UG to study convention center along I-435 corridor

The Unified Government Commission tonight approved sending out requests for proposals for a feasibility study on a convention center along the I-435 and Village West corridor.

The convention center project comes at the same time as a hotel is being planned next to the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, near I-70 and I-435. The commission voted 7-0 to give the go-ahead for the feasibility study for a convention center.

UG Administrator Doug Bach said there has been some interest in a convention center along the I-435 corridor during the past few years. Recently a few developers have come in to discuss it, he added.

He told the commission that the staff felt that if the UG ever moved forward with such a project, it should have control over the site and the size of the facility, finding out what is the real demand for it and what the size should be.

He recommended that the UG issue a request for proposals, and select a consultant to do this study. He said the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Kansas City, Kan., and community partners are willing to take on almost all of the cost of the $50,000 study. At the Monday meeting, he mentioned the Hollywood Casino-Kansas Speedway as another group that was willing to help fund the study.

Commissioner Mike Kane said a lot of major conventions can’t be held here because the I-435 corridor area doesn’t have a convention center. Currently, the Village West area has some hotels, and some have meeting space, but not a convention center.

“One of the big missing pieces out west is convention space,” Mayor Mark Holland said. A convention center could have the same major effect as the Sporting Park stadium or Legends, he believes. It could compete not just regionally, but nationally for conventions, he believes.

Mayor Holland noted earlier in the meeting that the Republican National Committee currently is in the Kansas City area looking at Kansas City as one of the four finalists for the 2016 national convention. Kansas City, Kan., has passed a unanimous resolution supporting it, along with Kansas City, Mo., and has committed tourism dollars toward it, he said.

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Dwyer voted MLS Player of Month

Dom Dwyer

Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer was voted Major League Soccer’s Player of the Month for May, announced on Thursday.

The 23-year-old continued his breakout season with six goals in May and did so by scoring in four straight MLS matches, tied for the longest such goal-scoring streak in MLS this season and second best in team history.

Dwyer moved into second place in the MLS Golden Boot race with 10 goals during the 2014 season, one shy of New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips, and is now one of 11 players all-time with a 10-goal season in a KC uniform. Dwyer is also tied for the League lead with three game-winning goals and three multi-goal games, while ranking second in both shots (50) and shots on goal (20).

Dwyer is one of Sporting Kansas City’s seven nominees on the fan ballot for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game. Fan voting is available online at through July 11 and Dwyer is also in contention for the “More than a Vote” Challenge, in which one MLS forward will be voted into the All-Star Game based on goals scored by fans in EA Sports FIFA 14.

Sporting Kansas City selected Dwyer in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft as a Generation adidas signing out of the University of South Florida. In three MLS seasons, Dwyer has contributed 13 goals and two assists in 37 games played (including postseason) and scored the game-winning goal in the Eastern Conference Championship to propel Sporting KC to MLS Cup 2013.

In 2013, Dwyer recorded 26 goals across six competitions while splitting time between Sporting Kansas City and the team’s USL PRO affiliate Orlando City SC. He set the USL PRO single-season scoring record with 15 goals in 13 regular season games and led the Lions to the USL PRO title with four goals in the final to earn Championship MVP honors.

Dwyer received nearly twice as many MLS Player of the Month votes as runner-up Obafemi Martins and more votes than the remaining three nominees combined (Fabian Espindola, Javier Morales and Diego Fagundez). He becomes the first Sporting KC player to win the award since Graham Zusi in June 2011 and the ninth different player in club history to collect the honor.

Under a new format in 2014, Major League Soccer’s Player of the Month is determined by the fans via online voting. Five nominees are selected each month by the editorial staff of

KC All-Time Players of the Month (9)
April 2000: Miklos Molnar
May 2000: Tony Meola
May 2003: Preki
June 2004: Chris Klein
August 2005: Scott Sealy
June 2006: Jose Burciaga Jr.
April 2007: Eddie Johnson
June 2011: Graham Zusi
May 2014: Dom Dwyer

2014 MLS Players of the Month
March: Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas)
April: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders)
May: Dom Dwyer (Sporting KC)
– Story from Sporting KC


Community calendar

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Sign up for library’s reading program
The Kansas City, Kan., Public Library’s summer reading program has started signing up readers. The program runs from June 1 to July 31. Participate at any of the five library branches. After signing up, participants may start logging books on June 1. For more information, visit the website at

Addictions support group to meet
“All Addictions Group,” a free support group for women dealing with any kind of addiction, at any stage of recovery, meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Call 913-906-8990 or register online at

Workshop concentrates on relationships
A workshop to improve relationships is planned from June 6 to July 25. The seven-week workshop will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays. No meeting on July 4. Sponsored by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, the workshop for individuals, “Within My Reach,” will include activities and discussions about communication, problem solving, expectations and creating and maintaining a loving relationship. The workshop will be at Catholic Charities, Keeler Conference Office, 2220 Central Ave. Preregistration is required to 913-621-5775 or

Support group to meet June 9

The Kansas City, Kan., National Alliance on Mental Illness Support and Education Group will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, June 9, at Trinity Community Church, 5010 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. Fred Hahn will speak about Alzheimer’s disease. Special guest will be Rick Cagan, executive director of NAMI Kansas. The meetings are designed to bring together persons with questions about mental illness. For more information, call 913-299-8490.

Armourdale Optimist Club to meet June 10
The Armourdale Optimist Club will hold its bimonthly luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. June 10 at 1206 Osage Ave. in the Armourdale area of Kansas City, Kan. The speakers will be 2nd District Unified Government Commissioner Brian McKiernan and Bundy Jenkins. The luncheon cost is $7 per person. The meal consists of a full roast beef dinner, roasted asparagus, fresh veggie and fruit trays with dip. assorted soft drinks and desserts.

Free summer movies offered

The Legends 14 Theatres will present “Ramona and Beezus” rated G and “The Lorax” rated PG as free movies at 10 a.m. June 10, 11 and 12. Admission is free. All ages and groups are welcome. Doors open at 9 a.m. Seating is limited to availability. The current feature films are not included in the free admission, and the schedule is subject to change.

Police chief to speak at Women’s Chamber meeting

Ellen Hanson, Kansas City, Kan., interim chief of police, will be the guest speaker on Wednesday, June 11, at the meeting of the KCK Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Hanson is the retired chief of police of Lenexa, Kan., and interim chief in Kansas City, Kan. She will speak about her career and how she succeeded in a male-dominated field. The networking session is from 11:30 a.m. to noon followed by lunch and program from noon to 1 p.m. June 11 at Dave and Busters, The Legends Outlets, Village West. The cost for lunch is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. There will be a fundraiser for the scholarship fund. 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.

Anger management class offered
“Anger Management for Healthier Living” will be presented by Kirsten Stidham, Keeler intern, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Governor to speak at Fairfax meeting
Gov. Sam Brownback will be the guest speaker at the June 12 meeting of the Fairfax Industrial Association. The governor may speak between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. June 12 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Doors will open for the lunch event at 11 a.m. Serving will begin at 11:15 a.m. Those interested in attending may make reservations by 3 p.m. June 10 to Chuck Schlittler, executive director, at

Rosedale group to meet
The Rosedale Development Association will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at 1401 Southwest Blvd. The guest speaker will be David Allen, energy specialist at the Board of Public Utilities, who will talk about ways to save energy and money. Reservations are requested. For information, call 913-677-5097.

Leavenworth Road Association kids’ fishing derby to be June 14
The Leavenworth Road Association kids’ fishing derby is planned from 8 to 10 a.m. June 14 at Wyandotte County Lake, 91st and Leavenworth Road. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Events are at the kids’ pond at the lake. Prizes and trophies will be awarded at 10:30 a.m. Prizes include two bicycles, passes to Schlitterbahn, tabletop grills, lawn chairs and gift cards. The event is free for all Wyandotte County youth ages 3-15. For more information, visit or call 913-788-3988.

Father’s Day run June 14 benefits three charities

The Kevin Gray Father’s Day 5k run-walk on Saturday, June 14, at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., was created to honor the former KC Sports Commission president and father of four daughters, Kevin Gray. Gray died on June 15, 2011, from a rare form of cancer. The run-walk started in 2012. This run has three beneficiaries, the University of Kansas Cancer Center, the Kevin Gray Family Education Fund, and the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation. Online registration is open until June 11. Registration will still be accepted on Friday, June 13, at packet pickup and on race day. The run starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 14 at Sporting Park. To register go to

Colyer to speak at health care summit June 14
A Health Care Solutions Summit is planned from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Painted Hills Golf Club, 7101 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. Sponsored by Leavenworth and Wyandotte County Republican groups, the guest speaker for the luncheon will be Dr. Jeff Colyer, Kansas lieutenant governor. A panel will discuss health care issues. A buffet luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m. and the program is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost of the full program with lunch is $25. The requested donation without lunch is $2.

Mental Health First Aid Day planned
Kansas City’s first Mental Health First Aid Day is planned for Thursday, July 10. Six sites throughout metropolitan Kansas City, including one in Kansas City, Kan., are participating in the event. It is sponsored by the Metropolitan Council of Community Mental Health Centers. The goal of the event is to teach mental health first aid and youth mental health first aid courses at no cost to more than 250 people. It would be the largest number of people to train at one time in the metropolitan area. In Kansas City, Kan., a class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 10 at the Kansas City, Kan., Public School Central Office, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kan. Participants will learn what to do if an adult or child is experiencing a mental health crisis. The course teaches about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, gives confidence to reach out to people in need, and skills to respond to a mental health crisis. Participants will receive a manual and certificate upon successful completion of the course, and information about accessing local services. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Those who are interested in attending the course may contact Beth Yoder Stein at or Mark Wiebe at

Night Charity Golf Tournament planned
A Night Charity Golf Tournament is planned on Friday, July 18, at Painted Hills Golf Course, 7101 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. The event is sponsored by Greater Kansas City Civitan International and Civitan Club Dotte. It will benefit local charities. The cost of the event is $125 per person, which includes supplies, green fees, cart, dinner, awards reception, trophies and prizes. After June 18, registration fee is $150. Sponsorships are available. It is a four-person singles paired or scramble. Registration is at 5 p.m., followed by a shotgun start at 6 p.m. The Night Golf has a shotgun start at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 913-208-3533 or email

Museum plans lock-in
An all-night lock-in is planned from 7 p.m. July 18 to 8 a.m. July 19 at the Wyandotte County Historical Museum, 126th and State. The event on July 18 is for girls ages 8 to 12. A safe night at the museum, tour, hands-on projects, evening snacks and a movie are planned. Boys will have a similar event on July 25. The cost is $25 per child. One adult must attend. Reservations are required. For information, call 913-573-5002.

Program offered on cropping systems
K-State Research and Extension is offering a workshop on “Low-till/No-till Cropping Systems” on July 21 in Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit

African-American Art Festival planned Aug. 9
The MoKan African-American Art Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Quindaro Park, 35th and Sewell, Kansas City, Kan. Those attending the free event may bring a blanket, enjoy artwork, stilt walkers Gullah basket weathers, African drummers and dancers, food and vendors. For more information about having an art exhibit there or being a vendor, contact 913-788-7330.