Saturday events

Polski Day celebration planned May 3
The 30th annual Polski Day celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at All Saints Parish, 8th and Vermont Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., at the St. Joseph Church site. The festival features live music, dancing and ethnic food. A parade starts at 11 a.m. at 12th and Central, proceeding to 8th and Vermont. Live music is planned. A polka Mass will be held at 4 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo parade planned May 3
The seventh annual downtown Cinco de Mayo parade is planned at 11 a.m. May 3 in Kansas City, Kan. The parade starts at 6th and Minnesota, travels west on Minnesota and ends on 12th Street, where a festival will take place. There will be food, entertainment, children’s activities, music, and dancing at the festival. The event is sponsored by Bonito Michoacan market.

Marble Day to be May 3 in Bonner Springs
The eighth annual Marble Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in downtown Bonner Springs, Kan. The event is at Oak Street and Centennial Park. The event kicks off with a Marble Day 5k run at 8 a.m., followed by a Tractor Cruise and Wacky Parade at 9:30 a.m.  After opening ceremonies at 10:15 a.m., a marble tournament is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Marble activities and old-fashioned games are planned from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A bike rodeo will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  One of the unique Bonner Springs events, the “Running of the Pinkys,” is planned at noon. It involves a competition where pinky balls are released. The winners of this activity will be announced at 1 p.m. For more information, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/marble-day-to-be-may-3-in-bonner-springs/.

Benefit pancake breakfast planned for Shepherd’s Center

A benefit pancake breakfast fundraiser for the Shepherd’s Center will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Cross-Lines Retirement Center, 3030 Powell, Kansas City, Kan. The donation for pancakes, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee will be $8. Cross-Lines residents will pay $6. The Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kan., is an interfaith,  multicultural nonprofit organization that promotes and supports successful aging.

Maywood pancake breakfast planned

All the pancakes you can eat will be offered for $6 at Maywood Community Church Saturday, May 3. Prepared by “Chris Cakes,” pancakes will be served from 9 a.m. until noon at the church at 11201 Parallel Parkway. Open to the public and sponsored by Maywood’s Relay for Life Team, all proceeds will go the American Cancer Society.

Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners annual plant sale to be May 3
The annual plant sale of the Wyandotte County Master Gardeners will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or as long as inventory is left) Saturday, May 3, at the Wildcat Room, Wyandotte County Extension office, 1200 N. 79th St., Kansas City, Kan. The Wyandotte County Master Gardeners will offer tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, herbs, and other vegetable and fruit plants started by the members, and collections of perennials, annuals, Kansas native wildflowers and ornamental grasses. New to the sale this year will be succulent plants, gently used books and gardening supplies. Master Gardeners will be on hand to help with selections and answer gardening questions. For information, call 913-299-9300.

Fishing derby planned May 3
A kids fishing derby is planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cabela’s, 10300 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, Kan. Kids may bring their own fishing equipment to participate.

Blue Devil 5k Fun Run – Walk and Kids Trot to be May 3
The Blue Devil 5k Fun Run – Walk and Kids Trot will be held starting at 9 a.m. Saturday May 3, at Kansas City Kansas Community College, Conference Center, 7250 State Ave.

Health for All Soccer Day scheduled
A Health for All Soccer Day will take place from 7 p.m.to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at St. Margaret’s Park, 230 S. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. It is free for youth. Youths may register at www.kansascityymca.org/about-y-news/free-soccer-days-clinics or show up 20 minutes early. T-shirts and other items may be given away. For information, call 913-439-9349.

Residents plan garage sale
The resident council of Westgate Towers, 6100 Leavenworth Road, will have a garage sale Friday-Sunday (May 2, 3 and 4) in the highrise parking lot.

Mid-Life Players presents ‘Cats’ in concert May 3 at Alcott
The Mid-Life Players, a local nonprofit musical theater group, will present a concertized performance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber favorite, “Cats,” this Saturday, May 3, at the Alcott Arts Center, 180 S. 18th St., in Kansas City, Kan. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased through brownpapertickets.com.

Delaware Ridge student wins state Doodle for Google competition

A Delaware Ridge Elementary student won the state Doodle for Google competition. On the left are Colin Garner, his mom, Tina Jones, his dad, Jeremy Garner, and on the right are art teacher Dennis Stanton, Brian, a Googler, Eric, a Googler, and Principal Cindy Kapeller. They are at Delaware Ridge Elementary School. (Photo from Delaware Ridge School)

Colin Garner, a student at Delaware Ridge Elementary School in the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville School District, has won the Kansas Doodle for Google competition.

Colin and his family won a trip to California for the finals at Google headquarters.

In the contest, students throughout the nation were invited to “doodle” their inventions to make the world a better place.

If his doodle is chosen as the national winner, the prize is a college scholarship. His artwork, called “Peanut Detector,” is online at the contest website, https://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html#d=d2-2.

Colin stated that his football coach this year is allergic to peanuts so he wanted to invent a machine to help. In his words, “Since some people are allergic to peanuts, my invention can make it so that people who are allergic can eat peanuts safely.”

The national winner’s doodle will appear on the Google.com homepage and the winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his school.

The public is invited to vote for Colin’s artwork online at https://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html#d=d2-2. The voting started April 29 and continues through May 9.

Long-time KCK accordionist remembered by Polski Day organizers

Accordionist Don Lipovac, who died April 26, played at the 2013 Polski Day celebration. (File photo from 2013 by William Crum)

Polski Day, which will be held Saturday, May 3, will not seem the same this year without accordionist Don Lipovac.

Lipovac has played the accordion at the event for the past eight to 10 years, said Cathy Kolenda-Smith, Polski Day Committee member.   Lipovac, 79, died Saturday, April 26.

“It was very devastating that Don has passed. He was a great musician and he contributed a lot to Polski Days,” Kolenda-Smith said.

Known for playing the accordion at similar festivals in the community, as well as at weddings, showers, and at funerals, Lipovac had his own polka band and also led the Tamburitzans at St. John’s School for many years. He was a graduate of Wyandotte High School who held degrees from the Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

“I knew Don very well,” Kolenda-Smith said. “He definitely did a lot in the polka world.”

Lipovac was so well known in the community that the Rev. Mike May mentioned him in the invocation given at the Unified Government Commission meeting on May 1. He asked everyone “to give thanks to God for all he has brought to us over the years, and pause for a moment to remember him.”

Kolenda-Smith said that Lipovac will be missed. Other musicians have swapped schedules to help out at the Polski Day Festival on Saturday, she said. Some coming in from Omaha, Neb., will help, and the schedules of the different musicians will be changed.

Polski Day will get under way at 11 a.m. Saturday with a parade at 12th and Central to 8th Street, then to Vermont, ending at the All Saints parish at 8th and Vermont in Kansas City, Kan.

There, a festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with entertainment, activities, children’s activities, food, and music. A Mass is planned at the church at 4 p.m.