Saturday events

 

Ethnic festival: The annual Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Kansas City Kansas Community College Field House, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Ethnic food will be for sale. Music and dance groups will entertain. In this file photo from 2013, the KCK Concert Choir performed at the Ethnic Festival. For more information on the festival, visit www.freewebs.com/wycoethnicfestival/. (Staff file photo)

Ethnic festival to be Saturday

The annual Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Kansas City Kansas Community College Field House, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Ethnic food will be for sale. Music and dance groups will entertain.  For more information on the festival, visit www.freewebs.com/wycoethnicfestival/.

Town Hall Forum planned April 12

The Kansas City, Kan., Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Town Hall Forum about legislative topics from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City, Kan. The public will hear an update on legislation and will have the opportunity to meet with members of the Wyandotte County legislative delegation. The program is free and open to the public.

Church plans benefit supper

Edwardsville United Methodist Church, 302 N. 4th St., Edwardsville, Kan., will hold its Second Saturday Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12. It will feature spaghetti. salads, desserts and drinks. Suggested donations are $8 for adults and $3 for children.

Easter egg hunt, parade planned

A “hallelujah” parade is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th, Kansas City, Kan., followed by an Easter egg hunt at 11:40 a.m. on the parish grounds.

Book sale continues at Bonner library

The spring book sale continues Saturday, April 12, at the Bonner Springs Library sponsored by the Friends of the Library. A variety of fiction and nonfiction along with CDs and DVDs, large print and many books for children are available. Hard back volumes are $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents, as well as a bargain corner of older items for only 25 cents.  Many donated items are like new and would make great gifts.  On Saturday the sale will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.The sale is located in the basement storm shelter area which is available from the parking lot in back of the library. The Bonner Springs City Library is at 201 N. Nettleton Ave., Bonner Springs.

Entrepreneurs at KCKCC Innovation Summit hear from successful startup CEO

Toby Rush, CEO of EyeVerify, gave the keynote address at the third annual Innovation Summit. The summit is held by Kansas City Kansas Community College. (KCKCC photo)

by Kelly Rogge

The 3rd Annual Kansas City Kansas Community College Innovation Summit took place April 4 on the KCKCC campus.

The keynote speaker, Toby Rush, CEO of EyeVerify, captivated the audience by telling his story about the growth of his startup businesses.

Approximately 325 people attended throughout the event and interacted with entrepreneurs in both high school and general categories.

Twelve high school representatives from Blue Valley, Basehor, Shawnee Mission and Wyandotte as well as a home school student offered creative innovations in sporting and medical equipment, drone technology, IT, pet grooming and more. Twelve adult representatives offered innovations in medical devices, recreational equipment, culinary arts, IT, safety and other areas.

Participants voted, using fake money, on exhibits which had the highest potential. While the “votes” were counted, a panel of successful entrepreneurs including Joyce Williams (beauty products), Joey Soto (coffee sales) and Edgar Galicia (printing and graphic design) provided highlights of their entrepreneurial journey. A luncheon address was delivered by Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Mark Holland.

Six finalists in each category competed with their three-minute pitch in front of the judges. The judges included expert bankers, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, educators, and investors. In the general category, the first place prize of $2,500 went to Kristen and Katelin Karlin with Ship and Dip. Second place went to Charlie Chick with Flame Shield. Third place went to Greg Hardin with Awesome Mascot Media. The winner of the People’s Choice Awards was Nick and Nadine Civitello with the Intoxicator.

In the high school category, first place award of $2,500 went to Natlie Cabell with Dove Glove. Second place went to Kaitlyn Kotterman and Catie Dunn with Serve it LLC, and third place went to Caleb Moser with Mint Mug. The People’s Choice recipient was Kotterman and Dunn with Serve It LLC.

The Innovation Summit, originated by Kansas City Kansas Community College Workforce Development, is successful, due to a large amount of community support through sponsors and partners. State Street Bank served as the Platinum Sponsor with $10,000 of prize money. The University of Missouri-Kansas City sponsored the breakfast. Other financial sponsors included Youth Entrepreneurs, Unified Government of Wyandotte County, the Wyandotte Economic Development Council, Kansas Small Business Development Center, KCSourceLink, KCK Chamber, KCK Women’s Chamber, Sam’s Club and Emporia State University-KC.

Summit partners who helped with planning and execution included the Women’s Business Center, Unified Government, SCORE, the KCK Black Chamber, Leavenworth County Development Council, EyeVerify, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Central Avenue Betterment Association.

The KCKCC Workforce Development Team is considering expanding the 2015 Summit to include additional pitch competitions by summit winners at regional and national contests.

For more information, call 913-288-7284 or email Marisa Gray, business development liaison for Workforce Development at KCKCC, at mcgray@kckcc.edu.

Police hold meet-and-greet event with public

The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department recently held a meet-and-greet session with the public at Trinity Community Church hall, 5010 Parallel Parkway. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

Recently, the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department held a meet-and-greet session at the Trinity Community Church, 5010 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.

This event was designed for the public to meet local police officers.

By having these meet-and-greet sessions, this allows the public to interact with the Police Department.

The hoped-for result is that the public will feel more comfortable with the Police Department, and that the Police Department may have extra eyes in the community, leading to a crime reduction.

Kansas City, Kan., Interim Police Chief Ellen Hanson recently met with the public at a meet-and-greet event held at the Trinity Community Church hall, 5010 Parallel Parkway. (Photo by William Crum)