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Volunteers from Holy Family Catholic Church, Kansas City, Kansas, are preparing for the annual Slovenefest, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Monsignor Mejak Hall and Holy Family School grounds, 513 Ohio. The event will include a traditional Slovenian dinner, music and family entertainment. The funds raised will support Holy Family Church. The festival begins after the 4 p.m. Mass on Sept. 28 at Holy Family Church, 274 Orchard St., Kansas City, Kansas. The festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 28 includes children’s and adult games, cultural booth, souvenirs, a silent auction, authentic Slovenian food including sarma (stuffed cabbage rolls), poljene paprika (stuffed peppers), krvavica (a specialty sausage), Slovenian potato salad and green beans. Tamburitza music from Hravatski Obicaj is featured from 5 to 6 p.m., and Slovenian polkas by the Brian McCarty Band are planned from 6 to 9 p.m.

A taco dinner will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1007 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Kansas. The cost of the dinner is $7. The event includes music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. by Stranded in the City. The Holy Name Divas are sponsoring the event, which will benefit scholarships and projects.

The Keeler Women’s Center reopened July 1 at a new location, 759 Vermont Ave., Suite 100-B, Kansas City, Kansas.
The Gospel Non-Violence Study Group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Keeler Women’s Center, 759 Vermont Ave., Suite 100-B, Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Peg Burns Kerbawy.
Scripture Study and Reflection facilitated by Heather Neds will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 759 Vermont Ave., Suite 100-B, Kansas City, Kansas. To register for classes, call 913-906-8990. The Keeler Women’s Center is a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters. For more information, visit

Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, 9301 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas, will have a fundraiser for the Oak Ridge Youth Development School from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kansas. Tickets are $15 per person. The event will feature poetry, music, spoken word and dance. There will be light refreshments. Tickets can purchased at

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, Kansas City, Kansas, will meet for Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 22. Sunday school is at 9 a.m.

Our Lady and St. Rose Catholic Church, 2300 N. 8th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold the 13th annual Gospel Choir Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.

St. Mary-St. Anthony Catholic Church, 615 N. 7th St., downtown Kansas City, Kansas, will celebrate Fiesta Latina on the church grounds from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, and will begin with a special Spanish Mass at 11:30 a.m. Fiesta Latina is about preserving the Latino culture and living out faith. Festivities include home made traditional Mexican food: tacos, tamales, menudo and pastries. Enjoy Folkloric dancers, traditional Mariachi Mexican music, children and adult games. All money raised supports Catholic education for children at St. Mary-St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N.18th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will observe the fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost at 10 a.m. Sept. 22.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will participate in Operation Christmas Child, in which individuals may fill up shoe boxes with Christmas gifts for children.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, will have an all-church breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. A freewill donation will be accepted. The church will meet for worship services on Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., with Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and the youth group at 1:30 p.m. A Community Blood Center blood drive will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Fellowship Hall, Wyandotte United Methodist Church.

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KCKCC golfers join Special Olympians for golf event

Kansas City Kansas Community College golfers Dylan Freund, left, and Mark Towey gave instruction and conducted a putting contest as part of the Eastern Kansas Regional for Special Olympics at Smiley’s Golf Course in Lenexa Friday. (KCKCC photo by Gary Shrader)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

There were winners all around as Kansas City Kansas Community College golfers joined with Kansas Special Olympians for an afternoon of golf Friday.

Nearly a dozen Special Olympians played nine holes of golf with the Blue Devils, family members and others as part of the Eastern Kansas Regional held at Smiley’s Golf Course in Lenexa. Other Special Olympians took part in a series of activities including putting, chipping and long drive competitions highlighted by a presentation of medals.

“Everyone had a real good time,” KCKCC golf coach Gary Shrader said. “There was a lot of cheering and high-fiving. Those kids are really special, very caring and loving. I know our players enjoyed it. When they were offered the invitation to join the event, they jumped at it. No hesitation whatever.”

Blue Devil players taking part included sophomore Cam Riley of Liberal and freshmen Jacob Hall of Tonganoxie, Keegan Ellington of Andover Central, Dylan Freund of Cheney, Mark Towey of Wichita’s Bishop Carroll and Kellen Welsh of Olathe West.

Shooting reported on North 51st

A shooting was reported about 3:24 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in the 1300 block of North 51st Street in Kansas City, Kansas.

Police officers who responded located a male who had been shot, according to a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department.

The victim was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, and a person of interest has been detained, the spokesman stated.

The Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.