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. 

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15

• Drumm Farm Market, 4 to 7 p.m., Drumm Farm, 3210 Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Like them at www.Facebook.com/Drummforkids. For questions, call 373-3434.

• Introduction to Knitting, for adults, 7 p.m. Feb. 15 and 22, South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St.. Learn knitting basics in this two-week class by making a one-of-a-kind scarf designed by you. During the first week, learn to cast on, knit stitch, and figure gauge. In the second week, get an introduction to the purl stitch, and learn how to finish off your project. A supply list is available online or at the branch. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Navigating Your Computer, for adults, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Learn how to find and organize the apps and files on your computer. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Hidden Treasures at MGC, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Unlock MGC’s many treasures with a tour of the Library’s little-known resources. This class is an intermediate-level class. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Windows 10, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. This class will introduce the layout of the Windows 10 operating system and demonstrate navigating its functions. Feel free to bring your own Windows 10 laptops. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

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

• 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. 353-5446.

• Independence Civil War Study Group, 7 p.m., Perkins, 3939 S. Bolger Drive, Independence. Alan Troutwine will give a talk and demonstration about the hobby of model soldiers and setting up Civil War battle scenarios. Terry Elliott, 353-7617. 

FEB. 16

• Gallery Walk: African Americans in the West – From Explorers to Gold Seekers, 2 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Diversity is a hallmark of westward expansion. Discover how African Americans participated in one of the greatest chapters of American history during this thirty-minute guided gallery walk. Free with museum admission, $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; and $3 for ages 6 to 17. 325-7575.

• Young Rembrandts Drawing Class: Fashion Runway, for ages 5 to 12, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave. Participants will learn drawing techniques, portraiture and cartooning styles. All materials provided. Cost, $12. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Foxtrot Dance Class, for ages 13 and older, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 16 through March 2, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Cost, $21. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Conservation Kids Club: Hooting for Owls, for ages 7 to 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Who’s who in the owl world? Discover the important role owls play in the web of life by dissecting real owl pellets! As we prowl the woods and prairies searching for these nocturnal predators, learn how to scan the land for prime owl habitat and how to identify Missouri owls by sound. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766 or email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov.

• The National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), Santa Fe Trail Unit, 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 409 N. Liberty st., Independence. The study topic for this Unit meeting will be duties and responsibilities of both the president and secretary, presented by Jane Sharon, RP, and Bruce Lowrey, RP. For questions, call 254-8105.

• Kids Create, for ages 6 and older, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Why We Laugh, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Join comedian Darryl Littleton, aka D’Militant, for a comedy event featuring an exclusive screening of the film Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy, never-before-told comedy stories, and a live stand-up comedy show. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 to 11:45 a.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• Independence Host Lions Club, noon, Lucky Buffet, 2931 S. Noland Road, Independence.

• The Write Place Poetry Society, 3 p.m., Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence. You are invited to come and read or to just listen. Jan Kroll, 254-5278.

• Alpha Omega Master meeting at the home of Sherry Hohenberg, with programs by Pati Kidwell and April Milam. 229-5915. 

FEB. 17

• Third Friday Art Walk, 5:30 to 9 p.m., 11100 E. Winner Road, Independence. The galleries in the Englewood Station Arts District, Winner Road and Sterling Avenue, open their doors to art lovers. See artists in action, demonstrations, and enjoy live music and refreshments. Free. Call 252-3372 or visit www.englewoodstation.com.

• Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Mary “Stagecoach Mary” Fields, noon, National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Bring your lunch and learn about Stagecoach Mary Fields, an African American woman who made a name for herself in the west. This is a free event. For information, call 325-7575.

• Shepherd's Center Adventures in Learning, Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St. S., Independence. Registration/blood pressure checks, 8:30-9 a.m. Workshops: 9 a.m. travel, U.S. National Parks; 10 a.m. book reviews, “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk and “The Devil and the White City” by Erik Larson, presented by Eric Chapman; 11 a.m. Tai Chi with Master Konrad Smith, and strokes presented by Centerpoint Medical Center; games also available. Workshops are $1 and lunch is $5. Call Jo Ann Huff at 350-4474 for lunch reservations.

• Jedi Engineering planned for Feb. 20, ages 5 to 7 from 9 a.m. to noon; ages 8 to 12 from 1 to 4 p.m., Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects, such as LEGO X-Wings, R2 Units, Pod Racers, Star Destroyers and more. Projects vary by age level. Registration deadline: Feb. 17. Cost, $28. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Using Interlibrary Loan for Genealogy, for beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Discover how Mid-Continent Public Library’s Interlibrary Loan can help you access resources from other libraries across the country. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

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

• Friday Night Specials, 6 to 9 p.m., Memorial Post 3976, 12810 Kentucky Road, Sugar Creek. All welcome. 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.

• William Chrisman High School Class of 1951 get-together, 9 a.m., Big Biscuit, 16506 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Dan Hansen, 461-0449. 

FEB. 18

• “Big Top Circus,” a puppet musical extravaganza, presented by Kraig Kensinger, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. Tickets are $6 per person. For reservations, call 833-9777.

• Emergency Preparedness Community Class: Weather Safety, 10 a.m. to noon, Fire Station 1, 950 N. Spring St., Independence. Learn the basics about how to take care of yourself and your family in a disaster. Free. For more information, call 325-7167.

• Trail Fun: African Americans in the West, 1 to 3 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Using a special brochure as your guide, discover how African Americans contributed in settling the western reaches of our continent. Upon completion of your adventure a Museum Guide will check your work and award a prize for your effort! Free with museum admission, $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; and $3 for ages 6 to 17. For more information, call 325-7575.

• Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Acrobatics for ages 6 to 10 from 11 a.m. to noon, TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox; and open swim from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. (must have an adult photo ID, kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool, and parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event.) Both activities are free.

• Maple Sugaring, for all ages, 1 to 3 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. In our culture of a supermarket in every neighborhood, it is almost magical to be able to make something delicious to eat out of some liquid flowing out of a tree. Savor this wonder of nature by learning how to tap trees, collect sap and make delicious syrup from native trees. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766 or email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov.

• Beneficiary Deeds, for adults, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Beneficiary deeds can provide homeowners peace of mind by spelling out who inherits their home once they pass away and by helping their heirs avoid the time and expense of probate. Learn what beneficiary deeds are, how they are created, and why they are useful to homeowners, their heirs, and their neighborhoods. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Beaded Easter Egg, for adults, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Transform beads and safety pins into a colorful Easter egg. Join Tina Gatewood and learn to make this cute holiday decoration. This is a two-part, hands-on class; each class lasts 90 minutes. There is a one-time materials fee of $14. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Fishermen, Come Out of Hibernation, for adults, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Trout season brings out thousands of fishermen to local waters and Missouri’s four trout parks. Join Brent Frazee, retired outdoors editor for the Kansas City Star, as he helps you prepare for the season with tips on tackle and lures, available fishing opportunities, and a few tricks that can lead to fish on the stringer. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Spy Training, for ages 4 and older, 11 a.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Sneak into the Library and learn how to become a super spy. We'll read a story, maneuver through an obstacle course, and make disguises! Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Creation Stations: HTML and CSS Basics, for teens, 2 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Examine the basics of foundational web technology, and create your own functional webpages with text and graphics using markup languages such as HTML. Explore how to stylize your web content using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• KC Magic Man, for ages 3 and older, 11 a.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Take a magical journey into the world of illusions with KC Magic Man Brad Lynn. Be prepared to be amazed by his magical feats using cards, coins, cups, and more. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052. 

FEB. 19

• Learn to square dance, 2 p.m., in Independence. Free lessons will be offered for ages 8 and older. Have fun and meet new friends. Couples, families and singles welcome. Call Brad and Annette Davis at 254-5305 for information. 

ONGOING EVENTS

• National Frontier Trails Museum, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 12:30 to 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. 325-7575. 

• Leila’s Hair Museum, 9 a.m. to 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. 833-2955. 

• Regional Animal Shelter, noon-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday/Sunday, 21001 E. Hwy. 78, Independence. 621-7722. 

• Public Skate, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. 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. Cost, $5; $3 for 12 and under and 55 and older, non-residents add $1 to each price. Skate rental, $2. For times, call the Skating Hotline: 795-7577. 

• Blue Springs Recycling, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2725 N.W. Park Road. For questions, call 228-0228 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/recycling. 

• Independence Recycling, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at 13600 E. 35th St.; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays at 875 Vista Ave. Sites accept newspaper, cardboard, magazines, office paper, junk mail, steel and aluminum cans, flashlight-type batteries, and No. 1 and 2 plastic bottles. A fee will be charged for non-flat-screen TVs, $20 for 27 inch and smaller and $40 for larger. 325-7623. 

– Jillayne Ritchie