Events planned at Eastern Jackson County community centers.

Items for the Community Centers Calendar may be e-mailed to or mailed to: The Examiner, P.O. Box 459, Independence, Mo. 64051, attention Jill Ritchie. All centers will be closed New Year’s Day.


PINOCHLE, 12:30 p.m. Mondays. Free. MEXICAN DOMINOES, 12:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Free. LINE DANCING LESSONS, 12:05 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. Cost, $1. County music jam sessions, 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Mondays. Those 50 and older with a stringed instrument are welcome to play along with the group. Others are welcome to watch. LEARN TO CROSS STITCH, 9:30 to 11 a.m. first and third Mondays. Cost, $1. Tuesday Newsday, a current events program, 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Free. Simple crochet, Wednesdays. Supplies provided. Cost, $1. Call to register. 50+ Ballroom dancing, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. Wednesdays. The Ed Smith Band will provide the music. Bring finger food to share. Cost, $3. Artists at Play, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Adults 50 and older are encouraged to bring materials for their choice of medium. TAGIILIMI HAND CRAFTS, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. Free. Pickleball games, 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. This game is for anyone who likes any aspect of badminton or table tennis. Free. Board game socials, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. Free. Billiards, 12:15 to 4:15 p.m. Fridays. Free, but registration to use the facilities will be required. Mini massages, 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Fee. Call for appointment. LOW VISION RESOURCE CENTER – The area has equipment such as magnifiers, check writing guides, auto focus video magnifier and more. Call for an appointment.  



Line dance lessons, 10 a.m. intermediate; 11 a.m. advanced, Tuesdays. Society of American Magicians, 6:30 p.m. third Tuesday. Chair massages, 9:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. Cost, $7 for 15 minutes. Call for appointment. Line dancing, 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays. Potluck dinner for seniors, 11:30 a.m. second Thursday. Bring a covered dish to share. White elephant bingo will follow. Gospel concert, presented by the MO-KAN Gospel Association, 6:30 p.m. potluck dinner; 7 p.m. concert, fourth Friday. Concert is free, bring a dish to share. BIRTHDAY LUNCH, 11:30 a.m. last Friday. Suggested donation for those 60 and older, $2.

VESPER HALL, 228-0181

ELVIS PRESLEY DAY, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 9 Rock to the tunes of Elvis, along with Elvis impersonator Terry Wesley. Call to register for lunch. LEGAL AID, 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 9. Receive free legal advice from an attorney of Cochran, Oswald & Roam, LLC in a 15-minute consultation. Call for an appointment. AARP TAX ASSISTANCE, 9 a.m. to noon Mondays Jan. 12 through April 13, or 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays Jan. 15 through April 9. Have your taxes done for free by a volunteer from AARP. Call for an appointment. 55 ALIVE DRIVING CLASS, 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 15 and 16. Refine existing skills and develop safe, defensive driving techniques. Cost, $10. Register at the front counter of Vesper Hall. VESPER BOOK CLUB, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 15. Gather with other avid readers for discussion and readings. Bring a favorite book to share.


PITCH card game, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays. Cost, $1 donation. Duplicate Bridge, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Mondays. Cost, $3. Bridge, 12:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays. Cost, $1. Square dancing, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays. Come with or without a partner. Cost, $3 at the door. Puzzle Pieces, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Mondays. Cost, $1. Eye glass adjustment, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. first Tuesday. Free. Call to register. 50+ Social Club, 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Various activities are planned. Cost, $1. Bingo, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Cost, $1 per card. Ceramics class, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, instruction for beginners, 9 to 11 a.m. Cost, $2. Drop-in cards and games, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, and 8 to 9:30 a.m. Fridays. Guitar Jams, 12:45 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. Stringed instruments wanted. Come play, sing or just enjoy the music. Free. Sheet music reading lessons, 12 to 12:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays. Cost, 50 cents. Call to register. Crocheting Club, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Cost, $1. HAND AND FOOT card games, 12:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost, $1. Line dancing classes, 2 to 3 p.m. for beginners; 1 to 2 p.m. for intermediate; 3 to 3:30 p.m. ultra beginner, Wednesdays. Cost, $2 for beginners and intermediate, $1 for ultra beginner. Woodcarving Club, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost, $1. Ceramics CLASS, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost, $2. Ballroom dancing, 1 to 3:15 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays. Bring a snack to share. Come with or without a partner. Cost, $4. Canasta, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Cost, $1 donation. WATERCOLOR CLUB, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Bring your own supplies. Cost, $1. Craft sales, sponsored by Blue Springs Parks and Recreation, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays. Age 50 and older consignment sales.


Compiled by Jillayne Ritchie