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Mid-Life Players to present ‘Rent’ music
The Mid-Life Players will present music from the musical “Rent” at 7:30 p.m. April 19 and 20 at the Alcott Arts Center, 180 S. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan. The story of “Rent” by Jonathan Larson is based loosely on Puccini’s “La Boheme.” “Rent” follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV-AIDS. The concert has adult themes and is suitable for adults. Admission is $10. Tickets are available at rentinconcert.brownpapertickets.com. For more information visit www.alcottartscenter.org/ or call 913-233-2787.
Race weekend to be April 19
Race weekend at Kansas Speedway at I-70 and I-435 in Kansas City, Kan., will begin April 19. For more details on the NASCAR races, visit www.kansasspeedway.com.
Democrats to meet April 20 at different location
The Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast will meet this Saturday, April 20, at a new location, DelHi's Southern Cuisine, 8055 State Ave., in the Westfield Shopping Center. The breakfast price will be $10; or $7 for students and those on limited income. There will be a more exten*sive breakfast buffet. Guest speaker will be Mayor-elect Mark Holland, who will take office April 25. The buffet is available at 8:15 a.m. and the program begins about 9:15 a.m. Those who attend should make reservations by Friday, April 19, to firstname.lastname@example.org. All Democrats are welcome to attend. Reservations are strongly encouraged for those who want to purchase a breakfast. Persons may attend the breakfast if they do not make a reservation or if they do not purchase a breakfast. Sixty-nine Democrats attended the March breakfast to listen to UG general election candidates.
‘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.
GOP town hall meeting scheduled
The Wyandotte County GOP has scheduled a town hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the Frontier Steakhouse, 94th and State Avenue. Beverly Gossage will speak about the Obama health care plan. Gossage has previously testified in Washington, D.C., and has given presentations about health care. A resident of Eudora, Kan., Gossage is currently running for Kansas insurance commissioner. She is the director of a health care benefits consulting business. She supports free-market, consumer-driven health insurance, according to her campaign information.
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. The newly elected members on the Board of Commission and the mayor are scheduled to be sworn into office at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the Commission Chambers in City Hall, 701 N. 7th, Kansas City, Kan.
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.
Marble Day planned May 4
Marble Day is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 at Moon Marble Co. store, 600 E. Front St., Bonner Springs. Activities, games, a parade, and a marble tournament are part of the day’s events. For more information, see www.marbleday.com or call 913-441-1432.
KU Hospital to offer free skin cancer screening
The University of Kansas Hospital will offer a free skin cancer screening to “Melanoma Monday” registrants. Melanoma Monday, designed to raise awareness about melanoma and other types of skin cancer, will be from 3 to 5 p.m. May 6 on the fourth floor (Dermatology) of the medical office building adjacent to The University of Kansas Hospital, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, Kan. Parking is free. Registration is required for Melanoma Monday, a nationwide program designated by the American Academy of Dermatology. To register, call 913-588-1227 or visit www.kumed.com/bewell.
Dam inspection and water quality workshop planned
On May 8, the Division of Water Resources in the Kansas Department of Agriculture and Wyandotte Conservation District are holding a workshop on water storage maintenance and reservoir water quality. Besides an onsite dam inspection of Lake Pierson, presenters will address pond construction and maintenance, invasive species, waterfowl, soil protection, and other topics. This free event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pierson Park Community Building, 1800 S. 55th, Kansas City, Kan., in Pierson Park and includes a boxed lunch for attendees who register in advance. Walk-ins are accepted. To register, contact Cheri Miller, Wyandotte County Conservation District, 913-334-6329, firstname.lastname@example.org or Cindy Higgins, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Department of Water Resources, 785-296-0573, email@example.com.
Overview of women’s health scheduled May 14
Learn about common health concerns for women, as well as advances in screening and treatment, in a free “Be Well” event from The University of Kansas Hospital. Three of the hospital’s female physicians— Dr. Kim Templeton; Dr. Ashley Simmons; and Dr. Kimberly Swan — will discuss steps to take to ensure women are staying on top of their health. The focus will be on caring for their bones and heart, and managing their hormones as they age. “Taking Care of You: An Overview of Women’s Health” will be from 6 to 8 p.m. May 14 at The University of Kansas Clinical Research Center in the Fairway Office Park, 4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, Kan. Registration is required. To make a reservation or obtain more information, call 913-588-1227 or visit www.kumed.com/bewell.
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.
- Compiled and posted by Mary Rupert