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

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be changes in the schedules of any of these programs. Be sure to make phone contact or double check the website for each of these events.


SilverSneakers’ Classic Muscular Strength and Range of Movement Fitness Class: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Grain Valley Community Center, 713 Main St. This class features something for everyone on any fitness level. Improve strength, flexibility and balance, resulting in your ability to stay healthy. Cost: $2; free to SilverSneakers, Silver&Fit and Renew Active members. Call 816-847-6230 for information.

Zumba A.M.: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Sermon Center, 201 N. Dodgion St., Independence. This class features a fusion of Latin and international music and dance themes that create a dynamic, fun and exciting workout. Cost: $3. To register or for more information, call 816-325-7370.


Drumm Farm Market, 3210 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence, 816-373-3434. The children at Drumm Farm care for small livestock and harvest a four-acre garden. You can purchase their products at the Drumm Farm Market, open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

Independence Uptown Market, 211 W. Truman Road is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. All the crafts and foods were grown or created within a 100 mile radius. You can purchase plants, honey, jams, eggs, soaps, birdhouses and other handcrafted items. For more information, visit where you can see a map of the various vendors and a list of their products.

Blue Springs Farmers Market, 11th and Main Streets, Blue Springs. This market provides fruits, vegetables, meats and flowers. Currently, pursuant to Jackson County COVID rules, 50 people are allowed in the market at a time and can proceed in a walk through visit. Hours of operation: 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Indep., (816) 325-7115. Although not all buildings are yet open, there are 86 acres of beautiful forest, lakes, hiking trails and wildlife. Hours are: Tuesday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m., Monday: Closed.

Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area, 401 NW Park Road., Blue Springs, 816-228-3766 remains open with outdoor trails which are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Please practice proper social distancing while on the trails. Note: Pets are not allowed on the area, and bicycles are not allowed on the trails.

Family fireworks in Blue Springs: Fireworks are legally allowed to be discharged within Blue Springs city limits. This year, these dates and times are July 1-3 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on July 4 from 10 a.m. to midnight.

Family fireworks in Independence: City Code makes it unlawful for any person to possess, store, handle, or use, within the city, bottle rockets, aerial missiles, sparkler bombs, or altered/combined fireworks. Fireworks within the city limits of Independence are only permitted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. July 3 and July 5; and between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight July 4.

City Code also makes it unlawful to use, explode, detonate, or shoot fireworks from a motorized vehicle or throw any ignited firework into, at, or under a motorized vehicle or near any person or animal.


1859 Jail and Marshall’s Home, 217 N. Main, 816-252-1892. This museum is open for tours, but only by reservation. Reservations may be made by calling the facility.