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.

TODAY

Mile Starts Here: 9 a.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. This free program lead by a community member encourages people to get together to socialize and exercise at the same time.

Toddler Town on Tour: For ages 2 to 9 years, 9-11 a.m., Beckett Park, 2710 S. Cherokee, Independence. Free. Call 325-7115. Explore the playgrounds and work on an outdoor project. Parents are required to remain with their children.

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.

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

Karaoke with Mike Perez: 7-10 p.m., American Legion Post 21, 16701 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Free. Dinner available from 5-7 p.m. for $5 to $10. Call 373-0221. Open to the public.

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. Call 353-5446.

THURSDAY

Pioneer Spring Cabin Public Forum: Facilitated by the Heritage Commission: 6 p.m., City Hall Conference Room D, 111 E. Maple Ave., Independence. This forum will allow public engagement on the building and to collect ideas on the potential for its future. Citizens can also share feedback with the Council Committee in the following formats: Call 325-7022; email citycouncil@indepmo.org; or by mail in care of the City Council, 111 E. Maple Ave., Independence, MO 64051

Community Blood Center Blood Drive: 2-6 p.m., Open Arms Community of Christ, 1021 W. College (near Bryant School), Independence. Book your appointment at esavealifenow.org, enter Sponsor Code: Open Arms. For questions, call 877-468-6844. They are also honoring fallen firefighter Rick Winship, 1951-2015.

Moonlight Movies on the Square: Sherlock Gnomes, 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 – Furry Swimmers: 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.

Fall Plant and Seed Distribution: 4-5 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. For more information, email Selena at sgood@indepmo.org. You must be a member of the Kansas City Community Gardens to participate, but you may sign up onsite.

Timothy Lutheran School Rummage Sale: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., in the Timothy Lutheran Church Family Life Center, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. There will be clothing, toys, household items, furniture, books, jewelry, knickknacks and much more. Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund.

An Introduction to Zen Meditation: For adults, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Focusing on awareness of posture, breath, and mind, Zen meditation is simple to practice anytime and anywhere.

Brick Wall Discussion Group: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Have you hit a brick wall in your genealogy research? Get together with others to share helpful information, network, and gather inspiration to help you continue your genealogy project.

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.

FRIDAY

Movies in the Park: Activities start at 7:30 p.m.; “The Incredibles” will be shown at dusk, Rotary Park, 600 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Call 228-0137. Grab a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a free outdoor movie and popcorn under the stars. The movies will be shown on a huge inflatable screen with a state-of-the-art projection and sound system.

Blues Fest: 6:30 p.m., Legacy Park Amphitheater, located just south of the Legacy Park Community Center, 897 N.E. Bluestem Drive, Lee's Summit. Free admission. The Scotch Hollow, Knock Kneed Sally and the Heather Newman Bands will be featured. Enjoy a evening of soulful blues music. Concessions available for purchase, no outside food, beverages or pets allows.

Timothy Lutheran School Rummage Sale: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., in the Timothy Lutheran Church Family Life Center, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. There will be clothing, toys, household items, furniture, books, jewelry, knickknacks and much more. Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund.

Beginning Genealogy: 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips.

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

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.

Live music with Rich Cates: 7-10 p.m., American Legion Post 21, 16701 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Free. Dinner available from 5-7 p.m. for $5 to $10. Call 373-0221. Open to the public.

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

SATURDAY

Run For Raptors: 7:30 a.m., Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City. Register online at https://runsignup.com/Register/?raceId=30780here. For questions, call 513-8960 or email folnc@crn.org. This challenging trail run (or walk if you prefer) 5K or 10K winds through a secluded oak/hickory forest in historical Swope Park. All proceeds benefit the Nature Center.

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.

Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Dance class, 11 a.m.-noon, Dynamic Dance, 1901 S.W. U.S. 40; and climbing, 2-3 p.m., IBEX Climbing Gym, 801 N.W. South Outer Road (Call 228-9988 to register). Both activities are free.

Timothy Lutheran School Rummage Sale: 8 a.m.-noon, in the Timothy Lutheran Church Family Life Center, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. There will be clothing, toys, household items, furniture, books, jewelry, knickknacks and much more. Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund.

“Cool Treats and Hot Beats” Ice Cream Social: 2-5 p.m., north lawn of First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. Call 252-6100. In addition to ice cream and assorted desserts, entertainment will be provided.

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.

Drumm Farm Market: 8 a.m.-noon through October, 3210 Lee's Summit Road. Like them at www.Facebook.com/Drummforkids. 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.

Atlatl: For families with children ages 8 and older, 12:30-1:30 or 2-3 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road in Blue Springs. Free, but registration is required online at www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods. Call 228-3766. An atlatl is a hunting tool that has been around for thousands of years and is still being used in Missouri today. Bring your family and practice this primitive skill and test our atlatl abilities.

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.

Unconscious Bias: For adults, 3 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. Buried prejudice and biases are the root of stereotypes and influence our feelings, decisions, and actions. Discover how you can recognize, understand, and challenge these biases as the dynamics of diversity change our interactions and relationships at home, work, and throughout our communities.

Wet and Wild SLP Wrap-Up Party: For all ages, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Celebrate the end of the Summer Learning Program with a water-filled bang! Join us for a wet and wild fun time with water games and more.

Journey through the Solar System: For ages 8 and older, 2 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. Take a voyage from the Sun to Pluto with your imagination, and learn what makes the planets different from the sun and from each other. Through simple activities, you’ll better understand how the solar system works.

How to Date Old Photographs: For beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228. Uncover the clues that can help determine when a photograph was taken. Bring a photograph for dating.

Karaoke: 8 p.m.-midnight, American Legion Post 21, 16701 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Free. Call 373-0221. Open to the public.

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.

SUNDAY

“Cruise for Consciousness” Car Show: A benefit for the Purple Peace Foundation, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Grain Valley Community Pavilion, 713 Main St. For questions, call Stacey Perry at 847-6856. This event is to bring awareness to Epilepsy. In addition to the car show, there will be food, giveaways, drawings and a DJ.

Music in the Park: “CrossThreads” 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.

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.

MONDAY

Access Your Library Online: 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. Discover all the information and resources available during this guided tour of mymcpl.org.

Email for Beginners: For adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. Learn to understand your inbox, as well as how to write effective emails.

Accounting Basics for Restaurants – Buildings and Research: For adults, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. So you want to open a restaurant? Let Kim Niebaum from CoffeeCake KC help you prepare for that journey through honest information about funding your business. Discover the pros and cons of new vs used equipment, building costs, and market research. This program is part of a three-class series.

Drop-In Table Tennis: 2-4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. Call 325-7843.

Single Mom’s Group: 6-7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Call 392-5433, Debra Williamson. Dinner and child care are included in this non-denominational Christian group. Free.

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.

TUESDAY

FAFSA Walk-Through: 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA, is your ticket to college scholarships, grants, and loans. We'll walk you through the FAFSA line by line.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover: The South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library stuffed animals invite your stuffed friends to a sleepover at their house. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050. Drop off your friend at 9 a.m. Aug. 7, at the library, 13700 E. 35th St., then come back at 10 a.m., Aug. 9, for a special program featuring a slideshow of their overnight adventures. Dolls and other toys are also welcome.

Exploring Missouri’s Most Beautiful Spots: For adults, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. Scenic rivers, historic mills, Ozark springs, vast prairies, Missouri has some gorgeous spots off the beaten track. Join outdoor writer and sportsman Brent Frazee for a virtual tour of hidden jewels you’ll want to explore.

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.

Heart of America China Painters: 9 a.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St. S., Independence. Call 373-9377. Need a hobby? Learn to paint china. Art supplies will be furnished for first time painters.

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.

ONGOING EVENTS

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