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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. For more information on this and other Keeler programs, visit keelerwomenscenter.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the schedule.
UG Commission to meet Jan. 16
The Unified Government Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the fifth floor conference room, Suite 515, of City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. The special meeting will address progress on strategic goals and objectives, budget preparation topics and calendar, and radio project and funding issues.
Adventures in Learning scheduled Jan. 17
Adventures in Learning, a free program of the Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kan., will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, at Grace Lutheran, 3333 Wood Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The building offers entry-level parking and easy drop off of both people and equipment. Everyone is welcome to attend part or all of the day’s activities. For information on the activities Jan. 17, visit http://www.wyandottedailynews.com/our-communities/adventures-in-learning-scheduled-friday%2C-jan.-17%2C-at-grace-l/.
Democrats to meet Jan. 18
The Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast will meet Saturday, Jan. 18th, at Johnny Carino's Italian Restaurant, 1706 Village West Parkway, in Village West. Speakers this month will be Dennis Anderson, Democratic candidate for Kansas insurance commissioner, and State Rep. Stan Frownfelter, chairman of the Wyandotte County legislative delegation. The buffet is available at 8:15 a.m. and the forum begins at 9:15. The cost for the breakfast buffet, which includes tax, service and tip, is $10; or $7 for students and those on limited income. All Democrats are invited to attend. Reservations are requested, but not necessary to attend. To RSVP, email email@example.com. Reservations are requested by Friday, Jan. 17.
Benefit bowlathon to be Jan. 18
A bowlathon to raise funds for the medical expenses of Missy Kline will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Ranch Bowl, 5604 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Kline is battling lupus, anti-phospil lipid syndrome, thrombocytopenia, fibromyalgia, and several other conditions. Unable to work because of these conditions, she has spent a considerable amount of the last year in the hospital for treatment of the conditions. Some treatments that have successfully worked for Missy in the past are not covered by insurance because they are still considered experimental, according to her family. They have helped her in the past but because of their cost, she is not currently able to afford them. A $12 donation includes three games of bowling and shoe rental on Jan. 18. Bowlers are accepting pledges for this fundraiser. The bowler with the highest average will win a prize. Donations also are being accepted payable to Melissa S. Kline. For more information about the fundraiser, visit www.facebook.com/missysrun or contact 913-244-9924.
Winter scavenger hunt planned
A winter scavenger hunt is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park. Participants will explore gardens and trails near the library. Prizes will be awarded. For more information, visit www.kckpl.org or call 913-299-2384.
Affordable Care Act: Information and enrollment event planned
On Saturday, Jan. 18, information and enrollment will be available at the South Branch Library, 3104 Strong, Kansas City, Kan., about the Affordable Care Act. Certified Healthcare Navigators will be available to answer your questions and assist you with your application. Drop in anytime between 1 to 5 p.m. or call 913-541-5012 to set an appointment.
King Day celebration to be Jan. 20
The guest speaker at this year’s Kansas City, Kan., Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration will be the Rev. Otis Moss Jr. He is the retired pastor of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, Cleveland, Ohio, and was co-pastor with the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. His topic will be “Martin, Mahatma, Mandela: Still Paying the Price for the Dream – How Long?” The celebration will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at the Jack Reardon Civic Center, 5th and Minnesota, Kansas City, Kan. The Motorcade will start assembling at 9 a.m. and will depart promptly at 10 a.m. from the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 5th and Richmond. It will take a select route through the community and will arrive at the Jack Reardon Civic Center, 5th and Minnesota, in time for the Mass Celebration. The Mass Celebration will start at 11 a.m. with selections from the MLK Mass Choir under the direction of Alicia Saunders.
New tax laws to be covered in 'Hands-On Investing' program
"The Tax Man Cometh" will be presented from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd, Kansas City, Kan. Learn how to take advantage of the new tax laws, especially the important changes coming to Kansas taxpayers. Instructor: Ellen Ainsworth. Ellen is a CPA who has 23 years’ experience and is a certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor.
Class offered on food handling
The first ServSafe Employee Course for 2014 will be from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. It will be held at K-State Research and Extension, Wyandotte County, 1216 N.79th St., Kansas City, Kan. Seating is limited so please call 913-299-9300 or email Lori Wuellner, firstname.lastname@example.org to register by Jan. 15. The cost is only $10, which includes class materials and workbook.
Eagle Days to be Jan. 25-26
The 13th annual Eagle Days will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25 and from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Environmental Library and Davis Hall at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road. Sponsored by the Board of Public Utilities and Operation Wildlife, this family-fun, free daylong event will feature live bald eagle presentations, crafts, eagle viewing over the lake as well as 15 other live birds of prey on exhibit. The event takes place at two locations simultaneously at Wyandotte County Lake: The Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Environmental Library and J.P. Davis Hall. Check the website for the schedule, http://www.kckpl.org.
Stress reduction workshop planned Jan. 27
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will present a workshop, “Stress Reduction: Why We Have It and How to Reduce It,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27. It will be presented by Chiquita Miller of K-State Extension. Call 913-906-8990 to register for the free workshop.
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.
Community activist to be featured at Jan. 30 program
“A Conversation with Alvin Sykes” is planned at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Mo. Library Director Crosby Kemper III is scheduled to lead this program. Sykes is a self-taught human rights worker who lives in Kansas City, Kan. At the event, there will be a public debut of the monograph, “Pursuit of Truth,” about Sykes’ life and work, written by Monroe Dodd. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the free event. Those interested in attending may make reservations at 816-701-3407.
Spaghetti dinner to benefit Sisters, Servants of Mary—Sunday, Feb. 2
A spaghetti dinner to benefit the Sisters, Servants of Mary is scheduled on Sunday, Feb.2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. Patrick Parish Center, 94th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan. Donations are $8 for adults and $3 for children. The meal will include Italian sausage and spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Carryout meals are available for Super Bowl Sunday. The event will also feature a variety booth. The Sisters, Servants of Mary, are a group of women religious with a nursing ministry. They provide in-home nursing care, free of charge, throughout the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area for persons who are critically ill or dying. They live solely from the donations of their friends and benefactors and fund-raising efforts like the spaghetti dinner. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information, call 913-371-3423.
Support groups on growth, life planning to meet
Affirmations Growth Group for women meets from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3. The group meets each Monday. How a woman thinks about herself plays a role in how effective and happy she is in her life. This group helps women change the way they think about themselves and their lives. Flowing from the Affirmations group, the Living Free Group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays and offers information, inspiration, motivation, support, life planning and positive, affirming connections with others. Both groups meet at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Call 913-906-8990 to register for the free meeting.
Free film series opens Feb. 3
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., has announced the Keeler Film Series, with Roxanne Hutton, facilitator. Films will be presented about women and subjects important to women. Discussions will lead to deeper understandings, touch the heart, and feed the mutual passion for empowering women. Films will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 3: “Taking Root, the story of Wangari Maathai”; Feb. 10: “Real Women Have Curves”; and Feb. 17: “Norma Rae.” The film showings and discussions are free.
Support group for domestic violence victims to meet
Education and Support for Domestic Violence will meet from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2220 Central, Kansas City, Kan. The group meets each Tuesday. The program is offered in partnership with Friends of Yates-Joyce Williams Shelter. Facilitator is Hattie King. Call 913-906-8990 to register for the free program.
Women Writers group to meet Feb. 6
Women Writers Group will meet from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Feb. 6 at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month. Women who enjoy writing and sharing with other women meet to improve their writing skills and share stories, poems and journal entries. Call 913-906-8990 to register for the free program.
Free program on credit management offered
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will present “Credit Management after the Holiday Crunch,” in partnership with Heartland Habitat for Humanity and Wells Fargo Bank from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. Men and women are welcome to attend the free program.
Nature program rescheduled
A Winter Owl Prowl originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 10, at the Schlagle Environmental Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park has been rescheduled. The program now will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 7. For more information visit www.kckpl.org. In the program, participants will walk on a nature trail, call for owls and learn about owls that live in this area. There also will be crafts. The program is for ages 6 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration for this program is required by Feb. 6 to the library, 913-299-2384.
Tamburitza music performance, slide presentation planned Feb. 9
The Knights of Columbus, Marian Council 3768, are sponsoring a concert by the Hrvatski Obicaj Tamburasi, Croatian tamburitza music, at 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at Christ the King Church, Davern Hall, 3024 N. 53rd St. A suggested donation of $10 will be requested, which will be donated to St. Joseph’s orphanage in Croatia, and deducted from a purchase of Don Wolf’s book, “Croatian Love Story.” At 2 p.m., Wolf will give a slide presentation about his book, focused on Croatian immigrants to Kansas City, Kan., their struggles and joys in living in an ethnic neighborhood and reconnecting with Croatians in the old country.
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.