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Holy Family Catholic Church will celebrate Slovenefest from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, on the Monsignor Mejak Hall, gym and school grounds, 513 Ohio, Kansas City, Kan. The event is dedicated to the late Don Lipovac, accordionist, in recognition of his contributions to the community. Slovenefest begins with a Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 274 Orchard St., Kansas City, Kan. The festival, after the Mass, includes games, souvenirs, a silent auction, and a Slovenian dinner.

Judson Baptist Church, 8300 State Ave., plans Grandparent Recognition Sunday on Sept. 7. The Sunday morning worship service is at 11 a.m.

Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will offer “Holy Women, The Desert Mothers,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11. Sister Judith Sutera, OSB, will be the presenter. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, is preparing for its 50th year celebration on Sunday, Sept. 28. A potluck-fellowship is planned after the 10:30 a.m. service. A variety show also is planned as part of the celebration.

Our Lady of Unity Parish will hold Our Lady of Unity Fest from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Sacred Heart field, 2646 S. 34th, Kansas City, Kan. The event includes family entertainment, carnival games, inflatables for kids, talent contest, variety of musical groups, Mexican dance groups, American and Mexican-style food, drinks and a silent auction.

Persons of all Christian traditions are invited to participate in Taizé prayer on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. in Annunciation Chapel on the campus of the Mother House of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, 4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, Kan. Taizé prayer is a meditative, candlelit service that includes simple chants sung repeatedly, silence, and prayers of praise and intercession. These prayer services emerged from an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. For more information, visit or call 913-680-2342.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., are attending a workshop this week at the Kanuga Conference Center near Hendersonville, N.C. The event, entitled “Nuevo Amanecer” (New Dawn), will focus on developing practical tools to support a Hispanic ministry. The Rev. Art Rathbun, the development missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, will be the guest clergyman at the 10 a.m. service Sunday, Aug. 31.

A Ladies Tea is planned at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th, at the Cole Activity Center.

University United Methodist Church, 3148 Parallel, is planning a garage sale Sept. 5 and 6.

Village West Family Church, 2205 N. 102nd, (the former Victoria Tabernacle), plans a night of worship at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland, will hold a fall garage sale, bake sale and barbecue on Sept. 19 and 20. Food available for lunch includes hamburgers, hot dogs and brats. Homemade baked goods will be available. There will be a variety of items for sale.

Saturday events

The Renaissance Festival opens today in Bonner Springs. The festival has a pirate theme this weekend. (Photo by Jillian Shoptaw/Renaissance Festival)
The Renaissance Festival opens today in Bonner Springs. The festival has a pirate theme this weekend. (Photo by Jillian Shoptaw/Renaissance Festival)

Renaissance Festival kicks off new season today
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival opens a new season today at the festival grounds at 628 N. 126th St. (126th and State), Bonner Springs. The festival is the re-creation of a 16th century English village. Music, food, crafts, shows and other entertainment are featured at the festival, which runs on weekends through Oct. 14. This weekend, the theme is “Pirates’ Ale Fest.” Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website at

Summer concert to be Aug. 30 at Legends
Dave and Buster’s Summer Concert Series will continue at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, on the rooftop patio at The Legends Outlets. The MGD’s will perform from 9 p.m. to close Aug. 30. Different bands will play on Saturdays through September.

Museum exhibit open

The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kan., features an exhibit from the David Hartman collection on Fostoria American Crystal, showing a collection of crystal. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit

KCKCC track reopens to public, new access procedures established

KCKCC President Doris Givens demonstrated how to use the new access system to the KCKCC track. (KCKCC photo)
KCKCC President Doris Givens demonstrated how to use the new access system to the KCKCC track. (KCKCC photo)

by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College is back on track, the running track that is.

On Tuesday, Sept. 2, the track will reopen to the community.

The turnstile used by community walkers to access the track has been equipped with a lock that opens with a card issued by KCKCC. The system will allow the college to track the usage of the track and identify the frequency that walkers are using the athletic facility.

Michael Vitale, vice president of academic and student services at KCKCC, said the change is necessary due to some “misuse” of the facility. This includes multiple incidents of dogs, strollers and bikes on the track surface as well as unsupervised children climbing on the soccer goals and nets.

Both of KCKCC’s soccer teams practice on the soccer field, which the track surrounds. In addition, the track is used by the KCKCC track and field team.

“We made the change in access so community members could continue using the facility,” he said. “Allowing the community to continue using the facility helps promote good will between the community and the college. For several, this is the only location where they felt comfortable walking to help maintain their health.”

To use the track, patrons will need to obtain a Swipe-ID card, which will give them access to the track during the hours it is open to the public. To obtain a Swipe-ID card, walkers will need to bring a government-issued ID to the Campus Police, submit a completed application, pick up a copy of the track rules and have their picture taken for the identification card. The college is providing the first card for free. However, if it is lost or stolen, it will cost $25 to replace. All walkers will need their own identification card. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature. If they are 16 years or older, they must also have a government issued ID.

To accommodate those walking in the early mornings, the Campus Police department will be open at 5 a.m. Sept. 2 to issue Swipe-ID cards. Campus Police will have the following schedule for the remainder of September:
• 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday
• 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday

Community members can go by Campus Police during these hours to obtain an identification card. College employees who want to walk on the track will also need to obtain a card from Campus Police.

For more information about the new track usage system, contact Mike Vitale, vice president for academic and student services at 913-288-7100.

Kelly Rogge is the supervisor of public information at KCKCC.

KCKCC photo
KCKCC photo