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Renaissance Festival continues on weekends
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival continues on Saturday and Sunday 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. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website at www.kcrenfest.com.

Cross-Lines to hold annual Gala for Hope dinner and auction
Cross-Lines Community Outreach, 736 Shawnee, Kansas City, Kan., will hold its 11th annual dinner gala and auction Oct. 4 at the Ritz Charles, Overland Park, Kan. The fundraising event begins with a reception and silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 7:15 p.m., a live auction at 8:15 p.m. and dancing to live music at 9 p.m. Registration is $150 per person. For more information, visit www.cross-lines.org/.

Programs offered for Spanish-speaking women
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., offers these programs for Spanish-speaking women: Grupo de mujeres: les invitamos a disfrutar, compartir, apoyo, con lideres, Mary Ellen Rodriguez y Ana Maria Sauer, 7, 14 y 28 de octubre,, 10-11:30 a.m.
Aprenda hacer bocaditos para sus hijos, Jueves, 9 de octubre, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clase de nutrición para mamas, Presentado por Teresa Moreno de programa de Kansas State Extension.
Grupo de salud emocional de la mujer, ofrecido por MOCSA, los martes, 1-2:30 p.m. Para registrarse contacte a Marie Alcocer, LLame 816-285-1357.

NAACP to meet Oct. 7
The Kansas City, Kan., Branch NAACP will meet Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Bethany Medical Office Building, 21 N. 12th St., Kansas City, Kan., in the second-floor meeting room. The Executive Committee will meet at 6 p.m., followed by the general membership meeting at 7 p.m. At 7 p.m., there will be a report of the Nomination Committee, receipt of nominations by petition, and election of the Election Supervisory Committee. All members whose membership is current by April 1, 2014, may be nominated for office or as an “at large” member of the Executive Committee. In order to sign a nominating petition, or be elected to the Election Supervisory Committee, a member must be current as of 30 days prior to the October meeting. All committees should bring a committee report of activities for the month of September. The branch will be accepting memberships through the entire year. For more information, call 913-281-7900.

Women’s Chamber to meet Oct. 8
The Kansas City, Kan., Women’s Chamber of Commerce will meet on Oct. 8 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Eisenhower Room, 5th and Minnesota, Kansas City, Kan. Networking begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by the meeting at 8 a.m. The speaker is Deb Ritschel, client relationship manager for UMB Bank, whose topic is identity theft. Guests are welcome, and reservations are required by emailing Barbara Newby at btnewbyks@gmail.com, or calling 913-485-1208, or Ardith Deason at deason_a@wmhci.org, telephone 913-233-3305. The reservation deadline is Oct. 5. The cost, including a buffet breakfast, is $20 for members and $25 or nonmembers.

Parenting class to begin Oct. 8
“Stress-Free Parenting” for all ages, a free two-part program, will be presented from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on two Wednesdays, Oct. 8 and 15, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. To register, call 913-906-8990. Only a limited number of child care spaces are available, by request.

Flu shot clinic offered Oct. 8
KCKCC is holding two free flu shot clinics in October. The first is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 8, and the second is from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 15. Both clinics will be in Upper Jewell on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave. The flu clinic event is open to everyone who is at least 7 years old, while supplies last. It is sponsored by KCKCC, the Mother and Child Health Coalition and Walgreens. For more information about the flu clinic, call 816-283-6242, ext. 251. Questions can also be directed to Kim Morgan, college nurse at KCKCC, by calling 913-288-7683 or by email to kmorgan@kckcc.edu.

Fairfax group to meet Oct. 9

The Fairfax Industrial Association will meet at 11:15 a.m. Oct. 9 at Neff Packaging, 555 Sunshine Road, Kansas City, Kan. The topic will be the U.S. 69 bridge project. The guest speakers will be Jim Pickett, KDOT metro engineer; Kris Norton, KDOT project manager; and Lisa Stupps, MODOT project manager.

‘Master of Memory’ class scheduled Oct. 9
A memory retention class, “Master of Memory,” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the K-State Extension Office, 1216 N. 79th St., Kansas City, Kan. “Nutrition and Memory Function” is the topic for Oct. 9. For more information and to register for the class, call 913-299-9300 or email lwuellne@ksu.edu.

Open house planned for Keeler Center’s 11th birthday
Keeler Women’s Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, will hold an Open House to celebrate its 11th birthday from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at its offices, 2220 Central Ave, Kansas City, Kan. Come to find out about programs and services, meet volunteers and participants of programs. There will be refreshments and tours. Make reservations to 913-906-8990 or email kwc@mountosb.org.

Ethics Commission to meet
The Unified Government Ethics Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Wyandotte County Courthouse, second floor, Division 18, old county commissioners’ chambers, 710 N. 7th St.

Leadership academy planned
The Rosedale Neighborhood Leadership Academy will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at 1401 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Kan. The program will focus on relationship building. For more information and to make a reservation, call 913-677-5097 or email ahnna@rosedale.org.

Donnelly College to hold free community health fair Oct. 10
Donnelly College will hold a free community health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the college, 608 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan. Students enrolled in Donnelly’s practical nursing program will help with this event. There will be free flu shots, limited quantities available, a bone marrow drive, health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations and fitness activities.

Downtown Shareholders to sponsor food truck on Oct. 10
The Downtown Shareholders will hold Food Truck Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10 in the parking lot across from the Hilton Garden Inn at 5th and Minnesota, Kansas City, Kan. The Funnel Cake Truck will provide funnel cakes, corn dogs, fried Snickers and more.

Walk to Cure Lupus scheduled Oct. 11
The Kansas City Metro Walk to Cure Lupus is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 11, at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at The Legends area in Kansas City, Kan. Former Kansas City Chiefs player Eddie Kennison, honorary co-chair, will lead the walk. For more information, see www.lupuswalkkc.org.

Turner Days scheduled Oct. 11-12
Turner Days are scheduled Oct. 11-12. The event includes a parade, 5k run, vendors, mud volleyball, car show and petting zoo.

Leavenworth Road Association to meet Oct. 14
The Leavenworth Road Association will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at Trinity Community Church, 5010 Parallel Parkway, lower level, for a potluck dinner and social hour followed by the program at 7 p.m. There will be flu shots available at the meeting, plus a presentation about hearing tests.

Blood drives planned Oct. 15 at KCKCC
A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Kansas City Kansas Community College Technical Education Center – Multipurpose Room, 6565 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Another blood drive will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Kansas City Kansas Community College, Room 2325, Jewell Center, 7250 State Ave. For information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Program to be presented on budgeting
“Budgeting for the Holidays,” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 15. A light supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the program will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Men and women are welcome. The program is presented in partnership with Heartland Habitat for Humanity. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Program planned Oct. 15 with Project Rachel
Keeler Women’s Center, in partnership with Project Rachel, will present “What I Learned After My Abortion,” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, Oct. 15, at 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Call 913-906-8990 to register. Call 913-906-8990 to register or call Project Rachel at 816-591-3804.

Perennials to be topic of presentation
“Perennials for a Lasting Garden,” a presentation by Sarah Heppler, master gardener with K-State Research and Extension, will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

UG Commission to meet Oct. 16
The Unified Government Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at City Hall, lobby level, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. An agenda should be posted at www.wycokck.org.

Fundraiser planned Oct. 17
A Leavenworth Road Association fundraiser is planned from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the FOP Hall, 7844 Leavenworth Road. The chili dinner and dance will feature music by the Hole in the Wall Band from the Frontier Steakhouse, playing from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $12 per person or $20 per couple. At the door, tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. For ticket information, call the Leavenworth Road Association office at 913-788-3988.

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.

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.

Counseling offered
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.

Saturday events

Racing continues at Kansas Speedway
Race weekend continues on Saturday, Oct. 4, with the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway, I-70 and I-435 in Kansas City, Kan. The race at 2:30 p.m. will be on ESPN cable television. There also will be qualifying for the Nationwide Series earlier in the day, as well as practices for the Sprint Cup Series. Local favorite race driver Jennifer Jo Cobb, a native of Kansas City, Kan., plans to compete in the Nationwide event. For more information, visit www.kansasspeedway.com.

Choir Festival planned Saturday
The Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools will hold its annual Choral Festival on Saturday, Oct. 4. The event will begin at noon in the Washington High School Auditorium, 7340 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan. The event will feature choirs from many of the district’s middle and high schools. Also performing will be the Voices of Change (young men’s choir from KCK), the Kansas City Kansas Community College choir and the All-City Children’s Chorus. Staff, students and community members are invited to come and hear these groups perform. Admission is $1.

Church plans German Fest on Saturday

St. Martin Lutheran Church will sponsor its eighth annual German Fest from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the church, 13849 Hollingsworth Road (the corner of Highway 7 and Hollingsworth Road), Kansas City, Kan. The program features live music from the Grisnik Orchestra and the German Dance Group, “Blautaler Schuhplattler Dancers.” There will be face painting, inflatables, and children’s activities. The event includes a beer garden, silent auction for charities, tethered hot air balloon rides and hayrides, weather permitting. A dinner of roasted pork, brats, homemade sauerkraut, warm German potato salad, dessert and more is planned. There are hot dog meals available for children. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

Renaissance Festival continues on weekends

The Kansas City Renaissance Festival continues on Saturday and Sunday 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. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website at www.kcrenfest.com.

Cross-Lines to hold annual Gala for Hope dinner and auction
Cross-Lines Community Outreach, 736 Shawnee, Kansas City, Kan., will hold its 11th annual dinner gala and auction Oct. 4 at the Ritz Charles, Overland Park, Kan. The fundraising event begins with a reception and silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 7:15 p.m., a live auction at 8:15 p.m. and dancing to live music at 9 p.m. Registration is $150 per person. For more information, visit www.cross-lines.org/.

New programs at Donnelly College to create opportunities for students

A ribbon-cutting was held Oct. 1 at Donnelly College for a new program that will help students obtain high school and college degrees. (Photo by William Crum)
A ribbon-cutting was held Oct. 1 at Donnelly College for a new program that will help students obtain high school and college degrees. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

There was a ribbon-cutting at Donnelly College Oct. 1 in Kansas City, Kan., in honor of a new program called Jobs for America’s Graduates.

Donnelly College is a partner with JAG, Gateway to College and the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools to help Wyandotte County students to be ready for college. The organizations will help students obtain high school diplomas and college degrees, and will help with their career opportunities.

This program is the first one in the state of Kansas, according to Donnelly officials. There are 43 programs like this nationwide.
The student-to-teacher ratio at Donnelly College is very low. This program encourages students to learn, both in and out of the classroom, in a positive manner. Donnelly College is known for its individual instruction, said Monsignor Stuart Swetland, president of Donnelly College.

According to Bill Hurrelbrink, communication coordinator with Mayor Mark Holland’s office, this is part of the healthy communities program. This program not only teaches students to learn in the classroom, but it also teaches them how to deal with life.