Project Grad fundraiser scheduled at Bonner Springs High School

Bonner Springs High School is planning a Project Grad silent auction fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at the Braves basketball game.

The silent auction will be in the district’s PE Center, upper level.

Auction items include restaurant gift cards, theater passes, entertainment and activity passes, sports memorabilia and many more items.

In the event of inclement weather, call first to see if the event is still being held.

Residents invited to participate in Walk Kansas

by Lori Wuellner

Walk Kansas is quickly approaching so lace up those walking shoes and get ready to move. It all starts on Sunday, March 15, and concludes on Saturday, May 9.

Walk Kansas is a team-based program that will motivate you and others to lead a healthier life by being more active and making better nutrition choices.

How does Walk Kansas work?
Co-workers, family members, friends and neighbors form teams of six people who will track minutes of physical activity and consumption of fruits and veggies during the eight-week challenge. Each team will select a captain who will receive information from members including weekly minutes of activity and amounts of fruits and veggies consumed. This information is added to the online reporting system through K-State Research and Extension. From this you can track your progress as a team and determine if you are meeting your goals.

How do I get involved?
Gather up your team! Registration materials for both the captain and participants will soon be available to download from the following, or you can pick up a packet at the K-State Extension Office, 1216 N. 79th St., 913-299-9300. A $12 registration fee per person is required which includes a T-shirt, kick-off and wrap up celebration. Registrations are due by Monday, March 2, 2015.

What’s new this year?

* Walk Tall, Walk Strong, Walk Kansas will be reflected throughout the newsletters from the state and support materials. Emphasis will be on good posture, strengthening muscle mass and engaging in regular physical activity based on Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
* A new and bolder graphic will be reflected on the t-shirts. The colors for this year are Coral, Sports Grey and Purple. There are samples at the Extension office if you want to check out the exact colors.
* Environment Change Tip — “Make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice”. Each newsletter will feature a suggested environment change that participants can make at home or work, or both such as choosing a health buddy and creating a support network, making water your default beverage, reducing food waste, using “point of choice” prompts to help you make a healthful choice (use the stairs, pick a healthy snack, etc.), and more.

What’s next?
* Get together your team of six and “nominate” a captain. Complete all the required paperwork.
* Mark in your calendar-
1) Registrations are due to our office March 2.
2) The Kick-Off will be held at the Extension office on Friday, March 13, from 3:30 to 6:30 at which time T-shirts and other educational incentives will be available.
* Contact me at or 299-9300 if you have any questions. If you want to learn more about Walk Kansas? Visit the Walk Kansas home page at

I’m looking forward to Walk Kansas 2015.

Lori Wuellner is with K-State Research and Extension, Wyandotte County, telephone 913-299-9300.

KCKCC’s The Gallery to feature works by area artist

Art by Alexander Austin is on display at The Gallery at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (Photo from Karen Hernandez)
Art by Alexander Austin is on display at The Gallery at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (Photo from Karen Hernandez)

by Kelly Rogge
The Gallery at Kansas City Kansas Community College will be the host of a new art exhibit this month featuring Kansas City, Mo., artist Alexander Austin.

The exhibit is free and open for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday beginning Feb. 20. An opening reception from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 is also free and open to the public. The exhibit closes March 4.

If individuals would like to view the exhibit during alternate times, an appointment can be made. The Gallery is in Lower Jewell on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave.

Austin, who was born in Tallahassee, Fla., is a self-taught artist that began drawing as a young child. He was discovered when he entered his artwork into the North Florida Fair. He later gained recognition by painting murals on abandoned buildings and graffiti covered walls in the 1990s after he moved to Kansas City, Mo.

He is also the artist behind the largest mural in Kansas City, Mo., history, which was completed in 2007. Commissioned by the Cordish Co., the 18,000 square foot mural is on the southern façade of a building in the Kansas City Power and Light District. He has painted other murals for companies such as McDonalds, Google Fiber and the Kansas City Zoo and has also freelanced for Hallmark Cards.

Austin’s work has been published by Yale University Press and the Whitney Museum of Art in New York and has been featured in the Kansas City Star, the New York Times, Essence Magazine and Time Magazine.

Austin’s mural of Kansas City legend Buck O’Neil was used for the opening of the 2012 All Star Game and his work is owned by celebrities such as Will Smith, Magic Johnson and Danny Glover. The Studio Museum in Harlem lists Austin as one of the top 30 African-American artists working in the United States today.

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at KCKCC.