Donnelly plans Multicultural Festival April 11

Donnelly College will hold its 2014 Multicultural Festival fr0m 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 11,  at 608 N. 18th St., in Kansas City, Kan.

This annual, family-friendly event allows Donnelly College to showcase and celebrate the wide array of cultures included in its student population.

Highlights of this year’s festival will include fun and interactive student presentations;  international food sampling; henna body painting; live music and dance performances; and hand-crafted items, which will be available for purchase. Admission, as well as on-campus parking, is free and open to the public.

Student displays, designed to educate on local, regional, and international culture and customs, will be held from  4 to 6:30 p.m. in Donnelly College’s Community Event Center.

Food vendor sales, arts and crafts, and musical performances will take place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in the Campus Meeting Room. Ottoman’s House, Ten Thousand Villages, The Embellished Body, and local, Latin music group, Son Selecta, will be among the featured vendors and performers.

“The Multicultural Festival is my favorite event of the year,” said Betsy Gran, Multicultural Festival co-coordinator. “Our students come from all over the world and it’s wonderful to celebrate their cultures–and ours–through food, dance and music.”

For more information about the Donnelly Multicultural Festival, contact Michelle Bridges at 913-621-8757 or

Red flag warning, wind advisory in effect for Wednesday

Wednesday’s forecast includes a red flag warning and a wind advisory for Wyandotte County. (National Weather Service graphic)

A red flag warning and a wind advisory will be in effect Wednesday in Wyandotte County.

The red flag warning will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., while the wind advisory is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Today’s forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers after 5 p.m., the weather service said.

Most of the day will be mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

Tie down any loose objects outdoors today. Windy weather will see a south wind of 14 to 19 mph increasing to 23 to 28 mph in the afternoon, and winds could gust as high as 39 mph, according to the weather service forecast.

Wednesday afternoon relative humidity values (National Weather Service graphic)

Relative humidity values today will fall to 20 to 30 percent, which will create a high fire danger, given the strong winds.

On Thursday, a cold front will move into the area, bringing a threat for thunderstorms, the weather service predicted.

Before Thursday, scattered thunderstorms will move through the area late Wednesday. Strong storms are not expected on Wednesday at this time.

Severe thunderstorm risk Thursday (National Weather Service graphic)

By Thursday afternoon, a line of strong to severe thunderstorms is expected to develop just west of the I-35 corridor and spread into central Missouri through the evening, the weather service said.

Depending on the degree of instability, a few of these initial storms could be super cells for a brief time near the I-35 corridor with large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

Storms will then develop into a line moving toward central Missouri with large hail and isolated damaging winds the primary threats, the weather service said.