1 Gerald Charles Dickens – The great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens returns to Mid-Continent Public Library for a series of performances of “A Christmas Carol.” He will be at the Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday. A professional actor in England, Dickens leaps, laughs and sobs as he portrays the voices of “A Christmas Carol.” His striking resemblance to his great-great-grandfather and his dramatic rendition bring the classic to life. Registration for any performance is required at mymcpl.org. Refreshments will be served. No audio or visual recordings or still photographs are allowed during the performance. For more information visit www.byerschoice.com.

2 Fur trader encampment – Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage St., Sibley, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Discover how the traders, trappers and explorers made their way into the territory of the Louisiana Purchase during the first quarter of the 19th century. Hosted by members of the American Mountain Men of the Missouri River Brigade, with demonstrations of daily activities from camp life to Native American sign language. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. Call 816-229-8980 for more information.

3 Soap making and laundry day – Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Learn the hygiene practices if Missourians in the mid-19th century. Learn how to make lye soap and how laundry was cleaned in the days before liquid detergent and high-efficiency washers and dryers. Take home a complimentary bar of lye soap as a souvenir of the day (while supplies last). Pets are not permitted inside the village. Regular admission to the village is $7 for adults and $4 for children and seniors, with children 5-younger free. Call 816-229-8980 for more information.

4 “Steel Magnolias” – City Theatre of Independence presents its second weekend of the Robert Harling play that inspired the 1989 movie starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field and Dolly Parton. Performances are at the Powerhouse Theatre at the Sermon Center, 201 N. Dodgion St. (corner of Noland and Truman roads), 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 general admission and $13 for seniors and students. Call 816-325-7367 or purchase at the box office.

5 Chasing the storm – Mid-Continent Public Library North Independence Branch, 317 West U.S. 24, 2-3 p.m. Saturday. Storm chaser Rick Daulton leads a virtual tour through nature's most powerful storms. Learn about the storm intercept, the role storm spotters play and how to stay safe during storm season. Registration is free but required at mymcpl.org.