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. 

THURSDAY, MAY 4

• Plan for Success Workshop: Mapping Your Business Strategy, for adults, 6 p.m., held at the Ennovation Center, 201 N. Forest Ave., Independence. In celebration of National Small Business Week, please join us for this special opportunity to make a road map for your business. Tammy Ogren of Spicy Guys and MORF Consulting will lead this three-hour workshop in which attendees will develop a clearer vision of where their business is going, what people and resources they need to get there, and how to measure progress along the way. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• The Giving Tree: How Trees Help Build a Better World, for age 4 and older, 6:30 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Discover how one tree built a better world for one little boy at this special reading of Shel Silverstein’s classic story, and learn how trees make a difference in our world every day. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Genealogy Scrapbooking Club, 1 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. If you have an interest in genealogy scrapbooking, this club is for you. We’ll work together to compile and organize our family heirlooms, pictures, family stories, and family trees in heritage album formats. You’ll learn about new techniques and resources each time as you create a lasting legacy for your family! All skill levels are welcome. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Brick Wall Discussion Group, 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Have you hit a brick wall in your genealogy research? You are not alone. Get together with others to share helpful information, network, and gather inspiration to help you continue your genealogy project. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• 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.

• Xi Xi Sigma and guests will have dinner at Jose Peppers, 6 p.m.

• Alpha Omega Master meeting, at the home of Margie McMilian. There will be an installation of officers, and programs by Carole Van Nimwegen and Kathy Bozarth. For questions, call 229-5915.

• TOPS MO-0100 meeting, 9:30 a.m., Hill Cumorah Church, 4516 Phelps Road, Independence. 

MAY 5

• 6th Annual Independence Park Trot 5K Run/Walk planned for May 6, 8 a.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. In-person registration and packet pickup will be from 3 to 7 p.m. May 5 at Bass Pro Shops, 18001 Bass Pro Drive, and from 7 to 7:40 a.m. May 6 in Mardel parking lot. A run for kids 10 and under will be held following the 5K. For more information, visit www.IndependenceParkTrot.com or call 325-7185.

• Talkin' Truman: Young Bess in Hats, 11 a.m. to noon, Truman Presidential Library & Museum, Whistlestop Room, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. Join the Truman Presidential Library for an intimate portrait of a famously private public figure, Bess Truman. Archivist Tammy Williams will demonstrate that while Mrs. Truman eschewed the spotlight, her personality shone through her fashions and accessories. From photographs to artifacts, Mrs. Truman's collection reveals a lively and spirited girl who would one day become First Lady. The program is included with Museum admission; seating is first come, first served.

• “You Can't Beat the House,” presented by The Encore Theatre, 7:30 p.m., in the Powerhouse Theater inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $8 for adults; $7 for ages 60 and older; and $4 for children 12 and under. Reserve tickets by calling 325-7367.

• Shepherds Center of Independence, for ages 55 and older, Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. Registration and blood pressure checks start at 8:30 a.m. Activities – Travel/nature: “Nature's Best Gardens” presented by Bill Webb; book review: “The Osage Trail” presented by Dorothy Marra; potpourri: “Early Pioneers of Verdie River” presented by Ted Stillwell; Dominos available from 10 a.m. to noon. Lunch is a taco salad. Registration $1 and lunch is $5. Call 350-4474.

• Homeschoolers at the Library, for ages 7 and older, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Join us for fun enrichment programs geared toward homeschool families. Participants will explore a variety of topics with an emphasis on using Library resources to satisfy their curiosities. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• 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. 

MAY 6

• President Truman's Birthday activities: $1 admission to Truman Library, Trails Museum, Vaile Mansion, Bingham-Waggoner, Chicago & Alton, and 1859 Jail; encounter a young Truman at age 14 at Clinton's Soda Fountain; tour the Truman Courtroom inside the Courthouse; The Pharaoh Cinema will be showing “Truman” starring Gary Sinise; and Gilbert Whitney & Co. is hosting Harry's Brownie Bake-off (bring in your freshly baked brownies to be judge, you could win a prize.) For more information, call 325-7890 or visit www.visitindependence.com.

• Pancake and Sausage Benefit Breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m., Sugar Creek Optimist Club, 11600 E. U.S. 24. All proceeds will be donated to Officer Tom Wagstaff and his family. This event is sponsored by the Sugar Creek and Kruzers of Jackson County Optimist Clubs. Cost, $5 for adults; $3 for children 10 and younger.

• 6th Annual Independence Park Trot 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence. In-person registration and packet pickup will be from 7 to 7:40 a.m. in Mardel parking lot. A run for kids 10 and under will be held following the 5K. For more information, visit www.IndependenceParkTrot.com or call 325-7185.

• Children's Day and Sheep Shearing, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E. Park Road, Lee’s Summit, (in Fleming Park, near Lake Jacomo.) Activities: Time-honored games typical of mid-1800s; special craft projects; Missouri Town Musicians and Dancers; ox team showing off their skills; and Dr. Field’s “Good Medicine Show” featuring magic tricks! In addition, the resident flock of sheep will receive haircuts. Volunteer interpreters will demonstrate the complete process of wool production from the shearing of the sheep to washing, carding, dyeing and spinning the wool into woven shawls and other crafts. Admission is $7 for adults; $4 for ages 5 to 13 and 62 and older; children under 5 are free. For more details, call 229-8980 or visit MakeYourDayHere.com/MissouriTown.

• Heritage Philharmonic: The Carl Jelley Young Artists Concert, 7:30 p.m., Blue Springs High School Performing Arts Center, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive, Blue Springs. This event, co-sponsored by the Kansas City Music Teachers Association, features, Franck: Symphony in D minor; Beethoven: Egmont Overture; and the young artist winners on piano and instrumental. Admission is free, but your tax-deductible donations are appreciated. Visit www.heritagephilharmonic.org for more information.

• National Train Day celebration, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Chicago & Alton Depot, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence (next door to the National Frontier Trails Museum.) The event will feature a large layout of the Heartland N-Trak Model Train Club of Gladstone. Three other layouts with O-Gauge, HO-Gauge and Z-Scale trains will also be in operation. Z-Scale trains are the smallest electric trains in the world. The is a free event, but donations are welcome.

• “You Can't Beat the House,” presented by The Encore Theatre, 7:30 p.m., in the Powerhouse Theater inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $8 for adults; $7 for ages 60 and older; and $4 for children 12 and under. Reserve tickets by calling 325-7367.

• Rain Barrel Workshop, 10 to 11:30 a.m., The Gardens at Unity Village, 150B Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. For those who are environmentally conscious, rain barrels are another way to assist the planet and save you money as well. Rain barrels give you free water from which to water your lawns, flowers and vegetable gardens, and even wash your car and pets. Mark Morales of “Bridging the Gap” will provide the equipment needed and the expertise to assist you in making a rain barrel for your own use. Cost, $75; $65 for members. For reservations, call 769-0259.

• Drumm Farm Market, 8 a.m. to noon through October, 3210 Lee's Summit Road. Like them at www.Facebook.com/Drummforkids. For questions, call 373-3434.

• Independence Farmers & Craft Market, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October, located just south of the Independence Square at the northwest corner Walnut and Liberty streets. Spend $1 of your SNAP benefits and receive $2 to spend on produce.

• Blue Springs Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to noon through October, located at 11th and Main streets in downtown Blue Springs.

• Lee's Summit Farmers Market, 7 a.m. until sold out through November, located at Second and Douglas streets.

• Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs: Ballet Boot Camp for adults, 8 to 9 a.m., TaJazz School of Dance, 1100 N.W. Knox; one free game of bowling, noon to 2 p.m., Lunar Bowl, 2001 N.W. Missouri 7 (clean tennis shoes required). Both activities are free.

• Free Health Clinic, 9 a.m. to noon, Glenwood Park Methodist Church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. The screenings, sponsored by the Black Nurse Association and the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index testing. For questions, call 254-5116.

• Yard and Trunk Sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Unity of Independence, 14304 E. 39th St. For questions, call 252-4242.

• Butterfly Café, for all ages, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Butterflies get hungry, too! Stop the butterfly stations and learn what it takes to create a butterfly café in your own backyard. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required. 228-3766

• Kids Lab, for age 6 and older, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Discover how you can bring science and technology to life. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Homegrown Genius: Walt Disney in Missouri, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Walt Disney took memories of his Missouri childhood and used them in some of his most enduring animated features. Film critic and enthusiast Robert Butler offers a virtual tour of Disney’s local haunts and introduces his Kansas City friends who followed him to Hollywood to become giants of the animation industry. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Xi Xi Sigma Mother's Day event, 11:30 a.m., Vivalore in Independence. 

MAY 7

• “You Can't Beat the House,” presented by The Encore Theatre, 2 p.m., in the Powerhouse Theater inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $8 for adults; $7 for ages 60 and older; and $4 for children 12 and under. Reserve tickets by calling 325-7367.

• 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. 

MAY 8

• Getting to Know Our New Catalog: My Account, for adults, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Need help using the new online catalog? Come learn about how to personalize your account, create lists, and share the books you love. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• 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. Discover what we’ve planned just for you. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Instagram, for adults, 7 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Instagram is a social media app that allows you to share your photos with friends online. Learn how to share photos with the app as well as use its filters and other editing features to make your photos unique. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, for adults, 2 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Ask anyone to name two English rock bands from the 1960s and the answer will likely be “The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.” Join Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz for a multimedia presentation comparing and contrasting the two bands through musical samples and band interviews. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• Using FamilySearch, for beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy needed. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• 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.

• Independence Garden Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, 4th floor, Independence. Visitors welcome. Call Don Bjuland at 461-4948. 

ONGOING EVENTS

• Vaile Mansion tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, located at 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. 325-7430. 

• Bingham-Waggoner Estate tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, located at 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. 461-3491. 

• 1827 Log Courthouse, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday through October, 107 W. Kansas Ave., Independence. Open by appointment after 2 p.m. Call 325-7890. 

• 1859 Jail & Marshal's Home Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, 217 N. Main St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. 461-1897. 

• Chicago & Alton Depot, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday, Thursday-Saturday; 12:30 to 4:15 p.m. Sundays, through October, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Donations welcome. 325-7955. 

• 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