Community calendar

The Wyandotte Daily News is interested in news of your community event in Wyandotte County. Send information to and include your name and phone number. Please send in planned events by about a week before the event if possible. In the event of inclement weather, call the sponsoring organization to see if the event will be held.

Strawberry Hill Museum open for holidays

The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kan., has opened for the holidays and will remain open on weekends through Sunday, Jan. 26. The museum, decorated in Victorian style, is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, with special tours available by appointment. The cost of a tour is $7 for adults and $3 for children 6-12. St. Nicholas will visit the museum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Nighttime tours will be available at 6 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 5 and Dec. 19, and reservations are required. The cost is $15 for the nighttime tours, which includes refreshments and dessert. Call 913-371-3264 for more information or to make reservations. Holiday parties also may be booked.

NAACP to meet Dec. 2
The Kansas City, Kan., Branch NAACP will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the KCKPS Training Center, first floor, 2010 N. 59th St. (59th and Parallel Parkway), Kansas City, Kan. It will be the annual Holiday Reception. A short meeting will be held. Year-end reports of committees are mandatory for the period of January through December 2014. For further information, call 913-281-7900 or fax 913-281-7847.

KCKCC candlelighting ceremony to be Dec. 3

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s oldest tradition is returning Dec. 3, honoring the holiday season while raising funds for scholarships at the same time. The 92nd annual Candlelighting Ceremony is at 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 3 in the KCKCC Performing Arts Center on the main campus, 7250 State Ave. Classes will not be held during the 11 a.m. lighting, so that all personnel and students, who wish to, can participate in the program. However, the Jewell Center, KCKCC Library and all offices will be open during those hours to serve individuals who choose not to participate in the ceremony.

BPU to meet Dec. 3

The Kansas City, Kan., Board of Public Utilities will meet at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at the board offices, 540 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. There will be only one BPU meeting on Dec. 3. On the agenda are a visitors’ time, “Everyday Hero” announcement, resolution to waive builder fees, October financial report, board comments and general manager comments.

UG Commission to meet Dec. 4

The Unified Government Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Commission Chambers, City Hall, lobby level, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. On the agenda will be planning and zoning items. The agenda will be posted at

Downtown KCK holiday lighting ceremony to be Dec. 5
Mayor Mark Holland’s Downtown Kansas City, Kan., Holiday Lighting Ceremony will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. just outside City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., KCK. The lighting will be at 7:15 p.m. Events include the tree lighting, holiday movies, crafts for children, and performances by choirs, bands and dance groups. Santa and Mrs. Claus will meet with children. Food vendors will be selling food and refreshments. Admission is free; concessions are available for purchase.

Alternate Chili Run planned Dec. 6
The Alternate Chili Run is scheduled at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Wyandotte County Lake Park, Shelter 2, at 91st and Leavenworth Road. The Trail Nerds are holding their final race of the year at Wyandotte County Lake. For more information, visit

Legends 14 Theatres offers free holiday movies

The Legends 14 Theatres at Village West will offer free holiday movies at 10 a.m. Dec. 6, “The Polar Express,” 10 a.m. Dec. 13, “The Grinch,” and 10 a.m. Dec. 20, “The Sana Clause.” Seating is by availability and is first-come, first-served.

Grinter Place plans holiday with the arts Dec. 6
An evening of visiting with local artists, viewing their works, visiting with and listening to local authors, plus live music played by local musicians, is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Grinter Place, 1420 S. 78th. There also will be a “wine tasting” by the Wine Barn. Admission for the Dec. 6 event is $6 per person or two for $10. For more information about Grinter Place, visit or visit Grinter Place on Facebook.

Historic Westheight Holiday Homes Tour to be Dec. 7
The Historic Westheight Manor Holiday Homes Tour will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in the Westheight neighborhood of Kansas City, Kan. Six historic homes will be on the one-day tour in the area located from North 18th Street to North 25th Street, State Avenue to Wood Avenue. Historic Westheight Manor has one of the richest architectural histories in all of Kansas City, according to one of the organizers of the event. Notable architects such as Louis S. Curtiss, Victor J.Defoe (who began his career with J.C. Nichols), Edward Buehler Delk (who also helped build the County Club Plaza), J.G. Braecklein and W.W. Rose all contributed to this unique community. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased on the day of the tour at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan. For more information, visit or call 913-621-4701.

Downtown Shareholders to meet Dec. 9
The Downtown Shareholders quarterly meeting will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th, Kansas City, Kan.

Burnout workshop planned Dec. 9

A free workshop on “Burnout, Adrenal Fatigue and Stress Syndrome” will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City, Kan. The workshop is sponsored by Mental Health America of the Heartland. Heather Clark, who holds a doctorate in pharmacy, will speak. She will talk about her “Burnout Cure” program. The program may benefit persons who suffer from fatigue, trauma and depression. Community, health care workers and mental health professional may attend. There are 1.5 continuing education credits available. Advance registration is required to Stacy Davis, or 913-281-2221, Ext. 112, by Dec. 5.

Christmas social event planned Dec. 9
The Leavenworth Road Association will hold a Christmas Social from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at Eisenhower Recreation Center, 2901 N. 72nd, Kansas City, Kan. Those attending should bring a snack to share with the group. They also may bring a new unwrapped toy or game to be donated to the Community Policing Christmas Adoption Project. For more information, call the LRA office at 913-788-3988.

Women’s chamber to meet Dec. 10
The Kansas City, Kan., Women’s Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Great Wolf Lodge, 10401 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, Kan. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at noon. For the December meeting, the program is a Christmas gift exchange. Those who would like to participate are asked to bring a $15 gift. The cost of the lunch is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Guests are welcome, but reservations are required by emailing Barbara Newby at or calling 913-485-1208 or Ardith Deason at, telephone 913-233-3305.

UG Ethics Commission to meet Dec. 11
The Unified Government Ethics Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Wyandotte County Courthouse, 710 N. 7th, second floor, Division 18. The meeting location is the former county commissioners’ chambers.

‘Business Basics 4 Boomers’ program offered Dec. 12 on starting a business
The Workforce Development Department at Kansas City Kansas Community College, AARP in Kansas City, and Next Chapter Kansas City, a program of Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kan., have joined together to offer “Business Basics 4 Boomers” from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at the Dr. Thomas R. Burke KCKCC Technical Education Center, 6565 State Ave, Kansas City, Kan. People at all stages of starting a business and those who are just considering the idea can attend. Also, while the event targets the Baby Boomer generation, younger people also can participate. The half-day conference will consist of a panel of successful business owners and a panel of representatives of business resource organizations, who will share experience, information, and advice for the “encore entrepreneur.” Encore entrepreneurs are the growing number of persons who are seeking to launch income-generating ventures that make a positive difference in their communities after leaving their primary career or in anticipation of doing so. The business owners’ panel will be moderated by Charley Vogt, senior vice president of business-economic development with Country Club Bank. Panel members will include Joyce Moore, owner of Goin Postal, Tim Ney, owner-operator of drivekansas, and Doug Danforth, founder and CEO of Links-It. The panel of business resource organizations will be moderated by Patricia Brown-Dixson, Region 7 Administrator for the US Small Business Administration. Panelists will include Elisa Waldman with the JCCC Small Business Development Center, Kate Hodel with KC Source Link, and a representative from the SCORE Association. Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to visit booths of business resource organizations. Lunch is included with Mike Peters, LSCSW, life coach and owner of Interaction Coaching, speaking on the topic of “How to Get Unstuck: Getting Back on Track with Your Passion.” The cost is $15 per person or $10 for members of Next Chapter Kansas City, SEEN (Sustainable Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Network), and the Prime Time Club. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 9. For more information, contact Karen Hostetler, Next Chapter Kansas City director, at or Tom Kelso at the KCKCC Workforce Development Office at 913-288-7644.

Grinter Place to hold Family Day Dec. 13
From 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 13, Grinter Place has scheduled a Family Day. The event is for families and their children. Planned are a free picture with Santa Claus, face painting, listening to storytellers and doing a craft project. Admission for the Dec. 13 event is $3 per person or $15 for a family of six or more. Grinter Place, decorated for the holidays, is a state museum at 1420 S. 78th, Kansas City, Kan. For more information about Grinter Place, visit or visit Grinter Place on Facebook.

Counseling offered
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 women and men who might otherwise not be able to afford counseling. Nothing is billed. Donations are accepted. Call 913-906-8990 for information or to do an intake and schedule an appointment.