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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: Retiro: Acogiendo al Forastero … La tarea y Bendicion de Adviento, dirigido por S. Elena Mack, SCL, Jueves, 30 de Noviembre, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Grupo de mujeres: con lideres Mary Ellen Rodriguez y Ana Maria Sauer, los martes, 28 de noviembre, 10-11 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.

Parenting support group offered
A parenting support group will be offered from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group will help parents collaborate in finding ways to connect with their children and form strong bonds. The group will meet on Mondays. It is facilitated by Marqueia Watson. For more information or registration, call 913-906-8990.

Blood drive scheduled Nov. 28
A Red Cross blood drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave. For more information or to schedule a blood donation, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Program to discuss eating during the holidays
“Get Ready for the Holidays: Avoid Overeating” will be 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Part of a monthly nutrition series, this program is presented by Pat Callaghan in partnership with K-State Research and Extension. For more information or registration, call 913-906-8990.

Cookie decorating class to be Nov. 28
Cookie decorating is the topic of a class from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Those attending will be creative and learn techniques for excelling in cooking decorating under the instruction of Rachel Van Stratton. For more information or registration, call 913-906-8990.

Blood drive scheduled Nov. 29
The Bonner Springs YMCA, 2251 S. 138th St., Bonner Springs, will sponsor a Community Blood Center blood drive from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in Classroom A. To schedule a donation, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Program offered on self-defense for women Nov. 29
Learn self-defense techniques for women at a program from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The basic strategies will be presented by Kansas City Tsuruoka Karate. For more information or registration, call 913-906-8990.

Managing money to be topic of program
“Every Cent Counts” will be presented from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Those who attend will hear a presentation about managing their money and how to make conscious decisions about their finances. The presenter will be Jennifer Rottinghaus, CPA. For more information or registration, call 913-906-8990.

UG Commission plans to meet Nov. 30
The Unified Government Commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Commission Chamber, City Hall, lobby level, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas. An agenda should be posted at www.wycokck.org.

Downtown Holiday Lighting Festival to be Dec. 1
The mayor’s Downtown Holiday Lighting Festival will take place from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in front of Kansas City, Kansas, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The event includes the tree lighting ceremony, a visit with Santa Claus, crafts and games for kids, holiday movies and popcorn, performances by choirs, bands and dance groups, and goodie bags for the first 1,000 children. Those who would like to be volunteers for the Dec. 1 event may call 913-371-3674, Ext. 1324.

Santa Express to start Dec. 2 at Ag Hall
The Santa Express will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3, and Dec. 9 and 10, at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, Bonner Springs. Children may visit Santa I the depot, ride on the train, work on crafts, and have cookies and hot cocoa. Donations will benefit Farm Town restoration. For registration for the Santa Express 5K on Dec. 2, see www.aghalloffame.com or call 913-721-1075.

Grinter Place to hold holiday events Dec. 2
Grinter Place is planning holiday events, Breakfast with Santa and Holiday with the Arts, on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the historic site at 78th and K-32 in Kansas City, Kansas. The Grinter barn, 1400 S. 78th St., will be the site of a Breakfast with Santa event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 2. The breakfast will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 2, while lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost for breakfast ranges from $3 to $7, while the cost of lunch will be $3. Children may have their pictures taken with Santa, receive a goodie bag and work on holiday crafts. They will receive their photos with Santa at the event. The Holiday with the Arts event will include visiting with artists and authors, and listening to music. There will be books, paintings and pictures available for purchase. There also will be a wine tasting from Rowe Ridge with cheese and crackers, she said. Tours of the Grinter House will be available. The event includes a portrayal of Moses Grinter by Bill Nicks, Grinter House curator, from 3 to 4 p.m. The Zane sisters will show and demonstrate beading during the event. Tickets for Holiday with the Arts are $6 per person or $10 for two persons. All funds raised through the event will go toward Grinter Place. For more information, contact the Grinter Place Friends at 913-334-2500 or grinterplace@gmail.com, or the Grinter Place museum at 913-299-3073, at grinter@kshs.org.

Breakfast with St. Nick planned Dec. 2 at Strawberry Hill Museum
A Breakfast with St. Nicholas is planned from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 2 at the Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th, Kansas City, Kansas. The cost of breakfast, a visit with St. Nicholas and a picture will be $10. The visit with St. Nicholas and picture only will cost $5. An adult breakfast will be available for $6. For more information, call 913-371-3264.

Bonner Springs to hold Candy Cane Christmas and Mayor’s Tree Lighting Dec. 2
The Bonner Springs Candy Cane Christmas and Mayor’s Tree Lighting will be held Saturday, Dec. 2. The event includes a breakfast with Santa at the Community Center Gym from 9 to 10 a.m., $5 for residents and $7 for nonresidents, with preregistration required to www.bonnersprings.org/SantaBreakfast; 10 a.m. to noon, Santa’s Little Helpers, Community Center Gym, $5 for residents, $7 for nonresidents, drop off kids for activities while shopping, preregistration required; 10 a.m., Santa Express 5K and 1 Mile Reindeer Route, Ag Hall at the Barn, register at AgHallofFame.com; 5 to 8 p.m. Feed His Lambs Charity Chili Supper, Community Center Gym, $2 per bowl; 5 p.m., parade lineup at Bonner Springs First Christian Church, 148 N. Nettleton; 5:30 p.m., Vaughn Trent Community Services Parade and Food Drive, route is 148 N. Nettleton to Oak Street to 2nd Street to Centennial Park; 5:45 p.m., Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting at Centennial Park with Mayor’s Youth Council and Performance by Bonner Springs Elementary Rise Choir; 6:15 p.m. performance by the Premiere Dance Studio; visits with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, cookies and hot chocolate at the Community Center Gym.

Community meeting on future of northeast area to be Dec. 5
A community meeting on the future of the northeast area and developing a northeast area master plan will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Neff Packaging, 555 Sunshine Road, Kansas City, Kansas. Another community meeting on the northeast area master plan will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Grant Elementary School, 1510 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas. Initial findings, a vision for the northeast area, and early action projects to start the revitalization process will be discussed. Families with children may attend, and there will be food and beverages served.

Blood drive scheduled Dec. 6
The Unified Government Justice Complex, 710 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas, has scheduled a Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. For more information or to schedule a blood donation, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Star Wars holiday party planned
The Turner Community Library, 831 S. 55th St., Kansas City, Kansas, is planning a Star Wars holiday event at 6 p.m. Dec. 7. The party’s Star Wars theme will coincide with the opening of a new Star Wars movie. Crafts, games and refreshments will be available, and those attending may dress as their favorite Star Wars character. There also will be an appearance by Santa Claus.

Friends of Yates’ annual benefit gala to be Dec. 9
Friends of Yates will celebrate 104 years of service by holding the “Holiday At The Apollo” annual meeting and Benefit Gala at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Jack Reardon Convention Center, 520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. This year’s event will showcase the many programs and services that attribute to the continued success of Friends of Yates, according to a spokesman. For tickets and further information about Friends of Yates’ Holiday at the Apollo annual meeting and gala, contact the office at 913-321-1566. Also visit http://wyandottedaily.com/friends-of-yates-annual-benefit-gala-to-be-dec-9/.

Blood drive scheduled Dec. 9
A Red Cross blood drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Cabelas, 10300 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, Kansas. For more information or to schedule a blood donation, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Blood drive scheduled Dec. 14
Bonner Springs High School, 100 McDanield St., will sponsor a Community Blood Center blood drive from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 in the gym. To schedule a donation, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Counseling available
The Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., offers counseling services for men and women. Individual counseling and couples counseling is available. Nothing is billed and donations are accepted. Call 913-906-8990 for information or to schedule an appointment.

Wyandotte County Museum
The Wyandotte County Museum, 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no admission charge. For more information, call 913-573-5002 or visit https://www.facebook.com/wycomuseum/.

Strawberry Hill Museum
The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas, has reopened after being closed for holiday decorating for an “Olde World Christmas.” The museum is open for tours from noon to 4:15 p.m. on the weekends. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for children under 6. For more information or for custom tours call 913-371-3264 or visit 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. 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/.

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Saturday events

Family storytime planned at Main Library
Family storytime is planned from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, in the craft room at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The event is for children of all ages to enjoy stories, rhymes and songs.

Author to sign books at library
Tiffhany Bell, a local author, will present her book, “Tears Reap Joy: Restoration from the Inside Out: A Story of Forgiveness, Repentance and Renewal,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at the West Wyandotte Library, Conference Room C, 1737 N. 82nd, Kansas City, Kansas.

Bonner Springs offering Small Business Saturday event
Bonner Springs is holding a Small Business Saturday event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in downtown Bonner Springs on Oak Street. The event highlights the small businesses in Bonner Springs.

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National World War I Museum observes centennial

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by Murrel Bland

The United States is observing its centennial of the country being involved in World War I. And that has boosted attendance at The National Museum and Memorial just south of Union Station in Kansas City, Mo.

That was the message that Jonathan Casey delivered to about 35 persons who attended the quarterly meeting of the Wyandotte County Historical Society Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19, at the George Meyn Community Center in Wyandotte County Park, Bonner Springs. Casey is director of archives and the Edward Jones Research Center at the National Museum.

The museum tells the whole story of the war that covered a period from 1914 until 2019. The United State got involved in 1917. Fighting stopped on Nov. 11, 1918. That date used to be called “Armistice Day.” The holiday is now called “Veterans’ Day.”

The peace treaty was signed in 1919. About 9 million persons died.

Casey said ground was broken for the museum site in 1921; a crowd estimated at 100,000 showed up. Calvin Coolidge, who was vice president, was among the dignitaries who attended. Also present were five Allied military commanders; they were Lieutenant General Baron Jaques of Belgium, General Armando Diaz of Italy, Admiral Earl Beatty of Great Britain, Marshall Ferdinand Foch of France and General John J. Pershing of United States. This was the only time that these five were together.

The museum was dedicated in 1926. Calvin Coolidge, who was president then, attended with another large crowd. Harry Truman, who was an artillery officer during the war, was also there.

Casey said that the archives at the museum has many artifacts and records including letters written to and from soldiers. Among the correspondence is that to and from Warren Shaw of Bonner Springs who was a member of an army band unit. He played the violin and clarinet. He was killed in October of 1918 and was buried in France.

The most visible part of the museum is the 217-foot tower. Visitors are allowed to travel to the top of this structure and enjoy an excellent view of Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan.

The museum has a staff of about 40 fulltime and part-time workers. About 200 volunteers help out.

According to its 2016 tax form filed with the IRS, the museum had total revenue of $9,973,623; its total expenses were $5,596,712. It attendance for 2016 was 309,288.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, telephone 816-888-8100 or see the web site www.theworldwar.org.

Murrel Bland is the former editor of The Wyandotte west and The Piper Press.

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