Revolve KC announces upcoming events

by William Crum

Revolve KC Bike Shop has announced several upcoming events.

On April 2, Revolve is asking its supporters to shop at Whole Foods market in Overland Park on this day. Revolve will receive 5 percent of this store’s sales.

Revolve’s earn-a-bike program makes bikes available to kids. They may  go to the Revolve website, login, take a bike safety test and after they complete the test they are qualified to get a good quality used bicycle.

Another event coming up in Kansas City, Kan., is at 11 a.m. April 26. The event is called blessing of the bicycles. Mark Holland, a pastor and the Unified Government mayor, will officiate to ask for the protection and blessing of the diverse community of bike riders.

On May 17 between 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Revolve KCK is throwing a party to celebrate Bike Month and Bike to Work Week.  This celebrates the first year at their Kansas City, Kan., location. Money raised at this supports the IRNA bike program and other programs such as the Latino and Geers4Queers outreaches.

For more information on how to get involved with the earn-a-bike program go to the website or call 816-835-3310 Tuesday through Saturday.

Enrollment open for Excel class

Enrollment is open for a class in Level 2, that is part of the Microsoft Office 2010 Suite of programs.

The class is offered through Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Continuing Education program.

Using a hands-on approach, students will become familiar with using large worksheets, multiple worksheets, managing data, managing work-sheets, drawing objects, using auto filter, working with comments and many other features.  Students should have taken Beginning Microsoft Excel 2010 or equivalent prior to taking this course.

The textbook is included in the course fee of $75. Please bring a flash drive to the first night of class. The class is from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning April 1.

Call 913-288-7660 or visit for more information. Once on KCKCC’s home page, click on “Continuing Education” and then “Continuing Education Schedule.” Computer Training is under the Community Education section.

Crisis stabilization center to open April 7

The new Rainbow Services Inc. crisis stabilization center will open at 8 a.m. Monday, April 7.

Located in the former Rainbow Mental Health Facility, 2205 West 36th Ave., Kansas City, Kan., the center will provide services for persons experiencing mental health or substance abuse crises in Johnson and Wyandotte counties.

Sharon Sawyer, Rainbow Services executive director, explained that the 24-hour service will offer assessment-triage; crisis observation; a sobering unit; and a short-term crisis stabilization unit.

“Our goals are to serve as a resource to individuals, families and law enforcement, and to prevent unnecessary hospitalization or incarceration of persons who can benefit from community-based resources,” she said.

Rainbow Services is a subsidiary of Wyandot Center, the designated community mental health center for Wyandotte County. Collaborating in this initiative are Johnson County Mental Health Center, Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center and Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Sawyer said the opening, originally projected for April 1, has been postponed to Monday, April 7 to accommodate renovations, hiring staff and training. Telephone number of the new service is 913-956-5620.

– Story from Wyandot Center