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 www.kckpl.org.

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 www.keelerwomenscenter.org.


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.

Downtown Lions Club plans annual garage sale
The KCK Downtown Lions Club will hold its Annual Garage Sale on June 13 and 14 on the campus of the Kansas State School for the Blind at 11th and State. The hours for the sale are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, June 13, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14. Proceeds from the sale go to fund projects of the club that include eye exams and eyeglasses for those in need, scholarships for graduating seniors, support of local social service programs, and special needs of blind and disabled students. In addition, KCK Downtown LIons have ongoing projects that support reading and homeless students in the area. KCK Downtown Lions Club is part of Lions International, the largest service organization in the world.

Juneteenth celebration to be June 13-14 at Big Eleven Lake

A Juneteenth celebration will be June 13-14 at Big Eleven Lake, 11th and State. the ninth annual parade and celebration includes live music, a barbecue competition, Friday night prayer vigil, car show, vendors, praise dancers, a cancer walk, greens competition and more. The parade starts around 10 a.m. Saturday at 18th and Quindaro. For details call 913-963-1118.

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 https://www.facebook.com/pages/LRA/236528312965 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 SportKC.org.

Housing Authority to meet June 14

The Kansas City, Kan., Housing Authority will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at 1124 N. 9th St., Kansas City, Kan. Commissioner training, budget review and strategic planning are on the agenda.

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.

Summer concert to be June 14 at Legends

Dave and Buster’s Summer Concert Series will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 14, on the rooftop patio at The Legends Outlets. The Insanitones will perform June 14. Different bands will play on Saturdays through September, excluding July 5.

Free summer movies offered

The Legends 14 Theatres will present “Charlotte’s Web” rated G and “Ice Age: Continental Drift” rated PG as free movies at 10 a.m. June 17, 18 and 19. 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.

Meeting scheduled on foster care
KVC-Kansas-1211 N. 8th St., will sponsor a time of sharing with foster and adoptive parents, and other child welfare professionals. Those interested may learn about foster care, and other ways to help children in the area. The meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 17. For more information, contact Erica at estevens@kvc.org or 913-890-2207.

UG Commission to meet June 19
The Unified Government Commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. June 19 at City Hall, lobby level, 701 N. 7th, Kansas City, Kan. An agenda may be posted at www.wycokck.org.

CHWC fundraiser planned June 28

CHWC will hold a fundraiser for community redevelopment at 5 p.m. June 28 at Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan. At the event, the “Continue the Legacy” award will be presented to Craig and Karen Gaffney in honor of their dedication to Community Housing of Wyandotte County, and the Gaffneys’ philanthropic work in the community. The fundraiser begins at 5 p.m. June 28 with cocktails. Dinner, dancing, an auction and field activities will follow. Last year, the event raised nearly $100,000 for the organization. Individual tickets are $75, and table sponsorships start at $1,000. To register for the event, visit www.chwckck.org and click on the event button.

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 yoderstein_b@wmhci.org or Mark Wiebe at wiebe_m@wmhci.org.

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 DrRonWitt@hotmail.com.

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 http://www.growinggrowers.org.

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.

Redevelopment could engulf tiny Lou Lou’s cafe in Fairfax

Lou Lou’s café in the Fairfax area of Kansas City, Kan., could be torn down to make way for a new development at the levee. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

There is a small café located at 1315 Fairfax Trafficway in Kansas City, Kan. The place I’m referring to is called Lou Lou’s. They serve breakfast and lunch between the hours of 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. They are open from Tuesday to Friday.

A lot of people regard this little place, formerly a gas station, as one of the best cafeterias in Wyandotte County. They are known for their home-cooked meals. In fact, according to a lot of people, their biscuits and gravy is the best they’ve ever had.

The story behind this little hole-in-the -wall is totally remarkable. It came about four and a half years ago, when a woman, Linda Keys, who grew up in Rosedale, and her daughter, Shae Plattenburg, decided to start their own cafeteria. They used their lifelong savings to start this.

“Both my mother and I have always had dreams of starting a small cafeteria where you get home-cooked meals and get excellent speed of service. This is how Lou Lou’s came about,” Plattenburg said.

But now Lou Lou’s existence is threatened. The levee area at Fairfax, near Kaw Point, is being redeveloped by NorthPoint Development. Developers want to put in some new buildings in the area, giving this part of the Fairfax industrial area new life. Existing buildings there will be torn down. They may have to tear down the Lou Lou’s cafeteria to put in a road, therefore destroying the dream both Shae and her mother had.

Recently Shae went before a committee meeting of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and pleaded with them not to tear the place down. UG Commissioner Gayle Townsend asked her to go before the commission and explain why they should not tear it down. The commission, after hearing Shae’s testimony at a committee meeting, has not made a final decision on it, and a commissioner asked NorthPoint Development to see if there’s any way possible that the cafeteria would not be torn down.

On Thursday, June 5, a meeting was held at Lou Lou’s regarding this issue. A representative from the mayor’s office and NorthPoint Development were at this meeting. A representative of NorthPoint Development said they could possibly move the cafeteria to a vacant spot in the levee area and would have to tear the current cafeteria down.

“Both my mother and I told the representatives that they could not see any way for this to happen. The current location has a lot to offer; it has easy in and easy out, which in this area is ideal, especially for those who work at the Fairfax industrial area. They come in, and get the food and leave. Which makes it ideal for those workers who only have short lunch breaks,” Shae said.

This is the only cafeteria in the Fairfax industrial area, Shae added.

Soon the issue of what will happen to Lou Lou’s cafeteria will come before the UG Commission.

It could very easily happen that Linda and Shae’s dreams would be crushed in the name of progress, Shae said.

“I’m really worried about the outcome of the situation. I don’t know what to think,” she said.

Lou Lou’s café in the Fairfax area of Kansas City, Kan., could be torn down to make way for a new development at the levee. (Photo by William Crum)

Lou Lou’s café in the Fairfax area of Kansas City, Kan., could be torn down to make way for a new development at the levee. (Photo by William Crum)

Lou Lou’s café in the Fairfax area of Kansas City, Kan., could be torn down to make way for a new development at the levee. (Photo by William Crum)

Community invited to travel to Cuba with KCKCC Jazz Band

by Kelly Rogge

The Kansas City Kansas Community College Jazz Band is getting ready for its once-in-a-lifetime trip to Cuba this December and is welcoming community members to join in.

The Havana Jazz tour 2014 is from Dec. 16 to 22. It will culminate in the KCKCC performance at the 30th annual Havana International Jazz Festival in Havana, Cuba. Bill Yeazel, KCKCC Havana Jazz Tour 2014 Coordinator, said individuals who are interested in traveling to Cuba with the Jazz Band should confirm their intent to travel soon.

“It is essential to make a $300 deposit with the travel agent in Toronto, Authentic Cuba Travel, in order to secure plane seats, which are limited,” he said. “The agency will discuss payment and cancellation options with you at that time.”

Individuals, either from KCKCC or from the community are responsible to make their own travel arrangements. Contact information for Authentic Cuba Travel in Toronto: Authentic Cuba Travel, 108 Earl Pl, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3B9 Canada, 1-877-280-2054.

Visit the tour website at kansascityjazz.org and selected the Havana Jazz Festival Tour link. This link shows the trip itinerary. The price for land tour inside Cuba is $1,769 per person. It includes hotel (double occupancy), most meals, daily activities with tour guides, buses and tours and an all access pass to the Havana International Jazz Festival. The pass is good for all admittance into Jazz Festival performances that week. For those who have additional interested beyond the itinerary, the Toronto travel agency can assist.

Individuals traveling with the KCKCC Jazz Band will also be responsible for booking their own airfare. At this time, U.S.-based airlines cannot sell tickets directly to Cuba. Instead, there will be two legs of the trip – Kansas City to Cancun and Cancun to Cuba. For more specifics on travel, contact Bill Yeazel at 816-665-0296.

Americans travel frequently and legally to Cuba for a variety of purposes but, according to the U.S. Treasury Department, a license is required. Ask Authentic Cuba Travel about the license as they are experts and can provide reliable information. There is an additional fee for community members to be licensed for legal travel to Cuba. A valid U.S. passport is also required for any international travel.

“Traveling with Kansas City jazz musicians to this festival will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Yeazel said. ‘I have been to Havana a couple of times, and it is truly a unique destination. The music scene at night is spectacular.”

For more information on the trip to Havana, Cuba with the KCKCC Jazz Band, contact Bill Yeazel at 816-665-0296 or by email at yeazel@kckcc.edu.