Renfest is Pet Fest this weekend
The seventh annual Pet Fest will take place Sept. 7 and 8 at the Renaissance Festival, 126th and State, Bonner Springs.
Visitors to the festival may bring their pets to the special events field and participate in the activities there. About 20 vendors will be present.
Pet Fest this year will include the Harmony Hill Goat Farm, where visitors will learn about goats and how to milk them, and will view demonstrations.
A free pet costume contest will be held at 5 p.m. on the Washing Well Stage.
The Adoptable Pet Pageant is part of this year’s events. Guests will watch shelters showcase pets that are available for adoption.
There is also a hot dog eating contest this year for pet owners and visitors.
In order to be admitted to the festival, pets must be on a leash and owners must check in at the pet gate. The owners must provide proof of shots with registration in order to bring in their pets.
The Renaissance Festival is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends through Oct. 14.
The admission charge is $19.95 for adults; $10.95 for children 5 to 12; $17.50 for seniors; and free for children 4 and younger.
For more information, visit www.kcrenfest.com or call 913-721-2110.
Internet 101 program planned
Internet 101 by Google will be presented from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 7 at the West Wyandotte Library auditorium, 1737 N. 82nd, Kansas City, Kan.
The program for adults and senior adults is an introduction to the Internet. The class is for those with little or no experience with the Internet. The program is sponsored by the Google Fiber Team.
Animal balloon program planned
Teens and adults may make animal balloons from 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 7 at the Turner Community Library, 831 S. 55th, Kansas City, Kan.
The class is taught by a member of the Kansas City Clowns organization. Those participating may learn about 20 different types of animals and objects to make by using a twist balloon.
A Clowning for Teens class is scheduled Sept. 28.
Participants in the animal balloon class must be 13 and older. Registration is required to the library at 913-596-1404.
Fundraiser to help with medical expenses
A spaghetti dinner fundraiser and auction for a family that will be faced with medical bills and funeral costs will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the FOP Hall, 7846 Leavenworth Road.
Joe and Sarah Boatwright are facing increased expenses as they are expecting a baby with a birth defect called anencephaly. The condition makes it impossible for the child to survive more than a short time after birth, according to the family of the couple.
Donations of auction items for the fundraiser and money are needed for the event. Monetary donations may be made to the Boatwright Baby Fund, care of U.S. Bank, 13020 Canaan Drive, Bonner Springs, Kan. 66012.
Those who are interested in donating items for the auction may contact Jamie Shell at 913-745-4218 or JShell@kc.rr.com.
Sporting KC takes on Columbus Crew
Sporting Kansas City will take on Columbus Crew at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan.
It will be the first of two meetings in a one-month span. The match will be broadcast by KSMO-TV. A limited number of tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com and the Sporting Park box offices.
With seven games remaining in the regular season, Sporting Kansas City currently sits atop the Eastern Conference in a three-way tie with the Montreal Impact and New York Red Bulls. Columbus is five points out of playoff position and is seeking the team's first road victory since May in a 1-0 win at Toronto FC.
Both teams earned victories in their most recent matches. Sporting Kansas City defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-1 with goals from Benny Feilhaber and Graham Zusi last Saturday, while Crew interim head coach Brian Bliss led Columbus to a 2-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday in his first match at the helm of the club. Bliss formerly played (1998) and coached in Kansas City (2000-2006), including a period as the interim head coach for 14 matches at the end of the 2006 season
Saturday's match features three players who have scored nine goals this season in Sporting KC's Claudio Bieler and the Crew's Federico Higuain and Dominic Oduro. Bieler and Oduro each tallied a goal in the clubs last meeting, a 3-2 victory for Sporting Kansas City in June, while Hiquain returns on Saturday after missing the Crew's last two matches due to suspension.
Sporting Park will hold its annual Scout Night, recognizing over 2,500 Heart of America Council scouts prior to the match on Saturday. The first 1,000 Scouts to arrive in uniform will receive a commemorative badge.