1 Calligraphy Exhibition: Elegant Illustration of Written Word – The art of calligraphy across Asia unveils the most prestigious art form of Asia, where calligraphy is held in greater esteem than painting or sculpture. The exhibition runs through July 8, 2018, at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 45th and Oak streets, Kansas City. More than Words: Ranging in date from circa 1200 B.C.E. to the present, spanning Iraq to Japan, the exhibition includes a 9th-10th-century Qu’ran folio in the elegant Kufic script in ink and gold, a 17th-century Armenian manuscript of the Four Gospels by Mesrop of Xizan, and a rare Mongrol passport inlaid in silver in ‘Phags-pa script, a language now dead, and much more. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday/Saturday/Sunday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday/Friday. Admission is free. For more information, call 751-1278 or visit nelson-atkins.org.
2 Community Services League celebrates 101st anniversary – Don't miss the party as CSL celebrates the beginning of its second century of service on Saturday, at Arvest Bank Theater at The Midland, 1228 Main St., Kansas City. There will be a VIP sponsor reception from 6 to 7 p.m.; registration and cash bar from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.; dinner, program and live auction beginning at 7:15 p.m.; with dancing to Atlantic Express at 9:15 p.m. CSL's mission is to assist communities in reaching their potential by providing immediate relief to people in need, assessing their situations, and providing solutions that lead to economic stability. To purchase tickets and preview the live auction items, visit www.cslcares.org/luminous .
3 Calling all runners – The 5th annual Turkey Trot 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run, a benefit for Lee’s Summit Social Services, Operation Breakthrough and the Our Lady of the Presentation School Library, will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, at Unity Village, 1901 NW Blue Parkway. The event will include music, food and a Kids Zone. Registration is $30 per participant; $25 for those 65 and older; and $20 for ages 14 and under. Awards will be given to the top male and female, as well as the first and second place finisher in each age group. On race day, bring a nonperishable food item for LSSS to be entered to win a $50 Dick's Sporting Goods gift card. For more information or to register, visit www.olpturkeytrot.com.
4 KC Mavericks or Missouri Comets ticket giveaways – Independence residents 18 years and older are eligible to win tickets to regular season home games at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy. Visit www.independencemo.org and click on the “Win Tickets” banner. A complete list of contest rules is on the website. Select any number of games from the listed schedules, and you will be included in the drawings for those games until your name is drawn as a winner. Winners are randomly selected by computer and will be notified by telephone and/or email when selected. (One winner per household each season, per team.) When notified, winners may pick up their tickets at the Arena Box Office any time it is open, right up until game start time. A valid photo ID and proof of residency, such as a utility bill, are required when picking up tickets.
5 Civil War Escape Room – The Lone Jack Historical Society is holding a unique, interactive fundraising event the first three weekends in November. The year is 1862, and imagine if you will, Confederate forces have established clandestine recruiting camps in the area. The Union forces must get vital information to deal with this intrusion. A loyal Union spy has gathered this critical information and has hidden it somewhere in the Cave Hotel. As loyal unionists posing as travelers, you must find this critical information and pass it along to military headquarters. But, the prying eyes of hotel proprietress Lucinda Cave, a southern sympathizer, are watching. If she suspects who you are, you will face the wrath of William Quantrell. Can you solve the puzzles in time to escape before Bill arrives? Visit www.historiclonejack.org for Escape Room reservations and pricing. Adventurers 14 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For questions, call 697-8833.
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