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

Free fireworks display planned
A free community fireworks display is planned July 3, after dark, at Pierson Park, South 55th and Douglas, Kansas City, Kan. It is sponsored by the Turner Recreation Commission.

Free summer movies offered
The Legends 14 Theatres will present “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” rated G, and “The Croods,” rated PG, at 10 a.m. July 8, 9 and 10. Admission is free. All ages and groups are welcome. Doors open at 9 a.m. Seating is limited to availability. The current feature films are not included in the free admission, and the schedule is subject to change.

Blood drive scheduled
A Red Cross blood drive has been scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. July 8 at Curves, 1224 N. 79th St., Kansas City, Kan. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go online to

Leavenworth Road Association to meet July 8
The Leavenworth Road Association will meet July 8 at Trinity Community Church, lower level, 5010 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. The social hour and potluck dinner will be at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be David Mehlhaff, communications officer of the Board of Public Utilities, who will discuss upcoming projects on Leavenworth Road.

Program offered on discipline
“Discipline Help for Parents,” a free four-part program, will be presented on four Wednesdays, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. July 9-30, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. To register, call 913-906-8990. Those attending are asked to mention if they need child care, as only a limited number of spaces are available.

Mental Health First Aid Day planned
Kansas City’s first Mental Health First Aid Day is planned for Thursday, July 10. Six sites throughout metropolitan Kansas City, including one in Kansas City, Kan., are participating in the event. It is sponsored by the Metropolitan Council of Community Mental Health Centers. The goal of the event is to teach mental health first aid and youth mental health first aid courses at no cost to more than 250 people. It would be the largest number of people to train at one time in the metropolitan area. In Kansas City, Kan., a class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 10 at the Kansas City, Kan., Public School Central Office, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kan. Participants will learn what to do if an adult or child is experiencing a mental health crisis. The course teaches about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, gives confidence to reach out to people in need, and skills to respond to a mental health crisis. Participants will receive a manual and certificate upon successful completion of the course, and information about accessing local services. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Those who are interested in attending the course may contact Beth Yoder Stein at or Mark Wiebe at

UG Ethics Commission to meet July 10
The Unified Government Ethics Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 10, on the second floor, Wyandotte County Courthouse, Division 18, old county commissioners’ chambers, 710 N. 7th, Kansas City, Kan.

‘Rosedale 101’ to be July 10
Jay Matlack of the Wyandotte Economic Development Council will speak about employment trends in Wyandotte County during the Rosedale 101 program from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at the Rosedale Development Association, 1401 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Kan. Reservations are requested. For information, call 913-677-5097.

UG Commission to meet July 10
The Unified Government Commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. July 10 at City Hall, lobby level, 701 N. 7th, Kansas City, Kan. An agenda may be posted at

Athletic field to be dedicated July 12; sports events for youth planned

A punt, pass and kick football event, plus a soccer event, will be held for a community athletic field on Saturday, July 12. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and youth events will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at 1900 N. 9th St., Kansas City, Kan. It is open to the public. Unified Government Commissioner Tarence Maddox is planning to be at the event. The field has been restored and will be dedicated in a ceremony July 12. The field is being dedicated to coach Adrion Roberson. Immediately after the program, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., youth will participate in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick event. There also will be a soccer match between the Juba Boyz and Somali Soccer of KC. The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick event is free and open to boys and girls ages 6 to 15. Registration is requested by July 7 to Youth must pre-register to participate. No walk-ins will be allowed. Participants will be divided into five age groups. Cleats will not be allowed.

Live at Legends free concert to be July 12
The Legends Outlets, I-70 and I-435, will sponsor free family friendly concerts on some Saturday evenings during July and August in front of the center courtyard fountain. The Zeros will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 12. The Live at the Legends summer concert series will feature local and regional talent performing popular pop, classic rock and country hits from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and today. The concert series will take place at the center of the Civic Courtyard Fountain in front of Phoenix Theaters Legends 14.

Summer concert to be July 12 at Legends
Dave and Buster’s Summer Concert Series will continue at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 12, on the rooftop patio at The Legends Outlets. Pyromaniac will perform from 9 p.m. to close July 12. Different bands will play on Saturdays through September, excluding July 5.

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.

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

Learn how to make a budget
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will present “Living Within Your Means: Spending Wisely,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, July 21. Those who attend will learn how to make and follow a budget. The program is presented by Chiquita Miller of K-State Extension. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Job readiness skills discussed
“Professional Etiquette via Life Skills for Job Readiness” is a workshop designed to help women assess their skills, set goals, and prepare for the interview and the job. The program is recommended for women seeking entry level positions or women who have had a hard time keeping a job. Participants will leave better prepared for an interview and feeling much more confident in their ability to find a job that matches their interest and skills. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Keeler Women’s Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Lunch is included. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Christmas in July event planned
The Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department will have a Christmas in July event from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. July 26 at Wyandotte County Lake, 91st and Leavenworth Road. The event will include activities for children, a disc jockey, food, and a parade of pontoon boats at 8:15 p.m. The event is free to the public.

Kobach plans to speak at GOP meeting
Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state, plans to speak at the Tuesday, July 29, GOP town hall meeting at the Frontier Steakhouse, 94th and State. For information about the time of the meeting or other details, email Mark Gilstrap at

Concert scheduled July 31 at outdoor theater
As part of the Warped Tour, Of Mice and Men is coming to Bonner Springs, Kan., July 31 to play Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, 126th and State Avenue. Some of the albums of the heavy rocker group are “The Flood” and “Restoring Force.”

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.

End of Summer Carnival Aug. 9 at library
The Schlagle Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road, will hold an End of Summer Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. Saturday, Aug. 9. The family event will include games, food, a silent auction and “Doo-Dad Mike,” a musician performing at 11 a.m. The event is free. There is a donation for games. The Leavenworth Road Association will provide lunch and snacks for purchase. Silent auction donors include T-Bones, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, Great Wolf Lodge, Kansas City Zoo, Paradise Park, Sunflower Golf Course and Science City.

Dotte Trot to benefit SAFE fund
The Dotte Trot, a 5K and 10K run, will be run at 8 a.m. Sept. 27 at Wyandotte County Lake park, 9100 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan. All proceeds from the run benefit the Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund. SAFE supports the families of law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency service personnel in the Kansas City metropolitan area who have died while protecting the community and citizens. The event is limited to 500 participants. For early registration, visit

Free fireworks display planned tonight at Pierson Park

A free fireworks display is planned tonight at Pierson Park, South 55th and Douglas, Kansas City, Kan.

Sponsored by the Turner Recreation Commission and the Unified Government, the free professional fireworks display will begin after dark, expected to start around 9:45 p.m., at Pierson Park.

Those attending may bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Personal fireworks will not be allowed in the park.

An extreme makeover for water

by Nozella Brown
If it’s hot and muggy, staying hydrated is a must. But do I have to drink water? The kids whine, even the grown kids.

Telling them all the benefits of water—lower cost, fewer calories, increased energy, improved digestion and other health rewards- doesn’t help. They say plain water is boring.

This is especially true when there are so many sweeter options on the market—fruit drinks, sports drinks, soda pop, and vitamin water. Besides adding a slice of lemon, is there any other way to spruce up this liquid asset so it can compete with its unhealthy alternatives?

For refreshing, healthy coolers, here are a few ideas that you can add to a 12-16 ounce cup of water:
• Fresh or frozen berries
• Fresh or frozen pineapple, cantaloupe, mango or watermelon chunks or puree
• Crushed fresh peppermint, spearmint or lemon balm leaves; add a teaspoon of sweetener if desired.
• Half cup of 100 percent fruit juice
• Ice cubes made of 100 percent fruit juice or fruit puree
• Lime slices alone, or with basil, mint leaves or cucumber slices
• Chopped apples and cinnamon sticks

Or, use your creativity and discover your family’s favorite extreme water makeover. You’ll be hydrated all summer and be closer to a healthier lifestyle.

Nozella Brown, who holds a doctorate in education, is a Family and Consumer Science educator for Kansas State Research and Extension, Wyandotte County. She would love to hear your ideas. Email her at For more recipes visit Like the Facebook page at and follow on Twitter @WyCoSnapEd.

Coolest Minty H20
Makes: 8 1–cup servings
2 quarts cold water
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced thinly
3/4 cup of fresh mint leaves
1 lemon or lime thinly sliced (optional)
Wash hands and countertops. Put mint in empty pitcher and mash with wooden spoon. Add cucumber slices and water. Put pitcher in refrigerator an hour. Strain mint and cucumber and serve. Use lemon as a garnish for each serving, if desired.
Nutritional information for each serving: 10 calories, 0.1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 2.1g carbohydrates, 0.8g fiber, 0g sugars, 10mg sodium, 0.5g protein, 7% Vitamin A, 4% Vitamin C, 2% calcium, 10% iron.