Community calendar

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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 www.kckpl.org.

Informational meeting planned on downtown healthy campus
An informational meeting on the new healthy campus is planned from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 8 at the Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.  The downtown healthy campus will be at 10th and State, and plans are to have a grocery store and community center. The Unified Government is seeking opinions from the community about plans for the project, including opinions about green space and housing options.

Topic of seminar to be ‘Understanding Grief’
A seminar on “Understanding Grief” will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Rosedale Development Association, 1401 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Kan. The seminar will be presented by Stella Ruiz of Crossroads Hospice. She will discuss reactions to loss, what grief is and how different people respond to it.

Program covers post-harvest handling
A program for gardeners and those who raise food on “Post-Harvest Handling” will take place on May 12 in Kansas City, Kan. The program is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension. For more information, visit www.growinggrocers.org.

Support group to meet May 12
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Kansas City, Kan., Support and Education group, will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 12, at Trinity Community Church 5010 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.  The program topic is bipolar disorders.  The group is for consumers and families. For more information, call Gerald Ulrich at 913-299-8490.

Book club to meet
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will serve as host of a monthly book club for women that meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. The book for May 13 is “The Bird Sisters” by Rebecca Rasmussen. Call 913-906-8990 to register. A limited number of books are available for participants.

Programs for women offered in Spanish
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., offers programs for Spanish-speaking women: Grupo de mujeres, dirigido por Mary Ellen Rodriguez y Ana Maria Sauer:10-11 a.m. Los martes,  13, y 20 de mayo. Grupo de salud emocional de la mujer, ofrecido por MOCSA, los martes, 1-2:30 p.m. Para registrarse contacte a Carol Vicuna, Llame 816-285-1328. Compartiendo nuestras vidas: Grupo de discusión para mujeres, dirigido por Teresa Kerbawy, lunes, 12 de mayo, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Women’s Chamber to meet May 14
The Kansas City, Kan., Women’s Chamber of Commerce will meet from 11:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 14, at Dave and Buster’s, Village West at The Legends Outlets. The program is “Damsel in Defense,” and Mary Riesberger will speak about equipping women with tools to keep them safe and give them confidence. Cost of the program is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Reservations are required by emailing Barbara Newby at btnewbyks@gmail.com or calling 913-485-1208.

Program offered on discipline
“Discipline without Screaming or Scolding,” part 2, will be presented from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. To register for the free class, call 913-906-8990. Also call to request child care; only a limited number of spaces are available for child care.

Armourdale group to meet May 15
The Armourdale community meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Armourdale Renewal Recreation Center, 730 Osage Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Deputy Chief Terry Ziegler will present a safety program, and there will be a summer recreation planning topic on the agenda. Free refreshments will be served.

UG Commission to meet May 15
The Unified Government Commission will meet at 7 p.m. May 15 at the Commission Chambers, City Hall, 701 N. 7th, Kansas City, Kan.  An agenda may be posted online at www.wycokck.org.

Croquet tourney scheduled May 16
The fifth Downtown KCK Cork House croquet tournament will be held at 4 p.m. May 16 at 509 N. 6th St.  The tourney could be held on the City Vision Champion Lawn and another course could be added to the south near St. Mary’s Church. The cost of the tournament is $10, including food and drinks. For more information, call 913-371-1944.

Democratic breakfast to be May 17
The Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast will be May 17 at the Eisenhower Room in the Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Ave. Breakfast is at 8:15 a.m.; the program starts at 9:15. Speakers will be State Sen. David Haley and State Reps. Kathy Wolfe Moore and Tom Burroughs. A precinct and campaign training workshop, led by Kansas Democratic Party political director Kerry Gooch,  will take place immediately after the breakfast forum.

Free bike rodeo May 17 to provide bike helmets for kids
The free KCK Kiwanis West Bike Rodeo returns Saturday, May 17, to the Schlitterbahn Waterpark, 9400 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Elementary-aged kids will have the opportunity to learn tips on cycling safety, participate in interactive activities that promote health and safety and to sneak a peek at attractions at Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark at the eighth annual bike event. Hours are from 9 a.m. to noon May 17. The event sponsors plan to distribute up to 300 free bike safety helmets and T-shirts to participants. Activities will take place in the parking lot and entrance area of Schlitterbahn, and a large turnout is anticipated. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Kids are encouraged to bring their bicycles. Helmets will be fitted, bikes will be inspected for safety, and kids may visit bike riding stations to earn a safety certificate. Those with questions on the day of the event may call 816-751-4227.

Time management class offered
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Avenue, KCK, will present a workshop, “Time Management for Women,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, May 19, presented by Chiquita Miller of K-State Extension. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

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.

KCK student inducted into Phi Kappa Phi at K-State

Michael Saylor of Kansas City, Kan., was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Saylor was initiated at Kansas State University. Saylor is among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year.

Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The society has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. Its mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

KCKCC’s Blue Devil 5K is a success

Kids participated in the 2014 Blue Devil 5K and Kids Trot recently. (KCKCC photo)

by Kelly Rogge
Exercise was the name of the game during the 2014 Blue Devil 5K and Kids Trot.
The event, which is in its 10th year, was May 3 on the Kansas City Kansas Community College campus.  Eighty participants crossed the finish line.
“This year’s Blue Devil 5k and Kids Trot went awesome,” said Joe Mundt, trainer at the KCKCC Wellness and Fitness Center. “It is great to see the community come out and support our event. Participants really enjoyed the great weather and watching the kids do their races after the 5k was done.”
The goal of the annual event is to get the community more active. The winners were the husband and wife pair of Matt Greer, 18 minutes and 8 second and Angela Greer, 22 minutes and 37 seconds. They both also won last year. Awards were also given to the top finishers in each category. Following the 5K race, children had the opportunity to participate in the Kids Trot. There was also a pancake breakfast in Lower Jewell.
“Our KCKCC Wellness Center staff does a great job every year putting this event on. From setting up the course to helping participants get their bib numbers and timing chips on before the race, our staff does it all,” Mundt said. “The participant’s excitement leading up to the event helps to motivate us to make this event even better each year.”
Donations for the Blue Devil 5K Run/Walk were received from the Midwest Regional Credit Union, Sam’s Club and the KCKCC Bookstore.
For more information about the Blue Devil 5K or the KCKCC Wellness and Fitness Center, call 913-288-7370.

The 2014 Blue Devil 5K and Kids Trot got the community involved in running events. (KCKCC photo)