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. 

FRIDAY, MARCH 24

• Community Rummage Sale planned for April 1, organized by the Independence Parks/Recreation/Tourism Department, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. This event is for those who enjoy searching for treasures, or those who need to clear out unused items. Individuals with items to sell can rent a 10’ x 8’ booth space for $15 (8’ table provided.) Rental space deadline: 5 p.m. March 24. Call 325-7843.

• “Moon Over Buffalo,” presented by Summit Theatre Group, 2 p.m., Metropolitan Community Collage-Longview Cultural Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 500 S.W. Longview Road, Lee’s Summit. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for students and senior adults, and may be purchased at www.summittheatre.org or one Lee’s Summit Hy-Vee stores.

• Lenten Fish Dinner, sponsored by Knights of Columbus, Council 6794, in Independence, 5 to 7:30 p.m., at St. Mark's Parish Center, 3736 Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Menu: Choice of entree, glazed baked salmon or battered white fish, and choice of rice pilaf, baked potato or macaroni and cheese. All dinners include coleslaw, green beans, roll and a drink. Desserts sold separately. The cost is $11 for adults; $5 for ages 4 to 10, and ages 3 and under eat free.

• Lenten Fish Dinner, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 178, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Nativity of Mary School Cafeteria, 10021 E. 36th Terrace, Independence. Menu: Fried catfish nuggets, ½ pound boiled shrimp, baked cod, tavern battered cod or fish tacos. Cost, $10; $5 for ages 6 to 11; children under 5 are free; a cod, catfish and shrimp combo platter is $13. Dinners include hush puppies, beverage and choice of two sides. Desserts sold separately for $1 each.

• Lenten Fish Dinners, 5 to 7 p.m., Catholic Church of the Santa Fe, 231 S. Sibley, Buckner. The menu includes all-you-can-eat fried or baked fish, with potatoes, vegetable, dessert and drink for $9; $8 for seniors and $5 for children. 650-9341.

• Lenten Fish Dinners, 4:30 to 7 p.m., St. Ann’s Church, Cedar and Lexington avenues, Independence. Menu: Shrimp, catfish, tilapia, french fries, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, hush puppies and corn bread. Drinks are included with dinner. Dinner prices range from $9.50 to $11; fish sandwich/fries, $4. Desserts sold separately by the Altar Society. 252-1160.

• Lenten Fish Dinner, 5 to 7:30 p.m., St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 777 N.E. Blackwell Road, Lee’s Summit. Menu: Grilled and fried fish, fish tacos and shrimp, also grilled cheese sandwich. All meals come with two sides, a roll and a drink. Dinners prices range from $9 to $12, and kids 4 and under eat free (macaroni/cheese and grilled cheese sandwich). Small dinner (½ size serving): $6 to $9. Take out orders available. 246-6800.

• Robert E. Tindall Scholarship Art Show and Sale, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Tindall, a native of Independence, was a widely-respected artist. Several of his paintings will be displayed at the show and commemorative giclee prints of many will be available for purchase. Call 325-7115 or visit www.independenceartassociation.org.

• Outdoor Skills: Atlatl planned for March 28, for ages 7 and older, 6 to 7 p.m., Baumgardner Park, 2401 N.W. Ashton Drive, Blue Springs. Atlatls are ancient weapons that preceded the bow and arrow and are one of humankind's first mechanical inventions. Cost, $7. Call 228-0137 now to register.

• Introduction to Stem with LEGO begins March 27, for ages 5 to 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through April 17, Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave., Blue Springs. Build engineer-designed projects, then use special pieces to create your own unique design. Cost, $75. Registration deadline: March 27. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Women’s History Month Film Screening: Suffragette, for adults, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Celebrate Women’s History Month with the story of the women’s suffrage movement in the United Kingdom as seen through the eyes of one working wife and mother. Join film critic and enthusiast Robert Butler for this special screening and discussion. 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.

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

• Teen Club, for teens and adults with disabilities, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Meetings always include free dinner, special guest and lots of fun. For questions, contact Diane Chrisman Schiefelbein at 229-2034 or dianesingsforjoy@comcast.net. 

MARCH 25

• “Wind in the Willows,” by Kenneth Grahame and performed by Stone Lion Puppet Theatre, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. This show will feature a NASCAR racetrack – puppet show style. Tickets are $6 and may be reserved by calling 833-9777.

• Animals Best Friends Fundraiser, 4 to 6 p.m., Hamburger Mary's Bingo, 3700 Broadway, Suite 110, Kansas City. Come join in this crazy good time, while helping the ABF animals. Bingo cards are $10 for 10 games, 50/50 raffle tickets will be sold throughout the evening.

• Craft and Vendor Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Stoney Creek Hotel and Convention Center, 18011 Bass Pro Drive, Independence. Shop 90 small businesses under one roof.

• Community Breakfast, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant at., Independence. The cost is $3.50 for either a half order of biscuits and gravy or all-you-can-eat pancakes with sausage, and $5 for a full order of biscuits and gravy. All meals include coffee and orange juice. Call 252-6100 or visit www.fccindepmo.org.

• Robert E. Tindall Scholarship Art Show and Sale, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Tindall, a native of Independence, was a widely-respected artist. Several of his paintings will be displayed at the show and commemorative giclee prints of many will be available for purchase. Call 325-7115 or visit www.independenceartassociation.org.

• “Moon Over Buffalo,” presented by Summit Theatre Group, 7:30 p.m., Metropolitan Community Collage-Longview Cultural Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 500 S.W. Longview Road, Lee’s Summit. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for students and senior adults, and may be purchased at www.summittheatre.org or one Lee’s Summit Hy-Vee stores.

• 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, 11 a.m. to noon, Bump City/Dragon Ninja, Gage Center, 1101 N.W. Jefferson St.; and 1 to 2 p.m., speed and agility, ThunderDome Athletics, 2505 S. W. U.S. 40, Suite C. Free.

• American Legion Dance, 7 to 10:30 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 21, 16701 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Music by The Reddymen Band. Free dance lessons beginning at 6 p.m. Food, beverages, and snacks available. Admission, $7. Open to the public. 373-0221.

• Introduction to Turkey Hunting, for ages 11 and older; ages 11-15 must be accompanied by participating adult, 10 a.m. to noon, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. For more than 50 years, Missourians have enjoyed pursuing these large elusive birds. Join us as we explore the basics of turkey hunting, including locations, equipment, techniques and more. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• On Purls and Needles: Teens Learn to Knit, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Transform a skein of yarn into a one-of-a-kind phone case when you learn to knit. 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 how to finish off your project. A supply list is available online or at the library. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales, for ages 2 and older, 11 a.m. to noon, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will all sorts of magnificent creatures, cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits. No registration required. Walk-ins welcome. 228-3766.

• Play and Learn Time, for ages 3 and older, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. This playtime is designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Wings of Love: Endangered Jewels of the Rainforest, for ages 5 and older, 10 a.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Meet endangered birds facing extinction in the wild, including an endangered hyacinth macaw, a rare toucan, a talking parrot, and Swoop, the enormous eagle owl who flies over the audience. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Native American Research: The Five Civilized Tribes, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn how to research members of the Five Civilized Tribes using U.S. Census and Dawes Rolls records. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Create with LEGO Bricks: Tornado, for ages 6 and older, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Programs are built around our special model plans designed by engineers and architects, with exciting themes. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Independence No. 76 A.F.&A.M., at its regular Stated Communication on March 27, at 7:30 p.m., will be balloting on proposed By-Law changes. All members in good standing are invited to attend. 

MARCH 26

• “Moon Over Buffalo,” presented by Summit Theatre Group, 7:30 p.m., Metropolitan Community Collage-Longview Cultural Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 500 S.W. Longview Road, Lee’s Summit. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for students and senior adults, and may be purchased at www.summittheatre.org or one Lee’s Summit Hy-Vee stores.

• 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. 

MARCH 27

• Teens at the Library, 7 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Access Your Books Online, for adults, 7 p.m., Grain Valley Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Discover all of the new features the Library has added to help you access the books and other materials you need. Free, but registration is required, call 228-4020.

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

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

• 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. 373-0221.

• Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hy-Vee, 4545 S. Noland Road, Independence. 

MARCH 28

• Teen Writing Group, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Unleash your imagination. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Teen Anime, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Join fellow fanatics for fun. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Building a Solid Foundation for Opening a Restaurant, for adults, 6:30 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Xander Winkel from the Ennovation Center walk you through the basics of regulations, marketing, and financials. Success doesn’t just depend on the taste of your food but the business behind it. 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 Affiliate of the American Association of University Women meeting, Blue River Community College campus, 20301 East 78 Highway, Independence. A short business meeting will be held at 3 p.m., cookies and conversation with students will follow. The program will be from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and will be a speaker from Veronica's Voice informing on “Human Trafficking.” Guests are welcome.

• 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. 373-0221.

• Party Bridge, 12:30 to 4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Use Pleasant Street entrance. For details, call 252-6251. 

MARCH 29

• District 3 Councilmen Susan Culpepper and Ron Fowler host a town hall meeting, 6 p.m., Moreland Ridge Middle School, 900 S.W. Bishop Drive, Blue Springs. They will talk with community members about city government issues and provide information about the 5-Year Dedicated Parks Maintenance Sales Tax Initiative, field questions from residents and facilitate dialog about district priorities. Refreshments available. For questions about the meeting, email sculpepper@bluespringsgov.com or rfowler@bluespringsgov.com.

• 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.

• Picture This: Capturing Wildlife with Your Camera, for adults, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. The best wildlife photographers need special skills to get close enough to capture wary critters. Brent Frazee, retired outdoors editor for the Kansas City Star, provides tips on what it takes to get in position to take some great outdoor photos. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Navigating Your Computer, for adults, 7 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.

• Census Records Research, for beginners, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn how to locate and search thousands of family and local history books as well as the U.S. Federal Census. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Using HeritageQuest, for beginners, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn how to search thousands resources - from history books to Revolutionary War records – with HeritageQuest Online. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along. 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.

• 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. 

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. 

– Jillayne Ritchie