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‘Arts in the Heart’ Showcase planned April 12
Donnelly College, 608 N. 18th, has scheduled an Arts in the Heart Showcase from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the Donnelly meeting room. Also scheduled April 12 is “Borders, Boundaries and Barriers” from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Donnelly Community Arts Space.
Ethnic Festival planned April 13
The 2013 Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival is planned from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 13 at the Kansas City Kansas Community College Field House, 7250 State Ave. More than 60 booths and 15 different musical and cultural presentations and performances are planned. For more information, call 913-334-1100, Ext. 119. There is free admission and free parking.
Make a garden stepping stone
Learn how to make a garden stepping stone from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Schlagle Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road. The drop-in class will have all supplies provided, although participants may bring their own embellishments to decorate the stepping stones. The cost is $2 per stone. Children who attend must be supervised at all times. Reservations are required to 913-299-2384.
AARP Driver Safety Program at Providence Medical Center
Drivers can refine their driving skills and learn safe, defensive driving techniques in an eight-hour AARP driving refresher course offered at Providence Medical Center, 8929 Parallel Parkway. The course will be held on Saturday, April 13, and Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Keenan Education Center at Providence Medical Center, 8929 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. The AARP Driver Safety Program is designed to meet the specific needs of older drivers. Through discussion, audiovisuals and written material, the course covers age related physical changes, declining perceptual skills, rules of the road, local driving problems and license renewal requirements. All participants who attend and participate in both sessions will receive certification. Participants who take this course will also be eligible for a discount on their auto insurance mandated by the state of Kansas. The cost of the program is $12 for AARP members/spouses and $14 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. All checks should be made payable to AARP and brought to the first class. To register for the AARP Driver Safety Program, call 913-281-7777 or 1-800-281-7777.
Bishop Ward to honor alumni April 14
Bishop Ward High School will hold a “Night of Stars,” a seventh annual Hall of Fame Induction celebration, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the school, 708 N. 18th. The event will include a reception, induction ceremony and dinner. Reservations are required. For information call 913-371-6901.
Tips offered for spring cleaning
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will present “Cleaning 101: Tips and Inspiration for Spring Cleaning,” from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 15. Presenter is Chiquita Miller of K-State Extension. Register by April 10 to receive free cleaning supplies. Call 913-906-8990 to register.
Self-image to be discussed at April 16 program
“Take a Look: How Do You See Yourself? Then Move Forward” is the topic of a program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 16-May 7 at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City Kan. The program will discuss the way people view themselves and set limits on the value they place on themselves and expectations of what they can accomplish. Roxanne Hutton is the presenter. Call 913-906-8990 to register.
Networking to be topic of program
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will offer “Networking 101: Making Your Contacts Count,” from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 17. The presenter is Pauline Rios, national presenter and Hispanic initiative director for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri. Call 913-906-8990 to register.
18th annual job fair April 17 at KCKCC
Representatives of more than 40 area employers are expected for the Workplace – Kansas City Job Fair 2013 at Kansas City Kansas Community College Wednesday, April 17. Open to the public without charge, the 18th annual Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Field House at the north end of the KCKCC campus at 7250 State Ave. For further information or an updated list of employers, contact the KCKCC Career Center at 913-288-7644.
Council of Clubs to meet April 18
The Kansas City, Kan., Council of Clubs will hold its regular monthly meeting April 18 at Youngbloods, 1908 N. 62nd Place. Lunch is served at noon followed by a program and business meeting. A "Rosemary Hour" will be in memory of those who were lost in the past year. Also, there will be an election of officers for the coming year. Lunch will be Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, salads, dessert and drink. Reservations may be made to 913-788-2905 or 913-369-9478.
Program to discuss gardening in small spaces
“Gardening in Small Spaces,” a presentation by Sarah Heppler of K-State Extension, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Call 913-906-8990 to register.
Neuropathy support group to meet April 18
The Greater Kansas City Neuropathy Support Group will meet from noon to 3 p.m. April 18 in The Burlington Room of The Pavilion on the south at North Kansas City Hospital, 2800 Clay Edwards Drive, North Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Mazen Dimachkie, director of The Neuropathy Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center will be speaking about The Center's new research project, Comparative Effectiveness Design Study of Pharmaceutical Agents Cryptogenic Sensory Polyneuropathy (a study for pain control). No registration necessary. Free will offering accepted. For information, call 913-299-9873.
Brown bag about transformative power of art to be April 18
“Designing Hope: The Transformative Power of Art” will be the focus of a Brown Bag program at Kansas City Kansas Community College Thursday, April 18. Linda Gates, a registered art therapist and licensed master’s level psychologist from the Wyandot Center, will present the program at 12:30 p.m. in Room 3397 in the Jewell Center on the KCKCC campus at 7250 State Ave. A robust art therapy program located at the Wyandot Center, the Art Maker’s Place was created by persons who believe in the healing power of art and have provided the space for individuals to have the opportunity to create their lives anew thorough the arts. Almost a year old, the center continues to grow through more workshops and classes. Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center at KCKCC, the Brown Bag is open to the public without charge and iced tea will be provided.
Cosmetic surgery to be topic of program
Learn about state-of-the-art facial cosmetic surgery options, as well as non-surgical treatments for the face, in a free “Be Well” program from The University of Kansas Hospital on April 18. The program is from 6 to 8 p.m. April 18 at KU MedWest, 7405 Renner Road, Shawnee, Office of Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Some of the non-surgical methods to be discussed by Dr. Clint Humphrey, and Dr. David Kriet include Botox and Dysport, fillers (Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and Sculptra) and laser procedures. Registration is required. To make a reservation call 913-588-1227 or visit www.kumed.com/bewell.
Race weekend to be April 19
Race weekend at Kansas Speedway at I-70 and I-435 in Kansas City, Kan., will be held April 19. For more details on the NASCAR races, visit www.kansasspeedway.com.
‘Native Words, Native Warriors’ exhibit to open April 20
A traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian, “Native Words, Native Warriors,” will open April 20 at the Wyandotte County Museum, 126th and State Avenue, Bonner Springs. The traveling exhibit will be about Native American code talkers during World War II. For more information, visit www.wycomuseum.org or call 913-573-5002.
Health Fair planned
A Kansas City Kansas Community Health Fair will be held Saturday, April 20, by Kansas Black Chamber of Commerce and NAACP. The health fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 at Blessed Sacrament Family Center, 2215 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. Free health screenings will be held for high blood pressure, diabetes checks, glucose checks, nutritional information, height and weight, skin cancer information and more. Guest health professional speakers will be LaMonica Upton with Affordable Health Care; and Rachel Jefferson, Wellness and Preventive Health. Community providers at the health fair include Kansas City Kansas Community College School of Nursing, Heart to Heart International, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Nursing, Kansas Health Department, Swope Health Services and University of Kansas Medical Center.
KCK school board to meet April 23
The Kansas City, Kan., Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. April 23 at the Central Office, 2010 N. 59th St.
UG Commission to meet April 25
The Unified Government Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Commission Chambers, City Hall, lobby level, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. Planning and zoning items will be included.
Grinter Place plans quilt show and spring tea
Grinter Place Museum is planning a quilt show and spring tea from April 26-28 at the Grnter museum, 1420 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kan. Quilts will be on display in the visitor center and house. An opportunity quilt made by the Grinter Place Quilters will be given away in December; visitors may make a donation to it. Tea will be at noon and 2 p.m.; tickets are $8 per person and reservations are required to 913-299-0373. There is a maximum limit of 25 per session. Quilt show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 26; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28.
Barnyard Babies at Ag Hall on April 27
Spring on the Farm is a time for sprouting crops, blooming flowers and baby animals. See what animals may be found on the farm from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, 126th and State, Bonner Springs. Animals will include chicks, calves, alpacas, sheep, goats, bees, pigs, horses, and burros. Ride the Shriner’s Fire Wagons, hay wagons and miniature train. Enjoy pig races, milking and sheep shearing demonstrations, soil tunnel trailer, hands-on kids farming activities, Blacksmith, Living History. Free ice cream will be served, with food vendors available. The host of the event is the Leavenworth County Farm Bureau. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 4 to 16, and under 4, free. For more information call 913-721-1075, visit www.aghalloffame.com or email email@example.com.
Earth Day celebration planned
The Schlagle Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road, is planning an Earth Day celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Those attending may explore the lake park, do crafts and learn about how to help protect the earth.
Benefit tractor cruise planned May 4 at Ag Hall
A tractor cruise returns May 4 to the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, 126th and State, in Bonner Springs. Participants will drive tractors on a 35-mile loop to raise funds for the Ag Hall. The event will start at the Ag Hall, continue to downtown Bonner Springs to join the Marble Day parade, then take a spin around Lakeside Speedway, with stops at Cabela’s, Nuts and Bolts Hardware and Wyandotte County Park. The benefit, sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Two Cylinder Club, will end with a barbecue dinner at the Ag Hall of Fame. For more information about participating in the event, visit www.gkctcc.com or www.AgHallofFame.com. For more information call 913-721-1075.
Piper craft fair to be May 4
A Piper Craft Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4 at Piper Elementary School, 3131 N. 122nd St., Kansas City, Kan. Admission is free. All ages are welcome. A sampling of what is available: jewelry, floral, driftwood art, crochet, sewing, rustic furniture, quilts, painted window art and more. There will be over 60 booths featuring local crafters. Concessions including hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos and desserts will be available for purchase. Piper High School's FIRST Robotics team, Team Stealth, is sponsoring this event. The public is invited.
Main Branch Library to hold screening of “Strugglers Hill: A People, A Community”
The Kansas City, Kan., Public Library will hold a screening of the documentary film “Strugglers Hill: A People, A Community.” Filmmaker Jefferson Edward Donald, and community historian and resident Chester Owens, will hold a question-and-answer session immediately following the film. Screening begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 19. The event will take place in the second floor auditorium at the Main Branch Library: 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Space is limited so try to arrive early. Copies of the film will be available for purchase at the event. "Strugglers Hill: A People, A Community" is a documentary short subject film that explores the vibrant history of the Strugglers Hill neighborhood from its inception, on through the era of segregation and into its present future. It features interviews with former and current residents. It is produced and directed by Jefferson Edward Donald with funding provided by the Kansas Humanities Council.
Class reunion planned
The Washington High School Class of 1973 is planning a 40th reunion July 19-21. The event includes a golf scramble July 19 at Sunflower Hills Golf Course, a meet and greet July 19 at the Great Wolf Lodge, a dinner and dance July 20 at Sporting Park, and family visits and tours at Washington High School on July 21. Online registration and payment will be available soon on the website, whs73.com. The reunion group also has a Facebook page. The reunion committee is trying to reach as many classmates as possible, and would like to have a small number of digital photos of class members.
Keeler Women’s Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., offers individual and couples counseling to uninsured women. Call 913-906-8990 for information or to do an intake and schedule an appointment.
- Edited and posted by Mary Rupert