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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.
Strawberry Hill Museum decorated for holidays
The Strawberry Hill Museum has been decorated for the holidays, and is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of January at 720 N. 4th, Kansas City, Kan. Admission charge is $7 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 12, with children 5 and younger free. Visit www.strawberryhillmuseum.org or email email@example.com for information about the schedule around the holidays.
Live music Friday night at Jazz: A Louisiana Kitchen
Live music is planned at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at Jazz: A Louisiana Kitchen at The Legends Outlets, I-435 and I-70 in Kansas City, Kan. Valentine and the Ticklers are scheduled to perform at 7 p.m.
Blood drive scheduled Saturday
A blood drive is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, in Bonner Springs. The Community Blood Center blood drive will be held at a fire station at 13001 Metropolitan Ave., Bonner Springs, Kan. The Haley Bernard Honorary Blood Drive is named for a Bonner Springs 4-year-old who has leukemia. Bonner Springs firefighters are helping her by holding the blood drive at a fire station.
Meet the library animals
The Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Environmental Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park has scheduled a program to meet the library animals from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 28. Snakes, turtles and a toad may be in attendance. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 913-299-2384.
Libraries to close for holidays
The Kansas City, Kansas Public Libraries will close for the holidays Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
BPU announces holiday schedule
The administrative offices and customer service lobby of the Kansas City, Kan., Board of Public Utilities will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. The BPU lobby will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve, and will resume extended lobby hours on Thursday, Jan. 2. Normally BPU offers extended lobby hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Although BPU’s business offices are closed on holidays, emergency service is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. For power emergencies, customers should call 913-573-9522. The water emergency number is 913-573-9622.
BPU to meet Jan. 2
The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at the BPU offices, 540 Minnesota Ave. The work session begins at 5 p.m. and the regular meeting begins at 6 p.m. On the agenda for the work session is an update from the general manager, a board update, a discussion of a Nebraska Furniture Mart proposal, a BPU-Kansas City Power and Light borderline agreement, and a downtown wireless project. The regular session begins at 6 p.m. On the agenda are a visitors’ comment time, policy approval for the conceal and carry state law, a financial report, board comments and general manager comments.
Blood drive to be Jan. 2
The American Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Jan. 2 at Elm Grove Baptist Church, 15774 Linwood Road in Bonner Springs, Kan. All those who visit this site to donate blood will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt. To sign up, make an appointment or for more information, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Affordable Care Act: community outreach and enrollment offered
Persons will receive assistance with their applications for the federal health care program from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the South Branch of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Those attending may learn more about the Affordable Care Act and their options. They may ask questions of certified health care navigators. For more information, call 913-371-9298, Ext. 2.
Craft program planned at library
A teen craft program, “Funky Jewelry,” is planned from 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 4 at the West Wyandotte Library auditorium, 1737 N. 82nd. Included will be bangle bracelets, pendants made with clothespin parts and origami rings.
NAACP to meet Jan. 7
The Kansas City, Kan., Branch NAACP will meet Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Bethany Medical Office Building, 21 N. 12th St., Kansas City, Kan., second floor meeting room. The Executive Committee will meet at 6 p.m. followed by the general membership meeting at 7 p.m. All committee chairs are asked to bring their annual year-end report of activities for January through December 2013. All members are encouraged to attend. For further information, call 913-281-7900, or fax 913-281-7847.
Legislative forum scheduled Jan. 7
State legislators from Wyandotte County will discuss the upcoming legislative session at a forum open to the public planned at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the South Branch of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
Parenting class to begin Jan. 8
The free parenting series, “Becoming a Love and Logic Parent,” will be presented from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on seven Wednesdays, Jan. 8 - March 5 (not Jan. 22 or Feb. 26), at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Jim Fay, Dr. Charles Fay and Dr. Foster Cline tell stories in a video presentation to teach parenting skills that lessen the stress of dealing with the behaviors of children of all ages. Nona Boyd of Wyandot Center leads the discussion. To register, call 913-906-8990. Be sure to mention if childcare is needed; there are only a limited number of spaces available.
Fairfax Industrial Association to meet Jan. 9
The Fairfax Industrial Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Board of Public Utilities, 540 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The guest speaker will be Greg Kindle, Wyandotte Economic Development president. The cost of the luncheon is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information or reservations, contact Chuck Schlittler, executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kansas Black Chamber of Commerce to meet Jan. 9
The Kansas Black Chamber of Commerce will hold a network meeting at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 9, at the Main Kansas City, Kansas Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. The guest speaker will be Laura Lee Jones, LionShare Marketing. The sponsor of the meeting is Whitley Construction Co.
UG Commission scheduled to meet
The Unified Government Commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th, Kansas City, Kan. Several planning and zoning items are expected to be on the agenda. An agenda should be posted online at www.wycokck.org.
Program to discuss healthy relationships
Some women make bad choices when it comes to relationships. But love can be “Within My Reach.” Everyone wants to have a happy, healthy and stable relationship, and what people do in their relationships, especially in romantic relationships, affects every other area of their lives. Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., in partnership with Marriage for Keeps, will offer a seven-class workshop, “Love Within My Reach,” from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on seven Fridays, Jan. 10 - Feb. 21. Lunch is included. The free program covers skills to improve chances for relationship success. Participants will set future relationship goals. Registration is required. Call Marriage for Keeps at 913-906-8925 or Keeler at 913-906-8990.
Mutual funds to be topic of ‘Hands-On Investing’ presentation Jan. 14
"10 Most Often Asked Questions About Mutual Funds" - This workshop will help investors explore why hundreds of millions have entrusted their hard earned dollars to mutual funds, and how to avoid common pitfalls. The workshop will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the West Wyandotte Branch of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library, 1737 N. 82nd. Instructor: Scott Kaufmann. Kaufmann has 30 years of experience and has had 16 letters to the editor published in the Wall Street Journal.
Book club for women to meet Jan. 14
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., is the host of a monthly book club for women that meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14. The club meets on the second Tuesday of each month. The book for Jan. 14 is “Unbowed” by Wangari Maathai. Call 913-906-8990 to register.
‘Holiday Spending Hangover’ to be topic of program Jan. 15
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will partner with Heartland Habitat for Humanity to present “Holiday Spending Hangover” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15. A light supper begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Tips on budgeting and paying everyone back after the holiday crunch will be discussed. Reservations are required for the program. Call 913-906-8990. Ed Linnebur will present the program.
Program for cancer survivors to begin Jan. 28
Livestrong, a cancer survivor program offered at the Providence YMCA-Ball Family Center, begins a new session Jan. 28. It is a 12-week program offered to adult cancer survivors that focuses on physical and emotional well-being. Those who are interested may call Robin Gerber at 913-378-9622.
Network meeting planned
The Kansas Black Chamber of Commerce will hold a network meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Wyandotte Economic Development Council, 727 Minnesota Ave. The guest speaker will be Tammy Edwards, vice president, Federal Reserve. The sponsors of the meeting are Wyandotte Economic Development and Minnesota Avenue Printing.