1 Ararat Shrine Circus – The Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence will be the venue for this 82nd annual event. Performance schedule: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. The Shriners have called Kansas City their home since 1888 and brought the Shrine Circus to Municipal Auditorium for 79 years. In 2015, the Circus moved to the Silverstein Arena. In addition to the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children, they send thousands of children to the Circus each year free of charge with proceeds from the Shriners Open Buddy Bass Tournament. The remainder of the income generated by the circus supports the Shrine fraternity so they can continue their good works. The Arena is located at 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy. All tickets for the Thursday show are $12; the remainder of the shows range from $22 to $45 for adults, and $11 to $22.50 for kids. Purchase tickets at the Ararat Shrine Center, 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, ticketmaster.comor call 923-1975.

2 Veterans Voices Writing Project celebrates 71 years – VVWP, a national organization based in Kansas City, will observe its 54th annual Veterans Pen Celebration and Fundraiser, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, at The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City. Keynoter Dr. Jon Kerstetter will speak about his recently published memoir, “Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier’s Story,” which details his experiences in war-torn Rwanda, Kosovo and Bosnia and his three tours in Iraq at the height of the fighting. There will also be members of Arts & AGEing KC, who will present stories and poems from the pages of Veterans’ Voices magazine; a recognition of VVWP supporters and Veterans’ Voices authors; a book table to purchase Kerstetter’s book and books by Veterans’ Voices authors and veterans. Dr. Kerstetter, Clint Jarrett, Bruce McClain, K.W. Peery and Lou Eisenbrandt will be available to autograph their books. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more at www.veteransvoices.org

3 Yoga at the Kauffman Center – This new program, presented in partnership with St. Luke’s Health System, will be held at 8:30 or 10 a.m. Saturday, in Brandmeyer Great Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. There will be two 60-minute sessions and participants will be activated in mind, body and spirit as a St. Luke’s medical professional will kick-off each session followed by a vinyasa flow yoga workout led by instructor Heather Rama. Local artists will provide live music, incorporating the performing arts into the yoga practice. Tickets are $15 per session, including fees, and each ticket includes admission to one yoga session and a souvenir water bottle. Attendees must bring their own yoga mat and will be asked to sign a waiver. Tickets are available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at 994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at www.kauffmancenter.org

4 Deadline approaches for the John Olivarez Scholarship essay contest – The City of Independence in collaboration with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration committee, announced this year’s essay contest theme is “The Color of Unity.” High school seniors are invited to write a 500 word essay on the theme, the winner will receive a $500 scholarship. Eighth graders can win $50 and an Adventure Oasis Water Park Family pass by entering a 300-500 word essay on the same theme. Winners will be announced Jan. 15, during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at the Truman Memorial Building. Essays must be typed, double-spaced and include the students name and address on each page. Completed essays are due on Dec. 1 and can be submitted in person at 111 E. Maple Ave. or via email at dcraig@indepmo.org.

5 Unseen Lives: Humanitarianism in the Third World – This art exhibit by Missouri artist Matt Appling will be at the Beggars Table Church & Gallery in the historic Crossroads Art District in Kansas City through November. Unseen Lives will exposes attendees to the realities impoverished communities experience every day. The art was inspired by Appling’s travels to Uganda and Rwanda with Christian humanitarian organization World Help. Proceeds from the exhibit’s sales will support World Help’s humanitarian development projects, especially in Uganda and Rwanda, where the organization works with orphans, refugees and children at risk. For more information, visit www.beggarstable.com .

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