Community calendar

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Programs offered for Spanish-speaking women
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., offers these programs for Spanish-speaking women: Salud creación con lideres, Mary Ellen Rodriguez y Ana Maria Sauer, los martes, 21 de Marzo – 9 de Mayo, 10-11:30 a.m. Grupo de salud emocional para la mujer, ofrecido por MOCSA, contacte a Sinead McDonough, llame al 816-285-1349. los martes, 1-2:30 p.m. For more information or registration, call 913-906-8990.

Free tax preparation assistance offered at KCKCC
Kansas City Kansas Community College is working with NextStep KC and the United Way of Greater Kansas City to provide free federal and state income tax preparation for qualified individuals. The service, which started Feb. 1, is available to taxpayers with incomes of less than $54,000. Those who qualify should go to Room 3632 in the Flint Building on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave. at the following times:
• 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays (with the exception of March 15)
• 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays (with the exception of March 18)
• 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays (during February and on April 15 only)
The preparation is a joint venture between students in KCKCC’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and NextStep KC., a community-based nonprofit that works to provide affordable financial services to low and moderate income families. Tax assistance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Lines form in advance, so arrive early, as spots will likely be full as soon as the assistance time opens. Please do not email or call the location. Walk-in clients only. The free tax preparation service is only available for federal returns as well as Kansas and Missouri state returns. It is not available for Schedule E (rental or royalty income), Schedule F (farm income) or estate and trust returns. Only 2016 returns will be prepared in February. Any returns 2013 through 2015 will be prepared in March and April. For more information, call 913-288-7555. Information on additional tax preparation sites is available by calling the United Way’s 2-1-1 line. For information on what documents to bring, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/kckcc-working-with-local-organizations-to-offer-free-tax-preparation/.

Help offered with income tax returns
The Turner Community Library, 831 S. 55th, is offering the AARP Tax Aide program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 30, and subsequent Thursdays. However, according to a note on the library’s website, all the appointments have now been filled at this location for the tax season. For more information, call 913-295-8250.

Annual spaghetti dinner April 1 at Grinter
Grinter Barn, 1400 S. 78th,St. Kansas City, Kansas, is holding its annual spaghetti dinner from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children and under. Those who purchase tickets also will receive a free tour of the historic Grinter Place house. The Prairie Praise Band will furnish the entertainment.

Blood drive scheduled April 3
Providence Medical Center, 8929 Parallel Parkway, will hold a Community Blood Service blood drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, April 3, in the auditorium rooms. To schedule a donation, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Exercise program for older adults offered
“Stay Strong, Stay Healthy,” an 8-week exercise program for older adults, will be offered beginning April 4. The program targets strength, balance and flexibility. The program is held at the K-State Research and Extension office, 1216 N. 79th, Kansas City, Kan. The first program will be from 11 a.m. to noon April 4. Call 913-299-9300 for more information and registration.

Senior fair planned at Bonner Springs Library April 4
A senior fair offered from 10 a.m. to noon April 4 at the Bonner Springs City Library, 201 N. Nettleton, The Area Agency on Aging will discuss services that are offered to senior citizens. The Wyandotte County Agency on Aging Public Forum also will sign people up and will be able to refer them to other agencies.

Support group offered for caregivers
A support group for caregivers will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The facilitator is Jackie Tigges. This support group is for men and women. Registration is required to 913-906-8990.

Bonner library planning program on gardening April 4
The Bonner Springs City Library, 201 N. Nettleton, is planning a program on raised bed gardening at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 4. The program will be conducted by the Johnson County Extension Office from Kansas State University. Those attending will learn how to grow more vegetables in a small raised bed or in containers. It is part of an effort to encourage gardening in the Bonner Springs area, leading to a farmers’ market launching in May.

Support group to meet April 4
A pregnancy and infant loss support group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. This is a facilitated support group for family members who have recently, or some time ago, experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss. The group is facilitated by Jennifer Allen Caudle. Registration is required to 913-906-8990.

Knitting, crocheting group to meet April 4
A knitting and crocheting group will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Those attending may learn to knit, crochet, quilt or chat with other women in the group. Registration is required to 913-906-8990.

BPU to meet April 5
The Board of Public Utilities is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday April 5, at the board offices, 540 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The BPU meetings are open to the public.

Cultural Education Club to meet April 6
A Cultural Exploration Club will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 6, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group’s purpose is to explore the melting pot of Wyandotte County. The facilitator is Teresa Moreno. The topic for April is Croatian Culture. Registration is required to 913-906-8990.

Women Writers group to meet April 6

The Women Writers group will meet from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Those attending may bring their journals, stories and poems, and work with other writers to share, critique and improve their work. Registration is required to 913-906-8990.

Ethics Commission to meet April 6
The Unified Government Ethics Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 6, on the second floor of the Wyandotte County Courthouse, in Division 18, the old county commission chambers, 710 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

UG Commission to meet April 6
A discussion and presentation on the former Indian Springs mall site is scheduled for the 5 p.m. meeting Thursday, April 6, in the fifth floor conference room, Suite 515, at City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas. After the discussion, the UG Commission is scheduled to go to conference room 539 for a closed executive discussion on the International Association of Firefighters contract. A 7 p.m. April 6 UG Commission meeting also is scheduled at the Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall. For more information, see http://wyandottedaily.com/indian-springs-discussion-planned-at-april-6-ug-meeting/.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny planned April 8
The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th, Kansas City, Kansas, plans a breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8. The menu includes biscuits and gravy, pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee, juice and milk. The cost is $6 for adults and $5 for children who are younger than 10. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available for $5. For more information, visit http://www.strawberryhillmuseum.org/event/breakfast-with-the-easter-bunny-2/.

Legislative coffee planned April 8 at library
Three state representatives are scheduled to meet with the public on Saturday, April 8, for a legislative coffee. The Wyandotte County legislative coffee is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 8, at the West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City, Kansas. State Reps. Stan Frownfelter, D-37th Dist, Louis Ruiz, D-31st Dist., and Kathy Wolfe Moore, D-36th Dist., are scheduled to attend the legislative coffee and discuss legislative issues. The format allows written questions from the audience. The coffee is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Johnson County, NAACP of Kansas City, Kansas, NAACP of Bonner Springs and the Libraries of Kansas City, Kansas. It is open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.lwvjoco.org/new/.

KCK school board to meet April 11
The Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at the Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St. Kansas City, Kansas. For more information, visit www.kckps.org.

Women’s chamber plans seminar
The Kansas City, Kansas, Women’s Chamber of Commerce is planning to offer a finance and estate planning seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the community room at 11006 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas. For more information , email kckwcc@gmail.com.

Fairfax group to meet April 13
The Fairfax Industrial Association will meet for lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at Neff Packaging, 555 Sunshine Road, Kansas City, Kansas. The cost of lunch is $15 for members or $20 for nonmembers. For more information or reservations, contact execdir@fiakck.org.

Blood drive scheduled April 14
Prairie View at Village West will hold a Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 14, at 11200 Delaware Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas. For more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival planned April 15
The 12th annual Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival is planned from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Kansas City Kansas Community College Field House, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The event is free and open to the public, and will include ethnic displays, booths, food and entertainment. There will be a children’s corner with activities, along with one free book per person, free mint tea and water. Ethnic foods will be available for purchase. A tentative schedule of events is listed at www.freewebs.com/wycoethnicfestival/entertainmentschedule.htm. Also see http://wyandottedaily.com/celebrate-diversity-at-the-wyandotte-county-ethnic-festival-april-15/.

Library to hold Heritage Festival April 15
The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library is holding a Wyandotte County Heritage Festival from noon to 3 p.m. April 15. Events will be held at the West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd St. This multi-generational event, designed for all ages, is in partnership with Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and the Kansas Humanities Council. Children will enjoy a goat cart ride around the lawn, while the entire family visits with over a dozen local organizations that will entertain and educate them about Kansas and Wyandotte County’s rich history. At 2 p.m., Angela Bates, executive director of the Nicodemus Historical Society, will tell the story of Nicodemus, Kansas, the only remaining western community established by African-Americans during the reconstruction period after the Civil War. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/kansas-city-kansas-public-library-to-hold-wyandotte-county-heritage-festival/.

Blood drive scheduled April 17
The Chiropractic Healing Center, Harding and Associates, 8437 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, plans a Community Blood Service blood drive from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, April 17, in the parking lot. To schedule a donation, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Job fair planned April 26
The 2017 “Get Hired – Kansas City” Job Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the KCKCC Field House, 7250 State Ave. The job fair is free and open to the public, and about 1,000 individuals attended last year. Special accommodations for veterans and disabled will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The job fair is sponsored by the Entrepreneurship and Workforce Center at KCKCC. The job fair is free for those looking for employment. To register online, employers may visit the website link www.gethiredkansascity.eventbrite.com. Early bird pricing for booths is available until April 1. Regular pricing on all booth space ends April 15. For more information on the Job Fair, call 913-288-7644.

Blood drive scheduled April 29
The Joe E. Amayo Community Center, 2810 Metropolitan Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a Red Cross blood drive from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29. For more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Eric Jerome Dickey to appear in KCK
Kansas City, Kan., Public Library will be the host for popular urban fiction author Eric Jerome Dickey as part of the tour for his latest book “Finding Gideon.” The event will take place at 2:30 p.m. April 29 at the Reardon Convention Center at 5th and Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kan. Following a moderated question-and-answer session, Dickey will sign books. Books will be available for purchase and a limited number of free copies will be given away to the first to arrive. Doors will open at 1 p.m. Those interested in attending are asked to register at ejdkckpl.eventbrite.com. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, though registration is required to attend. Doors will open an hour prior to the start of the event.

Wyandotte County Museum
The Wyandotte County Museum, 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and holidays. For more information visit the website www.facebook.com/wycomuseum or call 913-573-5002.

Strawberry Hill Museum

The Strawberry Hill Museum at 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kan., has reopened and has events scheduled for March. A Pysanky Egg Decorating Class is scheduled March 26, and space is limited. For more information, call 913-371-3264 or visit http://www.strawberryhillmuseum.org/.

Grinter Place Museum
The Grinter Place State Historic Site, 1420 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kan., is one of the oldest homes in the area, built in 1857. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for students; and children 5 and younger free. It is closed on state holidays. Grinter Place is closed until May. 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, Kan. For more information about the museum, call 816-820-3615 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ccoqmuseum/.

Pastor’s appreciation event planned Sunday

The Rev. Ricky D. and Tinalisa Turner

The Rev. Wallace Hartsfield

Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, 9301 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas, will celebrate Pastor Ricky D. and Sister Tinalisa Turner’s 19th year at Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church with a Pre-Appreciation Day Service April 2.

The morning worship service will be held at 9:50 a.m. April 2 at the church.

The Rev. Wallace Hartsfield, pastor emeritus at Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker, with the topic, “Recognizing the Importance of Pastors.”

Brother Reed and Sister Kimberley Partridge are chairpersons of the event, with Deacon Gregory and Dianne Donnell, co-chairs.

Annual spaghetti dinner this afternoon at Grinter

Grinter Barn, 1400 S. 78th,St. Kansas City, Kansas, is holding its annual spaghetti dinner from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 1.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Those who purchase tickets also will receive a free tour of the historic Grinter Place house.

The Prairie Praise Band will furnish the entertainment.