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Programs offered for Spanish-speaking women
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, offers programs for Spanish-speaking women: Salud Creacion, con Shawnee Mission Medical Center, los martes, 29 de mayo, 10-11:30 a.m.; Medio dia Care, taller para padres para fortalecer la relacion con los hijos, miercoles, 30 de mayo, 10 a.m. – noon; 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 and registration, call 913-906-8990.

Keeler Center to be closed May 28
The Keeler Women’s Center will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

Gardening program planned
A program for seasoned and beginning gardeners will be offered from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program will be presented by Heather Declue. For information or registration, call 913-906-8990.

Art program planned May 31
“Mod Podge Creations” is scheduled from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Those attending will decorate a canvas with recycled and some new materials. A large supply of materials will be provided, but those attending may bring photos or mementos if they want. The presenter is Jill Ellena Winters. For information or registration, call 913-906-8990.

Parenting support group to meet
A parenting support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Marqueia Watson. Those attending will discuss working with their children and growing in healthy relationships with them. For information or registration, call 913-906-8990.

Summer reading program kickoff to be May 30 – June 3
The summer reading program will kick off on May 30 to June 3 at the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Libraries. The schedule: 2:30 p.m. May 30, Turner Community Library, 831 S. 55th; 6 p.m. May 30, Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave.; 5:30 p.m. May 31, Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road; 1 p.m. June 3, West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd. The Turner program requests advance registration. Mr. Stinky Feet will perform at the Main Library program. For more information, visit

UG Commission to meet May 31
On Thursday, May 31, the Unified Government Commission will meet in a special session in the fifth floor meeting room, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas. At 7 p.m. May 31, a UG Commission meeting is scheduled at the Commission Chamber, lobby level, City Hall. Planning and zoning items will be on the agenda.

Kansas poet laureate to speak
Kevin Rabas, Kansas poet laureate, will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Bonner Springs City Library, 201 N. Nettleton Ave., Bonner Springs, Kansas. Rabas is the author of “Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano,” a 2010 Kansas Notable Book. For more information, see

Blood drive scheduled
A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1 at the Progressive Insurance, 1930 S. 45th St., Kansas City, Kansas. A donor bus will be present.

Turner fishing derby to be June 2
The annual kids’ fishing derby will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2, at Pierson Park Lake, Shelter No. 2, Douglas and South 55th, Kansas City, Kansas. There will be age divisions for ages 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, and 13-15. Registration is at 8 a.m., fishing begins at 8:30 a.m., weigh-ins will be at 11 a.m. and prizes are awarded at noon. For more information, visit

Summer reading program begins June 2 at Bonner Springs Library
The Bonner Springs City Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, with the Kansas City Symphony’s Instrument Petting Zoo. The program will be at the Bonner Springs Library, 201 N. Nettleton Ave. The reading program runs through the end of July. The theme this year is music–Rock & Read!–with programs and prizes for reading. Those participating in the program will read books to earn prizes including T-shirts, guitars, earbuds and books. The reading program is for all ages. For more information, visit

State of the Unified Government address to be June 5
Mayor David Alvey plans to give the State of the Government address at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, at the Reardon Convention Center, 500 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The KCK Downtown Rotary Club is the host of the program. After a buffet luncheon at 11:30 a.m., the speech is scheduled at noon. Tickets are available through the mayor’s office at 913-573-5010 or purchase tickets at Tickets are $26 each. The address will be livestreamed on the Unified Government’s website and also rebroadcast for future viewing on UGTV.

Arts classes offered at Alcott Arts Center
Arts classes will be offered starting June 5 at the Alcott Arts Center, 180 S.18th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The fee is $5 per class. Class sizes will be limited to 10 students, and reservations are necessary to 913-233-2787 or For more information, visit

Mindfulness and meditation program begins June 6
A mindfulness and meditation program will begin at noon June 6 at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. The class will be held each Wednesday. The 30-minute class will cover simple mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve well-being. Some persons have said meditation reduces stress, improves attention, energy and empathy for others. A different meditative technique will be introduced each week, with readings and dialogue. Beginners or those who are experienced at meditation may attend. Chairs are provided, and those attending may bring their own meditation cushions.

Movies in the parks program begins June 8
Movies in the parks are planned this summer through the Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department. The free movies will begin at 8 p.m. on these dates: June 8, “Ferdinand” at Heathwood Park, July 13, “The Star” at Rosedale Park; and Aug. 3, “Jumanji” at Kaw Point Park. Those attending may bring a blanket or a lawn chair.

Annual kids fishing derby to be June 9 at Wyandotte County Lake
The Ed and Ione Trapp Annual Derby will take place on Saturday, June 9, at Wyandotte County Lake at the Kids Pond, 91st and Leavenworth Road. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. followed by derby fishing from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and a trophy presentation at 10:30 a.m. Participants should bring their fishing gear. Worms for bait will be provided. A free hot dog coupon will be given to the kids who register. The event is sponsored by the Leavenworth Road Association and Wyandotte County Parks. For more information, call 913-788-3988.

Red Cross blood drive scheduled June 11
Earp Distribution, 2730 S. 98th St., Edwardsville, Kansas, will hold a Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 11. For more information, visit

Grinter Jamboree to be June 12
The Grinter Jamboree will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the Grinter Barn, 1400 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The MP3 Band is scheduled to perform. Admission will be $5 per person.

Forum for Democratic governor candidates to be June 16
A forum for Democratic governor candidates will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Kansas City Kansas Community College, Jewell Building, upper level, 7250 State Ave. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. The forum is sponsored by the KCKCC College Democrats and the Wyandotte County Democratic Party.

Blood drive scheduled
A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 20 and 21 at the University of Kansas, Hixoson Atrium, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, Kansas.

Counseling offered
The Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., is offering individual and couples counseling to women and men who might not otherwise be able to afford counseling. Counseling services are available in English and Spanish. Nothing is billed. Donations are accepted. Call 913-906-8990 for information or to do an intake and schedule an appointment.

Wyandotte County Museum
For information about the Wyandotte County Museum, 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs, call 913-573-5002 or visit

Strawberry Hill Museum
For information about The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas, call 913-371-3264 or visit

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. For more information about hours and days it is open, call 913-299-0373 or visit

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


Sporting KC home Sunday for Retro Night

A pair of MLS originals will square off at 5 p.m. Sunday when Sporting Kansas City (7-2-3, 24 points) welcomes Columbus Crew SC (7-3-3, 24 points) to Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kansas.

The interconference clash will be televised nationally on FS1 and FOX Deportes, pitting two teams tied for second place in the MLS Supporters’ Shield standings. Local radio broadcasts will air on Sports Radio 810 WHB and ESPN Deportes KC 1480 AM, while the Sporting KC Uphoria mobile app will provide live updates.

A limited number of tickets for Sunday’s match, including standing-room only tickets, are available on

Retro Night will pay homage to the club’s roots, and the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a free retro jersey koozie.

Entering Week 13 with a four-point lead atop the Western Conference, Sporting KC is looking to bounce back into the victory column after settling for a 1-1 draw at Minnesota United FC last Sunday.

Forward Khiry Shelton scored his first goal for the club in the eighth minute off a Johnny Russell corner kick, but the Loons responded 12 minutes later with an equalizer from Darwin Quintero to split the points in a game that was otherwise dominated by Sporting KC.

Manager Peter Vermes’ men enjoyed 61 percent possession and outshot Minnesota 24-6, forcing goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth to make a career-high nine saves.
Arguably no team has enjoyed a better month of May than Columbus, who will go into Sunday’s match unbeaten in six games and boasting a 405-minute shutout streak that ranks as the longest in MLS this season.

Guided by fifth-year head coach Greg Berhalter, Crew SC has posted four straight clean sheets for the first time since 2011 and has allowed a paltry two goals in six road games.

Anchoring Crew SC’s stout defensive form is 23-year-old goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who owns a league-best six shutouts and a 0.75 goals against average. And while the Columbus backline has been miserly, striker Gyasi Zardes and premier playmaker Federico Higuain have been equally dangerous going forward.

Zardes is tied for the MLS lead with eight goals at his new club, having scored eight times in the previous two seasons combined as a member of the LA Galaxy. Higuain leads MLS with 41 chances created, including a league-best 16 chances created from set pieces, and has chipped in three goals and five assists.

If any team can rival Columbus’ recent defensive dominance, it might be Sporting KC. With center backs Matt Besler and Ike Opara marshaling the squad, the club has conceded just four goals in its last eight matches.

On the other side of the field, Sporting KC has also maintained an impressive scoring clip at two goals per game – thanks in large part to a balanced attack led by wingers Russell (five goals, three assists) and Daniel Salloi (three goals, four assists).

Russell’s strong performances in his first MLS campaign have helped him earn a call to the Scotland Men’s National Team, where he will join following Sunday’s match for a friendly against Mexico on June 2.

Recent meetings between the clubs have favored Sporting KC, who are 6-1-1 versus Columbus since 2013. Vermes’ side has also won each of its last four home games against Crew SC, who last prevailed at Children’s Mercy Park on July 28, 2012.

As two of Major League Soccer’s original 10 franchises, these teams have met 54 times in the regular season. The series has unfolded evenly with Sporting KC holding a 25-22-7 record.

Sporting KC enters Sunday without influential midfielder Felipe Gutierrez, who will miss the next several weeks after undergoing successful sports hernia surgery on May 1. Joining him on the club’s injury report are defender Jimmy Medranda (knee) forward Diego Rubio (back), who are both listed as questionable for the match.

On the opposite sideline, Columbus will likely have to cope with the absence of designated player Pedro Santos. The Portuguese winger started in the team’s first 10 games of the season, but a thigh injury has limited him to just 25 minutes played over the last four games.

– Story from Sporting KC


Program encourages students to grow in a healthy way

Brendan Irving, top right, program manager for the Learn to Earn program, talked with students who graduated from the program on Saturday in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)

Graduation day for children in the Learn to Earn program and after-school program was Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club, 1240 Troup, Kansas City, Kansas.

Students enjoyed a lunch and received certificates of graduation at the event, which was sponsored by the Historic Northeast-Midtown Association. Students in the group this year have been working on designs for a new community mural, according to Rachel Jefferson, executive director of HNMA.

Rachel Jefferson is the executive director of the Historic Northeast-Midtown Association, which sponsored an event Saturday for Learn to Earn and the after-school program. (Staff photo)

“We’re trying to teach kids to engage with the community in a healthy way, to teach them to take control, to grow in a healthy way,” said Brendan Irving, program manager for Learn to Earn.

The after-school program is grant-funded through HNMA. The after-school program currently is a pilot program, which is expected to have 50 to 60 students this summer. Irving said the Saturday event was a combination of different community programs.

Steve James, with the T.H.R.Y.V.E. (Together Helping Reduce Youth Violence for Equity) program, said a grant through the University of Kansas funds an effort for different grassroots organizations to work together instead of apart, sharing resources.

Karen White, an artist, has been working with children on designing a new community mural. The children’s designs will be used in the mural. (Staff photo)

Karen White, an artist, has been working with students in the program on a mural design. A new mural is planned at 18th and Parallel in Kansas City, Kansas.

White, who has worked with the Boys and Girls Club in Greater Kansas City and YouthFriends, also has worked in the past with the Nelson-Atkins museum programs.

She said drawings made by children in the community are being compiled. The drawings reflect what the children see in the community, she said.

Many positive and creative drawings of flowers, rainbows and other subjects have been made for the mural, which is in the planning stages, she added.

They are currently placing children’s ideas on a wall pictorially to get a visual idea of what the final mural will look like, she said.

Students in the Learn to Earn and after-school program enjoyed a lunch and graduation program Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)