Community calendar

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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: Las Mujeres, Mary Ellen Rodriquez y Anna Maria Sauer, los Martes 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, 11:30 – 1 p.m.; Medicare, 19 de Septiembre, 10-11:30 a.m., la presentadora Susan Marcos, Le proveera toda la informacion basica que usted necesita para navegar el proceso del Medicare; Nutricion, presented by Teresa Moreno, 20 de Septiembre, 10-11:30 a.m., Esta programa le ensenara como cocinar comida deliciosa y nutriva de varias culturas. El centro de mujeres Keeler ofrece consejeria espiritual a mujeres y hombres en espanol y ingles. Gratis. Se aceptan donaciones. Llame al 913-906-8990 para hacer su cita o para mas informacion. For more information and registration, call 913-906-8990.

Renaissance Festival continues
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival continues on weekends through Oct. 14 at the festival grounds at 130th and State Avenue, Bonner Springs. The festival is a celebration of medieval life, with such activities as jousting, contests, a royal parade, music, entertainment and food. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $22.95 per adult, $13.95 for children 5-12, $20.25 for seniors and students, and free for children 4 and younger. Discounts are available for advance tickets and group rates are available. It is open on weekends only. For more information, visit http://www.kcrenfest.com/ or call 913-721-2110.

Nature watercolor program offered
“Beauty of Creation: Water Coloring Nature” will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Sept. 17 and 24, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program is led by Mary Donovan. For more information or registration, call 913-906-8990.

Program discusses how to raise safe kids
The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program will continue from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. On Sept. 17, the topic will be “Taking the ACT Program with You.” For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Writing group to meet
Quill and Pluma, a bilingual writing and e-publishing collaborative, will meet from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Kari O’Rourke. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Growth group offered Sept. 17
The Affirmations and Living Free Growth Group for Women will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, including Sept. 17, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group’s purpose is to help women change the way they think about themselves and their lives. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

UG committees to meet Monday
Unified Government committees are scheduled to discuss a new Piper fire station, the police tow lot, the UG’s fiber network and roadside memorials on Monday evening. Two Unified Government committees are scheduled to meet Monday evening at the fifth floor conference room, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The Public Works and Safety Committee is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Monday. The agenda for the Public Works and Safety Committee includes the new Piper fire station, the police tow lot, the UG’s fiber network, roadside memorials and a new pavement presentation program on Monday evening. On the agenda for the Administration and Human Services Committee on Monday evening are proposed revisions to the transient guest tax ordinance; an agreement between the Unified Government and Johnson County for use of an application for data sharing, data management and coordination among social service providers; and modifying committee times so that one committee meeting will follow another.

Mohr to lead writing workshop
A free writing workshop with Joshua Mohr, a Bay area novelist and writing instructor, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at the Bonner Springs Library, 201 N. Nettleton Ave. Mohr teaches writing at the University of San Francisco and will speak on “Plaracterization: Marrying Plot and Character.” The program is sponsored by the Johnson County Library Foundation, Joan Berkley Writers Fund. For more information, visit http://www.bonnerlibrary.org/event/plaracterization-marry-plot-and-character/?instance_id=16302.

Domestic violence education program offered
“Healthy Relationships: Domestic Violence Education and Support,” will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Felissa Johnson. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Caregiver support group to meet
A support group for caregivers, including men and women, will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Jackie Tigges, MSW, LSCSW. The group meets on the first and third Tuesdays. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Book discussion of ‘Song of the Lark’ featured Sept. 18
A book discussion of Willa Cather’s “Song of the Lark” is scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Bonner Springs Library. Linda Lewis, a retired professor from Bethany College, will facilitate the discussion. Lewis was a professor of English for 27 years at Bethany College and is an expert in British literature. She also has taught courses about Cather previously. Like Cather, Lewis is from Nebraska. Lewis moved to Kansas upon completing her doctorate degree at the University of Nebraska. Lewis currently is an editor and author. The book talk is funded by Humanities Kansas as part of its Talk about Literature in Kansas series. For more information, visit http://www.bonnerlibrary.org/event/book-discussion/?instance_id=16308.

Parenting support group offered
A parenting support group will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group will provide education and support. The program is presented by Marqueia Watson, MSW. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Knitting and crocheting group to meet
A knitting and crocheting group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Those participating may learn a new skill or work on current projects. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Women’s self-defense class offered
A women’s self-defense class will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The class is facilitated by Sidney Thompson. Kansas City Tsuruoka Karate will teach ways to defend yourself and others. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Program focuses on Medicare information
A program with basic information on Medicare will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program is facilitated by Susan Marcos. It will provide information about Medicare, options and what is provided.

BPU to meet Wednesday
The Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Public Utilities will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 540 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. On the agenda will be a visitors’ time, audit report, a policy update, board comments and general manager comments. There is no BPU work session on Sept. 19. A BPU Audit Committee meeting will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in the first floor conference room of the BPU administration building at 540 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.

Plant exchange planned
A plant exchange is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave. Those participating may share seeds, clippings and other items from their gardens. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Edwardsville plans Autumnfest celebration
Edwardsville plans Autumnfest on Saturday, Sept. 22, near the Community Center located at 696 S. 3rd St., Edwardsville, Kansas. On the schedule for Saturday are a craft fair beginning at 10 a.m., performance by Edwardsville Elementary Choir at 11 a.m., free face painting at noon, free kids bounce house and game village at noon, food truck vendors at noon, mouse races at 1 p.m., free balloon artist at 2 pm., performance by Premiere Dance Studios at 3 p.m., performance by Mike Wheeler Band at 4 p.m., beer garden at 5 p.m., Saturday night concert featuring Matfield Green, the Dirt Bourbon Band and Canaan Cox at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.edwautumnfest.com/.

Program to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month will be observed with a program from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. There will be a program about the diversity of Hispanic culture within the area. Refreshments will be available.

Storytelling around the campfire planned Saturday at Grinter Place
An evening of storytelling around a campfire is planned at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Grinter Place, 1420 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The event will feature a historical character portrayal of Wilbur Wright, aviation pioneer, by Bill Nicks, the site director of Grinter House. Pat Spencer of the Grinter Place Friends said the group will furnish hot dogs, and those who attend may roast hot dogs and make s’mores. The storytelling event is free to the public. Those attending may bring their own lawn chairs. After the storytelling event, the public may tour Grinter House, the oldest home in Wyandotte County, and the admission charge is $6 for adults and $3 for students. The next event for Grinter Place will be the Autumn Art event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6, Spencer said. For more information, call 913-334-2500 or visit https://www.facebook.com/Grinter-Place-Friends-Inc-560554977327335/.

Exercise program offered for older adults
“Stay Strong, Stay Healthy,” an exercise program for older adults, will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Sept. 25, through Nov. 15. The class improves strength, balance and flexibility. It also increases muscle strength, relieves arthritis, promotes weight maintenance, lifts depression, reduces stress and reduces risk of heart disease. The class is offered from 11 a.m. to noon on Sept. 25, 27, Oct. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 23, 25, 30, Nov. 1, 7, 9, 13 and 15. For more details about the class, call 913-299-9300 or email Lori Wuellner at lwuellne@ksu.edu, or email Jo McLeland at jo1@ksu.edu.

Program offered on freezing produce
“Freezing the Bounty,” a program on making the most of the green market, will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Managing credit to be topic of program
Managing personal credit will be the topic of a program from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program will discuss what a credit rating is and how to maintain a good credit rating.

Program offers tips for online buying
A program offering tips for online buying will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Included will be tips on how to keep personal information safe. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Open mic event planned
The Bonner Springs Arts Alliance Wordslingers, a writing group that meets at 6:30 p.m. every second Monday at the Bonner Springs Library, will hold a monthly open mic for writers at Third Space Coffee. Teen and adult writers usually show up to participate in the open mic event, Granath said. The open mic event will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, and Oct. 26 at Third Space Coffee, 226 Oak St., Bonner Springs, Kansas. Participants are eligible for prizes. For more information, see http://www.bonnerlibrary.org/event/open-mic-night-third-space/?instance_id=16307.

Rain garden workshop planned Sept. 29
A rain garden workshop is planned at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, on the southeast side of Welborn Lake, near 48th and Leavenworth Road. David Dods will be the instructor for the workshop. It is open to the public.

Autumn Art event to be Oct. 6 at Grinter Place
Autumn Art at Grinter will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. At the Grinter Barn, there will be art vendor tables and snacks. At the Grinter House will be traditional demonstrations set up for this event. Admission to Grinter House is $6 for adults and $3 for students. Grinter Place is a state museum at K-32 and 78th Street. For more information, call 913-334-2500.

Program planned Oct. 16 on immigration legislation
A program is planned Oct. 16 at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library on immigration legislation. The program, “Climate of Fear: Pending Immigration Legislation, DACA and ICE,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Main Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. To be discussed are pending immigration legislation in the United States and legislative trends in other countries that deal with refugees, as well as facts about U.S. immigration policies and proposed changes. Attorneys from Catholic Charities and ACLU, with the director of refugee resettlement for Jewish Services, will lead the discussion. For more information, call 913-295-8250.

Counseling offered
Keeler Women’s Center, offers individual and couples counseling and individual spiritual direction to women and men —available in English and Spanish. Nothing is billed. Donations are accepted. Call 913-906-8990 for information.

Wyandotte County Museum
For information about the Wyandotte County Museum, 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs, call 913-573-5002 or visit https://www.facebook.com/wycomuseum/.

Strawberry Hill Museum
For information about The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas, 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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Three area students graduate from Washburn

Three Wyandotte County students have received degrees from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas.

Graduates include:
• Rebecca Weimer of Bonner Springs completed a Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology.
• Omar Diosdado of Kansas City, Kansas, completed a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement.
• Madelin Hayes of Kansas City, Kansas, completed a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in Security Administration.

The degrees were awarded in the spring of 2018.

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Community Blood Center declares blood emergency

The Community Blood Center of Kansas City has declared a blood emergency after the Labor Day weekend.

There is an urgent need for blood donations, according to the blood center.

The blood supply currently is below the preferred minimum, according to a spokesman.

All blood types are needed, particularly those with O negative and B negative blood, according to the spokesman.

Blood may be donated at the Community Blood Center’s office and also at mobile sites.

Some of the upcoming blood drives listed on the Community Blood Center’s website include:

• Sept. 17, from 2 to 6 p.m., Christ the King Catholic Church basement, 3024 N. 53rd St., Kansas City, Kansas.
• Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sporting Kansas City, One Sporting Way, Kansas City, Kansas.
• Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kansas City, Kansas Community College, Room 2325, Jewell Center, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.
• Sept. 26, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Bonner Springs YMCA, Classroom A, 2251 S. 138th St., Bonner Springs.
• Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Providence Medical Center, auditorium rooms, 8929 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas.
• Oct. 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sumner Academy, new gym, 1610 N. 8th St., Kansas City, Kansas.
• Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kansas City Kansas Community College Burke Technical Education Center, Multipurpose Room 2, 6565 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.

To schedule an appointment or get more information on where to donate or how to set up a drive, visit www.savealifenow.org or call 1-877-468-6844.

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