The Fairfax Industrial Association will meet for a luncheon at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, April 9, at Reddi Services, 603 Funston Road, Kansas City, Kan.

The meeting’s topic will be a Fairfax update, with these speakers: Steve Dailey, Fairfax Drainage District; Wayne Moody, UG public works; Brent Miles, NorthPoint Development; Jay Matlack, Wyandotte Economic Development; Maj. Solomon Young, Kansas City, Kan., Police Department; and Melissa Clark, Fairfax Industrial Association.

The cost of the luncheon is $15 for FIA members and $20 for nonmembers.
Luncheon reservations should be made by 5 p.m. April 7 to Melissa Clark at

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A Money Smart Month activity is coming to Kansas City, Kan., on Saturday, March 28, at the Reardon Convention Center, 500 Minnesota Ave.

The opening event of Money Smart Month is a free “Grow Your Money” event with keynote speaker, John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation Hope.

Bryant also serves on President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans. Bryant is participating in the event as part of his national 150th Anniversary Freedman’s Bank Tour. He will discuss the story leading up to and about Freedman’s Bank and how it can inspire people and small businesses to fulfill their freedom of self-determination.

The entire family is welcome to attend this free event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and there will be activities for all, a spokesman said.

There will be on-site financial experts, a panel of local business owners sharing their tips for success, support youth through the Shark Tank Youth contest, and other family-friendly activities.

Money Smart Month of Greater Kansas City is a community initiative led in part by The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Commerce Bank and CommunityAmerica Credit Union.

More than 40 organizations including, banks, credit unions, and professional financial and social service organizations are participating in Money Smart Month, a financial education program, by holding free events, seminars and classes all focused on financial literacy.

These events will provide useful information to consumers of all ages on topics such as savings tips, credit and debt management, budgeting, financial planning, tips to maximize insurance and health benefits, financial tips for small businesses and more. In addition, Spanish-language financial education classes will be offered.

There are other events planned throughout April for Money Smart Month in Greater Kansas City. These include:

Money Smart Day will be on Saturday, April 11, a free event at the Kansas City, Mo., Public Library at 14 W. 10th St, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. It will offer a dozen financial education sessions from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be free “financial tune-ups,” free credit reports, a youth center and resources.

A Youth Outreach will take place April 28-30 in Kansas City area classrooms. The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is organizing the “Teach Children to Save” program that will be offered to 8,500 children in 350 Kansas City area classrooms. They will learn about saving, and volunteers will work with Junior Achievement to teach its personal finance curriculum to students of all ages.

A complete schedule of events is at the website,

Consumer news
Three gas stations on Leavenworth Road have what appears to be an old-fashioned gas price war.

Gas prices were down to $2.07 to $2.09 per gallon on Sunday on Leavenworth Road in Kansas City, Kan.

Other gas prices in the Kansas City, Kan., area were in the $2.20 to $2.26 range.

The gas stations’ locations:
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56th and Leavenworth Road, $2.07

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59th and Leavenworth Road, $2.08

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55th and Leavenworth Road, $2.09