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Program offered to make Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls
Children and adults may decorate their own sugar skulls for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) during a program from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Main Kansas City, Kan., Public Library, youth story time – craft room, 625 Minnesota Ave.
Design a Halloween candy jar
Adults and teens may design a Halloween candy jar during a program from 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 18 at the Turner Community Library, 831 S. 55th, Kansas City, Kan. The program is for ages 15 and up and is geared to adults. Hot glue is used in creating the candy jar using materials such as duct tape, ribbons, glass bowls and candle holders.
Museum plans Halloween History Howl on Saturday
The Wyandotte County Museum, 126th and State Avenue, Bonner Springs, is planning a Halloween History Howl from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. The event is a family fall festival geared to children, said Jennifer Laughlin, museum curator. It will include pumpkin painting, a magic show, fire trucks and police cars, sheriff’s station children’s identification cards, Schlagle Library display, face painting and a balloon artist. Refreshments of cider and popcorn are included with the admission price of $5 for children ages 2-15. Adults are admitted free with their children. Also at the Wyandotte County Museum, the exhibit, “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Project,” will continue through Nov. 15. A Smithsonian traveling exhibit, it is the history of migrant workers.
KCKPS Marching Band Festival planned Oct. 18
Students are tuning up their instruments for a day of competition and fun. The Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools will hold its annual Marching Band Festival at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Washington High School stadium. The annual festival features bands from the district’s high schools, including Washington, Wyandotte, Sumner Academy, Harmon, and Schlagle. Traditionally students and instructors focus their best performance energies on this festival, and the result is an afternoon of pageantry and sound. Tickets are $5 in advance (and may be purchased from any high school band director) or $7 at the gate.
Beer Fest at the Ballpark planned Oct. 18
Beer Fest at the Ballpark is planned from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the CommunityAmerica Ballpark, 1800 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. Those attending may sample beers from 200 domestic, micro-brewed and international craft beers inside the concourse at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. There will be a disc jockey at the event. A ticket is $35.99, plus fee. For information, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/beerfest-at-the-ballpark-presented-by-baron-contracting-tickets-11777814761.
‘Babes in Arms’ to be presented Oct. 18-19
“Babes in Arms,” a musical by Rodgers and Hart, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Kansas City Kansas Community College Performing Arts Center, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. There is also a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Students in the KCKCC Theatre Department will present the play. Tickets are $5 for students, KCKCC staff, faculty and senior citizens; and $10 for adults. For more information or to make reservations, call 913-288-7106.
Reception planned for Romanian artist Oct. 21
A reception is planned for Romanian artist Larisa David on Oct. 21 at the Epic Arts, 611 N. 6th St., on Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kan. The reception will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The artist will be in the area producing new work and doing research from Oct. 9 to Nov. 12. She is sponsored through CEC ArtsLink in partnership with Charlotte Street Foundation.
Workshop to discuss skills for job readiness
“Etiquette and Life Skills for Job Readiness and Success” is a workshop recommended for women seeking entry-level positions or women who have had a hard time keeping a job. Sponsors of the workshop said participants will leave better prepared for work and feeling much more confident in their ability to find and keep a job that matches their interest and skills. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Keeler Women’s Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Lunch is included. Space is limited and reservations are required to 913-906-8990.
Trunk and treat event offered
The Eighth Street YMCA plans a Trunk and Treat event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at 900 N. 8th St., Kansas City, Kan. Activities will include a carnival, games, costume parade and a trunk and treat. It is free and open to the public.
State NAACP convention to be Oct. 24-25
The Kansas State NAACP Convention will be held Oct. 24 to 25 at the Reardon Center, 520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The convention begins at 9 a.m. Friday. Registration is $80. For more information, contact Mary Ann Flunder, 913-563-9956.
‘Get Out the Vote’ rally planned Oct. 25
A Wyandotte County Get Out the Vote Rally is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Brotherhood Building parking lot, 737 State Ave., just east of the Brotherhood Building. Voters can walk one block to the Election Commissioner’s office at 850 State to vote. Students from fourth grade to 12th grade may participate in Kids Voting Kansas. There will be complimentary hot dogs, chips and drinks; drawings for a free iPad and other prizes. Candidates are planning to attend.
Halloween Trunk or Treat to be Saturday
A Halloween Trunk or Treat event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Wyandotte County Fairgrounds, 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kan. The event, sponsored by the Wyandotte County Fair Board, is a benefit for the Wyandotte County Fair Foundation 4-H Scholarships. The admission charge of $5 per child ages 2 and up will include hayride, trunk or treating, haunted petting zoo, games and a hot dog around the fire pits. The public is invited to the event. Family activities are geared to ages 3 to 15, and parents or adults should accompany the children. Volunteers including 4-H members and adults will be working at the trunk or treat. The fairgrounds location is east of K-7 on Polfer Road in northwest Wyandotte County.
Several local authors to appear at library event Oct. 25
Kansas City, Kan., Public Library will hold a Homegrown Reads local author fair on Oct. 25. This event, focusing on Kansas City area writers, will highlight both burgeoning, new talent and popular, established authors. Fans will be able to meet and talk with authors, listen to live readings, and purchase copies of books to have signed. Homegrown Reads feature dozens of local authors, including Fanny Alaadeen, Ruth Saucedo Campos, Angela Cervantes, Lisa Cindrich, Jay Sparks, Sarah Elizabeth, Terry W. Drake, Pete Dulin, Helen Walsh Folsom, James Heiman, Evelyn Hill, Ann Ingalls, Von Kopfman, Debra McArthur, Kira McConico, Jan Menn, Steve Penn, Anola Pickett, Linda Rodriguez, Thomas Shawver, Regina Sirois, Barbara Stuber, Joe Vaughan, and Berneice Williams. Books will be available for sale from Mysteryscape. Homegrown Reads will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan. For more information call 913-722-7400 or visit www.kckpl.org.
Trick-or-treat at the library
Children may trick-or-treat from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at the West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd, Kansas City, Kan. Children may wear costumes and may stay at the event to do a couple of Halloween crafts. Those under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of six or more must call ahead.
Halloween event scheduled Oct. 25
Spooktacular, sponsored by the Turner Recreation Commission, will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Turner Community Library, 831 S. 55th, Kansas City, Kan. The event features games, costumes and a haunted house. Recreation commission games will cost 50 cents each. For more information, call the library at 913-596-1404 or the recreation commission at 913-287-2111.
KCK NAACP to hold Freedom Fund Banquet
The 71st annual Kansas City, Kan., NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Reardon Center, 520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The banquet theme is “All in for Justice and Equality.” The speaker will be Bishop Ervin Sims Jr. of Mount Carmel Church of God in Christ, and president of the Mount Carmel Redevelopment Corp. Tickets are $65; doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m. For more information, contact banquet co-chairs Mary Ann Flunder, 913-563-9956; Clyde Townsend, 913-481-3824; and Loris Jones. The NAACP office number is 913-281-7900.
Blood drive scheduled
A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Francisco Lounge, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, Kan. A blood drive is also scheduled there from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30. For information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.
Halloween party scheduled
A Halloween event has been scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the T-Rex restaurant at The Legends at Village West, Kansas City, Kan. Those attending may wear a costume and trick-or-treat. They will meet Dexter and friends. There will be games, crafts and activities. Also, there will be a discounted price on kids’ meals. For more information see www.trexcafe.com.
Halloween event scheduled Oct. 29
“Halloweenpalooza,” an event for children, tweens and teens, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Main Kansas City, Kan., Public Library, youth storytime-craft room, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The event features costumes, games, trick-or-treating, music and food. For information, call 913-279-2128.
Halloween event to be Oct. 30
A Halloween Bash is planned from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the South Branch Library, Meeting Room A, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The event is for children and teens.
UG Commission to meet Oct. 30
The Unified Government Commission has scheduled a meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at City Hall, lobby level, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. Planning and zoning items may be on the agenda. An agenda should be posted at www.wycokck.org.
Safe trick-or-treating offered
Safe trick-or-treating events will be offered at all Unified Government recreation centers on Friday, Oct. 31. For more information on times of the events, call 913-573-8327. Center locations: JFK Recreation Center – 1310 N. 10th St.; Eisenhower Center- 2901 N. 72nd St.; Argentine Community Center, 2810 Metropolitan; Armourdale Community Center, 730 Osage; Bethany Community Center, 1120 Central Ave.; Kensington Gym, 2900 State Ave.; Piper Community Center, 3130 N. 122nd St.
Grinter Place to hold chili supper, silent auction Nov. 1
Grinter Place State Historic Site, the oldest home in Wyandotte County, will hold a chili supper and silent auction from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Dinner guests can tour the house, enjoy live music, and bid in the silent auction. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door; children 5 and younger are free. Proceeds from supper and auction benefit programs at Grinter Place. To pre-purchase tickets, contact Grinter Place 913-299-0373; email@example.com; Don Jolley 913-481-3527; or Pat Spencer 913-788-7140. The event is presented in cooperation with Grinter Place Friends and Quilters. Grinter Place is at 1420 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kan. For more information, visit kshs.org/grinter_place.
Garage and bake sale planned Nov. 6-8
Young Women on the Move is planning its annual garage and bake sale Nov. 6-8 at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 2907 N. 81st St., Kansas City, Kan. Funds raised will help to support program expenses such as transportation, Saturday workshops, the new peer health mentorship program and expansion of after-school programs into eight middle schools. Donations for the garage sale or baked items are being accepted. Donations may be gently used clothing, jewelry, kitchen cookware, dishes, toys, books, furniture, home décor and other items. Anyone interested in contributing items to the sale may call 913-744-9139 by Oct. 29. For more information, visit www.youngwomenonthemove.org.
Thansgiving Breakfast Dance scheduled
The historical Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 27 at the Kansas National Guard Armory, 18th and Ridge, Kansas City, Kan. The dance will feature blues artists Latimore singing “Let’s Straighten It Out,” “Bad Risk” and “Sunshine Lady.” There also will be performances by Lady Vivian and Rockin’ Rick. The event continues through 2 p.m. Tickets are $38, and reserved tickets are $50. Tickets at the door are $45. For information or tickets, call 816-353-4373 or visit ticketkc.com.
Keeler Women’s Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., offers individual and couples counseling to women and men who might otherwise not be able to afford counseling. Nothing is billed. Donations are accepted. Call 913-906-8990 for information or to do an intake and schedule an appointment.