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 hosted by Google as well as on our website. 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 simple to link to Lightening.

Configuring the Lightning Calendar for the Post's Google Calendar

To link Lightning to the 12093 Event Calendar on Google (which is a "public" Google calendar), you must do the setting up from a computer not from a smartphone or tablet app. Follow these instructions:

  1. Right mouse click in the large empty space in the left hand pane.
  2. Click on "NewCalendar" option in the pop up window. A new pop up window will appear entitled "Create a new calendar."
  3. Choose "On the Network" as the location of the calendar.
  4. Click on "Next. The pop up should change.
  5. Under "Format" select "iCalendar (ICS)"
  6. Next to "Location" enter" https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/webmaster%40vfwpost12093.org/public/basic.ics"
  7. Click on "Next. The pop up should change.
  8. Next to "Name" enter the name you want the calendar to show. I used "12093 Events"
  9. Choose a color you want Post events to be shown in. I used dark blue.
  10. Un-check "Show reminders" as it isn't used.
  11. Select "None" for the email address as we do not send reminders from the calendar.
  12. Click on "Next. The pop up should change to a "You're all done" message and the Post events should start showing on your Lightning calendar.
  13. Click on "Finish.

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

Configuring the Lightning Calendar for your personal Google Calendar (or anyone elses)

If you want to 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, go to Thunderbird to install Provider for Google Calendar.
  3. Add-on installation instructions for Thunderbird are here: Installing an Add-on to Thunderbird.
  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. If you are not already logged into Google, you will have to provide your password to login.
  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.

Items scheduled on your Google calendar should now appear and any you create in Lightning will be reflected in Google and show up on your smartphone.

June 4, 2017 by "Good Time"