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Community calendar of events in Jackson and Cass counties

Dec. 17

Monthly Grief Support Group: Adults 50+ join this group to discuss any type of loss of a loved one and concerns, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple, Independence. 816-325-6200.

Dec. 18

White Elephant Bingo: Bring a wrapped gift to use as a prize, 12:15 The Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence. 316-325-6200.

Dec. 20

Santa’s Wonderland 2014: Family and friends spend an evening celebrating the holidays with festive live music, light display and a visit from Santa, 4 - 6 p.m., Swope Park, 4201 E. 63rd St., Kansas City. Free.

Dec. 21

A Winter Wonderland: Christmas Eve Concert at Graceway: Come and listen to the wonderful sounds of the holiday, 6 p.m., Graceway, 5460 Blue Ridge Cut-Off, Kansas City. Free. 816-358-1515.

Guardian Angels 25th Anniversary Christmas Concert: Join us and experience the love of God through music and narration, with inspirational song for the season, 2 p.m., Guardian Angels Church, 1310 Westport Rd., Kansas City.

Dec. 22

Ballroom Dance Lessons: For seniors, a great way to have fun and meet new friends, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Don Bosco Senior Center, 580 Campbell, Kansas City. 816-421-3160.

Kids at the Library: Make crafts, perform science experiment play game and more, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., to 5:30 p.m., North Independence Mid-Continent Library, 317 W. 24 Hwy., Independence, 816-252-0950.

Dec. 22-Jan. 5

Holiday Camp: Kids ages 5-11 can enjoy a recreational safe and fun environment during no-school days while parents are at work, 6:30 a.m to 6 p.m., Harris Park Community Center, $30 per day, 816-969-1500.

Dec. 23

Family Night at the Library: Join us for crafts, books games and shows fun for the entire family, 7 to 8 p.m., Red Bridge Mid-Continent Library, 111140 Locust St., Kansas City, 816-942-1780

Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Services: An entertaining mini play about the rebirth of hope will replace the traditional sermon, 7 p.m., Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gillham Rd., Kansas City. Free. 816-753-6719.

A Winter Wonderland: Christmas Eve Concert at Graceway: Come and listen to the wonderful sounds of the holiday, 9 p.m., Graceway, 5460 Blue Ridge Cut-Off, Kansas City. Free. 816-358-1515.

Dec. 25

37th Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Day Dinner: All seniors over 60 who do not have family are invited to join in, transportation will be provided; call to make your reservation, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., St. Peter’s Elementary School, 6400 Charlotte, Kansas City, or Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. 816-572-2646 or 816-315-3652.

Dec. 29

Ballroom Dance Lessons: For seniors a great way to have fun and meet new friends, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Don Bosco Senior Center, 580 Campbell, Kansas City. 816-421-3160.

All About Archaeology: Archaeologist Gail Lundeen describes what archaeologists do and what they have to know, also fun activities to see if you can figure out how people lived in the past, 2 to 3 p.m., Blue Spring South Mid-Continental Library, 2220 S. 7 Hwy., Blue Springs. 816-229-3571.

Dec. 30

Nominations Needed: The Annual Peace Builder Awards are looking for a nonprofit that recognizes one individual and one organization who have made documented significant long-term contributions to global and intercultural understanding; deadline is Dec. 30; luncheon will be Jan. 24. 816-753-2372 or info@kcglobalconcepts.org.

| Lisa Lopez, llopez@kcstar.com

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