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‘Native Words, Native Warriors’ exhibit continues
A traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian, “Native Words, Native Warriors,” will continues now through June 29 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.
Plant sale to benefit Cross-Lines
The Friends of Cross-Lines are holding the 18th annual Spring Dig Plant Sale May 2-4 at Shawnee Presbyterian Church, 6837 Nieman Road, Shawnee. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 2; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 3; and 8 a.m. to noon May 4. Proceeds go to Cross-Lines.
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.
Polski Day celebration to benefit church
The 29th annual Polski Day celebration will be held Saturday, May 4, at St. Joseph-St. Benedict’s Church, at 8th and Vermont, in Kansas City, Kan. The traditional Polski Day Parade begins at noon at 14th and Central, and heads east on Central Avenue to 8th Street going up the wrong way on a one-way street to Vermont and ends at the church. Enjoy Polish food, music, and entertainment beginning at noon. A special Polka mass will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at St. Joseph-St. Benedict’s Church. The event continues until 7 p.m.
KCKCC Spring Choral Concert scheduled May 5
Three Kansas City Kansas Community College choirs will perform in the annual KCKCC Spring Choral Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 5010 Parallel Parkway. Directed by John Stafford II, the KCKCC Chamber Choir, Community Chamber Choir and Concert Choir will perform Eric Whitacre’s “Cloudburst” written for choir, piano and percussion. Open to the public, there is no charge, although donations for student travel opportunities will be accepted.
Reception planned for art show
A reception is planned for an art show by Kansas City Kansas Community College art students. The reception is from 2 to 4 p.m. May 5 at the West Wyandotte Library, Fine Arts Gallery, 1737 N. 82nd. There will be light refreshments. The public may attend.
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.
Learn to help in a mental health crisis
Mental Health First Aid training is designed to help you recognize signs and symptoms of a mental illness, and know what to do in a mental health crisis to help a family member, friend or person you encounter. Wyandot Center and PACES will offer the next Mental Health First Aid training from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 8 and 9, with time for breaks and lunch. The 12-hour program will be held at Wyandot Center's 1301 N. 47th St. facility, Kansas City, Kan., and is open to the community. The $40 fee is being waived. Register by emailing Beth Yoder Stein at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact her for more information at 913-328-4633. Wyandot Center is Wyandotte County's designated community mental health center serving adults; PACES provides services for children and adolescents facing behavioral and emotional challenges, and their families.
Learn how to make wooden bead necklaces
A craft class will show participants how to make wooden bead necklaces. The class is from 10 to 11 a.m. May 11 at the West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd, Conference Room B. It is for those 16 and older. Registration is required to 913-596-5800, Ext. 1006.
Annual charity golf tournament planned May 13
Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas will sponsor the 32nd Annual Golf Classic founded by the Ben and Betty Zarda Family on Monday, May 13, at Lake Quivira Country Club. Proceeds will go toward an additional emergency assistance resource bus to deliver food, clothing and financial assistance to clients in 21 counties of Northeast Kansas. The event will include lunch, a round of golf, a dinner reception and awards ceremony. For information, visit www.catholiccharitiesgolfclassic.org.
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.
Workshop to help women’s skills
“Professional Etiquette and Life Skills for Job Readiness” is a workshop designed to help women assess their skills, set goals, and prepare for the interview and the job. The program is recommended for women seeking entry-level positions or women who have had a hard time keeping a job. Participants will leave better prepared for an interview and feeling much more confident in their ability to find a job that matches their interest and skills. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Keeler Women’s Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Lunch is included. Space is limited and reservations are required.
Women’s book club to meet May 14
Keeler Women’s Center has a monthly book club for women to read and discuss literature by and about women. The group ordinarily meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every second Tuesday. Space is limited. Call 913-906-8990 to register for the free class. The group will meet on Tuesday, May 14, and the book to be discussed is “The Exact Place” by Margie Haack. A limited number of copies are available for group members.
First UG budget hearing scheduled May 16
The Unified Government Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Commission Chambers, City Hall, lobby level, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. A public hearing will be held. The public may make comments on the revised 2013 and proposed 2014 budgets. Also, the public may make comments on housing and community development needs, including non-housing needs for the 2013 year, including Community Development Block Grant program, the Home Investment Partnership Grant Program, and Emergency Solutions Grant Program. The agenda should be posted at www.wycokck.org.
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.
Genetics and fashion, jeans and genes, to be topic of May 21 program
Wear your favorite jeans to this ladies’ night out, where you’ll learn how genetics plays a role in the risk for certain types of cancer. Dr. Larry Geier will lead “How Do I Look in These Genes?” Also during the program, wardrobe stylist Jennifer Niehouse will present fashion tips. The evening will wrap up with a replenishing meditation and relaxation series. This free event will be from 6 to 7 p.m., May 21, at The University of Kansas Cancer Center-South, 1000 E. 101st Terrace, Kansas City, Mo. The South location is one of nine community centers supporting The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Registration is required. To make a reservation, call 913-588-1227 or visit www.kumed.com/bewell.
‘Farmer’s Markets, The Pleasures of Eating’ to be May 22
Master Food Volunteer Knowledge at Noon Class "Farmer's Markets, The Pleasures of Eating" will be at noon Wednesday, May 22. What a perfect time to get new information, recipes and taste sampling some of them. Make the most of fresh produce from local farmer's markets this season. Information on selection and preparation will be covered. Organic, natural and the "Dirty Dozen" will also be addressed. It will be held at K-State Research and Extension, Wyandotte County, 1216 N. 79th St., Kansas City, Kan. The cost is $7; to register, call 913- 299-9300 or email email@example.com for registration.
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.