High school students who like to sing will have an opportunity to audition for the KC SuperStar competition for the best high school singer in the metropolitan area.

Auditions are set for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 29, and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park. Singers only need to attend one audition.

KC SuperStar is produced by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. Judges are area industrial professionals Krista Blackwood, Whitney Smith, Samantha Agron and Brad Cunningham.

Now in its sixth year, KC SuperStar is a competition that is like “American Idol” or “The Voice.”

It is open to any high school student in the metropolitan area.

KC SuperStar will award one $10,000 scholarship prize to the best high school singer in the Greater Kansas City area who is selected through auditions. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing one song of their choice, without accompaniment. Solo singers from all backgrounds, representing the full spectrum of musical genres, will compete for the prize in a final event on Sunday, Aug. 23.

It is free to audition but pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register, visit or, and complete a registration form.

The second-place winner will receive $5,000; third place, $2,500 and fourth place, $1,000 in scholarships.

Up to 25 performers will be chosen to compete in the KC SuperStar semifinals on Monday, June 1, in the White Theater at the JCC.

At the finals, on Aug. 23 a panel of professionals in the entertainment industry will judge the singers selecting the top four; the audience will vote to determine the ultimate winner.

The proceeds from the event underwrite more than $300,000 in scholarship and programs at the JCC. Based on financial need, these scholarships give children, families and individuals access to the JCC’s programs and activities, such as summer camps, the Child Development Center, special needs and the Heritage Center for older adults.

For more information about KC SuperStar, visit; check out the Facebook page as well at

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A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. April 18 at Community of Christ Church, Fellowship Hall, 4400 Shawnee Drive, Kansas City, Kan. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit

A weekly Scripture Group with Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling, is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Heather Neds is a pastoral minister and leads the group at Keeler Women’s Center. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Living Water United Methodist Church, 3001 N. 115th St., will hold its annual community Easter event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4. There will be an Easter egg hunt, carnival games, food and more. The event is free to the community, and all are welcome. For more information, visit or call 913-400-7203.

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, is holding choir rehearsals from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays in preparation for the cantata, “We Will Remember,” that will be presented April 12, the Sunday after Easter.

A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. April 20 at Parkway Baptist Church classroom, 12320 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit

Persons of all Christian traditions are invited to participate in Taizé prayer on Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in Annunciation Chapel in the Mother House of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, 4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, Kan. (The prayer session has been moved to the second Thursday due to Holy Thursday observance the first week of April.) Taizé prayer is a meditative, candlelit service that includes simple chants sung repeatedly, silence, and prayers of praise and intercession. These prayer services emerged from an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. For more information, visit or call 913-680-2342.

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1086 N. 94th, is holding fish dinners on Fridays during Lent. The dinners will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Fridays. There will be fish and fried shrimp for $9, or boiled shrimp for $10, along with fries, slaw, roll, green beans and drink, or an alternate choice of macaroni and cheese. There is a family price for two adults and two or more children under 12 for $25.

Palm Sunday will be observed at 10 a.m. March 29 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St; Lenten study sessions will be held at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., is holding a weekly Easter study at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church lounge.

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Countywide contests in the general election April 7 will include the Unified Government, 1st District, at large seat, the Board of Trustees contest for Kansas City Kansas Community of College and the Wyandotte County register of deeds position, said Election Commissioner Bruce Newby.

Also, school board candidates will be on the individual ballots in each district; BPU candidates will be on the ballot in Kansas City, Kan.; and Bonner Springs and Edwardsville city candidates on ballots in those cities.

About 2,300 advance ballots had already been mailed to voters in Wyandotte County by March 24, Newby said.

Walk-in advance voting at two locations will begin from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, will continue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 30, to Friday, April 3; and also will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 4. The two locations are at the Kansas Speedway, off I-70 at the 110th Street exit, south of the Speedway at the conference center area; and the downtown Election Office at 850 State Ave. The downtown Election Office also is open from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, April 6, for advance voting. The Speedway satellite location has touchscreen voting only, while the downtown Election Office has both touchscreen and paper ballots available for advance voting.

The regular polling places will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 7 in Wyandotte County.

The ballots will change in different parts of Wyandotte County as there are city and school general elections April 7.

The UG Commission, 1st District, at large seat candidates ran only on the north side of the county for the primary election, but during the general election, they will run throughout the county, including on the south side and in Bonner Springs and Edwardsville. The candidates are Melissa Bynum and Mark Gilstrap.

The UG Commission also has a 4th District seat up for election. Candidates are Tarence L. Maddox, incumbent, and Harold Johnson. They are running only in the 4th District.

For three other UG offices, 2nd District, 3rd District and 6th District, candidates are unopposed. The incumbents, Brian McKiernan, Ann Murguia and Angela Markley are running.

Wyandotte County Register of Deeds Nancy Burns is running unopposed countywide for election.

Two Board of Public Utilities contests are on the ballot April 7. Running citywide in Kansas City, Kan., are Chris McCord and Norman Scott in the 3rd District, at large, BPU.

Running in the 1st District of the BPU are incumbent Robert “Bob Milan Sr. and Freddy Wilson Jr. The 1st District BPU includes the north part of Kansas City, Kan., out to 77th Street on the west boundary of the district. Parallel is the southern boundary from 77th to 59th Street, and State Avenue is the southern boundary from 59th to the county line on the east side.

Running countywide for the KCKCC Board of Trustees are Donald Ash, Ray Daniels, Mary Ann Flunder, Clyde A. Townsend and Victor B. Trammell. The top four of the five will be elected.

Also running are candidates for four public school districts in Wyandotte County, as well as Bonner Springs and Edwardsville city positions.

Voters need to have their identification, such as a driver’s license, with them when they vote.

For more information about advance voting, visit the Wyandotte County Election Office website at or call the election office at 913-573-8500.

On the website is a link where voters can find out where their polling places are, as well as what candidates will be on the individual ballot.
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