Honor the Dead by Helping the Living

Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post & Auxiliary 12093
'John Lukac'

Configuring the Lightning Calendar for the 12093 Event Calendar

Thunderbird

The Post now has our Event Calendar on our website, as an iCalendar and as a Google Calendar. Our purpose is to provide our members and others who may follow our Post and Auxiliary events with integration to their own online calendars. These instructions will walk you through the necessary configuration of the Lightning addon to the Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail client for the 12093 Event Calendar. If you do not yet have Mozilla Thunderbird installed and configured, instructions for installing and setting it up for the 12093 environment can be found at 12093 Thunderbird link. To install Lightning, follow the instructions at Installing Lightning into Thunderbird. The Google Calendar is the simplest to link to Lightening so those instructions are first. We are currently maintaining the iCalendar but we expect to discontinue it in the future.

Configuring the Lightning Calendar for the Google Calendar

To link Lightning to the 12093 Event Calendar on Google, your must do the setting up from a computer not from a smartphone or tablet app. Follow these instructions:

If you haven't already done so, set up Lightening to work with your personal Google Calendar.

  1. Using your favorite browser go to https://calendar.google.com/. If you have set up your calendar in Google, it will redirect you to your personal calendar. If you haven't already done so, log in and create your personal Google Calendar.
  2. Once you have your own calendar and are on the calendar page, the easiest way to proceed is to install Provider for Google Calendar.
  3. Add-on installation instructions for Thunderbird are here: .
  4. Once you have the Provider add-on installed, open the Lightning Calendar.
  5. Right mouse click in the large empty space in the left hand pane.
  6. Click on "NewCalendar" option in the pop up window. A new pop up window will appear entitled "Create a new calendar."
  7. Choose "On the Network" as the location of the calendar.
  8. Click on "Next. The pop up should change.
  9. Under "Format" select "Google Calendar"
  10. Click on "Next. The pop up should change.
  11. Select (click) the calendar you wish to "sync" with if it is shown. Probably your personal calendar. If the calendar you want is not listed, enter your google login which is usually in the format name@gmail.com.
  12. Click on "Next. The pop up should change.
  13. Click on the events, reminders and associated calendars you want listed in Lightning and showing on your calendar.
  14. Click on "Next. The pop up should change.
  15. Click on "Finish. Your personal Google Calendar should now be linked to Lightning.

Once your personal calendar is synchronized with Lightning, the Post Event Calendar is a "Piece of Cake'"

  1. Open the Lightning Calendar.
  2. Right mouse click in the large empty space in the left hand pane.
  3. Click on "NewCalendar" option in the pop up window. A new pop up window will appear entitled "Create a new calendar."
  4. Choose "On the Network" as the location of the calendar.
  5. Click on "Next. The pop up should change.
  6. Under "Format" select "Google Calendar"
  7. Click on "Next. The pop up should change.
  8. The Post Event Calendar will not be listed. Enter webmaster@vfwpost12093.org in the text box.
  9. Click on "Next. The pop up should change.
  10. Click on the events, reminders and associated calendars you want listed in Lightning and showing on your calendar.
  11. Click on "Next. The pop up should change.
  12. Click on "Finish. The Post Event Calendar should now be linked to Lightning.

Items scheduled on the 12093 Event Calendar should now appear with your own personal items but displayed in the color you chose. (Magenta?)

November 11, 2016 by "Good Time"

Configuring the Lightning Calendar for the iCalendar (deprecated)

This website has instituted an iCalendar for Post and Auxiliary events. Wikipedia iCalendar information link

To link Lightning to the 12093 Event Calendar (iCalendar) on our web host, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to the calendar tab in Thunderbird.
  2. Right mouse click in the large empty space in the left hand pane.
  3. Click on "NewCalendar" option in the pop up window. A new pop up window will appear entitled "Create a new calendar."
  4. Choose "On the Network" as the location of the calendar.
  5. Click on "Next. The pop up should change.
  6. Under "Format" select "iCalendar (ICS)."
  7. For location, enter "/webcal/publish.php/_NUC_Events.ics" without the quotes.
  8. Click on "Next. The popup should change again and give you the option of choosing what name you wish to call the calendar.
  9. This author entered "12093 Events" and chose a nice magenta color as well as his personal e-mail for e-mail notifications.
  10. Click on "Next. The pop up should change to tell you the calendar was created.
  11. Click on "Finish," at which time the new calendar should appear in the white space on the left pane with a check mark in front of it. When the author originally created his, the check box was empty so he had to put a check there and then click on synchronize. Everything showed up then.

Items scheduled on the 12093 Event Calendar should now appear with your own personal items but displayed in the color you chose. (Magenta?)

To link Lightning to the 12093 holiday calendar, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to the calendar tab in Thunderbird.
  2. Right mouse click in the large empty space in the left hand pane.
  3. Click on "NewCalendar" option in the pop up window. A new pop up window will appear entitled "Create a new calendar."
  4. Choose "On the Network" as the location of the calendar.
  5. Click on "Next. The pop up should change.
  6. Under "Format" select "iCalendar (ICS)."
  7. For location, enter "/webcal/publish.php/_NUC_usholidays.ics" without the quotes.
  8. Click on "Next. The popup should change again and give you the option of choosing what name you wish to call the calendar.
  9. This author entered "Holidays" and chose a nice gold color as well as his personal e-mail for e-mail notifications.
  10. Click on "Next. The pop up should change to tell you the calendar was created.
  11. Click on "Finish," at which time the new calendar should appear in the white space on the left pane with a check mark in front of it. When the author originally created his, the check box was empty so he had to put a check there and then click on synchronize. Everything showed up then. With that the holidays entered in the Post Holiday Calendar now appear on my Lightning celndar display.
November 11, 2016 by "Good Time"