaries, probate cases, and interesting information about your ancestors’ lives.

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 A 12-step fellowship for anyone suffering from compulsive eating, anorexia, and bulimia.


Music in the Park: Connie Hawkins & The Blues Wreckers will perform from 6-8 p.m., Rotary Park, 600 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. For questions, call 228-0137. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for this free concert.

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

Bingo: Sponsored by Sugar Creek Optimists, doors open at 11 a.m.; bingo starts at 2 p.m., DAV building, 14605 E. U.S. 40. Call Butch at 836-4317. Cafe open for food and beverages.


Vaile Mansion tours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sundays, through October, 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6-16. Call 325-7430.

Bingham-Waggoner Estate tours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sundays, through October, 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6-16. Call 461-3491.

1827 Log Courthouse: Open by appointment only, Monday-Friday through October, 107 W. Kansas Ave., Independence. Call 325-7890.

1859 Jail & Marshal's Home Museum: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sundays, through October, 217 N. Main St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6-16. Call 461-1897.

Chicago & Alton Depot: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily (except Tuesday); 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays, through October, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Donations welcome. Call 325-7955.

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.

– Jillayne Ritchie