Plan a trip to the ‘Rozarks’ Saturday for a new nature trail opening

What’s like the Ozarks but is in Kansas City, Kan.? One such area is the “Rozarks” in Rosedale.

The Rozarks Nature Trail will hold its grand opening Saturday, May 31, at Mount Marty Park (Rosedale Arch), 35th and Marty, Kansas City, Kan. Events begin at 9 a.m. and last past 1:30 p.m.

More than 170 volunteers have put in 739 hours of work to construct the natural surface trails in the park since September 2013.

The trails are the result of community planning for a healthy neighborhood, and these visions were outlined in the Rosedale Master Plan and Southwest Boulevard-Merriam Lane “Green Corridor” Master Plan, as well as the Unified Government’s Sidewalk and Trails Master Plan.

The event will begin with a trail workday from 9 a.m. to noon. A free community lunch, catered by local business Deco Catering, will follow at noon, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Neighbors, volunteers and special guests will participate in a trail walk and bike ride at 1:30 p.m.

The trails were created through a partnership between Rosedale Development Association, Earthriders Trails Association and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan. They are expected to bring additional visitors to the Rosedale Arch, a memorial to Rosedale veterans constructed in 1924, and provide a car-free environment for walking and biking in the neighborhood. Since 2009, the Rosedale Development Association has been working to create an environment that promotes health and physical activity.

Event sponsors include Lane 4 Property Management, BNIM, Mid-America Regional Council, KC Healthy Kids, and Earthriders Trails Association. Other partners include the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., Bike Walk KC and Healthy Communities Wyandotte. This is the final event of Bike Month, a month-long celebration of bicycles that included dozens of events throughout the metro area.

Rozarks T-shirts will be available for purchase for $12 at the event, and proceeds will support ongoing trail development. All food and beverages are free.

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Track and field event set May 31
The Hershey Track and Field event, an annual competition, will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at Washington High School, 73rd and Leavenworth Road. Those who are age 14 and younger may participate in the free track event. They may be in three events. Those who are 9-14 may qualify for the state Hershey Track meet. To pre-register, visit local community recreation centers. Registration also will be at the event, beginning at 8 a.m.

Sign up for library’s reading program

The Kansas City, Kan., Public Library’s summer reading program has started signing up readers. The program runs from June 1 to July 31. Participate at any of the five library branches. After signing up, participants may start logging books on June 1. For more information, visit the website at

Kosher Fest planned June 1
On June 1, there is going to be Kosher Fest, which will be held in the parking lot of congregation Ohev Sholom located at 75th and Nall in Overland Park, Kan. The hours are from noon to 5 p.m. KosherFest is the fifth biannual event, a Kansas City tradition join thousands of friends and neighbors from the entire metropolitan area. At this event they will have not only kosher food they will also have electric cars on display plus there will be a lot of information regarding the various community gardens throughout the Greater Kansas City area plus there will be a lot for whole family. This event only happens every two years and it is truly an experience. In fact Congregation Ohev Sholom started off in Kansas City, Kan., and in the early 1960s moved to Overland Park, Kan. There are a lot of members who live in Kansas City, Kan., who belong to this congregation. For more information you can call congregation Ohev Sholom at 913-642-6460 or visit the website,

‘Dueling Pianos’ program planned June 1
Dennis Laffoon and Tony Rustici will entertain for “Dueling Pianos” from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at Holy-Field Vineyard and Winery, 18807 158th St. (158th and State Avenue), Basehor, Kan. Food will be available. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12. Wine and food will be sold separately. For more information, visit

Addictions support group to meet
“All Addictions Group,” a free support group for women dealing with any kind of addiction, at any stage of recovery, meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Call 913-906-8990 or register online at

Parenting class to start June 4
“Effective Parenting,” a free three-part series, will be presented from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, June 4, 11 and 18, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. To register, call 913-906-8990. Be sure to mention if you need child care; there are only a limited number of spaces available.

Series to discuss dreams
“Dreams and the Spiritual Journey,” with Jane Maxfield, four-part series, Thursdays, June 5-26, 9:30-11 a.m., at Keeler women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Maxfield holds a certificate in projective dreamwork from the Marin Institute and has facilitated workshops for Elderhostel, retreat groups, arts, and women’s groups. Religious traditions around the globe and through the ages have recognized attention to dreams as a means of finding our path to wholeness and holiness. The techniques and tools explored in the four-session class include improving dream recall, recording dreams, discovering more of the multiple levels of meaning found in every dream, and experiencing the potential of working with dreams in a circle of support. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Workshop concentrates on relationships
A workshop to improve relationships is planned from June 6 to July 25. The seven-week workshop will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays. No meeting on July 4. Sponsored by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, the workshop for individuals, “Within My Reach,” will include activities and discussions about communication, problem solving, expectations and creating and maintaining a loving relationship. The workshop will be at Catholic Charities, Keeler Conference Office, 2220 Central Ave. Preregistration is required to 913-621-5775 or

Armourdale Optimist Club to meet June 10
The Armourdale Optimist Club will hold its bimonthly luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. June 10 at 1206 Osage Ave. in the Armourdale area of Kansas City, Kan.
The speakers will be 2nd District Unified Government Commissioner Brian McKiernan and Bundy Jenkins. The luncheon cost is $7 per person. The meal consists of a full roast beef dinner, roasted asparagus, fresh veggie and fruit trays with dip. assorted soft drinks and desserts. On June 24 the Armourdale Optimists will be the host for Pam and John Lipari on their store closing. Call patty at 913-371-5696 for more information and for reservations. Reservations are needed in advance.

Police chief to speak at Women’s Chamber meeting
Ellen Hanson, Kansas City, Kan., interim chief of police, will be the guest speaker on Wednesday, June 11, at the meeting of the KCK Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Hanson is the retired chief of police of Lenexa, Kan., and interim chief in Kansas City, Kan. She will speak about her career and how she succeeded in a male-dominated field. The networking session is from 11:30 a.m. to noon followed by lunch and program from noon to 1 p.m. June 11 at Dave and Busters, The Legends Outlets, Village West. The cost for lunch is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. There will be a fundraiser for the scholarship fund. Guests are welcome, but reservations are required by emailing Barbara Newby at or calling 913-485-1208 or Ardith Deason at -telephone, 913-233-3305.

Anger management class offered
“Anger Management for Healthier Living” will be presented by Kirsten Stidham, Keeler intern, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Governor to speak at Fairfax meeting
Gov. Sam Brownback will be the guest speaker at the June 12 meeting of the Fairfax Industrial Association. The governor may speak between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. June 12 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Doors will open for the lunch event at 11 a.m. Serving will begin at 11:15 a.m. Those interested in attending may make reservations by 3 p.m. June 10 to Chuck Schlittler, executive director, at

Father’s Day run June 14 benefits three charities
The Kevin Gray Father’s Day 5k run-walk on Saturday, June 14, at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., was created to honor the former KC Sports Commission president and father of four daughters, Kevin Gray. Gray died on June 15, 2011, from a rare form of cancer. The run-walk started in 2012. This run has three beneficiaries, the University of Kansas Cancer Center, the Kevin Gray Family Education Fund, and the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation. Online registration is open until June 11. Registration will still be accepted on Friday, June 13, at packet pickup and on race day. The run starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 14 at Sporting Park. To register go to

Museum plans lock-in
An all-night lock-in is planned from 7 p.m. July 18 to 8 a.m. July 19 at the Wyandotte County Historical Museum, 126th and State. The event on July 18 is for girls ages 8 to 12. A safe night at the museum, tour, hands-on projects, evening snacks and a movie are planned. Boys will have a similar event on July 25. The cost is $25 per child. One adult must attend. Reservations are required. For information, call 913-573-5002.

Colyer to speak at health care summit June 14
A Health Care Solutions Summit is planned from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Painted Hills Golf Club, 7101 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. Sponsored by Leavenworth and Wyandotte County Republican groups, the guest speaker for the luncheon will be Dr. Jeff Colyer, Kansas lieutenant governor. A panel will discuss health care issues. A buffet luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m. and the program is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost of the full program with lunch is $25. The requested donation without lunch is $2.

Program offered on cropping systems
K-State Research and Extension is offering a workshop on “Low-till/No-till Cropping Systems” on July 21 in Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit

African-American Art Festival planned Aug. 9
The MoKan African-American Art Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Quindaro Park, 35th and Sewell, Kansas City, Kan. Those attending the free event may bring a blanket, enjoy artwork, stilt walkers Gullah basket weathers, African drummers and dancers, food and vendors. For more information about having an art exhibit there or being a vendor, contact 913-788-7330.

AT&T to be recognized as presenting sponsor for KCKCC Endowment’s gala event

by Kelly Rogge

The Kansas City Kansas Community College Endowment Association is in the planning stages for its first gala event this fall. One piece of the puzzle is already in place in the form of a Presenting Sponsor.

AT&T has committed $13,000 to the Endowment Association’s scholarship fund, and will be recognized as the Presenting Sponsor at the 4.0 Gala on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Lake Quivira. Patrick McCartney, executive director of the Endowment Association, said the commitment is a big step in the planning process.

“They (AT&T) really stepped up to help us,” he said. “This is the first time the college has ever done an event like this before. This signifies to the community this is a major event and will allow us to get other corporate supporters to step up and join us.”

Mike Scott, vice president-external affairs of AT&T Kansas, said AT&T wanted to become involved with the Endowment Association’s gala because supporting education is a major focus for the company. He said AT&T seeks to help students succeed not only in school, but in the workforce and in life.

“AT&T has been involved with KCKCC on a variety of initiatives because they help create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, and address community needs, which strengthens Kansas communities as well as our company,” Scott said. “At AT&T, our company has long held this core value – we do not simply support our communities. We are members of them, too. That’s why for more than a century we have helped shape those communities in countless ways – from our investment in our networks to our local philanthropic contributions and volunteer efforts.”

In addition to AT&T, Capitol Federal has signed on as a $10,000 sponsor. McCartney said the gala will serve as a “major fundraising effort” for the college. He said not only will the funds raised support the college, but will directly support students through scholarship opportunities. In addition to a dinner, there will be a live and silent action and the Wyandotte Countian of the Year and a Distinguished Alumni Award will also be given.

“We hope to continue this event and grow it into a major fundraiser for KCKCC,” he said.

AT&T is also serving as the Title Sponsor for the KCKCC Endowment Association’s Scholarship Scramble. The scramble is June 19 at the Painted Hills Golf Course, 7101 Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, Kan. The fee is $150 per player or $600 for a four person team. Pricing includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and dinner, two drink tickets, a goodie bag, $10 pro shop gift card and a Longest Drive and Putting Contest. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information about sponsorships or to register, contact Dawanna Fangohr at 913-288-7641 or by email at

“For many years, AT&T has proudly supported a wide variety of program and projects at KCKCC. Like AT&T’s $10,000 contribution in 2011 to support scholarships for students enrolled in Adult Education Program, these initiatives are all part of AT&T’s long-standing commitment to education,” Scott said. “AT&T will continue to support education in a myriad of ways. By continuing to work together, we can make an exponential impact on education.”