Film Series: Featuring the movie “Jurassic Park,” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., North Independence Mid-Continent Library, 317 W. 24 Hwy., Independence. 816-252-0950.
Father-Daughter Dance: Girls in grades kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to the Raymore-Peculiar High School Band’s 12th annual Father-Daughter Dance with their father or special male companion. Theme is “A Frozen Wonderland.” 6-9 p.m. Saturday in the gym at the school’s north building. $18 in advance (by Jan. 23) per couple ($8 per additional daughter); $22 and $10 at the door. email@example.com.
Cold Weather Creatures: Join Kansas City Zoo representatives to find out what makes these creatures able to survive cold weather, and see an animal or two, 10 to 11 a.m., Raytown Mid-Continent Library, 6131 Raytown Road, Raytown. 816-353-2052.
Cass County Seed Swap: Bring your extra seeds, bulbs and other garden items to the third annual seed swap, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cass County fairgrounds in Pleasant Hill, with Seedsaving 101 at 2 p.m. New gardeners are encouraged to attend. Individuals are not required to bring seeds to participate. 816-835-7614.
3rd Annual Community Development Workshop: An event that brings together stakeholders from the urban core of Kansas City, neighborhood associations, nonprofits, public agencies and more to be empowered, which includes interactive panel sessions, facilitated table networking, technical skill trainings, keynote speaker Joyce Perkins, co-founder and former executive director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, $5 - $10 donation. 816-502-9584.
Annual Shinnenkai: New years celebration which serves as a fundriaser, the event features a sake toast, dinner, silent auction, music by the Juniper String Quartet, 6 to 10 p.m., Marriott Country Club Plaza, 4445 Main, $50. 816-590-3747 or ww.kcjas.org/events.
Taco Benefit Dinner For Dominic Vargas: He has been fighting a form of leukemia for several years, 1 to 5 p.m., The Matchbox Bar & Grill, 2934 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, $6.
Tax Help for Seniors: AARP tax aide representatives will assist seniors with moderate to low incomes with tax questions and preparations, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Independence Mid-Continent Library, 317 W. 24 Hwy., Independence. 816-252-0950.
Teens at the Library: Visit the library at a time just for teens while making crafts, watching movies, playing games and more, 3 to 4 p.m., North Independence Mid-Continent Library, 317 W. 24 Hwy., Independence. 816-252-0950.
Winter Gala Fund-Raising dinner: A carnival and Mardi Gras theme; proceeds will benefit Rotary International’s ongoing support for the eradication of polio worldwide, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Holiday Inn Coco Beach Resort, Kansas City, $150. 816-836-8189 or www.rotary-independence-mo.org.
Potluck Productions Presents: The changing phases of life and love are the focus of next first Friday play reading, 8 p.m., Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway, Kansas City, $5. 816-960-4611.
Kansas City Jazz Vespers: Continues with “Diverse Jazz”, an instrumental jazz ensemble featuring Hermon Mehari, 6 to 8 p.m., First Baptist Church of Kansas City, Wornall and Red Bridge Rd.. Free will offering, 816-942-1866 or www.kcjazzvespers.com.
Chocolate Reception: Awesome Ambitions reach for the stars, plan for the future fundraiser event, various chocolates and wines, 5 to 7 p.m., The Kansas City Star’s Press Pavilion, 1601 McGee Ave., Kansas City, $20, 816-808-7365 or awesomeambitionskc.com.
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