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Megan and Molly Mahoney of Kansas City, Kan., participated in the Irish Fest this weekend. (Photo by William Crum)

Megan and Molly Mahoney of Kansas City, Kan., participated in the Irish Fest this weekend. (Photo by William Crum)


by William Crum

A lot of people know that Kansas City, Kan., is a melting pot of the Midwest. A good example this is Joseph Manning, who currently owns Driscoll School of Irish Dance.

The main location of the school is on Johnson Drive in Mission, Kan. They’ll also have other schools in Lee’s Summit, Mo., Lawrence, Kan., and soon they will open another location in North Kansas City, Mo.

“Over the last four years Irish dancing has become very popular. At this year’s Kansas City Irish Festival we had 91 students competing,” Manning said. The Irish Fest is this weekend at Crown Center, Kansas City, Mo.

Manning grew up in Wyandotte County. He went to the former Muncie Christian School, and later was homeschooled.

Driscoll School of Irish Dance is known worldwide as one of the finest. Both Megan Mahoney and Molly Mahoney of Kansas City, Kan., study Irish dancing at Driscoll School of Irish Dancing. Megan and Molly are daughters of Judge William Mahoney and his wife Suzanne. Both the girls have studied Irish dancing for a number of years and have competed in Irish dance competitions for several years.

If you’ve ever thought about having your son or daughter study Irish dancing Driscoll School of Irish Dancing is that place. For more information visit the website, www.driscolldancers.com.

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Holy Family Catholic Church will celebrate Slovenefest from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, on the Monsignor Mejak Hall, gym and school grounds, 513 Ohio, Kansas City, Kan. The event is dedicated to the late Don Lipovac, accordionist, in recognition of his contributions to the community. Slovenefest begins with a Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 274 Orchard St., Kansas City, Kan. The festival, after the Mass, includes games, souvenirs, a silent auction, and a Slovenian dinner.

Judson Baptist Church, 8300 State Ave., plans Grandparent Recognition Sunday on Sept. 7. The Sunday morning worship service is at 11 a.m.

Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will offer “Holy Women, The Desert Mothers,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11. Sister Judith Sutera, OSB, will be the presenter. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, is preparing for its 50th year celebration on Sunday, Sept. 28. A potluck-fellowship is planned after the 10:30 a.m. service. A variety show also is planned as part of the celebration.

Our Lady of Unity Parish will hold Our Lady of Unity Fest from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Sacred Heart field, 2646 S. 34th, Kansas City, Kan. The event includes family entertainment, carnival games, inflatables for kids, talent contest, variety of musical groups, Mexican dance groups, American and Mexican-style food, drinks and a silent auction.

Persons of all Christian traditions are invited to participate in Taizé prayer on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. in Annunciation Chapel on the campus of the Mother House of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, 4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, Kan. Taizé prayer is a meditative, candlelit service that includes simple chants sung repeatedly, silence, and prayers of praise and intercession. These prayer services emerged from an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. For more information, visit www.marillaccenter.org or call 913-680-2342.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., are attending a workshop this week at the Kanuga Conference Center near Hendersonville, N.C. The event, entitled “Nuevo Amanecer” (New Dawn), will focus on developing practical tools to support a Hispanic ministry. The Rev. Art Rathbun, the development missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, will be the guest clergyman at the 10 a.m. service Sunday, Aug. 31.

A Ladies Tea is planned at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th, at the Cole Activity Center.

University United Methodist Church, 3148 Parallel, is planning a garage sale Sept. 5 and 6.

Village West Family Church, 2205 N. 102nd, (the former Victoria Tabernacle), plans a night of worship at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland, will hold a fall garage sale, bake sale and barbecue on Sept. 19 and 20. Food available for lunch includes hamburgers, hot dogs and brats. Homemade baked goods will be available. There will be a variety of items for sale.

The Renaissance Festival opens today in Bonner Springs. The festival has a pirate theme this weekend. (Photo by Jillian Shoptaw/Renaissance Festival)

The Renaissance Festival opens today in Bonner Springs. The festival has a pirate theme this weekend. (Photo by Jillian Shoptaw/Renaissance Festival)


Renaissance Festival kicks off new season today
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival opens a new season today at the festival grounds at 628 N. 126th St. (126th and State), Bonner Springs. The festival is the re-creation of a 16th century English village. Music, food, crafts, shows and other entertainment are featured at the festival, which runs on weekends through Oct. 14. This weekend, the theme is “Pirates’ Ale Fest.” Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website at www.kcrenfest.com.

Summer concert to be Aug. 30 at Legends
Dave and Buster’s Summer Concert Series will continue at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, on the rooftop patio at The Legends Outlets. The MGD’s will perform from 9 p.m. to close Aug. 30. Different bands will play on Saturdays through September.


Museum exhibit open

The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kan., features an exhibit from the David Hartman collection on Fostoria American Crystal, showing a collection of crystal. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit http://www.strawberryhillmuseum.org.

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