Events beginning March 31, 2009. Items for the Community Calendar may be e-mailed to jill.ritchie@examiner.net or mailed to: The Examiner, P.O. Box 459, Independence, Mo. 64051, attention Jill Ritchie.

Items for the Community Calendar may be e-mailed to jill.ritchie@examiner.net or mailed to: The Examiner, P.O. Box 459, Independence, Mo. 64051, attention Jill Ritchie. .

TODAY

SKILLBUILDERS: Education and support for widows, widowers and caregivers, 9:45 to 10 a.m. coffee and meet/greet; 10 to 11:50 a.m. program, Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence.  Pat Ferrell, MU Master Gardener, will discuss “Spring lawn and garden care.” Free. Call 325-6200. GATHER INN for retired people, 9:30 a.m., Community of Christ Stone Church, Partridge Hall, Independence. Charlotte Olejko will discuss horticulture. Cost, $3.50 for lunch. Call 254-2211 or Lois Sloan at 254-3139. BINGO, doors open at 4 p.m.; bingo begins at 6:30 p.m., American Legion-Tirey J. Ford Post 21, 16701 East U.S. 40, Independence. Open to the public. Proceeds are used to subsidize the Posts’ veterans and youth programs. 373-0221. Crafts/gifts, consignment sales 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Emporium, 111 N. Main St., Independence. Items handcrafted by Missouri senior citizens 55 and older. 461-0191.


WEDNESDAY

Crafts/gifts, consignment sales 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Emporium, 111 N. Main St., Independence. Items handcrafted by Missouri senior citizens 55 and older. 461-0191.


THURSDAY

AFS CHAPTER, 7 p.m., Truman High School Lecture Hall, Independence. Meet 15 Independence AFS students, host families and their friends. The program involves presentations by Atom Harnchonboth and Built Saengsurisri of Thailand, Bruno Zapia of Brazil, and Ted Sikkens of Italy. Refreshments will be served. 254-8105. Crafts/gifts, consignment sales 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Emporium, 111 N. Main St., Independence. Items handcrafted by Missouri senior citizens 55 and older. 461-0191. LINE DANCE class, sponsored by Sugar Creek Parks and Recreation, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Mike Onka Hall. Cost, $2 per class. Call Connie Halastik at 833-0154. Scrapbooking/open craft night, 7 to 9 p.m., Heartland Church, Blue Springs. Bring scrapbooking supplies or portable craft. Call 224-3219 or Elaine at 224-8078.


FRIDAY

“SPLISH & SPLASH in watercolor” is planned for April 11, experiment with textures and techniques in watercolor, 9 a.m. to noon, George Owens, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Fee, $20. Registration deadline: April 3. To register, 325-7843. FOOD SHARE AMERICA, place order 10 a.m. to noon, pick up April 18, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 3601 S. Sterling Ave., Independence. Order in person with cash or EBT food stamp card. Order online at www.foodshareamerica.com using a credit card ($1.50 fee is charged) or by telephone using a credit card or EBT card at 1-800-933-7427. For questions, call Sara at 356-6986. DYNAMIC CONNECTIONS CHAPTER OF AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION fundraiser, 6:30 to 11 p.m., Blue Springs Elks Lodge, 100 Brizendine Road. The 9th annual gala and silent auction will benefit education for women. Tickets are $15, and includes luau, DJ and free drawings. To reserve tickets, call Carrol White at 228-1089 or Nancy Durrill at 520-4242. ST. ANN’S “FAMOUS FISH DINNERS,” 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., corner of Cedar and Lexington avenues, Independence. Menu: Boiled and fried shrimp, whole catfish, catfish fillets, french fries, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, green beans, hush puppies and corn bread. Desserts available and sold by the Alter Society. Prices range from $7.50 to $9.75; fish sandwich/fries, $4. 252-1160. ARBOR DAY SEEDLINGS – for all ages, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, Blue Springs. Pick up a Tree Trail Scavenger hunt and explore the forest. 228-3766. Friday night dinner, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., VFW Post 1000, 1002 East U.S. 24, Independence. All welcome. 836-3015. Friday night specials, 6 to 9 p.m., Memorial Post 3976, 12810 Kentucky Road, Sugar Creek. All welcome. 461-2636. INDEPENDENCE SHEPHERD’S CENTER’S “Adventures in Learning,” Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. Registration for the classes and free blood pressure checks begin at 8:30 a.m., with a China travelog at 9 a.m. Classes begin at 10 and 11 a.m., with lunch served at noon. Classes include a book review, “The Anatomy of Peace,” the history class will discuss “Spring Wild Flowers (their beginnings),” plus six other classes from which to choose. Registration for classes are $1 each, $4 for lunch. For lunch reservations, 461-4142. Ballroom dancing, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. dance lessons; 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. open dancing, Steppin Out The Studio, 750 N.W. Main St., Lee’s Summit. Enjoy dancing and all types of music. Cost, $7 for lessons, $7 for open dance; $10 for both. Call Gary Cox at 260-0493. Crafts/gifts, consignment sales 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Emporium, 111 N. Main St., Independence. Items handcrafted by Missouri senior citizens 55 and older. 461-0191. “Free Coaching Friday.” Learn to solve problems, reach goals and make decisions. 525-9955.


ONGOING EVENTS

HELP FILL THE FOOD PANTRY at Community Services League, The Angels are asking for your help. Bring macaroni/cheese, cereal and canned soup, meat, ravioli and vegetables to Third Street and Maple Avenue, Independence. Call 350-7066. EAGLE WATCHING, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Sundays through April 1, Fort Osage National Historic Landmark Education Center, Sibley. Spotting scope and several binoculars provided, but best to bring your own. Cost, $7; $4 for ages 5 to 13; $3 for ages 62 and older; ages 4 and under are free. 650-3452. MARGARET TRUMAN “America’s Sweetheart” exhibit, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through May 31, Truman Visitor’s Center, 223 N. Main St., Independence. Exhibit features artifacts from the life of Missouri’s famous first daughter. No fee for the exhibit. SCHOOL HOUSE TO WHITE HOUSE: The Education of the Presidents exhibit, through Aug. 30, Truman Library & Museum, Independence. You’ll see report cards, tests, essays, photos and films from the collections of the National Archives Presidential Libraries. Free with regular museum admission. 268-8200. Independence recycling, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at 13600 East 35th St.; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays at 875 Vista Drive. Sites accept newspaper, cardboard, magazines, office paper, junk mail, steel and aluminum cans, flashlight-type batteries, and No. 1 and 2 plastic bottles. 325-7605. FILM AND CRITTER FEEDING. Free nature films will be shown at 3:30 p.m. Sundays, Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, Blue Springs. Critters on exhibit will be fed at 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. 228-3766.


Compiled by Jillayne Ritchie