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Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast will meet Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Eisenhower Room at the Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Ave.

The speaker will be former state Sen. Jean Schodorf, Democratic candidate for Kansas secretary of state.

The breakfast buffet will start at 8:15 a.m., and the forum begins at 9:15 a.m. The cost of the breakfast buffet is $10; or $7 for students and those on a limited income. All Democrats are invited.

Reservations are requested by Friday, Sept. 19. To make a reservation, email

A regional conference about abolishing the death penalty will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Rainbow Mennonite Church, 1444 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Kan.

The Kansas City Regional Abolition Conference will include appearances by former death row inmates. Ray Krone, who was freed after DNA testing cleared him, will be on a panel discussion. Before his arrest, Krone had no previous criminal record, had been honorably discharged from the military, and had worked in the postal service for seven years.

Krone was the 100th former death row inmate freed since the reinstatement of capital punishment in 1976, according to the Kansas Coalition against the Death Penalty.

The conference will include two panel discussions. The first panel discussion is with Krone and Reggie Griffin, the 143rd person who has been exonerated since 1973, after spending 30 years in prison in Missouri. Also on this panel will be Darryl Burton, who spent 24 years in a Missouri prison for a murder he did not commit.
In a legislative and legal panel discussion, Donna Schneweis, KCADP board chair; and Ron Wurtz, former federal death penalty defender and KCADP vie board chair; will share their knowledge about the death penalty from their years of experience in the abolition movement.

The conference is free and open to the public. To make a reservation for the conference or for more information, contact Mike Fonkert, KCADP KC area community coordinator at or at 913-230-6643.

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Blessed Sacrament Church,
2203 Parallel, will have a parish fiesta from after the 4 p.m. Mass to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. After a bilingual Mass at 4 p.m. there will be games, booths and entertainment.

A Community Blood Center blood drive will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at Christ the King Catholic Church basement, 3024 N. 53rd. For information or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 816-753-4040.

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.

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.

St. Martin Lutheran Church will sponsor its eighth annual German Fest from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the church, 13849 Hollingsworth Road (the corner of Highway 7 and Hollingsworth Road), Kansas City, Kan. The program features live music from the Grisnik Orchestra and the German Dance Group, “Blautaler Schuhplattler Dancers.” There will be face painting, inflatables, and children’s activities. The event includes a beer garden, silent auction for charities, tethered hot air balloon rides and hayrides, weather permitting. A dinner of roasted pork, brats, homemade sauerkraut, warm German potato salad, dessert and more is planned. There are hot dog meals available for children. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

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.

St. Patrick Catholic parish, 94th and State Avenue, plans an ice cream social at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. The event includes food, games, a car show and bingo.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., attended the Northeast Convocation Meeting of the Diocese of Kansas at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Lawrence.

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.