Grinter Place Friends plan Sip ‘n Shop fundraiser Sept. 24

The Grinter Place Friends are planning a Sip ‘n Shop fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at 1400 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

There is no admission charge to the event, which is open to the public, according to a spokesman.

There is a charge for wine tasting – $5 – and for items that are purchased at the event. Rowe Ridge Winery will be in charge of the wine tasting.

According to Pat Spencer of the Grinter Place Friends, there are expected to be about 20 community vendors of handmade jewelry, jams and jellies, honey, Tastefully Simple products and several one-of-a-kind items. Vendors will be located outdoors near the Grinter Barn.

There also will be a silent auction, she said.

The Grinter Quilters currently are working on an opportunity quilt for the end of the year that is pretty well along, she said.

Sip ‘n Shop will be an in-person event, with everything held outdoors. As Wyandotte County is in Phase 3 of the reopening plan, masks and social distancing will be required, she said. Their insurance requires everyone to follow the guidelines, she added. There will be hand sanitizers placed around the area, she said.

She said this fundraiser is taking the place of the Grinter Applefest, since they couldn’t have it this year.

If it rains, the Sip ‘n Shop will be rescheduled to Oct. 1, she added.

For more information, visit or call 913-334-2500.

State legislative candidates to speak at Democratic group meeting Saturday

State legislative candidates will speak at the Wyandotte County Democratic Breakfast Zoom meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.

Among those who may speak at the meeting are Jeff Pittman, a Democratic candidate running for the State Senate, Fifth District, and Rep. Stan Frownfelter, D-37th Dist., an incumbent who is running as a write-in candidate in the general election.

Other Democratic state legislators in Wyandotte County also may speak.

Also, the group expects to hear from the campaigns of Rep. Sharice Davids, D-3rd Dist., and Barbara Bollier for U.S. Senate.

The meeting for Democrats will be on Zoom at The meeting also is available by telephone at 312-626-6799 (long distance may apply), and the meeting ID number is 978 8323 1932.

Library’s butterfly festival to be online this year

The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library’s Lawson Roberts Butterfly Festival will be virtual this year.

The 15th annual Lawrence Roberts Butterfly Festival this year will be completely online from Sept. 21 to Sept. 25, with Monarch tagging demonstrations on video, an online scavenger hunt, and informational guides and videos on pollinators and native plants.

The public library is still closed to walk-in traffic because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and currently provides curbside service, a spokesman said. It will not have any in-person activities in the library for the butterfly festival this year.

Participants in the butterfly festival this year will be able to pick up craft and seed kits for activities curbside from the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 4051 West Drive, where the festival traditionally has taken place, according to the spokesman.

There is a self-guided butterfly nature walk from Sept. 18 to Nov. 6 at Wyandotte County Lake Park starting near the Schlagle Library sidewalk, with signs directing visitors.

There is also a butterfly coloring contest for ages 5 to 15 that can be done at home and returned by Sept. 30.

Voting on an online butterfly photo contest will close today.

A list of activities with the butterfly festival is online at

The butterfly festival has been held by the library every year since 2006. It is made possible by donations from the Lawson Roberts Memorial Fund.