Community calendar

Feb. 20-23 Musical Comedy:

Raymore-Peculiar High School’s fine arts department presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20-22 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Raymore-Peculiar High, 20801 S. School Road, Peculiar. $5 students, $7 others. 816-892-3999, ext. 2400

Feb. 21 Play It Forward Children’s Auction:

An evening for the family in Candyland featuring a silent auction, games, prizes, entertainment and food, 5 p.m., The Barstow School, 11511 State Line road, Kansas City. $15. www.barstowschool.org

The Vodka Martini Event:

A gourmet meal and vodka martinis, with proceeds benefiting St. Luke’s Midwest Ear Institute, 7-11 p.m., 28 Event Space, 1300 W. 28th, Kansas City. $75-$100. 816-932-1664 or

www.saint-lukesgiving,org Home Community Group FACS of Greater Kansas City:

Jesse Barnes, executive director, presents stories of African Americans who played key roles in the development of Kansas City and beyond. 11 a.m., Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center Museum, 3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City.

Feb. 22 11th Annual Parent University Workshop:

Led by parent development experts. Includes practical parenting techniques, rituals, routines and relationship building, 9 a.m.-noon, Paradise Park, 1021 Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit. $10. 816-581-5803 or

St. Monica’s Mardi Gras Fundraiser:

New Orleans-style food and entertainment, featuring the Cuzzins band, 5-9 p.m., St. Monica Catholic Church, 1616 Paseo, Kansas City. $20 each or $35 per couple. 913-940-1876 or shannon.fields@hotmail.com

Mozart Mass Concert:

Musica Sacra and Orchestra presents a glimpse into the mind and music of a musical prodigy and icon, 7 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church, 52nd and Troost, Kansas City. $12-$18. 816-235-6222 or www.rockhurst.edu/mstickets

Feb. 24 Park University 13th Annual Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture Series:

Chad Williams will present a lecture on “Torchbearers of Democracy: African-American Soldiers and World War I,” 7 p.m., Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th, Kansas City. 816-584-6888 or www.park.edu

Feb. 27 Dining in the Dark:

A four-course gourmet meal served in absolute darkness, with proceeds benefiting Alphapointe, which provides employment and rehabilitation for people who have lost their sight, 6 p.m., Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. $250. 816-237-2099 or

www.alphapointe.org Heart Awareness Month Event:

Learn about your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar and more. 6-8 p.m., St. Mary’s Medical Center, 201 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Free. 816-228-3335

PTA Kids First Town Hall Meeting:

7 p.m., Longview Historical Mansion, 1200 S.W. Longview Park, Lee’s Summit. jacque@5 graggs.com

March 1 15th Annual Taste of Lee’s Summit:

Includes an auction and more than a dozen local restaurants. Proceeds to support education in the Lee’s Summit area, 6 p.m., Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 N.W. Murray, Lee's Summit. Tickets required in advance. $60. 816-986-1015 or