Community calendar

Affirmations group to meet
An Affirmations and Living Free Growth Group for Women will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Mondays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group’s purpose is to help women change the way they think about themselves and their lives. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Raising safe kids program continues
The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program will continue from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The presenter is Heather Neds.

Writing group to meet
Quill and Pluma, a bilingual writing and e-publishing collaborative, will meet from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Kari O’Rourke. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Program offered on healthy relationships
“Healthy Relationships: Domestic Violence Education and Support” will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Jaime Peterson. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Caregivers support group to meet
A caregivers support group will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is for men and women. It is facilitated by Jackie Tigges, LSCSW. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Parenting support group to meet
A parenting support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The education and support group is presented by Marqueia Watson, MSW. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Knitting and crocheting group to meet
A knitting and crocheting group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Those attending may learn a new skill or work on a current project. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Programs offered for Spanish-speaking women
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, offers programs for Spanish-speaking women: Grupo de mujeres: con lideres Ana Maria Sauer, Los Martes, 10-11:30 a.m. Grupo de salud emocional para la mujer, ofrecido por MOCSA, contacte a Sinead McDonough, llame al 816-285-1349, los Martes, 11:30-1 p.m. Que le Sucede A Mi Hijo Adolescent? Con lider Claudia Perez, el Miércoles 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. 21 de Noviembre – Como detector problemas graves en la adolescenia; 28 de Noviembre – Comunicación entre la pareja y la comunicación entre padres e hijos. Retiro de Adviento: Imitando a La Virgen Que Pudo Confiar, Presentado por la Religiosa Elena Mack, SCL, Jueves, 29 de Noviembre, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. desayuno ligero sera servido. El centro de mujeres Keeler ofrece consejeria espiritual a mujeres y hombres en espanol y ingles. Gratis. Se aceptan donaciones. Llame al 913-906-8990 para hacer su cita o para mas informacion. For more information and registration, call 913-906-8990.

‘Pretty Nails’ program offered
Appointments for a “Pretty Nails” program will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Those interested must call 913-906-8990 to schedule an appointment.

KCK school board to meet Nov. 13
The Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Education will meet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Central Middle School, 925 Ivandale, Kansas City, Kansas. An agenda may be posted at www.kckps.org.

Food service class to be Nov. 13
The ServSafe Food Handlers Course will be offered Nov. 13. The last ServSafe class of 2018 will be offered from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. The class is for food service employees, including anyone interested in food service employment. The cost of the class is $10, which includes class material, a work book and a certificate. A “Stay Strong, Stay Healthy 2019” class will start March 5. The class is offered a few times a year and provides an exercise program for older adults that targets strength, balance and flexibility. For more information, or to register for the classes, call K-State Research and Extension, Wyandotte County, 913-299-9300, or email Lori Wuellner, lwuellne@ksu.edu, or Jo McLeland, jo1@ksu.edu.

NAACP to meet Nov. 13
The Kansas City, Kansas, Branch of the NAACP will meet on Nov. 13 at 21 N. 12th St., Suite 230, Kansas City, Kansas. The meeting was changed from Nov. 6 because of Election Day. The branch election of officers and executive committee will be from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., followed by the regular executive committee meeting at 6 p.m., and the regular membership meeting at 7 p.m. Members are encouraged to participate in the branch election and regularly monthly meetings.

Greeting card program planned Nov. 14
A program on creating greeting cards will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Participants may create personalized cards. Supplies will be provided. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Women’s Chamber to meet Nov. 14
The Kansas City, Kansas, Women’s Chamber of Commerce will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Board of Public Utilities offices, 540 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The guest speaker will be Lauren Lane, an entrepreneur in the food and entertaining field, who has past career experience in creative design and management. The cost of the luncheon is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. For more information, see https://kckwomenschamber.org/.

Healthy living program offered Nov. 14
“Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body” will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program will be led by Pat Callahan and Lori Wuellner. The program will discuss diet, nutrition, exercise, cognitive ability and social engagement for healthy aging. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Eisenhower craft show to be Nov. 17
The Eisenhower Christmas craft show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Eisenhower Recreation Center, 2901 N. 72nd, Kansas City, Kansas.

Historical Writers’ Book Fair planned Nov. 18
The public will have an opportunity to visit with authors at a Historical Writers’ Book Fair from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the George Meyn Community Center in Wyandotte County Park, Bonner Springs. The Wyandotte County Historical Society will sponsor the free event. More than 20 authors plan to attend and will be available to answer questions about local history and what it takes to be an author. Dr. Frederick Holmes of Lenexa will speak on medical doctors and nurses during World War I at 1 p.m. For more information, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/historical-writers-plan-book-fair-related-activities/.

Women’s self-defense program offered
A women’s self-defense program will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave, Kansas City, Kansas. The program is facilitated by Sidney Thompson. Kansas City Tsuruoka Karate will teach ways to defend oneself and others. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Blood drive planned Nov. 21
A Red Cross blood drive will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at Dave and Buster’s, 1843 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas. To make an appointment or for more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Calligraphy program offered
Calligraphy for Beginners will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and 10, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Those attending will learn basic strokes, alphabets and how to connect them. Mary Donovan will present the program. Materials will be provided. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Blood drive planned Nov. 26
A Community Blood Center blood drive will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the Chiropractic Healing Center, donor bus, 8437 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. For more information, or to make an appointment, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Leavenworth Road Association to meet Nov. 27
The Leavenworth Road Association will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Eisenhower Recreation Center, 2901 N. 72nd, Kansas City, Kansas. A potluck dinner and social hour will be at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m. The program will be information on the new trash pickup routes. For more information, call 913-788-3988 or email lrakck@sbcglobal.net.

Workshop offered on child-adult relationship enrichment
A Child Adult Relationship Enrichment Workshop will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The workshop has been developed for parents and caregivers of children who have experienced stressful or traumatic events in their lives, children with behavior problems or parents who want to strengthen their relationship with their child or increase their child’s positive behaviors. The workshop is facilitated by Michelle Bertuglia Haley. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Blood drive planned Nov. 28
Bonner Springs YMCA, 2251 S. 138th St., Bonner Springs, Kansas, plans a Community Blood Center blood drive from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Classroom A. To schedule a donation or for more information, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Personal finance program to be presented
“Every Cent Counts” will be presented from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Information will be presented to help individuals make conscious decisions about their finances. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Blood drive planned Dec. 8
A Red Cross blood drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at Cabela’s, 10300 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, Kansas. To make an appointment or for more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Counseling offered
Keeler Women’s Center, offers individual and couples counseling and individual spiritual direction to women and men —available in English and Spanish. Nothing is billed. Donations are accepted. Call 913-906-8990 for information.

Wyandotte County Museum
For information about the Wyandotte County Museum, 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs, call 913-573-5002 or visit https://www.facebook.com/wycomuseum/.

Strawberry Hill Museum
For information about The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas, call 913-371-3264 or visit www.strawberryhillmuseum.org.

Grinter Place Museum
The Grinter Place State Historic Site, 1420 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kan., is one of the oldest homes in the area, built in 1857. For more information about hours and days it is open, call 913-299-0373 or visit http://www.kshs.org/p/grinter-place-plan-your-visit/15857.

Old Quindaro Museum
The Old Quindaro Museum is at 3432 N. 29th St., Kansas City, Kan. For more information about the museum, call 816-820-3615 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ccoqmuseum/.

Veterans saluted at commemoration ceremony

Sam Summers of VFW Post 6401 of Wyandotte County saluted during the Veterans Day Commemoration event on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Village, 6723 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

by Mary Rupert

Wyandotte County veterans were saluted during a recognition ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 10.

The annual Wyandotte County Veterans Day Commemoration event, coordinated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6401 of Wyandotte County, was held at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Village, 6723 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.

The guest speaker, Gretchen Meitler, retired sergeant 1st class and a member of the Tonganoxie VFW, urged those in attendance to be involved in the community.

“If you need help, ask for help, and on the flip side, go out and give help to those who need it, as well,” Meitler said.

Meitler is a veteran of the Iraq war and said she joined the Army as a junior in high school, going through basic training at a young age. When she returned to the classroom, “I had more discipline,” she said. “I could sit down and focus.”

She was able to travel to Europe as part of her military service, and also, the military helped pay for her college education.

The military service, as well as schools, have core values such as service, leadership and respect that can be lived each day to the fullest, she said.

Veterans also heard a presentation from the Veterans History Project in the Library of Congress.

Shawn Muller of Heartland Hospice said that Heartland Hospice is partnering with the Veterans History Project. She said it is a privilege for veterans to record their stories so future generations could look up their history.

Lt. Col. Johnnie Gallegos said it was important for veterans to share their stories with this project.

According to Andrew Huber, specialist with the Veterans History Project, an oral history archive has been established at the Library of Congress.

Veterans were able to meet with Huber and other project representatives for 45 minutes to an hour today for a digital video interview that are being saved and are available on a website and at the Library of Congress. Those oral histories then will be available to researchers, historians and those interested in doing family histories. All U.S. military veterans may participate in the project, according to Huber. The website is at www.loc.gov/vets/.

Also during the commemoration event, VFW Post 6401 Commander Jamie Hollie read a student essay from the VFW “Patriots Pen” essay contest. The topic was “Why I Honor the American Flag.”

Service pins were presented to veterans in attendance.

Unified Government Commissioner Melissa Bynum, 1st District at large, read a proclamation from Mayor David Alvey declaring Nov. 10 as Wyandotte County Veterans Day.

Also attending the event were UG Commissioner Tom Burroughs, 2nd District at large; new state Sen. Kevin Braun, R-5th Dist.; Chief Deputy DA Damon Mitchell of the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office; and Capt. David Thaxton of the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office.

Also participating in the ceremony were Salvation Army Major Beverly Best, who gave the invocation, and Chaplain Ed Farris, who played the national anthem and a medley of U.S. military tunes. Jim Jenkins, Kansas VFW state chaplain, gave the benediction.

A brunch donated by the Lenexa LePeep Restaurant followed the commemoration ceremony.

A Veterans’ Resource Directory printed by Providence Medical Center was distributed to veterans at the event.

Sponsors of the Veterans Day Commemoration included the VFW Post 6401, Kansas City, Kansas, Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army Harbor Light Village, Kansas City, Kansas, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Kansas City, Kansas Public Library, Providence Medical Center and Wyandotte Inc. The event also received several contributions.

Gretchen Meitler, retired sergeant first class, and a veteran of the Iraq war, spoke to veterans on Saturday in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Honor Guard lowered the state flag during the national anthem, so the U.S. flag would be higher. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
VFW Chaplain Jim Jenkins, right, greeted a veteran during a service pin presentation. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Veterans and the audience stood during the national anthem. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Veterans visited a table on the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress after the Veterans Day Commemoration event Saturday in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Honor Guard at the Veterans Day Commemoration event Nov. 10 at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Village, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Discussing the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress were, left to right, Shawn Muller of Heartland Hospice, Lt. Col. Johnnie Gallegos, and Andrew Huber, liaison specialist with the Veterans History Project. They were at the Wyandotte County Veterans Day Commemoration in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Lt. Col. Johnnie Gallegos, right, presented a service pin to veterans on Saturday at the annual Wyandotte County Veterans Day Commemoration event in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Lt. Col. Johnnie Gallegos, right, presented a service pin to veterans on Saturday at the annual Wyandotte County Veterans Day Commemoration event in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Sgt. 1st Class Gretchen Meitler, retired, right, presented a service pin to veterans on Saturday at the annual Wyandotte County Veterans Day Commemoration event in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Lt. Col. Johnnie Gallegos, right, presented a service pin to veterans on Saturday at the annual Wyandotte County Veterans Day Commemoration event in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
VFW Chaplain Jim Jenkins, right, greeted Capt. David Thaxton, left, during a service pin presentation on Saturday at the Veterans Day Commemoration event in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
New state Sen. Kevin Braun, R-5th Dist., left, talked with Capt. David Thaxton during a service pin presentation Saturday at the Veterans Day Commemoration in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Veterans including Chief Deputy DA Damon Mitchell, far left, were greeted by VFW Chaplain Jim Jenkins, right, during a service pin presentation on Saturday at the Veterans Day Commemoration in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Veterans posed after receiving service pins on Saturday at the Wyandotte County Veterans Day Commemoration in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Veterans posed after receiving service pins on Saturday at the Wyandotte County Veterans Day Commemoration in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Veterans posed after receiving service pins on Saturday at the Wyandotte County Veterans Day Commemoration in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Veterans posed after receiving service pins on Saturday at the Wyandotte County Veterans Day Commemoration in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Veterans posed after receiving service pins on Saturday at the Wyandotte County Veterans Day Commemoration in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Unified Government Commissioner Melissa Bynum, 1st District at large, read a proclamation from Mayor David Alvey declaring Nov. 10 as Wyandotte County Veterans Day. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
VFW Post 6401 Commander Jamie Holley, a retired lieutenant colonel, read a student letter in the VFW “Patriots Pen” contest at the Veterans Day Commemoration in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Salvation Army Major Beverly Best gave the invocation at the Wyandotte County Veterans Day Commemoration Saturday at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Village, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Kansas VFW State Chaplain Jim Jenkins gave the benediction at the annual Wyandotte County Veterans Day Commemoration Saturday in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Veterans looked at VFW displays after the commemoration event Saturday in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Veterans looked at VFW displays after the commemoration event Saturday in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
A Veterans’ Resource Directory printed by Providence Medical Center was made available to veterans at the event. (Staff photo)
A veterans quilt was on display at the Veterans Day Commemoration Nov. 10 at the Salvation Arm Harbor Light Village, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)

Saturday events

Wyandotte County Veterans Day Commemoration event to be today
The annual Wyandotte County Veterans Day Commemoration event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Village, 6723 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The guest speaker will be Retired Sgt. First Class Gretchen Meitler, a veteran of the Iraq war and member of Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271. A brunch will be served. This year’s program will recognize current era veterans, with a special acknowledgment of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. The free community event is presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 6401. Partners and sponsors include the Kansas City, Kansas, Women’s Chamber, the Kansas City, Kansas, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Salvation Army Harbor Light Village, Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library and Providence Medical Center.

Family story time scheduled
Family story time is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the craft room, Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Participants will read stories, dance and sing. The program is geared to ages 2 to 6.

Family Lego program planned
Those who like to build with Legos may attend the family Lego program from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the craft room, West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City, Kansas. The program is for all ages. Those attending may build whatever they want. They may work as individuals or as teams. The Legos are provided. For more library programs, visit www.kckpl.org.

Chili dinner planned at Grinter Place
A chili dinner is planned, with a veterans’ ceremony, from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Grinter Place, 78th and K-32, Kansas City, Kansas. The cost of the dinner will be $8 for adults, $4 for veterans with ID, and $4 for youth under 12. Dinner will include a dessert and a drink. Hot dogs will be available for $2 and chili dogs for $2.50. Extra desserts or drinks will be $1. Tours of the Grinter House will be available from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for $6 for adults and $3 for children. A flag ceremony for veterans will be held at 4:30 p.m. The event will include live music and a silent auction. At 3 p.m. the Grinter walking trail will be dedicated.

Santa to arrive at Cabela’s
Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Cabela’s, 10300 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, Kansas. After arriving in front of the store in a boat, Santa Claus will participate in a tree lighting ceremony. Then Santa will open the Santa’s Wonderland section inside the Cabela’s store. A number of free activities, including crafts and games for the family, are planned through 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wonderland area. The area will include remote control trucks, a laser-foam toy arcade and Lincoln Logs building area, among other games. Hot chocolate and cookies are planned. There are also free photos with Santa Claus, and free visits with Santa. Santa’s Wonderland will run through Dec. 24 at Cabela’s. Santa will appear daily, and a schedule will be posted at the Cabela’s store.

Chili supper with turkey bingo planned
Holy Family Parish will sponsor a chili supper with turkey bingo at 5 p.m. Nov. 10 at Mejak Hall, 513 Ohio, Kansas City, Kansas. A chili supper, dessert, beverage and one bingo card will be available for a $15 donation. Those attending must be 21 and older.

Church plans bingo
Sacred Heart parish, 2646 S. 34th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a bingo night at 7 p.m. Nov. 10. Concessions will be available.