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, SEPT. 2

• Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival, noon to 11 p.m., Independence Square. There will be more than 500 arts, crafts, food and commercial vendor booths, free entertainment stages, a large carnival midway, authentic blacksmith, antique fire trucks, Bingo, square dancing and more. For more information and entertainment schedules, visit www.santacaligon.com.

• Talkin' Truman: Eisenhower and Truman – President's of the Heartland, 11 a.m. to noon, Truman Library, 500 U.S. 24, Independence. Join Tim Rives, deputy director of the Eisenhower Library and Sam Rushay, supervisory archivist at the Truman Library, as they discuss the lives, times, accomplishments and legacies of these two presidents. This program is included with paid admission, $8 for adults; $7 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 15. Call 268-8200 or visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

• Story of the Orphan Train, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Leaving the streets of New York City, homeless children rode the orphan train hoping to find new homes in America’s heartland. Sourcing memoirs, letters, and interviews, actress Pippa White brings to life the orphans who shared in this heartrending and fascinating chapter of American history. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• 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 theater. 

SEPT. 3

• Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Independence Square. There will be more than 500 arts, crafts, food and commercial vendor booths, free entertainment stages, a large carnival midway, authentic blacksmith, antique fire trucks, Bingo, square dancing and more. For more information and entertainment schedules, visit www.santacaligon.com.

• Chuck Wagon Cookies, of Santa-Cali-Gon fame, will be sold from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (while supplies last), St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road, Independence. The cookies, which are two chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream sandwiched in-between, are $2 each. For questions, call Pat at 225-9459 or Shirley at 716-1184.

• Let's Move! Saturdays activities in Blue Springs – Kids Fit Boot Camp, fitness activities and open gym for adults, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Club 7 Fitness, 1241 S.W. Missouri 7; and IBEX Climbing Gym, 2 to 3 p.m., 801 N.W. South Outer Road (call 228-9988 to register.) Both activities are free.

• Looking for American Indians on the Trails, 1 to 3 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Pick up a special brochure and head out in search of encounters with American Indians at NFTM. You'll discover how they lived, worked and played. Regular admission applies, $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 17. 325-7575.

• Blue Springs Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to noon through October, located at 11th and Main streets, Blue Springs. The market specializes in homegrown fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats and many other items that are grown or made by hand. For questions, email Reta Schaefer at retaschaefer@yahoo.com.

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

• Lee's Summit Farmers Market, 7 a.m. until sold out, through Nov. 19, Second and Douglas streets. For questions, call 246-6598.

• Little Acorns: The Ants Go Marching, for ages 3 to 5 with an adult, 10 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. We'll be marching alongside our ant friends, two by two, while we learn all about their terrestrial life. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Free Health Screenings, 9 a.m. to noon, Glenwood Park Methodist Church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. Screenings include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index testing. Call 254-5116.

• Magic of Patrick Jones, for age 4 and older, 10 a.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Join illusionist Patrick Jones as he performs close-up card tricks, stage illusions, and more. Free, but registration is required, call 224-8772. 

SEPT. 4

• Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Independence Square. There will be more than 500 arts, crafts, food and commercial vendor booths, free entertainment stages, a large carnival midway, authentic blacksmith, antique fire trucks, Bingo, square dancing and more. For more information and entertainment schedules, visit www.santacaligon.com.

• Community Breakfast, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. The cost is $3.50 for either 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. 252-6100.

• Free Classic Movie, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Each month focuses on a special actor or director. For questions, call 252-0950.

• 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. 

SEPT. 5

• Meet President Truman, Truman Library, 500 U.S. 24, Independence. Mr. Truman, as portrayed by re-enactor Niel Johnson, will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to greet visitors. Admission, $8 for adults; $7 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 15. Call 268-8200 or visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

• Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Independence Square. There will be more than 500 arts, crafts, food and commercial vendor booths, free entertainment stages, a large carnival midway, authentic blacksmith, antique fire trucks, Bingo, square dancing and more. For more information and entertainment schedules, visit www.santacaligon.com. 

SEPT. 6

• Introduction to Atlatl planned for Sept. 8, for ages 7 and older, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Baumgardner Park, 2401 N.W. Ashton Drive, Blue Springs. Try your hand at this ancient hunting method (darts are blunted for safety). Cost, $10. Register by Sept. 6 by calling 228-0137.

• Babes in the Woods: Creek Crawlin’, for babes under 36 months, 10 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Let’s take your little one to a creek! We'll take a short hike to Burr Oak Creek to splash and experience this watery world. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Defeat Hunger: Free Community Meal, 5:30 p.m., Glenwood Park United Methodist Church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. Everyone welcome.

• The Beatles: Band of the Sixties, 7 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Travel back to the 1960s, and explore the music of The Beatles beginning with the band’s seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with the release of “Abbey Road.” Beatles scholar and author Aaron Krerowicz combines history and analysis for a fascinating trip complete with audio clips of music and band member interviews. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• Using Findmypast, for beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn how to search Findmypast.com to find what you need. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Teen Anime, 6 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Join fellow fanatics for fun. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Tech Talks, for adults, 3 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Whether you are a first-time computer user or have had lots of experience, there are always questions still to be asked about technology. Bring your questions to the branch, or just listen and learn from other participants. You may bring your own laptops, computers or tablets. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

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

• 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. 

SEPT. 7

• The Mile Starts Here, a walking group for the community, 9 a.m., Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive (meet in the parking lot behind Bass Pro by the playground.) For questions, call the Independence Health Department at 325-7185.

• 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.

• 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.

• Lee's Summit Farmers Market, 7 a.m. until sold out, through Nov. 19, Second and Douglas streets. For questions, call 246-6598.

• Fencing Classes, Wednesdays Sept. 7-Oct. 12, Blue Springs Freshman Center. Beginning fencing for ages 8 and older, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; mastering fencing for ages 14 and older, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost for either class, $52. To register, call 228-0137.

• The Beatles: Band of the Sixties, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Travel back to the 1960s, and explore the music of The Beatles beginning with the band’s seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with the release of “Abbey Road.” Beatles scholar and author Aaron Krerowicz combines history and analysis for a fascinating trip complete with audio clips of music and band member interviews. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Little Acorns: The Ants Go Marching, for ages 3 to 5 with an adult, 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. We'll be marching alongside our ant friends, two by two, while we learn all about their terrestrial life. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Windows 10, for adults, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. 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 252-0950.

• Home School: Hidden Nature, 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 6–8, 9–11, 12–18 or 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 6–8, 9–11, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Slow down and look closely. Open your brain to new discoveries by observing nature in new ways and taking more time to discover its secrets. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Flu Shots, for ages 18 and older, 2:30 p.m., Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. Walgreens offers opportunities for uninsured and insured residents to arm their immune system with a flu shot. Walgreen’s will file insurance claims for Cigna, United Health Care, Aetna, Blue Cross, Medicare and Medicaid. The uninsured price for this flu shot is $25.99. Registration is required, call 224-8772.

• Tech Talks, for adults, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Whether you are a first-time computer user or have had lots of experience, there are always questions still to be asked about technology. Bring your questions to the branch, or just listen and learn from other participants. You're welcome to bring your own laptops, computers, or tablets. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Beginning Ancestry Library Edition, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. 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. 

• 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. Call 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. Call 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. Call 461-1897. 

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

• 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