Grinter Sip ’N’ Shop to be Oct. 17
Grinter Place Friends will be hold its annual Sip ‘N’ Shop fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at 1400 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas. For the $5 admission fee, those attending will receive three tickets for wine tastings from Rowe Ridge Winery. There also will be giveaways. More than 20 vendors will provide unique items that are ideal for gifts. Food and drink will be available for purchase from the Cajunation Food Truck. The Grinter Quilter Bees will have their opportunity quilt on display. The quilt will be given away in January 2020. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/1400so78street/ .
UG Commission to meet Oct. 17
The Unified Government Commission will meet at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The 5 p.m. meeting will be in the fifth floor meeting room, and the 7 p.m. regular meeting will be in the Commission Chambers, lobby level. On the agenda for the 5 p.m. meeting is a discussion on the UG long-range financial plan. Afterward there will be a closed executive session on the ninth floor about labor. At the 7 p.m. meeting, a management agreement at the Village West baseball stadium is on the agenda. Several other items are on the agenda, which is posted at www.wycokck.org.
Races this weekend at Kansas Speedway
Races are scheduled this weekend at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. The ARCA Menards Series will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. The NASCAR Xfinity Series, Kansas Lottery 300, is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. The Hollywood Casino 400 will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. For more information, visit http://www.kansasspeedway.com/.
Annual lineman’s rodeo to be Saturday at Ag Hall
The annual International Lineman’s Rodeo competition will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame near 126th and State Avenue in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Competition begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Team and apprentice events will include the “hurtman rescue” and the “pole climb.” More than 1,000 participants from utilities throughout the nation and from other countries will test their skills in these events. There will be food and crafts vendors. Admission is free.
Candidates to speak at Democratic breakfast Saturday
Democratic candidates for local offices on the Nov. 5 general election ballot will be the speakers at the Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Las Islas Marias, 7516 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The breakfast buffet opens at 8:15 a.m., with the program starting at 9 a.m. Candidates who may participate are Democratic registered voters. They may bring signs and literature to distribute. Candidates for the Unified Government Commission will have 4 minutes and other candidates, 3 minutes, to speak. The program is open to all Democrats. The cost of the buffet is $10; students and those on limited income, $6. Those attending do not have to purchase a breakfast. Reservations for the buffet should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Oct. 18. Reservations are not necessary to attend. A sponsor can pay the costs of students attending the breakfast for the first time.
Mobile mammograms to be offered
The Unified Government Public Health Department and Diagnostic Imaging Centers, P.A., will bring a mobile mammogram unit to the Bonner Springs City Library to provide services to women ages 40 and over from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at 201 N. Nettleton, Bonner Springs. Those under 40 may be eligible (ask the insurance provider) and those without insurance may also be eligible. Please bring an insurance card if you have one. Clinical breast exams will be done on site. Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments for cervical exams will also be available. Questions may be directed to Betty Criss at 816-401-3209 or Crystal Doran at 913-742-9059. For more information see https://www.bonnerlibrary.org/.
Candidate forum planned Oct. 19
A candidate forum is planned on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Family Life Center of Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, 9301 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas. There will be two sessions, one at 10 a.m. and one at 3 p.m. The first session will be a program with state representatives, and the second session will be a program with candidates. The event is free and open to the public. The forum is sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Mu Omega Chapter, in conjunction with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Jack and Jill of America, Johnson County Chapter, Kansas City, Kansas, Chapter of NAACP, Johnson County Chapter of NAACP and Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, Civic Action Committee. A brief audience question-and-answer session, voter education information and time for refreshments is planned. According to a spokesman, the purpose of the forum is to give Kansas residents the opportunity to meet, greet, engage and hear from their current state representatives as well as candidates running for public office in the Nov. 5 general election. In the morning session, from 10 a.m. to noon, panelists who will participate include State Rep. Kathy Wolfe Moore, D-36th Dist., and State Rep. Pam Curtis, D-32nd Dist. The afternoon session from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. will include panelists Melissa Brune Bynum, incumbent candidate for Unified Government Commission, 1st District at large; David Haley, candidate for Board of Public Utilities, at large position 3; Rose Mulvany Henry, candidate for BPU, at large position 3; Robert Milan, incumbent candidate for BPU, 1st District; LaRon Thompson, candidate for BPU, 1st District; and Jeff Bryant, incumbent candidate for BPU, 3rd District.
KCKCC choirs to perform with Midwest Chamber Ensemble on Oct. 20
The Kansas City Kansas Community College Choral Department is preparing for its annual fall concert. The KCKCC Fall Choral Concert with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St. in Kansas City, Missouri. Advanced tickets are $12 and can be purchased from the Midwest Chamber Ensemble’s website. Groups of eight or more can purchase tickets for $10. Students can get free admission if they show their Student ID at the door. The KCKCC choirs, under the direction of Associate Professor of Music John Stafford will join the Midwest Chamber Ensemble for a performance of Schubert’s G major Mass. Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade” will round out the program. For more information on the concert, visit the Midwest Chamber Ensemble’s website at
http://www.midwestchamberensemble.org/concerts. For more information on KCKCC’s Choral Department, contact Stafford at email@example.com or by calling 913-288-7137.
Calligraphy program planned Oct. 21
A calligraphy program is planned from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 21 and 28, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 759 Vermont Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program is facilitated by Mary Donovan. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.
Affirmations group to meet Oct. 21
The Affirmations and Living Free Growth Group for Women will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 759 Vermont Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.
Class offered on ‘Raising Safe Kids’
The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 759 Vermont Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The presenter will be Heather Neds. The topic for Oct. 21 is “Understanding Your Child’s Behavior,” and the topic for Oct. 28 is “Young Children’s Exposure to Violence.” For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.
Program offered on healthy relationships
“Healthy Relationships: Domestic Violence Education and Support” will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 759 Vermont Ave., Suite 100B, Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Jaime Peterson. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.
Topic of program to be Dash Diet
A program on the Dash Diet will be presented from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 759 Vermont Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program will be presented by Pat Callaghan. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.
KCK school board meeting planned
The Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the district offices, 2010 N. 59th St. An agenda may be posted at www.kckps.org.
Parenting support group to meet
A parenting support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 759 Vermont Ave., Suite 100B, Kansas City, Kansas. The education and support group is presented by Marqueia Watson, MSW. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.
Knitting and crocheting group to meet
A knitting and crocheting group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 759 Vermont Ave., Suite 100B, Kansas City, Kansas. Those attending may learn a new skill or work on a current project. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.
Open houses planned on stormwater fee changes in KCK
An open house on changes to stormwater fees in Kansas City, Kansas, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Joe E. Amayo Argentine Community Center, 2810 Metropolitan, Kansas City, Kansas. Other open houses also have been held on changes in the stormwater fees in Kansas City, Kansas. The Unified Government is continuing to study the change to the stormwater fee, and is seeking public comments. The current stormwater fee structure is to charge $4.50 per month to all users, without regard to the size of the property. The proposed stormwater fee charged more for larger properties. The new fee does not change the $4.50 monthly fee for the majority of residential property owners in Kansas City, Kansas, during the first year of the fee. The new fees are based on the size of hard surfaces on the property, which generates runoff. The other open house dates remaining include Nov. 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Beatrice L. Lee Community Center, 1310 N. 10th St. For more information, see https://www.wycokck.org/Stormwater/Rate.aspx.
‘Pretty Nails’ program offered
Appointments for a “Pretty Nails” program will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 759 Vermont Ave., Suite 100B, Kansas City, Kansas. Those interested must call 913-906-8990 to schedule an appointment.
Boo Bash to be Oct. 26
The Bonner Springs City Library plans its seventh annual Boo Bash from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at 201 N. Nettleton Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. There will be a live disc jockey, games, a haunted house, snacks and story time. Those attending may wear their costumes. For more information, see https://www.bonnerlibrary.org/.
Program planned on gardening
“Putting Your Garden to Bed” will be presented from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 759 Vermont Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program will be facilitated by Magda Born. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.
Program to be presented on history of the Klan in KCK
A program, “Hidden History: The Ku Klux Klan KCKs,” will be presented from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28. The host of the program is CiviX, and it is being presented through a collaboration with “We the People of KCK,” the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library and the Reola Grant Center for Family Life Development. It will be presented at the upper Jewell building, Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave. Author Tim Rives will discuss his book, “The Ku Klux Klan of Kansas City, Kansas,” and will sign books. Chester Owens will introduce Rives, a historian. Rives’ book focuses on the revival of the Klan in 1921 in Kansas City, Kansas, and details the extent of its influence in the city over the ensuing decades. This meeting is free and open to the public. Candidates for public office have been invited to meet voters during this event.
Library plans concert and lecture about Scott Joplin on Nov. 9
Michael Dolman, Kansas City, Kansas, native and San Francisco resident, will present a concert and lecture demonstration of Scott Joplin’s piano works at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Scott Joplin was known as the king of ragtime. During his brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his earliest and most popular pieces, the “Maple Leaf Rag,” became ragtime’s first and most influential hit, and has been recognized as the archetypal rag. The piano works of Joplin are considered the American equivalent of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Inventions and Sinfonias” for keyboard.
Program to be presented on winter plants
A gardening program, “Plants that Add Interest in the Winter,” will be presented from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Sunflower Room, Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1208 N. 79th St., Kansas City, Kansas. Lynn Loughary, K-State Research and Extension horticulture agent, will discuss plants that can add interest to the landscape, particularly in the winter months. The presentation is sponsored by the Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners. Registration is not required. There is a fee of $5 that will be waived for certified master gardeners. For more information, call 913-299-9300.
NAACP to meet Nov. 12
The Kansas City, Kansas, Branch NAACP will meet on Nov. 12 at the Wyandotte County Neighborhood Resource Center, 4953 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The executive committee meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and the regular membership meeting at 7 p.m. All members and the public are encouraged to attend the branch regular meeting and to invite others to come. Bill Clause, event planner at KKFI radio, will be the guest speaker on Nov. 12.
Federal Reserve official to speak at Fairfax Industrial Association luncheon Nov. 13
Esther George, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, is scheduled to be the guest speaker from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the luncheon of the Fairfax Industrial Association. The luncheon will be at Neff Packaging, 555 Sunshine Road, Kansas City, Kansas. The sponsor is Delta Innovative Services. The cost of the luncheon is $25. George leads more than 1,600 employees at the Federal Reserve Bank’s Kansas City office and branch offices in Denver, Oklahoma City and Omaha. The Kansas City Fed oversees seven states. She will discuss the role of the Federal Reserve and new developments in the financial industry. Registration is requested by 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, to https://fiakck.org/product/november2019_luncheonfee/.
UG Ethics Commission to meet Nov. 14
The Unified Government Ethics Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Wyandotte County Courthouse, second floor, Division 18, in the old county commissioners’ chambers, 710 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas.
Downtown Holiday Lighting Festival to be Dec. 6
The Downtown Holiday Lighting Festival will be from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in front of City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The event will feature a visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, holiday movies and free popcorn, goodie bags for the first 1,000 children, games, crafts, local food vendors, performances by local choirs and dance groups, and a tree lighting ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.
Town hall meeting planned for legislative delegation Jan. 8
A town hall meeting is planned for the Wyandotte County legislative delegation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the West Wyandotte Public Library, 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City, Kansas. The meeting is open to the public.
Wyandotte County Museum
For information about the Wyandotte County Museum, 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs, call 913-573-5002 or visit https://www.wycokck.org/wycomuseum.aspx or https://www.facebook.com/wycomuseum/.
Strawberry Hill Museum
For information about The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas, call 913-371-3264 or visit www.strawberryhillmuseum.org.
Grinter Place Museum
The Grinter Place State Historic Site, 1420 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas, is one of the oldest homes in the area, built in 1857. For more information about hours and days it is open, call 913-299-0373 or visit http://www.kshs.org/p/grinter-place-plan-your-visit/15857.
Old Quindaro Museum
The Old Quindaro Museum is at 3432 N. 29th St., Kansas City, Kansas. For more information about the museum, call 816-820-3615 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ccoqmuseum/.
KCK parks and recreation programs
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